If you have not yet heard/read about Ron's experience, or if you are in a place of doubt, I just want to share my family's relationship with Ronald Way.
My grandparents were among the group of friends who witnessed Ron having his vision of Jesus on the beach in Southern CA. I recently learned it was my own grandmother who took the picture of Ron on his knees at the beach above. As a very curious girl of about 10 years old, I vividly remember straining to hear from a nearby room my grandparents quietly tell my parents what they witnessed at the beach, and subsequently all that Ron and his family gave up to tell his story.
I grew up hearing constantly of the Ways, although I wouldn't actually read The Disciple for many years. When I did, it knocked my socks off.
This is a real experience, it really happened as my own family witnessed with their own validations, and I believe it contains a message whose time is perfectly and divinely brought forth now.
The actual events of 2000 years ago are brought forth by Jesus himself. This Gift goes beyond religion, dogma and "rules" set forth by man ever since. This is truly a message for us all.
Sheli Ward Hampl Granddaughter of witnesses to the vision experience of Ron Way, in 1982
OMG! Please tell Ron how moved I was by his beautiful story. To have experienced Jesus like he did would be, well, a gift. And it was also a sacrifice of everything he had had and had been....oh, the challenges that would bring!
It was Asher who made me understand the times and the politics of those times! Positions of power continue to make people do evil things! And it was he who made me better understand Jesus the man and his aura and his peace with his death…
I wept at the end because... there you were! Actually, Asher brought me to tears MANY times! What a friend he was to Jesus.
Probably this is the response you hear from all who read this beautifully written story. But I am moved to express this as it is deep in my heart now.
I am so happy to have met Asher.
"Let me just say that no book that I have ever read on [Jesus] has moved me and touched me the way yours did. I stumbled across it in a public library in the year 2000 and I purchased every copy that the library had. I even went online purchased more copies because that book just meant so much to me and I wanted to share it with people and I wanted to have extra copies around the house! I've memorized some of the things that were said in the book because it brought me so close to Christ and I needed to know what he felt. I needed to understand my own pains i felt throughout the years of my life. Your book was the beginning of an incredible journey for me it all started with your book... I can't even begin to text message or post the amount of detail and the incredible impact that book had and has. It confirmed things, it gave me understanding, it gave me peace, it gave me that the mystic Christian connection with our Father, and I am grateful to you... Im very grateful to you for being used by God for allowing yourself to be used in that way."
I received a very kind letter from a nuclear physicist friend of mine who occupies an office in our office building. Here is a short excerpt:
“As you predicted I did finish your book this weekend. This morning when I woke I picked it up from the other side of the bed where I put it last night as I fell asleep. I cried as hard as you did at the finish. It is a very powerful book, and for me it certainly was. Thank you for sharing it with me, and all… I now know why God lead me to your building…”
“The book really grabbed my attention immediately… I like the fact that the cover really portrays the essence of the book in a living, vital way and draws the reader into the story even before the pages are turned… May everyone who has the joy of reading The Disciple have their hearts and minds opened to the Truth of the Master Jesus’ teachings. May each discover what he really meant when he said, ‘I and my Father are one.’” Pat
"Ron Way's narrative of his personal calling by Jesus to remember the lifetime in which they lived and knew each other is amazing. Although I am Jewish, I honor all faiths that seek the light, and recommend this book to those who want to immerse themselves in the intimate narratives of the life of a truly great Teacher."
Rabbi Shohama Wiener DMin. Director of Spiritual Development, ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal Ordination Programs
“Gorgeous site, Ron… and this experience of yours and the resulting book will always fascinate and persuade me. May it do so for many, many others as well… forever.”
Phyllis Tickle: Past Religion Editor, Publishers Weekly
"The Disciple is a very intimate look at a true friendship between Ronald Way and Jesus adding a human dimension to Jesus' life that I never experienced before. Thank you Ron for listening. God bless you forever."
“Your book, Ron, sustains me still, as I am laid up.”
"Ronald Way's inspiration inspires me to the direct experience of the living Jesus present in the now, in this moment. Amen."
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