A Most Unusual Life: Dora Van Gelder Kunz: Clairvoyant, Theosophist, Healer

A Most Unusual Life: Dora Van Gelder Kunz: Clairvoyant, Theosophist, Healer


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352 Pages
9in x 6in

A Most Unusual Life: Dora van Gelder Kunz is an intimate look inside the life of an influential clairvoyant and pioneer of alternative healing. Born on a sugar plantation in Java at the turn of the twentieth century, Dora van Gelder Kunz was to become one of the most unique and unforgettable women of her age.

This biography traces her life from her signs of clairvoyant ability in early childhood through her pioneering development, with Delores Krieger, of Therapeutic Touch; her presidency of the Theosophical Society in America; and, finally, her death at ninety-five.

A testament to her influence, Dora is responsible for several seminal books in the genre of modern esoteric literature, including The Real World of Fairies, The Personal Aura, and Spiritual Healing.

Those who knew Dora were captivated by her blunt honesty, tremendous perception, deep compassion, and infinite capacity for hilarity. As this book lovingly chronicles, hers was indeed a most unusual life.

21, 2015

A Most Unusual Life: Dora van Gelder Kunz: Clairvoyant, Theosophist, Healer by Kirsten van Gelder and Frank Chesley is featured today on the popular spirituality site DailyOM as a "From the Library" pick of the day. 

JULY 1, 2015

Book reviewer Anna Jedrziewski has written a wonderful review of Most Unusual Life: Dora van Gelder Kunz: Clairvoyant, Theosophist, Healer by Kirsten van Gelder and Frank Chesley for the August issue of Retailing Insight magazine.

JUNE 9, 2015

A review by Rene Wadlow, President and representative to the United Nations, Geneva, of the Association of World Citizens, of A Most Unusual Life: Dora Van Gelder Kunz.


A Most Unusual Life, the biography of Dora van Gelder Kunz, will be treasured by all who knew her. It will also fascinate those who did not know her. Few of us know much about Dora’s early life, but the authors bring us amazing highlights from Dora’s early days and help us understand what led her to become the woman so many of us knew and loved. The authors allow Dora to speak for herself by including many transcripts of her words to individuals and to groups. For those of us who knew her, reading those words brings our friend back to life, standing before us with her inimitable smile and laugh.”

Ed Abdill, author of The Secret Gateway: Modern Theosophy and the Ancient Wisdom Tradition and former Vice President of The Theosophical Society in America

"This long-awaited biography of a remarkable woman is definitely a worthwhile read. For such a tiny, shy person, Dora left a huge, influential wake. The historian finds many details of names, places, and events. More importantly, the pages are laced with Dora's character, wisdom, and practicality. Whether the reader knew Dora as I did or not, her sparkle and insights are here for instruction and inspiration."

Betty Bland, former President of the Theosophical Society in America; author of the CD, Near-Death Experience: A Theosophical Perspective