Facets Of The Kingdom
by Dr. Loris O. Gillin
PageTurner Press and Media

"The intention of this book is to flesh out what is known about the development of humanity at that time in order to understand better about the primary groups—Muslims, Jews, and Christians."

In this well-organized and thought-provoking book, Gillin explores the similarities between three religions from around the globe: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Having traveled extensively throughout London, Armenia, and Israel, the author shares her experiences with her readers and challenges them to discover how each of these countries follows more or less the same religious doctrine of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Gillin writes of how Christians can share their faith as a way of bridging misunderstandings between all different forms of religions. Every person, the author argues, strives for peace and stability regardless of their nationality or religion.

Speaking from personal experience, Gillin effectively compares and contrasts her travels throughout many different countries. For example, she successfully shows how similar historical and current challenges are present on every continent. For instance, the Aboriginal discontentment problem in Australia has many parallels with the Black Lives Matter challenges in America. One needs only notice how many young boys from both countries who are deprived of their father figures undergo the same cycle of crime and incarceration. Indeed, the absence of solid male role models for boys all across the globe creates similar problems of racism and poverty. Gillin argues that the pandemic has only heightened these challenges.

The author has an enviable understanding of religious scriptures and includes pertinent passages from the Bible as well as useful timelines of major historical events. Written with a compassionate and patient voice, Gillin’s book leaves readers with the hopeful belief that knowledge is power and that people are inherently good. Her inspiring and informative work might appeal especially to students of comparative religions or social science.

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