Thursday, May 7, 2009

Book Review: Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions – A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World by James A. Beverley

The first impression that I had was that it looked like a textbook. It is a big book with over 720 pages plus 70 pages for four appendixes and it has a lot of charts, graphics, and photographs. It is a guide to different world religions, giving you enough information without overwhelming you. The book is written from the Christian point of view but it shows respect for the other religions mentioned in the book. The average person will find it very interesting.

This book has 19 chapters for the following religions: Baha’i, Branch Davidian, Buddhism, Christian Science, Christian Sectarian Groups, Hinduism, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Judaism, Mormonism, The New Age, Orthdoxy, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Satanism, Scientology, Sikhism, Unification church and Witchcraft. It also covers all branches of Christianity (Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant). The ability to find information quickly, easily and understandably make Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions a must have for anyone interested in world religions.

Within each entry you have an introductory article that provides an adequate overview of the religion. The strengths of this book are the extras; time-lines, short window articles, profiles of personalities, analysis, and resources (both print and electronic) for additional study.As a member of the Thomas Nelson Review Blogger program , I recommend this book for anyone interested in the religions of today’s world.