Sharone, Ruth Broyde. “Minefields and Miracles: Why God and Allah Need to Talk”, Book Baby, 2013.
“Minefields and Miracles: Why God and Allah Need to Talk” is both a memoir and an overview of the interfaith movement. I also see it as a way to promote mutual respect among people of differing beliefs. Ruth Broyde Sharone uses interfaith engagement as her personal and global mission. She finds great strength in her own Jewish faith but she also has a need to se the other faiths as both friends and as a fellow travelers. She thus began to try to understand the concepts of the other and the stranger.
As I read this, I realized that I was in the process of finding a new definition for faith and I mention this because it seems to me that we are still using a definition that has been around as long as we had the ability to think. I realize now that faith is a bridge between and among differing religions but it is a bridge that must be built by the person who wants to use it. Unlike a fence, a bridge is a connector and not a barrier.
When Ruth Sharone’s was 21 and in Latin America, she realized that the travel by was biting her severely and it was on that trip came her decision to see the rest of the world. As a journalist and as a documentary filmmaker, Ruth has traveled in Europe and spent some 10 years making films in Israel. It was in Israel that she became fully aware of the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
After 9/11, she screened her film, “God and Allah Need to Talk” in Barcelona, Spain where she got her “first taste of ‘interfaith paradise’” and she inspired to intensify her interfaith activities universally. In this book she shares her photographs of her journeys and also includes some historical photos of the remarkable individuals from around the world who participated in the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.
Today Ruth travels and speaks extensively in churches, mosques, synagogues and universities. This book is a global interfaith adventure that is as entertaining as it is a serious memoir. Its appeal is for those who want to explore beyond the boundaries of their native belief systems and thus develop a sincere appreciation for other points of view without necessarily abandoning their own.
The book is written in a conversational tone so that the reader feels that Ruth is right beside him/her. The stories are fascinating and the author’s passion is contagious. She documents her travels and encounters and we realize that God and Allah are just different names for the One True God .Here is the perfect way to begin discussing this.