Wednesday 21 May 2008

"The Gospel of the Second Coming" by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy

Many years ago, when I had finished the first version of ITLAD I was not sure what I should do. I knew that one needed to secure the services of a literary agent but which one. I had heard that this was harder than getting a publishing deal so I was at a loss.

Whilst on holiday in Stoupa (a beautiful small resort on the Greek Peloponnese) I read an amazing book called The Jesus Mysteries by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy. I was really excited to discover that Freke & Gandy also discuss the Daemon and Eidolon as I had done in my book. On my return to the UK I checked out their website and fired an email of to Tim. I never expected a reply. What I received was that and more. Tim was so fascinated by my 'take' on this Gnostic belief that he suggested that I contact his literary agent. This I did and, as we like to say, the rest is history.
Tim and Peter have brought out another couple of books since Mysteries including the amazing Laughing Jesus. However it is their latest book - The Gospel of the Second Coming that is well worth reading. Not only that but it is rib achingly funny!
In this book may I draw particular attention to Chapter 10 (page 81) which has a most interesting discussion regarding the Daemon and the Eidolon.
If you are interested Tim and Peter have a website dealing with this classic book - check it out at

I know that Tim is aware of our little blog here ... and I will give him the "heads-up" that I have referenced his great book.


johar said...

Thanks Tony, Looks really interesting.

More books to add to my ever increasing list!

Watch your aching ribs, Tony, you've only just sorted your shoulder!

Karl Le Marcs said...

Tony: The Jesus Mysteries was a very interesting book and it was "Laughing Jesus" that I have read, and not "The Gospel Of The Second Coming" as I thought earlier, so I shall grab this on my travels.

And finally, the book I was straining to remember after you showed me your copy of this today was "The Boomer Bible" by R.F Laird - fabulously funny if you don't take theology that seriously.

Aloha Gary said...

Hi Karl

you can save your pennies by popping into my library on our chester travels with big Tony, although there will be the usual charge in ale *smile*

I wholeheartedly agree with Tony that this is a VERY funny book, unless you are a card-carrying literalist Christian, in which case leave well clear.

I also seriously rate their "Jesus and the Goddess", which explains how women were written out of christian mythology, and also Tim's "Shamanic WisdomKeepers" which magically attracted my attention down in Glastonbury due to its Hawaiian Kahuna content!


Karl Le Marcs said...

Aloha Gary: I'll look forward to that tomorrow!
I often advise most friends of mine to avoid venturing into a library or especially a second-hand bookshop with me.
By the way, in Cartmel in the UK Lake District, my good friend Peter Bain-Smith runs the FABO quaint second-hand bookshop there and the village is so selective and beautiful, comprising as it does, of the bookshop, a gift shop, a post office that sells Sticky Toffee Pudding and TWO pubs!!

Jesamyn said...

Oh hi Karl.... come on I know Plenty of your Friends who have Ventured in to a Shoppe containing *Many a Quaint and Ancient Volume of Forgotten Lore!!!*!!!ooohhh come to thinke of it they are all Skeletons!!! who waited Eons for your Exit...
Oh OK .. a Village withe Pubs and a Bookshoppe and a Gift Shoppe and Sticky Toffee Pudding GIVE THE VILLAGE NAME!!!! NOW!!!! and I will get my Passeporte Renewed!!!
Jesamyn .

Jesamyn said...

Sorry.. you did so... Cartmel!!! Ok i put that into Memory Banke!!!jes.

Karl Le Marcs said...

*giggles with Jesamyn*
Sticky Toffee Pudding fingers and ancient Grimoires don't mix well, but lolling in the Cartmel sunshine with an ale of rural origin and several books rescued from the dusty piles, each with a smell and personal story to impart, is fabo indeed.
New books have that crisp, fresh smell of secrecy, but old books have a resonance of all those who have read it, and treasured it before, and all books are a thing of pure beauty, as is the calm, serene, expression on the face of someone sitting alone immersed in one (often me).