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Quest Book Group


The Interfaith Center hosts Quest, a monthly interfaith discussion group that features a book about a particular religious tradition that gives insight into matters of faith. Each engaging and challenging session is facilitated by a member of the group. Although some members are not affiliated with any religious community, all members prize the discussion of matters of the spirit. Participants are encouraged to bring their own questions and perspectives to the dialogue. If you are interested in joining Quest or starting your own interfaith book group, please contact Rev. Nicole Diroff at ndd@interfaithcenterpa.org to find out how.

Suggested Reading for 2014-2015 (click image to buy)

An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor
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The Battle For God by Karen Armstrong

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Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

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Chosen, The; Potok

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Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary

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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

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The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew– Three Women Search for Understanding by Rany Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner

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Garland Around My Neck: The Story of Puran Singh of Pingalwara by Patwant Singh and Harinder Kaur Sekhon

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Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson

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The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

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Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza (with Steve Erwin)

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The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan

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Lying Awake by Mark Salzman

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The Outside World by Tova Mirvis

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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

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The People With No Camel by Moyafegh

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Quarks, Chaos & Christianity: Questions to Science And Religion by John Polkinghorne

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The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace by Paul Moses

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Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters–and How To Talk About It by Krista Tippett

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The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness by Karen Armstrong

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Standing Bear Is a Person: The True Story of a Native American’s Quest for Justice by Stephen Dando-Collins

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The Story of Baha’u’llah: Promised One of All Religions by Druzelle Cederquist

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Sweetness In the Belly by Camilla Gibb

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Train To Pakistan by Khushwant Singh

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The Veil And The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation Of Women’s Rights In Islam by Fatima Mernissi

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Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and Its Meaning for You by Joan D. Chittister

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Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another by Rowan Williams

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Suggested Reading for 2013-2014

Habits of the Heart by Graham Greene
The Yacoubian Building: A Novel by Alaa Al Aswany, ʻAlāʼ Aswānī
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf
An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor
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The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
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Quest Books Have Included:

Sept. 20, 2010
The Rock: A Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem by Kanan Makiya
Oct. 18, 2010
Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
Nov. 22, 2010
A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation by Diana L. Eck
Dec. 20, 2010
Lying Awake by Mark Salzman

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Jan. 24, 2011
Stories from the Delight of Hearts: Memoirs of Haji Mirza Haydar-Ali by Mirza Haydar-Ali

 


Get Involved

  • Participate. Interested in joining Quest or starting your own interfaith book group?  Contact Rev. Nicole Diroff at ndd@interfaithcenterpa.org to find out how.
  • Donate. Support programs like Quest by daring to invest in interfaith dialogue.