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What Can a Christian Learn from Muslims?

April 8, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

When Rachel Pieh Jones moved from Minnesota to rural Somalia with her husband and twin toddlers eighteen years ago, she was secure in a faith that defined who was right and who was wrong, who was saved and who needed saving. She had been taught that Islam was evil, full of lies and darkness, and that the world would be better without it.

In Pillars, Jones recounts, often entertainingly, the personal encounters and growing friendships that gradually dismantle her unspoken fears and prejudices and deepen her appreciation for Islam. Unexpectedly, along the way she also gains a far richer understanding of her own Christian faith.

Jones brings the reader along as she reexamines her assumptions about faith and God through the lens of Islam and Somali culture. Are God and Allah the same? What happens when one’s ideas about God and the Bible crumble and the only people around are Muslims? What happens is that she discovers that Jesus is more generous, daring, and loving than she ever imagined.

In this live online event, Barbara Brown Taylor introduces Pillars in conversation with author Rachel Pieh Jones and Abdi Nor Iftin, hosted (virtually) by Magers and Quinn bookstore in Minneapolis.


April 8, 2021
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm