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To begin, this book helps explain the first 3 degrees in Freemasonry (and more, Royal Arch degree etc.). It gets 5 stars for its concise account!
My review should be helpful because my reasons for purchasing this book are likely similar to many.
I purchased this book before becoming a mason and was intrigued to learn about what exactly goes on within a lodge. At first, Duncan's gave me a superficial understanding. Though admittedly, it was rather dry and boring to read, as I will expect most non-masons will find.
However, having entered a lodge and re-reading Duncan's Ritual, it becomes a fascinating book. This is because it provides one with an account of the experiece he just went through. For this reason alone it is fascinating.
With that said,
1. if you are a non-mason and have no intention of ever becoming one this book probably isn't for you. You will just become bored (in my opinion). Although, it should satisfy your curiosity of what goes on inside a lodge.
2. If you're a non-mason and are considering joining a lodge I don't recommend this book either. Like the prior example, you'll likely find it boring. Further, you might spoil the mystery when you do get your first degree. I can vouche for this myself.
The following analogy might give you an idea of why this book will be boring to the non-mason.
It is like reading a finely composed musical score on paper, for instance Mozart (a mason, if you didn't know). The music doesn't really come alive until one hears the experience. The same goes for receiving your degrees in Freemasonry.
3. If you are a mason, and especially if you have just gone through your three degrees, this book is invaluable.Read more ›
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