Dialogue of the Heart

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Dialogue of the Heart

Christian–Muslim Stories of Encounter
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160 pages
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    About the book

    In Dialogue of the Heart, Benedictine Fr. Martin McGee presents a timely and heartfelt plea encouraging Christians everywhere to cultivate harmonious relationships with their Muslim neighbors.

    With a touching account of the martyred Trappist monks of Tibhirine, Algeria, Fr. Martin reveals how this particular order provides an inspiring example by reaching out to their Muslim fellow-believers in modern-day North Africa. The monks’ story, recounted in the award-winning 2010 film Of Gods and Men, forms the backbone of this deeply affecting and thoughtful celebration of interreligious friendship. By drawing on the inspiring witness of the Catholic Church in Algeria and Morocco, Fr. Martin sensitively illuminates the way in which Christians can connect sincerely in everyday life with their Muslim neighbors.

    Published by Orbis Books. Distributed by New City Press.

    In Dialogue of the Heart, Fr. McGee takes us into souls of the monks of Tibhirine, the seven monk martyrs for the Muslim people of Algeria and the two survivors, in greater depth than revealed thus far; and by placing their witness and mode of dialogue within the living context of the Church of Algeria, instructs us on the bold gospel message of encounter. The stories are edifying for contemporary Christian life and the overall message is one of joy for interreligious encounter and of peace for a world marred by violence.

    John Borelli
    Georgetown University

    About the author

    Martin McGee, OSB is a Benedictine monk and a chaplain in Worth Abbey School, Sussex. He is also the author of Christian Martyrs for a Muslim People (Paulist Press, 2008), which tells the poignant story of the nineteen priests and sisters assassinated by Islamic fundamentalists in Algeria in the mid-1990s.