Handbook of Denominations in the United States
This book is an extremely valuable resource to quickly understand the basic beliefs of a denominations, especially those that set them apart from others. This book covers a vast number of denominations, not complete but close to it. Each one has a statistic giving its popularity, followed by a short (typically no longer than 3 or 4 pages, but sometimes shorter) summary of the denominational history and distinctive doctrines. The authors quote directly from official denominational literature in many cases.
The gold standard for references about religious bodies in America, this accurate, objective, and comprehensive resource tells you all you need to know about more than 200 denominations, including their significance, history, doctrines, and practices. This edition is updated with current statistics, recent trends, and select articles about related groups of fewer than 10,000 members.