“The Ethics of Chaos – Finding Happiness in a World Gone Crazy” by Jim Thompson; Winepress, 169 pp. ($16.95)
Rio Rancho author Jim Thompson says his new book “The Ethics of Chaos” draws on a number of disparate sources that converge on a singular inspirational purpose.
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Jim Thompson discusses, signs “The Ethics of Chaos – Finding Happiness in a World Gone Crazy”” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Under Charlie’s Covers, 120 East Highway 550, next to the Walgreens in Bernalillo.
That purpose is to pull people out of their sense of duty or their self-limitations and open themselves up to new possibilities.
“It’s basically addressed to a time like ours when people are hunkering down. There’s so much fear,” Thompson said.
“If there’s no certainty anywhere, why not take this as a time to pursue your dreams, to look back to your childhood, figure out what you wanted to do, to be, find your security in yourself …”
He said his thesis considers chaos theory of physics, Taoist writings, and ancient Gnostic teachings to embrace the spiritual over the material.
But the central document on which “The Ethics of Chaos” is based is the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes.
Ecclesiastes, Thompson said, is so unorthodox in its ideology and language yet it is so full of hope.
He said his new book also is based on his own life experiences.
For many years, he was a mission developer for the Lutheran Church and also a hospice chaplain.
His training was in Biblical Studies at the Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and at the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California-Berkeley.
Thompson currently writes books and magazine articles.
“The Ethics of Chaos,” he said, is a practical book “for people who are just feeling afraid and want to look at the possibilities of your life right now… and it can be a help whatever your background.”
He wants the book to guide people into a life “that is more expansive, more imaginative.”
Thompson said he is 62 but his mindset is that of a much younger person.
His previous published books are “The Physics of Genesis,” a fresh approach to the Book of Genesis in light of quantum physics, and “The St. Nicholas Solution,” which he is rewriting.
For more information about his new book visit www.ethicsofchaos.com.
— This article appeared on page 21 of the Albuquerque Journal