Drawn from classical and religious texts, as well as the work of poets and other artists, Worldwide Worship is a unique celebration of worship found in many religious traditions. These selections have been chosen singularly and as a group by John Marks Templeton, not only for their individual aesthetic beauty, but also to assist us in learning various lessons of life.
From this rich mixture of prayer, song, and poetry comes a confirmation of the life-affirming universality of the human spirit. Together these works celebrate the universal principles found in the human mind, and attempt to bridge the gaps between religions, cultures, and peoples of the world.
Especially noteworthy about this collection is its variety. Mr. Templeton has chosen outstanding examples of literature that touch upon the sacred. It is good to peruse and savor certain selections for inspiration and meditation. It is an important volume that reflects sacred writings from around the world.
This far-reaching collection is an anthology of selections from an astonishing variety of voices and traditions, from Sogyal Rinpoche and Anwar Sadat, to suras from the Koran, to poems by Rainer Maria Rilke and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is far from the first inter faith anthology of prayers and praises, but it is notable for the high aesthetic quality of its selections and very interesting for its center section of hymns and religious songs in score. Recommended for most general collections.
Many passages selected for this book have numerous applications for thoughts for daily living. The words that can provide us with hope, inspiration, courage, joy, happiness, and perhaps a greater awareness of love come from all faiths and represent writers from various periods of history. In a variety of ways these writers present a message that God is love, always ready to radiate that love and wisdom throughout all of Creation . . . p>