Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mrs. B's Guide to Household Witchery ~ Kris Bradley

Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery: Everyday Magic, Spells, and Recipes
By Kris Bradley

Genre: New Age/ Wicca

Publisher: Weiser Books, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC
ISBN: 978-1-57863-515-3

Number of pages: 224
Word Count: 49,000

Cover Artist: Jim Warner

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Book Description:
For domestic goddesses everywhere—add some magic and fun to those mundane household chores with Mrs. B.'s Guide to Household Witchery. Whether you're sweeping the floor, making a meal, or cleaning out that junk drawer, domestic witch Kris Bradley, creator of the popular blog, Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom, will show you how to create spells and magic to bring happiness and balance into your home.
Bradley offers ideas and solutions to make the most out of everyday items, activities, and obligations. From Anchovies to Broccoli, and Wine to Yeast, from sweeping the floor to blow-drying your hair, you can change your outlook on life with a pinch of knowledge and a dash of magic! The book includes simple rituals, spells, and ways to connect with the spirits that watch over your home and family. Includes an appendix of herbs and a complete materia magica from the kitchen pantry.
Mrs. B's Guide to Household Witchery features:
      Room by Room: How to create magic while you cook, set up a family altar in the living room, or do a junk drawer divination
      The Elements for the Domestic Witch: a primer on the 4 elements and how to balance them in your home
      The Domestic Witch's Herbal: Magical uses for every herb and food in your pantry, as well as instant magic with prepackaged spice mixes
      Simple Sabbats for the Busy Witch: simple ways to celebrate the passing of the seasons
Magical Recipes: More than 100 recipes and spells

My Take: I found this to be a fun and easy to get through how to book. I will be honest with you I probably have an entire book case of what my husband calls my "witch" books. They range from authors like Scott Cunningham to Raymond Buckland and even some Lauri Cabot. The trouble is most of them I wouldn't want to lend to a non pagan. Sometimes thing can come off confusing or well, odd, to those who are not in the "know". 
This is actually a book I would be happy to lend to my work friends. It is written in a very down to earth kind of way. More like a friend is explaining something to you than you are reading an instructive book.
As a tiny tidbit mu husband is not a reader, at all. As soon as this book arrived in the mail he couldn't wait to get his hands on it. I'm not sure what it was but he actually read a few chapters. I was in shock. He even had me leave it out so if he had a free moment he could read some more! There could be no more shining endorsement than that :)

About the Author:
Kris Bradley is the magic behind the popular blog Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom (2500 readers). She helped establish The Sisterhood of the Triple Goddess coven in Keyport, NJ and is a legally ordained minister, in addition to being a witchy wife and mother. Her work on domestic witchery has been featured in PaganParenting.org and as a national column for Examiner.com. She lives in Keyport, NJ.

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  1. LOL!! That IS a shining endorsement!! I agree, though, it IS a lot like having a friend sit down with me and just explain things. It's a really great approach and a really great book!!! I'm glad you liked it too!!

    And, uh, yeah. I have an entire bookcase two books deep in some spaces (where the books are smaller) filled with my witch books. But it's just me and my pet rock, and doesn't complain about them. LOL!

  2. Thanks for stopping by! I'm at the point now that there may be more books than clothes in my bedroom. I'm thinking of turning our spare bedroom into a library room :)

  3. When this review went up, we were prepping for Hurricane Sandy - sorry I didn't stop by sooner! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!