In Voices from our Pantheist Heritage: Stories of a Sacred Universe, Brendon Crook interweaves intuitive nature connection through four short stories, all varieties on the same theme. Each story highlights characters coursing through portals laced with challenges in mystical realms sprinkled with Pagan motifs, wild vs civ conflicts, in settings of magical forests.
This entrancing collection offers vital life lessons based on Pantheism in a setting of patriarchal industrial society’s culture of death encroaching on Old World ways. And for the icing on the cake, Brendon tops his short stories with a smattering of like-themed poems for a grand finale. All this wrapped in a cosmic metaphorical package of the quintessential fork in the road; choose between a path of ‘progress’ laden with demons or a path of kinship with all creation.
In these days where, for the first time, youth feel the weight of the world put on their shoulders, this reading candidly exposes the root of the problem while presenting the way forward: backward. On some level every young person today senses civilization’s reality and longs for a return to their natural place on Earth. Brendon not only entertains us, but renews hope that, though they are veiled in society’s margins, there are humans heeding nature’s call to change course.