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    Pillars: Book Discussion Group with the Author

    Online, Via Zoom


    In her new book Pillars, American-in-Djibouti Rachel Pieh Jones recounts, often entertainingly, the personal encounters and growing friendships that gradually dismantle her unspoken fears and prejudices and deepen her appreciation for Islam. Unexpectedly, along the way she also gains a far richer understanding of her own Christian faith. Grouping her stories around the five pillars of Islam – creed, prayer, fasting, giving, and pilgrimage – Jones shows how her Muslim friends’ devotion to these pillars leads her to rediscover ancient Christian practices her own religious tradition has lost or neglected.

    Jones brings the reader along as she reexamines her assumptions about faith and God through the lens of Islam and Somali culture. Are God and Allah the same? What happens when one’s ideas about God and the Bible crumble and the only people around are Muslims? What happens is that she discovers that Jesus is more generous, daring, and loving than she ever imagined.

    Join Rachel and many other readers to relive this journey of faith together via an online study group. The discussion will begin with a kickoff call with Rachel via Zoom. The chapters are short and we’ll spend about 2 months on the discussions. Register here to join!