Most people, as they go through life, don’t really question why it is they believe as they do. If you asked them they would tell you about the values that they gained from their parents, teachers, leaders they admire, and perhaps even a pastor or priest. But do we ever stop and think about why our society thinks the way it does? Why do we value the life of other people? Why do we as a society believe in fair play, or the innate value of human life?
In the book “The Book That Made Your World” Vishal Mangalwadi sets out to answer these questions. And as you may have guessed his answer is the Bible. He comes from a drastically different perspective than most of us in the west. He’s lived for the majority of his life in a country that wasn’t culturally shaped by the Bible. In his home country of India the faith that shapes his nation’s cultural conscience is drastically different than ours, even if we don’t believe the tenants that our belief is built on anymore. We value human life, for example, because our cultural history sees humans and made in the image of Almighty God and because of that filled with an innate worth more so than any other creature on the planet. There is a heart wrenching story early in the book that graphically demonstrates this difference.
Even more he sees our culture slipping into a similar mindset. Our philosophy as a culture is being influenced by other cultures that do not see the world in the same way. This is causing a drastic shift in the way we see each other and even ourselves and our purpose in life, and not for the better.
This was a very well written and thought provoking book. It is by no means an easy read but its contents grab a hold of you and make you keep turning the pages. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to understand where our culture came from and where it might head without its foundation.
I was given this book free of charge by Thomas Nelson through their BookSneeze program for the purposes of reviewing the book. The opinions on the book are my own.