About the book
The interview here might be helpful to some.
The concept of the book is to provide an introduction that addresses both people who came from traditional Christianity, but were not familiar with early Christian history or A Course in Miracles. Likewise, it addresses students of A Course in Miracles, who may not always be familiar with early Christian history either.
With the introductory stuff out of the way the central theme is seeking a deeper understanding of the Jesus sayings in the gospel of Thomas, in the version that came to us via Gary Renard, selected and edited by his teacher Pursah, where they gain a powerful inner consistency that matches up with the Jesus we know from A Course in Miracles.
I am a native of Holland, living in the United States since 1979. I grew up with a certain amount of Bible influence without Christian theology, based on the work of the Dutch Spiritual teacher Johan Willem Kaiser.
I got interested early on in several advaita teachers, including Jiddu Krishnamurti, Sri Ramakrishna, and Sri Ramana Maharshi. I studied my New Testament typically in Greek, stimulated primarily by Kaiser's brilliant new translation of the Gospel according to Mark.
Since 1991, I have been a student of A Course in Miracles and until 1999 took regular classes at Ken Wapnick's Foundation for A Course in Miracles, in Roscoe, NY. I had also been an early student of the Gospel according to Mark, based on the first Dutch translation, published in 1959. However, until I made the connection between Thomas and A Course in Miracles via the work of Gary Renard, I found it more intriguing than understandable.