A “Best Spiritual Book of the Year.”
Spirituality & Practice

Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam

A collaborating pastor, rabbi and Imam share their stories, challenges, and the inner spiritual work necessary to go beyond tolerance to a vital, inclusive spirituality. Includes practical advice to help you embody their revolutionary spirit of healing.

Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman

6 x 9, 192 pp | 978-1-59473-263-8

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A deeply personal journey to interfaith collaboration that offers hope for an inclusive and healing way of being together in the world.

Too often religion seems to fuel more hatred than love, more conflict than collaboration. Interfaith Talk Radio’s “interfaith amigos”—a pastor, a rabbi and an Imam—provide a rich understanding of the road to interfaith collaboration by sharing their stories, challenges, and the inner spiritual work necessary to go beyond tolerance to a vital, inclusive spirituality.

From their deep commitment and lived experience, they present ways we can work together to transcend the differences that have divided us historically. Together they explore:

  • The five stages of the interfaith journey
  • The power of our stories
  • The core of our traditions
  • The promises and problems of our traditions
  • New dimensions of spiritual identity
  • And much more

Along with inspiring insights and encouragement for tapping into the promise of interfaith dialogue, they provide practical actions, additional readings and discussion questions to help you embody their revolutionary spirit of healing.

“Courageously address[es] those who are indifferent or even opposed to [interfaith] intercommunication.... No topic is off-limits…. Designed to produce meaningful learning, sharing, appreciation of all faiths, and deepening of one’s own faith as well.”

Jewish Book World

“A masterful first-hand account of interfaith dialogue. Insightful, interesting, informative, and important ... [will be] of great interest to individual readers and a rich resource for religious communities seeking to create such dialogue.”

Marcus J. Borg, best-selling author, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith and other books

“The openness of these men to discussing their own, sometimes rocky, faith journeys gives this book a special charm.... A valuable book for those interested in reaching out to people of other beliefs.”

Catholic Library World

“[A] very personal book … proposes a road map for spiritual growth and interfaith cooperation. It will open [our] hearts and minds to each other and each other’s faith traditions.”

Rabbi Leonard A. Schoolman, founding director, Center for Religious Inquiry, New York; author, The Changing Christian World: A Brief Introduction for Jews

“Leads you inside [interfaith] conversation among men who have built strong personal bonds as they have engaged in serious dialogue…. Tells a personal tale within the context of a general guide to dialogue. The blend of these two elements gives this book a unique place among the many guides to interfaith dialogue.”

Congregational Libraries Today

“Not an ordinary book, rather the lived experience of three religious leaders and the exploration of their faith differences. Lifts up a way to peaceful living based in understanding and compassion.”

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, former general secretary, The National Council of Churches in Christ (United States)

“Courageous…. Provides an essential and inspiring guide to religious healing and the human step to spiritual maturity.”

David Korten, board chair, YES! Magazine; author, Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

“Rich and edifying.... Offers a valuable window into the new frontier of interreligious relations through the lenses of three who have been consciously exploring it during the past decade. They render an appreciated service ... for the benefit of the increasing number of people who are, with map in hand, seeking compass bearings on a journey of their own.”

Koinonia Newsletter

“Brings us something new: true and honest friendship as evidenced in tough talk and deep interspiritual sharing. Read this book and live it. Get your clergy to do the same.”

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice

“The authors write frankly about issues of awkwardness and confusion, and about matters of pride.... Recommended.”

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

“Important. The perfect book to introduce the world of interfaith cooperation and understanding [and] a great way for any local religious community’s adult study group to safely dive in.”

Rev. Bud Heckman, director for external relations, Religions for Peace; author, InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook

“Written with clarity, insight and wisdom ... provides a judicious model for developing bonds across religious boundaries.  Read it—and put its recommendations into practice.”

Sr. Mary C. Boys, Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York City; co-author, Christians & Jews in Dialogue: Learning in the Presence of the Other

“The perspective explore[d] in this adventuresome paperback is an inclusive spirituality [that] can serve as a healing balm for the wounds suffered by people and the planet.”

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