Archive for the ‘ Esoteric ’ Category

Here are some brand new esoteric books published by Cornerstone Book Publishers:

egymag

Classic account of Egyptian magical practices and history by one of the most resected Egyptologists ever to live. Includes: “Magical Stones or Amulets”; “Magical Figures”; “Magical Pictures and Formulas, Spells, Etc.”; “Magical Names”; “Magical Ceremonies” and more. Photographic reproduction of the 1901 edition of this work. Retail Price: $16.95
ISBN 1613421249

osim

Noted metaphysical author and physician, Franz Hartmann gives us an intriguing look into the esoteric aspects of medicine and human health. He helps us to understand the meaning of “disease” as well as covers subjects such as “The Constitution of Man;” “The Four Pillars of Medicine;” “The Five Causes of Disease;” “The Five Classes of Physicians;” “The Medicine of the Future” and more. This is a photographic reproduction of the 1893 edition of this work. Retail Price: $14.95
ISBN 1613421133

mysticlife

This is an enlightening introductory study of Christian Mysticism. Includes: The Mystic Life; The Path of Discipleship; Illumination; The Mystic Christ; Recommendations for Daily Life and much more. Includes a detailed Appendix and Index. Retail Price: $16.95
ISBN 1613421125

rcc

Max Heindel (1865-1919) was one of the most prolific and respected of Rosicrucian writers. His magnum opus was the 1909, “The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception,” the acclaimed thesis on Christian mysticism and human spiritual evolution. This special Cornerstone edition is a photographic reprint of the 1910 enlarged second edition. Retail Price: $26.95
ISBN 1613420994

pracmys

This is an intriguing look into a seldom considered aspect of the life of President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s philosophy, concept of morality and manner of living are examined in a metaphysical setting. Retail Price: $14.95
ISBN 1613421117

 

To Book Shop or Not to Book Shop

The first book I wrote was published in 1973 – a year after I graduated from high school. The book shop community in New Orleans was very different back then. Book shops were everywhere. I don’t mean a handful of used book stores. I mean sellers of newly published books – the popular, new books as well as local or specialty books. The vast majority were mom and pop shops – small/medium in size, but where you would go to find interesting books.
Over the years, the economy took its toll on small businesses of all kinds. One by one the small book shops in New Orleans either closed up or were gobbled up by the larger shops. Today, Barnes & Noble is the monster shop and most all other book shops (save a few used book sellers) have gone away. It happened because of business practices and the result of the poor economy. Small book shops bought stock at wholesale from book distributors or publishers and resold at retail. Their business was operated on the profit from the reselling of the books they bought at wholesale. As the small shops did not have the volume of business of the large shops, their profit was like a piece of glass – able to be broken if it took too hard of a hit. The death blow was often delivered by the large shops who (because of their larger volume of business) could offer the more popular books at a discount the small shops could not match. The large shops were willing and able to take the losses in these profit areas because they would make up the lost profits with the other books they sold that were not discounted. It is simply the leverage a larger shop can exert. When a small shop reached the point of no return, it either closed up or (if it was a popular enough shop) was bought out by a larger shop. Finally, New Orleans was left with two large shops: Barnes & Noble and Borders. Not long ago, Borders fell and now we have one.
One type of specialty book shop that could be found in most parts of New Orleans was metaphysical book shops. I remember the popular Golden Leaves book shop when it first opened off Airline Hwy. and then moved off Severn in Fat City. It was a great place for the more esoterically inclined, but there were other such shops as well. They were more than book shops. They were centers where you could find like-minded people to share ideas with and enjoy discussions on spiritual subjects. They often held group meetings or lectures in the shops on different esoteric subjects. They were not only sellers of books, but educational centers. It was great. They are all gone now.
I started publishing books in 1995. In the very early days, I only published books dealing with Freemasonry. In time, the titles expanded into more metaphysical, Rosicrucian and other esoteric subjects. As the catalog grew, contemporary literature was added and then a very different area – pulp fiction joined the collection of books. With our move back to New Orleans, the final part of our catalog, local New Orleans and Louisiana books (reprints of local classics) filled out our main catalog.
A few years ago I realized that Cornerstone had grown into a large catalog. That, along with the fact that there was a need in the New Orleans area for a specialty book shop, put an idea in my head. The seeds of a small retail shop were planted. But, I wanted to take my time as I knew that I would be going up against one monster of a large book seller who could buy and sell me many times over. I knew that there was no way to compete unless I simply did what I did best – sell the books published by Cornerstone. Whenever I did any sort of book fair, the books sold like hot cakes so I knew there was a market. But, a physical store was a different animal. I wanted the right location and did not want to settle.
So, what area? There were a number of areas that we considered, but each just did not suit us for this or that reason. One day, my wife (the beautiful and extraordinary talented author, Evelyn Klebert) and I were riding down Canal Blvd. in the Lakeview area and passed a favorite old haunt of ours – the old Plantation Coffee House. Like so many other places, it is gone now, but how we use to enjoy the atmosphere there. Just passing by the building brought back great memories. It was a gathering of artists who came to enjoy the coffee and soak up the vibes of all who sat near them. We wanted to be somewhere in that area.
After studying the area, we narrowed it down even further. Hurricane Katrina had devastated the Lakeview area. The 17th Street Canal broke there and the whole area was flooded. To this day, you can still find many homes and businesses that are only abandoned shells, victims of the flood and with no sign of pending return. But, there was Harrison Ave. It is one of the main arteries of Lakeview running from the 17th Street Canal to City Park. Just driving down the street, you can see the new businesses that have popped up over the last few years. The once popular Robert E. Smith public library on Harrison and Canal is rebuilt and back open. It feels like a center of art once again. We picked Harrison Ave.
Not too long ago, we decided to make a jump. I posted a short note on Facebook saying that we were thinking of opening a book shop and were looking at the Lakeview and Harrison area. We asked if anyone knew of any space available for a book shop. My friend Dave Krasner gave me a yell. Dave owns Expetec Technology Services and he told me that he had just bought an old bank building on the corner of Harrison and Fleur de Lis and could use a tenant. We got together and everything worked out. The area is perfect and the building is just what is needed for both businesses. The building needs some work, but not much and we expect to have both businesses opened by mid November (+/-).
So, Cornerstone Book Publishers will now not only be a book publisher, but will be a book shop and, hopefully, a center for Masonic/esoteric education. Make no mistake, we are a small guy and can’t hope to compete with the sparkle, countless number of books or fine displays of a Barnes & Noble. But, we have books that are of quality and can provide what is wanted and needed. We didn’t make the New York Times Bestsellers list by publishing garbage. We have a proven track record and are one of the top book sellers in the Amazon Masonic and Esoteric lists. We will stock Cornerstone titles and can order most any book available through the normal distributors. And yes, if all goes well, we do have plans to grow. :-)
More to come on opening dates.
Michael R. Poll

Kindle Books

Take another look at just some of the Cornerstone books newly revised on Kindle.

 

This very rare and long out of print biographical work is a must for any Mason with a desire for Masonic research. This is NOT a photocopy of the original work, but a completely new, re-type set edition. The four volume in one collection has between 300 & 400 pages in each book. This is a true collector’s edition.

While a few editorial changes have been made the work is for the most part as it was when first published. The largest change is the addenda that was at the end of the 4th edition. The addenda was a collection of corrections and additions to the work. We have incorporated the corrections and additions into the work itself removing the need for the addenda.

Includes a clickable Table of Contents.

 

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot is A. E. Waite’s influential guide to Tarot symbolism, published in England in conjunction with the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. While Waite was an occultist, he was very concerned with the accuracy of the symbols he used for his deck, and he did much research into the traditions, interpretations, and history behind the cards. Includes a clickable Table of Contents.
One of the most beloved and respected Masonic educators provides a true course in Masonic education in this rare classic. This is an excellent Masonic education program for both the new and experienced Mason. In this small, easy to read book, Haywood offers explanations on Freemasonry’s relationship with such profound topics as: democracy, liberty, human nature, education, ritual and symbolism, Masonic ethics, equality, Freemasonry and religion and much more. Includes a clickable Table of Contents.
Legendary Masonic authors, Albert Mackey and Albert Pike take us on an amazing venture from the days of the Crusades and the Knights Templar to the creation of modern speculative Freemasonry in a collection of inspiring papers. Includes the rare, The Order of the Temple by Albert Pike. Edited by Michael R. Poll with a Foreword by S. Brent Morris. Includes a clickable Table of Contents.
This book contains a collection of Christian sermons delivered by Freemasons, some Christian ministers, in Christian churches. It spans the 1700′s to 1900′s. This work is not offered to lift up the Christian faith over any other religion, but to show that to Christian Masons, Christianity is their faith. It is what they believe and it is not diminished by their Masonic membership. A devout Christian Mason is as devout a Christian as any devout Christian. The charges that Freemasonry is anti-Christian or that Christians cannot be true Christians as well as Freemasons are false. Includes a clickable Table of Contents.
C.W. Leadbeater offers an enlightened study of the Path of Discipleship under the Guidance of the Ascended Masters. While existing in our troubled world, we can see in this work the place of initiation and its role in both our spiritual and physical selves. Beautifully written in a manner to both guide and instruct, this classic book is of timeless value to all students of Initiation and Guided Wisdom. Includes a clickable Table of Contents.


The Witches’ Own

Cornerstone author Evelyn Klebert has just released a new book just in time for the Halloween season.


 

On the surface things seem quiet and serene in the picturesque coastal village of Kilmarnock, Virginia. But something unseen roams its lush forests as the past and present collide and the unthinkable begins to wreak its vengeance. Young Lucy Bonner is executed for witchcraft in the town’s distant and brutal past. Her death triggers an unholy chain of events which grasp at the restless heart of novelist Peter McQuade, spurring him towards a quest to uncover the dark and terrifying truth.

Available at Cornerstone Books, Amazon, Kindle, and all other major on-line booksellers.

 

The Mystic’s Collection

Cornerstone author Evelyn Klebert has just released an eBook box set on Kindle entitled The Mystic’s Collection. This set contains three paranormal novels including An Uneasy Traveler, Sanctuary of Echoes, and Treading on Borrowed Time. The collection is on sale at $2.99 through the month of August. Here is the link: The Mystic’s Collection.

 

A boxed set of three haunting and unforgettable novels masterfully woven by paranormal author Evelyn Klebert. (753 pages)

“An Uneasy Traveler”: What would you do if your destiny was ruining your life? A gifted artist battling his personal demons has a chance meeting with a guarded, young woman that sends both their lives spiraling onto a different track. A spiritual awakening draws these two together, propelling them onto a new and disturbing path. It is a monumental struggle to overcoming their obstacles,fears, and the shadow of a past life to carve out a future together.

“Sanctuary of Echoes”: Corey Knight was convinced all that was ahead for her was a quiet, reclusive life spent living out the rest of her days in her childhood home on Esplanade Avenue on the fringes of New Orleans’ French Quarter. But the unexpected specter of her deceased father plunges her into a mad quest for a missing supernatural weapon unearthed long ago. And unfortunately her only ally is a lost love who she betrayed.

“Treading on Borrowed Time”: For Julia Moreau life seems complicated. But Julia doesn’t have a clue what complicated is until she is thrust into being the key chess piece in a match between two men of extraordinary abilities on the wild hunt for a mystical creature hidden in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Will Julia lose her soul to the karma of a past life or her heart to the love of a man driven by dark forces?

 

 

New Books from Cornerstone

Check out these new titles recently released by Cornerstone!!

 

 

Bridge Builder’s Guide
by Kyle Ferlemann
Foreword by Robert G. Davis
Commentaries by Cliff Porter

6×9 Softcover 148 pages
Retail Price: $16.95
ISBN 1613420439

There has never been as much controversy in Masonry as that generated by the writings, rituals and symbols of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and its members. The majority of all Masonic conspiracy theories center upon the arcane symbolism of the Rite. In recent years study guides have become available, but they lack an in-depth and personalized discussion of our ancient mystical tradition. A man might read about the color of our hats, but it is unlikely he would be faced with a spiritual discussion of the colors as they relate to the Craft. The time has come for such a book. The time has come for this book. Kyle Ferlemann provides us with an in-depth, easy to read and understand text book for the Scottish Rite. It is, “The Bridge Builders Guide.”

Part of the Cornerstone Scottish Rite Education Series

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by Calvin C. Burt
6×9 Softcover 352 pages
Retail Price: $18.95
ISBN 1613420455

 

This is a photographic reproduction of Calvin C. Burt’s 1879 history “Egyptian Masonic Rite of Memphis.” This classic work provides an important look at the history of this near lost rite and provides much food for thought regarding the activities of U.S. Freemasonry in the 1800′s.

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by Robert Macoy
6 x 9 Softcover 402 pages
Retail Price: $21.95
ISBN 1613420544

Masonic education is on on-going process that comes in many packages. There are a handful of Masonic classics from the 1800′s that should be in the library of every serious Masonic student. Macoy’s General History and Cyclopedia of Freemasonry is one of those classics. This work provides the Masonic student with a foundation upon which to continue his education in Freemasonry. The work is divided into a history section followed by an encyclopedic examination of the various terms, bodies, degrees and customs of Freemasonry. This is a photographic reproduction of the 1870 work. Illustrated.

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by Henry C. Atwood
6×9 Softcover 396 pages
Retail Price: $21.95
ISBN 1613420528

This acclaimed and classic work provides the Masonic student with enlightened explanations in the craft degrees as well as the various degrees of the York and Scottish Rite. This is a rare work respected for its value to Freemasonry. Photographic reproduction of the 1850 work.

Treading on Borrowed Time

Paranormal author Evelyn Klebert has recently released a new novel entitled Treading on Borrowed Time. We sat down with Evelyn recently to discuss her latest endeavor.

Q: What is Treading on Borrowed Time about?

A: Well essentially it’s about a young woman, Julia Moreau, who has been disillusioned a bit by life, coming out of a failed marriage and recovering from the death of her parents, but who on the bright side has strong psychic tendencies and is being mentored by the spirit of her Great Aunt. But of course the stakes get higher when Julia is drafted to help a mysterious Englishman to track a mystical creature in the French Quarter. And then quite jarringly she finds there is another man on the same quest who literally yanks her into another time to elicit her aid.

Q: Sounds exciting, what inspired you to write this?

A: Quite honestly I was looking for a change of pace after Sanctuary of Echoes. Sanctuary was a very intricate book, filled with introspection and time shifts. With this book I wanted to write something a bit on the lighter side, more straight forward in terms of time line, very romantic, and a bit more action oriented. But a key element in this novel was my heroine. I made the decision to make her a Type 1 diabetic.

Q:Why did you make her a diabetic?

A: I’ve actually wanted to do a character like this for a long time but hadn’t really found the vehicle to do so. I live with Type 1 diabetes and understand the way that it changes your life. I think anyone who has a serious medical condition can relate to this. Managing your illness becomes part of the fabric of your life and I thought it would be interesting to create a character who along with all the other extraordinary complications in her life has this one as well.

Q: Are you currently working on anything?

A: Yes, I’m working to put together a collection of paranormal love stories. I’m including a few of my favorites from other collections and adding in several new ones. It should be out just after the first of the year.

Treading on Borrowed Time is now available at Cornerstone Book Publishers, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all other major on-line retailers. It is also available in e-book format on Kindle, The Nook, and many other e-book retailers.

 


For Julia Moreau life seems complicated. Emerging from a failed marriage and managing a lifetime of diabetes, she lives alone in her childhood home where she communicates with the spirit of her Great Aunt Lilia. But Julia doesn’t have a clue what complicated is until she is thrust into being the key chess piece in a match between two powerful men of extraordinary abilities on the wild hunt for a mystical creature hidden in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Will Julia lose her soul to the karma of a devastating past life or her heart to the love of a man driven by dark forces? What is clear is that whichever way she turns she is “Treading on Borrowed Time.”

6×9 Softcover 198 pages
Retail Price: $16.95
ISBN 1-613420-22-6

Check out these new titles at Cornerstone Book Publishers just in time for the holidays. And don’t forget to take advantage of free shipping on all U.S. orders before Christmas.

New York Times bestselling writer and Masonic historian, Michael R. Poll gives us a wonderful collection of some of his best Masonic papers and lectures. From rethinking long held beliefs regarding the early development of the Scottish Rite to the general philosophy and needs of today’s Freemasonry, this book provides education, enlightenment and enjoyment.

6×9 Softcover 176 pages
Retail Price: $15.95
ISBN: 1-61342-017-X

 

For Julia Moreau life seems complicated. Emerging from a failed marriage and managing a lifetime of diabetes, she lives alone in her childhood home where she communicates with the spirit of her Great Aunt Lilia. But Julia doesn’t have a clue what complicated is until she is thrust into being the key chess piece in a match between two powerful men of extraordinary abilities on the wild hunt for a mystical creature hidden in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Will Julia lose her soul to the karma of a devastating past life or her heart to the love of a man driven by dark forces? What is clear is that whichever way she turns she is “Treading on Borrowed Time.”

6×9 Softcover 198 pages
Retail Price: $16.95
ISBN 1-613420-22-6

 

Fraternal organizations, often called “secret societies” because of their proprietary ritual initiations, have thrived in America since the 1730s. Only recently, however, have they become the subject of rigorous academic scrutiny. Bringing together foundational studies of American fraternalism by respected journalists, historians, and sociologists, this volume seeks to contribute to a greater understanding of this aspect of American life. Two respected authorities in the field have carefully selected and edited writings which shed light on how contemporaries understood fraternalism during its golden age of the 1800s, document how 20th century scholars understood these groups, and hopefully facilitate further research into this quintessentially characteristic American phenomenon.

Edited by William D. Moore and Mark A Tabbert
6×9 Softcover 316 pages
Retail Price: $24.95
ISBN: 1-613420-24-2

 

This most significant collection of Rosicrucian tracts was edited and published by W. Wynn Westcott, Supreme Magas of the Rosicrucian Society of England, beginning in 1893 as nine independent volumes. Gathered together in one volume, this work represents some of the most profound Rosicrucian wisdom available. Foreword by Clayton J. Borne, III, 33º, P.G.M.

Large Format 8.5×11 Softcover 722 pages
Retail Price: $44.95
Cornerstone Website Price: $38.95
ISBN 1-61342-018-8

New York Times bestselling writer and Masonic historian, Michael R. Poll gives us a wonderful collection of some of his best Masonic papers and lectures. From rethinking long held beliefs regarding the early development of the Scottish Rite to the general philosophy and needs of today’s Freemasonry, this book provides education, enlightenment and enjoyment.

Release date: 09/28/11
Published by Cornerstone Book Publishers.

6×9 Softcover 176 pages
Retail Price: $15.95
ISBN: 1-61342-017-X

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This most significant collection of Rosicrucian tracts was edited and published by W. Wynn Westcott, Supreme Magas of the Rosicrucian Society of England, beginning in 1893 as nine independent volumes. Gathered together in one volume, this work represents some of the most profound Rosicrucian wisdom available.
Release date: 09/28/11
Edited by W. Wynn Westcott
Foreword by Clayton J. Borne, III

Large Format 8.5×11 Softcover 722 pages
Retail Price: $44.95
Cornerstone Website Price: $38.95
ISBN 1-61342-018-8

Now through Sunday July 31st, 2011, Cornerstone Book Publishers will have a massive 40% off sale at http://www.cornerstonepublishe​rs.com/. This sale will NOT be listed on the website and is only available via e-mail. To get your 40% off the retail price of any Cornerstone book, just select the books you would like to order and send that list to info@cornerstonepublishers.com​. We will calculate the discount and send you a PayPal invoice for the total. Simple. If you have any questions, please send us a mail.