It's Really All about God : How Islam, Atheism, and Judaism Made Me a Better Christian
Praise for It's Really All About God"Why are thousands not saying what this man is saying? Such obvious truth must be made even more obvious, and this is exactly what Samir Selmanovic is doing for all of us and for the future of humanity. After you read this wise book, you will say, 'Of course!' and 'Thank God!'" -Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico"We need a million more Samirs on the planet-people of conviction and humility who know that the vast mystery called God calls us not to the arrogance of 'ownership' but to the beloved community." -Parker J. Palmer, author, A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, and The Courage to Teach"Samir Selmanovic offers a deeply personal reflection on faith, doubt, and ultimately, spiritual peace. . . . [He tells] a sophisticated and introspective story that simultaneously stirs the heart, challenges the intellect, and inspires the soul." -Daisy Khan, executive director, American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA)"In a world in which religious traditions are too often digging their heels into the tired sod of exclusionary self-righteousness, this love song to the God of all Existence is a much longed for work of hope and optimism."
New York City pastor Selmanovic synthesizes his upbringing in a Muslim-atheist household and his own conversion to Christianity as a young adult to create this concise and entertaining interfaith memoir. The author vividly describes his childhood in Yugoslavia, where his Muslim father and Christian mother reveled in multicultural cooking and entertaining. Essentially raised to be an atheist, Selmanovic shattered his parents' world when he converted to Christianity at age 18 during his required army service. Searching for his own Christian identity, he eventually came to the United States in 1990, only to become frustrated that American organized religion confirmed some of his father's criticisms. Selmanovic's story goes much deeper while still being respectful of, and fair to, all faiths and beliefs. An active member of the interfaith movement, Selmanovic actually moves beyond just creating harmony between faiths toward achieving a detente between people of faith and atheists. He challenges clergy to reclaim a space outside institutional walls and Christians to tone down conversion rhetoric. Sprinkled throughout are Selmanovic's entertaining and illustrative anecdotes, including the quite memorable "Theology of Hemorrhoids." (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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September 22, 2009
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