"Mom, I have something I need to tell you…" They didn't talk. Not for ten years. Not about faith anyway. Instead, a mother and daughter tiptoed with pain around the deepest gulf in their lives - the daughter's choice...
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"Mom, I have something I need to tell you…"
They didn't talk. Not for ten years. Not about faith anyway. Instead, a mother and daughter tiptoed with pain around the deepest gulf in their lives - the daughter's choice to leave the church, convert to Islam and become a practicing Muslim. Undivided is a real-time story of healing and understanding with alternating narratives from each as they struggle to learn how to love each other in a whole new way.
Although this is certainly a book for mothers and daughters struggling with interfaith tensions , it is equally meaningful for mothers and daughters who feel divided by tensions in general. An important work for parents whose adult children have left the family's belief system, it will help those same children as they wrestle to better understand their parents.
Undivided offers an up close and personal look at the life of an Islamic convert-a young American woman-at a time when attitudes are mixed about Muslims (and Muslim women in particular), but interest in such women is high. For anyone troubled by the broader tensions between Islam and the West, this personal story distills this friction into the context of a family relationship-a journey all the more fascinating.
Undivided is a tremendously important book for our time. Will Patricia be able to fully trust in the Christ who "holds all things together?" Will Alana find new hope or new understanding as the conversation gets deeper between them? And can they answer the question that both want desperately to experience, which is "Can we make our torn family whole again?"
Particia Raybon's first book the critically acclaimed "My First White Friend was the winner of writing prestigious Christopher Award and Better Life Award Raybon started as a city desk reporter for the Denver Post and is now an associate professor of journalism at the University of Colorado. She has been published in local and national newspapers including USA Today, The Chicago Tribune and a variety of magazines and journals including The New York Times Magazine. A frequent guest on National Public Radio, Patricia has also been a guest on several national and local televisions shows Patricia
Alana Raybon is an elementary school teacher currently residing in Texas. During the past nine years, she has served as a 3rd, 4th and 5th grade lead teacher to a diverse population of students. She has been a mentor to new and student teachers, and was nominated by her teaching peers for a Teacher of the Year award.