Jonti Marks was born in London and grew up partly in England and partly in Kenya. He was a school teacher for 27 years and worked in Zambia, Kenya and the UK as an English and Drama teacher and also as a Head. He recently left teaching to devote himself to his writing full-time.
Jonti became a Freemason in Nairobi in 1990 and has always been interested in the deeper, spiritual significance of the Craft. His Masonic writings aim to illuminate these hidden depths and to help make Freemasonry relevant, useful and inspiring for Masons and non-Masons alike.
Jonti's non-Masonic writings are largely informed either by his experiences as a teacher or by his life in Kenya - and often by his life as a teacher in Kenya!
His two Easter plays were written for Easter Services at Bromsgrove School where he was Head of English and Drama for many years.
'Shaka Zulu,' also a play, was written for performance at his school, Hillcrest, in Kenya and was first published by East African Educational Publishers.
'Future Primitives' was Jont's first full-length novel/story. Aimed at teenagers and young adults, the story follows the adventures of a group of friends in Nairobi who survive the apocalypse of the 2020s and who have to rebuild their lives in a new and uncertain world where even their very sense of identity must be reformulated.
Jonti's book,' Teaching from the Heart:100 Meditations for Teachers' follows the format of the Masonic books and offers 100 inspirational messages for the educationalists in every sphere who do so much to determine the well-being of our society and the future of the planet. It is, in a way, a parting gift to the profession and the distillation of a 30-year philosophy of education that appears increasingly important and even urgent in today's moral climate.
Jonti's latest book, 'The Bhagavad-Gita in 18 Chapters' also reflects a lifetime's interest and a deep connection with the spiritual teachings of India. Jonti has been familiar with the Gita for all of his life and was recently moved to try to capture some of the essence and spirit of this sacred text in a wholly poetic form.
You can find out more about Jonti at: www.jontimarks.co.uk
A series of books that aims to offer all those who have chosen Freemasonry as one of their paths daily inspiration and the opportunity to contemplate the deeper significance of our Craft.
The series comes in distinct sections:
'Level Steps' is a collection of 100 daily meditations based on the ritual, practices and teachings of Blue Lodge or Craft Freemasonry.
'Hidden Depths' follows the same pattern but is based around the teachings of Royal Arch Freemasonry.
The two volumes of 'Still Waters' are general Masonic Meditations on the Book of Psalms. Each daily meditation is set alongside the Psalm that inspired it.
Finally, '365 Level Steps' is a lightly edited compilation of all four books set out as one volume with a meditation for every day of the year.
This second volume of Masonic Meditations inspired by the Book of Psalms continues where the first one left off, thus completing the cycle which offers inspiring thoughts on all 150 Psalms in a series of 165 ‘meditations.’
'Teaching from the Heart' is a series of 100 inspirational messages for teachers and all those involved or interested in the education of young people. Written by a teacher with nearly 30 years experience, it comes from a place of real understanding and from an educator who has genuine respect, compassion and love for Teachers and Students alike.
Following on from the success of ‘Level Steps: 100 Daily Meditations for Freemasons,’ this companion volume offers further practical insights into the deeper spiritual meanings of Freemasonry, with particular reference to the symbolism and forms of the Holy Royal Arch.
‘Level Steps: 100 Daily Meditations for Freemasons’ is a beautiful and practical book offering insight and inspiration to all Freemasons who are interested in the deeper meaning of the Craft, as well as an instrument of understanding for their families and friends and all those searching for guidance and spiritual insight.