The Sin Eater’s Last Confessions: Lost Traditions of Celtic Shamanism by Ross Heaven
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I picked this up, I anticipated a book of Welsh, Scottish, and Briton mythology surrounding the history of Sin Eaters with a bit of personal background. Instead, Ross Heaven wrote an engaging and lovely memoir about his time learning from one of the last Sin Eaters in Wales. Heaven’s tone is similar to Dan Millman: any wisdom or lesson is presented more like a cozy conversation in someone’s living room than a class. Pagan books can sometimes be dryly informative: this was utterly charming in tone and delivery. I ended up reading it twice: once for the story itself, and again to take practical notes.
I read it over New Year’s weekend this winter, and it has set the tone for my approach to reading for work, pleasure, and spirituality this year. I loved it, and I’d have tea and conversation with Mr. Heaven any time.