Eight Major World Religions Meet Up In a Book

May 15, 2010

Author: Nomi Morris

Source: Los Angeles Times


When Akasha Lonsdale was a child in London, her agnostic family prohibited her from participating in religious services at the Church of England school she attended. Required to sit at the back of a Hebrew class for the school's Jewish students, she befriended a girl whose family invited her to the Friday night Sabbath meal.

"I found it an enriching experience," says Lonsdale, who years later became a therapist and then an interfaith minister. "Even from age 4, I was aware there was something more than this earthly life. I was on a spiritual quest from that age."

Now Lonsdale, 57, has published "Do I Kneel or Do I Bow?," a concise guide to the ceremonies of eight major world religions. The 336-page soft-cover book is divided into sections on the Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist faiths.