Michelle Rader's Reviews > Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
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Feb 21, 2011

it was amazing

This was a fascinating book on several levels: 1) as a memoir of what it is like to grow up in America as an Indian immigrant, 2) a personal journey of faith and 3) an appeal for people of different faiths to dialogue and work together.

His vision of religious pluralism is not one that says " all religions are the same and the differences don't really matter.". Instead he has real respect for the uniqueness of each religion, for following ones own convictions, for searching out truth. His vision is one where you can dialogue with someone of another religion with respect, while at the same time believing your religion is right and hoping you could convert them - not out of superiority but from genuinely caring that others would know truth. It is a nuanced and engaging vision.

He also makes the point many times throughout the book that our early religious influences have a huge impact on us, and can turn the course of our lives, for good or ill. If the voice young people first hear is the voice of violence and extremism, they may turn to violence. He identifies that young people are Ultimately looking for meaning and identity, and it depends on what voices they hear, as to what answers will draw them. He has dedicate his life to building interfaith dialogue that will help strengthen young people's faith and build understanding and friendship between young believers of different religions.

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