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Do I Kneel or Do I Bow?: What You Need to Know When Attending Religious Occasions (Simple Guides) Paperback – 25 Feb 2010


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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: 1,213,541 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip Harkins VINE VOICE on 12 April 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Mitchell VINE VOICE on 27 Mar 2010
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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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By Richard M. Seel VINE VOICE on 12 April 2010
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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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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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