Hitting the books and getting back to reading

By | May 3, 2016

Getting back to reading with ClaudyI’ve written in the past about the simple fact that as members of Freemasonry we should spend time educating ourselves and one of the best ways to do that is by reading.

I’ll be the first to admit it, I spend a lot of hours in front of a computer screen, it’s part of my job. I will also freely admit that I spend a lot of hours that aren’t work related in front of it. There always seems to be a project that needs to be worked on, a paper that needs to be written, or a blog post that needs to get finished.

So this week I decided to take a break from all my online reading, and there are a lot of great sites that discuss Freemasonry out there, and hit the books. You remember those things right? I used to spend a minimum of an hour a day reading offline, a lot of it was fiction but as my collection of books on Freemasonry has grown I thought it was time to get back to that time honored tradition of shutting of the screen and read.

I have a number of books and opted to start with a book from Carl Claudy, in particular his Introduction to Freemason Vol I – Entered Apprentice. I have to be honest, I had picked up all three of the books in the series some time ago and while they are within easy reach I haven’t read them. In fact I have a number of books like that on my shelf, books I’ve partially read (with the bookmarks still in them), and those that I haven’t started yet but picked up because I thought they would make a good addition to my collection.

After the last couple of evenings splitting time between Claudy and my ritual, I have to say I didn’t realize just how much I missed reading from a book and I’ve decided to make it a daily habit once again, 20-30 minutes at a minimum each night with a book. I plan on sharing what I’m reading and maybe a thought or two about the books I’m working through or finishing along the way – look for those in a separate set of posts going forward.

So, what are you reading? Any suggestions for where I should go after finishing Claudy’s Introduction to Freemasonry?

2 thoughts on “Hitting the books and getting back to reading

  1. Gorakh Behl

    Dear Bro. Scot,
    I find that the book you started with is truly much needed to start with. Before I list my preferences, I shall recommend that please do keep handy near about you “Encyclopedia of Freemasonry – A. G. Mackey.” You shall often need to consult it. I always while reading the books do make a note at the margins of pages itself as to what I need to look at the Net. Though I shall try to list my preferences for a beginner as you call yourself which of course I doubt because of your writings, unfortunately I did not start that way. In fact whatever books you have with you, and you desire to continue reading, you may do so. Assimilation and learning will dawn after some perseverance. Please do allot a minimum of one hour every day, I do mean no interruption in the reading schedule.
    1. The Concise History of Freemasonry – Gould
    2. The Origin of English Rite of Freemasonry – W. J. Hughan
    3. The Lost Keys of Freemasonry – Manly Hall
    4. The Craft – John Hamill
    5. The Genesis of Freemasonry –David Harisson
    6. The Collected Prestonian Lectures
    7. The Freemason at Work – Harry Carr
    8. World of Freemasonry – Harry Carr
    9. The Builders – J. F .Newton
    10. The Constitution of Freemasonry – Anderson
    It was difficult to pick these ten gems from sixty or more books.
    Good reading & greetings.
    Bro. Gorakh Behl

    1. Scot Newbury Post author

      Many thanks Bro. Gorakh for the reading recommendations and I will definitely keep my eyes open for the works you listed that I don’t currently have. I do already own #3 and I have a copy of Waite’s Encyclopedia (both volumes) though I’m told, and you echoed, Mackey’s is the one to have.

      My plan it to finish all three volumes of Claudy’s Introduction to Freemasonry before moving on.

      You are correct, I’m not exactly a beginner, as I started my reading and learning nearly 10 years ago. I do have to admit that I’ve never taken a look at it from and academic standpoint, more of an interest – that’s where they change, and my desire to begin again comes from.

      Glad you’ve enjoyed the posts and look forward to more of your comments.

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