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"Smoley presents his work simply and convincingly, with a conversational tone of voice. His scholarly text is balanced by an overriding gentleness that encourages his listener to take in the book's message of spiritual study and discovery. Those with an academic bent will find much to stimulate new inquiry, and those with a more heart-based faith will absorb the message and appreciate the guided meditations." (AudioFile)
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"This book is a modern classic for the esoteric"
I really never thought I'd find a modern book that gives so much hidden esoteric & symbolic knowledge & wisdom. I have been a member of several esoteric groups for many years that have not penetrated this deeply into the true & highest levels of understanding of a path that I gave up many years ago. This book has given me a new & dynamic perspective of Christianity & completely reinvigorated my interest in it's teachings. Richard Smoley is not only an adept but his voice & tone is pleasant & scholarly while he is able to articulate intricate information in a way that even a beginner on the path can understand & assimilate into daily practices that will reap wisdom & self knowledge for a lifetime.
"Comprehensive and Achieves its Goal"
Very detailed without being overwhelming. He explains much in a very orderly manner that most who follow the path must either discover or dig out on ones own. He provides a launch pad for further study, (very little of which is unfortunately in Audible.)
I have over 300 audio books in my Audible library and this is the first book that compelled me to write a review. It continues to hold my interest and is a great balance of scholarship and modern language. There is substance for the experienced adept as well as the uninitiated. There are so many outstanding attributes contained in this audio book, that I also purchased and read the paperback and buy copies for friends and fellow esoteric students. Give this well researched and written gift to yourself.
"A great primer ( and more )"
Eye-opening, inspiring, amazing.
Richard Smoley unveils some of the symbolisms of the cross to make it understandable by the layman. One of them, the cross as the living intersection of time and space was brought about by unassailable reasoning. And led the listener to a long meditative inner travel...
No, but seriously looking forward to.
This can't be made into a film, as several avenues are only uncovered and not followed.
Some reviewers blamed the book for trying to be all things to all. I'd rather want to thank the author for sharing so much knowledge in so narrow a space. The book needs to be listen over and over to be truly digested.
"Best one so far!"
Yes. Interesting approach to old stories!
Fresh, interesting, well presented by author!
Neither! Good book!
Like to see more speakers like Smoley! Straight forward! No music! Just the facts as the writer sees it.
"A Valuable Alternative to the Mainstream"
This is a well-behaved and insightful historical overview of esoteric Christianity with helpful suggestions and suggested reading. It offers a helpful alternative to mainstream Christianity, much of which has, alas, become watered down, fundamentalist, or strictly emotional and 'belief based'. Recommended.
"Inspiring and beautifully written!"
This book does much to illuminate the often challenging symbology of the Old and New Testament.
"Can it be re-recorded?"
ANY professional narrator would have improved this project. The author's delivery was flat, and the cringe-worthy regularity of word mispronunciation mistakes shows that he knows the words from reading, not from ever hearing them said aloud - a professional narrator would have researched the material and made sure they were pronouncing the terms and names correctly.
This is, hands-down, the best book on esoteric Christianity I've read. Do yourself a favor and read it.
"Profound. Beautiful. Well written."
This is a far more profound and illuminating book than I expected. A must read for s time who thinks they understand Christianity or the esoteric mysteries.
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