Women's Elevation Magazine May 2015 - Page 40

Photo by Dan Raybon Patricia and Alana chronicle their journey in a co-authored memoir, Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace (Thomas Nelson, April 2015). The Rev. Brandee Jasmine Mimitzraiem, pastor of Embry Chapel A.M.E. Church in Ogden, Utah says, “Undivided is a captivating example of faith seeking understanding. The mother-daughter team each initially defends their own faith while growing to understand and accept each other as a parent-of-adultdaughter and a grown-child-of-a-loving-mother. Presented as correspondences, Undivided allows the reader to peek in on a rich theological debate wrapped in the healing of a family. Undivided is definitely a worthwhile read for Christians and Muslims alike. It is an exemplary tale of interfaith peace.” Mother and daughter were featured as a part of the Today Show series Do You Believe? Faith or Friction: Does Religion Unite or Divide? Today.com asked them to share some advice for other families seeking to bridge divides of difference. Patricia offered, “Avoid arguing. Talk about other things than religion. Instead, love your grown child. Actively. Don’t cut off your relationship.” While Alana 40 | Women’s Elevation Magazine 46| Women’s Elevation Magazine