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Responding 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.

In Responding you will find answers to these, and many more, questions:

* How 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 lead to?

* 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 teachings?

* Do 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 We Teach?
* 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.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

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