Book Review – Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose by Sarah Bowen

Book Review

Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective & Higher Purpose

by Sarah Bowen

244 pages



Contempt prior to examination is an intellectual vice, from which the greatest faculties of mind are not free.” The author is quoting the writer Paley, who in fact is another Christian writer however that doesn’t make the point less valid. We all come into paganism from other sources, and like it or not those sources effected our own journey on a deeper level. This is not a book for those looking for structured black and white thinking on spirituality. It is experimental and requires engagement to get much out of it. So, hand holding and spoon-feeding of the answers is going to not happen here.

Being pagan doesn’t mean one ought to stop learning, and there are often deep wounds to those of us that come onto the path. Readers, I know for myself there are times when know yourself takes a lot of work to really settle into. When presented with the opportunity to review Sarah Bowen’s work Spiritual Rebel, it is a book that presents a challenge as much as an opportunity.

Spoiler alert, the book does have a three-week action plan exploring three topics that will give the reader many opportunities to look deep within themselves at their own definitions on what spirituality means to them. It also begins with the reader being invited to take out the spiritual trash, ie … spiritual beliefs that do not work for them, as well as a very well thought out experiment with looking at how one defines the idea of god. Encouraging the reader to look at multiple definitions and pick the place holder that feels right to them. With spiritual rebellion, the biggest and only rule appears to be what speaks to the reader in a good and healthy way.

The author also has a web presence, so should one choose to take this book and want to go to more study, with an active guide for their book club. brings resources for those in recovery which this book is less church based, and more spiritual based, and the web present has a variety of resources from different traditions to engage in to find support on your path. While this book is not to be confused as solely for those who are in recovery. Its for those misfits that aren’t quite sure where their spiritual path really is, and the extra resources are offered in support of one’s own healing journey. Myself, I believe that I will be finding ways to incorporate offerings in it for years to come.




About the Author:

Kathleen G. Gray is a 45 year old, Eclectic Witch with strong Celtic/Greek leanings. High initiative and creative mystic.