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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and as a dedicated Baha’i. Joseph published at least 10 books before the year 2000, and lost an additional 15 unpublished manuscripts in a house fire in Oregon in 2002.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
LIFE
Raising Children Spiritually

Raising Children Spiritually

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | May 22, 2019
LIFE
Just Married? Start Building Unity When the Marriage Begins

Just Married? Start Building Unity When the Marriage Begins

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | May 15, 2019
LIFE
Marital Harmony: Forming a Single Soul

Marital Harmony: Forming a Single Soul

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | May 12, 2019

LIFE
Do Strong People Come from Strong Families?

Do Strong People Come from Strong Families?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | May 3, 2019
SPIRITUALITY
Building Family Unity for the Good of the World

Building Family Unity for the Good of the World

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Apr 27, 2019
LIFE
How to Nurture Your Family

How to Nurture Your Family

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Apr 20, 2019

SPIRITUALITY
The Healing Power of Prayer

The Healing Power of Prayer

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Apr 13, 2019
CULTURE
Spiritual Growth: The Best Self-Help Strategy Out There

Spiritual Growth: The Best Self-Help Strategy Out There

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Mar 23, 2019
SPIRITUALITY
How to Deal with Life's Tests—Spiritually

How to Deal with Life’s Tests—Spiritually

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Mar 1, 2019

SPIRITUALITY
How to Find Contentment and Keep It

How to Find Contentment and Keep It

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Feb 24, 2019
SPIRITUALITY
Why Our Soul Searches for a Creator

Why Our Soul Searches for a Creator

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Feb 20, 2019
SPIRITUALITY
Is Our World like a Womb?

Is Our World like a Womb?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Feb 15, 2019

SPIRITUALITY
How to Turn Prayer into Action

How to Turn Prayer into Action

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Feb 9, 2019
SPIRITUALITY
How to Unlock the Prodigious Power of Prayer

How to Unlock the Prodigious Power of Prayer

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Feb 6, 2019
SPIRITUALITY
How Can the Creatures Understand the Creator?

How Can the Creatures Understand the Creator?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Feb 3, 2019

SPIRITUALITY
Where Do We Get Our Spiritual Qualities From?

Where Do We Get Our Spiritual Qualities From?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jan 30, 2019
SPIRITUALITY
Can We Ever Understand the Creator?

Can We Ever Understand the Creator?

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jan 25, 2019
LIFE
Why We All See Things Differently

Why We All See Things Differently

Joseph Roy Sheppherd | Jan 18, 2019

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