The Faith Club A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew-- Three Women Search for Understanding

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Pub. Date: 2007-06-05
Publisher(s): Atria Books
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A groundbreaking book about Americans searching for faith and mutual respect,The Faith Clubweaves the story of three women, their three religions, and their urgent quest to understand one another.After September 11, Ranya Idliby, an American Muslim of Palestinian descent,faced constant questions about Islam, God, and death from her children, the only Muslims in their classrooms. Inspired by a story about Muhammad, Ranya reached out to two other mothers to write an interfaith children's book that would highlight the connections between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. After just a few meetings, however, the women realized that they themselves needed an honest and open environment where they could admit -- and discuss -- their concerns, stereotypes, and misunderstandings. After hours of soul-searching about the issues that divided them, Ranya, Suzanne, and Priscilla grew close enough to discover and explore what united them.A memoir of spiritual reflections in three voices,The Faith Clubhas spawned interfaith discussion groups in churches, temples, mosques, and other community settings. It will make you feel as if you are eavesdropping on the authors' private thoughts, provocative discussions, and often-controversial opinions and conclusions.As the authors reveal their deepest beliefs, you watch the blossoming of a profound interfaith friendship and the birth of a new way of relating to others. And this new edition provides all the materials you need for forming your own Faith Club, including sections in Hebrew and Arabic.Pioneering, timely, deeply thoughtful, and full of hope,The Faith Club's caring message will resonate with people of all faiths.

Author Biography

Ranya Idliby was raised in Dubai and McLean, Virginia. She holds a bachelor of science from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and earned her MS in international relations from the London School of Economics. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Suzanne Oliver was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and has worked as a writer and editor at Forbes and Financial World magazines. She graduated from Texas Christian University and lives in New York City and Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire, with her husband and three children.

Priscilla Warner grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and spent many years in Boston and New York as an advertising art director, shooting ads for everything from English muffins to diamond earrings. Priscilla co-authored The New York Times bestselling memoir The Faith Club, then toured the country for three years, hyperventilating her way through an extended book tour. Finally, in the skies over Oklahoma, she vowed to find her inner monk, and began meditating her way from panic to peace.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
In the Beginningp. 3
A Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew Walk into a Room...p. 9
The Abrahamic Family Feudp. 26
The Crucifixion Crisisp. 37
Stop Stereotyping Me!p. 54
Could You Convert?p. 81
Oh, Where Are You, God?p. 96
Ranya's Madrassahp. 109
The Promised Landp. 123
Prayerp. 145
Ritualsp. 158
Intimations of Mortalityp. 180
Conversations with a Priest, an Imam, and a Rabbip. 200
A Day of Atonementp. 218
Happy Holidaysp. 241
Facing Our Communitiesp. 248
Awakeningsp. 257
Faltering Faithp. 272
From Here to Eternityp. 283
Bibliographyp. 295
Acknowledgmentsp. 299
Reading Group Guidep. 305
How to Start a Faith Clubp. 345
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Meet the Faith Club. We're three mothers from three faiths -- Islam, Christianity, and Judaism -- who got together to write a picture book for our children that would highlight the connections between our religions. But no sooner had we started talking about our beliefs and how to explain them to our children than our differences led to misunderstandings. Our project nearly fell apart.

We realized that before we could talk about what united us we had to confront what divided us in matters of faith, God, and religion. We had to reveal our own worst fears, prejudices, and stereotypes.

So we made a commitment to meet regularly. We talked in our living rooms over cups of jasmine tea and bars of dark chocolate. No question was deemed inappropriate, no matter how rude or politically incorrect. We taped our conversations and kept journals as we discussed everything from jihad to Jesus, heaven to holy texts. Somewhere along the way, our moments of conflict, frustration, and anger gave way to new understanding and great respect.

Now we invite you into our Faith Club to eavesdrop on our conversations. Come into our living rooms and share our life-altering experience. Perhaps when you're finished, you will want to have a faith club of your own.

Copyright © 2006 by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner

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