Dating the Greek Gods: Empowering Spiritual Messages on Sex and Love, Creativity and Wisdom

As in his previous Finding the Boyfriend Within, Gooch aims this guide at gay men interested in self-discovery. Readers explore characteristics within themselves that are associated with particular Greek gods (e.g., the wisdom of Apollo, the romance of Eros). “All these Greek gods are really different role models,” writes Gooch, each with qualities worth considering. Chapters deal with individual gods (e.g., Hermes, the communicator) and identify how readers can develop traits similar to that god’s with a little practice. Aside from an aimless chapter on Dionysus, this thematic approach works well. Some advice is unremarkable, feeling rehashed in light of whatever deity is under consideration (“Changing spending patterns based on balance is an Apollonian version of balancing your checkbook”), and Gooch assumes a good deal of willful intent on the part of readers who must do the work. For spiritual self-help that fosters partnering with the Judeo-Christian God, readers might consider Mary Manin Morrissey’s No Less Than Greatness: The Seven Spiritual Principles That Make Real Life Possible. Of obvious interest to gay collections, this is an optional purchase for medium and large public libraries.

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This review appeared in Library Journal, 128.12 (July 2003): p109. The galley was recycled on March 28, 2012.

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