February 22, 2018

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Religion: A Discovery in Comics by Margreet De Heer | SLJ Review

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redstarde Heer, Margreet. Religion: A Discovery in Comics. illus. by Margaret de Heer. 120p. index. NBM. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781561639946.religion_coversmall

Gr 7 Up –With this volume that winningly combines her personal reflections with general information on five world religions, de Heer continues her series (previous titles have taken on philosophy and science). She depicts herself as the narrator of this discourse and includes her personal experience with religion. Both of her parents were Christian ministers, and she herself studied theology and has practiced a few different religions in her life. The author provides simple but straightforward synopses of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism and considers points of difficulty for each, such as how each faith measures up on a feminist ruler. Her parents, her husband, and a chorus of observers appear, too, to interject other information, thoughts, and points of view. De Heer is respectful and makes it clear that she feels a connection to the spiritual, though she currently does not follow any organized religion. The cartoon art incorporates religious iconography where appropriate. VERDICT A thought-provoking work for teens and adults who are curious about religion and perhaps ready to give some thought to their own beliefs.–Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

This review was published in the School Library Journal November 2015 issue.

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