Great Lives World Religions: The Latest Book in an Acclaimed Biography Series

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For centuries, throughout the world, communities of believers have been guided by the great religious leaders of recorded history. In this collection, Jacobs writes vividly and authoritatively about many of those leaders in both the Eastern and Western worlds. Among those profiled are Confucius and the Buddha, Mohandas Gandhi, Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Photos.
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Overview

For centuries, throughout the world, communities of believers have been guided by the great religious leaders of recorded history. In this collection, Jacobs writes vividly and authoritatively about many of those leaders in both the Eastern and Western worlds. Among those profiled are Confucius and the Buddha, Mohandas Gandhi, Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Photos.
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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
William Jay Jacobs profiles 32 religious leaders in World Religions: Great Lives, from Ancient Egypt's Akhenaten to Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to representatives of the major religions, he included Bah'u'llh, the founder of the Bahí faith, Ann Hutchinson who was banished from the state of Massachusetts in 1638 because she championed religious freedom, and Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpMajor and minor world religions are introduced through the lives of their founders or leaders. Jacobs presents sketches of a wide variety of figures, from the well known (Buddha, Muhammad, Jesus) to the lesser known (Zoroaster, Erasmus). The material is logically arranged, beginning with the religions of ancient Egypt and Persia, followed by Asian religions, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Leaders of the Christian tradition take up about half the book. The author includes well-written biographical sketches of individuals such as Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Mother Theresa, Joseph Smith, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and does a good job of conveying their importance. Basic facts about their theology and how it influenced beliefs and traditions are provided when appropriate. While few students would read this book from cover to cover, it will be useful for reports. Black-and-white reproductions and photographs of the individuals and significant places or objects in their lives illustrate the text.Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
Shelley Townsend
The well-written text and fluid style of this fine biographical reference book offer students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the world's religions. (An extensive bibliography of related historical works is also included.) Divided into seven sections--ancient faiths, Asian religions, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, the Reformation, and religious leaders in America--the book contains 32 biographies of founders and proponents of both Eastern and Western religions. Among those discussed are Confucius, Moses, Muhammad, Jesus, Gandhi, and Mother Teresa. Interwoven with the historical facts are anecdotal glimpses into these people's lives, resulting in an evenhanded, substantial reference work. Puritan woman Anne Hutchinson, for instance, in 1633 at the age of 42 is "living quietly and comfortably in the English countryside . . . the mother of fourteen children." Ten years later, in a cabin in America, she and all but one of her children are found massacred by Indians. But the story that takes place between those events, like most of the stories in this book, is nothing short of fascinating.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689804861
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/16/1996
  • Series: Great Lives Ser.
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years

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