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God of Love is Mirabai Starr’s passionate and personal exploration of the interconnected wisdom of the three Abrahamic faiths. She shares an overview of essential teachings, stories of saints and spiritual masters, prophetic calls for peace and justice, and for the first time in print, deeply engaging narratives from her own spiritual experiences. She guides readers to rec God of Love is Mirabai Starr’s passionate and personal exploration of the interconnected wisdom of the three Abrahamic faiths. She shares an overview of essential teachings, stories of saints and spiritual masters, prophetic calls for peace and justice, and for the first time in print, deeply engaging narratives from her own spiritual experiences. She guides readers to recognize the teachings and practices that unify rather then divide the three religions, and sheds light on the interspiritual perspective, which celebrates the Divine in all paths. It is Mirabai’s hope that this book will serve as a reminder that a dedication to lovingkindness is the highest expression of faith for all three religions. EARLY REVIEWS FOR God of Love “Mirabai Starr takes us out dancing with the One. God of Love is a confluence of the currents of Judaism, Islam and Christianity all emptying into the great ocean of Love.” —Ram Dass, Author Be Here Now “In a time of division between people, this book — which is a masterful blend of research, storytelling, poetry, and memoir — is like a sacred magnet, pulling on the spiritual heart of all seekers.” —Elizabeth Lesser, Cofounder, Omega Institute; Author, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow “Mirabai Starr writes of the divine from a luminous gene inherited by only a few. We hear The True Song in each word she attributes to the holy. It is more than just her song; it is the Melody of the Spheres translated by an astute musician. We are always touched by the genuine in her call to the reader to love and love well, to see with the sacred eye of beauty.” -Ondrea & Stephen Levine, Authors Embracing the Beloved "Mirabai's book has brought me great consolation." -Daniel Berrigan, S. J. activist-priest; Author, No Gods but One “This book brilliantly reminds us that in the heart of the Abrahamic traditions there burns a singular divine flame.” -Rev. Robert V. Thompson, Author A Voluptuous God “A wonderful and ‘perfect’ book. Highly recommended.” -Rabbi David A. Cooper, Author God Is a Verb “[God of Love] will expand your vision and inspire your search; I recommend it with great joy.” -Andrew Harvey, Author The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism “At home in the three great Abrahamic traditions, Mirabai Starr takes us on a deeply personal journey 'Toward the One,' exploring aspects of the 'God of Love' as seen through the eyes of Jewish, Christian and Muslim mystics. This is a book which will delight the seeker of sacred connections between these traditions and those who look forward to a day when Jerusalem, the city shared by all these faiths, will be a house of prayer for all people." -Reb Netanel Miles-Yepez, Co-Author A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters


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God of Love is Mirabai Starr’s passionate and personal exploration of the interconnected wisdom of the three Abrahamic faiths. She shares an overview of essential teachings, stories of saints and spiritual masters, prophetic calls for peace and justice, and for the first time in print, deeply engaging narratives from her own spiritual experiences. She guides readers to rec God of Love is Mirabai Starr’s passionate and personal exploration of the interconnected wisdom of the three Abrahamic faiths. She shares an overview of essential teachings, stories of saints and spiritual masters, prophetic calls for peace and justice, and for the first time in print, deeply engaging narratives from her own spiritual experiences. She guides readers to recognize the teachings and practices that unify rather then divide the three religions, and sheds light on the interspiritual perspective, which celebrates the Divine in all paths. It is Mirabai’s hope that this book will serve as a reminder that a dedication to lovingkindness is the highest expression of faith for all three religions. EARLY REVIEWS FOR God of Love “Mirabai Starr takes us out dancing with the One. God of Love is a confluence of the currents of Judaism, Islam and Christianity all emptying into the great ocean of Love.” —Ram Dass, Author Be Here Now “In a time of division between people, this book — which is a masterful blend of research, storytelling, poetry, and memoir — is like a sacred magnet, pulling on the spiritual heart of all seekers.” —Elizabeth Lesser, Cofounder, Omega Institute; Author, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow “Mirabai Starr writes of the divine from a luminous gene inherited by only a few. We hear The True Song in each word she attributes to the holy. It is more than just her song; it is the Melody of the Spheres translated by an astute musician. We are always touched by the genuine in her call to the reader to love and love well, to see with the sacred eye of beauty.” -Ondrea & Stephen Levine, Authors Embracing the Beloved "Mirabai's book has brought me great consolation." -Daniel Berrigan, S. J. activist-priest; Author, No Gods but One “This book brilliantly reminds us that in the heart of the Abrahamic traditions there burns a singular divine flame.” -Rev. Robert V. Thompson, Author A Voluptuous God “A wonderful and ‘perfect’ book. Highly recommended.” -Rabbi David A. Cooper, Author God Is a Verb “[God of Love] will expand your vision and inspire your search; I recommend it with great joy.” -Andrew Harvey, Author The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism “At home in the three great Abrahamic traditions, Mirabai Starr takes us on a deeply personal journey 'Toward the One,' exploring aspects of the 'God of Love' as seen through the eyes of Jewish, Christian and Muslim mystics. This is a book which will delight the seeker of sacred connections between these traditions and those who look forward to a day when Jerusalem, the city shared by all these faiths, will be a house of prayer for all people." -Reb Netanel Miles-Yepez, Co-Author A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters

30 review for God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

  1. 5 out of 5

    Persephone

    Delightful, delicious, soul-satisfying... a book I will return to many times with delight.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    She speaks of her own spiritual/human experiences and dares us to be open to the Heart of it all ourselves. This book does not compare doctrines, but goes much deeper to draw us into our own journey of discovery. I loved how she brought to mind the sacred in the everyday and how she expressed the reality of powerful experiences as well. One example was a two-page description of the process of forgiveness which finally came as pure gift. It resonated with my own years of going through such a proc She speaks of her own spiritual/human experiences and dares us to be open to the Heart of it all ourselves. This book does not compare doctrines, but goes much deeper to draw us into our own journey of discovery. I loved how she brought to mind the sacred in the everyday and how she expressed the reality of powerful experiences as well. One example was a two-page description of the process of forgiveness which finally came as pure gift. It resonated with my own years of going through such a process and she it the feeling of release that came for me seemingly out of the blue. So often I had that sense that someone knows and understands what my experience was like. While I don't feel I want to try out what she suggests at the end of the book, I am grateful for her own experience of interspirituality which has helped me understand more of why my experience of spirituality has left my doctrinal stance very open ended. The book tells a lot about these religions and their rituals and shows at the core how these and some other religions seek the same goals.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Enjoyed this sooo much!! It’s informative, biographical, personal, and lyrical. Highly recommend for spiritual seekers everywhere!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Craig Bergland

    Read a second time for a book study, absolutely love it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Infinidimincorp

    Well this was lovely. Starr takes on a variety of themes within the major Abrahamic religions, approaching them from her "inter-spiritual" perspective. Each chapter involves quotes from sacred scripture and poetry, a moving address to the imagined reader in the second person, glimpses of Starr's own experiences and her thoughts on exemplars of virtue throughout the ages. And it's good. Not especially challenging, and the rhythmic structure meant that I think you could re-arrange the chapters into Well this was lovely. Starr takes on a variety of themes within the major Abrahamic religions, approaching them from her "inter-spiritual" perspective. Each chapter involves quotes from sacred scripture and poetry, a moving address to the imagined reader in the second person, glimpses of Starr's own experiences and her thoughts on exemplars of virtue throughout the ages. And it's good. Not especially challenging, and the rhythmic structure meant that I think you could re-arrange the chapters into just about any order without changing the feel of the book. Moments of grace and praise shine out of this book, and the epilogue that brings things together felt like a much needed grounding. I'm not sure I retained or remembered much of the text though - this was the literary equivalent of the spiraling dance of the whirling dervish, meditative, holy, graceful, serene. I guess I just need a bit more grit sometimes!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I am always in awe that the right book comes to me at the right time. This is true of Mirabai Starr’s God of Love. Starr writes with deep compassion from a soul that experiences God in many faith traditions. There is history of the three Abrahamic religions woven with poetic beauty into the practicality of living a life that honors and loves God and humankind.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    The author gives readers an in-depth look at the common threads, “the heart” as the author calls it, of Judaism, Christianity and Islam religions. Some chapters seemed weighty but other chapters were a little easier for me to understand, or maybe I resonated with those topics better.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Four and a half stars. This is a really lovely, very sweet book. I've had a crazy year so it has taken me a long time to read it, but that is no reflection on the book at all. Four and a half stars. This is a really lovely, very sweet book. I've had a crazy year so it has taken me a long time to read it, but that is no reflection on the book at all.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Winifred

    This book flows Mirabai Starr's quest is my quest. To experience the unity of love in the religions of the world especially Christianity Judaism and Islam. This book flows Mirabai Starr's quest is my quest. To experience the unity of love in the religions of the world especially Christianity Judaism and Islam.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donita T. Qualey

    Bible study book. Our group loved this one. Focused on important principles of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shatika Turner

    Interesting This book held some interesting concepts on religion. It challenged me to think past religion and more inwardly. Great read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne-marie Emanuelli

    A go-to book on spirituality. Beautifully written.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I was looking for a book to help me engage with the commonalities between these three religions, but the author seemed really fixated on feelings of spirituality and on the mystic branches of these faiths rather than the more common practices and beliefs that the average practitioner of any of these three religions would actually be concerned with on a daily basis. It's not that I disagree with the emotional and more mysterious aspects of faith in an Abrahamic God, but it's presented on such a b I was looking for a book to help me engage with the commonalities between these three religions, but the author seemed really fixated on feelings of spirituality and on the mystic branches of these faiths rather than the more common practices and beliefs that the average practitioner of any of these three religions would actually be concerned with on a daily basis. It's not that I disagree with the emotional and more mysterious aspects of faith in an Abrahamic God, but it's presented on such a basic level with such an emotionally experiential bent (as opposed to intellectual or practical) that I found myself wondering if the author herself had "lost the plot," so to speak. I just don't think this book really says very much about any of the topics that head the chapters. I made it 34% through the book before deciding to stop reading because it felt like a waste of time -- a lot of common sense about humanity in general wrapped up in a "spiritual" veneer. Maybe it gets better (the reviews are all very good, so it's clearly speaking to someone), but the first third that I read didn't have as much depth or complexity as I had been expecting from a book on this topic.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    I really enjoyed this book. According to Starr, at the heart of all three Abrahamic religions are teachings about love for God, other humans and the entire creation. She skillfully shows many of these parallels under different themes such as prayer, service, etc. mostly using the sacred literature of each group. She combines her personal research with her personal experiences which makes the book something to learn from and to be inspired by. I will defintely read this book again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hawley

    This book is a deeply spiritual journey to seeing God in all things. It is healing for anyone tired of religious boundaries, spiritual but not religious, or confused about seemingly incompatible dogma of different religions. Readers from every faith tradition and background can learn something from Starr.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Very readable book that focuses on the common thread of love in the three great monotheistic religions. This is one of those books that doesn't really have anything new or earth shattering to say but it's just a good reminder to approach life in a loving way. Very readable book that focuses on the common thread of love in the three great monotheistic religions. This is one of those books that doesn't really have anything new or earth shattering to say but it's just a good reminder to approach life in a loving way.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Keep really wanting to like this book. Met the author at the Spiritual Directors' Int'l conference. She's cool and her story is cool and I really want to like this book. It's not that I dislike it. But it's just on the edge of . . . . hokey, I guess and it keeps me from really liking it. Keep really wanting to like this book. Met the author at the Spiritual Directors' Int'l conference. She's cool and her story is cool and I really want to like this book. It's not that I dislike it. But it's just on the edge of . . . . hokey, I guess and it keeps me from really liking it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    It is confirmation This book confirmed my own feelings about religion and spirituality. It was a big whisper from the One that indeed he/she is drawing all beings to his/herself through the mystical traditions of all major religions.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    A pleasure to read. Insightful. Inspirational. Informative. There is so much to absorb, I will definitely need to read it a second and maybe a third time! Doing so will most certainly be a most enjoyable experience. I am drawn to Starr's style of writing, one that is from the heart. A pleasure to read. Insightful. Inspirational. Informative. There is so much to absorb, I will definitely need to read it a second and maybe a third time! Doing so will most certainly be a most enjoyable experience. I am drawn to Starr's style of writing, one that is from the heart.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michele Harvey

    This book contains soft beauty within the wisdom of its words. It conveys a most meaningful intention at this critical juncture of humanity, to embrace the God of Love, which exists universally at the heart of all faiths. Recommended reading!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Celia Bonilla

    This book touched my heart in so many ways. I feel very inspired, and I can't wait to share it with others. This book touched my heart in so many ways. I feel very inspired, and I can't wait to share it with others.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Very well written comparison and clear explanation of the ties that these religious faith traditions have in common. Inspiring.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Hartono

    A thoroughly enjoyable read. It was wonderful to see the common thread between the different faiths. I pray that someday we all return to the same fold.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stana

    Beautifully written.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    Very interesting to see the three religions side by side. There really isn't that much difference between them. Very interesting to see the three religions side by side. There really isn't that much difference between them.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dona

    A beautifully written book that I will come back to again and again.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Excellent book. Just what I need right now. It was nice to see how the three faiths are the same, and how you can use some things from the others, no matter where you are yourself.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

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