St John the Evangelist
“We’ll need books!”
“What do you mean?”
“All good schools have a range of associated texts which their students can use as background reading.”
“That’s true, do we have any?”
“We may have a few…”
And so began what can only be described as a frantic scramble to put together and publish a catalogue of books with subject matter related to our new school.
We did well, and continue to do so, with upwards of twenty books now published under the Silent Eye imprint.
In the seven years of the school’s existence, this may be regarded as remarkable and probably has something to with the fact that what we have to say needs to be heard, and also acted upon!
There was though, a downside to this headlong dash into print. We were new to publishing and had a lot to learn. Some of our earliest efforts now look less professional than our later ones. This is inevitable.
In the case of ‘The Living One‘, which intertwines the story of a road-trip through the Australian outback with sayings from a now-infamous Gnostic text, I also felt that we got the balance slightly wrong with the emphasis on the ‘sacred’ rather than the ‘profane’ when the two should have been equally balanced. The primary motivators in this imbalance were the illustrations which we culled from our ‘church tapping’ exploits and which presented an orthodox view of the ‘Christian story’. This is not the one contained in the book…
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