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One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship Hardcover – October 1, 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
If someone is looking for their own faith to be held up among the rest, then they should avoid this book. Christianity is given no better position than Hinduism, which is exactly how a book like this should be. Still, I can imagine angry zealots railing away that their "one true faith" is mistreated and compared unfairly to the "lesser" faiths. There is no reasonable comeback to such criticism - walk away.
I am happy to find that there are a few books out there that will serve to educate, not indoctrinate my children about religion and its role in various societies.
It is suitable for children as young as 5 or 6 (read to by an adult) for older readers to enjoy by themselves, AND for adults like me, who just wanted to be a little less ignorant of other people's beliefs and traditions.
The best thing about this book (which outlines the seven most practised religions in the world) is that it shows us, very gently, how all our traditions and religions have a very similar basic belief - loving one another - and that the only real difference between our faiths is HOW we go about that. It is a super book for informing one a little about the holidays and traditions of our friends' religions, just enough that we might all have a little more respect for them.
The fact that it is a book suited to children (as well as adults) does mean that some of the specifics of each reliegion are glossed over, but this is only right in the context of a book who's message surely is that the specifics are far less important than the basic truth of all these religions - love.
I know what you are thinking! "Mary Pope Osborne? Isn't she the lady who wrote all of those Magic Tree House books?" Yup! It's the same author. Apparently she also has her degree in religion from the University of North Carolina, and has traveled all over the world including the Middle East and Asia. Interestingly, from the cover jacket info at least, it does not appear that she has children of her own.
My son and I have been reading from "One World, Many Religions" in pieces, in relation to the other books from our current reading list. For example, after reading kiddie versions of the Bhagavad-Gita and Ramayana, we went back to "One World" and read the chapter on Hinduism. This made the picture of a monk feeding a monkey at a temple in honor of Hanuman, extra meaningful to my son. As soon as we finish "A Child's Garden of Torah", we will read the section on Judaism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this to help my child learn what he needs to for an AP Human Geography class -- well worth it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kate LaQuay
Very nice, reasonably unbiased overview of the world's seven major religions. Really great for helping kids understand the basics of the major belief systems in our society and our... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mombot.0001.
It can be hard to find a resource for a non-religious family to teach their child about religion. This is the one we settled on - it is written in an engaging manner, is respectful... Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Gerth
Nicely done overview of the worlds major religions. This book is not all inclusive, but covers the Abrahamic religions, along with Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Hampchick
Good information, well written - a nice introduction to the major world religions.Published 18 months ago by Sarah
This book is nicely designed with good photos. But not for small kids between 7-10. Maybe for 13-17. I enjoyed it myself.Published on May 5, 2014 by Kaan Sonal
I bought this book to add to the curriculum of my homeschoolers ages 9 and 6. We are able to cover the basic beliefs and history of each religion. Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by L. Combs
I pick this book up every now and then. I love reading about different religions, and people who come over love to flip through as well.Published on March 25, 2014 by Anna C.