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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the Catholic info
It is helpful if you come from a certain background to realize what those beliefs are and if you are seeking a new church home in regards to your personal faith and beliefs this is extremely helpful. The cover is very attractive and the depth of information is well done and precise. I have a Catholic background and look forward to a possible addendum to this book...
Published on March 3, 1999

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly organized, poorly written, practically useless
Please note that for those who are harping about the issue: the title of the book as pictured (and the one I borrowed via inter-library loan) doesn't hint that only Protestant churches are discussed.

In this book, the churches are organized alphabetically according to the official name of each splinter denomination. There is a 2nd large section (also organized...
Published on September 1, 2005 by Phil Rogers


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the Catholic info, March 3, 1999
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This review is from: Finding the Right Church: A Guide to Denomination Beliefs (Paperback)
It is helpful if you come from a certain background to realize what those beliefs are and if you are seeking a new church home in regards to your personal faith and beliefs this is extremely helpful. The cover is very attractive and the depth of information is well done and precise. I have a Catholic background and look forward to a possible addendum to this book which will cover that denomination. I enjoy being the coordinator of Christian Education and Youth Ministries here at Faith Presbyterian Church here in La Vista Nebraska and will definitely use this book in my library and as a resource here at Faith. The author has definitley done her homework. I believe every church and denomination would benefit from having this book as a resource in their library and in their Christian Education office. It is very helpful in studying and learning what different denominations believe and where they are at in the spectrum of biblical issues and perspectives. You are also given contact points and references for more information and details.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most useful book for those in search of a Church., March 1, 1999
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This review is from: Finding the Right Church: A Guide to Denomination Beliefs (Paperback)
Shelly Steig in her book "Finding the Right Church" has done an excellent job of compiling information about Protestant denominations. This book provides information that allows one to make a prudent decision based on some of the essential questions that most Christians would/should ask of a denomination's belief structure. This book was not designed to argue doctrine or ideology but provides a person with the means to find like-minded people as it relates to their ethics, morals and personal view of their relationship with Jesus Christ. I like the fact that this book is focused. It would be difficult to include every type of religion that is in existence in the world today. I for one have learned new information about my own church's views and am thankful for Shelly's desire to help others in their walk with God/Jesus Christ.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Learning about Protestant Denominations, June 6, 2004
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This review is from: Finding the Right Church: A Guide to Denomination Beliefs (Paperback)
I discovered this book while browsing through a book store and wondering if such a book existed. It is a wonderful resource for finding information on the official beliefs and practices of almost every major Protestant denomination in the United States. Profiles of over 150 denominations are included. Each profile features the denomination's official stand on numerous theological and social issues, including abortion, baptism, capital punishment, Communion, divorce and remarriage, homosexuality, inspiration of Scripture, speaking in tongues, and the Trinity. A brief history of each denomination is also included. This information would be very useful to people who are looking for a new church but who would like to narrow down their choices based on certain issues on which they definitely want the church to be in agreement with them. It would also be excellent for anyone who is interested in learning more about the numerous denominations that can be found in the U.S.
Some of the other reviewers have criticized this book for only including a limited amount of information. It is true that there is not a great deal of detail due to the enormous number of denominations and issues covered, but the end of each denomination's listing includes a physical address, telephone number, and web address, so it is easy for the reader to locate additional information. Also, most issues are not dealt with by a single sentence. Many issues are covered by paragraphs of substantial length, and there is virtually always enough information for a church's stand on an issue to be clear to a reader without having to do any further research. It is also true that only bodies of Protestant Christianity are included, and I agree that it would be useful to include other groups. Other books that I recommend are Carmen Renee Berry's The Unauthorized Guide to Choosing a Church, which includes the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, and Frank S. Mead, Samuel S. Hill, and Craig D. Atwood's The Handbook of Denominations in the United States, which includes non-Christian religions. These books have many other differences as well, so I recommend that they all be used to get a more complete picture of the various churches. Shelly Steig's book would be excellent for anyone looking for a new church of a different Protestant denomination or wanting to learn more about the differences between denominations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and comprehensive, March 17, 2002
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Although I am already a church member, I am interested in other Protestant denominations. I found this book to be a fascinating and well researched overview of Protestant denominations in America. I realize that some feel it should have covered Catholic and other religious groups, but obviously its purpose was to show what major Protestant groups teach and believe. I recommend it highly.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly organized, poorly written, practically useless, September 1, 2005
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This review is from: Finding the Right Church: A Guide to Denomination Beliefs (Paperback)
Please note that for those who are harping about the issue: the title of the book as pictured (and the one I borrowed via inter-library loan) doesn't hint that only Protestant churches are discussed.

In this book, the churches are organized alphabetically according to the official name of each splinter denomination. There is a 2nd large section (also organized alphabetically) for denominations which the author was aware of but from which she was unable to receive information.

For those denominations for which she received info, there is little attempt to explain or even cite how the sub-denominations fit together or how they stemmed/splintered from each other either historically or in terms of doctrine - the fact that the ones that are ostensibly related to one another aren't grouped together under a distinct chapter heading doesn't help matters when one is struggling to gain some sort of perspective.

This lady doesn't have a clue as to how to write something that's as easy to read as a story; consider the manner by which she presents doctrine: culling her info from official circulars she obtained from the respective denominations without any idea of how to give the material any kind of reader-friendly shape. It's just a big long series of lists consisting of series of abbreviated buzz-words and/or sound-bites - I don't know whether this should be considered plagiarism; but I am very aware that it represents extreme laziness.

If you're expert enough to be able to navigate using this "guidebook" it's highly unlikely you'll need it to begin with - it certainly won't provide any emotional, intellectual or spiritual nourishment.

I suggest Ron Rhodes' 5-star 'Complete Guide to Christian Denominations', which rights every one of Ms. Steig's wrongs. Rhodes' book is fun to peruse; and to read it in detail is a veritable joy. Beginners and experts should both love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, September 30, 2013
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This is a good book as far as understanding doctrines of different churches. It gives an accurate background into each denomination.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Do some of you not understand what "Protestant" means?, April 19, 2005
This review is from: Finding the Right Church: A Guide to Denomination Beliefs (Paperback)
According to the online version of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary the definition of Protestant is "a member of any of several church denominations denying the universal authority of the Pope and affirming the Reformation principles of justification by faith alone, the priesthood of all believers, and the primacy of the Bible as the only source of revealed truth; broadly : a Christian not of a Catholic or Eastern church."

In other words, the title clearly indicates that the Catholic Church would be not be included in such a book.

According to the Unitarian Universalist Assn. website the church "draws from many sources" including "Wisdom from the world's religions," "Jewish and Christian teachings," "Humanist teachings" and "Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions" which means that the Unitarian Universalists aren't Protestants. [...]
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Finding the right Church by Shelly Steig, March 9, 2000
This review is from: Finding the Right Church: A Guide to Denomination Beliefs (Paperback)
The book itself is very well put together and would be very easy to use by anyone. I like the fact that the information in the book comes directly from the denomination listed, thus, preventing the possibility of bias on the part of the author. However, I believe the book should be retitled to include the word "protestant." As a believer of the catholic faith, I was eager to find listings for catholic denominations and dissapointed to find none.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If USA Today wrote a religion book, this would be it!, January 30, 1999
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This review is from: Finding the Right Church: A Guide to Denomination Beliefs (Paperback)
Absolutely useless for anyone seeking to find out what the basic beliefs are of the various religious denominations. Literally provides one sentence responses to major theological questions. In addition, major denominations are missing (eg. Unitarian/Universalist). If you are looking for a useful guide to finding a new religion, this is not it!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a candidate voter guide, September 1, 2010
This review is from: Finding the Right Church: A Guide to Denomination Beliefs (Paperback)
This is a comparison study of Protestant denominations, in the guise of a church selection guide. Steig characterizes each of the book's 300 denominations against her laundry list of evangelical pet topics: Abortion, Baptism, Birth Control, Capital Punishment, Christ's Return, Communion, Creation vs. Evolution, Deity of Jesus, Divorce and Remarriage, Government, Heaven/Hell, Homosexuality, Inspiration of Scripture, Miracles, Restrictions, Security of Salvation, Speaking in Tongues, Trinity, and Women in Ministry.

There's little about what the scriptures ask of the church: The Great Commission, living out the Greatest Commandment, actually going out and feeding the poor, striving for unity, relevance to modern societal questions of the day, etc. Instead, the book offers position statements that quickly cut to an us vs. them mentality (which causes the very multitude of denominations in the first place).

In reality, a "Finding the Right Church" book should include something, heck anything on how to compare and evaluate preaching styles, children's programs, worship styles, the purposeful opportunities in which to serve, etc.
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