They didn’t talk. Not for ten years. Not about faith anyway. Instead, this Christian mother and her Muslim daughter tiptoed with pain around the deepest divide in their lives—the daughter’s choice to leave the Christian faith, convert to Islam and become a practicing Muslim.
Now in their new book Undivided, the mother journeys with her daughter through a struggle to heal their divide, facing their deepest question: Can they learn to love each other in a whole new way?
An important work for parents whose adult children have left the family’s belief system, it will help those same grown children as they wrestle to better understand their parents. More than all, it will point divided parents of all walks of life to release their divides to Christ as He heals their hearts, relationships, families and homes.
About Patricia Raybon
Journalist Patricia Raybon is the award-winning author of My First White Friend, I Told the Mountain to Move, and a One Year® Tyndale devotional God’s Great Blessings. Her latest book, on healing family divides, is Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace. It releases in April 28th from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The book was featured on the Today Show during Holy Week, along with Patricia and her daughter, for a segment exploring how faith unites or divides. Patricia is a former magazine editor at The Denver Post and served 15 years as a professor of journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Now a full-time author, Patricia writes books and essays on mountain-moving faith and blogs at her website, patriciaraybon.com.
Patricia’s Success Tip
My best advice for a purposeful, passionate and prosperous life is found in Matthew 6:33, which said “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all other things will be added unto you.” In other words, serve God and His world. Help others. Think less of yourself and more of other people. Don’t work to achieve, work to serve. You’ll find purpose, passion and prosperity, and “all other things” will be added unto you. This approach never fails. You can take it to the bank, and the resource never runs dry! Aim to serve. You’ll never regret this approach.
One of Patricia’s Favorite Quotes
“We can do no great things; only small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa
Jory’s Success Tip
Focus on nurturing healthy, meaningful relationships if you want to live a healthy, meaningful life.
One of Jory’s Favorite Quotes
“Struggling in your family to come together? Turn from your troubles and turn in prayer, together, to the Perfect Unity. What you can’t fix, the Trinity already has sealed, then healed.” ~Patricia Raybon
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