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To Know and to Be Known in the Kingdom
Author: James M. Lawson
Publisher: Authorhouse
Length: 72 pages

James Lawson presents us with a "non-religious, non-traditional approach to the gospel of Jesus Christ." Claiming to be seeking to reach people who have away from Christianity and those with an unorthodox practice of religion, he uses some obscure gospels which are part of the Apocrypha which are texts where the authenticity or authorship are uncertain. Specifically, he uses the gospels of Thomas and Phillip, hoping to encourage people to read these books with an open mind and not just take man's word for anything without researching it themselves. This goal is admirable, which the book does achieve in a strange way, but it is bogged down by Lawson's constantly telling us that God has told him to to write this book. That may be the case, but it hardly seems irrelevant here. He, also, immediately will aggravate most non-practicing or non-traditional Christian by claiming that The Divinci Code is lie. Most non-practicing Christians who have read it will immediately get their back up and ignore they rest of the book, as it is what they have come to expect from traditional Christianity. This seems a little at odds with a book which claims it wants readers to think for themselves. It would have been better for him to guide readers to search this out for themselves. In any case, the book doesn't have enough information to come to any conclusion. Most of the information here isn't presented in a lot of context. If you want to know more about the gospels of Thomas and Phillip, I'm afraid you will just have to track them down and read them for yourself--which may be what Lawson wants readers to do in the first place.

Shari Lloyd


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