Last Of The Gnosticsby Don Durrett, Joanna Benz (Editor)
The brutal (and largely unknown) Albigensian Crusade took place from 1209 to 1229 in Languedoc, France, and was perpetrated by the Catholic Church. The victims were thousands of Cathars - the members of the region's popular religion. In this extraordinary work, author Don Durrett follows six women of the time to capture the Cathar's final years in rich and
The brutal (and largely unknown) Albigensian Crusade took place from 1209 to 1229 in Languedoc, France, and was perpetrated by the Catholic Church. The victims were thousands of Cathars - the members of the region's popular religion. In this extraordinary work, author Don Durrett follows six women of the time to capture the Cathar's final years in rich and historic detail. Although scrutinized for their beliefs, disciples Sarah, Miriam and Mary Magdalene, and later Margaret, Blanche and Joanne, offer Jesus' true teachings of love and oneness and a Gnostic philosophy that transcendence comes from within. "Last of the Gnostics" weaves actual battles and historic figures in a fictional fabric, and uses this backdrop to explore a version of deeply feminine Gnostic spirituality that is quite similar to modern, new age philosophy. Its inspiring, loving message blankets the pages - maybe most notably through the Cathar's subsequent persecution as heretics and extinction.
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This book is written for new age, metaphysical students, who are on a spiritual journey. The backdrop is the Albigensian Crusade and a fascinating period of history in Southern France in the 13th Century. However, the essence of the book is Gnostic spirituality. I am an ancient spiritual philosopher who has come back to help usher in the coming transformation of humanity. This book reveals the spirituality of the future, which was at its nascent beginning during the time of the Cathars, who were brutally murdered by the Catholic Church. Visit my web page at www.dondurrett.com. You can read the back cover and the first two chapters. Thanks, Don Durrett
An enlightening view of religon! Well worth the time invested!
It was my privilege to help edit this book, and it is truly a wonderful and inspiring story. This is truly a historical novel, and it probably will answer some historical questions for you. But the story of great battles is not where its real value lies. The Gnostics were the true followers of Christ, and they expressed his valuable teachings in every word and action. They believed that being spiritual had to come from within, from a direct connection to God, and they taught this to their young people. Far from being preachy, this novel wraps you up in the warm knowledge that we are all connected, and provides hope that every one of us will eventually find our way to our true spirit home. Highly Recommended! -- Joanna Benz
Reading Last of the Gnostics was like something of a homecoming for me. In telling this beautiful story about the women, philosophies and circumstances of this incredible time in history, author Don Durrett also sculpted an ancestral foundation for people like me who cherish and honor these Gnostic beliefs today. The book is rich in historic detail, but the depth and sacredness of the characters' devotion to their beliefs is the most inspiring aspect of this writing. Each of the main characters resonated with me. And as a writer myself, I found the breadth and complexity of research on which the book is built lent both color and credibility to its pages. In addition, the author's devotion to, and knowledge of, these philosophies comes through brilliantly in the book. Last of the Gnostics -- and all it represents -- is hearty food for the soul.