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3 Masonic Books for the Non-Masons in Your Life (and a Website)

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

This article is the first in a series highlighting some the best print resources available to the Brethren no matter what their interest or where they are in their Masonic journey. All of the books mentioned in this article are available to borrow from the Lodge library.

We start with an often overlooked portion of the Masonic Family – the non-masons. Be it a spouse, son or curious coworker these books will satisfy their curiosity without violating your obligations.


Freemasonry for Dummies

Christopher Hodapp – 2021

Well worn jokes aside, you will be hard pressed to find a better overview of the Craft than Bro. Hodapp's Freemasonry for Dummies. Now in it's third edition the book covers almost ever topic that the non-mason in your life could be interested in. From the history of Masonry to the appendant bodies, Bro. Hodapp covers a huge number of topics in a simple and easy to digest manner.


A Pilgrim's Path: Freemasonry and the Religious Right

John J. Robinson – 1993

While Freemasonry for Dummies helps the general public to understand what we are, A Pilgrim's Path helps them to understand what we are not. Despite being almost thirty years old, this book is the gold standard in pushing back against the small but vocal community of conspiracy theorist who believe we are in league with dark and mysterious powers. Bro. Robinson expertly deconstructs the most common myths circulated in the more unhinged corners of the internet, explaining with more patience than most that we are in fact not sacrificing small children to Baphomet.


Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection

Aimee E. Newell and Hilary Anderson Stelling – 2013

Drs. Newell and Stelling, the former and current Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library respectively, document 130 of the most unique and beautiful items in the museum's collection in this lavishly illustrated volume. Curiosities of the Craft serves to highlight the history of our Grand Lodge from Henry Price to the modern day through a visual medium, a breath of fresh air where many books on the Fraternity predate electricity, not to mention color photography. Open this book to any given page and you're sure to find a piece of history that will excite interest in the Craft.


The Mason's Lady

While the Mason's Lady is no longer being regularly updated it is still a valuable resource for the women in our lives. From dress codes, to Mychip, to the benefits of being a Mason's Lady the site goes into a myriad of topics that aren't usually in the forefront of a Mason's mind.

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