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Library JournalHeft (faith & culture, Univ. of Dayton; editor, Believing Scholars: Ten Catholic Intellectuals) and 16 contributors discuss the influence of the Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—on succeeding generations since the 1960s. General studies of high school and college students are supplemented by a more detailed study of three specific communities. The findings provide ground for hope: faith is continuing—vague or completely personal "spirituality" is not eclipsing religion. Religious doctrine, worship or liturgy, private prayer, and ethical living out of the faith are all strengthened by storytelling. The book's social analysis is fairly strong, but, as the final pages indicate, more needs to be done in considering precisely what is being handed down: hatred and violence are part of all three religious traditions. This book highlights success stories; there should be more investigation of the distortion of these traditions and the failure to pass them on. An important though inconclusive study, it is especially recommended for seminary libraries but also for public and academic collections.
—Carolyn M. Craft