I just read the review you posted on November 21, 2003 for The Nag Hammadi Library by James Robinson.
Recently I have gone through a personal struggle with life and death and existence of a higher power.
For months now, I have been emerging from years of darkness and fear and anger, trying to right my life's course.
I was raised Catholic and we never studied the Bible, although we heard certain watered down passages during mass. I withdrew from participating as a young adult, but still believed that Jesus was the living proof of eternal life. He ensured my certainty that only our bodies died; that our soul or spirit lived on forever.
They had me at resurrection.
When I married a protestant born again Christian, I followed once again, but this time studying the Bible, alone and with a group of friends. I never fought so much in my life. They would just pluck a quote out of context and fling it at you arrogantly. As if to say "Look! Here's proof!". The truths of the Bible, though, are not always literal. If you dissect the passages, the message is lost. Their self righteousness was the very thing that disconnected them from the truth. So I studied and discerned to the point I could, divorced my husband and knew that the Bible was not complete somehow.
I looked to self help writings from Dr. Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra. I was introduced to the notion that God was within me. I read The Da Vinci Code in hardcover. But didn't look up the Gnostic Gospels until last month when I saw it mentioned on the bulletin board I was posting on.
This leads me to the hard recent past years of getting older and family or friends dying. My life's dream of marriage and children never to come true. Hyper aware that all too soon it would be my turn to die. I spent the last year or so living in panic and fear of my death. Fear of my mother and my father's deaths.
Posting on the message board for the last month, all my collected pieces of truth became organized as I wrote. I was no longer afraid or depressed. I suddenly felt connected to the source from which I came and recognized it as the same place where the artist draws from to create the song. I believe that there is something bigger that we add to when we create or love and draw from it to create or love. We guarantee it's existence. This is where we are all connected. This is the fate that awaits all of us. We become part of the "something bigger", from where we came. When my mother passes, she will always be available to me as part of that life force I can access at any moment, to create or to love.
If we all believed that there would be no fear.
I suddenly thought that maybe these missing texts are what would make the difference in so many Christians lives. The difference between reciting the words and living the words. In believing in eternal life, with the power of knowing you are already a part of eternity. So many of the people around me know nothing of the Gnostic Gospels. So I googled it today, hoping to read the full text and see if it could be the connecting link that is missing in the Bible I studied. The complete picture, the additional information needed to see the truth.
My search led me to the book The Nag Hammadi Library by James M. Robinson, which led me to your review of it. Your review made me buy the book.