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Nordskog Publishing Review: From Mason to Minister Through the Lattice by Neil Cullan McKinlay #grow4christ #bookreview

on June 22, 2014

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About the Book:

An adventurous, captivating and poetic memoir of the author’s courageous and spiritual journey—from Scotland to Canada to Australia—in his quest to “find the Truth and know the living God.” Neither an apologetic nor a polemic, he corrects much misinterpretation and misunderstanding of Freemasonry. We learn how inspiration from Masonic teachings about Solomon’s Temple, the arch, and keystone led him to a deep study of the revelation from the Bible of the “stone the builders rejected” which is Christ. Readers will be uplifted, inspired, and delighted as they follow along with him in the discovery of his calling to become a minister.


You can purchase a copy on Amazon or at Norkskog Publishing.


My Opinion:


I began reading this book hoping for some interesting information with which to give my husband regarding Masonry and how it’s inconsistent with Christianity and while the author does give some information it’s mainly of the author’s journey as he travels the road of evolutionary belief, seeking out something higher and finding some of his answers in Masonry and ultimately becoming a minster no longer involved in the Masonic teachings.  The book really didn’t pull me in the way other memoirs do, usually I find them to hold my rapt attention, but this one I actually struggled to read – I didn’t find it poetic as the description implies – it made for very choppy reading and the author switches between his childhood to his adult life which at times is confusing since he moves multiple times between Scotland and Canada and now Australia.


I think this may hold the attention of someone who is involved in the Masonic community and is looking for more of a Christian worldview (Mason’s can ultimately accept Christians, Muslims and Jews with their belief in a Supreme Being and other religions with much lying can also do so) but for me, it just didn’t poll me in like I was hoping.  Too much back and forth caused for a confusing read and the way hymns, the author’s own poetry and lyrics, and more were added just made it not flow.  I appreciated the use of Scripture so that was another plus even though at times it felt like Mr. McKinlay was quoting entire portions of the Bible.  Overall, it was a decent book that I know holds appeal for others but for me it just wasn’t what I was expecting.



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