How to Be a Perfect Stranger

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How to Be a Perfect Stranger: Book Review “How to Be a Perfect Stranger”, was written and edited by, Stuart Matlins and Arthur J. Magida. Matlins is the founder, editor-in-chief, and publisher of Jewish Lights Publishing and Sky Light Paths Publishing. Magida, is a journalist and author of books concerning the Jewish faith. Both Matlins and Magida collaborated and created an awesome reference book that provides clear and concise details about the customs of the major religions (i.e. Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism). The authors wrote this book to provide a practical etiquette guide for when you're invited to attend a wedding or other life-cycle event within a faith you're unfamiliar to, or if you're simply going to be a guest at a religion's worship service. The authors provide handy snippets of what each of the religions believes in, practices, and how and when the religion was established. I love the overall design of the book. Each section is well-written, informative, and appealing. Two really helpful aspects of the book are the contact information for a main organization and several resources one can refer to for more information. There’s also an index of useful expressions and words, along with descriptions of appropriate greetings in different situations. In the chapter on Roman Catholics’, there is a table of contents (p.339) that list: History and Beliefs, The Basics of Service, Holy Days and Festivals, Life Cycle Events, and Home Celebrations. What I like most about this layout is that its user friendly and I don’t have to thumb through the whole section to find one piece of information. All I need to do is figure out what type of information or event I’m looking for-scan the table of contents and turn to the page. The authors are receptive to both, the guests and the hosts, when presenting
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