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I’ve barely begun to read it but the Kindle edition is stuck on bold. It’s very distracting. I’m dating a Hindu and wanted to get enlightened quickly. This may not be the book for that but the bold text is very distracting.
The book was an okay overview of the Hindu faith, but I felt at times like the chapters ended abruptly with no summary of the material covered in the chapter. It appeared like the author just wanted to move on to the next topic. I also expected more information regarding the various Hindu festivals and branches of Hinduism, but that was not the case. This book works for a person taking a religion class who perhaps needs a broad overview,but for someone who is a new convert, or possibly considering conversion, this book is lacking.
A qausi-scholarly text (meaning some, but not all of its sources are cited), this book is very readable and provides an adequate review of Hinduism, though I do not myself profess to be a consummate expert. At times "theistically thick" or very religiously friendly, it nonetheless seems to give a fair introductory review of basic concepts, deities, and beliefs of Hinduism. I can recommend it only as one source work, amongst others, for those scholastically inclined.
Overall, the information in this book is useful as an introduction to Hinduism. However, it is not a scholarly text at all: the sentences are often poorly worded or incoherent, the quotations aren't cited correctly, and the book is often difficult to follow due its mediocre organization. The book also lacks objectivity in its analyses, especially when considering the author himself is Hindu. If you are a high school student looking to get an introduction to Hinduism, this is the book for you. If you are an outsider looking for a more scholarly text, then an alternative is advised.