New or Recent Books of Interest

Bangs, Herbert, The Return of Sacred Architecture, (Vermont: Inner Traditions, 2007)

ISBN: 978-1-59477-132-4

            In The Return of Sacred Architecture, architect Herbert Bangs explores the difference between the grand architecture of mankind’s past and the inferior, even ugly, buildings of the present, and attempts to analyze how architecture personifies human nature itself, as well as mankind’s relationship with the cosmos.

Buescher, John B., The Other Side of Salvation, (Massachusetts: Skinner House Books, 2004)

ISBN: 978-1-558-96448-8

            The Other Side of Salvation offers a glimpse into American spiritualism in the 1850s by exploring the various figures and groups that were involved in its growth using journals, newspapers, manuscripts, and personal papers from the time period.

Lachman, Gary, In Search of P.D. Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff, (Illinois: Quest Books, 2006)

ISBN: 978-0-8356-0848-0

            Gary Lachman explores the life of P.D. Ouspensky, the first man to attempt to interpret the works of early twentieth-century esoteric master G.I. Gurdjieff, while attempting to determine why Ouspensky eventually rejected Gurdjieff, and yet continued to teach his ideas.

Smoley, Richard, The Essential Nostradamus, (New York: Penguin Group, 2006)

ISBN: 978-1-585-42460-3

            Not only is The Essential Nostradamus a collection of the famous seer, but it also uses a more accurate translation than most other collections, and contains commentary on the writings of Nostradamus as well.

 Wellbeloved, Sophia, Gurdjieff: The Key Concepts, (New York: Routledge, 2003)

ISBN: 978-0-415-24898-3

            Gurdjieff: The Key Concepts offers clear definitions of Gurdjieff’s teaching terms, placing him within the context of his time.  This book explores aspects of his work such as possible religious, esoteric, and literary traditions, relationships between the different aspects of the teaching, and internal contradictions and subversive aspects..