Monday 20 April 2009

The Gospel of the Second Coming: The Long-Awaited Sequel! by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

Published by Hay House Inc.
Distributed by Raincoast Books

Pretty much everyone knows the main players in this book. We follow Jesus during his second coming as he introduces Mary and Peter to Gnosticism. Mary is eager to learn but then again, could that have something to do with the fact that she has a teensy crush on the big JC. Peter is more sceptical and struggles to keep his old ideas of religion safe. If it were possible, I think Peter would be calling the men in white jackets to take Jesus away. I mean, what else can you do with a guy who claims not to exist! Especially when his dear old dad - AKA God - butts in and claims to be on the 'non-existent' team too.

This is actually a really well written book. During the first chapter or two, it was the humour and outrageousness of this book that kept my interest but as the authors got more in depth, I paid less attention to the humour and was genuinely engrossed in the thoughts and ideas that are shared within the pages.

I can imagine some Christians being offended by the content but I personally think this is the kind of book that everyone should read at least once, regardless of your religious preferences. I am all for a book that promotes love, peace, tolerance and above all, self-love and self-respect. I love that this book pushes readers towards enjoying the life that you live today and turns readers away from the guilt that is all too often attached to religious beliefs.

A positive and inspirational read though admittedly, it did get dry in a few places.

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