A down-to-earth and accessible book which reveals the public and private faces of Freemasonry.
Demystifying Mason by Phil Harrison
This informal memoir charts the experiences of a Grand Officer during more than forty years in the Craft, looking at how Masonry has affected his life outside the Craft and describing many of his experiences within the Craft. Masons and non-Masons, whether ladies or gentlemen, will all be equally fascinated by Phil’s insights and the light they shed on Freemasonry as an organisation.
Phil has been asked on many occasions to explain and sometimes justify Freemasonry — who Masons are, what they believe and what they do — so he decided to put his thoughts into a book. Ghost-written by his son, a non-Mason and professional author, this book provides a chance to learn more about Freemasonry through the experiences of someone for whom membership has meant more than forty years of enjoyment and pleasure.
The book includes a brief history of Freemasonry in England followed by two sections: Freemasonry in Public and Freemasonry in Private. The former contains five chapters examining the relationship between Freemasonry and family life, religion, the law, charity and society in general. The latter looks at what Freemasons do, where they meet and what they wear. The book is rounded off with Phil’s thoughts on twelve Masons he admires, from Scott of the Antarctic to Buzz Aldrin.
A Lewis, Phil was initiated into the Craft in his home town of Castleford, West Yorkshire, in 1966. As a Chartered Surveyor he ran a successful practice and was one of the youngest magistrates in the country when he was appointed in 1970 at the age of thirty. He is also regular communicant of the Church of England, giving him first hand knowledge of the relationship between Freemasonry and the church, the judiciary and business.
Phil’s Masonic career includes taking the chair of three different Lodges, one as Founder Master, and in three different Royal Arch Chapters. He was appointed to Grand Rank in the Craft in 1994 and in Supreme Grand Chapter in 1997.
295mm x 210mm
197pp Large Print - Double Space