A Heart Broken Open (Book)

Radical faith in an age of fear

Ray Gaston

Wild Goose
Pb. 201 pag.



A Heart Broken Open is the moving and insightful reflection by a Christian minister on his grassroots engagement with Islam – from inner-city parish ministry in Leeds to the streets of Karbala at a time of rising Islamophobia and the ‘War on Terror’. The book also includes responses from some of the author’s partners in dialogue. Ray Gaston was in parish ministry in inner-city Leeds for 12 years. He is now Interfaith Studies Tutor and Enabler with the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education and the Birmingham District of the Methodist Church. He lives with his family in Sparkhill, Birmingham. See link to view sample pages below. This book is a beautifully written spiritual adventure that will resonate with all those who are seekers of a spiritual path, and at the same time it is scholarly, courageous, honest and deeply earnest in asking the questions most will not ask and in sharing the journey of a heart seeking peace. Firdaws Khan, Community Activist As Christians we need to be in the marginal, unexpected and controversial places so that our witness can be heard clearly and the heart put into our interfaith efforts. This is a book of love for God and our Muslim sisters and brothers; witness is the light shining from Ray's heart which has been opened so powerfully. Julian Bond, Executive Director Christian-Muslim Forum This book is deeply personal and moving … I recommend it as of real value at grassroots level where the real action lies. It counters Islamophobia on behalf of radical Christianity. Frank Whaling, Emeritus Professor in Religious Studies, Edinburgh University Ray's journey alongside Muslims is an exhilarating read. It is a journey of vulnerability that risks the discovery of God beyond the confines of the church, is shaped by Christian worship and scriptural reflection, and is politically engaged. In short, it is a testimony of discipleship for our times. Richard Sudworth, author of Distinctly Welcoming – Christian Presence in a Multi Faith Society A tour de force of radical spirituality. Donald Reeves, Director, Soul of Europe.