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Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & a Sheikh Paperback – Jun 1 2009

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing: Div of Longhill Partners (June 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594732639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594732638
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent presentation on the subject of interfaith dialogue amongst the three major Abrahamic faiths. It would make a helpful aid for a discussion group. Interfaith action is the direction to embark upon if we are ever to have peace in our world.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Interfaith through New Eyes June 29 2009
By Catherine Fransson - Published on
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The friendship of the Three Amigos (since Sept. 11, 2001), has broken fresh ground in the world of interfaith dialogue. Recounting how they each opened the door to welcome the other, voicing the challenging tenets of each faith, and expressing hope through their personal story and vulnerability, Don, Ted and Jamal widen the path into a world not only of tolerance, but of understanding past and present violence, deepening mutual respect, and new ways to encounter the Other. A shared voice narrates this slim volume which includes personal reflections on four different topics. We hear each voice, and we hear the whole. Because of their friendship, this book is not didactic, but real. Not merely instructive, but affecting. This view will give you fresh hope for a new beginning to venture onto the shared path.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A rich and encouraging work Aug. 14 2009
By Sparko - Published on
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I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to broaden their understanding of how the Abrahamic faiths can operate in a real-world, open-hearted, spiritual context. Although the work is integrative in many respects, the content and approach serve to enrich the reader's understanding of each tradition in its own right. The content ranges from engaging personal stories, to exploration of specific content from religious teachings, to guides on how to initiate and support dialogue among people of different religious and spiritual backgrounds. The authors explore what they find beautiful as well as what they find uncomfortable in their traditions, and do so in a manner that invites inquiry and evokes hope.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Hope and Help in Disheartening Times July 19 2009
By Sally J. Gilbertdevargas - Published on
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Do not be deceived by the light-hearted, easy-going appearance of this slim paperback book. Inside its covers you will find a surprising depth of experience that will evoke a full range of emotional responses. A Christian pastor, a Jewish Rabbi and a Muslim Sheikh share their courageous journey that began on 9/11 and continues to deepen and broaden every day. They take us beyond the safe zones of interfaith dialogue, down the slippery slope of confronting the "truths and untruths" in each of their respective traditions. This is not a journey for the faint of heart. Nor is this a theoretical account of what "could be" or "should be," but it is rather an honest, practical guide to what can be, and even what must be if we are to achieve peace and reconciliation in our time. As Jamal says, "Only that which comes from the heart can open the heart." Read this book, take it to heart, and share it with others, and you will experience the truth in these words.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
beautiful and inspiring book Aug. 20 2009
By Sara E. Davies - Published on
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In this short but inspiring volume, the authors suggest meaningful dialogue is possible only when we let go of the fears that prevent us from listening to one another. We don't need to be threatened by beliefs or practices that differ from our own. We can remain secure in our own traditions, while opening ourselves to new perspectives. As we learn to listen more deeply, we discover and are enriched by the unique insights of each faith tradition. The "three amigos" recount their religious journeys, personal practices, and share what each of them loves, questions, and wants us to know about his own religion. These revealing and moving stories capture the essence of spirituality - the wellspring of life from which humanity emerges, the face of God reflected in each of us. - Sara Davies, co-author, Great is Peace: A Modern Commentary on Talmud Bavli Tractate Derek Eretz Zuta
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
MUST READ for any HUMAN BEING! July 13 2009
By K. F. King - Published on
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This book is written for every human being with a heart. You will feel your heart open to love and kindness in just the first few pages. I am buying it for several of my friends as a gift of hope for the future, knowing that this book promotes a healing, understanding and love. As Rabbi Ted says, "From Strength to Strength, PEACE to PEACE and from love to love. We can all use a little help.

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