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Roy Sheppherd

Trnava, Slovakia

Joseph Sheppherd, who passed away in 2015, was a world citizen. A cultural and linguistic anthropologist and archaeologist, he used his wide experience living in many countries and his gift for engaging storytelling to captivate the readers of his many books and the spellbound audiences at his numerous talks and presentations. Joseph lived in the United States, Great Britain, Panama, Colombia and Slovakia, and spent many years among the tribal rainforest peoples in the jungles of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

Those who knew Joseph recognized him as a true Renaissance man—a writer, author, teacher, sculptor, graphic artist, fabricator and painter who excelled not only as a renowned anthropologist but as an expert in indigenous cultures, factory and museum management, antiquities restoration, architectural design, homebuilding and as a dedicated Baha’i. Joseph published at least 10 books before the year 2000, and lost an additional 15 unpublished manuscripts in a house fire in Oregon in 2002. Like his diverse intellect, his books broadly ranged from professional publications to Baha'i-centered introductory works, children's literature, non-fiction, poetry and science/speculative fiction.

Joseph died in Trnava, Slovakia, on April 9, 2015. Published with the permission of the Baha'i Publishing Trust of the United States and Joseph’s widow Jan Sheppherd, dedicates this serialization of Joseph’s introductory Baha'i book A Wayfarer’s Guide to Bringing the Sacred Home to his memory.

BY Joseph Roy Sheppherd

3 Steps Toward Gender Equality

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Feb 2, 2021

How Baha’is Believe We Can Achieve World Unity

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jan 22, 2021

Prayer and Problem-Solving

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Oct 1, 2020


When You Become a Baha’i

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Sep 19, 2020

Living the Baha’i Experience

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Sep 11, 2020

The Great Spiritual Bounty of Service to Humanity

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Sep 8, 2020


Forsaking Personal Profit for Collective Gain

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Sep 3, 2020

Do We All Worship the Same God?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Aug 15, 2020

Letting Go of Your Ideas for the Benefit of Others

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Aug 8, 2020


The Shining Spark of Truth: How Baha’i Consultation Works

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jul 20, 2020

The Baha’i Concept of Progressive Revelation

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jul 16, 2020

Meditation: The Key to Insight and Self-Knowledge

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jul 14, 2020


Learning How to Pray Every Day

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | May 26, 2020

The Purpose and Power of Prayer and Meditation

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | May 15, 2020

How a Religion with No Clergy Works

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Apr 14, 2020


How to Create an Ever-Advancing Civilization

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Apr 5, 2020

What Does the Baha’i Faith Prohibit?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Mar 7, 2020

The Bedrock Spiritual Teachings: Universal and Eternal

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Feb 27, 2020

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