“Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day” by Garry R Morgan, book review
Subtitle: learn the basics of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, Christianity, and many more.
How many more can there be? A LOT! And Garry Morgan does a good job in giving a short but detailed review of them. There are 40 short chapters in this book, so 15 minutes is really all it takes to read one chapter, but there is a lot of content to ponder the rest of the day.
Morgan starts by defining religion, then dives right it. He begins with Christianity, so I could easily follow along. Next, he reviews other religions that are fairly familiar, including Roman Catholic Christianity and Protestant Christianity. Each chapter gives a little history, the belief in God, god or gods, other practices, rituals and writings. He gives key historical facts and people involved in the developement of the religion.
Later chapters follow the same format, but become less known and a bit harder to understand. The author often compares and contrasts to practices or beliefs in the previous chapters. And each chapter ends with a footnote titled: An extra minute, where the author give a bit more information, interesting tidbit or challenge.
The information is quite interesting but not overwhelming. This would be a good source for anyone just wanting to know the basics about world religions or as a reference book to look up about a specific one. Could also be used by a Sunday School Class or small group Bible study interested in learning about religions.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to be by Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.