Books, The Living One, Australia, Road Trip, Gospel of Thomas, Stuart France

Living Flame…


 “I shall give you what no eye has seen,

what no ear has heard,

and what no hand has touched,

for the thing that I shall give you

has not arisen from the human heart.


I have thrown fire upon the world, and look…

I am watching it until it blazes.

Whoever is near me is near the fire.

Whoever is far from me is far from the kingdom.”

 – The Living One



Caravan to Cairns

Stuart France

Two young men, a road trip across the Australian Outback, strange encounters in isolated settlements… and a book that will change one of them forever.

From the harsh heat of the dusty road to the cool of the Temple, two stories… one immediate, one timeless… intertwine to illuminate each other.

Many scholars believe that the Gospel of Thomas preserves a glimpse into the oral tradition of the Essenes. The book is a collection of sayings, parables and dialogues attributed to Jesus. In this unique interpretation author and essayist, Stuart France brings the oral tradition to life, retelling the Gospel in his own words, in the way it may have been told around the hearth-fires of our fore-fathers.

Accompanied by in-depth comments which draw upon the Mystery School Tradition, The Living One provides a new window on an age-old story.

“… fascinating and unique …”  Amazon review

Available in Paperback Amazon UK &

and for Kindle Amazon UK &

5 thoughts on “Living Flame…”

  1. Focusing on a “mystery school” and the Gospel of Thomas makes me wonder whether you actually know the Gospels themselves, that is, whether you know them well enough in the context of Judeo-Christian orthodox teaching from Genesis to Revelation to be able to express them in your own words accurately. All you may be expressing is perennial pantheism that C.S. Lewis described in his book “Miracles”.

    I haven’t read your books so I can’t say for sure, but the blog posts make me wonder if the name of Jesus “does” anything to you except make you want to avoid using it. For example, does the name of Jesus move you to drop to your knees in heartfelt gratitude? If it doesn’t, the only point of these mystery school explorations is to bring you to that state where your life can be changed.

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    1. The book doesn’t express the words of the ‘orthodox’ Gospels, just those of The Gospel of Thomas. Before commenting on the books it might be an idea to read them. One of the purposes of a Mystery School is to bring about change in the student… 😉


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