Review: The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation – Robert Lomas

Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1578634903
ISBN-13: 978-1578634903
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This book is a small guide to a subject on which there is much to learn.  The author presents an overview of the four stages of becoming a Freemason Inititate.  He goes over, lightly, some of the ideology behind thing such as Tracing boards, and how they are used to contemplate, and become more enlightened.

The book made me more interested in the Freemasons.  They truly seem at least from what I gathered in this book, to be a group that combines the best of religion and thinking.

While I thought the book did provide some information, I was actually hoping for a lot more secrets to be revealed.  I guess for those you have to actually become a Freemason, but the author was very knowledgeable about his subject, and presented it in an easy to understand manner.

This book would be acceptable for all ages.  There was nothing that one consider offensive in it.  I think though that I’d only recommend it as a primer for someone wanting to become a Mason.  I think there are probably more in depth studies of the Freemason history available if that’s what you are looking for.  At $18.95 for 110 pages plus some color drawings, the information it provides just doesn’t seem to justify the cost to me. At that price, I’d expect much more.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Bonni at Red Wheel Weiser for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review.

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