The Via Christa Library

A library is "a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to: a collection of books and periodicals held in a library."

Your brain is your mental hardware, but your soul provides the software, which includes the ability to systematize and use whatever you feed it in the way of information. However, all the books, whether physical or digital, will do you little good at all if you lack an inquiring mind. If you are reading this, you are already adequately equipped to begin walking the Via Christa.

Your brain is your mental hardware, but your soul provides the software

Edna Lister was dedicated to educating the whole person, including heart, mind and soul. Thus, we who are Pioneering Mystics travelling the trail she blazed, advocate being well-educated, and devoted to lifelong learning, especially in the fields of science, psychology, metaphysics, philosophy and mysticism.

Edna Lister was an avid reader with philosophically eclectic tastes, yet favoring Pythagoras, Plato, the Stoics, Plotinus and the British and American Idealist philosophers. She loved mysteries, which she claimed sharpened the powers of logic and deductive thinking. Science fiction, she said, was "history, pre-written." She read all the magazines her sons subscribed to, including Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Amazing Stories, Science Fiction, etc.

She credited her continuing education to her boys, who were born twelve years apart to different fathers, but were close and good friends. The older son, Russell J. Elliott, was a mining engineer, as was his stepfather, Henry T. Abstein, Sr. Their younger son, Henry T. Abstein, Jr., was an aerospace engineer with Boeing and Hughes Aerospace Group.

If you are reading this, you are already adequately equipped to begin walking the Via Christa

We have found several reading lists among her students' papers, books she had suggested. They reveal that she advocated a Classics education at minimum, an experience she had been deprived of as a young woman whose father did not believe in educating women.

She was a single working mother from 1924 on, but her dream of being college-educated came true after she turned thirty. Dr. Thomas Parker Boyd sponsored her matriculation (1925-1934) at what is now U.C. Berkley, where he taught. There she studied psychology, a field then in its infancy, and comparative religion, under Dr. Boyd's tutelage.

Building an Ideal Library for Ascension


Edna Lister's Books: Her literary output included four books and several pamphlets and essays; however, her major achievement is found in the many thousands of pages of sermon and lecture outlines she created for teaching and preaching.
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Thomas Parker Boyd's Books: Dr. Boyd, an Anglican priest, who believed in hands-on spiritual healing, was Edna Lister's mentor and business partner. Many of his lecture series later became books.
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Recommended Reading: A booklist for various areas of study.
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The Great Philosophers: These philosophers and their translated works are the seminal thinkers of the Judeo-Christian ethic and the basis of Western thought.
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Bibliography: The books and authors referred to on The Via Christa.
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Poems to Inspire the Soul: The poems, plays, essays and other writings quoted on The Via Christa, which support its uniquely Western moral and ethical base.
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Quotes to Ponder: Certain thoughts and writings quoted on The Via Christa, which support its uniquely Western moral and ethical base.
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Appendices: The detailed explanations of certain topics and concepts mentioned frequently on The Via Christa.
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Etymology of library: A place for books, from Anglo-French librarie, Old French librairie, librarie "collection of books; bookseller's shop" (14th C.), from Latin librarium "book-case, chest for books," and libraria "a bookseller's shop," from Latin librarium "chest for books," from liber (genitive libri) "book, paper, parchment."

The equivalent word for library in most Romance languages survives only in the sense of "bookseller's shop" (French libraire, Italian libraria). Old English had bochord, literally "book hoard."




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