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August 2013 book suggestions - Non-Christian World Religions

Jason H.
that_guy
Euless, TX
Post #: 266
Please include the name and author of the book and a link on a website like Amazon.com.
The book you suggest should be readable in one month or less and be less than about 350 pages. Keep in mind cost and availability when recommending a book.

I will be out of state on vacation from the 22nd - 29th, so bear with my limited ability doing emails and polls from my phone.
Rowdy
rowdy.vinson
Plano, TX
Post #: 57
Might be too long, but it's worth a shot...
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
by L. Ron Hubbard
http://www.amazon.com...­
Chris Irwin D.
chrisirwindavis
Group Organizer
Richardson, TX
Post #: 29
Another suggestion (which certainly too long), but a publisher's review written by an SMU professor made it sound as if a few members of our group might want to tackle it on their own.
"Present(s) a clearly Islamic understanding of the text which neither panders to political correctness nor seeks unnecessary conflict or confrontation with non-Muslim communities." --Robert Hunt, director, global theological education, Southern Methodist University



The Qur'an with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English
by Ali Unal
http://www.amazon.com/Quran-Annotated-Interpretation-Modern-English/dp/1597841447­




Chris Irwin D.
chrisirwindavis
Group Organizer
Richardson, TX
Post #: 30
The Spirit of Zoroastrianism
http://www.amazon.com...­

Inexpensive paperback, also available as a Kindle ebook, and only 280 pages.

The world's oldest known monotheistic religion, and it still has many adherents today. It has roots in the ancient Vedic texts of the Indian subcontinent, but originated in the Persian Empire and emerged to believe in only a single god. Some hypothesize that it was a direct precursor to the Abrahamic religions.

It inspired Nietzsche to write "Also sprach Zarathustra" (English: Thus Spoke Zoroaster) – the title character being named after the Persian founder of Zoroastrianism. Which in turn inspired Richard Strauss to write the tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, which is famous for being the iconic theme to Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey".

Chris Irwin D.
chrisirwindavis
Group Organizer
Richardson, TX
Post #: 31
The Tao of Pooh
by Benjamin Hoff
158 pages
The book is intended as an introduction to the Eastern belief system of Taoism for Westerners. It allegorically employs the fictional characters of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories to explain the basic principles of philosophical Taoism. Hoff later wrote The Te of Piglet, a companion book. — Wikipedia

http://www.amazon.com...­
Stephen
rhody
The Colony, TX
Post #: 59
There were plenty of books about Islam written to promote fear on the one hand or written by Muslim apologists to show how peaceful and pro-women Muhammad was on the other hand. I was looking for a bare-bones historical account of Muhammad's life. This is the only semi-unbiased book I could find that interested me, was under 350 pages, and somewhat available as there is a Kindle version. I wish the paperback were available.

The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad by Lesley Hazelton
Jason H.
that_guy
Euless, TX
Post #: 267
Kinda thought I'd forget the poll with my vacation and all the craziness. I'll be doing the poll when I get back from my flight.
Jason H.
that_guy
Euless, TX
Post #: 268
The Dalai Lama: Essential Writings

by Thomas A. Forsthoefel

http://www.amazon.com...­
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