Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the WorldNelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World by James A. Beverley

I have had this book for a while and have referenced it many times. The book is: Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World by James A. Beverley.

This is no lightweight book but a detailed, thorough examination of the world’s leading religions. The book is set up alphabetically to make it very easy to use and includes Baha’i to Witchcraft. Each chapter begins with a little bit about the religion then makes its way to a chronology that highlights various important dates with either the religion itself or the “founder” or important members. Numerous chapters included extended information about the religion, how it compares to Christianity, points at which the author sees areas of dialogue between Christ-followers and those who choose to follow other religions. Also included is various splinter groups within or coming out of each religion, what they hold to and also a informative insert that gives websites and resources for further investigation into each religion or sect.

I absolutely love this book. It is complete, well-researched, fair, balanced and unafraid to make strong statements (and the author does this when he tells of some unfortunate events that have happened within his own religious path (Protestantism). Many resources like this have come and gone but I believe Dr. Beverley’s will be around for a long, long time. His style, for being a reference/non-fiction work,is engaging and pleasant to read. The chapters are not long or dry but made me, actually, want to read the book from start to finish in one sitting. Obviously that did not happen as the book is well over 700 pages. The book, however, doesn’t seem like a tome but given all the detailed information given it seems that when you have this book you have several well-documented encyclopedias in your library. And that is a beautiful point about this book: this book can replace numerous volumes you may already have on world religions. If you don’t have this book…..get it now! You won’t be disappointed. Given all the issues that are going on not only in our own country but in our world….it is time that people start actually learning what religions believe rather than just listening to tv personalities that generate fear and terror about things they really don’t know. Become informed. I am not there yet, but with this book I feel that I am on a better path of understanding and true dialogue.

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  1. Jonathan Petersen says:

    I’m writing to ask if you’re interested in reviewing on your blog and on Amazon the just-released book, The Mormonizing of America: How the Mormon Religion Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop Culture by New York Times bestselling author Stephen Mansfield (Worthy Publishing, 2012). If so, please contact me: jpetersen AT somersaultgroup DOT com. Thanks! Jonathan Petersen

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