The Faith Club

The Faith Club

A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew-- Three Women Search for Understanding

Book - 2006
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"Welcome to the Faith Club. We're three mothers from three faiths -- Islam, Christianity, and Judaism -- who got together to write a picture book for our children that would highlight the connections between our religions. But no sooner had we started talking about our beliefs and how to explain them to our children than our differences led to misunderstandings. Our project nearly fell apart." After September 11th, Ranya Idliby, an American Muslim of Palestinian descent, faced constant questions about Islam, God, and death from her children, the only Muslims in their classrooms. Inspired by a story about Muhammad, Ranya reached out to two other mothers -- a Christian and a Jew -- to try to understand and answer these questions for her children. After just a few meetings, however, it became clear that the women themselves needed an honest and open environment where they could admit -- and discuss -- their concerns, stereotypes, and misunderstandings about one another. After hours of soul-searching about the issues that divided them, Ranya, Suzanne, and Priscilla grew close enough to discover and explore what united them. The Faith Clubis a memoir of spiritual reflections in three voices that will make readers feel as if they are eavesdropping on the authors' private conversations, provocative discussions, and often controversial opinions and conclusions. The authors wrestle with the issues of anti-Semitism, prejudice against Muslims, and preconceptions of Christians at a time when fundamentalists dominate the public face of Christianity. They write beautifully and affectingly of their families, their losses and grief, their fears and hopes for themselves and their loved ones. And as the authors reveal their deepest beliefs, readers watch the blossoming of a profound interfaith friendship and the birth of a new way of relating to others. In a final chapter, they provide detailed advice on how to start a faith club: the questions to ask, the books to read, and most important, the open-minded attitude to maintain in order to come through the experience with an enriched personal faith and understanding of others. Pioneering, timely, and deeply thoughtful,The Faith Club's caring message will resonate with people of all faiths. For more information or to start your own faith club visit
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9780743290470
Branch Call Number: 201. 5 IDL
Characteristics: viii, 308 p. ; 22 cm.


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Sep 15, 2019

I was pretty disappointed in this book. The Christian woman became a Universalist, and the Muslim and Jewish women were such feminists they just cherry picked their religions and pretty much made God fit their idea of what they wanted him to be.

Apr 02, 2019

A book that highlights the commonalities between the authors' religions without shying away from the conflicts. Above all, it's a story of personal faith and how it is challenged by exposure to different viewpoints, as well as by everyday life and world events.

May 21, 2018

As someone with a degree in Religious History I had great hopes for the concept of this book as an antidote to the vapid, cult-like delusional religious fervor that has infected swathes of our land. Alas, this book -- with its brilliant format and concept -- + very nice lady authors who had great intention -- is as silly in terms of comparing and connecting religions as comparing Little Red Riding Hood to Peter Pan. Very sad to see the childish level of thinking bringing the authors to a low common denominator rather than raising their mutual awareness. But the nice part is they became true friends along the way no matter their respective "religions."

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