Posted by: Calvin | February 22, 2008

The Faith Club – Part II

My book club recently read The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew-Three Women Search for Understanding, by Rayna Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner.  About 1/3 through the book, I posted some initial impressions and had the pleasure of a visit to my site with a comment from one of the authors, Priscilla Warner.

As expected, we had a lively discussion at our book club meeting, but different in many ways from the discussions that the authors wrote about in the book.  The authors were three religious women who happened to practice different religions.  We had a different dimension . . . we had a mix of very religious and not very religious attendees. 

Most of the women at our book club meeting were Christian, one was Jewish, and others were closer to agnostic (unfortunately none of us was Muslim).  Some grew up in religious homes, married within their religion and continued their faith with their families. Some grew up in religious homes and choose not to raise their children with a specific religion.  Some grew up with little religion or in mixed religion homes and have families with little focus on religion.  Another did not grow up in a religious home but has decided to expose her children to her husband’s religion.  Of those with great faith some participated in organized religion and others explored their faith on a more personal level. 

As the discussion progressed, we had some philosphical disagreements, but mostly opportunities for greater understanding of each other’s beliefs or lack thereof.

For some the book was intensely personal.  For others it was more educational and informative.  For all, however, it was very thought provoking. 

We talked for hours about The Faith Club.  We were all tired by the end of the evening and choose a much lighter subject for our next book.  We are now reading

One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World (Hardcover) The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the Worldby Eric Weiner

I have only read a couple of chapters, but so far it is very entertaining.  My guess is that at the next book club meeting we will have a shorter discussion about the book and more time just to talk to each other.  Regardless, the second Monday evening of every month, I will meet with my book club friends and we will be in a “Happy Place” in our geographical area of the world.

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