NOTE: Golden Beetle Books are now out of print. We still have a few copies in stock, they are listed here. We are working with the author to re-publish these treasures. More information coming soon!!
"Remember your name . . . !"
Shibboleth is Alan Whitehead's first novel, written with a love for both anthroposophy and a riveting good story. It has proved to be one of the most enjoyable, as well as thought-provoking, books I've read in ages. Alan's ability to engage, enliven and make new the old is drawn into full play in this story of intrigue, survival and renewal.
Out of the darkest of beginnings, the destruction of a family by the Gestapo in wartime Germany, the author weaves a tale of triumphant survival. When the Gestapo arrive after an exquisite performance of violin and voice by extraordinary musicians who happen also to be Jewish, the very young daughter is left with only her father's violin as a token of her family. She is also left with the admonition to "remember your name," to remember her sacred Jewish name.
By the time she is a young adult, ready to pursue against all odds a career in dancing, she has carried her father's violin with her, but forgotten all about her sacred name. It is her journey back to her origins, her father and toward who she really is that leads us into realms sparkling with spiritual light against what are often some of the darkest moments imaginable. Ultimately, it is the light that prevails, forcing the darkness into the distant background.
Along the way, we meet characters to love, as well as some we can all be grateful we do not live next door to. Alan's warmth and humor pepper the pages, making this journey one you'll remember with a smile.
Collected Eye-Witness Essays
Alan Whitehead, editor
Alan Whitehead has gathered together fascinating first-hand accounts of Rudolf Steiner. It is an exciting journey to be able to experience Rudolf Steiner through the eyes of those who knew him. Both elucidating and powerful. Highly recommended.
The Hidden Agenda
Beyond the Veil of Esoteric Christianity in the Light of Rudolf Steiner's Spiritual Science
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This is a fascinating exposition not only of Esoteric Christianity - especially Rudolf Steiner's exposition of the subject - but also of the ancient mysteries and their relationship to human beings, their transformation as a result of a mingling with the newer Christian impulse, a close look at the four gospels, and much more. Throughout the author returns again and again to the theme of casting aside distracting modern overlays and focusing on the true light of Creative Love - of Christ.
Into the Wind
A Creative Life - Volume 3
Memoirs of a Rudolf Steiner Teacher
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In this third volume of A Creative Life, we join Alan Whitehead during the years 1979 to 1984, as he helps create a new teacher education institute, an Australian Waldorf schools associaton, a high school. The book closes with his (and Susan's) farewell to the school they had helped to create and nurture for over 15 years.
Throughout, as you can by now expect, Alan details with his characteristic honesty (and humor!) the background (and foreground) political tensions and battles, the successes and failures along the way, the goals met and lost. This is such a human account - and a great read, as well!