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David19
August 14th, 2009, 09:07 PM
I was wondering, has anyone read or have any opinions about this book (http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Idiots-Guide-Hinduism-ebook/dp/B0025VO4H2), I've seen it recommended as a really good beginner's book on Hinduism, and I've read a bit of it on Google Books (http://books.google.com/books?id=jcSuMJAbUk8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Complete+Idiot%27s+Guide+to+Hinduism&ei=SAeGSq2JJ5muyQTs6sitDg#v=onepage&q=&f=false), and it does seem very cool, but, is it a good introduction to Hinduism?, I'd like to learn a lot more about the religion, and want a book that is accesible to the everyday type of person (i.e. me!), I've looked at some of the other books Linda Johnsen has written (http://books.google.com/books?q=Linda+Johnsen) and they also look really great, especially her 'Lost Masters: Sages of Ancient Greece' which I am so going to get) but, is she a good author?, would you recommend her?.

Anyway, thanks for any help :).

David19
August 21st, 2009, 08:51 AM
Anyone read this at all?.

green aventurine
August 21st, 2009, 09:21 AM
not me, sorry! :)

ninurta2008
August 21st, 2009, 10:30 AM
Do you suggest I do?

I read that other book you suggested. :thumbsup:

It was an awesome book, its loaded with info in it!!!!:uhhuhuh:

Paracelsus
August 31st, 2009, 01:47 PM
Yes, I've read it, and it's pretty good, although on the whole my students usually prefer this one (http://www.amazon.com/Hinduism-Textbook-Ian-Jamison/dp/1844894207/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251740745&sr=8-1) -

David19
September 5th, 2009, 12:23 PM
Yes, I've read it, and it's pretty good, although on the whole my students usually prefer this one (http://www.amazon.com/Hinduism-Textbook-Ian-Jamison/dp/1844894207/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251740745&sr=8-1) -

Thanks for that, I might check out 'The Complete Idiot's Guide' version, although I might also see if I can find that one your students like, is it pretty accessible for the beginner then?.

kalidasa
September 5th, 2009, 12:27 PM
Yes, I've read it, and it's pretty good, although on the whole my students usually prefer this one (http://www.amazon.com/Hinduism-Textbook-Ian-Jamison/dp/1844894207/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251740745&sr=8-1) -

I'm not sure why, but I'm having trouble finding this book ...

Anubis RainHawk
September 6th, 2009, 06:12 PM
I read through most of it a few years ago and found it really helpful. The author really does cover a lot of information. The book I found most helpful in regards to Hinduism was Dancing with Siva, Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. It's written primarily from the Shivate tradition, but it gives lots of really general info about Hindu practice, belief, and theology, IMO.

David19
September 7th, 2009, 07:37 AM
I read through most of it a few years ago and found it really helpful. The author really does cover a lot of information. The book I found most helpful in regards to Hinduism was Dancing with Siva, Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. It's written primarily from the Shivate tradition, but it gives lots of really general info about Hindu practice, belief, and theology, IMO.

Thanks, I might try and order it sometime this week, and I'm in the middle of reading 'Dancing With Siva' (http://www.himalayanacademy.com/resources/books/dws/dws_table_of_contents.html), I'm really enjoying it, actually, I think the Himalayan Academy (http://www.himalayanacademy.com/) website is really cool, with a lot of great links and info.

Thanks again for the help :).