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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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Title: Sacred Stories - Wisdom from World Religions
Author: Marilyn McFarlane
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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
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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
Alisa Hedden
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
Caroline Cottom
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
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
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!
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