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“Getting It then Getting Along” by L. Reynolds Andiric

The thesis of this book is that most people have very little knowledge about other’s religious beliefs, and if they had a better understanding, they might be more tolerant and much of the ill-will and even violence would be dispelled. This book explains the five religious belief systems that the majority of the world’s populations follow. It is not a book that proselytizes or presents dogma with the intent to convince the reader of the rightness or wrongness of one belief over another. Neither does it insist that one must be religious or even believe in God to be a good person.

For the most part, an individual’s spirituality is derived from one’s own culture and heritage and a lack of knowledge regarding specific beliefs can often lead to misconceptions about religious systems not familiar to us. Social media can also cause confusion when the originator of a post may have a specific “agenda” and provide only the information that supports that purpose even though that information is not objective nor does it provide the whole truth.

With better understanding of others’ religious beliefs, it is hoped that greater tolerance for religious diversity will develop and respectful discourse and interactions will result. If this is possible for religious diversity, it could also be useful for other human diversities. A focus of the book is to promote compassionate behavior when dealing with differences with an outlook that our variances can be advantageous and may, in fact, allow for resolution of some of the planet’s most worrisome concerns. Different perspectives through different cultural lenses may together solve universal problems. The book further emphasizes that change begins with each individual and one by one as more tolerance, more respect and greater compassion toward others develop, our world will become a kinder, gentler place.

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L. Reynolds Andiric has traveled the world extensively and has had a lifetime interest in different cultures and especially the religious beliefs that people have and practice. Educated as a scientist with many years of experience within the medical field, she has witnessed the importance of spirituality to many people both in the U. S. and throughout the world. She currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida and works as a consultant with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as part of the PEPFAR Project.

Getting It, Then Getting Along

Getting It, Then Getting Along: Understanding the world's five major religions by [L. Reynolds Andiric]

Getting It, Then Getting Along: Understanding the world’s five major religions, is a thought-provoking book that explains the five major religions that are prevalent today. The author did extensive research on each of the religions, explaining different elements in each and how they came to be. The author informs without trying to make one religion appear better than the other. The author is objective in her discussions and engages the reader throughout the text with a friendly writing style, ensuring that the reader understands one concept before going to the next.

The five major religions discussed in the book are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. When reading about each of the mentioned religions, you realize that all believers are similar in one way or another. Every believer has faith in and trusts a supreme being. In her book, L. Reynolds Andiric insists on acknowledging each other’s beliefs and not being judgmental. L. Reynolds Andiric is an excellent author not just because of how she explained the subject in her book, but also for the periodic reminders about being gracious to all.

The topics are eye-opening and interesting for any reader who is curious about certain religions but has not had the chance to interact with people that believe in different faiths. The author clearly highlights the similarities between the religions while also taking note of the differences. There is beauty in diversity and the author makes this clear at the end of each chapter. You will learn a lot, not just about religion, but also how different societies live. L. Reynolds Andiric also includes her personal stories and experiences in the discussions. I enjoyed reading the personal stories as I found them to be interesting, and I felt that they made me understand better where the author came from.

Getting It, Then Getting Along will appeal to readers interest in religious philosophy. A the end of the book, the reader understands why followers of different religions function the way they do and why spirituality is important for many. This book is not just for believers. This book is for anyone who has questions about the five religions discussed in the book and faith in general. Is the God worshipped by Christians any different from that worshiped by Muslims of Indians? Can people from different religions co-exist peacefully? How should the world deal with religious extremism? These and more questions are answered in this engaging and illuminating book.

Pages: 257 | ASIN: B083T7YLJ1

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