Celebrating the Solstices
From a recent review:
“Celebrating the Solstices is a fascinating guidebook into better understanding both our physical space and how our environment resonates spiritually within us."
The readings and activities described provide a framework for celebrating what we know about the cycles of our Earth and Sun. We encourage readers to share with others our curiosity about what we still have yet to learn, inspiring a sense of wonder about our universe and our place within it.
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From the 29th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards:
"Well done. We explore the meanings and history behind the winter solstice, and we learn ways to incorporate the symbolism of solstice celebrations into our lives. It's all quite fascinating, and author paints it in an engaging light."
"Author's writing style is approachable and engaging, welcoming and informative without being preachy. I was happy to feel an openness in the narrative and to see the supporting sidebars such as date charts, food and religious traditions and recommended reading. Author never lets us feel abandoned in an explanation, as if we *should* know something specific about solstice. Author captures the beginner's mind and rewards our willingness to learn. I liked the patience in the author's voice."
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"Discovering our planet and ourselves"
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
"So often our busy lives leave us little time to stop and reflect upon our place, both physically and metaphorically, in the universe. Celebrating the Solstices is a fascinating guidebook into better understanding both our physical space and how our environment resonates spiritually within us. In this text, Jim Donovan illuminates the synergy between the physical movement of the planet and the deep seeded connection with our own humanness. His writing is both technically astute and movingly poetic, and the reader feels both the author’s passion for protecting Mother Earth and our individual imperative to do the same. His descriptions of creating a solstice wreath and celebrating the occasion with family and friends are illustrated with stunning photographs that add to the beauty of this lovely book. I recommend Celebrating the Solstices to anyone looking to discover, or perhaps rediscover, the wonder and beauty of our natural world in a simple and celebratory way."
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2019
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"I really enjoyed reading Seasons in Mind. As someone who celebrates summer and winter solstices, I am always on the hunt for resources to help me and my family extend our experiences. This book is filled with so many good ideas to elaborate on the celebrations and make them a truly family experience. Whether it's designing the wreath, enjoying a meal or gathering outside, this book has so many thoughtful ideas. I especially enjoyed reading about the suggested activities such as doing a play, having a fun quiz or joining in a sing-along all of which we will definitely do during the next solstice celebration. I also enjoyed reading about the history of the solstices and learned things I had not come across before.
If celebrating the solstices is something you enjoy doing, this book is a must-have for getting even more out of the observance both through activities as well as inspiration."