- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482610256
- ISBN-13: 978-1482610253
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
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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.
Overall, this book is very helpful in establishing a spiritual practice. It does have a very esoteric Christian bent, but the Apostolic Johannite Church is very esoteric in its approach to Christianity. I find the theology of the AJC a little muddled, but that's from a former Anglican theologian who accepted Islam. I do think there is a ton of common ground if we understand the demiurgic myth as such rather than as a literal intermediary pseudo-divinity between humanity and the unknowable ineffable Supreme Deity that Gnostics sometimes call the God beyond God, or that we as Muslims would simply call Allah. Either way, this book is abundantly approachable and readable. I commend Fr. Tony on his work and have integrated some of it into my regular spiritual practice. Well worth the price of admission.
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.