What Books Would You Recomend

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by MMWoody, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. MMWoody

    MMWoody Registered User

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    I was curious if the brothers out there had possible recomendations of books I could read to obtain more light.
     
  2. Observer

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    I would definitely start with Robinson's A Pilgrim's Path and Davis' Understanding Manhood in America. I believe Davis' book will help crystalize your feelings about the Fraternity and make it easier for you to discuss them with others. Both are available from Amazon.
     
  3. tomasball

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    Freemason's Guide and Compendium by Bernard Jones.
     
  4. cemab4y

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    "The Complete Idiot's guide to Freemasonry" and "Freemasonry for Dummies". Both provide an excellent "cliff's notes" version of the Craft and the appendant bodies.
     
  5. cog41

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    For Freemasonry:

    1. Your Lodge Monitor.
    2. Solomon's Builders, by Christopher Hodapp
    3. A Pilgrim's Path, by John Robinson
    4. The Symbolism of Freemasonry, by Albert G. Mackey

    For yourself and as a Mason:

    The Old Testament Book of Proverbs
    Old Testament Psalms


    All just my humble opinion.
     
  6. Timothy Fleischer

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    The Newly Made Mason by H.L.Haywood

    The Freemasons:A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society by Jasper Ridley

    Born in Blood, A Pilgrims Path and Dungeon,Fire and Sword, all by John J Robinson.

    I also liked A Treasury of Masonic Thought, by Carl Glick, found it on Ebay for around 20 dollars
     
  8. VinnyC

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    I've read and enjoyed Born in Blood and the Lost Keys to Freemasonry. Also there is what I call a small pocket book of Freemasonry called, Freemasonry: An Introduction. Hope this helps. Enjoy!
     
  9. Mac

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    The Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide is a WONDERFUL masonic reference book that is easy to read. I recommend it for all masons, if only because the first portion of the book is a pretty good history of the fraternity. Many brothers are ignorant of our origins as a fraternity and perpetuate myths that are simply untrue. Via the discussion of degrees regarding the three ruffians, the book also gives you an idea how other systems of Freemasonry confer the third degree.

    The Origins of Freemasonry is a short book that proposes that organized Masonry may have actually started in Scotland, rather than in England.

    Also, don't be afraid to acquire a cheap used copy of Mackey's Encyclopedias off of eBay. I think I bought my set for $35 or so a few years back. Mackey is not THE authoritative source of all masonic information, but it's a handy collection of masonic definitions and articles.
     
  10. Ashlar

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    The Craft and it's Symbols by Allen Roberts
    Is it true what they say about Freemasonry by De Hoyos & Morris
    The Building series by John Nagy aka:CoachN
    The Freemason Key : a Study of Masonic Symbolism
    The Meaning of Masonry byW.L. Wilmshurst
     
  11. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    Yes.


    If you want a better understanding of the Symbols, the Allegory, the actual Work, the basis behind the Work, and what the Work does to Transform you into a Better Man, then you might want to check out Volumes 1 through 5 of the Building Builders Series of Uncommon Masonic Education books.

    http://www.coach.net/BuildingBuilders.htm

    Yes, I wrote them. If you want a taste of what they have to offer, here are two FREE videos based upon the series.

    http://vimeo.com/22653123

    http://vimeo.com/33840584

    Enjoy!

    Bro. Coach N

     
  12. Michaelstedman81

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    I recently started reading Born in Blood and very much enjoying it. However, on a recent trip to Barnes and Nobles I had the lady help me find some books on Masonry on a shelf. I found a book called "Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry?" written by Arturo De Hoyos and S. Brent Morris. Both are pretty well known Brothers from the Supreme Council S.J. Mr. De Hoyos was one of the ones who helped revise the recent editions to the Scottish Rite Ritual and Monitor.

    This book is a VERY good read. It debunks the rumors that are spread by anti-Masons using really in depth research. It covers a lot of things from Taxil's hoax from way back in the day to a lot of the religious and Christian authors of today that write opposing Freemasonry. I really think that this is a very good book to pick up and read. If the holidays wouldn't have hit with such a sudden rush, I would't have been able to put it down. Now that they are over, I am excited to dive back into the book and finish it.
     
  13. Bro_Vick

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    I would recommend "Making Light A Handbook for Freemasons" by Julian Rees, he is an excellent writer and for any man reading this that is going through the degrees. He does an excellent job talking about the symbolism and the book isn't a read once and pitch type of thing.

    S&F,
    -Bro Vick
     
  14. MMWoody

    MMWoody Registered User

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    Thanks for all the great suggestions brothers, I have a nice list.
     
  15. cemab4y

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    There is a new modern "translation" of Morals and Dogma. It is a classic treatise on Freemasonry, although it was never adopted as official policy of any Masonic body. You can read all about it at http://www.morals-and-dogma.com
     
  16. jwhoff

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    Yes, Brother Martin. I read that version during and had a very hard time putting it down. Good reference.
     
  17. Brent Heilman

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    I will have to find that one once I finish Born in Blood.
     
  18. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    Yes...
    • Building Hiram - Uncommon Catechsim for Uncommon Masonic Education - Volume 1
    • Building Boaz - Uncommon Catechsim for Uncommon Masonic Education - Volume 2
    • Building Athens - Uncommon Catechsim for Uncommon Masonic Education - Volume 3
    • Building Janus - Uncommon Catechsim for Uncommon Masonic Education - Volume 4
    • Building Perpends - Uncommon Aphorisms for Uncommon Masonic Education - Volume 5
    • The Coaches Coach: Building Builders, parts 1 & 2 (Videos)
    and "yes" I created them.

    F&S,

    Coach N

    <EDIT> I didn't see that I responded to this post earlier. Please forgive me. I do though ask you: "What kind of Light are you looking for?"

    You have historical Light and you have things that make you better Light. The former is geared more toward Freemasonry and the latter is geared more toward Masonry. Which is your interest?
     
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  19. Brent Heilman

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    I would have to say that I would also recommend Coach N's writings. After reading the first in the series my brain hurt from the amount wisdom in his words. Great stuff Coach!
     
  20. relapse98

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    I'm not done with it yet, but a number of us are reading The Hiram Key. The reading gets a bit slow at times, much faster at others.

    The authors bring up several interesting theories concerning the history of Freemasonry.
     

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