Books

Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents (This Little Light of Mine)

Adapted by Sarah Conover , Freda Crane

Winner of the 2004 Aesop Prize, Ayat Jamilah/Beautiful Signs: a Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents is the second book in Eastern Washington University Press’ This Little Light of Mine series. A young adult/adult crossover anthology, it draws from not only the core of Islamic spirituality and ethics, the Qur’an, and the traditions (hadiths), but also from the mystical verse, folk tales, and exemplary figures of the Islamic narrative. Unlike any other collection of Islamic stories, Beautiful Signs gathers traditional stories from the farthest reaches of the Muslim world, which stretches from Morocco in the west to Indonesia in the east, and from China in the north to Tanzania in the south. This unique anthology, with its rich and thorough explanatory notes, will be invaluable to anyone wishing to understand, or to teach, geography, world history, or world religions. It will also be treasured by Muslim families and by all parents committed to broadening the lives and values of their children and themselves.

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Chaos, Wonder and the Spiritual Adventure of Parenting: An Anthology Paperback

Edited by Sarah Conover , Tracy Springberry

Exceptional writers such as Barbara Kingsolver, Barry Lopez, Rosemary Bray McNatt and Scott Russell Sanders reflect on how children have transformed their spiritual lives. Contributors explore those times when children helped them appreciate the mystery and beauty of life, how children threw them into battles with their souls, and how children helped them say “yes” to living. The writers are from diverse spiritual traditions.

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Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents (This Little Light of Mine)

by Sarah Conover  (Author), Valerie Wahl (Illustrator)

Sarah Conover’s collection of traditional Buddhist tales leads us to the kind of implicit understanding of ourselves and others that only stories can provide. Following the Buddha through his various transformations, these clarified, often humorous narrative journeys open the ancient masters profound and gentle teachings to persons of all ages, religions, races, and ideological persuasions. Over and over this marvelous book tells us, “let go of your anger, your fear, your greedy desire. Embrace gladness. Follow the path.” And the stories themselves, simply as stories, from a wondrous pageant: of elephants, monkeys, monks, and men working through foolishness toward wisdom and delight.

Listen to a reading of A Man, Two Tigers and a Strawberry from Kindness.

Listen to a reading of Castles of Sand from Kindness.

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Harmony: A Treasury of Chinese Wisdom for Children and Parents (This Little Light of Mine) Paperback – October 31, 2008

by Sarah Conover  (Author), Chen Hui (Author), Ji Ruoxiao (Illustrator)

Harmony: A Treasury of Chinese Wisdom for Children and Parents is a collection of traditional stories from one of the world’s oldest civilizations. For over two thousand years, the Chinese have used brief sayings known as chengyu to sum up practical wisdom and ethical principles. Most chengyu are associated with a story that illustrates their meaning, and these stories have been passed down by word of mouth over the centuries.

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Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions

by Claire Rudolf Murphy  (Author), Meghan Nuttall Sayres  (Author), Mary Cronk Farrell  (Author), Sarah Conover (Author), Betsy Wharton (Author)

This ground-breaking collection of short stories brings to life the women—daring, brave, thoughtful, and wise—who played important and exciting roles in the early days of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Join Esther as she stands against injustice and her king to save her people, Aisha as she leads hundreds of men into terrifying battle, and Mary as she and Elizabeth dream of the new lives growing inside them. How must Sarah have felt, turning Hagar out into the desert? And how must Hagar have felt, traveling from the safety and security of Abraham’s land toward an uncertain future? These stories invite us to come to know and appreciate the struggles and triumphs of these women—mothers, daughters, believers and seekers.

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Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer

Also available as an eBook in the Amazon Kindle Store and on Google Play.

Watch a video on YouTube from Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, as he talks about Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer

In the pages of Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer, young readers will encounter a man very different from the figure often presented in Western popular culture. Drawing from biographies, the Quran, and hadith, Sarah Conover, co-author of Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents, relates the story of a radical prophet who challenged the rich and powerful, guided his community of followers through a dangerous time of persecution and exile, formed alliances with people of different beliefs, and preached “love for humanity what you love for yourself.”

Before he became one of the most venerated, and most misunderstood, religious leaders in history, Muhammad was an orphaned child and a shepherd.

Written for readers 12 and up, and with a foreword by Eboo Patel (founder of Interfaith Youth Core and a member of the President’s Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships), Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer will educate and inspire youth and adults of all faiths. To read the Discussion and Reflection Guide click here.

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Katha Sagar, Ocean of Stories: Hindu Wisdom for Every Age

from School Library Journal:

Conover and Janamanchi introduce more than 20 rich and varied Hindu myths and parables culled from epics, folk tradition, sacred literature, and 19th-century writer Ramakrishna. A brief, informative essay on Hinduism is included for readers who are unfamiliar with the subject. Throughout the stories, the gods can be scary and violent (Shiva beheads his small son and incinerates Kamadeva), and even sages don’t always behave admirably, but virtues are firmly endorsed, and vices—specifically selfish greed—are condemned. Gender balance within the work is helped by the slightly strained framing narrative, which features a grandmotherly village storyteller . . .

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