Staircase press

a small publishing company with a big mission

Our aim is to explore and show how all true knowledge is connected and can lead us to spiritual love and unity. Such diverse topics as gardening, fairy tales, physics, biology and neuroscience, evolution, creation, ancient knowledge and worship can all provide powerful new insights into understanding God and our personal purpose in the divine plan of creation.

Our undertaking is not simply an intellectual exercise. Staircase Press publishes books to inspire your heart and elevate your mind. We share ideas that can lead you to true inner happiness and help you become a positive influence in a world whose very future is uncertain. We offer knowledge for both the mind and the heart! The world can only solve its problems one person at a time—through our individual life choices. We welcome your input and responses.








Elevate your mind and increase your value in God’s universe!


Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and had a long, successful career writing for some of the world’s largest advertising agencies in New York, St. Louis and Chicago. He now advertises for God.

He has been a student of the ideas of both George I. Gurdjieff and Emanuel Swedenborg for over forty years. He received his M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies) at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a past president of the St. Louis Publishers Association, and held membership in the Interna­tional Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), the Swedenborg Scientific Association (SSA), the Missouri Botanical Garden and Forest Park Forever.

Edward and his wife Susan have been married—and contributing to each other’s spiritual growth—for over 40 years. In 1980, they purchased 11 acres of empty farmland in southern Illinois, upon which he planted and nurtured over 300 different species of trees, organic vegetable gardens and an array of beautiful flowers. They lived there sustainably for over 35 years in a passive solar house. Several years ago, they left this piece of the earth far better off than they found it and relocated to a city apartment, where Edward can focus on writing and working on his own regeneration and spiritual growth.

He is the award-winning author of several books, including Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden; the children’s fable Cupid and the King of Muck; an essay book titled Sweden­borg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links; COSMIC DUTY — A Swedenborgian’s interpretation of “Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson (All and Everything)” and his masterwork Proving God, which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of Love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His newest release is A Book Written For Angels: An Interpretation of Swedenborg’s “The Worship And Love Of God.”

Edward has many other writing projects currently in the works, each with the intention to inspire your heart and elevate your mind.