God's Other Children: Personal Encounters with Faith, Love, and Holiness in Sacred India

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God's Other Children by Bradley Malkovsky is a charming spiritual travelogue that tells the tale of a Catholic religious scholar who goes to India to study Hinduism and winds up falling in love with an Indian woman and marrying into her Muslim family.

Years ago, religious scholar Bradley Malkovsky traveled to India to immerse himself in the study of Hinduism. When he arrived, he was at once bewildered by the nation's unfamiliar customs and amazed by the hospitality and spiritual...

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Overview

God's Other Children by Bradley Malkovsky is a charming spiritual travelogue that tells the tale of a Catholic religious scholar who goes to India to study Hinduism and winds up falling in love with an Indian woman and marrying into her Muslim family.

Years ago, religious scholar Bradley Malkovsky traveled to India to immerse himself in the study of Hinduism. When he arrived, he was at once bewildered by the nation's unfamiliar customs and amazed by the hospitality and spiritual devotion of its people. He could see that God was very much present and at work in the lives of Indian Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims and was also keenly aware that his Christian theology did not adequately prepare him to make sense of how those religions encountered God and what that might mean for his own faith.

Malkovsky's understanding of the complexities and richness of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam deepened when he fell in love with an Indian woman, Mariam, and married into her Muslim family. God's Other Children is Malkovsky's intimate memoir of his incredibly fulfilling years in India, including colorful stories of his healing by a Hindu physician, an experience at a life-changing Buddhist meditation retreat, preparing for his secret wedding, and partaking in the "lifting of the stone" at a famous Muslim shrine. This book is Malkovsky's reflection on the compelling questions about truth, God, and faith that arose during his journey. It is also his challenge to all people, as he begins to understand how the mysterious and transformative love of God as revealed in Christ is evident in every one of God's children, to open themselves up to other religions and create invaluable interfaith dialogue.

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Editorial Reviews

Huston Smith
“The most interesting and inspiring book that I have read in a very long time.”
Seyyed Nasr
God’s Other Children is an important work that I hope will have wide reception among scholars and ordinary readers alike. At the present moment when there is so much misunderstanding and even malicious intent among so many people, the message of this book should be especially welcomed.”
Swami Tyagananda
“Seeing the working of God’s power and love among Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims, Malkovsky’s sensitive, personal and gripping account raises important questions and offers thought-provoking insights to Christians in general and Catholics in particular. His positive and hopeful approach breathes fresh air into our increasingly interreligious world.”
Anantanand Rambachan
God’s Other Children is an intimate and vulnerable self-revelation of the challenges and enrichment of staying committed to one’s tradition and being open to discovery of transformative truths in other traditions. Malkovsky takes us on a journey that illumines both heart and mind.”
Ruben L.F. Habito
“Brad Malkovsky walks with us through his spiritual journey of intimate encounters with the Holy across religious traditions. God’s Other Children is a transformative experience, conveying how the power of Love transcends religious, social, and cultural barriers.”
Francis X. Clooney
God’s Other Children is a remarkable book, and Malkovsky is a wonderful storyteller. Today more than ever we seek to understand this world’s many religions, and Malkovsky has written a classic for our time, a testimony matching our best efforts to keep the faith and celebrate the diversity around us.”
Arvind Sharma
“This compelling personal narrative gives rise to a new interreligious possibility—that the truth may not lie with any one religion but rather in-between them.”
Spirituality and Practice
God’s Other Children is a spiritual adventure story that illustrates the freedom and fulfillment that can be discovered in encounters with other religions and their practices.”
Kirkus Reviews
An American Catholic theologian offers a candid memoir about his unusual spiritual journey and a plea for ecumenical tolerance. A checkered path led the author to his present calling as professor of comparative theology at the University of Notre Dame, as he recounts in these personal essays. Raised in upstate New York, Malkovsky drifted into the Catholic Church via the anti–Vietnam War movement and moved from monastic life to the study of theology in Germany, where he began to learn about liberation theology and "God's preferential option for the poor." His interests in the Hindu-Christian dialogue took him to the University of Pune, India, where he frequented the Christa Prema Seva Ashram and immersed himself in the study of Sanskrit. Malkovsky's years in India profoundly influenced his sense of spirituality--by practicing yoga and meditation, being healed by an Ayurvedic physician, and observing closely the lives of the extremely poor and disenfranchised--but he also met a Muslim woman who became his wife. Though she converted to Catholicism, her family did not immediately accept her choice. Malkovsky shares how his witness and participation in Hindu and Muslim rituals such as burials and weddings have deeply moved and impressed him, adding yet another rich layer to the expression of human spirituality that can be understood and embraced by all. In a long chapter on yoga, the author takes aim at opponents of the practice, called "demonic" by some Catholics and Protestant evangelicals. For Malkovsky, yoga imparted a rigorous control over the body and a "healthy dualism" compatible with Christianity. Refreshingly free of self-serious dogmatism, the author's study of other religions shows how it deepened his commitment to his Christian faith.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061840685
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 773,537
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bradley Malkovskyis associate professor of comparativetheology at the University of Notre Dame. He has degrees from the University of Tübingen, Germany, and has studied Sanskrit and Hindu thought at the University of Poona in Pune, India. He is the editor of the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies and the winner of the Huston Smith Publishing Prize.

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