Editing of the completed manuscript for the third book in this trilogy will begin this month.The book covers the period 1963-2001 and so tells the dramatic story of the planning, construction and opening of the Terraces of the Shrine of the Bab. It will be available in April next year.
On 9 August 2018 I visited the grave of Dr Ugo Giachery, a Hand of the Cause, in the grounds of the Baha'i House of Worship in Samoa. Dr Giachery is a key figure in "Coronation on Carmel", and I felt blessed to be able to pray at his grave in such an exquisitely beautiful setting.
I enjoyed delivering a presentation about "Coronation on Carmel" on 27 July, 2018 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and answering the questions about the story of the Shrine. To see photos please visit:
Due to the big demand for copies of "Journey to a Mountain", George Ronald Publisher ordered a reprint, and the books have been rushed to bookstores. It is good to see the interest in this book and the interest in "Coronation on Carmel" so soon after its launch.
The book is now available from the website of the US Baha'i book store and is "a featured title" on the site.
I am very grateful to Mr Ali Nakhjavani for his reaction to "Coronation on Carmel". It appears on the home page of this site. Mr Nakhjavani was very helpful to me when conducting research for this book and the previous volume, "Journey to a Mountain".
Copies of Coronation on Carmel have arrived in New York City. Once cleared by customs, they will go to the warehouse for distribution. Early reviews have been very encouraging.
It is not supposed to be good to let you know too much about a book before you can lay your hands, eyes and soul on it. But "Coronation on Carmel" is on its way and should be within your orbit in a few weeks. I hope you enjoy it and are inspired by those whose stories it attempts to tell, all within the major story of the holiest Shrine in the world, bar the one across the Bay
"Coronation on Carmel", the volume that takes the story of the Shrine from 1922 to 1963, is scheduled to be available in the UK in March 2018, and in the USA in early April.
This volume has original information, original photographs and a narrative that tells an amazing story of planning, persistence, and achievement.
Behind, in the middle and in front of everything is the inspiring figure of Shoghi Effendi, initially alone but later leading his small but effective team of Hands of the Cause.
In detail, and aimed at all readers but especially at pilgrims, one chapter describes the architectural features of the arcade and superstructure.
Who was the "man with the golden touch"?Who was the Guardian's "Hercules", and who was his "Titan"? The book lets you know.
Women rise to great heights in this story, and one of them, Amatu'l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum, is quoted describing some scenes of great power and beauty.
Personally, I love this era.
It was very emotional for me to visit the beautiful and peaceful grave of May Maxwell at Quilmes, Buenos Aires. Her connection with the story of the Shrine of the Bab will be told in my forthcoming book, which covers the period 1922-1963.