Thursday, August 30, 2012

Book Review: Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day

If you, like me, sometimes have trouble keeping the basic beliefs of the many different religions of the world straight, Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day can be a helpful resource. Now, when I hear something about a particular religion and am curious for more detail, I can refer back to this book for a quick synopsis.

Broken into 40 chapters, the book first defines religion, for the purposes of the book, then gives a basic overview of several religions. Author Garry R. Morgan, Professor of Intercultural Studies at Northwestern College, provides historical information and the major points of the beliefs of these religions. In some cases, he breaks a particular religion down to present different aspects over several chapters. In other cases, he lumps some of the smaller religions together to cover what they all have in common in one chapter. He concludes each chapter with An Extra Minute, an extra tidbit of information readers may find interesting.

I appreciated Morgan’s comment at the end of Chapter 2, which sums up the content well:
This book endeavors to present each religion in a straightforward way, so that a reader who is a follower while perhaps disagreeing with certain assessments, would say the description is truthful and fair.
I think Morgan has been truthful and fair, providing a great resource to help people from different faith backgrounds to greater understand each other’s point of view. If you’re curious about other religions, this book will be a great starting point for research you might want to do.

I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
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