Pre EA reading

Discussion in 'Recommended Reading' started by Patrick W, Nov 10, 2018 at 6:40 AM.

  1. Patrick W

    Patrick W Registered User

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    Gents,

    I am looking to further my knowledge of Masonry without reading anything that could “spoil” the journey. Are there any books I could get my hands on that discusses the history or perhaps lodge etiquette that won’t divulge any of the degree work? I am in the investigation phase of applying, and very interested in the craft. Reading may help pass the time. Thank you in advance for your suggestions.


    Cheers,

    Patrick W
     
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  2. Winter

    Winter Premium Member

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  3. David612

    David612 Registered User

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    I second the above.
     
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  4. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    Or the Complete Idiot’s Guide by Brother Morris.
    Aside from those I think you should wait. You have everything you need for your Initiation right now.
     
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  5. Patrick W

    Patrick W Registered User

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    Thank you fellas, I’ll look into both.


    Cheers,

    Patrick W
     
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  6. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

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    Feel free to read anything you like on history, philosophy and biographies. But as you already pointed out avoid anything that discusses the content of the degrees. Our degrees are participatory and they have the most emotional impact going in cold. Put yourself into the hands of a friend who has gone through it himself and trust that he will take as good care of you as others took care of him.
     
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  7. hanzosbm

    hanzosbm Premium Member

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    While the above books don't technically reveal anything that is considered secret, I personally still think that they spoil things a little bit.

    Kind of like watching movie trailers; they might not tell you who did it, but you've already seen some of the best scenes. If you go in completely cold, I think you'll enjoy it more. Even the books that claim not to reveal anything still talk about the degrees enough that you'll get a glimpse.

    Just my $.02
     
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  8. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Agreed. Both good sources of info on Masonry.
     
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  9. MasonicHermit

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    Do they sell these books in retail stores like B&N?

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