Piaras O Cionnaoith

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  • Key To Immortality — Commentary on Gospel of Thomas on Feb. 26, 2014

    This book presents the sayings of the Gospel of Thomas alongside what I would describe as credible and compelling commentary. This gospel charts the course of salvation as a study in interpretation, providing the elixir of life to those for whom the secret of the kingdom is disclosed in the interpretation of Jesus' words. It makes for a fascinating read and a far cry from the established religions that have enslaved humanity for centuries. I am neither an historian nor a theologian, but I do know that history is replete with the purging of materials (including human beings) that are considered inappropriate to a goal at hand. Therefore, it doesn’t seem at all far-fetched to me that writings not expressed in accordance with the canons being advocated by a powerful church would be purged thoroughly enough that only one full manuscript might be later found. This would make that manuscript seem to be of much higher value to truth-seekers (and to me personally) than those sanctioned by religious bureaucrats. Thomas tells us more about the historical Jesus than all of the Dead Sea Scrolls put together and this is a superb presentation of the most important early Christian text discovered in the 20th century. The author provides you with a deeper insight into the meaning of the Gospel of Thomas and I would consider this to be a brave and commendable effort. I would highly recommend this insightful and intriguing read to all those who seek an alternative way of looking at what we call ‘reality’.
  • Leaving Home! (U.S) Practical Stuff to Help You Survive in College and Beyond on June 15, 2016

    Anni Grimwade started her professional life as a physiotherapist in Melbourne before becoming a management and productivity consultant in Sydney. After completing her MBA at Monash University in Melbourne and Stern Business School in New York and then moving to Hong Kong, she worked as a general manager for a recruitment company and subsequently as a university lecturer and program leader. During a 5-year stay in Jakarta she undertook freelance editing work, and then returned to Melbourne with a growing family where she was able to resume a range of management consulting assignments. She has an Applied Science degree in Physiotherapy and an MBA in International Business. So, having this kind of educational background and also a mother to three teenage children, I would safely say she is more than qualified to write this book! Leaving home is a big step, but moving out is easier if you make some preparations before you go. Leaving Home! (U.S.): Practical Stuff to Help You Survive in College and Beyond, provides valuable and important information about the practicalities of leaving home and getting your own place (rent, bills, doing your own washing and cleaning and so on. However, the book covers much more than this. If you are looking for a no frill, common sense approach to dealing with leaving home, this is an absolute must! I couldn’t fault it in any way. I’d highly recommend this to any person contemplating leaving home, or to any parent wishing they would! This book is intelligent, wise and packed to the rafters with practical common sense advice.