Masonic Book Collection, Continued
Looking for something to read? The Masonic Exchange is the host of the best selection of books that range in subjects and particular studies. There is such a wide range of esoteric and metaphysical books that the intellectual or spiritual person does not have to look far. Each of the categories of books that are offered are full of various subjects that are specifically useful for the Freemason to study; especially the newcomer. Even for those who are just becoming interested in the practices and workings of the Freemasons, the Masonic Exchange’s website is the one-stop shop for literature. Catering to virtually any bend of the reader’s interests, the masonicexchange.com has many categories available to choose from. The exchange hosts books from a wide range of backgrounds so that any person can find what they are looking for. All too often, the concern with buying a new book is that the author may have a bias and the Masonic books, that are available from the Exchange, are not selected in any particular fashion—rather the books cover most all topics so that the reader can make their choice of preference.
The main categories include the Masonic, Rosicrucian, and Metaphysical Books. They are followed by the Co-Masonic, Scottish Rite, and Fiction literatures—these categories are some of the most entertaining and yet philosophical works. Each Fiction novel provided by the Masonic Exchange has a piece, or even pieces, of what Masonry is about.
Starting from the most popular of selections is the Brother of the Third Degree novel, written by Will Garver. This novel ventures into the life of Alfonso; a young man who has chosen to embark on the most intense of life’s experiences. He finds love and then fights a spiritual war to retain it in the greater scheme of preserving humanity. The Co-Masonic Order is documented by Bro. Karen Kidd in the historical account of the rise of American Co-Masonry. “On Holy Ground” is the most in depth account of the roots of American Co-Masonry, to-date. On top of that, Co-Masonry is advocated by authors like C. W. (Charles Webster) Leadbeater; an author who has spent much of his life shedding light on the esoteric principles of Freemasonry. Leadbeater, being a theosophist and a clergyman in his earlier years, has a wide background from which to draw the more obscure knowledge of the symbolism in Freemasonry. In his acclaimed novel, “The Hidden Life of Freemasonry,” Leadbeater offers Masons a chance to delve into “a deeper interpretation of Masonic symbolism than is given in the majority of their Lodges.” He is also the author of “Invisible helpers,” “Esoteric Teachings: The Writings of Annie Besant,” “A Journey into Theosophy,” as well as “The Masters and the Path.” Each of these non-fictional works is found at the masonicexchange.com.
One of the neat additions to the Exchange’s wide list of Masonic Books is “Masonic Questions and Answers.” In three parts, this book is able to look into some of the most prominent questions that beginners, and even inquirers, have. This work approaches the basic, but intricate and subtle symbolism of the Degrees. Written by Paul M. Bessel, a 33rd Degree himself, this book makes an excellent gift to younger Bros. in the craft, as well as possible future newcomers. The Masonic Exchange spans a vast area of subjects and, therefore, just about everything can be found in the realm of Metaphysics and Freemasonry. Manley P. Hall is a famous author and practitioner of Freemasonry and his extensive works are represented among the hundreds of Masonic Books at the Exchange. For those interested in Rosicrucian studies, the Masonic Exchange provides an inlet into a variety of areas regarding the Rosicrucian knowledge. One of most fascinating works on the Rosicrucian movement is by W. F. C. Wigston titled “Bacon, Shakespeare and the Rosicrucians.” This book begins to look at the influence of people like William Shakespeare and Sir Francis Bacon in laying the foundation of the Rosicrucians. Did Sir Francis Bacon contribute to the famous Shakespeare plays that we all know and love today? How did the Age of Enlightenment pave the path for Rosicrucians and other modern speculative orders? This work, written in 1888, captures some of the most interesting questions and answers, historical, to several of these charges. In “The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians” is another excellent choice for those who are interested in the arts of this highly secluded order. Philosophy, teachings, and the generalities of Rosicrucian thought are examined in this writing by author Magus Incognito. He goes deeply into subjects such as Planes of Consciousness, Seven Cosmic Principles, and the “soul” of the world. “The Rosicrucian Philosophy in Questions and Answers” by Max Hendel is yet another work which the metaphysical reader cannot overlook. These and hundreds of other highly acclaimed books of the esoteric teachings of secret societies are available everyday from the masonicexchange.com.