I debate about writing this review simply because religion is one of those topics that cause argument, heat and anger, and I don’t have much in the way of patience for that. Believe what you like, end of debate.

However, I did ask for a copy of DK’s What do You Believe, big questions about religion ($12.99), so I could read it to my 11 year old and explain to him about the various religions people practise and why they do things they way they do. Unfortunately, my son took one look at the book (I think he was expecting a story) and wasn’t interested in hearing it.

So I read it myself so if he ever asks a question, I may have an answer for him – or can at least look it up.

The book is directed at children and covers the world’s six main religions – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. And while there is lots of information, it is presented in chunks with lots of things to look at.

You get an overview of what religion is and a timeline of how each started. Then each religion gets a double page spread offering information about its principals and the differences of opinion within its own followers, and main elements of the religion (The Torah in Judaism and the cycle of life in Hinduism).

There is some basic information about native religions, including those of Native Americans, East Asian religions, new religions as well as no religion (atheism). Then there information of prayer, rituals, food and the philosophy of religion, including if it’s a redundant, science and why people are fighting over it.

What I found most interesting about this book, is each of these six major religions have a golden rule and while each is worded slightly different, it comes to the same thing – treat others as you wish to be treated. Interesting….

A copy of this book was provided by DK for an honest review. The opinions are my own.