I am reviewing this book per the request of Chris at Heavenlight press. That said, Heavenlight provided a copy of the book for me to provide my honest insight on, just like most other titles reviewed here at SG. After perusing this lengthy manual, I have decided to have this review be two parts: the content, and my thoughts on the content. Here is what Heavenlight has to say about their title:
Author David Lundberg embarked on a project to identify what the world’s great faiths have in common. He arrived at 33 principles shared by the planet’s most popular religions.
For each principle, Lundberg shares passages from the sacred texts of the world’s seven major religions to illustrate their common bonds. Taken together, the principles form a simple and logical universal philosophy of spiritual understanding that, when put in practice, can significantly increase the flow of love in our lives.
In case this brief summary they have provided is not sufficient for consideration, they also have provided an excerpt for my to share on this site. You can view it here. The excerpt is regarding The Golden Rule.
I hope that is sufficient information to get a feel for this title. Interested readers are encouraged to buy their copy in the SG Store. That said, I only offer it as a form of commission on my end, not an endorsement. There are titles that I would gladly endorse, and this is not one of them. Here’s why…
Lundberg’s effort is based off the premise that all paths are equally right and lead to G-d, which is new age for the modern society we live in. However, readers of SG will know that I do not support this viewpoint, but rather heavily criticize it. There is only one way, and that’s through HaShem. That said, Lundberg did look into what all the different religions at to say, so how accurate was he in his efforts? From a brief scan of cross-referencing Scriptures, he has a basically correct citation scheme going on. But that’s for accuracy. What about correctly capturing the intent? This book takes the exclusivism that almost every religions insists upon and twists it to an inclusive stance.
Essentially, by picking and choosing religious references, Lundberg succeeds in creating a religion of universalism, of which no modern major religion would agree to, nor do their respective religious texts support. Lundberg spent some serious time working on his book, and that’s to be appreciated, but he got it wrong by putting what he wanted from the Bible on a higher pedestal than what the Bible actually says.
Final verdict? There are universalists out there, and this book will only encourage them further. But for those that take G-d’s word at face value, don’t buy the book – it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on…Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.