...i'm on page 5 or 6 and there is just so much... well, your friend mentions it took him 30 years to get his book together and i've been working 33 years on my brand of a 'study' of spirituality and we've, by god's grace/blessing, arrived at very different conclusions! i love him for his beautiful and sincere work, but i simply have to respect my own inner experience equally with his and allow our convictions equal standing.
i'll keep going with the little scroll till i no longer am drawn to pick it up. a variant view is refreshing and, again, i much respect his earnestness and conviction of the correctness of his message. as a wise man once said, 'does anyone think he's wrong?' no, of course not, and i think faith and reason don't play ball in the same park — i mean, you simply can't 'prove' what you believe — and may hold dearer than, so-called, 'life' itself.
reading something really different from what my years of 'research' have brought me to believe is very helpful in giving me an appreciation of how deeply my own convictions are now rooted as well as a deeper respect for any opinion different but, obviously, arrived at through much thought and personal investigation. god's creation is wondrous and the mind of man one of its most ingenious and lofty 'inventions'.
forgive my confidence in a faith that is so at odds with your friend's. the 'age old wisdom' of the more traditional mysticism i follow is itself considered quite, 'out there' — or, by mainstream standards — so one, generally, keeps it to oneself and plugs along with the daily, practice of a version of paul's, 'pray without ceasing' knowing we can only truly believe by personal experience of what our sources propose as the truth.