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

by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner

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Traces how three American women of different faiths worked together to understand one another while identifying the connections between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, during which they openly discussed the issues that divided them.

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"The Faith Club" is a memoir of spiritual reflections in three voices that will make readers feel as if they are eavesdropping on the authors' private conversations, provocative discussions, and often controversial opinions and conclusions. The authors wrestle with the issues of anti-Semitism, prejudice against Muslims, and preconceptions of Christians at a time when fundamentalists dominate the public face of Christianity. They write beautifully and affectingly of their families, their losses and grief, their fears and hopes for themselves and their loved ones. And as the authors reveal their deepest beliefs, readers watch the blossoming of a profound interfaith friendship and the birth of a new way of relating to others. ~Goodreads
  Interfaithbib | Nov 11, 2021 |
Reading again for our bookclub ( )
  Jolene.M | Jul 30, 2020 |
I was frankly amazed at the preconceptions and misinformation that the co-authors had about one another's religions at the start of the book. The depth of ignorance -- and the accidental insults caused by that ignorance -- took me aback. But the decision they made to overcome that ignorance and to communicate openly with one another plus their willingness to give each other (repeated) lessons in Respecting Others' Religions 101 were what makes the book worth reading.

If you are already fairly knowledgeable about religions-not-your-own and aware of the way (Protestant) Christianity permeates/dominates culture in the US, you may find this book a bit remedial, like I did. But for those who haven't been exposed to multiple religious points of view or who have never been in a position to comfortably and non-intrusively ask questions of practitioners of other faiths, I think this book may provide a decent starting point. ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
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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.

When an American Muslim woman befriends two other mothers, one Jewish and one Christian, they decide to educate their children about their respective religions. None of them guessed their regular meetings would provide life-changing answers and form bonds that would forever alter their struggles with prejudice, fear, and anger. Personal, powerful, and compelling, The Faith Club forces readers to face the tough questions about their own religions.

Pioneering, timely, deeply thoughtful, and full of hope, The Faith Club’s caring message will resonate with people of all faiths.
  St-Johns-Episcopal | Jul 16, 2017 |
This nonfiction work is a compilation of three women who take a journey in their faiths as they gain understanding through the sharing of their beliefs and lives. ( )
  niquetteb | Jan 21, 2016 |
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