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Do I Kneel or Do I Bow?: What You Need to Know When Attending Religious Occasions (Simple Guides) [Paperback]

Akasha Lonsdale
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25 Feb 2010 Simple Guides
To be invited into someone's personal religious world is a special honor. How should one respond appropriately? What are the dos, don'ts, and taboos? What should one wear? What should one not wear? Should one bring a gift? If so, what? Then, at the ceremony, what is going on? Should one sit or stand? Should one stand back or join in? In short, what kind of behavior is expected of a good guest? This book will help readers: * to understand the backgrounds to the key festivals, ceremonies, and practices of the major world religions * to participate in the main holidays and festivals of the different religious calendars * to know what to expect and how to behave when invited to attend a Protestant, Catholic, Christian Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, or Buddhist ceremony * to join in the family celebrations of friends from different backgrounds * to enrich their own experience of the occasion and reinforce mutual trust and respect with their friends

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kuperard (25 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857335244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857335248
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,071,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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AKASHA LONSDALE is an Interfaith Minister. Her two-year seminary training in London included instruction in the major religions and sacred traditions of the world, and her vocation brings her into frequent contact with people of every faith. She has practiced as a psychotherapist, both privately and within Britain's National Health Service. Her corporate background was in senior human resource management. She is an effective and experienced executive coach, trainer, seminar speaker, and EAP counsellor, specializing in Emotional Intelligence and Stress Management. She has written for a variety of publications, and her book How to Do Life-Powerful Pointers for Powerful Living became one of the most popular self-help titles in the United Kingdom.

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By Mr. Philip Harkins VINE VOICE
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Absolutely fascinating insight into the world of religious beliefs and customs:
this book covers most of the worlds major religions and gives a basic (or not so basic, depending on your point of view) guide to what the relion is all about, what the major festivals are as well as the important days of note throughout the year.
It gives a great guide to what is expected by a visitor to these events and covers issues such as what to wear, correct dress, behaviour and what to expect.
This can be used as an authorative guide and as such is suitable to be kept and used at home as well as in the work place, public sector departments and anywhere where frontline staff come into contact with members of the public.
A good read as well, throwing light onto the sometimes strange sights that we see everyday on the news, the streets or indeed even in any religious buildings that we may find ourselves in!
Highly recomended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely written guide to the major religions 27 Mar 2010
By S. J. Mitchell VINE VOICE
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I was pleasantly surprised when I received this book. I was expecting a small, basic guide and actually it's pretty comprehensive. Each religion has a chapter of its own; Christian (including Catholic), Orthodox Christians, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist. The book takes you through what followers of that religion believe, a brief tour of their place of worship, key points, key dates and festivals in the calendar, rituals surrounding births, deaths, marriages and other rites of passage and what to expect at a service. A nice touch are the little boxes titled 'Remember!' or 'What do I do?'. These contain key information such as what to wear, whether you should sing, words not to say; all the potential pitfalls you cold face at an unfamiliar service.

It's actually a very nicely laid out book, easy to dip into for reference but substantial enough to sit down and read. As a Catholic I jumped first to the information given about the Catholic religion and it was correct and clearly explained. Therefore I would assume that the information given on other religions is also reliable. The quality of the book is good although I would question the use of so much purple! However, that's a tiny, slightly picky observation! All in all, a very nice book which would be a handy reference to have on your shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What I Don't Know! 12 April 2010
By Richard M. Seel VINE VOICE
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A fascinating book - very similar to a dictionary or an encyclopaedia - I started to look up one thing and suddenly discovered something else interesting and an hour had gone past as I went from one fascinating fact to another.

Lonsdale explores different faiths - Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist. There are the tenets of faith and also the practicalities. For instance I did not know that

* The Festival of Colours (Holi, Dhuleti) is a light hearted festival in India marking the start of spring and gives people the opportunity of letting off steam. It finishes with everyone taking to the streets and covering each other with coloured powders and water. The advice is to join in, don't wear your best clothes and cover your camera with clear plastic!

* Muslims do not celebrate birthdays as this turns attention to the individual and away from Allah, who should be the only focus of attention. However Modern Muslims do send baby congratulation cards which often bear the word `Mubarak', which means `Blessed one'.

* Orthodox Christians celebrate Cheesefare Week, which is the week before the Great Fast of Lent. Meat is forbidden, and cheese and eggs are eaten as a way of starting he fast more gently. Once the Great Fast of Lent starts, all animal products, fish, wine and oil are forbidden, although the fast may be relaxed slightly at weekends. The main foods eaten are vegetables, fruit, nuts and bread.

So if you're invited to a wedding, a baptism, a funeral, or any other meaningful event, you'll probably find out more, how to behave and what its all about in this carefully thought-through book. (And even if you're not, I still think it is an interesting read).
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By R. A. Caton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a book to save the wise from causing unintentional offence to those of other faiths. It will help those who want to show respect to those friends who are generous enough to include them in the important milestones of life, birth, marriage, death (sometimes irreverently described as hatch, match and despatch in those families for whom they are the only reunions!).
It is a simplified guide to that which is held sacred by those who do not follow our own spiritual path, for man comes naked and alone into the world, and leaves in much the same manner - but we all follow our own paths between those two cardinal points. By knowing your neighbours road you can avoid missteps on such occasions as you find yourself sharing his footsteps.
As a guide it works well. It is clear and concise as to customs and ceremonies, and very easy to navigate. Both the trappings of and reasoning behind ceremonial observance are given.
I intend to recommend this to a number of my acquaintences whose professional life involves multicultural interfacing - as our society becomes more diverse it is essential to at least have some idea of what others hold as essential tenets of life or else chaos is bound to ensue where mutual respect and tolerance should be the order of the day.
This is a very useful guide to life as others see it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is brilliant. It provides you with the insight you may need when dealing with different religion. The chapter on Mosques is excellent and was of great use to me. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and informative
Bought this out of interest rather than any great need to know but found it fascinating and informative. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2011 by Mrs. B. A. Bostock
4.0 out of 5 stars good lessons to learn
For anyone with multicultural friends, this is a must have. I was so happy to have this book, since within a short period I attended a christening, hindu and muslim wedding and had... Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by zenadox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comprehensive guide
This book is part of the Simple Guides series which do exactly what the say on the tin - I have seen others in the series and they all proof to be easy to use and offer great value... Read more
Published on 12 July 2010 by M HALL
4.0 out of 5 stars Do I Kneel or Do I Bow?
A lot of useful information which helps with greater understanding of the various main world religions, and useful to help prevent gaffs when attending a service/ gathering/ social... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2010 by lizzieanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Interestingly Useful
I would have liked a wider range of faiths included, but what there was was well informed and will prove to be useful or just interesting to compare the different faiths, attitudes... Read more
Published on 11 May 2010 by Val Birbeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy reference book
I wish I had a copy of this book to hand the first time I went to a mosque, a gurdwara or a hindu temple! Read more
Published on 9 May 2010 by A. Skudder
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I must admit to knowing most of the information contained in this book - why 4 stars not 5. But for someone coming fresj to a religous faith without any back ground to it this... Read more
Published on 22 April 2010 by Birmingham Book Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful introduction to customs the world's major religions
There is lots of interesting facts in this book which makes interacting with other faiths much easier. For everyone living in multicultural society reading this book is a must. Read more
Published on 17 April 2010 by Mrs. F. Huxley
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starting point
An excellent starting point for anyone going somewhere for a religious event. From my own experiences the guide seems to be a good guide and offers sensible advice. Read more
Published on 17 April 2010 by artemisrhi
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