The Power of Ceremony:
Restoring the Sacred in Our Selves, Our Families, Our Communities
Story Circle Book Reviews
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Linda Neale's wonderfully useful book, The Power of Ceremony, is a timely and beautifully expressed look at how we can restore, in ourselves and our community, the sense of the sacred and the connectivity that we have lost in the fragmentation of modern life. With a Native American focus, Neale brings her own skills and talents to a topic of great interest. Read More

“Linda dares to tell us the truth…this seven-fold path to making ceremony is profoundly thought out and provides substantive guidance for ceremony-makers of all kinds. Everyone who believes, as I do, that we must reinvent the way we humans operate on this earth, can learn what this means in practice by following the seven basic principles articulated in these pages.
-Matthew Fox, post-denominational priest and author of more than twenty books on theology and spirituality, including Original Blessing and The Hidden Spirituality of Men.

“This beautifully written book takes us into the heart of the sacred, describing how to recognize and honor the paths to the Spirit that life presents to us. We have lost so much in our contemporary world about the role of ceremony, but here the author reminds us how ceremony and rituals, both simple and very elaborate, can guide us to the place where we embrace and are embraced by Spirit and the Eternal. This is a deeply touching and valuable book for anyone already on a spiritual path or for those who long to rediscover the Mystery that gave form to their own lives.” —Hal Zina Bennett, Author of Spirit Animals and The Wheel of Life: Earth-Centered Practices for Daily Living

“Linda's book will benefit many people, especially women. For we all have to learn to get along with each other if we are to have peace in our world. Bless this book, and may the words in it ripple out to all mankind.
—Agnes Baker Pilgrim, Takelma elder; member of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

“In The Power of Ceremony, Linda Neale brings her unique understanding of Native American life to this marvelous understanding of ceremony. The knowledge she offers draws on the wisdom she has gained from years of practicing and leading ceremonies with her husband Rod, an elder from the Akimel O'odham nation. What distinguishes this book from others is her matter-of-fact approach and grasp of how very practical ceremony is and how easy to create. Linda's book covers the ground of what we need to understand about a force of healing that is immediately available to us through simple principles. These are beautiful words.
—Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD; Core Faculty, Clinical Psychology Program, Union Institute & University, Vermont; Author of Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: The Promise of Narrative Psychiatry

“This is a wonderful and important book that people will learn from.”  --Helmina Makes Him First, Lakota Spiritual Leader, Standing Rock Reservation

“Marvelous! Awesome!  This book is so desperately needed in our culture today.  We have lost our sense of community, and Linda has given us the road map to recovery.  Our love for INDEPENDENCE has destroyed our sense of community. This book is not only needed in our Indian world, but the church could be revitalized by incorporating her teachings regarding CEREMONY.  Ceremony will build community.  This will hold true for any type of group that needs revitalization and growth.”       Roy Wilson, Elder, former Chair of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and Methodist minister

“Ms. Neale has skillfully tied her own personal experiences into an amazing teaching adventure. From the humble hogan of her beginnings through the many lessons of life, she has gathered the true essence of ceremony and, more important, has found a powerful voice with which to share that gift. Her diverse and inclusive manner of story telling will easily guide the reader down a sacred road of knowledge in amongst the circles of ceremony, healers, and medicine people from all directions. She drums the gift of listening, clarifies spiritual intention, transforms mundane into amazing, and gifts us with accessible spiritual tools in order to continue our own journey. There is no doubt that this book will have a lasting impact on how we see and breathe our own ceremonies. ”
—Lionel Little Eagle, Author of Greengrass Pipe Dancers