The Apocrypha is a group of books considered to be divinely inspired scripture until 425 A.D. when St. Jerome, acting on the authority of the Vatican, removed these books from the Holy Christian Bible. Today these books are considered anathema and a part of the Gnostic Heresy.
MYSTERIUM PANSOPHICUM by Jacob Bohme is subtitled A Fundamental Statement concerning the Earthly and Heavenly Mystery: How they are One in One Another, and How in the Earthly the Heavenly is Manifested. Drawn up in Nine Texts. This text is considered one of the primary Gnostic writings of all time.
Finding Grace at the Center The Beginning of Centering Prayer by M. Basil Pennington, Thomas Keating & Thomas E. Clarke is about a contemplative form of prayer which involves relaxation, breathing deeply and concentrating on one name for the Divine.
The Gospel of Philip as translated by Jean-Yves LeLoup is undoubtedly one of the most disturbing books to organized Christian religion because Philip was an Apostle and a scribe who took down word for word what the Master Jesus said. What Jesus says is we all can commune with the Divine and we can all return to the Divine. The choice is ours and does not rest with nor depend upon the clergy. Is there any doubt the official Church considers this heresy?
The Gospel of Judas Iscariot Scholars have waited for several years for translations of this Coptic text thought to have been written during the period between 33 and 50 AD. A copy fro about 170 surfaced in Egypt several years ago. The translation is not complete and the text is full of surprises for Christians and Gnostics alike.
The Gospel of Thomas contains a review of the annotated version of this book by Stevan Davies and several links to several other downloadable translations suggested by Archbishop Gilbert as being well done and readable.
Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas: Meditations on the Mystical Teachings by Tau Malachi is a well-respected book discussing the Gospel of Thomas.
The Jesus Path by Vicky Thompson is a result of deep inner work done by the author to release old patterns and pain from her life. As she journeyed deeper and deeper into her inner being, she received detailed information on how Jesus achieved all that he did in his short lifespan.
The Secret Book of James translated by Marvin W. Meyer was one of the books cherished by early Christians later removed from the Canon as heresy. It was deemed heresy because it preaches that we can all be saved by being filled with the Holy Spirit. (Note: The Holy Spirit is the Mother aspect of the Divine, that of unconditional love.)
The Secret Book of John suffered a similar fate to the Secret Book of James and the Gospel of Philip. These early Christian books were considered to be filled with truth and wisdom by most early Christians. Unfortunately, these three books do not support a paid priesthood acting as intermediary between common people and the Divine. It's no surprise the Vatican had them removed from the Canon.
The Templar Treasure at Gisors by Jean Markale is considered to be one of the most accurate books ever written about the Knights Templar.
The Way of a Pilgrim translated and annotated by Gleb Pokrovsky is about the Jesus Prayer. The Jesus Prayer is very simple: Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me. The Way of a Pilgrim describes the life experiences of a pilgrim who repeats this prayer thousands of times a day.
For more titles of similar books see Mystic.
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