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Shibboleth

"Remember your name . . . !"

Alan Whitehead

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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.

Recollections

Collected Eye-Witness Essays

Alan Whitehead, editor

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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

Alan Whitehead

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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.

Ancient Saturn to Atlantis

A Teenagers' Travel Guide to the Evolution of the World and Man in the Light of Rudolf Steiner's Spiritual Science - a Creative Approach

Alan Whitehead

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Ancient Saturn to Atlantis serves up an invigorating rendition of Steiner's Outline of Esoteric Science written with the adolescent in mind. Teens will find this to be rollicking ride through the evolution of our world and of humanity (adults will also love it, but for heaven's sake, don't let the teens know!). In the process, they'll also find themselves inspired by the grand vision, the wonder and the purpose of it all. An unexpected treasure!

A Creative Life - Volume 1

The Power of Two

Alan Whitehead

Memoirs of a Rudolf Steiner Teacher

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Alan Whitehead has done it again - this time with an intimate, upright autobiography that allows us to accompany him from his youth through courtship, marriage and the birth of their first child - right into the creation of a Waldorf School (Rudolf Stiener School in Australia). All the joy, challenge, anguish, and triumph - both of his personal life and of the school - are recorded in an amiable, straightforward, humorous prose that offers the rare combination of enjoyable reading and illuminating perspective. This account is so deeply honest and so warmly shared that I know you will find it as valuable as I do. Highly recommended.

A Creative Life - Volume 2

The Rainbow Years

Alan Whitehead

Memoirs of a Rudolf Steiner Teacher

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In this second volume, we find our hero, Alan Whitehead, taking up his third teaching year (and going on through 6 more), helping to lead his school during roller-coaster rides of prosperity/poverty, smooth sailing/rebellion and into a new, expanded and fruitful life. We also watch as his children grow and blossom, and as Susan flowers as a kindergarten teacher.

Everything I said about Volume 1 applies here - with an emphasis on the intimately honest accounting of a school history personally lived. Anyone who has been involved with Waldorf schools will both recognize and admire the courage of Whitehead's accounts of the growing pains which could so easily have become the death knells of his school. This account is so valuable in so many ways - I hope many, many people read it.

A Creative Life - Volume 3

Into the Wind

Alan Whitehead

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!