We all know the best way to keep abreast of any subject is to read about it. There are certain subjects that mean more to us than others. A subject such as Freemasonry is one that attracts a great deal of interest. It is also a subject that requires a great deal of forethought and this requires a great deal of reading. It is true there are many ancient books in Freemasonry libraries all around the world. However, even an ancient system like Freemasonry undergoes certain changes in thought and language.
An interest in Freemasonry will undoubtedly result in your collection of books growing. If you want to keep up to date you will need to have a collection of both ancient and modern masonry books.
You will find the topics of such an ancient system never changes but the modern approach and writing style makes it easier to absorb such topics. It is a fact that an understanding of masonry takes many years of reading and a solid foundation of books about masonry is essential. For example, the many rituals and explanation of symbols is a most necessary part of being a Freemason.
Apart from the books that all Freemasons can read regardless of location, there are books that are more local. There will be books specifically written to provide you with information about a specific lodge. Such books are aimed at assisting members of such local lodges or those who are interested in membership.
Masonry books cover a vast number of topics and subjects. There are books written especially for the novice and there are topics that are more complex. There are books and manuscripts that were written hundreds of years ago. The format and language changes over the years and books are constantly being updated and rewritten. There are also new authors who research and write about the lives of famous Freemason who have influenced the world in politics, music, art and many more areas of life.
More and more people are finding it easy to purchase specialised books online and this includes books on masonry. Many are realising their family members and friends who are members of lodges appreciate receiving masonry books as a gift.
It is advisable to make use of a shop managed by an actual lodge. At such a premise you can be sure of getting books that are the real thing. You will be able to distinguish between official books on and about masonry and books of general interest about Masonic subjects. The importance of a book or other publication being deemed official by a lodge is accuracy. All the information and the symbols will be precisely correct.
It is important to note there are many so called masonry books that are inaccurate. Masonry is founded on ancient and at times complex symbols and imagery. The only way to fully understand masonry is to understand the symbols and imagery. You will only achieve this understanding if you use up to date masonry books from an official source.