SECOND PLACE: ‘GENERAL INTEREST’ CATHOLIC BOOK: Finding Jesus among Muslims won a Second Place award in the ‘General Interest’ category of the 2018 ‘Excellence in Publishing Awards’ held by the Association of Catholic Publishers.
“In a time of political division and fear, Jordan Denari Duffner offers us a refreshing work of love, compassion and understanding.”
Democratic presidential candidate
and former governor of Maryland
“Jordan Denari Duffner’s magnificent new book is a game-changer.”
Professor Omid Safi,
“This book is … a must read by all who take seriously the need for dialogue and understanding, particularly between Muslims and Catholics.”
Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski,
Emeritus Chair of the Bishops’ Committee
on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs
“This is an exceptional introduction to interfaith engagement between Catholic Christians and Muslims.”
Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core
“This is an elevating and personal read that challenges each of us to look deeper into others in order to learn more about ourselves.”
Imam Omar Suleiman
“Finding Jesus among Muslims is a beautifully written and honest testimony to the value and power of interreligious learning, grounded in Jordan Denari Duffner’s own life experience, reflection, and prayer.”
Parkman Professor of Divinity, Harvard University
“Duffner persuasively explains why commitment to interreligious dialogue deepens—not threatens—one’s faith in profound ways.”
Kevin O’Brien, SJ,
“Read this book. Then put it down and do something about it.”
Dr. Joshua Graves,
the Otter Creek Church in Nashville, Tennessee
“Prepare yourself, this book will create more questions than it does answers — but it’s time for this conversation to be had, for it is now the reality of our world.”
Founder & Senior Pastor,
NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas
- Nihil Obstat: Reverend Robert Harren, J.C.L., Censor deputatis.
- Imprimatur: Most Reverend Donald J. Kettler, J.C.L., Bishop of Saint Cloud, October 27, 2017
In January 2019, Rachelle Linner reviewed Finding Jesus among Muslims, writing in part: “Jordan Denari Duffner’s beautifully written and deeply felt [book]… is a timely and important book that offers a quiet but forceful rebuttal to the current demonization of Muslims.” The review was picked up and published by the Catholic Standard and the Boston Pilot, the archdiocesan newspapers for Washington, DC and Boston, respectively.
In the October 2018 issue of WRMEA, Amin Gharad reviewed the book. He wrote in part: “The work is as informative as it is personal. While unfailingly sensitive and gracious, Finding Jesus Among Muslims is not sanitized. Duffner writes honestly and does not merely brush under the rug uncomfortable aspects of her journey over the years. She reveals thoughts and experiences that many would be reluctant to reveal, particularly in settings as emotionally combustible and susceptible to provoking offense as faith and religious differences.”
In an August 2018 issue of National Catholic Reporter, Robert Shine reviewed the boook, drawing particular attention to the way reading the book helped him uncover and challenge his latent, implicit biases towards Muslims. He wrote: “It is precisely because these biases are so ingrained and because Islamophobia is on the rise that Finding Jesus among Muslims is such an important and timely resource.”
Reviewed in Catholic Library World
In a 2018 issue of Catholic Library World, Daniel Boice reviewed the book, writing in part: “As a guide for Catholics, her credentials couldn’t be much better. … Best of all are her stories of how the prayers of her friends and her study of the Qur’an have deepened her own faith. Excellent study questions make this a valuable book for church libraries. …Warmly recommended for parish and academic libraries.”
In the April 2018 issue, Margaret Kelly reviewed the book, writing: “Very helpful is Duffner’s exploration of the parallels between Islamophobia and anti-Catholicism…” and “Particularly edifying is the author’s ability to convey her personal experience without hiding the ‘implicit bias’ that she has worked to overcome…”
In an April 11 lecture at Albertus Magnus College entitled, “Catholic-Muslim Relations: Current Perspectives and Future Directions,” Yale chaplain Omer Bajwa listed Finding Jesus among Muslims among recommended readings about Catholic-Muslim dialogue.
Fr. Tom Ryan, O.P. in Koinonia | Issue 65, Winter 2018
Listed as a recommended resource in a quarterly journal of the Paulist Fathers of the U.S. and Canada.
by Elizabeth Lefebvre in US Catholic | February 2018
“Finding Jesus Among Muslims couldn’t have come at a better time. While Jordan Denari Duffner’s book would be a welcome resource for interreligious dialogue at any point, it resonates even more in our current timeline of Muslim travel bans and Senate candidates who have said that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to hold public office.”