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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456539418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456539412
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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By Sam A. Nicolosi on October 20, 2011
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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.
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By CPMIX on November 12, 2012
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I have read nearly thirty books on the subject of gnosis. Mr. Puma has managed to distill all of the scholarly work down to a concise work that is very easy to read. The bare facts are found in the pages without embellishment while suggesting a practical approach to the key spiritual principles revealed during one's journey. I highly recommend "This Way" to anyone trying to find their way, and who is seeking the truth about gnosis and Gnosticism.
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This book, whilst having some good beginner's information, gives me the impression of being written by a teenage hipster unable to write in anything but pop culture style jokes and in-joke references. It furthers gives me the impression that the author thinks he is so clever that he can write as lazily as he wants, as he imagines he is beyond all plebeian conceptions of english style, grammatical aesthetic and originality.

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.
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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.
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I read this book as well as Puma's How To Think Like A Gnostic and I'm going to read them both again. These books have confirmed my long held belief that organized religion puts limitations on God. I have never been comfortable with the God who insists that we grovel before him and tell him what a great guy he is while we throw money at him. Why would the Creator of all that is be so thin skinned? I intend to work on with the information from these books and maybe return to church without feeling angry at the stupidity spewing from the pulpit.
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I am very thankful to have recently found Mr. Puma's books and I'm going to note up front this review is actually for three of the books I have read, but mostly for "How to Think Like a Gnostic", which I feel is a companion and sort of introduction to his other book "This Way: Gnosis without 'Gnosticism'". These along with "A Gnostic Prayerbook" and honestly all of Jeremy's writings consistently convey his approach which is why I'm writing one review for all three books.

"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).
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