- John Algeo, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of English (retired), past President of the Theosophical Society in America, and past International Vice President of the Theosophical Society, author of 'The Power of Thought: A Twenty-First Century Adaptation of Annie Besant's Classic Work, Thought Power', says about the book:
With real-life examples, Edward Abdill explains how basic Theosophical principles can guide us in living with spiritual authenticity. His personable text is full of insights to cherish, no matter what one's religious background.
The universal message is to inspire a search for the divine Self within, to awaken it, and to know that Self as one with all living beings. This lovely book encourages us to make such a search. It points toward the secret gateway that opens onto a more meaningful and joyous life in harmony with each other and with nature's eternal laws.
- Joy Mills, former National President of The Theosophical Society in America, a former Director of the Krotona Institute School of Theosophy, and also a former International Vice-President of The Theosophical Society, has this to say about the book:
An amazing tour de force, as Ed so skillfully guides the reader-whether it be the serious student or the earnest inquirer-through the intricate mazes of theosophical thought from the beginnings of manifestation to the work of every individual aspiring to ascend the spiritual path. Grounding his exposition on the ageless wisdom tradition which H.P. Blavatsky summarized in three fundamental propositions, Ed speaks directly to both intellect and heart in today's language, with none of the jargon so often shrouding metaphysical ideas. Each of those propositions is opened out, as it were, to reveal the depth and profundity of meaning hidden within them. Simple, without being simplistic, the doctrine is presented without dogma and the concepts are often illustrated by analogy along with a number of very practical exercises. Throughout, one feels Ed is speaking not just of abstract principles, but of a living, breathing philosophy, eminently useful in daily life, a worldview that is both a seeing of the way things are and a being (or way of living) that is consonant with that vision. Here indeed is Theosophy for the 21st century!
- Christian de Quincey, Ph.D., Professor of Consciousness Studies, John F. Kennedy University; co-founder, The Visionary Edge media network; author of 'Radical Nature and Radical Knowing' said:
In this timely and timeless book, Edward Abdill simplifies the essence of Theosophy using the power and beauty of story. He points out that we need a very different kind of science - a "science of spirit" - to explore the inner world of consciousness. With sensitivity and insight, he opens a "secret gateway" to spiritual wisdom. I invite you to step through. If you do, chances are your life will never be the same!
- Victoria LePage, author of 'Shambhala: The Fascinating Truth behind the Myth of Shangri-La', says:
The author has turned simplicity into an art-form in his overview of Helena Blavatsky's "Secret Doctrine." He explains and illustrates theosophical principles with a masterly lucidity throughout, reducing the metaphysics of space and time, causality, field theory, the structures of consciousness and much more into their most basic and easily understood elements. The result is a rich experience for the beginner and the afficianado alike: a notable achievement.
- Shirley J. Nicholson, former Editor, Quest Books/The Theosophical Publishing House and author of 'Ancient Wisdom -- Modern Insight and The Seven Human Powers' has this to say:
The Secret Gateway is the kind of book I was always looking for as Editor for Quest Books. It is a lucid presentation in contemporary terms of the ancient wisdom and the spiritual path. It is both lofty and down to earth--lofty in its treatment of the grand cosmic principles that uphold the universe and ourselves, and down to earth in its real-life analogies and practical applications that ground it in experience. The Secret Gateway can bring one closer to understanding and union with that inner self that is one with all selves.
- Robert Ellwood, Distinguised Professor Emeritus of Religion, University of Southern California; author of 'Theosophy: A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages', expresses his view on the book:
Theosophy wants to know. It is always asking questions. Why suffering? Who are we? Where are we going and how do we get there? The answers may be open-ended, but the longest journey begins with a single step. In "The Secret Gateway," Ed Abdill opens the gate by asking the right questions, steps us through it, and then walks with us down the road. This clear, entertaining, and highly readable introduction to basic Theosophy is a journey you'll want to take with him.