Why God and Allah Need to Talk
by Ruth Broyde Sharone
A captivating memoir and colorful overview of the interfaith movement. Seeking a way to promote mutual respect among people of widely divergent beliefs, Ruth Broyde Sharone takes on grass-roots interfaith engagement as her personal and global mission. Strong in her Jewish faith, yet close to Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and others, Ruth has a passionate need to see the “other” and “the stranger” as friend and fellow traveler. Highly regarded and respected for her interfaith activities, the book garnered endorsements from more than 30 global leaders of many faiths, including H.H. the Dalai Lama.
First Place for 2013 Next Generation Indie award for Religious Non-Fiction
Finalist in the International Book Award 2013 in the “Social Change” category
“I have come to believe that the most important and urgent work being done on the planet today is the work of interfaith engagement. Yet regardless of how crucial our mission may be, people always ask us the same question: What propels you to enter these minefields?
“I believe I am responding for myself and for all my interfaith colleagues around the world when I say: We enter this territory because we must. We are compelled by visions of interfaith harmony no less mesmerizing than the ones that captivated the imaginations of our explorer ancestors: visions of a new world, of unlimited potential, of great opportunity and spiritual wealth.
“We know with certainty that our interfaith world is curved, not flat. So do we also know that our faith is not linear. Our faith is particle and wave, as are we.”
“It is the responsibility of all people with an aspiration to spiritual perfection to help develop a deep recognition of the value of other faiths…”
—His Holiness The Dalai Lama
“Ruth Broyde Sharone’s crucial and passionate work in the interfaith community reflects the same values that are cherished in the spiritual community. The vocabulary is not always the same, but the overlap is unmistakable. This book is a must read for individuals who seek to be “collaborators with the Holy” in the quest for peace.”
—Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher and best-selling author, Return to Love, The Age of Miracles
“Readers will connect instantly with this open-hearted, often touching, occasionally hilarious, and always disarmingly personal account of inter-religious adventures and misadventures over a long and colorful lifetime. You may finish this book in an hour or two, but you’ll be thinking about it days later.”
—Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography
“The world needs more narratives of how faith can be a bridge of cooperation, rather than a barrier of division. I deeply thank Ruth Broyde-Sharone for sharing her inspiring stories of bridge-building around the world.”
—Eboo Patel, Founder & President, Interfaith Youth Core
“I strongly support this wonderful book.”
—Cornel West, American philosopher, author, critic, civil rights activist, professor at Princeton University