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Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions

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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
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Aladdin/Beyond Words
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2nd last book that I needed to read for the Read Harder 2016 list and a fun read at that.

Really enjoyed the introductions and the short stories about the background to each of the main religions. A lot of dieties that I was aware of (eg. Buddha) but not the stories about how they became various religions' figureheads.

An enjoyable, and educational, read.
Charissa Ty
Oct 01, 2016 Charissa Ty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If only people studied all religions, there wouldn't be this extreme divide. The myths and stories by Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hindusm are so similar. Sacred Earth is more similar to Greek mythology. They have the same angels, parables and teachings. Of course, these stories and teachings were misconstrued over the thousands of years passed on by unreliable memory, speech and translations.
Feb 01, 2012 Alisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book from a giveaway through goodreads first-reads program.

I found this book to be very informative of some of the worlds largest religions. The stories were obviously chosen to show the basic beliefs of each religion, and also to show how certain religions are connected to each other. The stories are also all fun, and each teaches something important. I believe even though it teaches of other religions, it does so in a way that no one would not have a problem with their childre
Feb 06, 2012 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Title: Sacred Stories - Wisdom from World Religions
Author: Marilyn McFarlane
Rating: 5/5

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Sacred Stories by Marilyn McFarlane is an excellent book. It is a great introduction (or refresher) to seven of our religions. Sacred Stories is a book for all ages. I recommend that schools include it in their collections.

I've studied our myths, religions, and the histories behind them. McFarlane does an amazing job telling the myths of each religion without any bias sho
Alisa Hedden
Jan 21, 2012 Alisa Hedden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful way to introduce children to different belief systems. With tales from all the major religions of the world, while managing to keep them at a child’s level and to treat each religion with respect. These are not just randomly selected stories, but were chosen to reflect important aspects of each religions teachings. These tales also help to demonstrate the commonality in each culture. With tales from Buddhism to Sacred Earth, Marilyn has done a wonderful job both in the i ...more
Nathan Albright
Mar 15, 2016 Nathan Albright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Carpe Diem Books in exchange for an honest review.]

Originally titled Sacred Myths, this book is a short and fair-minded compilation of stories from various world religions traditions. With the exception of the story of Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors, the stories translated from the Bible, or those I am aware of from other reading, are done without a great deal of additions, and are expressed in a language that is simple and straightforward, ide
Ericka Page
Category/Genre: Traditional Literature/Fiction/Myths

Estimate age level of interest: 5th-8th grade

Estimated reading level: 5th-6th grade

Brief description: A collection of myths and stories that have been passed down in the five major religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism) These stories feature the Golden Rule as a common moral throughout each religion. Throughout these stories readers can gain a perspective on different cultural values. The story I focused on was “The Enchan
With five stories each from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American and Sacred Earth religions (presented in alphabetical order), this book provides a diverse set of sacred myths and fables. The stories are short (from 2-6 pages) and each is followed by a brief "Did You Know?" section with interesting facts. For example, the"Did You Know" after the first story ("The Birth of the Buddha") has bits of information about Nepal, the symbolism of elephants and information abo ...more
Nov 18, 2012 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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As the author, I can only say I think it's a terrific book! Writing it was a joy and a revelation, as I delved ever deeper into studying world religions and spiritual paths. I discovered the fascinating stories that form the basis for beliefs held by billions of people, and the result was Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions, a collection of five stories from each of seven different traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American, and Sacred Earth. I included ...more
Caroline Cottom
Mar 23, 2014 Caroline Cottom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sacred Stories is a treasure trove of wisdom from seven of the world's most important religious and spiritual traditions. These 35 stories are simply yet beautifully written, providing a window into some of humanity's best-loved creation myths, spiritual traditions, and miraculous visions. The book will expand the reader's empathy and understanding for the teachings of traditions other than their own. This, I believe, is the gift of this book: to expand readers view of the world and thus see the ...more
Christine Finlayson
A delightful collection of short stories from seven world religions: buddhism, christianity, hinduism, islam, judaism, native american, and "sacred earth." I grew up reading fairy tales, folk tales, and fables, so I loved Marilyn McFarlane's storytelling approach. Sacred Stories provides an entertaining, compelling journey through the world's religions, allowing both children and adults to see the differences--and the similarities. It's an educational read, but it sure doesn't feel like one!
Dec 07, 2015 Ali rated it it was amazing
Great primer on world's major religions, featuring significant stories from each. So interesting how many have similar elements..
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Marilyn McFarlane has lived in five cities on the west coast of the USA and has never counted the number of places she's visited as a traveler writer. They cover much of the world. She has written guidebooks and many articles for print and online magazines. Her current book is perhaps the most global of all: Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions. It's a collection of five stories from each o ...more
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