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

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Three brave women cross barriers, educate and inspire!

I was asked to read this and lead a bookclub at my church. At first I was put off by the oversensitivity and whining of the main characters, but as the book progresses, they begin to confront their assumptions, challenge themselves and each other, and grow as friends ...
I was asked to read this and lead a bookclub at my church. At first I was put off by the oversensitivity and whining of the main characters, but as the book progresses, they begin to confront their assumptions, challenge themselves and each other, and grow as friends and human beings. Lots of new information about each religion is included, which serve to educate the reader as well, as we begin to question our own stereotypes around people of other faiths. I felt I had important insights about the point of view of someone from another experience than my own, and I grew fond of these brave, tenacious women, who wouldn't stop trying to find common ground or come to a place of respect and appreciation for each other's beliefs! I love the way the book is organized, alternating transcripts of recordings from their actual meetings in real time, with look-back commentary from three perspectives. A quick and easy read, and made for a very lively discussion at the book club. If EVERYBODY read this, there would be a lot more harmony between neighbors of differing faiths, and a lot less misinformation circulating! And there are ample materials included to help readers who wish to follow their lead and form their own Faith Club discussion groups. Well worth the time and effort.

posted by Aprilsongs7 on October 4, 2009

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

faith?

While each of the authors are religious and identify with a certain faith (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), not one was active in their faith. They may have gone to church or the mosque but it didn't seem like any was actually involved in a relationship with their God...
While each of the authors are religious and identify with a certain faith (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), not one was active in their faith. They may have gone to church or the mosque but it didn't seem like any was actually involved in a relationship with their God. I was expecting to hear about their personal relationships and walks with God, but all I heard was traditions. This should be called "Religion Club" not "Faith Club." All it did was irritate me that I could have read a book on each individual religion and experience the same knowledge.

posted by S_Mama on December 26, 2009

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  • Posted December 26, 2009

    faith?

    While each of the authors are religious and identify with a certain faith (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), not one was active in their faith. They may have gone to church or the mosque but it didn't seem like any was actually involved in a relationship with their God. I was expecting to hear about their personal relationships and walks with God, but all I heard was traditions. This should be called "Religion Club" not "Faith Club." All it did was irritate me that I could have read a book on each individual religion and experience the same knowledge.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    HATED THIS SO MUCH I COULDNT FINISH IT! HORRIBLE, INACCURATE, STEREOTYPED

    As an American Muslim who's name is also Ranya, I was intrigued at the idea of this book. But not even 1/2 way into it, I could no longer continue. Ranya Idliby needs to get her facts straight. She flat out misquoted the Quran, gave incorrect facts and was very weak/shallow in her religion. I am not that religious, I dont wear a head scarf or anything but even I was outraged. I know several Jewish women who also hated this book saying Pricilla was very sterotyped and a horrible portrayal of a Jewish woman. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY! Just talk to your friend's to get the inside scoop on different cultures/religions...you'll learn more that way!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    Faith 'less' Club

    Where is the 'faith' in the faith club? Disappointing from a 'religious' stand point. Interesting women, kind women, caring women -- but none of them except for Ranya have any idea on what it means to have 'faith' in their religion. Most disappointing is the Christian author - what a sell out - she folded to the others thoughts and ideas and didn't stand on her own two feet on what Christianity is all about. Very disappointing. I was left feeling cheated at the end..I thought each would strongly stand for what they believed instead of the 'new age' feeling I came away with.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    It depends on why you're reading the book.  I learned something

    It depends on why you're reading the book.  I learned something about liberal Muslim , Jewish and Christian beliefs and thought and about Palestinian history from it.  For accuracy and truth about Christianity, however, which I'm well versed about, it is considerably off the mark.  When Jesus asked  Peter, "who do you say I am?"  , Peter replied, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God."   Jesus said he would build His church upon that confession (not upon Peter).   That is still a core belief of the Christian faith.   .

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    Just OK

    What I thought was the premise of the book wasn't exactly what the reader gets. You learn quickly that the women are well off. They seem to be very self-absorbed. They don't always leave room for anyone else to have an opinion that is different from theirs. When asking my pastor some questions about parts of the book, he wasn't quite as liberal as they seemed to want the reader to be. Still not sure what they tried to children in the book they wanted to write.

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