100 Spiritual Leaders Who Shaped World History

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Each of the 100 men and women profiled in this book have discovered for themselves and inspired others to find ways to reach God and find inner peace. Readers will be fascinated about the many different religions and beliefs from around the world and throughout history. Chronologically presented, this book begins with Abraham (c. 19th century BC)and ends with Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama (b. 1935). Both men, although centuries apart, discovered a faith that could not be struck down. Abraham, according to the Old...
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Overview

Each of the 100 men and women profiled in this book have discovered for themselves and inspired others to find ways to reach God and find inner peace. Readers will be fascinated about the many different religions and beliefs from around the world and throughout history. Chronologically presented, this book begins with Abraham (c. 19th century BC)and ends with Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama (b. 1935). Both men, although centuries apart, discovered a faith that could not be struck down. Abraham, according to the Old Testament, had his faith challenged when God ordered him to kill his son Isaac. Today, the Dalai Lama lives in exile from his Tibetan homeland, pushed out by the Chinese Communists in an attempt to eradicate religion.

As with the other titles in Bluewood's popular 100 Series, each entry in 100 Spiritual Leaders Who Shaped World History includes an illustration, photograph, or map, accompanied by concise and clearly written text - teeming with facts and nuggets of information. The book also featues a timeline, trivia quiz and a complete index.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
The brief and concise information included for each spiritual leader offers readers a glimpse into the featured person's life, including interesting tidbits that intrigue young readers and allow them to see real people, not just figures that often seem larger than life. Profiled leaders hail from as early in history as Abraham (1800 B.C.) and continue through recent notables such as Desmond Tutu and Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama, who are still living and practicing their faith today. A wide variety of beliefs, faiths, and religions from around the world are featured, going beyond the familiar Judeo-Christian leaders, and both men and women are recognized. Each entry is characterized by a map of the world pinpointing where that person lived and practiced. A time line provided at the beginning of the book shows where each person fits into the scheme of history. Pictures or drawings of each person help readers connect the name with a face. Younger or struggling readers easily will understand the text, and the author defines unfamiliar words in context as well as in a glossary. Students interested in religion or those looking for research will find this book helpful in providing them with an initial glimpse into the lives of leaders who have shaped many religious and spiritual beliefs throughout time all over the world. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Bluewood Books, 112p, $7.95 Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Denise BeasleySOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
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In 100 Spiritual Leaders Who Shaped History, Samuel Crompton provides an informative biographical survey of one hundred men and women who led extraordinary spiritual lives and significantly contributed to our understanding of religious beliefs. From the Biblical Abraham and the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, down to Desmond Tutu and Tenzin Gyatso (The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of the present day), these spiritual leaders are presented in chronological order, complete with fascinating personal and historical facts, more than one hundred illustrates, locator maps, a glossary, timeline, and index. From the founder of Hasidism (a mystical strain of Judaism) to the Four Noble Truths of the Buddha, 100 Spiritual Leaders Who Shaped History is a succinct, inspiring, "reader friendly" compendium and especially recommended to students of religion and spirituality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912517445
  • Publisher: Bluewood Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,445,161
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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