To visit 'Akká--that was the ardent desire of every early
American Bahá'í. And there, to "attain the presence
of the Master."
This is the account written by Thornton Chase, designated by 'Abdu'l-Bahá
as the "first" American Bahá'í, of his pilgrimage
to the Holy Land in 1907. This is one of the few pilgrim's notes--Juliet
Thompson's book is another-- that gives a well-written narrative
description of the journey. The book is also notable for the high
quality of the photographs of the Holy Land that Chase was able
to publish. These photos are reproduced in the book.
Chase, along with a few other American Bahá'ís, had
their pilgrimage tragically cut short when the governor of Beirut
was notified of their visit. They spent only four days in 'Akká.
Nonetheless, Chase was transformed. 'Abdu'l-Bahá himself
recalled that during his pilgrimage, Chase "became free from
the troubles of this world."
You must read this poignant and heart-warming memoir.
Retail price: $14.95, hardcover only (38-3)