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

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    This book will change how you see the world around you.

    A learned man who was raised in Indian culture, telling the world how the Bible has made it what it is today. It's an extremely powerful and uplifting book to read. He gives the facts, he shares personal stories, and he makes it an enjoyable read.

    One of my favorite quotes is, "Postmodern people see little point in reading books that do not contribute directly to their career or pleasure." Which I believe makes for a sad state of affairs in this world. You need to learn about the world you are living in and where it came from in order to know where it's going.

    Reading the challenges that the Bible has gone through in order to get into the hand of every person on this planet is amazing (and still on going). The effect the Bible has had on people explains so much about the world around us. As the Bible has been translated and placed into the hands of the common man, we have realized that we can think for ourselves and that there is something better for us out there if only we Ask, Seek, and Knock.

    I cannot explain as completely and eloquently as Mr Mangalwadi has. So go out and get yourself a copy and read for yourself how the Bible has changed the world. And then go and grab a copy of the Bible and see how it can change you.

    I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

    From the publisher: Discover how the Bible became the West's source of human rights, justice, heroism, optimism, compassion, capitalism, family, and morality.
    In the 1960s many from the West went to the East in search of spiritual wisdom. The Book That Made Your World reverses the journey. Vishal Mangalwadi, an Indian philosopher, takes readers on a historical journey through the last millennium, exploring why and how the Bible reformed Europe and made the West a uniquely thinking civilization: technical and tolerant, scientific and free, just and prosperous. Readers will learn:
    Why an American president puts his hand on the Bible to take the oath of a secular office
    What forced British monarchs from Henry VIII to James I to submit to the Bible's authority
    Why Bible translators Wycliffe, Luther, and Tyndale became history's greatest revolutionaries
    How the Bible globalized western education

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    Western Civ., The Bible, and What Your Teachers Probably Didn't Tell You In School

    In an age when America wants to remove the Ten Commandments from its courthouses, and evict "In God We Trust" from its paper currency, Vishal Mangalwadi's book, The Book That Made Your World: How The Bible Created The Soul Of Western Civilization, is a much needed text.

    A native of India, Mangalwadi became a Christian at a young age, only to have his faith tested when he studied philosophy at secular universities and Hindu ashrams. His curiosity pricked, Mangalwadi set out to see if the Bible's claim that all nations would be blessed through Abraham's seed was true, especially for his own country.

    In The Book That Made Your World, Mangalwadi answers the questions, why had Western civilizations advanced in ways India and other Eastern countries had not? What did the West have that the East did not? His conclusion? The Bible.

    Throughout the chapters of The Book That Made Your World, Mangalwadi unpacks just how much the Bible plays into Western thought, philosophy, and law. He also reveals how the West's abandonment of the Bible and its precepts is causing it to decline. As a Christian Easterner from the outside looking in, Mangalwadi is particularly suited for the task, and he does it well.

    I can't recommend this book enough. Reading it gave me a new appreciation for the power of God's Word, and a new understanding of how blessed I am to live where I do. If you are looking for a read that is informative, jarring, encouraging, and illuminating, read The Book That Made Your World.

    I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

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    Excellent for a Christian curriculum

    Unfortunately, Christians have generally forgotten how influential the Bible was in the development of Western Civilization. Vishal's book is a reminder that it is critical that Christians realize the influence of the Christian worldview on the development of Western Civilization. This is especially important for our young people to know since so much of the history they have been exposed to presents Christianity in an extremely negative way. Vishal does a masterful job of bringing that truth back to us with his very badly needed book. I highly recommend it for any Christian educational curriculum, especially if you are homeschooling. Quite readable, yet very in-depth content. This is a keeper that you will want for your own personal library.

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