Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Book Review: Introducing 20+ Religions

     Bethany House Publishers furbished a complimentary copy of  Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day by Garry R. Morgan. Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day is a small, enjoyable guide to over 20 world religions. The author introduces you to many religions from Christianity to Buddhism to animism. There are so many religions in the world today it is hard to make heads or tails of many of them. Morgan recognizes the  varying sects and beliefs within each religion, but tries to give a brief generalization of the main practices, histories and beliefs.
      Some religions are given several chapters to do the depth and prevalence in our world. It must be noted that Morgan is a Christian. However, he attempts to write with a neutral, unbiased perspective. A couple of times a Christian perspective abounds. Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day is a great reference book, particularly for the Christian who wants to evangelize others of various beliefs. It is crucial to have a grasp of other religions to show respect for unbelievers. Without this knowledge one could easily offend another person without realizing their blunder.
     Other readers will find this volume enjoyable simply because it is extremely interesting. Society has become so diverse with modern-day travel and technology we are bound to meet others of differing backgrounds and beliefs. If nothing else, the reader will close the book with a better understanding of other people and their world views. I certainly did.
     Each of the 40 chapters were short and concise. There were only a couple of chapters I found dry. Other than that I have no complaints. Do not expect to be a master of theology after reading this. Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day will inform the reader and possibly whet their appetite to further their religious studies. Whether it is picked off the bookstore shelf as another read, a beginning study or to equip oneself to evangelize this book will certainly hold your attention. 

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