The Faith Club A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew-- Three Women Search for Understandingby Idliby, Ranya; Oliver, Suzanne; Warner, Priscilla
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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
|In the Beginning||p. 3|
|A Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew Walk into a Room...||p. 9|
|The Abrahamic Family Feud||p. 26|
|The Crucifixion Crisis||p. 37|
|Stop Stereotyping Me!||p. 54|
|Could You Convert?||p. 81|
|Oh, Where Are You, God?||p. 96|
|Ranya's Madrassah||p. 109|
|The Promised Land||p. 123|
|Intimations of Mortality||p. 180|
|Conversations with a Priest, an Imam, and a Rabbi||p. 200|
|A Day of Atonement||p. 218|
|Happy Holidays||p. 241|
|Facing Our Communities||p. 248|
|Faltering Faith||p. 272|
|From Here to Eternity||p. 283|
|Reading Group Guide||p. 305|
|How to Start a Faith Club||p. 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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