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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
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,071,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy Puma is the founder-- and only current employee-- of Strange Animal Publications. His literary influences include Philip K. Dick, Stanislaw Lem, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Julio Cortazar, Kenneth Patchen, Douglas Adams, etc.

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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sam A. Nicolosi on October 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aiko Daiichi on October 25, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Isaac T. Linder on July 28, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raul on July 14, 2013
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I'm into the Puma-thing now. This book isn't as good as "How To Think Like A Gnostic", but it's still great. If you're trying to work this stuff out for yourself and you're not going to join a gnostic church, this book is essential. Is anyone else, besides Miguel, working for the independent gnostic?
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful 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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