( Extracted from Amazon )
The Archangel, Uriel, is determined to preserve the Gnostic Gospels, after the Church has concluded they are no longer part of canonical scripture. He enlists the help of seven monks, who have been banished by the Church, for possession of the heretical gospels, to help him with his quest. The monks, among them a mute and a hunchback, agree to help the Archangel. Not everyone wants the books preserved, the demon, Azazel, will stop at nothing to thwart Uriel in his quest. Beginning in the fourth century, and spanning across a time period of 500 years, the preservation of these gospels, becomes an almost impossible task, between the determined demon and the burning of the heretical scriptures, by the Church.
The Gnostic Gospels is a humorous, but ultimately esoteric journey toward principled people, rather than strict adherence to dogmatic principles.
The Gnostic Keepers presents humorous insight into the characters – worldly, angelic, and demonic – involved in the preservation or destruction ( depending what side you are on ) of the the Gnostic gospels and the actions between different entities ( worldly and supernatural ). The pages are lush with character, intricacies, funny interactions and plenty of dialog to keep it light and personal. That’s really what this book is about – fictional humor in appreciation for history and supernatural influences in common culture – what is included in the current days version of the Bible and how it all went down. Personally, I consider it a prime example of how nothing is too serious to escape a little bit of fun, jokes and humor.
I have often wondered about things this book talks about, details about heaven, angels and demons; this book is a friendly reminder that I am not alone. This book covers details about how the angels watch people, which are amusing and other anthropomorphic qualities of these demonic or angelic supernatural beings.
There were some terms such as “Donatists” or “Netzach” or “Ophanim” that I had to research to understand, but I like that in a book. That’s what books are about. It’s room for growth, food for thought and hidden gems await, galore. There are a ton of historic and religious references here, so if looking stuff up while reading tickles your uproar, then have at it because The Gnostic Keepers has no shortage of it. However, let me be clear – researching is not required. I consider this highly readable writing and gives enough context within the pages for average teenage-level reading comprehension and those details are not required knowledge to follow the story.
“Says the devil who just yesterday burnt our last copy of Beowulf because he didn’t like the ending.”Quoted dialog from The Gnostic Keepers by Marietta Rodgers
I didn’t feel invested in the story until the ~60 page mark, which beat my 100 page threshold for “getting into” a book. The dialog was a bit too frequent for my taste and as a reader, I would have liked a bit more attention to plot and scenery, although in a humor aspect the dialog did compliment and I did laugh out loud many times through my reading.
A thoughtfully written book about a not-touched-on enough subject in the light of fiction brings many wonders about what exactly goes on behind the scenes. The Gnostic Keepers fills wonder and brings a light journey that’s filled with historical and religious gems.. I give it ★★★★★ five stars out of five.
Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley