Hi Pretty Blossoms!
So I came across this adorable boy online who has been giving some great reviews on a lot of tarot cards that I have been considering adding to my collection. He posts video reviews in the review sections of Amazon, and I just love him. 🙂 His name is Steven Binko, and I know this because I creepily looked who this person was up on line one day, while I was pretend shopping for fun metaphysical stuff. (I pretend shop a lot…) ANYWAY, it turns out that this very sweet soul (who gives awesome Amazon reviews) is a Medium and a young self published author. I figured that I would show some support to a fellow metaphysical lover, especially since I am an aspiring author myself, so I bought his book! 🙂 His book is entitled, The Divinity Doctrine: A Metaphysical Guide.
Now, I have been exploring and studying Metaphysical Science stuff for a long time, so I didn’t particularly need a beginners guide. With that being said, I am very happy that I got my hands on this, so that I can share it with people who are just dipping their toes into the many metaphysical subjects that can be incredibly overwhelming.
OK, so I am not one for long, drawn out blog posts, so let me just get to the point… This is a great beginners guide. It covers the basics of many metaphysical topics (but not all, of course). Some of these topics include Animal Symbol, Crystals, Birthstones, Tarot, Astral Projection, Candles, Smudging, basic Astronomy, Physic Development Exercises. Steven did a great job providing enough, but not too much information on each topic, so I can see why this is a great beginners guide, for sure. 🙂 The book cover is beautiful (front and back), and although there are a couple tiny typos throughout the text, it is an easy to follow, and a good read.
Super cool front and back cover on this self published book. I like it #stevenbinko ! #thedivinitydoctrine A photo posted by Alysia Doyle (@alysia_at_work) on
The book is a good size and the quality of the print and book construction is very high. For $22 and some change, I am very happy with the purchase.
OK, so here is my 1 sightly negative note. I am an illustrator by trade, so artwork is BIG for me. Steven put some of his own creative juices into the book and added some personal drawings as the cover photos to his chapter pages. I like that he did this, and I don’t at the same time. 🙂 I like that he made the book more his own, with more of his energy into it by adding his drawings. The art definitely allowed me to connect with the author in a more personal way while reading his chapters, but I feel the drawings themselves didn’t mesh with the rest of the book visually.
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I personally may have stuck with simple font designs for the chapter pages, but I appreciate his efforts. I would have loved to have seen more professional looking illustrations (especially after seeing the gorgeous book cover design and fantastic biography photograph— so cool!). Then again, this is coming from the mouth of a professional illustrator, so perhaps I am being too hard on poor Steven. 🙂 Steven, you wrote a great book! In the future, if you are ever in need of an illustrator, I am here for you! Tehe! 😉
OK, so all in all, this is a super-duper gem of a book, that I randomly found on Amazon, that I think you will really enjoy. 🙂 It is grounded and objective and I found the information to be accurate and well presented.
What is also enjoyable is Steven Binko’s tarot and oracle card reviews! You can view them here, on his Amazon review page.