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This Way: Gnosis Without "Gnosticism" Paperback – October 3, 2011
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Jeremy has also been an employee in a sandwich shop specializing in pita-bread "ryders" and cherry limeades, a radio DJ, a wedding DJ, a Gothic/Industrial club DJ, an indie puppeteer, a kitchen boy at a terrible pizza joint, a cook at a British pub, a kennel cleaner at a Humane Society, a priest-in-training, a cook at a popular cafe in South Florida, a member of the Stuckist art movement, a professional Tarot reader, an Assistant Manager at a music store, a tour guide at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, a cubicle monkey for Amazon.com, an organizer for a tech union, and office worker for a newspaper union, and a scheduler for cancer patients, not particularly in that order.
Jeremy currently resides in Seattle, Washington. He has a beautiful wife, whom he adores, a giggly little son, and two insane dogs. He is available for speaking engagements, complimentary meals, and children's parties.
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"How to Think Like a Gnostic," along with "This Way: Gnosis without 'Gnosticism'" along with the other works by Jeremy Puma bring something new and fresh to Gnostic study and praxis that I think provide a very necessary approach in spirituality in general - that of sincere and heartfelt honesty tempered by life experience. In this book Jeremy lays out his hard-won ideology and practices of a subject that is most often confusing and full of so many lacunae (missing parts) that it is nearly undecipherable for any kind of 'real-world-view' (that is a loaded hyphenate right there), especially for those like me, just starting to try and figure this out for the Nth time. I've found in my experiences in trying to delve into Gnostic Studies that one must subscribe to one of two camps (and to some degree flounder around in both): 1) The purely academic view, which tries to pick apart, word by word, what, who and if these so-called 'gnostic Christians' were, OR 2) A modern, but often very questionable (in my eyes at least) 'Gnostic Ecclesia' - groups that often falsely proclaim some grand, but again questionable at best, apostolic succession to a fantastical and quite possibly 'mythic' original group of people from the first couple of centuries of the Christian era (meaning mythic in the sense of our modern understanding of them).Read more ›
At certain points he just doesn't make sense. This meta-comedic style of writing, in the spirit of Roger Zelazny, Philip K.Dick and other psychonaut loons from the late 60's era, would be more apt and possibly actually funny if the book was not supposed to be a beginner's guide to the Gnostic tradition. Since it claims to be, these highly lame in-jokes seem at the expense of the uninitiated reader new to the subject matter. Or possibly as the author potentially might glibly phrase it, the Gnostic "Gnoobs".
Is there anything more pathetically hipster than an introduction claiming how one has seen past all the hubris of knowledge and is now in a state of transcendent humble non-humbleness? No, there isn't. And that is literally the first chapter of this neohippie kool-aid fest.
The rest appears to syncretise Buddhism with some form of personally divined True Ancient Gnosticism that the author, who in chapter one has already explained that he has attained a much higher level than the lodge going poseur Gnostics, and now we end up with a book closely resembling Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintanence, only this time, casually throwing in bits about being trapped forever in a dark realm of unholy nothingness, endless misery, but HEY its cool, because that chick Sophia and her boyfriend Christos are always with us, so chill man, y'know.Read more ›
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I'm on the fence with this work. The author raises some great ideas, but at the same time is far too flippant at the paths of others and is very hung up on Apostolic Succession. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian Warner
I found this book after reading the scathing "The Forbidden Religion" which casts Gnosticism in a combative light and makes it unattainable, frightening and unattractive. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Peggy Strickling
Here is another clear statement from Jeremy - outlining the very essence of modern gnosticism.Published 17 months ago by Agador
Easy to read but written without being "too easy". The author is obviously well informed, and the introduction to this slim tome is actually a apology to the reader for... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book as well as Puma's How To Think Like A Gnostic and I'm going to read them both again. Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by John S. Bailey
Jeremy Puma does a great job of making gnostic thought approachable to the autodidact seeker. Well thought out and easy to read without being too simple or preachy.Published on September 30, 2013 by Dave A