The Faith Between Us: A Jew and a Catholic Search for the Meaning of God [NOOK Book]

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Scott Korb and Peter Bebergal, two young progressives, share a secret: They believe in God. One is a former wannabe Catholic priest, the other a failed Jewish mystic, and they formed a friendship that's shaped by their common belief. In The Faith Between Us, they engage in a dialogue that ranges widely, from the mundane to the divine. They discuss finding religious meaning in their secular worlds, the moral implications of decisions both personal and political, their different religious cultures, and how their ...
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The Faith Between Us: A Jew and a Catholic Search for the Meaning of God

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Overview

Scott Korb and Peter Bebergal, two young progressives, share a secret: They believe in God. One is a former wannabe Catholic priest, the other a failed Jewish mystic, and they formed a friendship that's shaped by their common belief. In The Faith Between Us, they engage in a dialogue that ranges widely, from the mundane to the divine. They discuss finding religious meaning in their secular worlds, the moral implications of decisions both personal and political, their different religious cultures, and how their lives have been shaped by the pursuit of an authentic, livable faith.
Both a spiritual memoir and an examination of contemporary religion as it's played out in unconventional ways, The Faith Between Us offers an alternative vision of faith in America, one that is equally irreverent and devout, ironic and earnest. For everyone interested in a modern take on keeping faith-and in reclaiming religion from the fundamentalists and literalists who have co-opted it for the right and those on the left who dismiss its redemptive power-The Faith Between Us will be an engaging and thought-provoking read.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

What's the saying? Never discuss sex, God or politics if you want to keep your friends? In this particular case, the questions of faith and God are actually what brought Bebergal and Korb together, initially through a correspondence related to their writings for various online magazines. Faith was not something either particularly discussed with their other friends, even though both hold advanced degrees in religion. Like a conversation that continues all night into the early light of dawn, this collection of stories is filled with the deepest of personal feelings and confessions as well as the mundane details of everyday life. The format-the telling of a story by one, followed by a reflective epilogue by the other-highlights not only the seamlessness of their dialogue, but the depth of their friendship and understanding of each other. No topic is taboo; amid their questioning of faith and God come tales of addiction, neuroses and ineptitude. These thirty-somethings are as diverse as their upbringings, and yet between them they represent a little bit of all of us in this thoughtful, engaging debate about the virtues of faith and the existence of God. (Nov.)

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Bebergal, a "failed Jewish mystic," and Korb, a "former wannabe Catholic priest," delineate their efforts at coming to terms with belief in God as manifested in their daily lives in the secular world. The two freelance writers became friends as a result of reading each other's work in periodicals and sensing they were kindred spirits in their spiritual quests. There are ten stories here, each by one author and with an epilog by the other, on such topics as music and religion, religious vocations, using drugs in the hope of seeing God, memories of loved ones' deaths, bird-watching as a search for God, and the value of prayer. This honest book describes the authors' respective quests for the divine despite their own worldly shortcomings-e.g., Peter once abused drugs and alcohol, and Scott experienced an obsessive-compulsive pursuit of perfection. It has value as a kind of self-help text in that it may provide reassurance for readers with uncertainties of their own. Of interest to public libraries. [Freakonomicscoauthor Stephen J. Dubner writes the introduction.-Ed.]
—Denise J. Stankovics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596919884
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/6/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,120,788
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)
  • File size: 830 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Bebergal graduated from Brandeis University and the Harvard Divinity School. His essays, stories, and interviews have appeared in Salon, Nextbook, Beliefnet, the Believer, and the Boston Globe. He is also an editor at Zeek. Peter teaches writing at Simmons College and lives with his wife and son in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Scott Korb received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and graduate degrees from Union Seminary and Columbia University. He has written for Harper's, Gastronomica, the Revealer, Commonweal, and Killing the Buddha. He lives in Brooklyn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Friendship, life and faith.

    This book is a warm depiction of true friendship, the form it takes between two men and how their individual faiths affect their lives and outlook. It is less about about God than it is about how faith can provide support but also disappoint. The beauty of this book is truly in friendship between the authors and in the delicate way the book concludes. You'll have to read it to see.

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