The Bread of Angels: A Journey to Love and Faith

The Bread of Angels: A Journey to Love and Faith

by Stephanie Saldana
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The Bread of Angels: A Journey to Love and Faith by Stephanie Saldana

A riveting memoir about one woman's journey into Syria under the Baathist regime and an unexpected love story between two strangers searching for meaning.
 
When Stephanie Saldaña arrives in Damascus, she is running away from a broken heart and a haunted family history that she has crossed the world to escape. Yet as she moves into a tumbling Ottoman house in the heart of the Old City, she is unprepared for the complex world that awaits her: an ancient capital where Sunni and Shia Muslims, Christians, Alawites, Kurds, and Palestinian and Iraqi refugees share a fragile co-existence.

Soon she is stumbling through the Arabic language, fielding interviews from the secret police, and struggling to make the city her own. But as the political climate darkens and the war in neighboring Iraq threatens to spill over, she flees to an ancient Christian monastery carved into the desert cliffs, where she is forced to confront the life she left behind. Soon she will meet a series of improbable teachers: an iconoclastic Italian priest, a famous female Muslim sheikh, a wounded Iraqi refugee, and Frédéric, a young French novice monk who becomes her best friend.

What follows is a tender story of a woman falling in love: with God, with her own life, with a country on the brink of chaos, and with a man she knows she can never have. Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, The Bread of Angels celebrates the hope that appears even in war, the surprising places we can call home, and the possibility of true love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307280466
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/08/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 660,570
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Stephanie Saldaña grew up in Texas and received a B. A. from Middlebury College and a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School. She was a Watson and Fulbright scholar and has won several awards for her poetry. She lives in Jerusalem and teaches at the Honors College for Liberal Arts and Sciences, a partnership of Bard College and Al-Quds University.

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The Bread of Angels: A Journey to Love and Faith 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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BGTMama More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. For its beautiful prose, its beautiful love story, its search for meaning, the way it shares other cultures, especially ones that are so foreign to many in these trying times. It teaches us that we are all one, that we are more alike than different, and the differences we have are not so scary. I admire Stephanie for her courage to travel alone to places I would not dare to go alone, I admire her for opening her heart so that we could learn from her journey. This is a book I will keep on my bookshelf forever to read and reread. Thank you Stephanie Saldana.
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This story of the author's year in Damascus, Syria, is filled with almost unimaginable riches. There's something in this narrative for everyone - from the romantic who will be stirred by the author's love story, to the reader interested in the Middle East who will be enlightened by the author's unpretentious insights into the region and its people, to the seeker who will be moved by the author's journey to renewed faith. Highly recommended.