The Everything Hinduism Book by Kenneth Schouler & Susai Anthony (2009)
Goodreads Summary: Yoga. Karma. Reincarnation. Most Americans are familiar with a few basic ideas of Hinduism, but are unfamiliar with the big picture. This beginner s guide covers the major Hindu thinkers and their philosophies as well as the dharma, the moral way of life that Hindus practice. In a straightforward style, the authors explain the philosophy, gods, texts, and traditions of the world s third-largest religion, including: the power of karma; Yoga as a path to God; the authority of the Vedas; the development of Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism; the legacy of Mohandas Gandhi; Hinduism in popular culture; and more. This guide is stimulating reading for westerners who want to learn the basics of this ancient and mystic religion.
As I mentioned in a previous post, after I went to India I became really interested in not only the culture and life there, but also about Hinduism and the various religions. So I stopped at my library in search of some books to inform me and teach me the basics. This book is basically like Hinduism for Dummies as it was quite simple, to the point, and easy to read.
This book went into the history, the important texts, and various popular figures in Hinduism. There was also a section on other religions that are offshoots of Hinduism and contemporary issues and applications. Although the book wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, it did give a lot of information and I felt like I had a general understanding of things which made a great place to start.
So if you know nothing about Hinduism, this would be a great place to start. If you already know something about it, this book would be a little too simplistic. And if you want to know more about the day-to-day practices of Hindus, this book doesn’t really go into that but takes a broader perspective instead.
My Rating: 3 Stars