What they’re saying about ‘This Way’ and ‘A Gnostic Prayerbook’

Some nice customer reviews on Amazon.com:

A Gnostic Prayerbook, Kindle Edition:

“This book is great for people who find wisdom and solace in the ancient texts lumped into the ill fitting classification, Gnosticism. If you’ve tried other contemporary sources for so-called gnostic prayers and spiritual writing, but only found a tepid vague form of new age buzz words, try this book. Jeremy Puma has a great tone and down to earth understanding of the material he presents. I own several of his books and I’ve never been disappointed.” – Aiko Daiichi

A Gnostic Prayerbook, Paperback Edition

“Those who have followed Jeremy Puma’s writing career know him for his no-nonsense style and spiritual integrity. In this latest effort, Jeremy provides prayers and rituals for those drawn toward the “Sethian” Gnostic tradition. This is not a naive attempt to re-animate ancient Sethianism. Rather, it is the work of a modern spiritual practitioner working with respect for what we know of the Gnostic groups and texts of the early Christian era, but not afraid to bring his own insights to the table. One needs no elaborate vestments or secret transmissions to use Jeremy’s prayerbook. Rather, one simply has to summon the nerve (a certain amount of nerve being required for practices which demand transformation!) and take up the work. Even if one is not inclined to pursue this particular Gnostic path, Jeremy’s prayerbook is a fine example of a manual for an individual or a small group working outside mainstream religious institutions and professionalized ministry. As such, it points an important way forward and deserves serious attention.” – John P. Plummer

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This Way: Gnosis Without “Gnosticism”: Paperback | Kindle

Truth: accept no substitutes! We at Alpha and Omega Christian Gnostic Church, after years of study of the Nag Hammadi, arrived at many of the same conclusions independently of Mr. Puma. It is nice to have confirmation of scholarship, and to realize that the gnostic community is slowly breaking away from self imposed false orthodoxies. As the “Teachings of Sylvanus” says more than once, the “divinity” of reason has no substitute, and Mr. Puma’s book reflects the balanced approach that was practiced by our ancient forebears.

“We at Alpha Omega highly endorse this book; Truth will stand when everything else is finally proven false; or to quote Christ from “the Sophia of Jesus”: “”Everything that came from the perishable will perish, since it came from the perishable. But whatever came from imperishableness does not perish but becomes imperishable. So, many men went astray because they had not known this difference and they died.”

“Don’t risk spiritual death; buy this book!” – James T

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“Jeremy Puma was one of the very first voice on the internet to talk about the gnosis described in the Nag Hammadi library. There were plenty of folks preaching varieties of gnosis: some aped the caricatures of the early church fathers, others espoused the 19th century spiritualist interpretation, and of course the california guru versions are ever present. Puma cut through all of that noise and went back to the original sources, philosophical underpinnings, and settings. Instead of a self-centered, free floating, touchy-feely fiction, he actually offered a deep understanding. This book continues to deliver on that original message, and in many ways it enriches, revises, and clarifies the best parts of the message Puma has offered all along.” –
Aiko Daiichi
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“If the imaginative works of Timothy Freke suits your taste buds, you should probably shake the dust from your sandals, and move on. But if you are looking for a scholarly, yet plain-spoken approach to gnosis itself, minus the bells, smells, vestments, et cetera of “dress-up gnosticism” this book was written with you in mind. There are few people among modern writers on this subject who have spent as much time studying the ancient texts of the Nag Hammadi Library, and can write about them in the easy, conversational tone of an over-the-back-fence neighborly chat. Mr. Puma is one such writer, and I eagerly look forward to more of the same from him. Puma manages to steer clear of any unnecessary use of big words, and gets right to the heart of what gnosis really is, and how you can make it a part of your own spiritual life, without needing to rely on any mentor or extraneous religious organization to achieve it. He touches, fairly lightly, actually, on the historic origins of those early practitioners who came to be known in the modern day as “the Gnostics”, as well as the proliferation of neo-gnostic modern-day organizations, many of which are of a manipulative and rooted in the occult. This is a great do-it-yourself primer, if you are an independently-minded reader who wants to keep spiritual matters just between you and your God.” – Sam A. Nicolosi
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“Do you have a longing for the mysteries of ancient magicks? Are you an occultist searching the gaps of history for a glimpse of the traditions whose DNA filters through the ages, down to you? Are you a devotee of the Earth Goddess? Looking for a damning condemnation of leading world religions? Do you have an awe-filled sense that you are God, and everything is God, and like, we’re all one and stuff, maaan?

“If so, than this book is not for you. Mr. Puma’s latest work is the result of many years of study of leading scholarship and embodies the spirit of the paradigm currently dominating the field. Mr. Puma’s work draws on the work of giants such as David Brakke, Bentley Layton, Michael Allen Williams, and Karen King who have argued effectively that “Gnosticism” is a heresiological construct of both ancient and modern origins. At best, according to this paradigm, the term “gnostic” only fairly applies to an obscure group of religious philosophers formally called Sethians.

“Mr. Puma takes note that the adoption of “Gnosticism” as a religious identity is all too often tantamount to playing the same heresy vs. orthodoxy game that obscured the material in the first place. Modern-day “gnostics” wear the label not out of respect and reverence for ancient sectarians, but for the hip counterculture status of being a rebel out to tick off their mommies and daddies. Mr. Puma asks the question of how to transcend the garbled discussion that plagues the discussion among modern enthusiasts and make the so-called gnostic materials relevant on their own merits rather than as a means to the same old new age balderdash.

“If you want new age fluff, the validation of your biases, a whole lot of trash-talking of modern-day religions, magickal formulae, and an ego boost the size of a Winnebago, this book is not for you. Find yourself a copy of Freke and Gandy instead.” – Jesse Folks

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And hey, for balance, let’s toss in the 2-star review, too:
“I am sure the author means well, but I can’t get past the gibberish of two-thousand-year-old terminology for the mythological archons, the Pleroma, Aeons, etc. just left me cold and confused. Half-way through the book, I gave up. This one didn’t make if for me.

“Read Timothy Freke’s How Long Is Now? for a modern take on Gnosticism. The author of this book would, most likely, not approve of it. But, I found it way, way more helpful.” – Lee St Clair

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M. St Clair is right, I don’t approve of Freke, but whatever floats your boat, right?
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