Sunday, April 22, 2007

"A Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew walk into a room..."

Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Pricilla Warner were virtual strangers brought together by their mutual desire to write a picture book for their children which would highlight the connections between the three Abrahamic faiths. Their talks soon led to more misunderstandings than connections so they decided to further investigate their own stereotypes and preconceptions. They continued their meetings recording each one and keeping individual journal entries, this book is the result of those meetings; told through their alternating three voices.
Ranya is the Muslim who originally came to Faith Club feeling like she had her faith but possibly no religion, like other Muslims might look at her as if she were not a "real Muslim" because she did not cover her head or follow the ritual in the proscribed manor. The other two saw Suzanne, as the Christian representative, as the "lucky one" possessing both religion and faith (rather rigidly as Pricilla saw it, initially) and living in the majority of the American population. Pricilla had the most doubts and came to Faith Club with religion but no faith.
Through their faith club meetings they not only came to a new understanding of each other's faiths but began an inner soul searching and began questioning their own beliefs. The three felt like they had come away from it each with two new intimate soul friends and a deeper understanding of their god and the Abrahamic brotherhood.
What did i come away from it with? Some very interesting thoughts, an ever-lengthening reading list, and a still agnostic soul. I would still recommend this book and would love to see a few thousand faith/understanding clubs sprouting up never know, it might lead to a more peaceful world...

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