Enoch Factor, by Steven McSwain


Frankly, I’m not sure what to do with this book. I am, like the author, no big fan of religion. I think the church has effectively added to the crucifixion of Jesus a crucifixion of every good thing he ever taught.  What disappointed me in this book was the the author moved the discussion in the opposite direction than I have gone. I felt he took me from the insanity of religion into the inane.

The little bit of ancient Enoch reference was creatively re-imagined. I don’t understand how this could be sacred, when even the definition of the word ‘sacred’ was itself abandoned. This book was truly more artful than an ‘art’ for knowing God. Having said that, if this approach really worked for the author and works for others – wonderful. It just missed the mark for me.

Despite the fact that the book didn’t even grab my attention in the introduction, I persisted in reading, curious as to how the author would develop his thinking, hoping something better would soon emerge. Occasionally he would make a statement that rather resonated with me. I then read on hoping for a little deeper exploration of his comment. But it  just wasn’t there, time after time. Similarly, various chapter headings caught my attention, but the contents fell short on delivering the ‘goods’ – often seeming irrelevant to the headings.

Sorry, but for me, this was merely Tolle retold rather than the Old Story pleasantly redeemed and retold.


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