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From a Children's Book to The Faith ClubThese three women—all moms and writers—began to meet biweekly at Ranya's Manhattan apartment, always with some sort of food. The format was flexible and "organic...Whenever someone had a particular subject she wanted to discuss, she was free to call a meeting and set the agenda for that meeting" (1). As the women began work on the children’s book, they began to realize that their meetings were valuable interfaith exchanges. Their meetings were evolving into "something sacred, something we began to call our 'Faith Club'"(2). What started as a children's book project became The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding, published in 2006.
Starting the DiscussionLong before the women became co-authors, the three women had their first meeting to plan their interfaith children's book. Each woman arrived excited about the project, but nervous about each other.
Into the WorldFrom the very personal space of their own journals, the comfort of Ranya's living room, and growing friendships, the three discussion partners decided to move their conversation into the world.
Inspiring OthersThe co-authors introduce their book by inviting readers to "eavesdrop on our conversations" in the hopes that "perhaps when you're finished, you will want to have a faith club of your own" (23).
News CoverageRanya, Suzanne, and Priscilla have received extensive news coverage. They have appeared on the The Today Show, CNN, and The Diane Rehm Show, to name just a few.
Endnotes(1) Ranya Idliby, et al., The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding, (New York, NY: Free Press, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2006), 124.
(2) Idliby, 55.
(3) Idliby, 287.
(4) Idliby, et al. "The Faith Club Reading Group Guide," 8. Accessed online at: http://www.thefaithclub.com/thebook/readinggroup.php (30 June 2007).
(5) Angela Montefinise, "Face-to-Faith." New York Post. 1 October 2006, (26 April 2007).
(6) Idliby, 34.
(7) Idliby, 31.
(8) Idliby, 31.
(9) "The Faith Club Reading Group Guide," 15-16.
(10) "The Faith Club Reading Group Guide," 15.
(11) "The Faith Club Reading Group Guide," 1.
(13) Suzanne Oliver, Telephone Interview by Kate Dugan, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 16 May 2007.
(14) "The Faith Club Reading Group Guide," 8.
(15) Idliby, 200.
(16) Idliby, 156.
(17) "The Faith Club Reading Group Guide," 5.
(19) Cathy Lynn Grossman, "Moms Find Spiritual Friends in Faith Club," USA Today, 27 September 2006, (26 April 2007).
(23) Idliby, 1.
(24) Idliby, 295.
(27) Idliby, et al. "The Faith Club Sign Up Board." Accessed online at: http://www.thefaithclub.com/startafaithclub/board.php (30 June 2007).