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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to help you understand yourself and the people around you., April 23, 2011
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This review is from: Understanding Folk Religion: A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices (Paperback)
This book is way cooler than it sounds.

I recently finished reading "Understanding Folk Religion" by Hiebert, Shaw and Tienou for the second time. In doing so I was reminded of why this book has had such an impact on my approach toward life, mission, people, evangelism, discipleship and church. This book is essentially a guide to understanding how and why people view the world as they do and how as Christians we should respond. At the same time it is more than a guide for understanding, it is a tool for understanding. The subtitle captures it well, "A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices." In these pages you will find direction in doing just that.

The book is broken up into four parts. The first section focuses on developing a model and method for understanding religion and culture. The next two sections focus on fundamental aspects of religious beliefs and practices respectively. Finally the book closes with a look into what a Christian response to "folk religions" should be.

Don't let the term "folk religion" cause you to stumble or balk. This book has the potential to be immensely helpful in your overall understanding of any religion or culture whether around the world or here at home. I highly recommend "Understanding Folk Religion" to the person looking to better understand themselves and those around them with the intention of making disciples of all nations, including our own.
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