GOD SPEAKS AGAIN: An Introduction to the Bah' Faith

Kenneth E. Bowers, Author, Patricia Romano McGraw, Author . Bah' Publishing $16.95 (370p) ISBN 978-1-931847-12-4

In the early 19th century, Persia was in a fit of millennial expectation, awaiting the "Promised One of Islam" who would establish God's reign in the world. According to Bowers, a member of the national governing body of Bahá'ís in the U.S., this prophecy was fulfilled in a new religious movement. In the 1850s a figure known as Bahá'u'lláh came to believe, while under religious persecution in the depths of a Persian dungeon, that he was the most recent in a succession of extraordinary "Manifestations of God"—including Moses, Jesus and Mohammed—each sent to guide humanity through its spiritual and political evolution to its ultimate aim: a harmonious, universal religion and an enlightened, united "world commonwealth." Bowers chronicles the struggles of Bahá'u'lláh and his followers, known as Bahá'ís, as they endured lethal persecutions, brutal imprisonments and the repeated exile of Bahá'u'lláh himself across the Middle East. Bowers next outlines many of Bahá'u'lláh's voluminous teachings, and then turns to Bahá'u'lláh's legacy: his successors and their many instructions for the Bahá'í faith, ranging from principles for establishing world peace down to election protocols for local Bahá'í communities. Bowers is clearly a believer; the book is more faith-narrative than history, and at times becomes proselytizing, even preachy—quotes from Bahá'í writings are sometimes whole pages in length. Yet Bowers's comprehensive approach is balanced by an easy readability that makes the book both accessible and informative, a welcome introduction to the faith of some six million people worldwide. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/23/2004
Release date: 04/01/2004
Genre: Nonfiction
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