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It's Really All About God


It's Really All About God

How Islam, Atheism, and Judaism Made Me a Better Christian
1. Aufl.

von: Samir Selmanovic

10,99 €

Verlag: Jossey-Bass
Format: EPUB
Veröffentl.: 25.08.2009
ISBN/EAN: 9780470527313
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 304

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A fresh exploration of a redeeming, dynamic, and radically different way to hold one's religion Samir Selmanovic—who grew up a in a culturally Muslim family in Croatia, converted to Christianity as a soldier in the then-Yugoslavian army, and went on to become a Christian pastor in Manhattan and in Southern California—looks at how our ongoing and sometimes violent power struggles over who owns God and what God wants for the world and its peoples are not serving God, humanity, or our planet. Shows how our religions have become self-serving, God-management systems, however Selmanovic contends—change is possible Offers a path for people of all faiths and traditions for living together on our fragile earth Karen Armstrong said that the book is "asking the right questions at the right time" This is a personal story and a moving exploration of a new way of treasuring one's own religion while discovering God, goodness, and grace in others and in their traditions.
Acknowledgments xi Introduction xv Prologue LifeWins 1 Chapter 1 Living with a Splinter 21 Chapter 2 TheSecretof theOrdinary 45 Chapter 3 God Management Systems 65 Chapter 4 Why Is God Not More Obvious? 95 Chapter 5 Where Does Your Heart Go? 123 Chapter 6 Your God Is Too Big 151 Chapter 7 The Blessing of Atheism 171 Chapter 8 One World at a Time 201 Chapter 9 When My God Becomes Our God 225 Epilogue My Story and Maybe Yours 251 Reader's Guide 271 Notes 287 The Author 293 Index 295
Selmanovic's (founder & Christian coleader, Faith House Manhattan) book is in part the story of his remarkable spiritual and personal journey from Croatian Islam to Christianity to, finally, something richer beyond the conventions of Christian faith. To Selmanovic, modern religions and denominations have become self-serving God-management systems, containers and dispensers of God, and his aim is to embrace the diversities and even the mutually exclusive mysteries of the three Abrahamic faiths and atheism to gain a new perspective that is not about ourselves but about God. VERDICT A touching and personal point of entry into cross-denominational thinking. Recommended. (Library Journal, October 8, 2009)
Samir Selmanovic is a founder and Christian co-leader of Faith House Manhattan and serves on the Interfaith Relations Committee of the National Council of Churches. (samirselmanovic.com)
It's Really All About God Many of us say "Religion? No thanks. I'd rather be spiritual than religious." But our departure from religion is at the very same time a departure from its rich treasures of community, insight, art, practice, organized action, and hard lessons. Without religion, we find ourselves isolated, incoherent, and naïve on our spiritual journeys. It's Really All About God is Samir Selmanovic's personal and moving exploration of a very different way of seeing religion. Selmanovic—who grew up a in a culturally Muslim family in Croatia, converted to Christianity as a soldier in the then-Yugoslavian army, and went on to become a Christian pastor in Manhattan and in Southern California—looks at how our ongoing and sometimes violent power struggles over who owns God and what God wants for the world and its peoples are serving neither God, humanity, nor our planet. Our religions have become self-serving God management systems. Yet—as Selmanovic contends—change is possible. To learn to live together on this fragile earth, authentic believers of all traditions need to see that it's really not about their religion —it's really all about God—God who is about all of us and cannot be owned by any of us. This book is an attempt to look at our religions not merely as adherents but as human beings. Selmanovic believes that love for one's religion is meant to be as dynamic as any love relationship. There must be distance as well as embrace. It's Really All About God is an invitation to acknowledge this tension and serves as a guide to a safe, honest, and hopeful relational place where wholesome love for our religions can thrive. It's Really All About God is a very personal story and a thrilling exploration of a redeeming, dynamic, and radically different way of treasuring one's own religion while discovering God, goodness, and grace in others and in their traditions.
A personal and moving exploration of how people of any faith can treasure what is theirs, while discovering God, goodness, and grace in others and their traditions. "Why are thousands not saying what this man is saying? Such obvious truth must be made even more obvious . . . for all of us and for the future of humanity." —Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation "We need a million more Samirs—people of conviction and humility who know that the vast mystery called God calls us not to the arrogance of 'ownership' but to the beloved community." —Parker J. Palmer, author, Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach "Samir Selmanovic offers a deeply personal reflection on faith, doubt, and ultimately, spiritual peace." —Daisy Khan, executive director, American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) "[T]his love song to the God of all Existence is . . . a work of hope and optimism." —Rabbi Marcia Prager, author, The Path of Blessing: Experiencing the Energy and Abundance of the Divine "If atheists, agnostics, and non-religious people like myself want to gain understanding and improve the world . . . we need to read . . . the freshest and wisest voices of modern progressive religion. Samir Selmanovic's is just such a fresh voice." —Greg Epstein, Harvard University, and author, Good Without God: What a Billion Non-Religious People Do Believe "Samir Selmanovic is asking the right questions at the right time, and refusing the consolations of certainty at a time when strident orthodoxies—atheist as well as religious—are perilously dividing us." —Karen Armstrong, author of The Battle for God and A History of God
“Samir Selmanovic is asking the right questions at the right time, and refusing the consolations of certainty at a time when strident orthodoxies--atheist as well as religious--are perilously dividing us.” —Karen Armstrong, author, A History of God and The Great Transformation “Why are thousands not saying what this man is saying? Such obvious truth must be made even more obvious, and this is exactly what Samir Selmanovic is doing for all of us and for the future of humanity. After you read this wise book, you will say, ‘Of course!’ and ‘Thank God!’” —Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico “We need a million more Samirs on the planet—people of conviction and humility who know that the vast mystery called God calls us not to the arrogance of ‘ownership’ but to the beloved community.” —Parker J. Palmer, author, A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, and The Courage to Teach “Samir Selmanovic offers a deeply personal reflection on faith, doubt, and ultimately, spiritual peace. . . . [He tells] a sophisticated and introspective story that simultaneously stirs the heart, challenges the intellect, and inspires the soul.” —Daisy Khan, executive director, American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) “In a world in which religious traditions are too often digging their heels into the tired sod of exclusionary self-righteousness, this love song to the God of all Existence is a much longed for work of hope and optimism.” —Rabbi Marcia Prager, author, The Path of Blessing: Experiencing the Energy and Abundance of the Divine “If atheists, agnostics, and non-religious people like myself want to gain understanding and improve the world …we need to read not only the hard-line voices of ancient religions but also the freshest and wisest voices of modern progressive religion. Samir Selmanovic's is just such a fresh voice.” —Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain of Harvard University, and author, Good Without God: What a Billion Non-Religious People Do Believe “For all Seekers of the Truth, Samir's deeply insightful, uniquely personal, lyrical quest for a relationship with God provides a clear vision on the need to dig deep, transcending traditional boundaries of faith and theology, be it Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu.” —Rathi Raja, president of Arsha Vedanta Center (www.arshavedantacenter.org) of Long Island and the executive director of Young Indian Culture Group “I'm speechless in trying to describe this book. I laughed out loud in places and cried big tears at the end. It's a work of faith, a work of art, and to some, no doubt, it will be a work of damnable heresy. I think this book will change people's lives, and more: it can save lives, in the many senses of that word. All the religious pundits and broadcasters on radio and cable TV had better take notice, because this book threatens our conventional, comfortable categories and familiar black-and-white polarities. Selmanovic has the nerve to imagine our religions becoming, not walls behind which we hide and over which we lob bombs of damnation, but bridges over which we travel to find God in the other.” —Brian McLaren, Author/Activist (brianmclaren.net) “This is a solidly researched book that reads like a love song. My inner mystic jumped and leaped and shouted for joy. I found myself less lonely in this big old world. I felt like I was at a really good party, each paragraph a song, each page another glass of wine, each chapter the prospect of another dance with a beautiful woman. At this party, nobody got mad at me for letting my hair down. In fact, everyone, including God, encouraged me to go a little crazy.” —Rev. Vince Anderson, bandleader, songwriter, honky-tonkist, co-pastor of Revolution Church NYC, (reverendvince.com) View all endorsements: (www.filedby.com/author/samir_selmanovic/3516513/presskit)

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