The Book that Made Your World by Vishal Mangalwadi

The Book that Made Your World by Vishal Mangalwadi from Thomas Nelson Publishers is a historical journey that shows the affect the Bible had in reforming Europe and turned the West into a unique, prosperous, technical, and scientific civilization.

This was a difficult book to read. It is slow at times and sometimes feels more like a dry college essay, but it does have its interesting moments. It covers history, science, and philosophy, as well as serving as a biographical journey of Mangalwadi from urban India to rural India and the troubles involved.

There are lots of historical accounts, such as a retelling of Cobain’s suicide and a comparison between Cobain and Bach, but a lot of these accounts don’t seem to relate to the Bible directly. In some of these cases, Mangalwadi is showing how the Bible, or lack thereof, has affected society socially and philosophically.

The most interesting parts of the book for me were the direct relation to historical events and the Bible, and the chapter on science that shows the Bible is the basis for science. The chapter on science even deals with faith and beliefs, including the belief in pantheism (that belief that God is nature). Mangalwadi shows the struggles that scientists had against the Catholic Church, including the struggles of Galileo.

I can’t recommend this book for everyone, though it does have its place. It feels more like a college textbook on the Bible and its effect of civilization and philosophy. It does have a lot of good information. I recommend scanning the chapters to read what you’re looking for rather than read the book as a whole.

Thomas Nelson Publishers provided this book free for this review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.


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