I personally loved this book. My mother bought it for me when i was about eight...and I remember flipping though it with my best friend Olivia in thrid grade. It didn't matter to us that we couldn't understand half of the words, or much of the content-but we loved the stories. We had so much fun reading about the different types of faries, tree-sprits, ect and we even ventured to try some of the exercises. I am now 13 and I still love this book. There have been many times when I re-discovered this book on the shelf and re-read it. As I got older i also began to understand more of it as well. I think that this book was one of the things that- as all of my friends stopped believeing in magic-kept me from losing part of the child in me as I grow up. I know now that no matter how old I get I will still be a believer. I may not go aroung avertising it but it's really the thought tnat counts!:)
_Enchantment of the Faerie Realm_ is not a bad book, really. It has its amazing moments and its less-than-amazing moments. I especially like the idea of faerie tales as meditation exercises; the legends and fantasies dreamed up over the centuries might well be our best key to the nature of the fae. The meditations are also good; I especially liked "Meeting the Flower Faeries" and "Tree Faeries." I only wish the list of flowers and trees had been longer, but the meditations can be used with any plant, so that's no big deal.
Unfortunately, much of the book is devoted to a hyper-organized approach to the fae. There is too much ceremonial magic and not enough whimsy or wild magic. Note that the high points I mentioned above are also the moments in which the book is given over mainly to wild magic. In my work with the fae, I've never gotten the idea that they're a strict bureaucracy. They aren't that organized, and trying to organize them just misses the point. The fae *aren't* like us. They're wilder and more unpredictable, and I bet there are a lot of fae giggling a bit at parts of this book.
I also don't like the emphasis on using the fae to work on your psychological issues. If you're going to get to know the fae, it's best to get to know them just for the joy of getting to know them. And, yes, that *will* make your life happier and more interesting, but that is just icing on the cake. Don't use the fae; befriend them.