I am not sure whether or not one can truly understand all of the world’s religions but Gary R. Morgan sure does give us a decent jumping off point. In his book Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day Morgan gives us a basic and clear understanding of some of the more prominent ones. Bethany House publishing has put it’s best foot forward with Morgan’s book. Here is how they describe it:
What religions are represented in your neighborhood, your workplace, and your children’s school? Things seem to be changing every day, and it can be hard to keep up. You may know a little about some of these religions. Others are new to you. You’d like to learn about them and how they differ from your beliefs, but who has time to do all the research?
In Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day, cross-cultural expert and professor Garry Morgan explains the key beliefs, histories, and practices of more than twenty religions, including the familiar–Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism–and some of the lesser known–Baha’i, Sikhism, and New Age religions. Broken into forty short readings, each chapter is engaging and easy to understand. In just minutes a day you’ll soon have a better understanding of the world’s beliefs.
The first thing that I liked about this book was how it was broken down. Separate chapters for separate religions. There was no comparing one to other, which in turn made it less complicated. You didn’t have to worry about Morgan comparing one to the other and trying to keep each religion straight.
I also enjoyed the Extra Minute at the end of each chapter. Just a little extra tidbit about each religion. Each chapter was well written and easily read. The chapters were deep enough that you learned something but not to deep as to be overwhelming. They also had good basic information if you wanted to continue further study on one specific religion.
At the end of Chapter 2 Morgan states that “This book endeavors to present each religion in a straightforward, way so that a reader who is a follower while perhaps disagreeing with certain assessments, would say the description is truthful and fair.” Morgan was very objective through the entire book (which I actually found refreshing)
Morgan also spent a few chapters on some of the more complicated religions such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. He didn’t try to rush through those or jam anything into a chapter.
Overall I did enjoy this book and will be recommending it to a few of my friends and even possibly using it as part of home school as my children get older and we start studying different religions.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given or expected.