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Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel is This Year's UU Common Read

Book cover for Acts of Faith by Eboo PatelThe Unitarian Universalist Association has selected Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation as its 2011-12 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Common Read. We hope that the Common Read will bring this book to many new and appreciative readers among our UU friends.

Of course, you don't need to be a Unitarian Universalist to appreciate Eboo Patel's writing: Reza Aslan said that, "Acts of Faith is more than a book, it is an awakening of the mind. It should be required reading for all Americans." And former president Bill Clinton called it "a beautifully written story of discovery and hope." Since its publication in 2007, this book has been selected as a school-wide read at numerous colleges, and Eboo Patel was selected by Barack Obama for the Advisory Council in his Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Read an excerpt of the book below, read about the Common Read program at, and read some of Eboo's past posts here on Beacon Broadside. And read his essay, "Muslims Deepened Their American Roots After 9/11" at 

If you can't see it below, read this excerpt from Acts of Faith on Scribd.

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