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'Comparative religion can be dry, but not the way Occhiogrosso writes it. Not only is this fat book comprehensive, it's lively and perhaps best of all, easy to understand. An excellent resource."
-"BOOKLIST" "The Joy of Sects" is not merely a detailed guide to the principal beliefs, scriptures, and personalities of the world's most important spiritual traditions. It also p
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Paperback, 660 pages
Published December 18th 2005 by iUniverse (first published 1987)
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Andy
Feb 29, 2008 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
JOS is an enjoyable, entertaining and very user-friendly survey of the world's religions. It is rather biased towards making a point, that there's a "perennial philosophy" (very loosely, a spiritual, rather than religious element), that all these faiths have in common, and in the pursuit of this point, Occhiogrosso compares the mystical aspects of each faith with its more prosaic common elements. The book starts in the East with Hinduism and works its way west through Taoism, Buddhism, Judaism, ...more
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Jan 30, 2014 Janet rated it it was ok
Disorganized and poorly laid out, this book reaches towards entertaining and informative but misses.
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Shelves: buddhism, christian
Very thorough, very funny, very useful.
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Apr 17, 2007 Lucia rated it liked it
Think this book motivated me to study religion in college. Fast read with good overviews of world religions and their many sects ;o) Love the name, too!
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Another must-have in the Interfaith library. And a great book for those who want to understand the world's religions in a deeper, yet playful way.
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Peter Occhiogrosso is the author or coauthor of more than 20 nonfiction books, as well as a journalist who began his writing career in the 1970s as a music reviewer and interviewer. Since 1987 many of his books have focused on spirituality and world religion, although he has also coauthored books by public figures as disparate as talk-show host Larry King, cabaret singer Michael Feinstein, and roc ...more
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