Believers : Spiritual Leaders of the World

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Throughout time, great religious and spiritual leaders around the world have played key roles in the events and philosophical movements that have shaped history. In Believers, Elizabeth Goldman has chosen 45 men and women who have had lasting effect on the religious community. From countries and cultures all over the globe, their stories are powerful and inspiring, offering a history of religious traditions and introducing religions and customs that may be new to the young reader. The anecdotal and narrative text is highly accessible and encourages thinking about religious questions and issues directly touching young people today: ethics, personal responsibility, and standing up for one's beliefs. Moses, Joan of Arc, Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), and other religious figures such as Pope John XXIII, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Desmond Tutu, and Mother Teresa. Each person's life story focuses on historical context, major events, and accomplishments, but Goldman is careful not to make her subjects mere cardboard paragons of virtue. Each is a real human being who lived and breathed and left a mark on our world. Photographs, engravings, and drawings are included with each profile, and a quick reference fact box lists birth and death dates, religious tradition, and major achievements. An introductory essay addresses why each subject was chosen and explores the origins of religions. Suggestions for further reading, and a complete index add to this unique and fascinating reference. Ideal for multicultural, ethical, and comparative religion studies, Believers is also an excellent supplement to world history texts. Young adults, their parents, and their teachers will find it engrossing reading and an invaluable resource."show more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 223.5 x 288 x 16.8mm | 890.79g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195082400
  • 9780195082401

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"The two-to-five page essays are arranged chronologically and span from the time of Moses to living leaders such as Tenzin Gyatso (the Dalai Lama) and Desmond Tutu.... The indexes by faith and place of birth add to the usefulness of this resource, as do the further readings listed with each article and a more extensive final bibliography."--School Library Journal"More than 40 spiritual leaders of the world, the shining lights and the less-well known, are profiled in this fact-oriented yet accessible book."--Booklist"Profiles 43 religious and spiritual leaders... Well-researched and interesting to read, the two-to-five page essays are arranged in chronological order with a fact box highlighting key events in each person's life."--Cobblestoneshow more

About Elizabeth Goldman

Elizabeth Goldman holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in religion from Indiana University, and is currently an educator with the medical ethics committee of Frisbie Hospital in Rochester, New Hampshire. She is the recipient of the D.J. Bowden Religion Essay Award and the Academy of American Poets more

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