My Books

My books are available from Amazon, the Book Depository e.t.c as paperbacks and as e-books for Kindle Readers or the Kindle Reader App on your phone or Tablet. Check below for outline descriptions of my books. Themes range from explorations of ‘Inner Spirituality’ or Mysticism through to basic orthodox Christianity as well as a critique of Christian Fundamentalism. Click HERE for my books on Amazon U.K.


There are so many different approaches with regards to how Christians should go about putting their Christian life into practice – and there are even different views on what it means to live the Christian life. Does it mean being involved in a busy local fellowship – attending or even leading the various meetings and projects that the fellowship is engaged in? Does it mean Christian led charity work such as helping with food banks and so on? Does the Christian life mean seeking to gain deeper experiences of the presence and power of God, or practicing spiritual gifts? Or is the Christian life something else entirely?

Most Christians know that living the Christian life involves portraying love, tolerance and forgiveness whilst putting away worldly behavior. But when they try to do this, do they turn to the Ten Commandments and God’s Law to spur them on? Do they prayerfully seek to be filled with and empowered by the Spirit of God? Do they look to ‘Inner Light’ for guidance and energy? Does it really matter, now that Jesus has wiped away their sins and they are bound for glory?

In the middle of what seems to be a lot of confusion, ‘The Illuminated Self’ looks at what Jesus and His Apostles taught about the practical experience of day-to-day Christian living, what the process is, why Christians fail and what happens when failure occurs. Drawing from Paul’s Epistles to the Romans, Galatians and Colossians in particular, the dynamic Scriptural model of human nature and behavior is explored in some depth – something that may also be of particular interest to Christian counselors.

In being a Christian for fifty years, I have found this theme – even though it is a basic theme – to be enigmatic. In the ministries that I have sat under and the books that I have read, very few leaders seem to get the balance of this teaching correct, and incorrect teaching leads to incorrect practices, to walking on the wrong path, and to potential disillusionment and discouragement.

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Christian experientialism is gaining in popularity – it can be seen in most modern conservative Christian fellowships. Christians want to experience closeness to God and they may calm their minds, and let go of the busyness of day-to-day life in order to allow God to fill them with His Presence. Some may speak in ‘heavenly tongues’, or receive other ‘spiritual gifts’. Others may receive guidance directly from God, or deep insight into spiritual realities, whilst others may be ‘caught up’ to God in Transcendent Bliss in Divine Love.

Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians consider that these spiritual experiences form the essence of New Testament Christian living, and lead to holiness, victory over sin and conformity to God’s will. There is a long tradition of Christian experientialism within Judeo-Christian thought and practice, where Christian Mystics in particular seek to cultivate a sense of the Presence of God, teaching the steps that Christians face on their way to closer fellowship with God. This study explores Christian experientialism from a Biblical perspective over two volumes.

Volume one explores what it means to have an experiential sense of God, and presents an outline of the history of mysticism within the church. Principles of Scripture interpretation are considered, particularly in relation to allegorical and metaphorical interpretations of texts. The nature of spiritual authority is considered, as is the ‘Baptism of the Spirit’, visions, trances, appearances and the ‘opening of the mind’. Finally the theme of ‘spiritual gifts’ is explored together with question of whether God still continues to give them in the present day. Paperback 239pp

The second volume explores concepts of holiness and the stages of spiritual development proposed by Christian mystics as leading to an experience of closer fellowship with God. How Christians know and conform to God’s will is also explored, along with approaches that can be used to distinguish genuine God-given experiences. Christian experiential concepts and practices are then discussed and evaluated in the light of Scripture before some final considerations are given to the experience of spiritual desertion and to psychological factors. Paperback 381pp

Volume 1 now available from Amazon.

Volume 2 now available from Amazon.

Also available for Kindle Readers and Apps


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Jesus is our Lord, Sovereign and King but what do Christians mean when they declare themselves to be servants of the Lord? What criteria do we use to evaluate the service that Christians render? Exactly what does this Christian obedience entail? What is it that our Lord calls Christians to do? How do Christians actually put what the Lord requires into action? What happens when they fail? What about unbelievers? This book considers our relationship to Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords together with the obligations that humanity has with Jesus as King. In particular it looks at Christians and their summons from their Lord to obedient service, the reasons for their failures and the approach that the apostle promotes to minimize these shortcomings.

The study draws on the apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans – particularly chapters 6 – 8. ‘Throughout my Christian life I have found Romans chapter 7 in particular to be quite a difficult passage of scripture and one that is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. But it forms a core passage of Scripture when it comes to having a correct response to the gospel and a correct balance in living our day-to-day Christian life of obedient service to our God and King. This book is my attempt to get to grips with exactly what the apostle is saying to us in his letter to the Roman Christians.’

This book will be of interest to Christians who are dedicated to God in their day-to-day life. It will also be of interest to Christian counselors and those involved in pastoral work, since it presents the apostle’s dynamic models of humans as we are by nature – and the person who is born again of the Spirit of God. The understanding these models form an essential foundation for all Christian psychology, counselling and pastoral work.


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The Return of the King: Apocalypse, Armageddon and Millennium Reign Explored 324pp

The Bible informs us that Jesus is coming again – as King, and that a thousand-year reign of Jesus – a Millennium Reign – is part of God’s plan. But what will this Return of the King be like? What is the thousand-year reign? The Return of the King is often associated with a pouring out of God’s Judgment and modern Western society is full of frequently fanciful and fantastic portrayals of the end of the age that cover almost every imaginable science-fiction scenario, as well as portrayals of Armageddon – a last great battle between forces of good and evil. But who or what is this evil enemy of God, this Antichrist that will arise just prior to the Return of the King?

Christians  present diverse and mixed views concerning these events. Some say that we are already in the middle of the Millennium Reign, others that the Millennium is yet to come. Some even say that it has been and gone. Many Christians look forward to the Return of the King as an age when a peaceful paradise and righteous justice will be ushered in, either on earth or in a Final State in heaven. But are they right?

In this book, author Robert Laynton takes a fresh look at these themes, drawing on large sections of both the Old and New Testaments in order to present a more grounded and sober look at what the Bible has to say concerning the Return of the King and the Millennium Reign. His takes the reader right back to the beginning, to trace the development of these themes within the narrative of God’s grand plan of creation,  salvation and restoration in the light of humanity’s fall into disobedience and condemnation. It is a plan that has already been partly enacted in history and it is being enacted right now; a plan intimately connected with the Jews and with the nation of Israel; with events that will affect the whole world in an unprecedented way.

This book should engage students and believers from both Christian and Judaic traditions, as well as anyone who is seriously concerned about these themes.

This book is available in paperback and Hardback, and is also available for Kindle Readers and the Kindle App for your phone or Tablet.


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I’ve become a Christian: How Do I Put My Christian Life into Practice? 140pp

Are you new to the Christian faith and now find yourself wondering exactly how you should put your Christian life into practice? You may know that God wants you to live a godly and ‘good’ life – but how do you actually go about putting such a life into practice? Do you turn to the Law – to the Commandments of God – as a spur to living a godly life? Do you pray and wait to be filled with the power of God? Do you seek to be ‘authentic’ – to follow your ‘true self’ as a born-again believer? Or does the bible present a different way? Here is book to enable you to live the life that God wants from you.

This book is available in paperback and for Kindle Readers and the Kindle App for your phone or Tablet.


COVER- Christian MARRIAGEThis e-booklet presents an introductory overview to the theme of Christian Marriage. The Christian view of marriage is quite distinctive when it is  compared to other perspectives on marriage or couples living together, as it draws on important aspects of the Christian’s relationship to Jesus Christ and as well as Jesus Christ’s relationship to church. The theme of headship and the roles of husbands and wives are also explored.

This short study will be of interest to Christians who are thinking of getting married as well as Christians who have been married for some time and who wish to deepen the spiritual aspect of their marriage.

This study is only available for Kindle Reader and Kindle App for your phone or Tablet


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I’ve Become a Christian: What Do I Do Now? 149pp

The basic principles and aims of the Christian life are explored in this introduction to Christian living. Is the Christian life made up of church meetings, outreach projects and fellowship activities or is such Christian ‘busyness’ missing the point? If you are a new Christian, if you have just been baptized and are setting out on the Christian path, or if you have been a Christian for some time and find yourself re-evaluating your Christian life and activities, then this is the book for you. Discover apostolic thinking and practice with regard to your calling as a Christian and discover what your aim, purpose and ultimate role is meant to be.

This book is available in paperback and for Kindle Readers and the Kindle App for your phone or Tablet.


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Mysticism, Madness, Myth and Mania: Spiritual Experience on the Edge of Reason 238pp

This is a personal exploration of ‘Inner spiritual’, ‘Transcendent’ or ‘Mystical’ experiences that go beyond the bounds and limits of rationality and conceptualization. It explores whether these experiences are genuine encounters with a spiritual realm ‘out there’ or whether such a spiritual realm is a mere myth and the experiences merely aspects of mania or even madness. Personal experiences are explored in the light of Christian mystics such as Meister Eckhart and Jan van Ruysbroeck as well as non-Christian mystics such as Ibn al-Arabi and Shankara. The role of psychology, counselling and psychiatry are also explored and use is made of Personal Construct Theory in the exploration of these experiences.

This book is available as a paperback and also for Kindle Readers and the Kindle App for your phone or Tablet.


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Salted With Fire: A 21st century Exploration of the Book of Revelation 193pp

The New Testament Book of Revelation explores events that lead up to the return of Jesus but it is written in a way that often veils and obscures the very themes that it describes. Even so, it always seems to be a relevant and pertinent book, describing as it does, wars, conflicts, the rise and fall of nations, their leaders and growing opposition from both humans and rebellious spiritual forces to Israel, Jews, Christians and God Himself. As events and upheavals unfold in the Middle East in the 21st century, does the Book of Revelation have anything to say to us? There have been many fanciful and even fantastic interpretations of these visions of the Apocalypse, many of which have been seen to come to nothing. In this book, author Robert Laynton progresses through the Book of Revelation vision-by-vision, in order to unveil the events that it portrays and to an understanding of the text, in order that they may be aware of the times in which they live and be prepared. 

This book is available as a paperback and also for Kindle Readers and the Kindle App for your phone or Tablet.


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Walking Away from Jesus: Leaving Christian Conservative Evangelical Fundamentalism 322pp

What is it like when Christians start to doubt their faith and to ask awkward questions? What is it like when Christians find that the faith no longer works for them?What is it like to walk away from a close-knit fellowship into the wider world of unbelievers? What is it like to walk away from Jesus? In this book, Robert Laynton takes you on a journey out of conservative evangelicalism, describing both his personal experience and his theological rationale for leaving the faith. It is a journey that took him over forty years to complete.

It is written for those people who are discontent with Christian Fundamentalism. If you have been involved in a Bible-believing fellowship for some time but are now starting to have doubts about the faith, and if you are finding that the once close-knit fellowship that you belong to is now turning sour and becoming critical of you – then this book may be of help to you. It will also be of interest to students of religious fundamentalism generally both on a psychological and spiritual level.

Leaving Christian Fundamentalism is not necessarily an easy thing to do. It can be emotionally, psychologically and spiritually devastating. It can break up relationships and friendships. The person who expresses discontent and doubt may have all kinds of unfair tactics thrown at them. Their loyalty, sincerity and eternal future may be questioned. Christian friends may censure, disapprove, condescendingly criticise and begin to turn away from such a backsliding doubter.

Presented as a mixture of spiritual autobiography and theological criticism, in his accounts of his own personal experience, the author outlines the steps that drew him to Christian Fundamentalism; some of his transcendent spiritual experiences within it; and moves on to explore the process by which he began to become discontent and move away from Fundamentalism. In the theological chapters, the author is drawn to explore the very foundations of Christian Fundamentalism and Christianity itself. Christian Fundamentalism places a strong emphasis on the Bible as the Word of God and so the nature of the Bible itself is explored. The nature of Christian Fundamentalism itself together its maintenance as a system is also considered. In the process, the author begins to be de-construct Fundamentalist Christianity. Some consideration is also given to psychological issues.

However this is not an attempt at spiritual deconstruction  per se; it is not an attempt to promote atheism or secularism. Throughout his experience, the author remained concerned not to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’ as it were. He retains a strong interest in spirituality and Christianity.

Anyone caught between ‘a rock and a hard place’ – between the threats and pressures of Christian Fundamentalism on the one hand and their own personal integrity on the other hand, will find this book of interest.

This book is available as a paperback and also for Kindle Readers and the Kindle App for your phone or Tablet.


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Behind the Masks of God: An exploration of the nature and content of mystical, transcendent spiritual experience 457pp


The Big Questions: Is there a God? Is there meaning and purpose to life? What happens after our physical death? Why are religions that claim to access Ultimate Truth often in violent conflict with each other? If there is a God, why is there so much suffering and evil?

Drawing on over forty-five years of personal mystical experience and study, Robert Laynton considers the very foundations of spiritual belief, religious orthodoxy and practice and the kind of spiritual philosophy that emerges from transcendent experience. He seeks to get beneath religious expressions, rituals and ceremonies to the spirituality that lies underneath. He asks ‘What sort of ideas are generated by mystical or transcendent experience?’ ‘How do we know whether a spiritual realm exists or not?’ ‘If God exists, then can we know anything about God?’ He also looks at different spiritual pathways, particularly drawing on the Imaginal Path and the Way of Negation.

The author offers practical approaches and exercises to develop spiritual understanding and experience, together with some principles for understanding and interpreting the content of such experiences. An index has been added in this second edition that has been thoroughly grammatically revised.

This book is concerned with deep theology and spiritual philosophy. It is not intended for those who are new explorers of spirituality but for more seasoned adepts on the spiritual path. Though concerned with spirituality, this book is transcendent of any religious system. It is not embedded in Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism or any other religion.

This book is available as a paperback and as a Hardback as well as for Kindle Readers and the Kindle App for your phone or Tablet.


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This book introduces readers to basic themes and practices within Christianity, as presented by Jesus, his apostles and their immediate followers, thus providing an overview of apostolic, Biblical Christianity in one easy-to-read volume.

Themes explored include: The good news message, Faith in God, Life after death, The Final Judgment, Understanding and living the Christian life, The battle within – passions and desires, Living in an ungodly world, Walking in the Spirit, Christians meeting together.

This book is available as a paperback and also for Kindle Readers and the Kindle App for your phone or Tablet.

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Christians hope for a better future – one of restoration and renewal – placing their faith in God through Jesus, entrusting themselves in obedient service to a God that they believe is going to ‘put things right’. Though many agree that the world could be a better place, they dismiss the Christian hope as misguided, childish or both. ‘Where is this better future?’ they say, ‘The world has always been the same and when you get down to basics, people’s lives carry on in the same way that they have always done. Religion causes more problems than it solves.’

What is the basis of the Christian hope for a better world and what kind of future does the Bible say that will it be? Christians talk about heaven, but does heaven exist and if so where is it? God promised a Kingdom – but where is it? Is the Kingdom of God a mystical place deep ‘within’ each and every one of us or is it a place ‘out there’ – somewhere? Some Christians say that at the culmination of all things they will go to heaven but others seem to think that the Kingdom of God will be on earth. Who, if any of them, are right? What is the ‘culmination of all things’? And what about Israel? The Jews are supposed to be God’s chosen nation but their history does not seem to be very enviable. The Jews have rejected Jesus as being their Messiah – what does this mean? What about God’s promises to the Jews? Most of them seem to have ended in failure. Has God forgotten them or given up on them? Has God ‘retired’ to some distant corner of the universe and left the world to its own devices?

This book takes an overview of what Scripture has to say about God’s Plan of restoration, renewal and reconciliation and in the process it considers what this plan means for each and every one of us – whether we are Christian or not. God’s plan is explored as part of the historical narrative of creation itself – humanity’s fall into disobedience, God’s promise of a Deliverer and God’s selection of Israel as His chosen people through whom the rest of the nations would be blessed. The book follows this narrative beyond the time of Jesus, and beyond our present age, in order to consider what we can expect in the future as God’s Plan moves to completion.

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Despite some common origins, Christianity and Judaism differ in their understanding concerning the Messiah – the one chosen and set apart by God to be the deliverer of God’s people. Despite their differences, both of these religious traditions are looking forward in time to the coming of the Messiah. But in the light of these different perspectives, who is it exactly that is coming and what will be the impact of this event? And is there any hope of reconciling these divergent viewpoints?

This book suggests that there is more commonality between Jewish and Christian perspectives than may appear at first on the surface. By drawing primarily from the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian New Testament Scriptures, it traces the unfolding story of God’s plan of redemption, reconciliation and restoration of the world to Himself though His chosen nation, the Children of Israel, and their promised Messiah. It is an epic narrative of a kingdom usurped and in the process of being regained, and one that is both uplifting and full of hope yet at the same time sobering, thus raising concerns for all of us at this present time.

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