Seldom does a diminutive book deliver on the promise that it makes. More often than not, the reader is left wanting more. But this time, that’s not the case, and the A Handbook for The Freemason’s Wife delivers exactly the right dose of information to answer almost every question that the spouse or partner of a Mason, or Mason to be, could imagine to ask.
Packed into a slim journal, the guide is one part Q&A, another part encyclopedia, and a third part experiential, as it is the collaborative effort of Masonic wives Philippa Faulks (who you may remember from her appearance on Masonic Central) and Cheryl Skidmore. Together, the two have close to 30 years experience in the enjoyable trade of being the wives of Freemasons. And, from that experience, nearly every nuance to the fraternity gets touched upon to put the ideal reader (the wife of a Freemason) at ease.
The book, in its simplicity, makes the hard task of explaining what exactly we Masons do, in and out of the lodge, that much easier. I found that the short description of the history, the quick trip through the emblems, and the overview of events and banquets were smart and to the point.
On top of all that, in between the meatier content is a good collection of Masonic poetry, songs, trivia, and to top it off, one of the funnier Masonic jokes I’ve heard in a while.
A Handbook for The Freemason’s Wife really is a must have for the Masons spouse. Its already answered a few of my wife’s questions, and I’ve only left it out for her to find a couple of times. Imagine what would happen if you put it in her hands…