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Old 05-19-2015, 08:25 PM   #1
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I Suck at Introductions

It's true!

I am a 20-something year old male from the southern part of the mid-western part of the USA. I have some idea of what Bahá'iyyat is about, but I know nothing beyond the absolute basics.

Thus, I am here.

Can anyone recommend a good book to start with? To give some idea of what I'm looking for, I don't care to read about why unity is important or why an auxiliary language is needed. I am more interested in understanding the Bahá'iyyat religion; which is to say that I'm already interested, I don't need to be "convinced" that researching is a good thing. I want to get into the nitty gritty of things.

Aqdas or Íqán or Dawn-Breakers? Or something else?
 
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:54 PM   #2
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Welcome....all three you mentioned are most excellent. One of my favorites is the Art of Divine Living. Also very good is the Parallel Lives of God's Messengers. Aqdas contains the laws and Iqan is one of my go to books, the beauty of the writings contained within makes it hard to put down. I would recommend some compilations of Baha'i writings and prayer books. All are very informative, you will soak it all up.
Again, welcome, welcome and happy reading.
Warmest Baha'i regards,
Becky
 
Old 05-19-2015, 09:40 PM   #3
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Can anyone recommend a good book to start with? To give some idea of what I'm looking for, I don't care to read about why unity is important or why an auxiliary language is needed. I am more interested in understanding the Bahá'iyyat religion; which is to say that I'm already interested, I don't need to be "convinced" that researching is a good thing. I want to get into the nitty gritty of things.

Aqdas or Íqán or Dawn-Breakers? Or something else?

Honestly, after several decades of Baha'i experience, it is the Writings of the Bab, Baha'u'llah, and Abdul Baha which are the primary need to be met.

Human words, for me, just too often get in the way. Some people do have something to say, but when you're hungry, you don't want to read whats on the box. You're after the meal.

"Some Answered Questions", by Abdul Baha
"Selections from the Writings of the Bab"
"The Hidden Words" of Baha'u'llah
"Gleanings"
"Kitab-i-Iqan"

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Old 05-19-2015, 10:40 PM   #4
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Welcome King, looks like enough books to start with

Hope to see you post some questions or observations.

God bless and regards Tony
 
Old 05-20-2015, 05:30 AM   #5
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Welcome....all three you mentioned are most excellent. One of my favorites is the Art of Divine Living. Also very good is the Parallel Lives of God's Messengers. Aqdas contains the laws and Iqan is one of my go to books, the beauty of the writings contained within makes it hard to put down. I would recommend some compilations of Baha'i writings and prayer books. All are very informative, you will soak it all up.
Again, welcome, welcome and happy reading.
Warmest Baha'i regards,
Becky
Hello Becky,

Thank you for your welcome and recommendations. I will definitely see if I can get my hands on some of those. Do you happen to know if these books are available on Amazon Kindle? I know, it's blasphemous to read e-books! But it really is much easier to carry my Kindle to work and pretend to be reading science fiction on my lunch break than to have a stack of religious books hanging around.

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Honestly, after several decades of Baha'i experience, it is the Writings of the Bab, Baha'u'llah, and Abdul Baha which are the primary need to be met.

Human words, for me, just too often get in the way. Some people do have something to say, but when you're hungry, you don't want to read whats on the box. You're after the meal.

"Some Answered Questions", by Abdul Baha
"Selections from the Writings of the Bab"
"The Hidden Words" of Baha'u'llah
"Gleanings"
"Kitab-i-Iqan"

.
Hi Ramsdell,

Thank you very much for your recommendations. I agree with you, reading what's on the box is nowhere near as satisfying as eating the meal :P

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Welcome King, looks like enough books to start with

Hope to see you post some questions or observations.

God bless and regards Tony
Hi Tony,

Thanks for your welcome!! I definitely have questions. Maybe I should go ahead and post them
 
Old 05-20-2015, 06:40 AM   #6
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Hello King
my friends here have introduced you the best books so I won't add to the list. I would only welcome you warmly and I hope we can have constructive conversations here.
 
Old 05-20-2015, 07:22 AM   #7
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Wow....Lots of Baha'i books on kindle! I never knew....even the Aqdas is available, the Face of God, Illumine my Spirit...you are going to have a hard time deciding. It is awesome that Amazon has so much Baha'i literature to offer.
Warm regards,
Becky
 
Old 05-20-2015, 04:24 PM   #8
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Dear brother King, what gives you the idea that reading ebooks is "blasphemous"?
 
Old 05-22-2015, 06:15 AM   #9
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I'm pretty sure it's a joke.
 
Old 05-22-2015, 06:47 AM   #10
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Lots of good suggestions on reading. I too recommend starting with the Baha'i writings. Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah is a good selection, the Hidden Words and Seven Valleys are shorter works that are quite accessible.
 
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