With Lucifer On My Side delves into your life as well as the practice and philosophy of Luciferian. What was the inspiration that made you want to write this book?
While you can find books covering philosophical details of Satanism, Luciferianism, paganism and more, there are VERY few books about practice outside of the traditional occult practice. No one was really writing about how they practically use these theories in their life. I found that curious and decided to write WITH LUCIFER ON MY SIDE. Being the first one to explain Luciferianism like this is an accomplishment for me, and I hope the readers take something away from it, whether they agree or do not.
In this book you explore personal details about your life which gives people an understanding of where you come from. What was the hardest thing for you to share?
Easily the chapters DRUGS and JUDGMENT. In DRUGS I detail the mindset during a miserable withdrawal from opiate use. While I cover some of the physical parts of that experience, I wanted the focus to be on the mental changes. Going from furious, to depressed, to drained, to miserable is what I remember most. The physical experience is shitty, definitely, but my mind going to the places it went was the worst part of it. Specifically the things I thought and wrote about my father were difficult for me. DRUGS was exceptionally close to getting pulled because of that.
JUDGMENT, well it’s pretty self explanatory to anyone who has read it. An embarrassing situation I found myself in. The behavior I exhibited during that relationship truly was massively out of character for me. As a result, the guilt I experienced in the aftermath was incredibly difficult to let go of. I am better than that now and then. But hey, live and learn. Shit happens.
You give a lot of great insight into the life and practice of a Luciferian. What do you find is a common misconception people have about Luciferian?
That it is some kind of conspiracy theory religion only held by the billionaire elites. Or that the horror movies got it right and we are gathering in a forest to sacrifice people or animals. Couldn’t be further from the truth. Luciferianism started in ancient Greece (ancient Egypt if you want to get REALLY technical), then it moved to Gnosticism during the time of Christ, and then again with Madame Blavatsky and Michael Ford. It’s a real philosophy, with roots in ancient cultures. To be fair, I am a sort of outlier in Luciferianism because I don’t practice in the traditional occult sense. Many do, and more power to them. The point here is do what works for you and disregard what doesn’t.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I have a couple ideas in mind but I want to ride this wave for a while. The next book would be called WHAT IS LUCIFERIANISM? That much I know. WITH LUCIFER ON MY SIDE details my practice much more than it details what the philosophy is actually about. Not to say that I don’t give a solid summary, but there is so much more to go into. No one has really done it yet, outside of occult type stuff, so if nothing else that would be my next writing project.
With Lucifer On My Side dives into the upbringing, life, and Luciferian practice of the author, Henry Panic. From Catholic roots he found LaVeyan Satanism. From there he discovered various pagan belief systems, ultimately finding Luciferianism, a Gnosticism derivative. This book goes through the trials of a man attempting to self-deify and gives a detailed insight into the life and practice of a Luciferian in the 21st-century.
Panic’s approach is daringly honest, humorous, and thought provoking. Challenging you to visit his reality and decide for yourself – can a person become like God?
With Lucifer On My Side is a philosophical, biographical work that examines the religious practice of Luciferianism through the context of Henry Panic’s life. Luciferianism is a religion that is molded to fit each individual, and as such, Henry Panic outlines his personal version of Luciferian beliefs. Readers follow Panic through key moments that shaped his life, both good and bad, and are introduced to the ways in which Luciferianism guides his actions, decisions, and mindset.
This book is a raw look at a man who has gone through a lot in life, but through his beliefs has continued on, trying to be a light bringer.
I adore how raw and blunt Henry Panic’s voice is in this book. Even though I don’t personally know him, Panic’s personality shines through. Despite being gritty and dark at times in his writing, Panic clearly expresses his beliefs and principles to the point where readers will recognize his good heart matched with his open mind.
The format of this book was really interesting as well. Split into chapters, this book is sometimes informational, plenty anecdotal, and is occasionally formatted as a dialogue between Panic and the Gods he believes in. By using these different formats, Panic successfully creates depth. Readers will understand the philosophy of Luciferianism, they will empathize with the author, and will witness how philosophy meets practice.
I found myself really enjoying this as a philosophical text in which Panic’s religious beliefs can easily be adapted to suit an atheist perspective. In addition, there were rarely any dull moments. Panic has lived a very full and thrilling life (in both good and bad ways) and we get to see some of the more emotional parts of it. Relationships, deaths, changing career trajectories, radical beliefs, fatal accidents, coping mechanisms. Panic’s life seems to have it all.
While this book could benefit from another copyedit, my only other critique would be with the organization of the story and chapters. I liked how Panic began by introducing the fundamentals of Luciferianism. This really helped my later understanding. However, Panic would sometimes make references to parts of his life that he wouldn’t fully explain until later. Some people may like this slightly disorienting feeling of having a puzzle piece that doesn’t quite fit anywhere yet, but it’s not something I personally enjoy.
Overall I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in philosophical questions of morality, ethics, and life’s purpose. This is not just for people who are “religious”, and I strongly believe that anyone can benefit from considering other moral and ethical perspectives through this book.
Pages: 290 | ASIN: B083WHX284
Rethinking Sex Ed is a forward thinking approach to sex education in contemporary society. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I’m the minister of a congregation full of people who almost gave up on religion. We found the old narratives, rules, and instincts off-putting at best. However, we had a deep hunger for spiritual community. So we spent a decade stripping religion down to the bare bones, trying to unearth the principles of spiritual community that are essential, beautiful, and universal.
Part of that journey was the deconstruction of religious ritual. We couldn’t use the rituals we inherited so we just stopped doing them all together. However, after a few years we realized how deeply meaningful rituals are. So we gathered a group to write new ones. Looking into several religious traditions, we wrote rituals for several stages of life—birth, puberty, going to school, leaving home, marriage, and death.
When we were writing the puberty ritual, we realized that when our community pledged to help our young people get ready for healthy lives, it would be pretty meaningless if we didn’t help prepare them for healthy sexual lives.
However, since like everybody else, folks in our community were deconstructing and reconstructing our sexual norms, we weren’t sure exactly how to fulfill that pledge. So our ritual team came to me. “Figure it out and let us know!”
The book is rooted in our own community’s need for clear and healthy guidelines for preparing our young people for their sexual journeys.
In this book you discuss the societal forces that have changed our perception of sex. What do you think is a major contributing factor to this?
I think primarily, it’s how complex society has become.
For most of human history, we lived in agrarian or industrial worlds. Young people could be ready to contribute to society by their late teens. In that context, we developed a simple rule of thumb that captured a great deal of wisdom about healthy sexuality—Don’t have sex until marriage.
But as society has become more complex, young people aren’t established in their careers until their late twenties. Also, puberty happens earlier. The time from sexual maturity to readiness for marriage has moved from three or four years to fifteen to seventeen years. Of course the old rule stopped working.
But when it did, the tendency has been to throw out both the rule—and the ancient wisdom it once captured. I wrote the book to articulate that wisdom and suggest some ways we might apply it in our new social context.
I found this book to be un-biased and informative. What do you hope readers take away from your book?
I guess it would be this.
When it comes to sex, religion and society have been at odds for a long time. Unfortunately, that’s mostly our fault (religious folk).
The world started changing quickly in the 60s. When the old sex norms stopped working, and when people stopped coming to us for sexual instruction, we got frightened. And frightened people tend to get reactionary. We did. We got rigid, rule-driven, and a little bit repressive. We fell back into the sexual craziness that infected Western civilization way back in the second century.
But just as damaging, when society threw out religion’s rule, it also abandoned a great deal of wisdom it once captured.
So the first thing I’d like readers to take away, is an apology on our part. We got that badly wrong. I’m sorry.
But if you’ll forgive us and allow us into the conversation, before we got all reactionary we had accumulated a lot of understanding about how human sexuality works. My hope for the book is to offer our best insights to the job before us—rebuilding healthy sex norms.
And the second thing I hope readers take away, is an understanding of what that ancient wisdom is, and how we can apply it with our young people.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
The craziness that infected religion around sex has infected religion in general—our narratives, our practices, our core instincts. I wrote a book earlier about rethinking our religious narrative: Rethinking our Story: Can We Still be Christian in the Quantum Era?
Just now I’m working on a follow-up to that book, rethinking how healthy religion works in a local setting. I’m rough-drafting it on my blog right now.
How do we rebuild in the ruins of organized religion?
How do we rethink our stories, practices, and institutional instincts?
I believe religion can once again benefit society—can help us become better people, creating a better world. The next book will be about the experience of our own community working that out over the last twenty-five years.
If history is an indicator, the blog-rough-draft process will take about a year, and then several months after that to turn it into a book.
We religious folk have to change how we teach our kids about sex. The statistics are in. What we’re doing isn’t working. In fact, our whole society must rethink sex education. Nobody’s approach is working well. Social and economic forces have forever changed the context in which our sexuality plays out. Families are whipsawed by a blistering pace of historical change. After thousands of years of gender, sex, and marriage working one way, in just a handful of decades, everything has been upended. No wonder it’s so difficult to talk to our kids. If you have a young person you love, this book can help. When religion is at its best, it accumulates and transmits the wisdom of the ages. At its worst, it devolves into rigid rules and inflexible craziness. Rethinking Sex-Education explores religion’s accumulated wisdom about human sexuality . . . and the crazy that has to be dismantled to create a healthy and helpful curriculum for our young people. Hopelessly divided, religion and society don’t talk about sex. Religion can’t imagine it’s time to rethink the old ways. Society can’t imagine religion has anything to offer. The book explores what we can learn from one another. Drawing from religion, history, biology, anthropology, and economics, Rethinking helps us think both broadly and practically. It helps grownups rethink our own sexual framework, and then imagine practical sexual conversations with our young people. It’s a book for religious people who realize the traditional approach isn’t working. It’s a book for non-religious people who realize our no-norm social norms aren’t working either.
Dvorah is the only child of Eleazar and Ajalon, and as such she is trained in many different skills to help her parents. Her childhood in Israel is simple, but happy, surrounded by family and friends. One day, late in her teens, her entire life changes when she receives a message from God telling her to sit in judgement of the disagreements between others. She does this to great acclaim for three years before being given an even bigger task- to lead an army of thousands in war, alongside her cousin, Barak. The battle will change their lives and shape their future together.
In Dvorah: Prophetess, Judge, Warrior, M.J. Lalli tells of Dvorah’s life and lessons on her way to becoming the jewel of Israel. The book begins slowly, detailing Dvorah’s daily life with her playmates, time in training inside the wool tent, and time spent learning to make perfect bricks. Through it all, Dvorah’s persistence, precision, and level headedness are consistently referenced as some of her most remarkable traits. In the meantime, Lalli paints a vivid picture of Biblical-era Israel and infuses the text with many stories from the Bible, but never seems overtly religious. Many of the stories are told in the context of Dvorah’s challenges and belief. Other characters don’t feature very prominently, with many of them coming in and out of the narrative just a time or two, and some others appearing only once. Dvorah and her horse Zenja are the most constant players in the tale.
Faith, and remaining true to how you have been taught, stand as the primary themes of the book. Throughout the course of the novel, Dvorah never strays from the faith and religion she was raised on, and in due course is rewarded for her diligence. As a contrast, her childhood friend Simona is used to illustrate the dangers of straying from the path of their religion, suffering all manner of tragedies along with her sins.
Dvorah herself is a well written and well-rounded character that succeeds at her tasks, but never in a way that feels convenient or out of place within the narrative. She works hard for what she achieves. The book is also well written in that it has a religious foundation but doesn’t once feel preachy in the way it’s presented. However, the slow start makes it difficult to get into the story, and the parables, while relevant, are often long winded. The second half of the book does pick up the pace dramatically as Dvorah fulfills the second of her heavenly callings. Dvorah: Prophetess, Judge, Warrior is a thought provoking novel that many will enjoy reading.
Pages: 246 | ASIN: B07VG5J8H7
Not many people are attentive enough to hear an inner voice let alone listen to it. Lenerd Louw had always had a small voice inside of him urging towards a direction he had never taken before. The voice was leading him to veer off a life he had always lived, enjoyed and took some measure of pride in. The voice only grew louder over time. Then Lenerd took the time to actually listen to the voice. He took the time to audit his life and venture into the unknown with nothing but a large backpack. Five years later, he has a new outlook on life.
Lenerd leaves nothing to the imagination. He lets the reader deep into the belly of the story. He tells such a vivid story that while he is momentarily mesmerized by the Jacuzzi fire, the reader will be right there with him. You can almost smell the cocktail of diarrhea and vomit when he attempts to rid himself of parasites.
His style of telling his story is completely engaging and involving for the reader. There is an authentic air about the author. Even as he accuses himself of in-authenticity, the fact that he is questioning means that it lies somewhere within him. You can tell that he is not in any way completely devoid of it. This quality comes through in the way he tells the story as well as the events he chooses to highlight.
This was definitely a story worth telling. It is a story of triumphs. Often people think that those perched atop privilege and success have it easy. Truth is that they too, undergo the same kind of struggles that everyone does. In that sense, this story is relatable. Although the reader may not have the means to traverse the world like he did, Lenerd’s experiences and his candid narration of the story connect him to the reader right from the beginning.
Although I liked the book, I felt that the story tended to jump around without notice. This left me a little confused at times, like when someone digresses when they tell a story. Regardless, you will enjoy Lenerd’s discovery of self.
The reader will be gripped right from the scene by the fire with the two girls on the table to his recall of the Café at the Edge story. Everything in between will be a beautiful roller-coaster. Speaking of the story, it is the perfect ending to a great story. It is so apt and fitting and wraps up the book quite nicely.
Pages: 286 | ASIN: B07TZJM1ZQ
Ready to feel enlightened? In Shirin Ariff’s Keepsake, this short poetry book is filled with powerful uplifting words in each heartfelt poem.
The central theme in this poetry book is about the author being inspired and closer to God. In each poem, the author talks about nature and welcomed God into their life. Each poem highlights her spiritual journey to become connected and closer to Him. Whether you’re religious or not, this book would brighten your day.
In Keepsake, the poet speaks from her heart, and her heart and soul is clearly poured into every page. These poems are emotional journeys exploring nature and God’s paradise. I enjoyed the poems symmetry and easy flow. I think this is a perfect book for poetry enthusiasts, nature lovers, and the faithful.
Pages: 17 | ASIN: B07QPBMXRH
Emil Cioran had a very tumultuous relationship with God. He even quipped that attacking God was better than invoking him. He was a pessimist, skeptic and nihilist. He was against everything with regards to creation. While many philosophers have expressed their adverse stance towards God, Emil was notably and gradually aggressive about his displeasure with God and all related things. Tormented by God is a compilation of his works. It is a view of the other side of the coin. The author seeks to interpret Emil’s works and blasphemes from the knowledgeably authoritative standpoint of a professor of Theology.
Mirko Integlia is very articulate. His presentation of his own voice with regards to Emil’s works and related philosophical works is brilliant and impressive. Not only does he remain completely calm and centered in the face of an aggressively blasphemous philosopher whose views are a stark contrast against his own, he gives a full dimensional analysis. There is a lot to be said about an author who is capable of seemingly neutral presentation of views that so enthusiastically clash with their own.
The author is a master of language. The language is simple and mindful of a person who might find the subject matter a little daunting. This simplistic presentation makes the book more appealing. The subject matter in itself is interesting. To see atheism presented by a Christian is a novelty. As you read you will get the feeling that Mirko really did try to understand where Emil was coming from in his views and rants. You get the feeling that the author is genuinely curious about these attacks against God. There is no passion for atheism itself but you can feel yourself being drawn to the progression of Cioran’s views from his first work, On the Heights of Despair.
There is an issue with clarity. In the beginning the reader might feel a little out of their depth. However, as the author gets to the second and third chapters they seem to have gained stability and therefore prose flows easily from there. Tackling atheism and an aggressively atheist philosopher is not easy. It is intense and sensitive. This is evidenced by the caution Mirko Integlia takes in his presentation. It also helps that the book is relatively short. Even then, it is exhaustive.
With everything that is happening in the world right now, one might be tempted to share the same views as Emil Cioran. However, Mirko Integlia’s work helps with any crisis of faith that one might experience from time to time. From this you can remain steadfast even when you are in the ‘troubling vicinity of God’.
Pages: 272 | ISBN-10: 882660326X
There are two things in this world. The first thing is what one ought to do as a human beings while the second is what one actually does. In many cases these differ. Some choices are led in one direction by religion and the other by science. It is confusing for someone who subscribes to both. Farooq Tareen digs around this rift between the two extremes.
Morality Vs. Reality by Farooq Tareen is very well researched and thought out. The authors genuine curiosity on the subject shines through as he takes the reader through his musings and findings. The book gives equal opportunity to every area with exhaustive presentations of their relevance.
It is truly wonderful how the book explores either side with equally keen interest. A reader will still feel like they retain the right to their opinion at the end f the book. The book does not lean on the religious side but this is a great starting point for helping people minimize crisis of belief.
This is a book about a complex subject presented with simple language that elevates the reading experience. It opens up the mind and makes the book so much more enjoyable. The sentence construction is uncomplicated and grabs the attention of the reader.
However, despite how wonderful this book is, I felt that some paragraphs were long. With such a complex subject matter I would have appreciated more concise paragraphs.
Morality Vs. Reality takes on an interesting subject and delivers deep research with passionate curiosity that colors every page either. This is a good book to read when one reaches that inevitable point in life where they face a crisis of belief. It may not provide answers but one will understand that it is okay not to choose either religion or science. This book also reiterates the importance of conforming reality to morality.
Pages: 242 | ASIN: B07VM7FNMB