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Sanctuary of the Sacred Flame: A Guide to Johannite Spiritual Practice Paperback – February 22, 2013
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That being said, and being familiar for some time with the AJC and its slant on things, it's a good book. If one is curious toward the AJC, here you can find a bit of their practice in terms of more structured liturgy; a bit of their interior, meditative orientation in terms of practices like Lectio Divina and the Jesus Prayer -- for all of which, though, the upshot is "for more detail, check out..."
If a reader were interested in Johannite spirituality versus particulars of this church, "Living Gnosticism: An Ancient Way of Knowing" by the AJC's Jordan Stratford seems a much better place to go. If interested more in a taste of ritual, a structured form of liturgy specific to the AJC, this gives a good introduction.
The Apostolic Johannite Church is a world-wide network of communities united by the pursuit of gnosis and the communal celebration of the Divine. In Sanctuary of the Sacred Flame, Father "Tony" explains the significance of the central spiritual practices of the AJC after many years of personal practice, explores traditional devotionals in an applicable and approachable way, all the while maintaining his own sincere sense of humility and humor.
This text, following six years on the heels of Monsignor Jordan Stratford's+ Living Gnosticism and three years on the heels of Father Donald Donato's+ dutiful translation of The Levitikon: the Gospels According to the Primitive Church, is a foundational text for anyone looking to begin their own personal practice in the tradition of the disciples of the Divine Beloved and includes practices innovated by members of this community in the modern age.
Sanctuary of the Sacred Flame is sure to be a text I will myself refer to in the future as I undergo the seminary program toward priesthood in the AJC and am proud to suggest to anyone looking for a change of pace in their spiritual practices. My only complaint is that it is a little light on 'in depth' philosophy, but it makes up for it in the depth of experience of all the practitioners whose work contributed to the creation of such an amazing text.
This book has helped me get back into a more spiritual life. Thanks Fr. Anthony for all you do with the AJC, and for writing such a great book.
For those interested in learning more about the AJC's practices I highly recommend this book, it is easy to read, and fun.