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POPULAR LABYRINTH BOOKS

The Unending Mystery: A Journey Through Labyrinths and Mazes, by David Willis McCullough
This is masterfully researched and written in a very accessible way. It's not just a repetition of the same old undocumented points (such as the labyrinth being a substitute form of pilgrimage). Then, inexplicably, at the end there are some thumbnail biographical sketches of figures currently active in the labyrinth world (meant to bring the subject up to date, no doubt) that leave something to be desired with regard to accuracy. It's a minor flaw, however, for a book that I think is being under-appreciated and should be given a closer look.

Labyrinths: Into a Mysterious World, by Gernot Candolini
Also titled: Labyrinths: Walking Toward the Center
Several of Candolini's books are listed in the foreign language category, being in German. This book, the only one currently in English, is a personal account of traveling and encountering labyrinths in England and Europe. The author has a sharp eye and a clear mind, as evidenced inhis comments and observations. Most of all, from my point of view, he is an active labyrinth maker, a participant not a spectator. I hope his other books will be translated into English soon. Website: www.labyrinthe.at/candolini/

The Way of the Labyrinth: A Powerful Meditation for Everyday Life, by Helen Post Curry
This is a clever book from the very start, as the cover is an embossed finger labyrinth. Inside, the author mixes labyrinth lore with a chatty history of the labyrinth revival. It includes a long list of possible ways to use labyrinths. As the first president of the Labyrinth Society, the author was not just a witness of the labyrinth revival, she was a major player in it. The foreword by Jean Houston tells a wonderful story.

The Magic of Labyrinths: Following Your Path, Finding Your Center, by Liz Simpson
This is an articulate account of labyrinths well worth reading. But what is it about publishers and photos? The cover shows a maze, not a labyrinth. And the drawing of the Chartres labyrinth is atrocious. Where do they get those drawings? This book includes numerous personal stories about labyrinth experiences.

Awestruck: A Skeptic's Pilgrimage, by Joan Weimer
This is an account of searching for labyrinths in Rome and elsewhere. Labyrinths are only part of the content, but have a prominent place. Labyrinths are themselves a form of pilgrimage, so this is a good fit.

Exploring the Labyrinth: A Guide for Healing and Spiritual Growth, by Melissa Gayle West
This was one of the first books to discuss the use of the labyrinth at a retreat center. It was the choice for a major book club. The chapter describing how to build labyrinths is hopelessly complicated and a bit inaccurate. The rest of the content, however, is very readable and practical. I include many quotations from this book in my facilitator training outline.Website: www.melissagaylewest.com

The Healing Labyrinth: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, by Helen Raphael Sands
Having written the foreword to this book, I am not an impartial critic. Visually it is absolutely gorgeous. The author gives an account of her personal journey with the labyrinth that is quite moving. For some reason, there were two releases of this book with slightly different titles. The British release was Labyrinth: Pathway to Meditation and Healing.

The Sand Labyrinth: Meditation at Your Fingertips, by Lauren Artress
This is more of a kit than a book to read. It has a finger labyrinth, sand, and instructions. Website: www.veriditas.net

The Complete Guide to Labyrinths: Using the Sacred Spiral for Power, Protection, Transformation, and Healing, by Cassandra Eason
The author has written more than 50 books including other "Complete Guides," on psychic development and divination. It's not a surprise, therefore, that there is a chapter for developing one's psychic ability on the labyrinth, another for using the labyrinth for divination , etc.. I guess I'm an old stick-in-the-mud who still gets upset when authors are loose with the facts, confuse myth and history, and appear to be making up "historical" material. At her website you can get a personalized spell, an angel blessing, phone reading, dream interpretation, and much more. I'm way out of my element here. Website: www.cassandraeason.co.uk

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