I really wanted to come up with a clever name for my yearly book giveaway but I've not had enough sleep lately and my creative genes have shriveled. Plus, the amazing Neil Gaiman has already invented "All Hallows Read" which is such a great idea and wrecks the curve for awesome book giveaway names. Thanks Neil. (Seriously though - check out his site - it's great!)
So, "The Great October Book Giveaway" it is. And while we're all sitting around waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive, why not read a book or two?
This year, as I mentioned yesterday, I've arranged a special treat. Not only are there more books to toss in your trick-or-treat bag, but I've contacted the authors to buy autographed copies!
First up, is Christopher Penczak. I had the great pleasure of taking the first two levels of his Temple classes (which I highly recommend,) and have amassed a collection of his books. I don't have these latest two - so I am already perfectly jealous of the future giveaway winners!
From Christopher's Bio:
"Christopher Penczak is a Witch, teacher, writer and healing practitioner. His practice draws upon the foundation of both modern and traditional Witchcraft blended with the wisdom of mystical traditions from across the globe as a practitioner and teacher of shamanism, tarot, Reiki healing, herbalism, astrology and Qabalah. He is the founder of the Temple of Witchcraft tradition and system of magickal training based upon the material of his books and classes."
Christopher's latest book is, "Buddha, Christ, Merlin: Three Wise Men For Our Age."
From the book description:
"Many paths to the center. Buddhism, Christianity, Paganism… three different spiritual paths to truth. Award-winning author and teacher Christopher Penczak... considers the wisdom-teachings of exemplars of these paths,and the practices of their traditions, looking at the different ways they help us to attain greater spiritual understanding, and how their insights and methods compliment one another. Filled with stories, references to essential lore and practices, and comparisons between them, this book is valuable to the individual spiritual seeker or as a guide for a group course or discussion on different spiritual traditions. Whatever your spiritual path and wherever it may take you, Buddha, Christ, Merlin offers new perspectives and insights to help you follow it."
The second book I'm giving away is "The Gates of Witchcraft."
From the book description:
"Many roads, one destination: That alternate state of consciousness associated with magick and Witchcraft. In his book, The Gates of Witchcraft, award-winning author Christopher Penczak looks at twelve different paths or “gateways” of consciousness, twelve different ways f changing our consciousness to go deeper and get more in touch with the magick within. From meditation and breath-work to dance and music, sacred space and sacred vestments, to the Lonely Road of isolation and the Path of Poison of working with herbal allies, The Gates of Witchcraft presents theory, practices and exercises for exploring the different paths to power in the Craft. Learn all the various aids to help you along the path and take heed of their dangers and shadow-sides, Whether you are an experienced practitioner or a novice finding your way, you will something to hep you along. Step onto the path and open The Gates of Witchcraft."
This month's giveaways are my way of saying thank you to the friends of Rue and Hyssop. Often when I do a giveaway, it is open to the interwebs at large and a simple comment is all that is required. This month, I'd like to reward my readers. Those that take a moment to connect in some way.
So, all you have to do to enter to win one of these books is leave a comment, and let me know in what capacity you connect to Rue and Hyssop. Are you subscribed by email or RSS feed? Do you follow by "friend connect" in the sidebar? Are you a Twitter follower or a Facebook friend? Even if you've never left a comment before or just happened upon the blog today and subscribed - all are welcome - just let me know how you plug in to my little world!
*Please ensure that there is some way for me to contact you if you win.
This giveaway runs only one week, because there is more fun to be had! I will draw the two names on Monday, October 8th. Best of luck!
*Update - because it was a question - Yes, anyone can enter the contest! I will ship overseas, but at the cheapest freight price (it can get quite expensive otherwise.)*
*All book images, author bio and book descriptions are property of www.christopherpenczak.com and are used only to promote his books for the purpose of this giveaway.