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Argues that the increased prejudice against Muslims in post-9/11 America damages the country's historically strong core of pluralism, and describes how interfaith work can help restore the pluralistic bond among all Americans.
In this compelling look at second-generation Indian Americans, Khyati Y. Joshi draws on case studies and interviews with forty-one second-generation Indian Americans, analyzing their experiences involving religion, race, and ethnicity from elementary school to adulthood. As she maps the crossroads they encounter as they navigate between their homes and the wider American milieu, Joshi shows how their identities have developed differently from their parents' and their non-Indian peers' and how religion often exerted a dramatic effect. The experiences of Joshi's research participants reveal how race and religion interact, intersect, and affect each other in a society where Christianity and whiteness are the norm. Joshi shows how religion is racialized for Indian Americans and offers important insights in the wake of 9/11 and the backlash against Americans who look Middle Eastern and South Asian. Through her candid insights into the internal conflicts contemporary Indian Americans face and the religious and racial discrimination they encounter, Joshi provides a timely window into the ways that race, religion, and ethnicity interact in day-to-day life.
The present is always building on the past, whether we know it or not. Losing his wife, and then his father, Mark Racin makes the best of his life. Raising his son Alex alone, he places him above all else in his life. Selling his first novel allows him to quit his job as a teacher and write full time. He will also be able to spend more time with his son. Moving from Baltimore City to Harfor County, MArk hopes to build a new life for both of them. Buying a home, a new school for Alex, New friends for them both, it would be just what they needed. Then forces from the past work to drive Mark and his son from their new home. Will they be killed,if they stay, or will they be driven out? Can the past reach out to them, and get its revenge?
There is no better time to stand up for your values than when they are under attack. In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. Alarmist, hateful rhetoric once relegated to the fringes of political discourse has now become frighteningly mainstream, with pundits and politicians routinely invoking the specter of Islam as a menacing, deeply anti-American force. In Sacred Ground, author and renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel says this prejudice is not just a problem for Muslims but a challenge to the very idea of America. Patel shows us that Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. have been “interfaith leaders,” illustrating how the forces of pluralism in America have time and again defeated the forces of prejudice. And now a new generation needs to rise up and confront the anti-Muslim prejudice of our era. To this end, Patel offers a primer in the art and science of interfaith work, bringing to life the growing body of research on how faith can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division and sharing stories from the frontlines of interfaith activism. Patel asks us to share in his vision of a better America—a robustly pluralistic country in which our commonalities are more important than our differences, and in which difference enriches, rather than threatens, our religious traditions. Pluralism, Patel boldly argues, is at the heart of the American project, and this visionary book will inspire Americans of all faiths to make this country a place where diverse traditions can thrive side by side.
A Lakota medicine man has an experience so horrifying that he is shaken to his soul. Trying to balance the sorrow, anger, and the overwhelming feeling of helplessness of not knowing why this could happen, he spends many days in the wilderness with only the company of wildlife and the counsel of the Creator. When he comes back to his family and friends, he is a changed man with a prophecy that will greatly alter history.
Two thousand years ago, there was a great bay and a peaceful land filled with sage, citrus trees, and pine. And there was a tribe called the Topaa. Marimi, a healer in her tribe, is unprepared for what fate holds in store for her. Without her knowledge, her actions place her under the watchful, suspicious gaze of a rival...and Marimi's family is placed under a curse that impacts how their legacy unfolds. From prehistoric California to the days of Spanish explorers, from the time of California colonialism to the swashbuckling cowboy days of early Los Angeles and right up to the present day, Scared Ground tells the story of the female descendants of Marimi. It tells of their loves, their betrayals, their loses, their families, and their ruthless ambitions that would forge a new country.
Sacred Ground: Path to Recovery reveals the secrets of self-healing and managing chronic pain. Grand Master Yau explains that emotional and physical rejuvenation takes only minutes a day. The practices cultivate a calm mind and nervous system and develop internal strength, vitality, and grounded ease. William C. Gough, co-founder of The Foundation of Mind Being Research says it this way: "Grand Master Greg Yau has developed a methodology for promoting health and body strength based upon the ancient techniques that give foundation to Shaolin Gong Fu. It uses the physical body as the foundation for connecting to the Universal Energy of the Absolute. This process for strengthening the body can provide a pathway for a person to reach enlightenment and represents the spiritual aspects of these ancient practices. The process involves working with not only the anatomy of the physical body, but with one's mind and energy body - i.e. the subtle energy flows of the acupuncture and meridian systems."
When Danielle Martin, a paleontology major, earned a position on world-renowned paleontologist Samuel Hendricks’s crew, she discovered something more at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, than fossils. Samuel Hendricks and his accomplice were secretly desecrating Native American burial grounds for their priceless Indian artifacts. Incriminating these men before they can sell them to a collector in Rome, Danielle nearly loses her life. Found left for dead by Billy Firewalker, Danielle develops a relationship with the one man she had waited all of her life for. Would she give up Daytona, one of the world’s most famous beaches and college, to live with him in a tiny little village in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico? Find out in this brand-new, highly provocative contemporary novel Sacred Ground.