Author's Afterword Gospel, Gospel
March 27, 2007
Urantia Foundation's 50-year policy of slow growth might
recently have gotten just a little less slow.
a second-party work, a serious biography of Jesus of
Nazareth based on Part IV of the Urantia Book, which has
been making steady headway into the mainstream world. This
biography not only mentions the Urantia Book as its source,
but holds out earnest hope that its readers will be further
motivated to discover the big book, our beloved Urantia
Book. This biography is titled: Gospel Gospel.
first three months immediately after its release, Gospel
Gospel appeared on Amazon's Hot New Release List for
the category of Religious Biography. This list is updated
hourly and is based on Amazon sales. Gospel Gospel enjoyed
a full 12 hours or so in position #1 and retired from this
list (three months is the limit) in position #4, a
respectable showing by any standard. Online sales-tracking
services indicate that the book is enjoying even greater
success at the Barnes and Noble website.
book is NOT, as others have done in the
past, a word-for-word copy of Part IV of the Urantia Book.
Rather, this has been lovingly re-written making this great
story more accessible to a larger readership than had
it remained the closing section of a magnificent but
otherwise obscure book. Gospel Gospel would make a
great gift to someone to whom you're trying to introduce the
following is reprinted from the Author's Afterword
which appears at the end of the book:
By Author: Louis J Bartolomeo
"Once again, my role here
has been more editor and compiler than that of author. This
incredibly moving story, this expanded narrative of the
miraculous incarnation on our world of a Paradise Creator
Son, has Part IV of The Urantia Book for its source.
Iíve been reading the
Urantia Book since 1975. This is not at all unusual.
Serious students of this book often end up reading it for
life, often in small study groups. Itís large (2,097
pages), heavy, and, to many, intimidating. To those whoíve
read it, itís a book of epochal significance that has
changed their lives. As a new reader, if you were to pick
up the book and start at the Forward, you might find it well
nigh impenetrable. It is ponderously written by authors who
must stretch language to its limits, often confessing
frustration at the paucity of our language. Iíve come upon
sentences over 80 words long, many containing confusing
sequences of three or four or five serial prepositional
phrases. Thereís not a single contraction within the
original text, no sentences ending in prepositions, and no
split infinitives. The original authors, in effect, have
chosen to go boldly where Iíve merely chosen to boldly go.
Iíve sought to take Part
IV from The Urantia Book, The Life and Teachings of Jesus,
and rework it into something more approachable, digestible,
and manageable. Iíve endeavored to remove the intimidation
factor of such a huge book and to retell this amazing story
more simply yet without compromising its essence. All this
was lovingly done in an effort to reach a larger readership
than had Part IV remained the closing section of a large and
relatively obscure book.
It was never my intention
to replace Part IV. Rather itís my ardent hope that this
book will lead my readers to pick up the big book, The
Urantia Book, and begin the adventure for themselves."
I bring this to your
attention because I believe this great and moving biography
can serve as an effective vehicle to expose the Urantia Book
to a larger readership. This work was joyfully compiled and
edited with only the highest of intentions: that it may
serve the Kingdom of God on earth.
The following link will help
you locate the book on Amazon.com although it's also
available just about any online bookseller around the
world. Gospel Gospel is usually available on eBay
if you do a simple "urantia" search, although Amazon will
have the better price. Books bought through eBay, however,
offer a personalized inscription by the author.
Thanks for allowing me
to share this with each of you. If you have recently
received a similar email, please forgive the duplication on
my various mailing lists.
Peace to all,
Louis J Bartolomeo
Excerpt from Paul Bond
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major transitional period in human history. We desperately
need enlarged spiritual foundations to give stability and
guidance to the new era struggling to be born. We believe
The Urantia Book has the greatest potential for serving in
this capacity of any philosophical-religious resource now
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The Urantia Book has the most
exciting and hopeful message of the twentieth century! We
invite you to discover this wonderful book for yourself.