How to Be a Perfect Stranger: Volume 1: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies

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Arthur J. Magida, Stuart M. Matlins
Jewish Lights Pub., 1997 - Religion - 432 pages
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A straightforward guide to the rituals and celebrations of the major religions and denominations in America from the perspective of an interested guest of any other faith, How to Be a Perfect Stranger is based on information obtained from authorities of each religion. It is not a guide to theology, nor is it presented from the perspective of any particular faith. These easy-to-use guidebooks help the well-meaning guest of any other faith to feel at ease, participate to the fullest extent possible, and avoid violating anyone's religious principles or hurting their feelings.

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At some time you may be invited to religious ceremonies or services that are not of our own tradition or faith. Entering this unfamiliar atmosphere can be awkward, but do a bit of reading ahead of time and you'll find many practical questions answered in this book. Read full review

How to Be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies, Volume 2

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This work by Jewish Lights editors Matlins and Magida supplements Magida's How To Be a Perfect Stranger (LJ 1/96), which won the Benjamin Franklin award for best reference book of the year. Volume 1 ... Read full review


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Arthur J. Magida is the author of "Prophet of Rage: A Life of Louis Farrakhan and His Nation." A former contributing correspondent to PBS's "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, " he has also been senior editor of the "Baltimore Jewish Times. "He is currently writer-in-residence at the University of Baltimore.

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