Cynthia Bourgeault has an interesting, thought-provoking and quite radical approach to Christianity which I first came across in her earlier book 'The Wisdom Jesus' (Shambala 2008). But whereas that book was wonderfully readable, clear and direct and well-constructed, this one seems complicated, abstract and poorly organised. Maybe it just wasn't very well edited. In 'The Wisdom Jesus' she sets out a brilliant and succinct interpretation of the Christian Trinity and how she believes this mystery operates, and she manages to make a complex subject both coherent and convincing. This new book attempts to expand those ideas by delving deeper into the esoteric teachings of Gurdjieff (a major influence on her thought) but in doing so it feels to me that she's lost her way - or we readers are likely to lose ours, anyway! Her basic concept of the Trinity as less a static community of three individual Persons and more a dynamic description of how God operates - the Trinity as a verb rather than a noun - seems insightful and valuable, but here it's obscured behind a lot of Gurdjieffian (is there such an adjective?) numerology and quasi-mysticism, much of which comes over as quite batty in my opinion. I am sure there's some important and worthwhile stuff here, which is why I give it three stars, but I just don't think Bourgeault has presented it very well - and maybe she's made the common mistake of taking an analogy too literally and running much too far with it. I have a fair tolerance for far-out ideas but I'm afraid I lost interest quite quickly. Disappointing.