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Joseph
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and as a dedicated Baha’i. Joseph published at least 10 books before the year 2000, and lost an additional 15 unpublished manuscripts in a house fire in Oregon in 2002.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, BahaiTeachings.org 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
SPIRITUALITY
The Hidden Nature of Life After Death

The Hidden Nature of Life After Death

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Feb 15, 2020
RELIGION
Do We All Worship the Same God?

Do We All Worship the Same God?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Feb 9, 2020
SPIRITUALITY
The Purpose of Human Life for Baha'is

The Purpose of Human Life for Baha’is

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Feb 6, 2020

HISTORY
What the Passing of Baha’u’llah Means, Then and Now

What the Passing of Baha’u’llah Means, Then and Now

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Feb 3, 2020
HISTORY
Baha’u’llah’s Arrival in the Holy Land

Baha’u’llah’s Arrival in the Holy Land

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jan 27, 2020
HISTORY
The Prisoner Admonishes the Kings

The Prisoner Admonishes the Kings

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jan 21, 2020

HISTORY
Baha’u’llah’s Announcement – and Warnings – to the Kings

Baha’u’llah’s Announcement – and Warnings – to the Kings

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jan 18, 2020
RELIGION
The Writings of Baha’u’llah

The Writings of Baha’u’llah

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jan 12, 2020
HISTORY
The Exile of Baha’u’llah

The Exile of Baha’u’llah

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jan 8, 2020

RELIGION
The Birth of the Baha'i Revelation

The Birth of the Baha’i Revelation

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jan 4, 2020
HISTORY
Visiting the Holiest Spot in the Baha'i World

Visiting the Holiest Spot in the Baha’i World

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jan 1, 2020
HISTORY
Meeting the Man Who Met Baha’u’llah

Meeting the Man Who Met Baha’u’llah

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Dec 28, 2019

HISTORY
The Prisoner Admonishes the Kings

The Prisoner Admonishes the Kings

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Dec 25, 2019
RELIGION
What Does a Messenger of God Look Like?

What Does a Messenger of God Look Like?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Dec 21, 2019
HISTORY
Baha’u’llah: the Founder of the Baha'i Faith

Baha’u’llah: the Founder of the Baha’i Faith

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Dec 9, 2019

SPIRITUALITY
Where Do Baha’is Worship and Meet?

Where Do Baha’is Worship and Meet?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Dec 4, 2019
RELIGION
Why I Waited to Become a Baha'i

Why I Waited to Become a Baha’i

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Dec 1, 2019
RELIGION
Who Are the Baha’is?

Who Are the Baha’is?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Nov 23, 2019

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