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Acts of Faith The Story of an American Muslim the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation kindle î eBook 9780807077269 Free Ë johnscyclingdiary Å [Reading] ➶ Acts of Faith The Story of an American Muslim the Struggle for theOf young Acts of PDFEPUBpeople and of the world changing potential of an interfaith youth movementFrom the of Faith The Story of PDFEPUB or Trade Paperback edition Really enjoyed this Patel discusses his own faith journey describes the birth of his organization the Interfaith Youth Core or IFYC and outlines the need for us to create environments in which young people can explore their faith in pluralisticinterfaith settings He manages to weave these three threads together into a really engaging storyThis is a book he writes about how some young people become champions of religious pluralism while others become the foot soldiers of religious totalitarianism Its thesis is simple influences matter programs count mentors make a difference institutions leave their mark He mentions encounters where adult religious leaders were interested in developing mission statements than investing in youth programs or who threw their hands up at the lack of interest teens seemed to express in their churches synagogues and mosues But he doesn't indulge in laying blame or finger pointing He uses these as evidence of the need to spend time and energy on youth programs to engage young people with their faith The totalitarians have put their resources into building youth programs The pluralists haven'tPatel is an brown skinned American Muslim from India If this book was simply a personal story about his faith journey and activism it would have been a good read I was uite impressed with his ability to bring the other threads of the book in in uite a well integrated way His arguments for pluralism are forceful and compelling and the story of building the IFYC would be useful to anyone trying to get a non profit off the groundHis view of pluralism is wonderfully embracing of different faith traditions He feels strongly that interfaith dialogue deepens our understanding of our own religion Religious pluralism is neither mere coexistence nor forced consensus It is a form of proactive cooperation that affirms the identity of the constituent communities while emphasizing that the well being of each and all depends on the health of the whole”He formed the IFYC as a result of his desire to engage young people in than just interfaith dialogue; to use social activism as a way to explore and share religious identity His activist background taught him the value of engagement in what Jews call tikkun olam – healing the world through community service and social justice while his experience of being in leadership capacities instilled in him the necessity for getting youth to become engaged on a level that helps them develop into future leadersHe shares his frustration in trying to get the IFYC funded when he was first starting the organization “You should just you know do local fundraising for your programs one foundation person suggested as he ushered me out of his office I had a sudden urge to grab him by his suit jacket and say “Do you think Osama bin Laden built Al aeda on bake sales”Patel’s book and the story of the IFYC are inspiring and forceful but so positive and constructive I highly recommend it

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With Faith The Story of PDF or a new afterword Acts of Faith is Faith The PDFEPUB #227 a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in I cannot recommend this book highly enough Its a fascinating and super engaging look at one man's life and journey to understand his religious identity and how that journey is universally experienced Patel started a nonprofit organization to bring young people of diverse religious backgrounds together to spend a year doing service work together and through that come to understand and respect each others' cultures He delves into the absolute need for religious pluralism especially when faced with the terrorist threats of extreme fundamentalist religios organizations whose 'soldiers' are overwhelmingly young people who never had any opportunity to learn anything other than hate and fear This book is outstanding and really makes me want to learn about Patel and his organization

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Acts of Faith The Story of an American Muslim the Struggle for the Soul of a GenerationReligious pluralism from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States Eboo Patel's story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion To be honest I was biased at the outset with regards to this book I was determined to dismiss it as the work of yet another apologist begging for acceptance in to the mainstream I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Dr Patel is neither an apologist or desperate for acceptance Patel is an excellent writer and his journey from white washed suburban desi to realistic pluralistic after a stint as a revolutionary marxist was riveting and inspiring What resonated with me the most was his assertion that individuals and organizations involved in interfaith work should assert their identities strongly and not compromise their theology or values for the sake of political expediencycorrectness Basically compromise in that sense is not a condition for cooperation However his division of religious people into totalitarians and pluralists was a bit problematic for me and seemed to lack nuance Overall a worthwhile well written read