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Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion Paperback – March 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1933265247 ISBN-10: 1933265248

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wasteland Press (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933265248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933265247
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,138,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pamela Dewey has a B.A., magna cum laude, in education, with graduate work in education, psychology, and social sciences, from Michigan State University. She has been doing research in the field of modern religious movements for over 25 years. Pam’s popular Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion website at has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world who are looking for accurate information on a wide variety of religious groups, movements, teachers, and preachers. She maintains over a dozen websites and five blogs on a variety of educational and inspirational topics, and travels with her husband George throughout the year to present seminars at conferences around the country. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bill Stough on June 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
The "Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion" is a book written in such a captivating way that I found it hard to put down. The author Pam Dewey puts you right into the picture. She traces the development of the church that used to be to what it is in today's world. Many new terms have been coined that make the point clear. An example on page 28 is "The Wal-Mart-izing of the local church scene."

The subject of churches and religious leaders we look to is deadly serious and worthy of critical analysis. It is the best and most interesting discussion on the subject I have ever encountered. For example, would it be a good idea to join the charismatic church that your friends have just started attending? She gives information on that movement and criteria to look at.

There are two reference-type chapters: Chapter 9 is the "Religious Lingo Lexicon" and Chapter 11 is the "Who's Who Digest" of the movers and shakers in today's religious world. This information can save a person valuable time in learning about who you might want to affiliate with.

"Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion" would make an excellent gift for friends. Young people in particular can benefit from the many years of experience and research by the author.
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