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.

Available from mid may 2018 for Kindle Readers and the Kindle App for your phone or Tablet Also in paperback from Amazon, Book Depository e.t.c.



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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

This 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

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Who is this who is coming? An introduction to a Scriptural reconciliation of Christian and Jewish perspectives of the Messiah. 638 pages With Scriptural and subject index in print versions.

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 such different perspectives, who is it that is coming and what will be the impact of this event? Is there any hope of reconciling such divergent viewpoints?

Author Robert Laynton suggests that there is more commonality between Jewish and Christian perspectives than may at first appear on the surface. By drawing primarily from the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian New Testament Scriptures, he 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 being regained, and one that is both uplifting and full of hope but at the same time sobering, raising concerns for all of us at this present time.

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Walking in the Spirit. Serving our Lord and King 144pp

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, counseling and pastoral work.

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God’s Plan for the World – The Christian’s Hope of Restoration, Reconciliation and Renewal 198pp

Christians hope for a better future – for restoration and renewal. They place their faith in God through Jesus and entrust themselves in obedient service to God believing that God is going to ‘put things right’. Though many agree that the world could be a better place, they dismiss the Christian hope as misguided or 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, and religion causes more problems than it solves.’

So what is the basis of this 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 it merely 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 to be on earth. Who, if any, 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 recent history does not seem to be very enviable. If the Jews have rejected Jesus as their Messiah, then 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?

In this book author Robert Laynton takes an overview of what scripture has to say about God’s Plan of restoration, renewal and reconciliation and in the process considers what it means for each and every one of us – whether we are Christian or not. This 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. This narrative is followed through 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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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 the 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 Western society is full of frequently fanciful and fantastic portrayals of the end of the age. Modern popular culture is full of Apocalyptic images of doomsday 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?The Christian Church itself presents diverse 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 whilst others even say that it has already been and gone. Some 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. He 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 that is intimately connected with the Jews and with the nation of Israel; and ultimately 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.

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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 you 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 God’s Law – to the commandments of God – as a spur to living a godly life? Or do you pray and wait to be filled with the power of God? Or 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 know how to live the life that God wants from you.

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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 as King of kings and Lord of lords. 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 introduce readers to an understanding of the text, in order that they may be aware of the times and be prepared.

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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 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.

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

This is a deep, personal exploration of ‘Inner spiritual experiences’, and particularly transcendent spiritual 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 both Christian mystics such as Meister Eckhart and Jan van Ruysbroeck and 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.

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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.

This book is written for discontents within 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.

This book is a mixture of spiritual autobiography and theological criticism. In his accounts of personal experience, the author outlines the steps that drew him to Christian Fundamentalism; he outlines some of his transcendent spiritual experiences within it; and then 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 both 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 Christianity – and Fundamentalist Christianity in particular. Some consideration is also given to psychological issues.

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.

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.

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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 Truth often in violent conflict with each other? If there is a God, why is there so much suffering and evil?

‘Inner Spirituality’ is one of the pathways that seeks to answer these questions. In stead of relying on sacred writings or on leaders of religious institutions, ‘Inner Spirituality’ looks to personal transcendent or mystical experience as a source of spiritual authority. But do practitioners of ‘Inner Spirituality’ actually encounter or perceive a Deeper Reality – do they actually experience the ‘Ground of all-that-is’ or can these experiences be explained in a different way?

Drawing on over forty years of personal transcendent experiences and studies in spirituality, author Robert Laynton considers what kind of spiritual philosophy emerges from such experiences and goes on to consider the very foundations of spiritual belief and practice.

This book is recommended for students of spirituality, psychology and philosophy. It seeks to get beneath religious orthodoxy, rituals and ceremonies to the spirituality that lies underneath such expressions. It asks ‘What sort of ideas are generated by mystical or transcendent experience?’ ‘How do we know that a spiritual realm exists?’ ‘If God exists, then can we know anything at all about God?’ It explores the nature of belief and the forms of belief and different spiritual pathways.

The author also draws from religious thinkers such as Ibn al-Arabi, Meister Eckhart, Jan van Ruysbroeck and Shankara. He outlines a Non-Dualistic path of negation but stripped of the technical language of Hinduism and the Advaita Vedanta approach of Shankara, or the Islamic terminology of al-Arabi. In the same way, the complex overlay of Christian theology embraced by Meister Eckhart and Jan van Ruysbroeck is removed to leave core ideas expressed in modern Western terms.

The author also offers practical approaches and exercises related to the ‘Imaginal Path’ to help develop spiritual understanding and experience, together with some principles for understanding the content of such experiences.

This second edition has been completely revised grammatically and an index has been added, together with a ‘Spiritual Matrix’ questionnaire to help the reader to orientate themselves with regards to transcendence and forms of spirituality.

This book is concerned with spiritual philosophy and it is intended for more seasoned adepts on the spiritual path. For those readers who would like an introduction to these themes, then I recommend my book: ‘Mysticism, Madness, Myth and Mania’

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Staying on Top of Your Woman: A Man’s Guide to Dealing With the Women in His Life 374pp


Do you feel as though you are losing the battle of the sexes to the females in your life? Does your female partner treat you as though you are a stupid boy? Does it seem to you as though all females are mad? When the female in your life makes mistakes is it always your fault? In this groundbreaking book, Robert Laynton shows males how to understand and respond to the females in their life. Using humour, political incorrectness and real life examples, he draws from psychology theories in order to make insightful observations about males and females in relationship and to offer proven, field-tested practical strategies that males can adopt to help maintain their sanity and self-control in their relationships with the opposite sex. Themes covered include: The male in a female world.  The different psychological and emotional orientations of males and females. Dealing with female ‘logic’. Getting and staying on top: Tactics and gambits that males can use in their relationship with females.

This second edition has been expanded to contain even more real-life examples of male/female interaction and also comes with an index for easy reference. The techniques, insights and approaches are given with dry humour and in a politically incorrect fashion but underneath it all, this book manages to give some serious principles which males can use when they are living with a female partner who wants to take charge or even take over. It draws from the psychology theories of Transactional Analysis and Behaviourism to help males maintain control over their own lives just when it seems that females may be ruling the roost. Not just a book full of theory, then, but a book full of practical advice, written by men, for men. This is not another book portraying female notions of how males should behave with a woman….this is written from the male perspective. A great book for any male who thinks that they are losing the battle of the sexes. Time to get one up – because if you are not one up – then you are one down!!!

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How to be a Man and Attract Women: A Male manifesto 367pp

If you think that ‘being a man’ means knowing how to kill a Polar Bear using just a piece of wood and a paper clip then you need to shatter these illusions and read this groundbreaking book which shows males how to become ‘Classical Men’ and as a result, attract women.

Using humour, political incorrectness, real life examples and psychology theory, author Robert Laynton draws up a fifteen point Male Manifesto to help you to turn yourself from a boy into a man who attracts women. He offers proven, field-tested practical strategies that you can adopt to help maintain your individuality, independence and integrity in your relationships with the opposite sex. Themes covered include: Self-acceptance and self-respect, Getting dates with women, Dealing with women’s tests, Decisiveness and Leadership, Roguishness and Risk-Taking, Passion, Self-Presentation.

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Introduces readers to the basic themes and practices of Christianity as presented by Jesus, his apostles and their immediate followers, 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.

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Kinfolk A History of the Laynton/Lainton Family 279pp

‘Kinfolk’ is the history of the Laynton family, traced back from the present day back to the 16th century and beyond. It pulls together research carried out over twenty years by a variety of people and presents the results in an easy to read style that serves to give an overview of the life and times of the Laynton family over the centuries.

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