1st Manhattan District -
Book of the Month Reading Club - Suggestions
Book selection has been chosen by
R:.W:. Bro. Jeffery Sealy, Grand Sword Bearer/Staff Officer, First Manhattan District, Grand Lodge State of New York
This book highlights 365 inspirational quotations and meditations that encourage brothers to consider deeply what it means to be a Freemason and contemplate the actual teachings of the Craft. The author provides hindsight into daily advancement in Masonic knowledge and principles.
The authors analyze Freemasonry based on brotherhood and camaraderie. The in-depth analysis explores Masonic conflicts with Christianity in addition to oaths and secret teachings in Masonry. The book is reasonable and logical, so brothers should have an open mind.
This is real Initiation: Becoming: At-one-ment." "There are thousands of Masons, who realize that Masonry contains and implies far more than appears in the ritual and ceremonies of the Lodge. There is a very widespread and growing interest in this direction, and it is this that Mystic Masonry, above all else, is designed to foster, encourage, and help."
“Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C.” for this Masonic Book of Month edition. By Bro Christopher Hodapp.
This book discusses the birth of a revolutionary new republic and the utopian ideals of a visionary secret society that laid the foundation for the most powerful men on earth. The book follows George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and other Founding Fathers as they transform the democratic principles of their Masonic lodges into a radical nation. The book focuses on masonic connections to national monuments, puzzling pentagrams and symbolism in city streets, and the mysterious temples of the “Widow’s Sons.”
In this book, the author and founder of the Imperial Society discusses the connections between Masonry and Africa, the origins of the initiation of Africans into Masonry, Africans, and the concordant bodies and historical figures' relationship with Masonry.
The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasons and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus” for this Masonic Book of Month edition by Bros. Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas.
This book discusses the origins of Jesus and the Jerusalem church. It also compares stories of early rituals with modern Freemasonry. The authors also dive into the masonic pillar Hiram Abif and his connection to western history.