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In Acts of Faith Eboo Patel, an American Muslim from India, uses his own journey from a teenager hanging out with the wrong crowd to founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core to illustrate the ways in which young people’s relationship to faith and the world are shaped.

Vikras Adams recounts these poignant anecdotes from Patel’s life; the teachers and friends, travels and meetings with important religious leaders like the Dalai Lama that shaped him with a calm passion that engages and informs.

This audiobook will provide great fodder for thought to anyone interested in what sways the youth to either side of the faith line; that of totalitarianism and hatred or of pluralism and collaboration.

Publisher's Summary

Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patel's story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people - and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement. Includes a new Afterword.

©2007 Eboo Patel (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Good introduction for interfaith novices.

Engaging story; Patel weaves his own with that of the Interfaith Youth Corp elegantly. The narrative, however, can be a little too spread out at times. Good read overall.

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  • Eva
  • NY, NY, United States
  • 08-29-13

Waited three years for this audiobook

Would you listen to Acts of Faith again? Why?

Yes. I felt like it was a close friend telling me his childhood story. In this very busy world, most of us don’t have time to listen to each other’s heart felt stories or even tell our own. Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” I’m glad I’m Patel was able to tell his story and I was a good listening ear.

What does Vikas Adam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I’ve seen lots of interview of Mr. Patel and remember his voice. However 30 minutes into the audiobook, I forgot it was Mr. Adam reading it. His voice is captivating and the pronunciation is so precise of the Hindi/Arabic/Urdu words, that I almost felt a longing for my family. One of the best audio voices I’ve heard in a very long time. (Although I can’t say the same for the voices of Sarah & Shehnaz).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Mr. Patel’s trip to India and learning to appreciate his family, the customs, and even the chaos.

Any additional comments?

I patiently waited three years to hear this story. I don’t regret the wait. This was one book I wanted to hear the storyteller’s voice and not my own, as I had a wonderful interfaith childhood.

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