Volume 1: The West Discovers the Master, 1897-1911
by Earl Redman
Stories illustrating how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá taught and interacted with others.
Among those who visit ‘Akká, some have made great forward strides. Lightless candles, they were set alight; withered, they began to bloom; dead, they were recalled to life and went home with tidings of great joy. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
. . .each pilgrim brings back information and suggestions of a most precious character, and it is the privilege of all the friends to share in the spiritual results of these visits. Shoghi Effendi
This two-volume series on pilgrims who visited ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the Holy Land may be seen as a companion to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s three-year journey (1910–1913) to Egypt, Europe and North America The present volume covers the time from 1897 until the Master’s departure on His journey to the West, while the second volume begins with His return to Haifa at the end of 1913 and covers the time until His passing in 1921.
Virtually all pilgrims and many other visitors wrote down what ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, including many of His talks, both formal and informal. Their accounts provide a great wealth of stories that help illustrate who ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was in the context of history and how he taught and interacted with others. Most of these accounts come from personal diaries and letters initially written in longhand, though many were later typed. They are to be considered ‘pilgrims’ notes’, but are a fascinating and moving testimony to how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá affected and transformed those He met, described in their own words.
Earl Redman is a geologist who worked in Alaska and Chile for two decades. One job was for the US Bureau of Mines, studying mineral deposits in the Juneau Gold Belt, Alaska. In 1999 he moved with his wife Sharon to Ireland, where he has researched and written five books, exploring the gold mines of the stories included in ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, the two volumes of Shoghi Effendi Through the Pilgrim’s Eye, a book on the Knights of Bahá’u’lláh, and this volume on pilgrims who visited ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the Holy Land before His Western journeys. A second volume tells the story of pilgrims to the Holy Land after ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s return in 1913.
Earl and Sharon have travelled widely and for long periods in recent years and are much in demand as speakers and storytellers.
George Ronald, Oxford
23.4 x 15.6 cm (9.75 x 6.25 in)