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In this compact work, Esslemont comprehensively yet succinctly
sets forth the teachings of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet and Founder of the
Baha'i Faith. He outlines the religion's early history; explains the
religion's theology; incorporates extracts from Baha'i scripture; and
provides information on Baha'i spiritual practices. This is essential
reading for students of comparative religion

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Feb 03, 2014

Having been exposed to the Baha'i faith while in graduate school, I selfishly took the opportunity to share my religious beliefs with my friend and advisor but never took the opportunity to learn more about this faith from them. I missed that window of opportunity so decided to redeem myself and explore a religion that I knew nothing about. As I mentioned this journey to a colleague of mine, he was somewhat familiar with the religion and summarized it as: "All roads lead to the top of the Having been exposed to the Baha'i faith while in graduate school, I selfishly took the opportunity to share my religious beliefs with my friend and advisor but never took the opportunity to learn more about this faith from them. I missed that window of opportunity so decided to redeem myself and explore a religion that I knew nothing about. As I mentioned this journey to a colleague of mine, he was somewhat familiar with the religion and summarized it as: "All roads lead to the top of the mountain". When I heard his summary I was even more excited to learn more. The authors of this book take the reader on a journey of how the religion began, evolved and how it continues to this day. I found the approach to be user friendly and for the novice beginner, those within the religion probably have texts that explore topics in much more depth. One of the attractions of the religion is the acceptance of all truth and the push to have religion be unifying rather than divisive. This goal seems appealing to me, as religious people often promote the idea of all of humanity being children of God so why would God want people to fight over who is "right" with the implication that others are wrong? I did find differences between what I believe and what is promoted within the religion though I found myself underlining quite a bit due to insights gained. Since I am in a profession that promotes science I found the following quote helpful:

"It cannot fly with one wing alone. If it tries to fly with the wing of religion alone it will land in the slough of superstition, and if it tries to fly with the wing of science alone, it will end in the dreary bog of materialism."

I enjoyed reading the book and wish that I would have visited with my friend about his beliefs (he passes away a few years ago). He was a person who lived his religion, an uplifting kind man who was a joy to be around.

So do I recommend the book? Sure, understanding what others believe may lead us to being more accepting and if you are comfortable and firm in your own beliefs then this book will not be a threat to those beliefs, it will complement them. And if you are looking for a religion that promotes all truth then this might just pique your interest. ...more
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Mar 11, 2018

While this book is an introduction, it is a little dense and quote heavy.

I think the Bahai faith is so interesting, and I really enjoyed learning what I could on my own. I think I would have enjoyed this book more had I had someone with more expertise to explain details to me and give me some more real life examples. But what an intriguing and lovely religion! While this book is an introduction, it is a little dense and quote heavy.

I think the Baha’i faith is so interesting, and I really enjoyed learning what I could on my own. I think I would have enjoyed this book more had I had someone with more expertise to explain details to me and give me some more real life examples. But what an intriguing and lovely religion! ...more
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Mar 20, 2008

This book changed my life for the better! It took me about a month or two to read it, which at that time was very slow for me, but when I finished it, I became a Baha'i and that was the best thing that ever happened to me.
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Aug 14, 2007

this book provides a good introduction to the Baha'i faith. both it's history and teachings. it was the first book i read on the topic and it was while reading this i felt myself become converted to the Baha'i faith. probably the most profound and intense spiritual experience i have ever had occurred while reading this book, which i took as a sign of it's truthfulness.
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Jan 30, 2011

This is the best possible introduction to the Baha'i faith. If you find yourself wondering more about the Baha'i faith, I highly recommend this book to you. It's concise and full of detail and will always hold a place on my shelf of inspirational books.
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Nov 01, 2013

This book lives up to its title and is a great introduction to the Baha'i faith. If one is already familiar with the basic tenets of the faith it can get a bit dry and slow. It's main failure is the prophecy chapter in which it describes several times that either Baha'u'llah or Abdul-Baha made predictions that came to pass - these "proofs" were tenuous at best and since the book was written in the early 20th century, many have now been shown to be incorrect. The strength of this book is its This book lives up to its title and is a great introduction to the Baha'i faith. If one is already familiar with the basic tenets of the faith it can get a bit dry and slow. It's main failure is the prophecy chapter in which it describes several times that either Baha'u'llah or Abdul-Baha made predictions that came to pass - these "proofs" were tenuous at best and since the book was written in the early 20th century, many have now been shown to be incorrect. The strength of this book is its index which allows a quick search of specific questions or topics which might be particularly useful to someone from another faith who wants to make comparisons. ...more
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Nov 09, 2017

Years ago I encountered this book while, as was my practice, randomly strolling the library stacks at Valencia Community College. I picked it up off the shelf and started reading. What I found was something warm and special. I was very moved by the Bahai spiritual program and philosophy. So I decided to read it again now and its just as inspiring. Years ago I encountered this book while, as was my practice, randomly strolling the library stacks at Valencia Community College. I picked it up off the shelf and started reading. What I found was something warm and special. I was very moved by the Baha’i spiritual program and philosophy. So I decided to read it again now and it’s just as inspiring. ...more
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Feb 18, 2018

This is a great book for those who want to be introduced to the Bahá'í faith and want more details of the faith's history and beliefs than the faith in a nutshell. There are many quotes by Bahá'u'lláh and other important figures woven throughout this book so readers aren't left with the author's interpretations and no context.
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Aug 10, 2014

Nice book on the history of the Baha'i faith.Great for beginning and new Baha'is.
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Jan 15, 2018

Solid introduction to the Baha'i Faith. I've read it several times--rewarding on each round.
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Mar 18, 2008

This book was the doorway to a whole new view of the world and my place in it. It was written in the 1920s and carries that formal style of the time, but is still highly accessible.
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Oct 31, 2017

amazing, informative, thought-provoking book about the Bahai Faith.
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Sep 04, 2017

Too much explanation and not enough revelation. If you want to bring me a prophet show me the prophesy and revelation and it must be something new or what is the point?
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Jun 25, 2018

This was a solid introduction to the Baha'i Faith. I like that it had lots of quotes from the Baha'i scriptures and leaders of the faith, but also a good amount of summary and analysis.
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Nov 06, 2019

مقدمة عن الديانة البهائية ليس فيها كثيرا عن تعاليم الديانة ذاتها ولكنها تسرد نشأة الديانة وما رافق مؤسسيها من اضطهاد من وجهة نظر بهائي مقدمة عن الديانة البهائية، ليس فيها كثيرا عن تعاليم الديانة ذاتها، ولكنها تسرد نشأة الديانة وما رافق مؤسسيها من اضطهاد، ، من وجهة نظر بهائي ...more

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