Book Review: Druidry and the Future

druidryandfutureBrown, Nimue. Druidry and the Future. Independently published, 2019.

Nimue Brown of the Druid Life blog is one of the most prolific Druid writers out there, and her work is consistently thought-provoking and inspiring.

Druidry and the Future is intended, in Brown’s words “to be an antidote to despair”. It explores the ways that Druidry can help people respond to the many inter-related crises the world is facing today, from climate chaos to social upheaval and political uncertainty.

Covering a hugely diverse remit in a short book is a challenge, but Druidry and the Future does this admirably, never feeling like it is skimming over important issues and never getting too bogged down in dense detail.

This is not simply a book to read once and forget. As Brown writes, “this book is written to be a survival manual. It’s a handbook for turning Druidry into sustainable living, and the means to stay sane in the face of climate crisis. By truly honouring the natural world, we can start to change ourselves, and start to change our culture”.

With chapters covering seasonal living, pragmatic animism, de-colonisation, honouring the divine through action and working with the elements for regeneration and restoration, Druidry and the Future articulates a Druidry that is what I always hoped Druidry could be: engaged, practical, working in this world here and now to re-wild landscapes, to reconnect humans with nature, to build communities and work for real change within and without.

Druidry and the Future is, despite the issues it addresses, an optimistic book, and an inspiring one. It is a call to action for Druids and Pagans to walk their talk – if you love and worship nature, then do something about it.

I know that this is a book that I will continue to refer back to for practical advice, inspirational hope, and reminding myself what Druidry can be and how it can help change the world for the better, for all beings, human and non-human alike.

I bought my copy directly from Nimue Brown at Druid Life, because as she says, she only receives a small amount from Kindle and Amazon sales with the rest going to Amazon, and if you can afford to do so, I would recommend it. Helping creators and writers afford to live and keep writing is important and is a pretty good Druidic thing to do.

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