Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints
Some of the people featured in this book are well known, like the beloved St. Francis of Assisi, who gave up a wealthy inheritance to serve the poor; Rumi, the Sufi poet; and Thich Nhat Hanh, the beloved teacher who developed the concept of engaged Buddhism. Some are well known, but the deep faith motivating their work is lesser known, such as Harriet Tubman, Florence Nightingale, and Mr. Rogers.
Others are less known such as Bayard Rustin, an American Quaker whose role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s is often downplayed because he was a gay man; Maryam Molkara, an Iranian Muslim transgender rights advocate; and Regina Jonas, the first female rabbi to be ordained whose story was almost lost to history.
In particular, Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints emphasizes the stories of women, LGBTQ people, people of colour, Indigenous people, and others who are too often written out of religious narratives. These stories move us towards more love and a faith that works for the common good of us all.
The book is written for middle grade age children (and their adults) ages 8 and up.
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