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Minefields and Miracles: Why God and Allah Need to Talk Paperback – April 6, 2012
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From the Back Cover
EBOO PATEL, Founder & President, Interfaith Youth Core: The world needs more narratives of how faith can be a bridge of cooperation, rather than a barrier of division. I deeply thank Ruth Broyde Sharone for sharing her inspiring stories of bridge-building around the world.
MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, best selling author of Return to Love: This book is a must read for individuals who seek to be "collaborators with the Holy," in the quest for peace.
About the Author
Known as the "Interfaith Pilates Coach," Ruth Broyde Sharone empowers people to take on a "global stretch for peace." A self-appointed peacemaker since she was a young girl in Chicago, Ruth is convinced that people--not governments--will ultimately bring about the long-awaited and eagerly hoped for era of global peace. Her combined talents as a journalist, filmmaker, community organizer, inspirational speaker, and peace activist all converged in the spring of 1991 when she orchestrated her first interfaith Passover Seder in Los Angeles, California. She brought together 95 people of diverse faiths to celebrate the universal theme of freedom which later evolved into the Festival of Freedom, an interfaith pilgrimage to Egypt and Israel. Ruth has not looked back, except to marvel at the variety of places her mission has taken her beyond the US: the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. In 2003 as a response to 9/11 Ruth produced and directed the award-winning film, "God and Allah Need to Talk" to promote healing and reconciliation among religiously diverse communities. A former staff member for the global Parliament of the World's Religions, Ruth lives in Los Angeles and serves as Co-Chair of the Southern California Committee for the Parliament (SCCPWR.org). Ruth also serves on the board of STAR Afterschool Education Programs and the Advisory Board of SARAH, an interfaith women's group. She is also a regular correspondent for "The Interfaith Observer," a new on-line interfaith magazine.
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Its release points to the need for a new "interfaith" category on bookstore shelves, for this book represents a movement that will only gain momentum in this century. It appeals to people who want to explore beyond the boundaries of their native belief systems and develop a sincere appreciation for other points of view without necessarily abandoning their own. It is Ruth's premise that without this openness and generosity of spirit, humanity's future looks bleak, indeed.
Sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, always bold and courageous, Ruth's adventure, undertaken with energy and enthusiasm over most of her lifetime reminds me of Amelia Earhart's definition of courage as "the price that life exacts for granting peace."
Her book gives many examples of how, by grace and a touch of chutzpah, Ruth, following her unique calling as an interfaith ambassador, was able to turn water into wine, dirt into diamonds and minefields into miracles. One is left with no doubt that she has mastered the art as well as the science of Alchemy as applied to peacemaking. It makes a significant contribution to the healing of the world which, in her spiritual tradition is called tikun olam. --Doris W. Davis
Ruth is an irresistible story teller able to make you laugh out loud or move you to tears. She has a delightfully refreshing trust in God that keeps her stories moving with anticipation of life's serendipities - such as a message on a billboard or finding a spider in the garden - that can set miracles into motion. Ruth describes her life's journey with humor and grace and loving care, conveying a sense of awe and gratitude.
One of the photos in the book is of Ruth addressing a standing-room only audience. The caption reads, "Who ever heard of an interfaith event selling out?" Whoever has encountered Ruth Broyde Sharon knows it's not as unlikely as you'd think.
This is the first book I am aware of that highlights the many "minefields" associated with this work, such as the deeply held prejudices, the egos and power struggles, the faux pas we all make. It shines the light that much stronger on the "miracles" that keep happening in interfaith encounters, such as the times when a dialogue project or film has to be prepared on a very tight deadline, and it miraculously runs on "God's time" (Ruth's expression) with everything and everybody coming together in an amazing flow.
One of the many, many pictures Ruth shares with us in the book is at Toronto's Scarboro Missions, where she showed us her film: "Why God and Allah Need to Talk" I was particularly impressed by her insisting that at each event she runs, each person identify a next step in our interfaith or peace work, with a commitment to follow through. In the book, she gives us lots of "interfaith pilates" exercises, and discussion questions for groups. And she ends up with a great survey of the international interfaith movement"
Rev. Leslie Gabriel Mezei, Founding Publisher, Interfaith Unity News
Beginning as a young woman, and continuing throughout her life, Ruth has carried a torch for religious understanding. Her travels and encounters are well documented through her engaging storytelling style. I thoroughly enjoyed this book ... I think you will, too.
God and Allah are just different names for the One True God -- it's people who need to talk. This book is all about starting that discussion. Are you ready?
Salaam ... Shalom ... Peace.
Rev. Stacy Goforth, Interfaith Minister
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A very sensitive and thoughtful analysis.
Anything to bring the world's religions together is deeply appreciated.