The Essential Mystics, Poets, Saints, and Sages: A Wisdom Treasury Book Cover

368 Pages
ISBN-10: 1571746935
ISBN-13: 978-1571746931

Most of us recognize that writing is both a skill and an art.  I’ve adopted these attributes throughout my careers—from being an ordained Lutheran pastor to writing and publishing books and traveling the world as a nature recordist.

Throughout all my experiences words became an invaluable way for me to express myself and to help others create their own expressions.  My writing and media background includes:

Author of eight non-fiction books

Publishing and coaching other authors

United Press International columnist on religion and spirituality

Producing scripts for spoken word recordings

countless academic papers, newspaper columns, plays, sermons, radio scripts and advertising copy

Creating more than 1,000 hours of material as a radio commentator and talk show host

Catalog descriptions and copy for record labels

Audio scripts for for the California Parks Service, California school districts and the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Working with the late Earl Nightingale, world-wide syndicated radio commentator and motivational speaker, I recorded and edited Mr. Nightingale’s radio scripts and motivational tape series for the Nightingale-Conant Corporation and for world-wide syndication.

Also for radio, and representing the fields in which I am well versed, I have interviewed such notable authors and experts in their individual fields as Elizabeth Kublier-Ross (The Five Stages of Dying), Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull), Ram Dass (Be Here Now), Michael Harner (The Way of the Shaman), Co-founder of Esalen, Michael Murphy (Golf in the Kingdom), Co-founder of Transpersonal Psychology, Stanislav Grof (The Holotropic Mind), Robert Anton Wilson (Cosmic Trigger), Eknath Eswaran (The Upanishads), Karen King (The Gospel of Mary), Jacob Needleman (Timelessness and the Soul), Barbara Mark Hubbard (Conscious Evolution), Timothy Leary (Outside Looking In), Ralph Metzner (The Unforlding Self), Ernest Callenbach (Ecotopia).

In the mid 1980s I created a start-up environmental sound record label, a world music label and a children’s environmental sound and music label, all part of a company which grew in sales from zero to five million dollars annually in eight years.  As the nature recordist for Nature Recordings, my environmental sound recordings have been played and sold in hundreds of venues, including: The Smithsonian Institution, The American Museum of Natural History, The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Hallmark gift stores, the San Diego Zoo, Virgin Records  (Europe), Disneyland and Disney World.  As the music producer for the Word Disc Music label I managed the albums and careers of many different recording artists signed with my company.

Following my audio career I opened, and was curator of, a Native American art gallery, where I wrote numerous various educational pieces explaining First People’s culture and art.  Currently I create museum quality miniature Asian landscapes which are show in galleries, and continue to write books, lead the Interfaith Fellowship of the San Juans and volunteer as a grief counselor for Hospice of the San Juans

My topical interest in writing is broad.  Although the seven books I’ve written over the past decade fall in to the categories of Comparative Religion and New Testament criticism, my other writing  encompasses numerous topics using numerous styles.  I particularly enjoy academic subjects because they allow me to do research, which is fun and challenging.  As for newspaper and Web opinion columns I have often indulged my passion for writing satire.

I feel confident that I can assist you with writing projects, regardless of the subject matter.  The skill of creativity and writing is ultimately the most important aspect of a finished product, whether it is research, blog entries, ghostwriting a book, writing a dissertation or developing a memoir.

Academically, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy of Religion from San Francisco State University, and  Masters degree in Theology from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and recently completed credit in Clinical Pastoral Education.

In businesses, I won Small Business Person of the Year for Western Washington Award from the U.S. Small Business Association, and was runner-up for two consecutive years as Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine.

The following are samples of reviews I have received for some of my books.  All of by book reviews can be accessed at

Following are a sampling of reviews of my books.  All my titles and reviews can be accessed at

Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Lao Tzu: the Parallel Sayings

From the Reviewers:


“. . . The beauty of Hooper’s work is that his comparisons do not attempt to make any tradition right or wrong.  He simply finds the common ground.  In doing so, he moves his readers to higher ground.”

Science of Mind Magazine


“The Parallel Sayings is a priceless treasury of interfaith understanding that touches my heart.  I add my prayers that this book will find its way to many open-hearted readers.

Brother David Stendl-Rast, O.S.B., auther (with Robert Aitken Roshi) of The Ground We Share


“. . . academic, yet heart filled, stimulating and illuminating . . . This rare text answers many questions that others leave hanging.

Alan Cohen, co author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and A Deep Breath of Life.


“ I was very much taken by the idea of this book when I first learned it was in the making, but the execution of it—the reality of it—is just wonderful.”

Carol Lee Flinders, Ph.D., author of Enduring Lives: Portraits of Women and Faith in Action.


“One sometimes imagines that if James Dean minus the cigarette, had been thoroughly educated in the great religions and a whole lot smarter, he might have been Richard Hooper.”


Larry Moffitt, Vice President, the Washington Times Foundation


“. . . author Richard Hooper shatters any preconceived notions that there is only “one way” to enlightenment.  Instead, he blazes a path of collective understanding beyond dogma toward finding the divinity within ourselves.”

Judy Martin, National Radio Journalist 



The Essential Mystics, Poets, Saints and Sages: a Wisdom Treasury

( reader reviews)


“I’m impressed with his organizational skills as he presents this vast library of wisdom.”

H. Westin, J.D., M.Div., Florida


“Truly a wisdom treasury.  “This book is a gem and deserves to be shared with your good friends.”

Eleanor Stutz, Petaluma, CA


“Inspirational . . . hard to put down . . . would recommend it to anyone wanting a diverse collection.”

Kathleen Prew


This book provides a very clear and well presented distinction between religious philosophy and the mystic seeker’s deep pulling desire for experimental alidation.

Sam Buck, Friday Harbor, WA


The Crucifixion of Mary Magdalene: The Historical Tradition of the First Apostle and the Ancient Church’s Campaign to Suppress It


Timely, insightful, accessible correction to the DaVinci Code.  Richard Hooper brilliantly writes a thorough overview of what is known about Mary Magdalene, complete with extensive references to the original documents, a glossary of names, terms and sources, an an extensive subject index, rigorous attention to detail and accuracy.  Richard Hooper’s work is theoretically and substantively consistent with that of most prominent scholars in the field.  A must read by the lay person and scholar alike.

Deborah Neff, Ph.D., Tucson, AZ


“Richard Hooper has laid open the seminal roots of patriarchy through his scholarly restoration of Mary Magdalene’s rightful place in history..  The implication of Richard’s conclusions are huge and outrageously accurate . . .”

Susan Rangitsch, Ed.D.


“This book is an excellent resource of information about the many faces of Mary Magdalene.  Richard Hooper’s insightful analysis is a solid contribution to the dialogue on Mary that is rapidly attracting the attention of mainstream theologians . . .”

Robert Graff, Ph.D.


End of Days: Predictions of the End from Ancient Sources


“Rev. Hooper has done a wonderful job of bringing together “end of the world” stories to everyone in a readable and meaningful presentation.  This is a book for every interfaith spiritual library.”

Rev. Tim Miner, Executive Director, Council of Interfaith Congreations in the United States


“Hooper outlines the startling variety of apocalyptic traditions . . . and out of this emerges a surprisingly common and optimistic thread—that a new world will follow.  Hooper’s book presents multiple epitaphys for how our planetary story may end: it is guaranteed to get you thinking.”

Rev. Kurt Johnson, Ph.D., co-founder of InterSpiritual Dialogue


This book collects material from many diverse traditions on a subject that rarely receives full treatment.  In addition, the author puts forth a number of novel and provocative interpretations.”

Rev. Julie Williams, Ph.D.