Alan Jacobs has made a life-long study of the subject of mysticism and the way in which it manifests throughout all religions and philosophies around the world. His latest offering is no exception and is a personal transcription of the Gnostic Gospels, which form one of a series of Sacred Texts taken from around the globe, published by Watkins Publishing.
In this first volume of two (the remaining extended one will be published a little later in the year), Jacobs includes The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, The Gospel of Philip, The Sophia of Jesus Christ and The Gospel of Truth, amongst others. Although he is true to the essence of the nondualist philosophy of the gospels, Jacobs adds his own poetic flavour by composing free verse in keeping with modern diction and linguistic style. Moreover, by presenting the gospels in an accessible and elegant format, their mystical message is all the powerful and moving.
I highly recommend this literary gem, particularly as it is produced as a pocket book, one which can be slipped away somewhere and then read at leisure or on the move, as a reminder of our essential nature in the hubbub of our daily lives.