Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era: An Introduction to the Bahá'í Faith
In this compact work, Esslemont comprehensively yet succinctly sets forth the teachings of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet and Founder of the Baha'i Faith. He outlines the religion's early history; explains the religion's theology; incorporates extracts from Baha'i scripture; and provides information on Baha'i spiritual practices. This is essential reading for students of comparative religion
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I first read this book as an 18 year old in 1974 in my home town of Savannah, Georgia. It wasn't until 1982 way up in Fargo, North Dakota that I was able to meet my first Baha'i and attend a Fireside. I said all of that to impress upon the reader what an impact this book had upon me! It is one of the best books -- and remains so to this day -- about the Baha'i Faith for the newcomer. I attribute this book for my finally signing my declaration card in 1989 in Colorado. My love for what I learned from this book never left me as I transversed the world. And it is this one book that I can say brought me much happiness as a Baha'i.
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