A review of-
The Book that Made Your World:
How the Bible Created the Soul of western civilization
Viewing Western civilization from his native India, Vishal Mangalwadi has no trouble seeing the forest for the trees. The scope and magnitude of his well researched study of centuries of documented historical events is staggering.
Educated in Indian Universities, Ashrams, and L’Abri in Switzerland, Mangalwadi sheds light on the people and events that led to the industrial revolution, the rise of democracy, the abolishment of British and American slavery, and the development of education, medicine, and the arts. Mangalwadi, a professing Christian, asserts that the Biblical worldview of God’s creation and redemption of mankind has made the present world a better place than any other view such as Hinduism, Islam or Atheism could offer.
Even more compelling is Mangalwadi’s humanitarian work, along with his wife, in the impoverished regions where India’s untouchables live in almost hopeless squalor. One senses that in person Mangalwadi embodies that compassion that he believes inspired a revolution of hope and inspiration in the human spirit.
I read at a breakneck pace, so fascinated was I that a man who learned English as a second language knew so much more about the West than the average westerner, and believed so passionately in values that I, a multi-generational American, take for granted. This book is number one on my top three for this year!*
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in return for my honest opinion.
*Top three books of 2011
The Sabbath by Dan Allender
The Book that Changed Your World by Vishal Mangalwadi
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte