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God speaks again : an introduction to the Bahá'í Faith
Bowers, Kenneth E.
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Wilmette, IL : Bahá'í Pub., [2004]

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xi, 296 pages ; 23 cm
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God Speaks Again is a comprehensive introduction to the Baha'i Faith. Members of the Baha'i religion believe that periodically throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through Divine Messengers-among them Abraham, Zoroaster, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad-each offering fresh spiritual teachings suited for the age in which they appear. Bowers quotes extensively from Baha'u'llah 's own writings, which Baha'is regard as the most recent Divine Revelation for humankind, providing a welcome glimpse into its power and majesty. In placing the life of Baha'u'llah at the center of the story, he reveals an authentically inspiring figure and the inseparable connection between a new religion and an extraordinary human being touched by His Creator.

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Kenneth E. Bowers currently serves as the Secretary-General of the National Spiritual Assembly, the national governing body of the Baha'is of the United States. Ken and his wife, Mojgan, have two children and live near Chicago.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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 Baha'is in the U.S., this prophecy was fulfilled in a new religious movement. In the 1850s a figure known as Baha'u'llah 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 Baha'u'llah and his followers, known as Baha'is, as they endured lethal persecutions, brutal imprisonments and the repeated exile of Baha'u'llah himself across the Middle East. Bowers next outlines many of Baha'u'llah's voluminous teachings, and then turns to Baha'u'llah's legacy: his successors and their many instructions for the Baha'i faith, ranging from principles for establishing world peace down to election protocols for local Baha'i communities. Bowers is clearly a believer; the book is more faith-narrative than history, and at times becomes proselytizing, even preachy-quotes from Baha'i 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A member of the national Baha'i governing council in the United States, Bowers is the architect of an information campaign to bring the Baha'i tradition before the American public. For his first book, he has analyzed responses to the Baha'i message and tailored its presentation to the contemporary audience. This new introduction holds up well beside such standard introductions as J.E. Esslemont's Baha'u'llah and the New Era (1923), John Ferraby's All Things Made New (1957), John Huddleston's The Earth Is but One Country (1976), and Douglas Martin and William Hatcher's The Baha'i Faith (1985). Whereas the other books were organized around principles and teachings, Bowers has taken the positive step of using the life of Baha'u'llah as the main organizing principle for his discussion of Baha'i scripture, theology, and spiritual life. He places the divine Messenger at the center and shows the religion emerging from him just as Christianity emerges from Jesus. The main criticisms involve the use of lengthy quotations and occasional references to individuals who are not named until two paragraphs later. While not an academic work with new historical findings, this book is an effective and reasonably balanced overview of this growing world religion by a believer. Recommended for public, college, and religious libraries.-William P. Collins, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.