RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Man Who Drew Triangles, The
    Haraldur Erlendsson
    Keith Hagenbach
    'The Man Who Drew Triangles'…is a uniquely spiritual, fascinating and entertaining novel which not only resonates with our times but also skilfully and effortlessly delivers several important messages. The most profound for me being that we humans have lost touch with the fact that our beautiful Earth is a living, breathing, ever evolving organism. Through the very well developed characters, we encounter sacred geometry, lay lines, maps, mystical, magical Britain, Iceland and Ireland and the bias caused by our lop sided preference for conventional left brained dominance.
    This novel is not only a page-turner and exciting, intelligent read, it is also an instrument for healing...not through lecturing, preaching or insisting but by bringing the reader to their own realisations and flowering of consciousness

    ~ Christine Haines, MSTAT, AmSAT, Teacher of the Alexander Technique

  • Man Who Drew Triangles, The
    Haraldur Erlendsson
    Keith Hagenbach
    This novel is a page-turner. From chapter one I was captivated and couldn’t stop reading. Suspense, mystique and characters that you care about; not to mention the gripping power of the metaphysical and the mystery of sacred geometry, which is at the core of this wonderfully seductive tale.

    ~ Fridrik Erlings, Icelandic writer, poet and a screenwriter.

  • Man Who Drew Triangles, The
    Haraldur Erlendsson
    Keith Hagenbach
    Takes you on an exciting journey through the landscape of magical Britain…challenging the reader at every twist and turn of the story to question the mysteries of life and to explore the farther reaches of consciousness. ~ Philip Carr-Gomm, Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids. Author of ‘Druid Mysteries’ and ‘Sacred Places'.

  • Suffering: if God exists, why doesn't he stop it?
    John Morris
    Rooted in modern science, philosophy and Christian theology, here is the best short answer to the problem of suffering I have ever met. It is forged in the furnace of family suffering and yet resolutely believes in God’s ultimate good purpose. It is a great achievement to have produced something so thoughtful and yet so succinct. ~ Canon Dr Michael Green, theologian, university speaker worldwide, prolific author

  • Suffering: if God exists, why doesn't he stop it?
    John Morris
    Having lost our 7-year-old son to cancer in 1967, after 3 years of suffering, we are especially interested in what is helpful to those facing sleepless nights. There are not many books that are. But this well done book is, so I can recommend it without reservation. ~ Rt Revd Charles L.Longest, DD, former Bishop Suffragan of Maryland

  • Suffering: if God exists, why doesn't he stop it?
    John Morris
    One wishes that all theologians would write as clearly and succinctly as John Morris - his analysis of the 'problem of evil' will enlighten believers and unbelievers alike. ~ Lord (Martin) Rees, OM, Kt, FRS, Astronomer Royal

  • Suffering: if God exists, why doesn't he stop it?
    John Morris
    ‘‘A must read!” ~ Archbishop of York

  • Suffering: if God exists, why doesn't he stop it?
    John Morris
    What makes this book work for non-believers like me is Morris’s intelligent approach to the questions we have. He may not have converted me, but he entertains and stimulates. So let’s call it a score-draw!

    ~ John Humphrys, BBC, 'Today', 'Mastermind'

  • Recognitions
    Daniela I. Norris
    Think Cloud Atlas, a classic story of rebirth, many lives, and reincarnation on a level that involves protagonists in other lives - but take it a step further in Recognitions...a story that is quietly compelling: a moving saga highly recommended for any reader interested in predetermination, past lives, and how three disparate worlds weave together. ~ Diane Donovan, senior reviewer, Midwest Book Review

  • Master Yeshua, The
    Joyce Luck
    The Master Yeshua: The Undiscovered Gospel of Joseph is a fictitious account of the life of Jesus Christ, and the early Church. The story is from the perspective of Joseph of Pella, the nephew of Jesus.

    This novel held my interest, and the dialogue kept moving. It was also creative of Joyce Luck to write this story as a narrative.

    While reading The Master Yeshua: The Undiscovered Gospel of Joseph, I could easily visualize the scenery described in the novel. An example of this is the depiction of the cave that Jesus, or Yeshua, was born in. I could also tell that much research went into the preparations for writing this book, because of the amount of details the main character, Joseph of Pella, gave. This novel held my interest, and is written in a language that can be easily understood. You will enjoy reading this book, but remember it is a work of fiction.
    ~ Lisa Covington, Manhattan Book Review, http://manhattanbookreview.com/book-reviews/the-master-yeshua-the-undiscovered-gospel-of-joseph/

  • Nursing by Heart
    Julie Skinner
    I came across this book recently at a time of great change in my nursing career. I had previously met Julie in the arena of Clinical Supervision and was curious about about what this quietly spoken, grounded and respectful guide had to say. So glad I did! For a small book it had a big impact, encouraging me to enjoy the process happening in my professional life at the time.
    A small book written simply, with clarity not only about ideas but offering practical ways of applying concepts within.
    I found it innovative, energising, stimulating and at times challenging. Julie presents a holistic approach to underpin the need for self-care to be effective and sustainable. She uses both personal and professional reflections throughout the text to highlight, clarify and encourage possibilities for choosing new ways of engaging as a human being and within the profession.
    I am reminded of how valuable it is to have a sense of 'being understood' in relationship as, throughout 'Nursing By Heart...', I felt here was someone who really knew about the stresses of 'the nurse' both 'at the bedside' and 'managerial positions' as well as with pioneering endeavours. Each chapter is interspersed with suggestions and mindful exercises to encourage more than a cerebral experience.
    Whether you are a nurse or simply curious about how you might also enter into transformational self-care, I would encourage you to read it. ~ Bern Towner, amazon

  • Don't Lose Track Vol. 1: 40 Selected Articles, Essays and Q&As
    Jordannah Elizabeth
    http://www.infectiousmagazine.com/industry-interview-jordannah-elizabeth-the-deli-sf-weekly-mtv-networks/ ~ Angela Mastrogiacomo , Infectious Magazine

  • Stillness in Mind
    Simon Cole
    There is so much talk and writing about mindfulness these days. It’s refreshing to encounter Simon Cole’s book, Stillness in Mind, which offers a fairly unique take on mindfulness. His approach is very down-to-earth and practical, having been honed for more than 30 years as a counselor and, more recently, in workshops and individual therapy work at his retreat center in the south of France. Essentially, he has created a guidebook about how to develop mindfulness and how to go onto to establish a mindfulness based meditation practice, if one decides they want to move on with it after a period of initial exploration. He does this without any of, what some might consider, the “mumbo-jumbo” of Buddhism. In fact, he comes right out and says that he is not a Buddhist, which is not to say that he has anything against Buddhism. It’s just no his personal path. This is in contrast to most mindfulness authors who seem to be strongly allied with the Buddhist tradition. Rather, both as a therapist and as a meditator, his primary inspirations have been Martin Buber, Carl Rogers, and Eugene Gendlin. I found it refreshing that he had to go the extra mile to really bring it down to an everyday sort of experience and conversation. One thing that stands out for me about his approach is that he recommends a period of reflection after meditation, a time to integrate the experience and any useful learnings, time to digest it both emotionally and cognitively. Often during meditation, there are insights that one has and if you take time to sit with those insights, which may be about personal issues or relationship issues, or even ideas for new projects, these can disappear like smoke without some period of acknowledgement and reflection, even though they arose during a period of empty-minded, non-reflective, nonjudgmental, non-evaluative meditation. I’m happy to recommend this book to anyone who is interested in exploring mindfulness. ~ Prof. David Van Nuys, Sonoma State University, California

  • Stillness in Mind
    Simon Cole
    In 1978 I bought a copy of Lawrence LeShan’s now-classic How to Mediate (Sphere, 1978), from which I gained knowledge and understanding about meditation, but not as much as I had wished about the how-to-do-it. “Stillness in Mind” redresses that balance with detailed instructions to guide the novice … it is discursive about what is going on in and around the experience of mindfulness; and it is a guide for personal development in the practice of meditation. The book is … like an experienced companion able to help the reader to meet the challenges of the journey.

    The text is easy to read, using everyday language, and it explains difficult concepts well. Yet, like some of the anecdotes it includes, the text is infused with hidden depths that reveal themselves only on subsequent readings. To me, this shows that the writer … inhabits the material. The tone is respectful, yet light.

    The author is also a counsellor / therapist, and is able to make strong connections between mindfulness and some aspects of humanistic psychotherapy, considering such concepts as ‘felt-sense’ (Eugene Gendlin), ‘empathic understanding’ (Carl Rogers) and ‘I-thou’ (Martin Buber). Each concept is carefully explained in lay terms …That important parts of the text are based on ideas from these three people would have been enough to excite my interest.

    A central chapter entitled ‘Being Ourselves and Visiting Our Pain’ works through a list of difficult feelings and identifies how meditation through mindfulness can help us. Starting with ‘attachment’ as the root process, the chapter goes on to consider disappointment, sadness, regret, remorse, guilt, jealousy, anger, anxiety and stress. The chapter concludes with some thoughts about meditation and pain. I should have liked this chapter, lengthy though it is, to have been even longer.

    The writer draws on some real case-material (an engaging format familiar to anyone who reads books about counselling). These sections are excellent for really understanding how to make meditation work, by breathing life and colour into the practice. The text also proposes and works through in detail several focused meditations. Counselling clients and their therapists could make much use of this book.

    The book is aware of the relevance of Buddhism to the subject of mindfulness and meditation, although it is scrupulous in avoiding both Buddhist ideology and Buddhist terminology, which have the potential to be dauntingly off-putting. There may be many paths leading towards the practice of meditation. The path of mindfulness involves training one’s mind to watch one’s mind.

    For a little while I was uncertain about the difference between ‘being still’ and ‘waiting’. However, I came to realise that the idea of, say, waiting (expectantly) for a bus, is very different from the Quaker practice of waiting, with which, in this context, I am most familiar, and which may be much more comparable with the author’s concept of ‘clear space’ … many universalist Quakers would feel entirely at home and receive positive encouragement from the text.

    In 1978 I bought a copy of Lawrence LeShan’s now-classic How to Mediate (Sphere, 1978), from which I gained knowledge and understanding about meditation, but not as much as I had wished about the how-to-do-it. Simon Cole’s book redresses that balance with detailed instructions to guide the novice… and it is a guide for personal development in the practice of meditation… The book is not a drover, intent on directing the reader along a designated path to a specific destination. Instead, it is more like an experienced companion able to help the reader to meet the challenges of the journey… he inhabits the material. The tone is respectful yet light.

    The writer draws on some real case-material… excellent for really understanding how to make meditation work, by breathing life and colour into the practice… I would strongly recommend Stillness in Mind over How to Meditate… and somewhat oddly perhaps, many universalist Quakers would feel entirely at home and receive positive encouragement from the text.

    ~ Peter Hughes, Durham & Sunderland Universities

  • Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption
    Robert Appelbaum
    Robert Appelbaum, Working the Aisles: A Life in Consumption. Winchester:
    Zero Books, 2013. 244 pp. £12.99 pb. ISBN 978-1-78279-357-1.

    In this autobiographical history of consumption from the 1960s onwards,
    Robert Appelbaum teeters on the balancing wire between depression and
    desire. ‘The first thing you have to remember when you walk down the aisles of
    your local supermarket is that they do not love you’ (1): that is Appelbaum’s mantra
    to avoid the pitfall of vacuous elation in a consumer-driven society with the
    supermarket at its centre. It is also the thread on which this engagingly curious
    tale hangs, about how a New York-born, Chicago-bred, Jewish boy restlessly
    crisscrosses North America before making a leap for Europe, hopping from
    professional despair to prosperity. His heart and mind are as complex and
    multifaceted as the culture around him. A sometime limousine driver-gigolo
    and second-hand purveyor of semi-sadistic telesex, he is also an unhappily
    distant father, a love-thirsty boyfriend and, later, a devoted husband, tossed
    between being a victim of and a hapless semi-agent within neoliberal consumer
    society. The book successfully entwines personal and cultural history through
    a dope-fuelled cross-continental car journey, with its only interruption a night
    spent in jail, a booze-cruise with a twist and a fortnight drenched in a tent in
    the Loire Valley.
    One of Appelbaum’s absolute strengths is his flawless sensitivity to the
    significance to be found in meticulous detail. Casually situating his analysis
    in the context of Raymond Williams, Appelbaum lifts his gaze to reflect on
    his own arduously attained maturity in terms of ‘the gap between my parents
    and me [being] representative of the new salience of “culture” as a domain
    of struggle’ (77). To shape his analysis, he compares a good range of national
    contexts from the ‘orderly, mannerly, respectful’ aisles of a British Sainsbury’s
    supermarket (8) to the suave casualness of a French youth coming out of
    his local supermarché carrying a baguette. The Swedish state-monopoly alcohol
    shop, Systembolaget, comes off by far the worst as ‘in effect a communist
    supermarket’ with its mission ‘to serve the people [and] to give them what
    they think they want. But not too much: its mission is also to shame the people
    and suppress the crime of excess’ (229). At the other extreme, Applebaum
    finds the alienating brutality of an American Walmart or Meijer’s hypermarket
    ‘where the ketchup bottles are next to the athlete’s foot powder and the pantyhose,
    and the beef steaks are set across from a stack of polyester sweaters’ (9).
    Appelbaum’s everyday paranoia about supermarkets’ power to simulate
    love seems wholly justified. What connects these mercantile ventures globally
    is how they lure customers by appealing to their supposedly individual tastes,
    while at the same time enforcing predefined and artificial categories of
    personal identity. By providing its customers with tailor-made special offers
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    and other forms of targeted advertising, supermarkets use complex algorithms
    to calculate who we are based only on what we buy, even when the choices we
    make as customers are at their most erratic.
    This is a racy, provocative and largely male-centred story, at times a tad
    bitter, which embodies its publisher Zero Books’ commitment to ‘another
    kind of discourse – intellectual without being academic, popular without being
    populist’ (245). The occasional editorial roughness gives the text authenticity
    and immediacy, and although there are a few too many typos, the pace of the
    text makes up for the odd copy-editing slip.
    Appelbaum ties the two narrative strands of cultural analysis and cathartic
    memoir together with physical precision. At one point, he even ends up with
    a shopping bag round his head in a failed suicide attempt. Tacitly explored
    throughout is the impact on mental health in general of a neoliberal system
    living off consumerism, individualism, isolation and humiliation.
    But there is hope. What Appelbaum really mourns in the supermarketisation
    of the West and beyond is heart and connectedness: interhuman contact as
    well as contact between us and the raw materials of existence. He finds such
    humanity and warmth in France: in the delicate sensitivity of a provincial
    restaurateur who has gently boiled and seasoned the bouillabaisse he serves to
    his customers, and who cares with his heart and soul about its delectation. As
    an upbeat mock-Joycean conclusion to this often rather gloomy cross section
    of contemporary everyday life comes a handful of semi-orgasmic yeses in the
    protagonist’s sleep (244); though it remains unsaid whether these are spoken
    in good faith or in bad.
    Kristin Ewins
    Örebro University ~ Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism 13 (2015)

  • Breaking the Mother Goose Code
    Jeri Studebaker
    Book Reviews
    Breaking the Mother Goose Code: How a Fairy-Tale Character Fooled the World for 300 Years

    Written by Elizabeth Hazel
    Published: 23 August 2015

    This is a first-person account of the process of researching the mystery of Mother Goose. Studebaker shares the clues along the path to discovering the true identity of Mother Goose. This, in turn, reveals the covert purpose of fairy-tales and nursery rhymes.

    The earliest appearance of Mother Goose in published books of fairy tales is examined in detail, as are numerous historic book-cover depictions of Mother Goose. The transformation of Mother Goose into a hag-like witch is a fascinating bit of commercial illustration history.

    Part I outlines the history of Mother Goose's appearance in literature and the stories associated with her. Part II presents an in-depth examination of the hidden goddess and magical lore encoded into fairy tales. There are numerous appendices that include synopses of Perrault's fairy tales, a glossary of fairy tale code words, discussion questions. There is a juicy bibliography and an index.

    Chapter 13 describes the magical spells and incantations contained in fairy tales. The author gives suggestions for how these might be performed. The extensive bibliography substantiates an impressive labor of research by the author over several years. The book's thesis is complex because the clues are widely dispersed, making it difficult to navigate through the topic in an ordery manner. The persistence of the old religion and magic in Europe has only recently been verified, primarily in university research papers, journals, and scholarly treatises by writers like Pennick and Lecouteux.

    This book is a great introduction to Crafters who seek more information about the legacy of the Goddess in legend and magic that’s encoded in fairy-tales. For individuals taking their first steps into the transmission of ancient Goddess lore, Studebaker provides a finely-written and accessible account that demonstrates how researchers gather tiny pieces to assemble a picture of historical events and move forward into the deductive process.

    For readers who are familiar with the transmission of pre-Christian European Goddess spirituality and magical traditions, this book may repeat some material that has already been covered in other books. Advanced students of myths and fairy tales will find the specific details of Mother Goose's artistic and literary transformation quite valuable.

    This book is recommended to readers who are curious about the ubiquitous figure of Mother Goose as her literary and artistic progress from the late Middle Ages through contemporary times. It is thoroughly traced and presented in an entertaining manner.

    ~review by Elizabeth Hazel ~ Facing North, http://facingnorth.net/Witchcraft/breaking-mother-goose-code.html

  • Grendel’s Mother
    Susan Signe Morrison
    The epic Beowolf was the earliest tale in the Old English language to pass down to us in manuscript form. It tells the tale of the eponymous Geat hero's adventures in the lands of the Scyldings (~6th Century Denmark), as well as his own native Sweden. Of course, the legend has many fantastic aspects, involving the conquest of monsters and dragons. Such a slant was made the most of in the 2007 screen adaptation of the epic poem, which starred Angelina Jolie as Grendel's Mother. The monster Grendel was depicted in 'Lord of the Rings' fashion. I say this to underline the difference between the movie and this novel which Susan Signe Morrison has crafted so beautifully and skilfully, using the original epic poem as ample source material. Although the essential 'sword and sorcery' devices remain (and are, in many respects, vastly improved upon in her new novel), her approach to understanding the tale is woven into the history, culture and drama of the times. The result is a gritty, no-holds-barred epic in its own right which retains some historical impact.

    The author presents the guts and horrors of the time (much raping and pillaging) in a frank, open way, providing the reader with a compelling account of life in Danish society during the Dark Ages. Living conditions were basic, and human life was cheap. There was no room for sentimentality in those times of hardship. The Germanic Danish tribes survived purely through bloody conquest of each other, and any other fledgling society within unfortunate reach of their longboats. But the bloodlust created a never-ending cycle of destruction. It is that corruption which concentrates the mind of the author in trying to understand the origins and motivations of the central characters of the original epic.

    Her inspired interpretation provides a background tale which satisfies the modern mind's need to delve into what Beowolf might actually have been about. Generations of oral rendition inevitably heaped layers of mystery upon the tale over time, and the author does a wonderful job of unpicking the mythical aspects of the narrative to deliver a powerfully human novel.

    So who was Grendel's Mother? Known more simply as Brimhild in this novel, the protagonist first arrives on Danish shores literally in a Moses basket, washed up onto a beach within the realm of King Hrothgar of the Scyldings. Fate lends a hand to ensure the survival and nurturing of this foreign infant, as well as her eventual integration into the Danish King's court, such that it is. Learning fast, Brimhild represents an integration between the old ways of the Scyldings and other Scandinavian/Germanic tribes, and the coming revolution of early Christianity as it spread inexorably across the European continent in the wake of the slow demise of Rome:

    "The best way is both ways, the strength of the past embracing the mercy of the future." (p193)

    Brimhild gains much influence in her adopted society, largely through her pragmatic knowledge of the 'old ways'. The author interweaves tales and lore of the ancient gods and heroes of Scandinavia into her story, reflecting the broad knowledge of the old gods understood and skilfully used by Brimhild, as well as their central importance to the social fabric of the society - which enjoys a short golden age. Brimhild is also learned in the more obscure medical practices of the time, whose peculiarities are described luxuriously throughout the novel. Many a witch's recipe is laid out, like a bizarre cookery book. This skill of 'leechdom' becomes increasingly important for Brimhild's survival as her life, and that of her son Grendel, are suddenly plunged into crisis when her past returns to haunt her. Betrayal and death follow, causing the kingdom to slide into crisis, and bringing forth the anti-hero Beowolf to clean the mess up on the politically-paralysed Hrothgar's behalf. Beowolf and his band of thugs hunts down both outcasts in the watery mere, with mixed success.

    This stirring reinterpretation is a 'creative response' to the ancient Old English epic, and makes much sense of the underlying mystery of the original poem. Susan Morrison takes the story further, interlacing the epic with historical events in 5th Century Western Europe. The author is an American professor of English, and has a passion for the languages of Old English and Old Norse. Her elegant prose reflects elements of these languages, including its rhythm, whilst remaining accessible to the modern reader. Many beautiful poems break up the text; often songs privately sung from one character to another, or set pieces provided to the court by bards, or 'scops'. Throughout, well-considered allusions to the deeds of the deities and heroes of one mythos or another provide further colour and focus, in keeping with the original epic (pp207-8). A helpful glossary and index of proper names provided easy reference to pick through these often unfamiliar tales.

    Perhaps what is most striking is the utter brutality of the era, often brazen and purposeful. I have pondered before how the old societies were driven by alcohol-fuelled binges of violence. Water was usually unsafe to drink, and alcoholic beverages - ale, wine, mead - were thus part of the staple diet, even from a young age. There were inevitable consequences to this. Morrison's portrayal of court life in the Dark Ages reflects the drunken reality, where the mead-fuelled warriors held sway over all; Alpha-male drunks with no lawful restraints to concern themselves with. The women inevitably suffered the consequences, time after time. It is perhaps no surprise that they would be more sympathetic to a new, softer religion than their dominant, brutal men-folk.

    To reinforce this inherent brutalism, the author does not shy away from graphic descriptions of the violence (both physical and sexual), nor from some very base language to underscore the drama. In comparison, the movie version of Beowolf appears sanitised, lacking the crude savagery contained within this new novel. It's surprising, in a way: an English Prof. doing 'Conan the Barbarian'. But it works really well, transporting the reader into the Dark Age world of magic, mystery, pagan rites, human sacrifice, incest, ancient earth medicine and some unorthodox sexual appetites. I expect that this particular author has not used this kind of material simply for effect, or to scandalise the work. Instead, she has tried to paint a picture (more sew a tapestry, I suppose) of how life in those times was experienced, particularly from the woman's point of view.

    I fear that the book's rather academic-looking cover may misguide the prospective reader, presenting a work that appears more formal and dry than is actually the case. In fact, so dramatic is the storyline that I wondered how this reinterpretation might present as a film - after all, the ideas explored are gripping enough - but concluded that the subject matter was too coarse for Hollywood tastes. The frequent dishonouring of women here is simply too sustained to be acceptable in that format, even if implied. But as a novel it provides a powerful lesson in morality, and a contextual understanding of how Christianity - a self-evidently foreign religion - was able to take root so successfully throughout Western Europe. Simply put, people were getting sick and tired of the relentless raping and pillaging and its sorrowful aftermath, and sought a new way. In exchange, they put up with the slow relinquishment of the old ways, the building over of their sacred groves by the mausoleum keepers of Christ.

    I really enjoyed reading this multi-layered work of historical fiction, and learned much about what we might refer loosely to 'Viking culture', or more accurately the earlier Danish Anglo-Saxon/Frisian/Jute raiders. I was also invited to consider a valuable modern conceptualisation about how an epic like Beowolf may have been fashioned out of real events. Susan Morrison is a masterful guide through this Dark Age epic, as well as being an accomplished story-weaver of passion and tragedy. ~ Andy Lloyd, Andy Lloyd Book Reviews

  • Belly Dance for Health, Happiness and Empowerment
    Tina Hobin


    I am extremely disappointed in the reviews written by Mary Barry and John Hunt Since they were written I have added an introduction to the book.

    The statement made it has little to do with belly dancing is unjustified as it has everything is to do with belly dancing. The movements of the dance are a unique form of fitness for women. It is a natural core workout. Women with low back pain, arthritis, knee problems nine months pregnant or obese would not gain any benefits from jumping up and down over stretching or doing high impact exercise.

    Teachers who ran fitness classes did not include belly dance moves until it became so popular after my first book and media attention. I also have numerous testimonies from learners who's lives have change for the better since taking up the dance.

    If I did not know anythhing about the dance and its health and fitness benefits after reading the above I would be at all interested ~ Submitted by Tina Hobin

  • Last Stop, The
    Michael H. Burnam
    “A refreshing change-of-pace novel about a group of teens who accept the challenge of a dying race and save two worlds, theirs and ours, in an ET-type thriller that explores the proper use of power.” ~ John Nelson, author of Matrix of the Gods

  • Why the Gospel of Thomas Matters
    Gethin Abraham-Williams
    I have now read and pondered over your book and I heartily congratulate you on it. You put your case effectively and it is cogently sustained from beginning to end and one is left in no doubt about the distinctive contribution by St Thomas to our understanding and appreciation of the role of enquiry in the Christian pilgrimage, and indeed in the religious quest generally. There is always an incompleteness and indeed a provisionality in our profession of faith. Faith, as you insist, can and does co-exist with incertainties. St Thomas’s stress on this is, as I say, distinctive, but I think that the same lesson is to be found generally in the NT. As I read your essay I became more aware that I had met and welcomed this emphasis on struggling with doubts – or incertainties – elsewhere, not least in many contemporary theological reflections. I suppose I first became conscious of the challenge to grapple enquiringly with faith when H D Lewis taught me at KCL about what he called “reverent agnosticism” which is not far away from what incertainties are. ~ Canon David Jones, former Vice Principal, email

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