Notable Books

Notable Books 16


Are they notable or what..??

King, Serge Kahili. Changing Reality: Huna Practices to Create the Life You Want. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, Quest Books, 2013. Pp. ix + 333. $16.95.

Huna is a Hawaiian term for the shamanistic practices of those islands and hence for traditional esoteric knowledge applied to the practical problems of life. This book has no Theosophy in it, a little anthropology, and a lot of new-agery. It will appeal especially to those whose main interest is the last.

Leadbeater, Charles Webster. The Chakras: An Authoritative Edition of the Groundbreaking Classic. Foreword by Anodea Judith, PhD. Annotations and Afterword by Kurt Leland. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, Quest Books, 1927, 1997, 2nd ed. 2013. Pp. xxi + 160. $16.95.

This is a new edition of the old, but still standard, book on the subject of the chakras. There are many others, of which the best is probably The Chakras and the Human Energy Fields, by Shafica Karagulla and Dora van Gelder Kunz (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1989). Another noteworthy treatment is Practical Centering: Exercises to Energize Your Chakras for Relaxation, Vitality, and Health, by Larkin Barnett (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, Quest Books, 2012). Amazon.com lists a dozen or so others of unknown usefulness and importance.


Charles Webster Leadbeater

The new edition preserves the text of the original and its impressive color illustrations (as well as the black-and-white ones). It adds some new useful front and back matter. It is an excellent addition to the list of basic works on Theosophical subjects and should be added to the list of references on the subject in the Theosophical Encyclopedia. It is a classic in the field.

The following are two Quest books that fall into the growing category of new-age volumes of little or no explicitly Theosophical relevance, which the Wheaton Theosophical Publishing House has recently been specializing in. Both are good books of their kind, but the kind has little to do with Theosophy in the traditional sense. The problem faced by TPH is that it is, at least in part, a publisher catering to a wide range of general readers and aspiring (indeed needing) to sell its works in general bookstores, including especially large chain stores. And so the available market dictates the sort of book that TPH-Wheaton publishes. This is not a new problem for TPH-Wheaton, but of late it has become increasingly problematical.

Amodeo, John. Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, Quest Books, 2013. Pp. [xx] + 292. $16.95.

Phillips, Jan. Finding the On-Ramp to Your Spiritual Path: A Road Map to Joy and Rejuvenation. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, Quest Books, 2013. Pages [iv] + 146. $14.95.



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