The Gospel of Thomas, a book of sayings and wisdom of Jesus compiled as early or earlier than the New Testament gospels, can transform your spiritual life.
There are many academic commentaries on the Gospel of Thomas, but this book has a different aim. It is meant to be a guidebook, that is, a translation of the sayings into daily practice. The goal of such practice is to become Jesuss twin. This does not, of course, mean becoming an olive-skinned, bearded Mediterranean peasant wearing sandals. It is more about manifesting in our lives the same Christ consciousness revealed in the person we know as Jesus of Nazareth.
In the decades since its discovery, the Gospel of Thomas has intrigued people of all faiths around the world. Shedding new light on the origins of Christianity, the Gospel of Thomas raises questions about whether the New Testaments version of Jesuss teachings is entirely accurate and complete. In the Gospel of Thomas we see Jesus as a wisdom-loving sage, sharing aphorisms about the value of the present and each persons role in the creation of the Kingdom of God here on earth. But these inspiring sayings can leave you wondering, "What next?"
Now you can learn how to start applying Jesuss wisdom to your own life, and, in turn, to the world around you. This unique guidebook leads you through Thomas, offering practices that help you translate Jesuss wisdom into a more fulfilling, enriching daily life, including:
- Becoming a Spiritual Adult
- Sorting Out the Old and the New
- Being a Healing Presence
- Daring to Be a City on a Hill
- Gods Reign Calls for Ready Hands
- Spirituality Is Not Skygazing
- And much more
Ron Miller is the chair of the Religion Department at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he has taught for thirty years, and co-founder of Common Ground, an adult education group for interfaith religious study and dialogue since 1975. Miller is the author of many books and articles, including The Gospel of Thomas: A Guidebook for Spiritual Practice, named one of Spirituality & HealthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 50 Best Spiritual Books of the year; The Hidden Gospel of Matthew: Annotated & Explained and Healing the Jewish-Christian Rift: Growing Beyond Our Wounded History (all SkyLight Paths). His website is www.ronmillersworld.org.
Like the Kingdom of God, the Gospel of Thomas is a mustard seed: if it falls on prepared soil it grows into a sheltering umbrella of grace. Ron Millers masterful guidebook to Thomas prepares the soil of the readers soul that Jesuss words take root and create shelter. This is a book to read and, more importantly, to implement.
, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explained and The Hebrew Prophets: Annotated and Explained
"Read this book. Savor its spirit. Let it shake you up and transform you as you encounter an ancient Jesus tradition promoting a higher consciousness and a universal love."
, Miriam Therese Winter, professor, Hartford Seminary, and a Medical Mission Sister