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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Five Gates Publishing (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615617158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615617152
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

KIRK C. WHITE is Past Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Vermont, has served as Illustrious Grand Lecturer for the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Vermont and is active in the R.C.C., S.R.I.C.F. and other Masonic bodies. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and Religion, an M.A. in Counseling, and has done post-graduate study in transpersonal psychology specializing in initiatic techniques, and the psychology of personal transformation and consciousness change.

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It is essential reading for any Masonic officer, and for any Brother looking to attain Light in Masonry and Light for his Lodge.
Chris Murphy
Any individual Mason, desiring a more fulfilling practice, will find excellent ideas for study, topics for meditation and encouragement on their path.
Diane Brzozowski
I recommend this book for anyone interested in improving themselves and especially for existing members seeking to improve their Masonic experience.
Tobin

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin P.M. on June 1, 2012
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How I wish I had been handed a copy of this book during my first journey to the Oriental Chair as it would have been an invaluable aide in planning for my year in the East! Brother Kirk White's "Operative Freemasonry: A Manual for Restoring Light and Vitality to the Fraternity" is absolutely required reading for anyone in a Masonic officer line as well as for all Brothers of our Ancient and Noble Craft. Brother White aptly point out how Freemasonry has, by and large, devolved into a sort of social club that pays only lip service to our noble tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth and hardly fills its role of "Making Good Men Better." However, for every problem he points out he provides a myriad of well thought out solutions, each one based on the core principal of returning the Fraternity to its roots. This is a guide, not only for running a successful Lodge, but for being a better Mason. This book is a rallying cry for the Brotherhood of Freemasonry to remember what our Fraternity is supposed to be and to maintain the highest standards and principles in our Masonic Practice. As such it is one of the best books on contemporary Blue Lodge Masonry currently in print. It is a definite must read for every serious Brother Mason.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane Brzozowski on April 26, 2012
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In "Operative Freemasonry," Kirk White draws attention to Masonry's tenants (Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth) and recognizes that Masonry today has slipped into little more than a social and civic club. He encourages a return to those roots by which Masonry really does "make good men better." The true power of this book is its clarity and practicality. Any individual Mason, desiring a more fulfilling practice, will find excellent ideas for study, topics for meditation and encouragement on their path. Likewise for a Lodge of committed members who wish to "dig deeply into the shadow of oblivion for the substance upon which Freemasonry was formed" we find here a guide: a plan for mentorship to provide the new member the encouragement and guidance they need to excel, advice for getting the most out of Lodge meetings and initiations, and for working as a group to perform (and experience) the more powerful and inspiring ritual. "Operative Freemasonry" lives up to its lofty goals and is a must for anyone dedicated to the Craft.
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Freemasonry continues to struggle with remaining relevant in today's society. The Craft of enlightenment and education has devolved into a social group concerned with spaghetti dinners and paying the utility bills. But within the fraternity there is a resurgence in education driven by men who have looked at the roots of the farternity and have begun to discuss the elements of the intiatic tradition of which Freemasonry is a part. White offers a practical guide for those in the Craft who are not satisfied to just speculate on the meanings and teachings of Masonric symbolism and allegory. He provides a guide on the practical ways in which these teachings can be applied. The book is a good resource for new and experienced Brothers alike and is a great reference for those who serve as mentors to new members in the Craft.
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White's overview of a variety of topics and issues facing Freemasonry today is a responsible and well-grounded commentary. Reading this work would benefit many Masons and non-Masons alike who seeking a better understanding of not only the fraternity, but what can be done to restore vitality to lodges.
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By S. Sanders on July 27, 2013
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Kirk White's approach and commentary on the topic of restoring vitality to Freemasonry is another solid contribution to the advancement of sound ideas to do exactly what the title says.
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By Resco on November 28, 2012
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Bought this book as a gift and the recipient really liked it !!
Great gift choice for a Mason !!
Well written.
Would recommend this book.
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