The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew -- Three Women Search for Understanding
The Faith Club A Muslim A Christian A Jew -- Three Women Search for Understanding Author:Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner A groundbreaking book about Americans searching for faith and mutual respect, The Faith Club weaves 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&nb... more »sp;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 Club has 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.« less
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I loved this book!! I am an Episcopalian like Suzanne and we have a tradition of being very open to asking questions and having doubts at time about our faith. This book really complimented my journey of discovery to find out what I truly believe. I never have really thought about how much of a minority and "out of the club" other faith traditions must feel like in this country and those revelations from a Jewish and Muslim perspective were enlightening. Our book club at my church has now picked it for our church to read and I highly recommend it to help start discussions on matters of personal faith journeys.
Erin S. reviewed The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew -- Three Women Search for Understanding on
Helpful Score: 2
I thought the book was well written and original. I liked how all three authors were able to communicate their differences and ask questions about eachothers faith without controversary. Definately a conversation book worth discussing.
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was wonderful that 3 different women decided to come together to exchange ideas openly for the great purpose of educating their children. I recommend this book to anyone because you will learn something about another religion. My only complaint about the book was Suzanne's portrayal of the Catholic Church. I felt that there was no one in the book to say âhey now, wait a minuteâ¦that's not really how it is!â when she put down the Catholic faith that she fell away from. Aside from that, I thought the book was excellent!
Sandra E. reviewed The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew -- Three Women Search for Understanding on
Great book. These authors are so honest with one another. There is no sugar coating here. They handle the tough topics. The confront one another yet more importantly grow clearer in their own faith journey through their encounter. They learn respect for the faith of others by asking the tough questions. Well done.