Reading Lists

 

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This is a list of books that are recommended by at least one third of the lists below. Enjoy!

A Pilgrim's Path: Freemasonry and the Religious Right by John J. Robinson
American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities by Mark A. Tabbert
Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol by W. Kirk MacNulty
Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance by W. Kirk MacNulty
Freemasons For Dummies by Christopher L. Hodapp
Freemasons' Guide and Compendium by Bernard E. Jones
Is it True What They Say About Freemasonry by Arturo de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry by S. Brent Morris
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry: The Legend of Hiram Abiff by Manly P. Hall
The Meaning of Masonry by Walter Leslie Wilmshurst
The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 1590-1710 by David Stevenson

This list was found on the grand lodge's web site at https://grandlodgeofiowa.org/library-2/a-new-revised-reading-course-in-freemasonry/.

A Commentary on the Freemasonic Ritual by E. H. Cartwright
A Comprehensive View of Freemasonry by Henry Wilson Coil
A Glossary of Morals and Dogma by Rex R. Hutchens
A Modern Mason Examines His Craft: Fact Versus Fiction by L. C. Helms
A Pilgrim's Path: Freemasonry and the Religious Right by John J. Robinson
A Radical in the East by S. Brent Morris
American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities by Mark A. Tabbert
An Approach to Lodge Officer Training by Raymond H. Bachman
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Bespangled, Painted and Embroidered: Decorated Masonic Aprons in America, 1790-1850 by Scottish Rite Museum of Our National Heritage
Brother Truman: The Masonic Life and Philosophy of Harry S. Truman by Allen E. Roberts
Emergence of the Mystical by Henry C. Clausen
Everything I Needed to Know About Freemasonry I Learned as an Apprentice by Stephen Dafoe
Execution Denied: The Story Of Marshal Ney: Napoleon's Bravest of the Brave by H. H. Bradshaw
Facts for Freemasons by Harold Van Buren Voorhis
Freemasonry in American History by Allen E. Roberts
Freemasonry in Iowa by Keith Arrington
Freemasonry Revealed by Reynold S. Davenport
Freemasonry Universal: A New Guide to the Masonic World by Kent Henderson and Tony Pope
Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol by W. Kirk MacNulty
Freemasonry: Its Hidden Meaning by George H. Steinmetz
Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance by W. Kirk MacNulty
Freemasons For Dummies by Christopher L. Hodapp
George Washington: Master Mason by Allen E. Roberts
Great Teachings of Masonry by H. L. Haywood
How Many Masons Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? by Martin Faulks
How To Kick A Sacred Cow And Other Thrilling Tales From The Great Rebellion by Jerry Marsengill
Introduction To Freemasonry: Revised by Michael R. Poll by H. L. Haywood
Is it True What They Say About Freemasonry by Arturo de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris
King Solomon's Temple in the Masonic Tradition by Alexander Horne
Laughter at the Festive Board: Jokes, Quips and Witticisms for Masonic After Dinner Speakers by Geoffrey Bryan
Masonic Curiosa by H. L. Haywood
Masonic Enlightenment: The Philosophy, History and Wisdom of Freemasonry by Michael R. Poll
Masonic Temples: Freemasonry, Ritual Architecture, and Masculine Archetypes by William D. Moore
Meeting the Challenge by Wallace McLeod
Mozart and Masonry by Paul Nettl
Murder in Martha's Vineyard Lodge: A Masonic Allegory by Christopher Allen Knowles
Our Masonic Presidents by L. Randall Rogers
Questions and Answers by A. R. Chambers
Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840 by Steven C. Bullock
Robert Burns, the Freemason by John Weir
Rosslyn Chapel and the Music of the Cubes by Thomas J. Mitchell
Sibelius and His Masonic Music: Sounds in Silence by Hermine Weigel Williams
Six Hundred Years of Craft Ritual by Harry Carr
Solomon's Power Brokers: The Secrets of Freemasonry, the Church, and the Illuminati by Christopher Knight and Alan Butler
Some Thoughts on Masonic Symbolism by C. C. Hunt
Stange Masonic Stories by Alec Mellor
Symbols of Freemasonry by Daniel Beresniak
The Builders: A Story and Study of Masonry by Joseph Fort Newton
The Clergy and the Craft by Forrest D. Haggard
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry by S. Brent Morris
The Craft and Its Symbols by Allen E. Roberts
The Craft's Noyse: Composers Who were Freemasons by Jim Tresner
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The First Freemasons: Scotland's Early Lodges and Their Members by David Stevenson
The Freemason at Work: The Definitive Guide to Craft Freemasonry by Harry Carr
The Grand Design: Selected Masonic Addresses and Papers of Wallace McLeod by Wallace McLeod
The Great Teachings of Masonry by H. L. Haywood
The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasons and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus by Robert Lomas
The Letters of Rudyard Kipling by Thomas Pinney
The Lighter Side of Masonry: A Collection of Masonic Wit, Humor, Poetry and Thoughts by Stewart M. L. Pollard
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry: The Legend of Hiram Abiff by Manly P. Hall
The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart
The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
The Meaning of Masonry by Walter Leslie Wilmshurst
The Mystic Tie by Allen E. Roberts
The Newly-Made Mason by H. L. Haywood
The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 1590-1710 by David Stevenson
The Pythagorean Triangle: Or the Science of Numbers by George Oliver
The Religion of Masonry: An Interpretation by Joseph Fort Newton
The Rosslyn Hoax? Viewing Rosslyn Chapel from a new perspective by Robert L.D. Cooper
The Rosslyn Motet Songs of the Chartes Labyrinth by Thomas J. Mitchell
The Second Messiah: Templars, The Turin Shroud, and the Great Secret of Freemasonry by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas
The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital: The Masons and the Building of Washington, D.C. by David Ovason
The Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant by Graham Hancock
The Spirit of Masonry by William Hutchinson
The Temple That Never Sleeps: Freemasons and E-Masonry Toward a New Paradigm by Josh Heller and Gerald Reilly
The Way of the Craftsman: A Search for the Spiritual Essence of Craft Freemasonry by W. Kirk MacNulty
Theatre of the Fraternity: Staging the Ritual Space of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 1896-1929 by C. Lance Brockman
Twice Told Tales: A Masonic Reader by L. C. Helms
Two Crowns for America by Katherine Kurtz
Uriel's Machine: Uncovering the Secrets of Stonehenge, Noah's Flood and the Dawn of Civilization by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas
Vested in Glory: The Aprons, Cordons, Collars, Caps, and Jewels of the Degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry by Jim Tresner
Workman Unashamed: The testimony of a Christian Freemason by Christopher Haffner
World of Freemasonry by Harry Carr

This list was found on the grand lodge's web site at http://www.nhgrandlodge.org/suggested-reading-for-masons/.

Ahiman: A review of Masonic Culture and Tradition by Shawn Eyer
American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities by Mark A. Tabbert
Freemasonry in American History by Allen E. Roberts
Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance by W. Kirk MacNulty
Freemasons' Guide and Compendium by Bernard E. Jones
Illustrations of Masonry by William Preston
Masonry and its Symbols: In the Light of Thinking and Destiny by Harold W. Percival
Operative Freemasonry: A Manual for Restoring Light and Vitality to the Fraternity by Kirk C. White
The 32 Secret Paths of Solomon: A New Examination Of The Qabbalah In Freemasonry by Timothy Hogan
The Alchemical Keys to Masonic Ritual by Timothy Hogan
The Arcana of Freemasonry by Albert Churchward
The Builders: A Story and Study of Masonry by Joseph Fort Newton
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry by S. Brent Morris
The Constitutions of the Freemasons: Containing the History, Charges, Regulations &C. Of That Most Ancient and Right Worshipful Fraternity, for the Use of the Lodges by James Anderson
The Freemason's Monitor by Thomas Smith Webb
The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society by Jasper Ridley
The Golden Builders: Alchemists, Rosicrucians, First Freemasons by Tobias Churton
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry: The Legend of Hiram Abiff by Manly P. Hall
The Mason's Words: The History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual by Robert G. Davis
The Meaning of Masonry by Walter Leslie Wilmshurst
The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 1590-1710 by David Stevenson
The Regius Poem (Halliwell Manuscript) by Unknown
The Secret History of the World by Mark Booth
The Way of the Craftsman: A Search for the Spiritual Essence of Craft Freemasonry by W. Kirk MacNulty

This list was found at the Masonic Mentoring web site run by the United Grand Lodge of England located at https://www.masonicmentoring.org.uk/mentoring-aids/suggested-reading-list.html.

A Reference Book for Freemasons by F. Smyth
Beyond the Craft by Keith B. Jackson
Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia by Henry Wilson Coil
Freemason's Book of the Royal Arch by Bernard E. Jones
Freemasonry: A Celebration of the Craft by John Hamill and Robert A. Gilbert
Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol by W. Kirk MacNulty
Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance by W. Kirk MacNulty
Freemasons' Guide and Compendium by Bernard E. Jones
Introducing Freemasonry: Practical Guide to Freemasonry in England and Wales by Mario De Pace
King Solomon's Temple in the Masonic Tradition by Alexander Horne
Symbolism in Craft Freemasonry by Colin Dyer
The Craft: A History of English Freemasonry by John Hamill
The Freemason at Work: The Definitive Guide to Craft Freemasonry by Harry Carr
The Meaning of Masonry by Walter Leslie Wilmshurst
The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 1590-1710 by David Stevenson
The Pocket History of Freemasonry by F.L. Pick and G.N. Knight (8th Edition - Revised, Frederick Smyth. 1991)
World Freemasonry: An Illustrated History by J. Hamill and R.A. Gilbert

This list was found on the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction's web site at https://scottishrite.org/members/masonic-education/suggested-reading/.

Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia by Henry Wilson Coil
Committed to the Flames: The History and Rituals of a Secret Masonic Rite by Arturo de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris
Concise History of Freemasonry by Robert F. Gould
English Masonic Exposures 1760-1769 by A.C.F. Jackson
Esoterika: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry by Albert Pike
Freemasonry in Context: History, Ritual, Controversy by Arturo de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris
Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance by W. Kirk MacNulty
Freemasons' Guide and Compendium by Bernard E. Jones
Heredom: the Transactions of Scottish Rite Research Society by Various Authors
Is it True What They Say About Freemasonry by Arturo de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris
King Solomon's Temple in the Masonic Tradition by Alexander Horne
Prince Hall Life and Legacy by Charles H. Wesley
Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840 by Steven C. Bullock
Sources of Masonic Symbolism by Alexander Horne
The Craft: A History of English Freemasonry by John Hamill
The Early French Exposures by Harry Carr
The Early Masonic Catechisms by Douglas Knoop, G.P. Jones, and Douglas Hamer
The First Freemasons: Scotland's Early Lodges and Their Members by David Stevenson
The Freemason at Work: The Definitive Guide to Craft Freemasonry by Harry Carr
The Genesis of Freemasonry: An Account of the Rise and Development of Freemasonry in Its Operative, Accepted, and Early Speculative Phases by Douglas Knoop and G.P. Jones
The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 1590-1710 by David Stevenson
The Rosslyn Hoax? Viewing Rosslyn Chapel from a new perspective by Robert L.D. Cooper
World of Freemasonry by Harry Carr

This list was found at the Freemason for Dummies' web site at https://freemasonsfordummies.blogspot.com/2016/09/southern-cal-research-lodges-top.html.

A Bridge To Light: A Study in Masonic Ritual & Philosophy by Rex R. Hutchens
A Pilgrim's Path: Freemasonry and the Religious Right by John J. Robinson
American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities by Mark A. Tabbert
Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry by John J. Robinson
Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia by Henry Wilson Coil
Dungeon, Fire, and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades by John J. Robinson
Esoterika: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry by Albert Pike
Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol by W. Kirk MacNulty
Freemasons For Dummies by Christopher L. Hodapp
Freemasons' Guide and Compendium by Bernard E. Jones
Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike, annotated by Arturo De Hoyos
Observing the Craft: The Pursuit of Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance by Andrew Hammer
Sworn In Secret: Freemasonry and the Knights Templar by Sanford Holst
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Freemasonry in the American Civil War by Michael A. Halleran
The Builders: A Story and Study of Masonry by Joseph Fort Newton
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry by S. Brent Morris
The Craft and Its Symbols by Allen E. Roberts
The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society by Jasper Ridley
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry: The Legend of Hiram Abiff by Manly P. Hall
The Mason's Words: The History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual by Robert G. Davis
The Meaning of Masonry by Walter Leslie Wilmshurst
The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 1590-1710 by David Stevenson
The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall
The Temple and the Lodge by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh
The Way of the Craftsman: A Search for the Spiritual Essence of Craft Freemasonry by W. Kirk MacNulty

Jon T. Ruark, Jason M. Richards, Juan Sepulveda, Robert Johnson, and Mike "The Intern" Hambrecht are hosts of the Masonic Roundtable podcast. This list is a compilation of three episodes of the Masonic Roundtable podcast called Book Club. You can learn more about the Masonic Roundtable podcast at http://www.themasonicroundtable.com/. The recommendations of Nick Johnson, host emeritus, is also included in this list.

A Radical in the East by S. Brent Morris
Alchemy and Mysticism by Alexander Roob
Capitular Development Course by Piers A. Vaughan
Contemplative Masonry: Basic Applications of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagery for the Craft by Chuck Dunning
Esoterika: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry by Albert Pike
Famous American Freemasons by Todd E. Creason
Freemasonry in Staunton, Virginia: A Saga of Two Centuries by William Moseley Brown
Freemasonry in Virginia (1733-1936) by William Moseley Brown
Freemasonry in Winchester, Virginia 1768-1948 by William Moseley Brown
Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance by W. Kirk MacNulty
George Washington, Freemason by William Moseley Brown
Haunted Chambers: The Lives of Early Women Freemasons by Karen Kidd
Inner Christianity: A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition by Richard Smoley
Is it True What They Say About Freemasonry by Arturo de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris
Louisiana Monitor by Various Authors
Masonic Addresses and Writings by Roscoe Pound
Sacred Secrets: Freemasonry, the Bible, and the Christian Faith by Mike Neville
Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide by Arturo de Hoyos
Symbolism by Milton A. Pottenger
The Alchemical Keys to Masonic Ritual by Timothy Hogan
The Book of Codes: Understanding the World of Hidden Messages: An Illustrated Guide to Signs, Symbols, Ciphers, and Secret Languages by Paul Lunde
The Book of Wisdom translated by Kamel Oussayef
The Crescent and the Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution in the Modern Age by Angel Millar
The English Masonic Union of 1813 by John Belton
The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter
The Foundations of Modern Freemasonry: The Grand Architects: Political Change & the Scientific Enlightenment, 1714-1740 by Richard Berman
The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society by Jasper Ridley
The Holy Bible by Great Architect of the Universe
The Journal of the Masonic Society by Various Authors
The Leyden Papyrus: An Egyptian Magical Book by F. LI. Griffith and Herbert Thompson
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry: The Legend of Hiram Abiff by Manly P. Hall
The Mason's Words: The History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual by Robert G. Davis
The Masonic Pageant: The Scottish Rite Degrees of the Supreme Council NMJ by Frank Conway
The Master's Word: A Short Treatise on the Word, the Light, and the Self by George Winslow Plummer
The Meaning of Masonry by Walter Leslie Wilmshurst
The Occult Anatomy of Man by Manly P. Hall
The Secret School of Wisdom: The Authentic Rituals and Doctrines of the Illuminati by Josef Wages, Reinhard Markner, and Jeva Singh-Anand
Walking with the Widow's Son by Heather Carver
Working the Rough Stone: Freemasonry and Society in Eighteenth-Century Russia by Douglas Smith
Workman Unashamed: The testimony of a Christian Freemason by Christopher Haffner

Robert Johnson is a host of the Whence Came You (WCY) and the Masonic Roundtable podcasts. This list is a compilation of three episodes of the Masonic Roundtable podcast called Book Club. You can learn more about the WCY podcast at http://www.wcypodcast.com/ and the Masonic Roundtable podcast at http://www.themasonicroundtable.com/.

Symbolism by Milton A. Pottenger
The Book of Wisdom translated by Kamel Oussayef
The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter
The Leyden Papyrus: An Egyptian Magical Book by F. LI. Griffith and Herbert Thompson
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry: The Legend of Hiram Abiff by Manly P. Hall
The Master's Word: A Short Treatise on the Word, the Light, and the Self by George Winslow Plummer
The Meaning of Masonry by Walter Leslie Wilmshurst
The Occult Anatomy of Man by Manly P. Hall
Walking with the Widow's Son by Heather Carver

The Rubicon Masonic Society is a Masonic interest group of Master Masons. The purpose of the Society and its members is to advance the study and further understanding of Freemasonry, its traditions and practices and promoting of the conviviality of brotherhood outside the lodge. This list was found at the Rubicon Masonic Society web site at http://www.thecraftsman.org/books/.

A Pilgrim's Path: Freemasonry and the Religious Right by John J. Robinson
A Traditional Observance Lodge: One Mason's Journey to Fulfillment by Cliff Porter
Albert Pike: The Man Beyond the Monument by James Tresner
American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities by Mark A. Tabbert
Cracking the Freemason's Code: The Truth About Solomon's Key and the Brotherhood by Robert L.D. Cooper
Deciphering the Lost Symbol: Freemasons, Myths and the Mysteries of Washington, D.C. by Christopher L. Hodapp
Discovering Freemasonry in Context: The Laboratory of Moral Science by John Bizzack
For the Good of the Order: Examining the Shifting Paradigm within Freemasonry by John Bizzack
Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol by W. Kirk MacNulty
Freemasonry: An Introduction by Mark E. Kolko-Rivera
Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance by W. Kirk MacNulty
Freemasonry: The Reality by Tobias Churton
How and Why Freemasonry Came to Kentucky: The Backstory by John Bizzack
Is it True What They Say About Freemasonry by Arturo de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris
Laudable Pursuit by Knights of the North
Managing the Future of Freemasonry: The Book of Optimism by David West
Morgan: The Scandal that Shook Freemasonry by Stephen Dafoe
Observing the Craft: The Pursuit of Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance by Andrew Hammer
Operative Freemasonry: A Manual for Restoring Light and Vitality to the Fraternity by Kirk C. White
Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840 by Steven C. Bullock
Seeking Light: The Esoteric Heart of Freemasonry by Michael R. Poll
Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers, and the Secrets of Washington, D.C. by Christopher L. Hodapp
Taking Issue: An Anthology of Commentaries about the Practice and State of Freemasonry in North America by John Bizzack
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Freemasonry in the American Civil War by Michael A. Halleran
The Craft Driven Lodge by Daniel D. Hrinko
The Foundations of Modern Freemasonry: The Grand Architects: Political Change & the Scientific Enlightenment, 1714-1740 by Richard Berman
The Freemasons: Unlocking The 1000-Year-Old Mysteries of The Brotherhood: The Masonic Rituals, Codes, Signs and Symbols Explained With Over 200 Photographs and Illustrations by Jeremy Harwood
The Mason's Words: The History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual by Robert G. Davis
The Renaissance of Freemasonry: The Revival of Speculative Masonry in Modern America by David L. Brunelle
The Rosslyn Hoax? Viewing Rosslyn Chapel from a new perspective by Robert L.D. Cooper
The Secret History of Freemasonry: Its Origins and Connection to the Knights Templar by Paul Nauden
The Secrets of Masonic Washington: A Guidebook to Signs, Symbols, and Ceremonies at the Origin of America's Capital by James Wasserman
Tracing Boards of the Three Degrees in Craft Freemasonry Explained by Julian Rees
Where History Fails, Legend Prevails: Questioning the Evidence of Claims of the Masonic Affiliation of Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett by John Bizzack