Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

  • Title: Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
  • Author: Eboo Patel
  • ISBN: 9780807077269
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Acts of Faith The Story of an American Muslim the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation With a new afterword Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United Stat
    With a new afterword Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States Eboo Patel s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people and of the world changing potential of an interfaith youth movement FromWith a new afterword Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States Eboo Patel s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people and of the world changing potential of an interfaith youth movement From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    About Eboo Patel


    1. Named by US News World Report as one of America s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core IFYC , a Chicago based organization building the global interfaith youth movement Author of the award winning book Acts of Faith, Eboo is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today and CNN He served on President Obama s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.


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    1. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Its a fascinating and super engaging look at one man's life and journey to understand his religious identity - and how that journey is universally experienced. Patel started a nonprofit organization to bring young people of diverse religious backgrounds together to spend a year doing service work together, and through that, come to understand and respect each others' cultures. He delves into the absolute need for religious pluralism, especially when fa [...]

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    2. A wonderful book written by an incredible mind and spirit. Part autobiographical, part visionary, Acts of Faith recounts Patel's coming of age as an Indian-American Muslim alongside the development of a vision for a viable, pluralist America. In his words, “This is a story of returning to faith, of finding coherence, of committing to pluralism, and of the influences I owe my life to” (xix). This is a truly hope-inspiring read. I couldn't put this book down, as I was filled with a range of em [...]

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    3. "To see the other side, to defend another people, not despite your tradition but because of it, is the heart of pluralism." Patel writes an excellent memoir of building a movement as he develops his own (religious, political, and social) identity. This is an excellent resource for people engaged with interfaith collaboration, but also for developing leaders in all stripes of social entrepreneurship. He paints a virtual how-to in identifying funding sources, encouraging community support, and sup [...]

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    4. 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 [...]

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    5. Patel is getting a lot of attention for his work, but frankly, it is not because of his writing. This book comes highly recommended not only from people I respect, but with big-name quotes and a major award. The message is stronger than the messenger, which is probably why. Patel is doing good work and he'll let you know that, although he tries to be humble (and fails miserably).The book itself is disjointed. Part of it is about his own life, which can be summarized as upper middle-class kid has [...]

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    6. To be honest, I was biased at the outset with regards to this book. I was determined to dismiss it as the work of yet another apologist begging for acceptance in to the mainstream. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Dr. Patel is neither an apologist or desperate for "acceptance". Patel is an excellent writer and his journey from "white-washed" suburban desi to realistic pluralistic (after a stint as a revolutionary marxist) was riveting and inspiring. What resonated with me the most wa [...]

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    7. I knew Eboo slightly back in college - I was a year behind him, living in the same Residence Hall he talks about in the third chapter. His account of growing up Muslim-Indian-American and how that led him to a career in organizing interfaith youth service projects is both fascinating and well-told. His struggle to integrate the pieces of his identity will feel familiar to many young people of very different backgrounds, and his commitment to encouraging pluralism around the world is inspiring.

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    8. Really enjoyed this. Patel discusses his own faith journey, describes the birth of his organization (the Interfaith Youth Core, or IFYC), and outlines the need for us to create environments in which young people can explore their faith in pluralistic/interfaith settings. He manages to weave these three threads together into a really engaging story."This is a book," he writes, "about how some young people become champions of religious pluralism while others become the foot soldiers of religious t [...]

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    9. Nice story, with a genuinely interesting message. Patel is an interfaith youth coordinator now, but his central point isn't that faith always makes people do great things. It's that faith can be a vehicle for violence and intolerance or it can be a channel for service to humanity and compassion, and which path a person takes is completely dependent on early influences. What people want, and especially young people, he says, is a role, a sense of shaping their world. Either path gives it to them. [...]

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    10. There are several things the author advocates that resonated with me: 1) acknowledging the power of institutions to influence an individual's thought (and thus behavior); 2) focusing on youth as the drivers of social change; and 3) making service the nexus point for dialogue and collaboration. However, I struggle with the author's treatment of the merits of religion, which I found to be superficial. He is right to point out that people can come together by identifying the variety of positive ele [...]

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    11. I can't think of a time when I was more inspired than right now, having just finished Eboo Patel's spiritual memoir. I think he is right: we MUST engage American youth in interfaith dialog and service. It might be the only way to reverse the trend of bigotry and violence that seems to be growing every day in our country and in the world. I am moved; I hope you will be too. Are there sections of this book that, to the casual reader, may seem a little overdone and ultimately extraneous (for instan [...]

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    12. It's a good book yet I felt profoundly misled once I looked outside this book to learn more of the author's Islamic faith.What he apparently is afraid to tell his audiences is that the Ismaili sect of Islam is considered so liberal that many Muslims would say the Ismailis are not Muslim at all.This is particularly astounding given that it was Ismaili's who founded Al Hazar University, possibly the most respected Islamic center of learning on the planet. (It shifted from a Shia/Ismaili base to Su [...]

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    13. I really liked Patel's ideas within this book, but I found it hard to follow/read at many times. There was a lot more history and religious definition that I think I expected from the book. That being said, Patel is an amazing person! He has spoken at my college twice in the last 2 years and has blown me away! It is his charisma, flawless speech-writing, and desire for peace and understanding that drew me to this book. The writing is well-done and I could see bits of his personality shine throug [...]

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    14. Patel, an American Muslim of Indian descent, is the founder and director of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), an organization that promotes interfaith service and dialog.Patel makes a case that religious violence (suicide bombings, etc.) can and is being taught to youth around the world, and that if we wish to counter it we must teach youth a different response:an ethic of service that recognizes common values in a variety of religions while acknowledging and respecting the unique paths each tra [...]

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    15. One of the most eloquent and empowering accounts I have encountered of an individual coming to terms with their faith, marginalized identities, and the desire to do good in the world. This is an amazing book with profound things to say about religion, youth and civic involvement. I'm going to recommend it to everyone I know.April 2012 update: I reread Acts of Faith this week. Still wonderful, three years later. It is amazing how much this book has positively influenced how I see the world.

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    16. This book wandered quite a bit. Patel seems to be a self-promoter and often spent long paragraphs in praise of himself. I was hoping for less of him and more ofwell, something that was not provided. As I've stated in other reviews, as an atheist, I can't understand anyone being beholden to a religion. Yet I seek to understand why and what others believe. This book did not serve my quest well.

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    17. Eboo Patel tells the inspiring story of forming the Interfaith Youth Core. He interweaves coming to terms with complex personal identity (in his case, Muslim, Indian, and American) with stories of the transformative power young people of faith can have when they band together for change. The writing is engaging and makes for a quick read.

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    18. i think i'm in love w/ eboo patel. no seriously, before i ever started the book, i had a dream that i met him at some fundraising dinner, and we were sitting on the same table. loved the book. much of it felt like he was takin words out of my mouth. if we only had more muslims like him in this worldgh

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    19. If we are indeed “each other’s harvest,” as Gwendolyn Brooks writes, then we have work to do, and Patel’s interfaith approach makes complete sense to me. As a person of faith, I want to understand other religions and see parallels. Eboo Patel has written an inspiring book about building connections across the world’s religions. He is an American Muslim from India who grew up believing he could not be all three of those things simultaneously. Patel writes “a story of a generation of y [...]

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    20. I enjoyed Patel’s biography. I especially admired his grandmother, who saves battered and abused women in India. Some churches could take a lesson from her! However, I disagree with Patel's arguments on religious pluralism. Is “political and theological disagreement” useless? No. Political theology in ‘Abrahamic’ religions is one root of violence. Christians want a theocracy. Muslims want a caliphate. Jews want ‘greater Israel.’ These political theologies inevitably clash.Are all r [...]

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    21. This past week I was sitting in mass, attempting to listen to the homily over the loud squawkings of several 3 or 4-year-olds in the congregation, and trying to come to terms with the well of irritation swelling up inside me. I thought, "is there no youth group, no nursery???" and I felt my heart soften as I thought about what this situation must look like to them, barely out of babyhood and aching with a need to run and play while an old man at the front of the room talks about things to which [...]

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    22. Patel goes where you'd expect, urging us to put aside our differences, hold hands, and pursue the common good together. He's clearly very educated, and tries to be teachable, but ends up as one of those folks whose minds are *too* open: everything he puts in is in danger of falling out.This was 2017's One-Book Villanova. Patel is speaking on campus next week. Maybe I'll get to ask him a question.

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    23. I read this on the recommendation of two colleagues, and was not disappointed. Patel is a very confident and insightful young man who does some great social analysis about what makes young people turn from a solid productive faith to a radicalized destructive religion. I actually marveled at his insights that I found were beyond some of the wisest and most mature faith leaders I know. Don't let the details about politics dissuade you from keeping on through this book. It's worth the read.

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    24. This book is the One Book Villanova selection for this year. Eboo Patel is well educated and details how the Interfaith Youth Core was created. He explains that many of the radical individuals who have been suicide bombers and terrorists were just ordinary youths who were influenced by religious totalitarians. Eboo believes that if youths could instead be religious pluralists that there would be peace. The goal of the Interfaith Youth Core is to connect faith, social justice, and diversity.

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    25. Although this is about religious pluralism, it seems so relevant to literally Any Discussion That Is Polarizing Ever (even though it's obv not the same thing). This book came at a time that I needed some hope!!!! thx eboo :)

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    26. As a person who does not look for spirituality except for what is found in the natural world, I found the author's journey through many faiths very helpful in understanding the motivators for a faith-based life.

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    27. This book was a fascinating autobiography that offered much insight people's approaches to religion and the coexistence of multiple faiths. While it was interesting, however, I found it dense and difficult to follow. I might be able to take more out of it in a few years.

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    28. This is an exceptional narrative by a young man who found his own religious beliefs by workign and volunteering with people of other faiths. His contributions to interfaith dialogue are immense.

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    29. It was definitely a page turne. MAkes you understand controversial issues from a different perspective

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