This book is disappointing from beginning to end. The author seems to be sincere in her spiritual quest and anxious to share her insights with the reader. However, I'm not sure her insights are worth reading. First, the book is not about "Celtic" anything--it's an American's view of Scottish culture. Second, the author appears to be only superficially acquainted with Scottish history and traditions. From those impressions, she extrapolates generalizations about "Celtic" mindset and worldview that are not supported by the evidence. Indeed, those not new to Celtic cultures may question her conclusions. If you are interested in learning about Scottish culture and spirituality, I recommend Noragh Jones' _Power of Raven, Wisdom of Serpent_. That book will give you authentic Scottish tradition in a modern context.
In Walking The Maze: The Enduring Presence of The Celtic Spirit, Loren Cruden has taught us all alittle more about the world of the Celt. This book provides a splendid view of the Celtic world both past and present. Anyone in search of their Celtic roots or a better understanding of Celtic tradition must read this book. 'Walking The Maze' joins the likes of Tom Cowan's 'Fire in The Head' as a special glimpse into the Spiritual life of all Celts everywhere. Cruden's book makes the sometimes foggy world of Celtic mythology a little clearer. She also provides a real-life glimpse of modern day Celts and their history. This is an invaluable tool and suggested reading to anyone preparing to visit Scotland and/or Ireland.