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It's Really All About God: How Islam, Atheism, and Judaism Made Me a Better Christian



It's Really All About God: How Islam, Atheism, and Judaism Made Me a Better Christian

Samir Selmanovic

ISBN: 978-0-470-52731-3 August 2009 Jossey-Bass 304 Pages


A fresh exploration of a redeeming, dynamic, and radically different way to hold one's religion

Samir Selmanovic—who grew up a in a culturally Muslim family in Croatia, converted to Christianity as a soldier in the then-Yugoslavian army, and went on to become a Christian pastor in Manhattan and in Southern California—looks at how our ongoing and sometimes violent power struggles over who owns God and what God wants for the world and its peoples are not serving God, humanity, or our planet.

  • Shows how our religions have become self-serving, God-management systems, however Selmanovic contends—change is possible
  • Offers a path for people of all faiths and traditions for living together on our fragile earth
  • Karen Armstrong said that the book is "asking the right questions at the right time"

This is a personal story and a moving exploration of a new way of treasuring one's own religion while discovering God, goodness, and grace in others and in their traditions.

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

Prologue LifeWins 1

Chapter 1 Living with a Splinter 21

Chapter 2 TheSecretof theOrdinary 45

Chapter 3 God Management Systems 65

Chapter 4 Why Is God Not More Obvious? 95

Chapter 5 Where Does Your Heart Go? 123

Chapter 6 Your God Is Too Big 151

Chapter 7 The Blessing of Atheism 171

Chapter 8 One World at a Time 201

Chapter 9 When My God Becomes Our God 225

Epilogue My Story and Maybe Yours 251

Reader's Guide 271

Notes 287

The Author 293

Index 295