Thursday, October 9, 2008

Daughters of Another Path

As most of you know, I was born Muslim. But I love to hear the stories of those who have reverted to Islam. They are always so inspiring and sometimes bring tears to my eyes. They struggles the faced to tell their families, friends, and the negativity the sometimes dealt with. I read a book not that long ago called Daughters of Another Path: Experience of American Women Choosing Islam by Carol Anderson.

The author is the christian mother whose daughter converted to Islam, In the book she explores the path that American Christian woman have taken towards Islam. I really loved the book because it was very objective; the author was honest with her feelings but yet never criticized anyone for their beliefs. It's very relatable and a lot the stories are inspiring. I also love how it tells bothe sides of the stories, first from the daughters and then how their families felt. So you get a true understanding of the whole picture. It even includes the survey that the author had sent out to help compile the book. I highly suggest it to all muslim and non-muslims alike, especially those who are new reverts, it can serve as a guideline and inspiration of how to deal with the struggles you might face with your families.

Here is the description on the back cover:-

The rapid growth of Islam in America is a current phenomenon. Why are our American daughters leaving their Christian bacgrounds and choosing Islam, a religion that requires discipline, submission, and being "different?"

Daughters of Another Path reveals some of the resons and thought processes that led these daughters into a new journey in their spiritual life.

You will experience some of the hurt and frustratuon of paretns and families as they deal with their daughters' choosing another path.

Yet it is a heartwarming book by a non-Muslim mother telling her story of reconciliation with her own daughter's conversion to Islam and includes stories of fifty-three other American women who have chosen Islam.

Happy Reading :)


Zaenab said...

wow this sounds really good, i think il order it off amazon :D

Yasmin said...

It is really good. I think I read the whole book in 2 days. Its interesting reading their stories.

Inspired Muslimah said...

I enjoy the exact same thing and its soo wonderful to share these stories with your sisters and to know your not alone. Inshallah, i will definitely read this book :)

abu said...

Thank You for your brief review. I just found about it in this lecture.

Kenyan Belle said...

I reverted to Islam nine years ago and started wearing hijab today after telling my folks (who are strict Christians by the way) that this is who I am. :)
I'd like to get that book, don't know if its sold in Kenya but will look for it.
Love your blog, recommending it to friends.
Jazakallah khayr.