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Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religionsby Marilyn McFarlane
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This comprehensive collection of timeless and powerful stories puts the wisdom of world religions in the hands of young readers.
When attempting to find a simple, engaging, and unbiased approach to world religions for her own family, Marilyn McFarlane discovered such a book did not exist. Understanding how important it is for children to build both respect for and knowledge of a variety of religions, regardless of their own faith, McFarlane created Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions.
Each captivating story and accompanying sidebar facts and spot illustrations brings to life the key tenets of a particular belief system, while the comprehensive glossary and resource list enable readers to expand their explorations. Including easy-to-understand descriptions and essential stories from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American, and Sacred Earth, Sacred Stories is perfect for parents and teachers who want to expand young readers' understanding of world traditions.
The simple, informative, unbiased language of Sacred Stories, combined with its comprehensive resource list and glossary, makes it an ideal learning tool for teachers, librarians, and other educators.
While searching for a collection of fascinating ancient stories from world religions for her own family, Marilyn McFarlane realized the book she was looking for did not exist. Understanding the strong need for children to build respect for and knowledge of a variety of religions, regardless of their own faith, McFarlane created Sacred Stories. Without judgment or comparison, McFarlane retells beloved stories from seven belief systems — Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American and Sacred Earth — introducing the faith and the stories that shape it.
Enhanced by beautiful illustrations and fun, factual sidebars, Sacred Stories strives to both engage and educate young and old readers alike. From creation myths and miraculous visions, to gods and goddesses, each captivating story and illustration brings to life the key tenets of a particular belief system, while the comprehensive glossary and resource list give readers tools to explore more deeply. Sacred Stories is perfect for both parents and teachers who want to expand their child’s understanding of world culture.
Through engaging, traditional stories, beautiful illustrations, and simple, unbiased descriptions, Sacred Stories walks young readers through the basic tenets of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American, and Sacred Earth.
About the Author
Marilyn McFarlane, raised in a devoutly religious family, always had an interest in the diversity of world faiths. During her journeys as an author and travel writer, Marilyn continued her education by exploring sacred sites — Hindu temples in India, European cathedrals, Buddhist shrines, neo-Pagan altars, mosques in Morocco, and many more.
With the firm belief that understanding others' faiths can lead to tolerance, acceptance, and peace, and an equally firm belief in the power of story, Marilyn wrote Sacred Stories. A mother and grandmother, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two cats, and many books.
Learn more about Marilyn's work at: marilynmcfarlane.com
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