Carolee was kind enough to gift me a book called D.I.Y. Magic by Anthony Alvarado for the holidays. My thoughts when I first saw the book were:
1) This cover is gorgeous
2) Does she think I'm a witch or something?
Despite my initial "WTF Magik?" reactions to the book, I gave it a chance. What you should know about this book off the bat is that it is not about magic. At least in the traditional sense. D.I.Y. Magic is more about opening the magic and power you have within yourself so you can be more creative, peaceful, crazy...whatever you wish.
This is not an earth shattering book and you will most likely not learn anything new, but the book is good at motivating you to do things you have forgotten about. I already have done most of what is suggested in this book, but there are some new goodies, like The Ganzfeld Technique, or "the poor man's isolation tank." My favorite essay is "Surfing waves of Synchronicity and the Interpretation of Random Events." The essay talks about common ideas and thoughts, but Alvarado presents them in such honest and digestible ways that it is hard not to be inspired all over again.
D.I.Y. Magic is a good starting point for someone who wants to be more open or for someone who wants to rediscover actions they once used to do. The further reading section and the quotes scattered within the book are great for pushing the fire that this book lit. So, if you want to push your bubble of comfort, are in a creative rut, or just want to do new things, I would suggest this book. Choose your own adventure. No one is out to judge you.