Soul Searching: Thirteen Stories About Faith and Belief ed by Lisa Rowe Fraustino.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers: NY, 2002.

The book was slightly different than expected. Many forms of religion are included, though not all of the stories are religion oriented. As with most short story collections, I enjoyed some of the stories more than others. I did find it illuminating and thought-provoking. Each of the adolescent protagonists had reason themselves to ponder their beliefs and others. The stories range from Amish shunning to the Islamic jihad to creative inspiration as a gift from God to visions in Native American rituals.

The inspiration for the book is also worth noting. Lisa Rowe Fraustino's story is related to her father's heart transplant. Shortly after the surgery, she began planning her soul searching collection.

related-Amish, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Linda Oatman High, William Sleator, Elsa Marston, Dianne Hess, David Lubar, Dian Curtis Regan, Minfong Ho, Uma Krishnaswami, Nancy Flynn, Jennifer Armstrong, Shonto Begay, John Slayton, Lisa Rowe Fraustino

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