WHAT READERS HAVE SAID ON AMAZON
5.0 out of 5 stars Good news for those seeking positive solutions to religious
conflicts, May 16, 2012
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Broyde Sharone is a beloved interfaith activist/film maker well known here in
Los Angeles and around the world for her commitment to building bridges of
understanding among those of different faiths. I have shown her classic
documentary "God and Allah Need to Talk" at numerous presentations
when I have given workshops on the interfaith movement: it beautifully captures
how Jews, Muslims and Christians in the LA area came together after 9/11 to
celebrate their common legacy as children of God and as the spiritual
descendants of Abraham. Ruth Sharone has also been a tireless champion of a
Parliament for the World's Religions, a global organization that meets every
five years and brings together between 6,000-9,000 religious leaders concerned
with promoting peace, justice, spirituality, environmentalism, etc.
A gifted and entertaining storyteller, with a hopeful, yet realistic outlook,
Ruth offers insights into this growing interfaith movement, which has not
received the media attention it deserves. (Even Amazon does not have a category
for books relating to this global movement.) Deeply committed to her Jewish faith,
she appreciates and celebrates those of other faiths, including Muslims, with
whom she has worked closely over the years. This is a must-read for those
interested in peace and spirituality.
5.0 out of 5 stars global adventures in interfaith encounter, May 15, 2012
This is a
book of the first importance. At a time when religion is often associated with
intolerance and even violence, Ruth Sharone has written a book demonstrating
through her life story how genuine interreligious dialogue can transform
practioners and make a positive difference in the world. The book is charmingly
written with a freshness, seriousness and wit that make it a real page-turner.
The author is a very gifted story-teller, who has tirelessly travelled the
world spreading the interfaith message of harmony in the midst of differences,
and religious cooperation for the common good
She herself is a committed Jew whose love of Judaism shines through her
narrative. And it is precisely this commitment that, in her case, has opened
her to the truth and beauty of other faiths. Interfaith dialogue does not
homogenize or erase the differences that characterize individual faiths.
Rather, as Ms. Sharone demonstrates so beguillingly, it deepens one's own faith
and at the same time builds a deep trust in one's partner in dialogue.
Spiritual globalization is at least as important as economic or technological
globalization, but is not often written about. In showing how interfaith
activity can convert barriers into bridges and enclosures into spaces for
honest and heartfelt comminication, Ruth Sharone has rendered a great service.
This book is a must-read for those curious about contemporary religion in
5.0 out of 5 stars, May 14, 2012
interfaith activist, Ruth's courage and determination to find the Miracles in
the Minefields is inspiring, empowering and simply brilliant. Those interested
in interfaith reconciliation have never read a book like this, filled with real
experiences of someone who puts herself in the middle of any tension, every
conflict, and consistently champions for the voice of all to be heard and
respected. Now that I have read this book, I have a whole new vision of my work
in creating miracles. I flew thru the pages, couldn't put it down.
I also notice that there is no category entitled "INTERFAITH" at
Amazon. I think we all need to be like Ruth and speak up!
5.0 out of 5 stars Interfaith Goodness!, May 15, 2012
Lawrence Morgan (Changchun, China) -
bought the book and can't wait to read it. We need an interfaith section here
on amazon.com so all spiritual seekers can get together and support unity,
spirituality, and cooperation rather than dogma, separation, and onward.
One Goodness for all with many different names!
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and Critical, May 15, 2012
Gardener (Los Angeles, CA USA) -
Broyde-Sharone has crafted an autobiographical narrative that is both
captivating and critical to all who strive to make this world a better place.
If you want to know how you can be part of the solution to the religious strife
that surrounds us, both internationally and locally--or you just want to be
inspired by another person's courage--here's the place to start. "Minefields
& Miracles" is the interfaith instruction manual we've all been
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Global Interfaith Adventure, May 15, 2012
W. Davis "Doris Davis, Interfaith Minister" (Culver City, CA) -
Broyde-Sharone's new book, "Minefields and Miracles: Why God and Allah
Need to Talk" is a global interfaith adventure from start to finish. It is
also an entertaining, gritty and insightful memoir.
Its release points to the need for a new "interfaith" category on
bookstore shelves, for this book represents a movement that will only gain
momentum in this century. It appeals to people who want to explore beyond the
boundaries of their native belief systems and develop a sincere appreciation
for other points of view without necessarily abandoning their own. It is Ruth's
premise that without this openness and generosity of spirit, humanity's future
looks bleak, indeed.
Sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, always bold and courageous, Ruth's
adventure, undertaken with energy and enthusiasm over most of her lifetime
reminds me of Amelia Earhart's definition of courage as "the price that
life exacts for granting peace."
Her book gives many examples of how, by grace and a touch of chutzpah, Ruth,
following her unique calling as an interfaith ambassador, was able to turn
water into wine, dirt into diamonds and minefields into miracles. One is left
with no doubt that she has mastered the art as well as the science of Alchemy
as applied to peacemaking. It makes a significant contribution to the healing
of the world which, in her spiritual tradition is called tikun olam. --Doris W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Add this word to your categories: Interfaith, May
By Waliya "Waliya Inayat" (Los Angeles) -
Ruth is a great
storyteller and a global interfaith worker. Her story reveals so many aspects
of interfaith work, for it is more than having talks about our religions. Ruth
has rolled up her sleeves and done real work.
Her book is a great read and inspiring for those who are unaware of all the
work that is being done in many countries to bring people together, put our
spiritual ideals into practice, and hopefully, create a world of peace.
The media does not report on the work of the interfaith community because as
the saying goes, "if it doesn't bleed it doesn't lead." We need to be
vocal about the yellow journalism that is helping to create a world of distrust
and disharmony. A few years ago when the Pope was going to Turkey the banner on
CNN read, "Clash of Religions." Well, the Pope had a great visit in
Turkey and the story got no coverage; why didn't the banner change to,
"Harmony with the religions"???????
Here in Los Angeles a few years ago the Chief of Police announced they were
going to begin "mapping Muslims" in LA. The interfaith community
stood with the Muslim community and within 2 weeks, the announcement was
rescinded and an apology was given to the community. On the East Coast an
interfaith group helped close down a gun store which the police knew was a
source for many illegal weapons making it onto the street. A hospital that had
just gone chapter 11 could no longer afford a chaplain so the local Culver City
Area Interfaith Alliance volunteered chaplains from the religious communities
represented in their group. reGeneration is educating teachers in non-violent
communication in Israel and Gaza so communities are being created where
teachers, students, and the families of the students are all gaining skill in
having conversations with "the other." This is so we can realize we
are all an "other" to someone. When we come together we can realize
our common human desires for family, community, peace, and sustenance and
appreciate the many ways in which this is expressed.
It would be a great service of Amazon.com to create a new category for
Southern California Committee for the Parliament of World Religions
West Los Angeles Cousins
Founder, Musallah Tauhid, a Muslim/Sufi group that shares sacred space with a
church and a Jewish synagogue.
I want to give you a sample of the work being done but I can't post website
links; here are some suggestions to look up:
Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
United Religions Initiative
The Guibord Center: Religion Inside Out
A Time for Peace by the Yuval Ron Ensemble (video from concert with Jewish,
Muslim, and Christian musicians, outstanding)
reGeneration (funding schools in Israel and the West Bank based upon Waldorf
methodology and teaching non-violent communication and Council Training (a
Temple of Understanding
Charter for Compassion