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considers 101 questions often asked of Bahá’ís—with each answer written
as if given in direct response to a questioner. The book is filled with
interesting facts and useful details to enhance one’s general knowledge on
various issues relevant to a question. Following each sample answer is a
mini-compilation that then provides extensive Bahá’í references on topics
pertaining to the question so readers can study what the Teachings say on a
subject. Responding is a marvelous learning aid and reference
work for any believer who wants to be a better, more effective and
confident teacher of the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh.
you will find answers to these, and many more, questions:
can we know if God exists? Can a Creator really be proven?
* Where is God when bad things happen to good people?
* How can Bahá’u’lláh prove His claim to be a Manifestation of God?
* If all religions come from One Divine Source, as Bahá’ís claim, then why
are there so many religions and why are they so different?
* What is the purpose of life? Why did God create humans?
* Can Bahá’ís prove the existence of the human soul and its survival after
the death of the body?
* What do Bahá’ís think about reincarnation?
* Why did God give man free will when He could foresee the mess that would
* What makes Bahá’ís think world peace is even possible when aggression and
conflict are such ingrained aspects of human nature, and history seems to
be nothing more than a record of endless fighting?
* Can you give me examples of some “new” teachings of Bahá’u’lláh which
Bahá’ís say were not revealed in any past religions?
* Did Bahá’u’lláh claim to be God, like Jesus?
* The Bible associates certain signs with Jesus’ return—but these have not
yet all happened, so how can Bahá’ís say Christ has “already returned”?
* The Bible tells us it is complete in truth, that nothing needs to be or
should be added unto it—so why would a Christian need Bahá’u’lláh’s
Bahá’ís believe in Jesus’ virgin birth? Since a virgin birth is contrary to
science, isn’t acceptance of Jesus’ virgin birth against the Bahá’í
Teaching that religious beliefs must be provable by science?
Commenting on Responding, an early reader wrote, “Let
me say that this is a fantastic book and will be a great resource for
Bahá'ís. I'm certain that many will value this work immensely.”
Other early readers in several countries, describing answers to various
questions covered in Responding, wrote: “easily
understandable and coherent”. “I found... answers to be very convincing and
logical, and appreciated...[the] thorough footnotes.” Another reader felt that the
insight, sensitivity, and thorough research applied by the author to so
many challenging questions sets a standard that will be difficult to
surpass. Two other readers said: “I cannot wait to get a copy…” “It is a
major contribution to Bahá'í reference works!”
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A Privilege So Priceless takes a detailed
look at teaching the Cause of Bahá'u'lláh. Among the many topics covered
are: why teaching is so important, the individual’s role in teaching, the
crucial need for—and the nature of—wisdom in teaching, the process and
psychology of teaching, systematic teaching and training institute courses
as keys to the organic growth of the Faith, and the unique crucial role of
youth in God’s Cause. Advice and methods of teaching recommended and
followed by the Faith’s Central Figures are reviewed, as are guidelines
from Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice. Inspiring
historical examples of several renowned teachers of the Faith, or some
special aspects of how they taught, are also examined.
These are but a few section headings in A
Privilege So Priceless:
* Why Do
* How Do I Prepare to Teach?
* Ignore Our Weaknesses, Place Our Confidence in God’s Power
* Check Out the Mud Prints
* Cultural Considerations
* Relying Upon and Using the Word of God
* Giving a Willing Ear to Any Manner of Senseless Talk
* Learning the Art of Correlation
* Understanding Those We Teach
* Weaving Bonds of Fellowship
* Letting Others Know Their True Station
* Giving a New Perspective of the Past and Optimism for the Future
* Using Arguments, Not Arguing
* Teaching Religionists
* Organic Growth of the Cause and Individual Bahá’ís
* The ‘Engine’ of the Process of Entry by Troops
* Developing a New Culture of Growth
* Importance of Setting Achievable and Measurable Personal Goals
* Embracing and Interacting with the Wider Community
* Finding the “Ready” and “Waiting” Souls
* Audacity’s Role in Teaching
* Teaching Children and Youth to Teach
* Preparing for and Living Lives of Service
* Making Up Your Mind to Do Great Things
Regarding A Privilege So Priceless, an
early reader especially appreciated how the book discusses and then removes
blocks which believers may have about teaching the Faith, as well as how it
focuses on seekers in the teaching process. A reader in one country
commented, “Overall, I like the style that the book is written in.... Key in
this is the use of historical examples from within the Cause, which
strengthened [points made]...in a simultaneously reinforcing and inspiring
manner, and the use of quotes alongside commentary.... This kind of book is
really an important step in Bahá'í literature and I am honestly grateful
for the opportunity to have read a bit of it.” Another reader
felt the book conveys wisdom, empathy for challenges encountered in
teaching, and practical advice.
Born in Seattle, USA and raised in Hawaii as a Bahá'í
child, Dale W. Eng left home as a teenager to pioneer during the Nine Year
Plan. For more than three decades he, with his wife Náhíd, have had the
privilege of pioneering in various countries in Asia, including the
Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Macau. First elected to service on
the national Spiritual Assembly of Taiwan in 1976, and later in 1989 to the
national Spiritual Assembly of Macau while living there, Dale has served
the Faith in numerous other ways in Asia, Australia, and North America.
Possessing a degree in creative writing and a master’s degree in education,
Dale’s diverse professional background includes working as a senior
technical writer with several multi-national telecommunications companies,
being head of public relations for an Australian community college, serving
as co-director of a Bahá'í-inspired bilingual international school in
Macau, and as director of development for an international Bahá'í school in
Canada. Dale has spoken at or facilitated numerous firesides, public
meetings, permanent Bahá'í school courses, deepening sessions, and
institute study circles in various national communities. The material at
the heart of both A Privilege So Priceless and Responding
is based upon a popular workshop on teaching the Faith with wisdom
according to guidelines in the Writings which Dale has shared in several
countries for Bahá'ís who want to be better, more effective and confident
teachers of the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh.