who “find comfort in the fact that others have used ancient,
classic texts to learn how to deal with suffering.” Penguin Classics releases Confucius: The Analects, translated with an introduction and commentary by Annping Chin, in September.
At Inner Traditions/Bear & Co., acquisitions editor Jon Graham
says, “new takes on old practices” could be a company motto:
“Many of our books are connected by a return to original sources with an eye to recasting them for contemporary needs.” Physician Rick Strassman’s DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: A New
Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible (Oct.) mines
Jewish scripture for insight into what he calls theoneurology, or
the presence of spiritual channels in the human brain.
Caitlín Matthews introduces a 200-year-old divination
system to the modern reader in The Complete Lenormand Oracle
Handbook: Reading the Language and Symbols of the Cards (Inner
Traditions/Destiny, Oct.), and Ervin Laszlo and Anthony Peake
explore consciousness after death, through the lens of both Akasha
and quantum physics, in The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness Beyond the Brain (Inner Traditions, Oct.).
Several publishers are taking a fresh look at Helen Schucman
and William Thetford’s A Course in Miracles (1976), often
referred to as “the Course” and considered a classic of self-help
curricula. Red Wheel/Weiser publisher Jan Johnson notes that
Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra,
Shakti Gawain, and other authors
tackle the big questions this fall
BY SHEILA M. TRASK
As the world grows more chaotic, many seekers are returning to the roots of their practices, looking for fundamental wisdom to carry them through modern crises. Fall 2014’s offerings reflect this trend, from new translations of
foundational works to a memoir of hiking through the Ozarks
with only classic texts for company.
Leading the rediscovery efforts is a new translation of the I
Ching, which Viking is publishing in hardcover in October.
I Ching: The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Oracle and
Book of Wisdom is translated by John Minford, known for his
2002 translation of The Art of War, and took more than a decade
to produce; it includes extra material, such as details about
recent archeological discoveries and new images of the codex of
divination signs. Elda Rotor, associate publisher and editorial
director of Penguin Classics, notes that her imprint will publish
a deluxe paperback version in fall 2015, geared toward students
LOOKING INWARD, AHEAD, BEYOND