There are many lessons of vast importance contained in the Entered Apprentice Degree of Freemasonry. These lessons are so important to the author of this book that he has been so bold as to title the book, Everything I needed to know about Freemasonry; I learned as an apprentice.
Worshipful Brother Stephen Dafoe is not a Freemason who takes his craft lightly. He is often fond of saying, "We do not need more men in Masonry, but more Masonry in men." Every page of this book reflects that expression. The book is one man's reflection on the lessons learned in that first degree and is a thorough examination of the philosophy taught with each step, pace and gesture. In so doing, Dafoe has not created a dry account of the first degree, but rather a book that will inspire all Freemasons to get back to the basics.
During the course of Dafoe's recapitulation of his own experiences as an Entered Apprentice, he has created a lively story that unwraps many of the mysteries of the first degree and examines even the most basic of lessons under new thought and new light in Masonry. From the symbolic and esoteric meanings of the mosaic pavement to a thorough explanation and examination of the Junior Warden's Tracing Board, Everything I Needed To Know About Freemasonry is a book you will read again and again.