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What type of book would an open minded catholic read to except a Wicca practitoner into their family any ideas?

I am trying to persuade my aunt valerie that me being a Wicca practitioner is perfectly fine & I think getting her book with proof in it will help her lighten up any suggestions?

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  1. Harry Potter? Her morals and ideals are hers, you shouldn’t try to manipulate them for your purposes

  2. When Someone You Love is Wiccan by Carl McColman. In simple, non-threatening language it answers some of the most common myths and stereotypes and explains why it’s not as scary as the preachers make it sound.

  3. It is completely acceptable for a member of a non-Wiccan religion to not appreciate Wicca. We’re not Wiccan to get their support.
    If she’s not causing trouble, leave her be.
    If she is causing trouble, tell her that you love her no matter how she slanders you, and that her behavior, and those who act like her, is one reason you won’t consider Catholicism at this point in time.
    But, seriously. Not your job to make her accept it. Just be the most ethical, credible, reliable person in the room, no matter what she says.

  4. There are a number of problems with the premise of your question.
    For one, you seem to be equating Catholicism with close-mindedness.
    Merely being Catholic doesn’t automatically mean one’s mind is closed.
    Second, you are claiming “acceptance” when you really mean “toleration”. Acceptance and toleration are two very different things.
    Third, objectively speaking, just because you think practicing Wicca is fine doesn’t mean it is.
    Fourth, NO BOOK can prove Wicca is acceptable to Catholics because it isn’t.
    The practice of Wicca constitutes Divination, and Divination is a violation of the First Commandment.

  5. Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions
    by
    Starhawk (Author), Diane Baker (Author), Anne Hill (Author), Sara Ceres Boore

  6. Wicca’s Charm. It was written from a Christians point of view, in a positive light. Mind you, it does contain some misinfomation, but then again, what book doesn’t??

  7. Why do you need to persuade her? Is she being inappropriately critical and nasty when she’s around you and your family? If she’s not actively causing a problem and she only gets slightly weird once in a while you might just want to let her be. Intolerance and close-mindedness isn’t the worst thing in the world as long as the person in question isn’t stomping all over the rights of other people.
    I can’t recommend any books, but if she is actively causing a lot of tension and awkwardness, you might politely direct her to the Wicca 101 section of http://wicca.timerift.net. It goes into a very basic explanation of what Wicca is and what Wicca is not. The goal is not so much to get people to accept Wicca or believe in its teachings but to understand it and get rid of a lot of worrying stereotypes about devil worship, drug abuse, etc…
    There’s nothing you can do to change a person’s mind if they don’t want it change and just as you have every right to believe what you believe, she can believe what she wants about Wicca. It might be beneficial to point her to that site just to calm her concerns for your physical safety and well-being. You may not be able to change her mind about your spiritual safety, however.

  8. When Someone You Love Is Wiccan, and wicca.timerift.net as others have suggested, and I also like Wicca For Dummies. It goes more into the beliefs and mysticism.
    @Daver – She never said “All Catholics are close-minded”, in fact she said OPEN-MINDED Catholic, right there in the FIRST SENTENCE. Please actually READ the question before responding.
    Also, I’m sure you meant “tolerance”, not “toleration” which is not a word.

  9. Hmmm, not sure of what’s going on in your family… but the truth is that some people are never going to accept Wicca or think it is fine. It’s not something you can prove. Trying to show them the light or make them understand can often just fuel the problem.
    I think the best thing to do is just be with your family, be yourself, and leave Wicca out of it. Practice your faith but you don’t have to bring it up with them, it’s your own private thing. You don’t actually need their acceptance. Tell they you’re there and the person you always were, but that your faith is off limits– you’d be happy to answer respectful questions but you don’t plan on talking about it or arguing about it. If they do get disrespectful get up, say, “that was hurtful,” and leave or go do something else.

  10. There isn’t any book that is going to convince a devout Catholic, who believes in leaving God in control, that Wicca, the practice of controlling nature and situations oneself, is “perfectly fine.” Wicca is the opposite of Catholicism.

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