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The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

it does make the world go round

No, this is not the book that made your world, rather this book is about the book that did make the world. It's no big surprise that this book refers to the most influential book of all time. And anybody who has ever doubted the power of the Bible when it comes to influ...
No, this is not the book that made your world, rather this book is about the book that did make the world. It's no big surprise that this book refers to the most influential book of all time. And anybody who has ever doubted the power of the Bible when it comes to influencing life on earth should learn a thing or two about it form this book. Most concepts of the Western civilization (and even beyond) has been built around the very concepts found in God's words.

The author is a native of an Eastern country, but he knows a lot about the Western civilization's history than most Westerners themselves. And he takes this wealth of knowledge and incorporated them into this book to try and teach the world to be more appreciative of the power that the Bible has. Different types of readers will definitely learn a lot from this insightful and informative book. Even skeptics may find a reason to sit down and rethink his whole idea about the Bible.

The Bible apparently has not only influenced the Western world's moral values. It has actually ingrained itself into various other aspects of human life and civilization. One will definitely learn a lot of useful information and insights from this book that he can then share with others. I give it 4 out of 5.

I got a free copy of this book to review from booksneeze.

posted by meowth2011 on May 20, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

For those that like a different perspective

Although I’m not the religious type I do enjoy reading about philosophy and religious texts because I feel that there is always something to learn from them. Mangalwadi raised in India, brings in an interesting perspective on a text that has impacted nearly everyone on ...
Although I’m not the religious type I do enjoy reading about philosophy and religious texts because I feel that there is always something to learn from them. Mangalwadi raised in India, brings in an interesting perspective on a text that has impacted nearly everyone on earth, the Bible.

If you like to see a philosophical approach, yet biased it is a good book to read. What I did like about it was how it tied it to many of the things we know of such as pop culture, science, human rights and justice. Although interesting, there were many points in which I did not fully agree on because I thought that the author was very biased (but it is his book). I also didn’t like how some points (to me) seemed more like criticism of certain aspects of culture, for example pop culture. It isn’t for light reading, and if you’re willing to stick with it you might learn a thing or two as well. Overall this is one I would only recommend to those that like to learn something new or don’t mind a fresh perspective.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

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    it does make the world go round

    No, this is not the book that made your world, rather this book is about the book that did make the world. It's no big surprise that this book refers to the most influential book of all time. And anybody who has ever doubted the power of the Bible when it comes to influencing life on earth should learn a thing or two about it form this book. Most concepts of the Western civilization (and even beyond) has been built around the very concepts found in God's words.

    The author is a native of an Eastern country, but he knows a lot about the Western civilization's history than most Westerners themselves. And he takes this wealth of knowledge and incorporated them into this book to try and teach the world to be more appreciative of the power that the Bible has. Different types of readers will definitely learn a lot from this insightful and informative book. Even skeptics may find a reason to sit down and rethink his whole idea about the Bible.

    The Bible apparently has not only influenced the Western world's moral values. It has actually ingrained itself into various other aspects of human life and civilization. One will definitely learn a lot of useful information and insights from this book that he can then share with others. I give it 4 out of 5.

    I got a free copy of this book to review from booksneeze.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

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    Thought-provoking book!

    The Book That Made Your World by Vishal Mangalwadi is a very in-depth and interesting study about how the Bible has made such an impact on our world. I was given a complimentary copy the publisher, and had I known it was close to 500 pages, I might not have requested it, due to my busy life as a working and homeschooling mom of 4. After I made it through the first 50 pages about Kurt Cobain and his music, I was very much interested in the history of how the Bible's teachings have affected my life personally as well as lives of others who lived long ago. Reading the personal information about the author's life in India was also insightful, because I do lack awareness regarding life in other cultures.

    I figured that I would probably just nod and agree with a lot of the content, but I was very much surprised to read things that made me appreciate how different and liberating a Bible-based culture is. I found that a lot of my questions about world history and the differences between Bible-believing cultures and other cultures were answered. I was impressed by the way the author showed how the Bible and biblical principles have influenced literature, science, medicine, and education in both large and small ways. I felt a new-found appreciation for not only the change that the Bible can make in one individual, but the changes that have taken place for entire cultures throughout our history. With each chapter, I found something new to highlight and share with my family, which made for some good discussion time. When my children are older, I will have them read this book as part of our homeschooling.

    * As I said, I received this book from the publisher, but I was not obligated to post a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    An interesting perspective, to be sure

    Perhaps nothing says more about our Western culture than the fact that when I read a name like Vishal Mangalwadi, I assumed he was not a Christian. As it turns out, I was wrong.

    Mangalwadi is a Christ Follower - a radical one at that. He turned to Christ during his college education and has walked a long road of comparing his faith in the Scriptures to the other world faiths he has encountered.

    Ultimately, his conclusion is that all we consider foundational to our Western society is defined by the Bible. Morality, human dignity, democracy and many of our foundational ideas come directly from the Bible. He argues quite convincingly that the things we consider 'universal' are only universal within cultures that began with the Bible.

    The Book That Made Your World is fascinating because it comes at the major issues of western secularism from an obtuse angle. Rather than trying to compare Christian and secular values, Mangalwadi shows us the absence of the shared Western values and then points to the Scriptures. He demonstrates the source of these ideas, and makes it plain that without the source, the ideas are meaningless.

    It is easy to try to reject the Bible as revelation without considering its significant, even overshadowing, contribution to our society. To reject the Bible is to reject our very identity. An honest atheist must then be honest enough to reject the western code of morality, government, human dignity and even basic logic. All these things derive from the Scriptures and their direct influence on our culture as a whole.

    One of the most interesting things about The Book That Made Your World is that Mangalwadi does not go back to the ancient or medieval periods to see the origins of these ideas. He goes to the Reformation - the 'rebirth' of the study of the Scriptures. He shows that it has only been since the Reformation that our culture has been so significantly altered, although the truths were evident all along the way.

    I found Mangalwadi's book to be intriguing. It could have done with a bit more editing because it becomes redundant at times, but all the same the themes are valid arguments for the exaltation of the Scriptures in our culture. He does a good job of demonstrating that Western culture is not innately superior to other cultures. It is buoyed up by the reliance on the Scriptures, and when we abandon the Scriptures as the authority of our culture - that is when we get in trouble.

    Disclaimer: I received a free e-book copy of The Book that Made Your World from the publisher without expectation of a positive review.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    The Book That Made Your World

    In his new work, The Book That Made Your World; How The Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, Indian Christian Vishal Mangalwadi has written an impressive and relevant book that I believe settles the age old question that the Bible is simply a collection of stories and fables with no value for today. The Book That Made Your World handles the Bible's influence on the western world with solid fact, concrete reasoning, and appropriate personal testimony, when coupled together, reveal the power of the Living Word to change the face of civilization. Mangalwadi sets out to demonstrate how the Bible has affected, and in fact influenced, many areas of lives as westerners that we may not have considered, or have been willing to accept. The author breaks the Bible's influence into broad categories. He then gives detail, through the Bible itself, and other academic works that supports his thesis. For example, Mangalwadi demonstrates how the Bible has enabled women to find a place in society and be empowered to make a difference. He demonstrates how the early-held idea of what makes a hero has changed with the biblical demonstration of a hero. The Bible, as the author writes, changed forever the platform in which education was received. Other areas of biblical influences such as language, science, technology, morality, wealth, and compassion are discussed as well. This is very interesting and long book (almost 400 pages) and at times seemed dry and purely academic. Yet, it is well worth your patience. Mangalwadi's work is not directed solely toward those in professional ministry. This was my first reading of Vishal Mangalwadi. I want to read more of his work. The layout of this book allows it to be understood and embraced by all who want to know exactly how the Bible has influenced western civilization. A very powerful reminder that God's written Word is alive and active. I recommend this book highly. The Book That Made Your World would be enjoyed by historians, as well those simply curious about the Bible. I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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