Soul Searching by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
Thirteen Stories about Faith and Belief

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"We must fight the tendency to reduce the world's cultures to sound bites and remember that all religions in all countries are composed of real people."

So writes Lisa Rowe Fraustino in her introduction to Soul Searching, an inspired collection of short stories and the answer to the prayers of anyone looking for a book that ponders faith.

Thirteen stirring narratives by acclaimed authors illuminate the world's major religions -- Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism -- as well as a few lesser-known belief systems. From Linda Oatman High's story of Sadie, who is shunned by her small Amish community, to Elsa Marston's Mujahhid, who grapples to understand the idea of jihad within the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, each of these thirteen adolescent protagonists is faced with a life-altering crisis that triggers an evaluation of the way he or she believes.


About Lisa Rowe Fraustino

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Lisa Rowe Fraustinois the award-winning editor of the acclaimed anthology "Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets" and the celebrated collection "Soul Searching: Thirteen Stories About Faith and Belief". She is also the author of the ALA Notable Book "The Hickory Chair", illustrated by Benny Andrews. Lisa resides in Ashford, Connecticut, and is a professor of English and children's literature at Eastern Connecticut State University. BENNY ANDREWS was a renowned African American fine artist whose work is in the permanent collections of more than thirty major museums, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Smithsonian Institution. His dramatic, folk art-style illustrations have also appeared in several books for children.
Published November 1, 2002 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Education & Reference. Fiction

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The final story, Fraustino’s “The Tin Man,” in which patients of varying ages, sizes, and religions wait their turn for a new heart transplant, sums up the main theme expressed throughout: although faith comes with more questions than answers, life is richer and more meaningful for those who ask ...

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