Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

With a new afterword
Acts of Faith
is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people—and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement.

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By Beth (Los Angeles, CA) · ★★★★☆ · April 06, 2010
I knew Eboo slightly back in college - I was a year behind him, living in the same Residence Hall he talks about in the third chapter. His account of growing up Muslim-Indian-American and how that led him to a career in organizing interfaith youth service projects is both fascinating and well-tol... ...more
By Michelle (Westminster, MD) · ★★★★★ · February 21, 2011
This was a fascinating book on several levels: 1) as a memoir of what it is like to grow up in America as an Indian immigrant, 2) a personal journey of faith and 3) an appeal for people of different faiths to dialogue and work together.

His vision of religious pluralism is not one that says " all... ...more
By Shalini (Washington, DC) · ★★★★☆ · February 19, 2008
Nice story, with a genuinely interesting message. Patel is an interfaith youth coordinator now, but his central point isn't that faith always makes people do great things. It's that faith can be a vehicle for violence and intolerance or it can be a channel for service to humanity and compassion,... ...more
By Derek (Holland, MI) · ★☆☆☆☆ · June 06, 2011
Patel is getting a lot of attention for his work, but frankly, it is not because of his writing. This book comes highly recommended not only from people I respect, but with big-name quotes and a major award. The message is stronger than the messenger, which is probably why. Patel is doing good wo... ...more
By Margie (Berkeley, CA) · ★★★★☆ · December 20, 2012
Really enjoyed this. Patel discusses his own faith journey, describes the birth of his organization (the Interfaith Youth Core, or IFYC), and outlines the need for us to create environments in which young people can explore their faith in pluralistic/interfaith settings. He manages to weave these... ...more
By Bill (Arlington, VA) · ★★★★☆ · May 27, 2014
I would highly recommend this book. The best part is the first half, as he recounts his early struggles in finding his place in this world. The importance of service is stressed; perhaps the most interesting aspect is the influence of the legacy of Dorothy Day and her Catholic Worker movement.

The... ...more
By Mystery (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · June 11, 2014
There were couple of key reasons that I could not give 'Acts of Faith' 5 stars. In his book, the author states that the Islam extremists are the Salafis. But I believe the author has not take enough time to investigate the expanse of connotations the word 'Salafi' has and numerous meanings it tak... ...more
By Robin (Los Angeles, CA) · ★★★★☆ · March 24, 2010
Eboo Patel tells the inspiring story of forming the Interfaith Youth Core. He interweaves coming to terms with complex personal identity (in his case, Muslim, Indian, and American) with stories of the transformative power young people of faith can have when they band together for change. The writ... ...more
By sara (Woodbridge, VA) · ★★★★★ · October 29, 2007
i think i'm in love w/ eboo patel. no seriously, before i ever started the book, i had a dream that i met him at some fundraising dinner, and we were sitting on the same table. loved the book. much of it felt like he was takin words out of my mouth. if we only had more muslims like him in this wo... ...more