John Chambers/New Age Books Abroad


John Chambers
New Age Books Abroad      


How 24 Great Men and Women Were Touched by Spiritual Worlds
by John Chambers

ISBN-13: 978-1-59477-272-6 / ISBN-10: 1-59477-272-X. Quality Paperback. June 25, 2009. 6�x 9�. 336 pp. 24 b&w illustrations. Imprint: Destiny Books. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co., P.O. Box 388, Rochester, VT 05767. 1-800-246-8648 / (802) 767-3174, Fax: (802) 767-3726, <>, $18.95.


"Rare and penetrating glimpses into the paranormal dimension of the creative lives of 24 famous artists, scientists, and politicians. From Benvenuto Cellini to Churchill and Carl Jung, this book offers fresh perspectives on the achievements of greatness.  Written with grace, wit, and quiet erudition�heartily recommended." - Michael Grosso, Ph.D, author, Soulmaker, The Millennium Myth.

"John Chambers has penetrated to the core of human genius, and found it has less to do with raw intelligence than we previously assumed. The two dozen, extraordinary individuals he examines�despite their radical diversity�all share something in common; namely, the application of spiritual experience to life. Chambers thereby unveils the most empowering secret available to every man and woman." - Frank Joseph, editor-in-chief, Ancient American magazine, author, Survivors of Atlantis, Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America.

"John Chambers is a gifted writer, and his writings are always topnotch, educational, and entertaining reading. He researches his material and knows about what he writes! In this book, Chambers looks at how twenty-four remarkable men and women were touched by spiritual worlds and what it did to and for each of them. This book is about relationships between humans, God, nature, and the realm of spirituality from the era of the 16th century to the 20th century.  Occult influences are covered. Paranormal experiences and other intriguing factors are involved in the book, detailed, analyzed, and shared with the reader. This reviewer found the following sections of special interest, and thinks the reader will also: Michel de Nostradamus, William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Honor� de Balzac, Madame Helena Blavatsky, William Butler Yeats, Carl G. Jung, Sri Yashoda Ma, Doris Lessing, and Norman Mailer.  The book as a whole does a fine and excellent job at presenting its subjects in honest, straight-forward analysis, and it is a book that should be on readers' reading lists as a well-written and memorable book concerning the intricate topic of spirituality and its effect on people. For a book that is well-researched, well-written, and well-explained, John Chambers deserves a round of applause and a wide reading audience. This is an entertaining reading experience. The Secret Life of Genius is a heady, intimate reading journey! The subjects come alive! Highly recommended." - Review by Lee Prosser -, <>, June 3, 2009.

"Chambers has opened our eyes wide into the incredible spiritualist life of many
fascinating people known and not so well known. Each chapter featuring another
genius can be read independently of the others. His exhaustive research looks
deep into a life unfamiliar to most of us. Highly recommended for book group
discussion." - A. MacKay Betts, AMAZON.COM, May 16, 2013.

"The Secret Life of Genius is itself a work of genius--of a type. One would have to go back to the best critics of earlier generations to find a match for the barrage of insights that saturate the pages of this wonderful entertaining book--to authors like J. B. Priestley, John Cowper Powys, Colin Wilson, Prichett, Frances Yates, G. Wilson Knight, Northrop Frye, Harold Bloom. To read The Secret Life of Genius is the equivalent of a gourmet dinner topped off with two double expressos.
"The chapter on Balzac is extremely insightful and provocative. The chapter on Blake is sublime and stunning; the author demonstrates an understanding of Blake's Gnosticism as well as his connection to the Lurianic Cabala and its concept of the Primal Adam that existed before the Creation and the Fall. In many ways Blake's poetry and paintings are vastly superior to any attempt at a poetic epic on the part of Hugo whose supreme achievement is found in his fiction. The prose epic Les Miserables is the greatest single work in French literature before A la Recherche du Temps Perdu. In this work Hugo was more successful than Blake or Balzac in fusing the echoes and foreshadowings of a Swedenborgian parallel world with the political and social world of the Restoration with all its grief and injustice. Blake achieved this type of unity only in his lyrics and Balzac was a great novelist only when he allowed himself to leave the Occult in the background. All the great French nineteenth century novelists are Balzacian spin offs. [The awesome, heartbreaking, beautiful 22-page segment on Yukio Mishima  is the climax of the whole book and probably the best account of this matchless author ever penned. . . . (It) goes deeply into the (reincarnational) beauty of alayavijnana.]" - Steven Sittenreich, AMAZON.COM, Jan. 17, 2014.

This is such a fantastic book! I read it about a year ago, and now my mate is reading it. I think I may have to read it again. This book is fascinating in so many ways. As many of us read great literature we intuit meaning that isn't logically present. We call this 'reading between the lines.' If you have been reading between the lines of great literature realizing something spiritual was responsible, then this book helps make sense of why. It will also help you make sense of patterns and synchronicities you experience while engaging in spiritual/creative life."  -  Kristina's Review, GOODREADS.

January 2008, Inner Traditions/Bear & Company <>, of Rochester, Vermont, published a completely revised and expanded edition of Conversations with Eternity: The Forgotten Masterpiece of Victor Hugo (New Paradigm Books, 1998) under the title

A Literary Genius's Hidden Life
By John Chambers

Imprint: Destiny Books. ISBN-13: 978-1-59477-182-8. ISBN-10: 1-59477-182. 0. $18.95. Paper. 384 pages. 6 x 9. Three illustrations.


"Things to do on Jersey when you're dead...This intriguing corner of the great novelist's life is exceptionally well documented in Victor Hugo's Conversations with the Spirit World, by John Chambers. Chambers, the first person to translate the s�ance transcripts into English (in an earlier edition of this book), does a fine job of evoking the atmosphere of the exiles' home away from home, their bitter homesickness and burgeoning fascination with the occult. His book is unusually well written for a study of this kind, laced with keen character sketches and absorbing sidelights on William Blake, James Merrill, and Kabbalah. He presents the facts without undue speculation and lets his readers draw their own conclusions....Victor Hugo's Conversations with the Spirit World is a superb contribution to literary history and to the study of the paranormal. I recommend it highly." - Michael Prescott, April 28, 2008.  For full text, click on <>

"Focuses on Victor Hugo's exile on the island of Jersey, where he and his friends escaped the reign of Napoleon III and where he transcribed hundreds of channeled conversations with various incarnate energies from beyond. New age collections will find it an intriguing addition." - Midwest Book Review, April 3, 2008 (Oregon, WI).

"...Hugo comes across as a complex man - as one would expect - egotistical and selfish, overbearing towards his family, yet sensitive and passionate on occasion. He was also capable of surprising insights, musing on time running backwards, or prefiguring David Bohm's holographic universe. While not convinced that the s�ances were "the greatest... adventure into the supernatural that has ever been recorded", I would agree that this is a fascinating story, and it is told in an engaging way." - Tom Ruffles, NTHPOSITION Online Magazine, March 2008. For full text, click here:  <>

"I assure you you will be entertained, amused and will find yourself pondering the conversations included in this book.  It is a fascinating volume." - ZODIAC BISTRO.

"I picked up this book as a lark, but to my surprise it turned out to be a fascinating read full of forgotten little tidbits of history." - SME, Bookworm Collective, Jan. 25, 2009.

"Chambers�s writing is somewhat redolent of the style of some French popular biographers of the 1950s, such as Andr� Maurois. This is not a criticism by any means. Quite the opposite, in fact: the novelistic way in which he presents a certain number of scenes � all conscientiously documented, one should add � makes for very pleasant reading and helps to better grasp the ambiance of the time." - Dr. Vittorio Frigerio, Head, Department of French, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Dalhousie French Studies, No. 86, Spring 2009.

 (June 17, 2008)  A mention of Victor Hugo�s Conversations with the Spirit World by rising 28-year-old Brit rock star Natasha Khan in an interview in the Manchester Guardian for Monday, June 16, sent sales of the book soaring on AMAZON.COM.UK (and probably in bookstores).  MORE...

"While this book is not a biography it does limn  the relevant elements of this gargantuan writer's gargantuan life. . . . [It] is well written and based on Hugo's own accounts and those of his contemporaries and it reads like a novel with asides for exposition." -  Michael  W. Jackson, Professor of Government and Public Administration, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.  Aug. 28, 2015.  <>

STRANGER THAN FICTION. "A fascinating insight into a unique period in the life of a most unusual man. Full of original texts but also highly readable." - Rosemary Allix. AMAZON.COM.UK. 4 out of 5 stars. Jan. 13, 2016.

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John is currently completing work on a companion volume to Secret Life of Genius
tentatively entitled From Pythagoras to Solzhenitsyn: Encounters of Eminent Persons with Other Worlds. Table of Contents is as follows:

I. Pythagoras (circa 570-485 BCE);
II. Lalibela, King of Ethiopia (circa 1150-1225);
III. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274);
IV. Liu Ji, the Chinese Nostradamus (1311-1375);
V. Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France  (1769-1821);
VI. Victor Hugo (1802-1885);
VII. Alan Kardec (1804-1869);
VIII. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861);
IX. Robert Schumann (1810-1856);
X. Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896);
XI. Charles Dickens (1812-1870);
XII. Queen Victoria, ruler of Great Britain (1819-1901);
XIII. Jules Verne (1828-1905);
XIV. Mark Twain (1835-1910);
XV. Henry James (1843-1916);
XVI. Thomas Edison (1847-1931) & William Butler Yeats (1865-1939);
XVII. Rudolph Steiner (1861-1925);
XVIII. W. L. Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada (1874-1950);
XIX. Upton Sinclair (1878-1968);
XX. Eileen Garrett (1893-1970);
XXI. Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) & Carl G. Jung (1875-1961);
XXII. Paramahansa Muktananda (1908-1982);
XXIII. Simone Weil (1909�1943);
XXIV. Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008).










In February of 2018, Inner Traditions will publish John Chambers's latest book,


Newton’s heretical yet equation-incisive writings on theology, spirituality, alchemy, and prophecy, written in secret alongside his Principia Mathematica

Table of Contents

I. A History of the Corruption of the Soul of Man
II. The Newton Code
Newton's God
IV.  Murder in the Fourth Century A.D.:
(1) Bloodbath in a Boghouse

V. Murder in the Fourth Century A.D.:
(2) The Severed Hand
VI. The Temptation of Saint Anthony
VII. The Great Apostasy
VIII. Apocalypse 2060?
IX. The Conversion of the Jews
X. With Noah on the Mountaintop
XI. In the Days of the Comet
XII. Deconstructing Time
XIII. Chiron and the Argonauts
XIV. A Glitter of Atlantis
The Secret of Life
XVI. Masters of the Prisca Sapientia
(1) Aristarchus, Anaxagoras, Numa
XVII. Masters of the
Prisca Sapientia
(2) Philolaus, Pythagoras, Moses, Pauli
XVIII. Son of Archimedes

"Since the eighteenth century, the problem has existed of understanding how one and the same person, the greatest genius of his age, could have written such brilliant mathematics and physics and still have dabbled in multiple arcane and occult fields.
"This kind of simplistic, 'two-Newton' interpretation, one a young, brilliant scientist, the second a senile religious nut case, went by the boards when Newton's non-scientific writings�five million words including exhaustive and groundbreaking studies in alchemy, chronology, polytheistic mythologies, early Christian Church history, the interpretation of Biblical prophecies, and many more�were auctioned at Sotheby's in London in 1936. These manuscripts showed that Newton was working on these 'unscientific' topics throughout his adult life and was, in fact, working on them at the very times that he did his greatest scientific writings.
"We can today see the possibility that one man, a product of many intellectual and religious currents in the seventeenth century, could write great scientific works, great works in church history, in Biblical interpretation, and so on, as part of one great enterprise, that of understanding man and his place in the grand scheme of God�s creation." - Newton scholar James E. Force

"We may soon be able to substantiate a hypothesis I offered in 1987, that perhaps Newton was a great seventeenth-century alchemist and theologian, who dabbled a little bit in the physical sciences, and that his main concerns deserve our serious attention if we are to understand the full Newtonian Revolution." - Newton scholar Richard H. Popkin


On February 5, 2014, Edizioni Crisalide, Via Campodivivo, 43 - 04020 Spigno Saturnia (LT), Italy,  Tel.: +39 0771.64463 - Fax +39 0771.639121 <>, <> published the Italian edition of


Isaac Newton, Wolfgang Goethe, Tommaso d�Aquino, Benvenuto Cellini: questi sono alcuni dei ventiquattro personaggi famosi la cui biografia spirituale � presentata nel libro.L�autore mostra come le loro opere siano state il risultato non solo del loro infaticabile impegno ad eccellere nel loro campo, ma anche dell�irruzione del mondo dello spirito nella loro vita.

Lettore tipo:
Sia i lettori dediti alla ricerca spirituale, che quelli che si interessano di storia, filosofia e letteratura.

Argomenti di vendita:
Si tratta di un testo assolutamente originale, che esamina la vita dei personaggi trattati non tanto dal punto di vista della loro vita esteriore, quanto da quello della loro capacit� di entrare in contatto con il mondo spirituale.

In the Italian edition, chapters on Ben Jonson, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Doris Lessing and Yukio Mishima have been replaced by chapters on Thomas Acquinas, Napoleon Bonaparte, Robert Schumann, Rudolph Steiner and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

John Chambers had a Master of Arts in English from the University of Toronto and spent three years at the University of Paris. His translations from French include �Phase One: C. E. Q. Manifesto,� in Quebec: Only the Beginning. He has been a full-time English instructor at Dawson College, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and assistant editor at McGraw-Hill Publishing and managing editor at International Thomson Publishing, both in New York, NY. In 1988 he received a New York Business Press Editors' Award for excellence in journalism. He has published three hundred articles, on subjects ranging from ocean shipping to mall sprawl to alien abductions, and is the author of Conversations with Eternity: The Forgotten Masterpiece of Victor Hugo (New Paradigm Books, 1998), translated into seven languages.

Seven of his articles appeared in Forbidden Religion: Suppressed Heresies of the West (Inner Traditions, 2006). From October 1997 to March 2008 he was director of New Paradigm Books, Boca Raton, Florida. He has published two books with Inner Traditions/Destiny: Victor Hugo's Conversations with the Spirit World: A Literary Genius's Hidden Life (January 2008) and The Secret Life of Genius: How 24 Great Men and Women Were Touched by Spiritual Worlds (June 2009). His upcoming book, Isaac Newton: Rescuing the Soul of Man,  will be published by Inner Traditions in 2017. He passed away in April 2017.








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