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Embattled Saints: My Year with the Sufis of Afghanistan by Kenneth P. Lizzio  was recently reviewed by Chris Beal on the Bookslut Blog. The very favorable review read, “Given the importance of Islam in the modern world, most Westerners know far too little about it. It is rare to find personal experience and cultural history combined in one volume. Embattled Saints gives us insight into a sect that many Westerners may not have realized was still around, and in so doing also offers a larger view of Islam.”

Read the full review here or via Scribd below.

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Embattled Saints: My Year with the Sufis of Afghanistan by Kenneth P. LizzioEmbattled Saints is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and other friendly retailers.

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Our upcoming May release Embattled Saints: My Year with the Sufis of Afghanistan by Kenneth P. Lizzio received a wonderful review in Publishers Weekly.  Click here to read the review, or read it via Scribd below.

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Embattled Saints: My Year with the Sufis of Afghanistan by Kenneth P. LizzioEmbattled Saints is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and other friendly retailers.

Sufi Talks: Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh by Robert Frager, Ph.D. was reviewed in the April/May 2013 issue of AHP Perspective magazine, published by the Association for Humanistic Psychology.

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Sufi Talks: Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh by Robert Frager, Ph.D.

Sufi Talks is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

To learn more about Dr. Frager, ‘Like’ the book on Facebook.

The Fall ~ Winter ~ Spring 2012-13 issue of Branches of Light contains three wonderful reviews of our 2012 titles.  Below, you can read the reviews of Sufi Talks: Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh by Robert Frager, Ph.D., Soul of Light: Works of Illumination by Joma Sipe and Growing into God: A Beginner’s Guide to Christian Mysticism by John R. Mabry.

 

 

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Sufi Talks is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

To learn more about Dr. Frager, visit his website or ‘Like’ the book on Facebook.

Soul of Light is available for pre-sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and other local and national retailers.

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Growing into God is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

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Three Quest Titles have been reviewed in the new Fall 2012 issue of Theosophy Forward magazine.

Click here for reviews of:

 

Sufi Talks

Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh

by Robert Frager, Ph.D.

 

 

Growing into God

A Beginner’s Guide to Christian Mysticism

by John R. Mabry

 

Soul of Light

Works of Illumination

by Joma Sipe

 

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Sufi Talks is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

To learn more about Dr. Frager, visit his website or ‘Like’ the book on Facebook.

Growing into God is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

Follow the author’s book blog, and connect with him on Goodreads.

Soul of Light is available for pre-sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and other local and national retailers.

For more information about the artist, visit his website or connect with him on Facebook or Flikr.

Theosophy Forward is on Facebook.

We have a brand new book trailer for Sufi Talks: Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh by Robert Frager, Ph.D.

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Sufi Talks is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

To learn more about Dr. Frager, visit his website or ‘Like’ the book on Facebook.

Sufi Talks: Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh by Robert Frager, Ph.D. received a rave review in the ‘Spiritual Living Reviews’ column of the July 15 issue of Library Journal.

Read the full review below.

Frager, Robert. Sufi Talks: Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh. Quest. Jul. 2012. c.296p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780835608930. pap. $19.95. REL
Frager (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; Essential Sufism) comes to writing about spirituality with a fascinating double heritage as a psychologist and a Sufi teacher and author. There is always some dispute about the meaning of Sufi, sometimes called the mystical dimension of Islam, but the reader will find in this book a collection of “sohbets” (informal talks) that honor the Sufi way, but express a conventionally Islamic approach to theology and spirituality. VERDICT Frager’s book gives voice to the Islam of devotion, peace, compassion, and service; an excellent introduction to Islamic modes of thought for the general reader.

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Sufi Talks is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

To learn more about Dr. Frager, visit his website or ‘Like’ the book on Facebook.

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Our newest release, Sufi Talks: Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh by Robert Frager, Ph.D., has been getting some great reviews!

On July 11, the book was reviewed by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality & Practice magazine.  The review, which can be read in full here, says:

Sufi Talks consists of an enlightening series of sohbets, or conversations about spiritual matters, which are usually given on a weekly basis during Sufi gatherings. Frager challenges us to work on building habits of the heart which involve openness, hospitality, and everyday spirituality. As an old Sufi saying puts it: “A person who can properly serve a glass of tea can do anything.” Spiritual discipline covers all our words and deeds.

Theosophy.net member and blogger Rene Wadlow has also written a very insightful review of the book. Read it via Scribd below.

 

 

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Sufi Talks is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

To learn more about Dr. Frager, visit his website or ‘Like’ the book on Facebook.

Robert Frager’s new book Sufi Talks: Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh is reviewed by Anna Jedrziewski in the new July/August issue of Retailing Insight magazine.

The review can be read online on page 69, or via Scribd below.

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Sufi Talks is available on AmazonBarnes & Noble and IndieBound.

To learn more about Dr. Frager, visit his website or ‘Like’ the book on Facebook.

Retailing Insight magazine is on Facebook.

Publishers Weekly has written an enthusiastic review of Robert Frager’s new book Sufi Talks: Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh that appears in the May 14 issue.

The review, which can be read in full here, reads:

“Frager is a wise teacher concerned with both the practical and spiritual well-being of his students, and his balance of abstract principles and obscure historical fables with personal experiences from his own Sufi group in California keeps the book’s traditional form fresh and original. This will surely be a precious resource for devotees and thought-provoking for the uninitiated.”

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Sufi Talks is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

To learn more about Dr. Frager, visit his website or ‘Like’ the book on Facebook.

Publishers Weekly is on Facebook and Twitter.

The International Association of Sufism Publication’s Sufism: An Inquiry features a wonderful review of Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology by Yannis Toussulis in the Winter 2012 issue.

 

Read the review via Scribd below.

 

 

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Sufism and the Way of Blame is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

 

To learn more about the author, visit his website.

A wonderful review of Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology by Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D. appears in the Fall 2011 issue of Quest magazine.

The review, written by the venerable David Fideler, co-translator of Love’s Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition, reads, “Based on years of painstaking research and scholarship, the book is clearly written, and while presenting a wealth of detailed information, it remains easily accessible to the serious, interested reader.  Sufism and the Way of Blame offers much in the way of new material to English-speaking readers, and is a discerning, reliable work, which will remain a serious and thought-provoking resource for many years to come.”

 

View the full review via Scribd below.

 

Sufism and the Way of Blame is available on Amazon. You can also learn more about the author on his website.

A thought-provoking, detailed review of Sufism and the Way of Blame: The Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology, by Yannis Toussulis, appears in issue 27 of the Sacred Web journal.

The review, written by Samuel Bendeck Sotillos, is well-documented and covers the topics raised in the book thoroughly.  You can read the review online, or below via Scribd.

 

 

Sufism and the Way of Blame is available on Amazon. You can also learn more about the author on his website.

The Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Branches of Light includes three Quest Titles!  See below for reviews of:

The Portal: An Initiate’s Journey into the Secret of Rennes-le-Château byPatrice Chaplin

Sufism and the Way of Blame: The Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology byYannis Toussulis, Ph.D.

The Quotable Krishnamurti, edited by Robert Epstein


Learn more about Dr. Toussulis on his website and connect with Patrice Chaplin on Facebook.

The Portal, Sufism and the Way of Blame and The Quotable Krishnamurti are all on Amazon!

Sufism and the Way of Blame: The Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology by Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D., has been excerpted on the Reality Sandwich website.

“A common element that tied together Gurdjieff, the Shah family, Bennett, and Şuşud was that all of them referred to the Masters of Central Asia. All of them also posited that the Khwajagan had functioned as a rather elite group within greater Sufism; yet all of them, with the exception of Şuşud, seem to have deviated from the central teachings of Sufism, which emphasized the nothingness of human beings next to God. Instead, the followers of Gurdjieff, Bennett, and Idries Shah would all continue to promote a form of occult elitism that emphasized a hidden hierarchy in Sufism composed of superhumans who operated beyond, behind, or outside of normative Sufism and Islam. And this idea was inimical to the original teachings of the Khwajagan.”

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This excerpt was originally posted on June 8, 2011.

 

The new May/June issue of Theosophy Forward includes excellent reviews of The Brightened Mind: A Simple Guide to Buddhist Mediation by Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu and Sufism and the Way of Blame: The Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology by Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D.

You can read these reviews on Scribd!

Click here to download the full May/June issue of Theosophy Forward.

The Brightened Mind and Sufism and the Way of Blame are both available on Amazon!

Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology, by Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D., has been recommended by New Consciousness Review!

“Yannis Toussulis may be the first to explore the relation between this controversial movement and the larger tradition of Sufism, as well as between Sufism and Islam generally, throughout history to the present. Both a Western professor of the psychology of religion and a Sufi practitioner, Toussulis has studied malamatiyya for over a decade. Explaining Sufism as a lifelong practice to become a ‘perfect mirror in which God contemplates Himself,’ he draws on and critiques contemporary interpretations by G. I Gurdjieff, J. G. Bennett, and Idries Shah, as well as on Frithjof Schuon, Martin Lings, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr.”

Click here to read the full review.

Buy Sufism and the Way of Blame on Amazon today, and visit Dr. Toussulis’ website for more information about the author and his newest book.

New Consciousness Review is on Facebook and Twitter!

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This review was originally published on May 7, 2011.

The Gurdjieff Books Blog has posted a wonderful and insightful review written by Joseph Azize, highlighting Sufism and the Way of Blame: The Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology by Yannis Tousullis, Ph.D.!

“This is an important book: it is the most accessible serious living study of Sufism I have read since Reshad Feild’s The Last Barrier, which features Feild’s teacher Bulent Rauf (under the pseudonym ‘Hamid’). I say ‘living’ study, because it strikes me that its chief aim is not so much to ‘detail the relationship between Sufism and the controversial way of blame’, as the preface might indicate, as it is to communicate some taste of the life of contemporary Sufism. Toussulis achieves this when he presents the interview in chapter 8 with Mehmet Selim Öziç Bey, which demonstrates that there exists in today’s Sufism a beneficent and tolerant spiritual dimension which is suited to the needs of the time.”

Read the full review here.

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Buy Sufism and the Way of Blame on Amazon.

Learn more about Dr. Toussulis on his website.

This review was originally posted March 23, 2011.

Exciting news… Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology, by Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D., is now available!

To celebrate, we thought we’d share this great review, as posted on the Banyen Books & Sound website:

This is a definitive book on the Sufi “way of blame” that addresses the cultural life of Sufism in its entirety. Originating in ninth-century Persia, the “way of blame” (Arab. malamatiyya) is a little-known tradition within larger Sufism that focused on the psychology of egoism and engaged in self-critique. Later, the term referred to those Sufis who shunned Islamic literalism and formalism, thus being worthy of “blame.” Yannis Toussulis may be the first to explore the relation between this controversial movement and the larger tradition of Sufism, as well as between Sufism and Islam generally, throughout history to the present. Both a Western professor of the psychology of religion and a Sufi practitioner, Toussulis has studied malamatiyya for over a decade.

Explaining Sufism as a lifelong practice to become a “perfect mirror in which God contemplates Himself,” he draws on and critiques contemporary interpretations by G. I Gurdjieff, J. G. Bennett, and Idries Shah, as well as on Frithjof Schuon, Martin Lings, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr. He also contributes personal research conducted with one of the last living representatives of the way of blame in Turkey today, Mehmet Selim Ozic.

Closing chapters present the stages of spiritual development unique to this little-known path that has been largely inaccessible until now.

“…in-depth scholarly research… highly insightful and critical… priceless information… a must-read.” —Robert Frager, co-author of Essential Sufism

“Cuts through many of the myths… a previously inaccessible understanding… you will benefit from reading this book.” —Jay Kinney, co-author of Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions

“A critical assessment of the history, context, and spiritual significance of one of the most important yet hidden traditions within Islamic mysticism… (the “way of blame”) cuts to the bone, and points to what a mature spirituality could be.” —Kabir Helminski, author of Living Presence

You can also read this review as it is posted on Banyen.com here.

Buy Sufism and the Way of Blame today on Amazon!

For more information about Dr. Yannis Tousullis, visit his website: www.toussulis.net.

Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology, a Quest Books April 2011 release by Dr. Yannis Toussulis, has been reviewed by Joann Turner in The Messenger!

The review reads:

Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden sources of a sacred psychology by Yannis Toussulis, PhD. This is a definitive book on the Sufi ‘way of blame’ that addresses the cultural life of Sufism in its entirety. Originating in ninth-century Persia, the ‘way of blame’ (Arab. malamatiyya) is a little-known tradition within larger Sufism that focused on the psychology of egoism and engaged in self-critique. Later, the term referred to those Sufis who shunned Islamic literalism and formalism, thus being worthy of ‘blame.’ Yannis Toussulis may be the first to explore the relation between this controversial movement and the larger tradition of Sufism, as well as between Sufism and Islam generally, throughout history to the present. Both a Western professor of the psychology of religion and a Sufi practitioner, Toussulis has studied malamatiyya for over a decade. Explaining Sufism as a lifelong practice to become a ‘perfect mirror in which God contemplates Himself,’ he draws on and critiques contemporary interpretations by G. I Gurdjieff, J. G. Bennett, and Idries Shah, as well as on Frithjof Schuon, Martin Lings, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr. He also contributes personal research conducted with one of the last living representatives of the way of blame in Turkey today, Mehmet Selim Ozic.

About the Author
Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D., is the current director of The Center for Human Inquiry in Emeryville, California where he teaches and conducts research in the practice of cross-cultural negotiation, leadership skills, and contemplative practices. In this and other endeavors Dr. Toussulis combines academic qualifications in intercultural psychology and human science research with practical expertise gained from his thirty-year long experience in Mental Health Services. He conducts a separate private practice as a family psychotherapist (M.A., LMFT #11962) in Emeryville, Califronia. www.QuestBooks.net

This review is posted on www.themessenger.info under the “Reviews” section and “Spriritual-Development” sub-section. It was originally published on March 12, 2011.

Sufism and the Way of Blame will be released in April 2011, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon.

Find more information about Dr. Yannis Toussulis on his website, www.toussulis.net.

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