Literature Awards Shine On Interfaith Memoir
Advancing the Interfaith movement more into the mainstream, top awards in two literature competitions were snagged by peace builder and interfaith activist Ruth Broyde Sharone’s book. A veteran CPWR activist, Sharon is being celebrated for authoring the groundbreaking a memoir selling the benefits of Interfaith, MINEFIELDS & MIRACLES: Why God and Allah Need to Talk.
Placing first for “religious non-fiction” in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the memoir pushes Interfaith forward by garnering top honors in the 2013 International Book Awards in the category of “social change.” Featuring a chapter entitled “A Taste of Interfaith Paradise,” the history of the Parliament and its current mission are chronicled for their transforming effect on Broyde Sharon.
From the official announcement,
At a time of heightened religious conflict and unrest around the world MINEFIELDS & MIRACLES comes as a breath of fresh air and a statement of renewed hope. Broyde Sharone’s riveting memoir—regaling readers with what she calls her interfaith “adventures and misadventures”– has been endorsed by more than 30 religious leaders including H.H. the Dalai Lama. Paul Chaffee, editor of The Interfaith Observer, describes the book as “a page-turner, a compelling, fearless quest to reach across the toughest interreligious boundaries . . .”
Creator of the Golden Rule Poster, Paul McKenna says MINEFIELDS & MIRACLES should be required reading for anyone who is serious about interfaith dialogue. “I have been involved in interfaith work for more than 30 years . . . and I have seen and heard interfaith stories from around the world, but I have never encountered an interfaith testimonial with the depth and breadth of this one.”
Professor Cornel West at Princeton says: “I strongly support this book.” Best-selling author Marianne Williamson concurs. “This book is a MUST READ for individuals who seek to be collaborators with the Holy in the quest for peace.”
An inspirational speaker, filmmaker, and journalist, and a recognized champion for interfaithengagement, Broyde Sharone was recently inducted into the Martin Luther King Board of Advisors of Morehouse College. Ruth’s documentary, GOD AND ALLAH NEED TO TALK, took top honors earlier this year as the best short in the 2013 World Harmony Interfaith Film Festival.
A former CPWR staff member, Broyde Sharon is currently Co-Chairing for a third term a grassroots interfaith body called the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religions in Los Angeles, where she’s known for initiating, innovating, and co-producing interfaith programs in Southern California, in the U.S. and abroad.