Undivided

“Mom, I have something I need to tell you…”

They didn’t talk.  Not for ten years.  Not about faith anyway.  Instead, a mother and daughter tiptoed with pain around the deepest gulf in their lives – the daughter’s choice to leave the church, convert to Islam and become a practicing Muslim.  Undivided is a real-time story of healing and understanding with alternating narratives from each as they struggle to learn how to love each other in a whole new way.

Written with rare honesty and striking transparency, Undivided opens a door on the lives of an American Islamic convert, Alana Raybon, a dedicated educator, and her devout Christian mother, Patricia Raybon, an award-winning author, as they struggle to reconcile and heal their family divided by faith.

An important work for parents whose adult children have left the family’s belief system, it will help those same children as they wrestle to better understand their parents.

For anyone troubled by the broader tensions between Islam and the West, this personal story distills this friction into the context of a family relationship–a journey all the more fascinating.  While a conversation is desperately needed in America between Christians and Muslims, Undivided offers a real-time conversation to follow.

Undivided is a tremendously important book for our time.  Will Patricia be able to fully trust in the Christ who “holds all things together?”

Will Alana’s love for God cause her to become an outcast to her family–or provide a path that leads her back home?  And can they answer the question that both want desperately to experience: “Can we make our torn family whole again?”

Author

Patricia Raybon, a former Sunday Magazine editor at The Denver Post and former associate professor of journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the award-winning author of bridge-building books on faith, race and grace. She’s the author of the racial forgiveness memoir, My First White Friend (winner of the Christopher Award), a prayer memoir, I Told the Mountain to Move (2006 Book of the Year finalist at Christianity Today), a One Year® daily devotional study of Bible virtues, God’s Great Blessings, and a mother-daughter interfaith memoir, Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace. Her personal essays have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, Country Living Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Guideposts, Our Daily Bread, In Touch Magazine, Christianity Today, the Washington Post’s “Acts of Faith” blog and aired on National Public Radio. A Bible enthusiast, Patricia supports Bible-translation and literacy projects worldwide through Wycliffe Bible Translators, her favorite charity. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she and her husband Dan live in Colorado, her beloved home state. She welcomes visitors and friends to patriciaraybon.com