Our Love's Rivalry with Religion
A romance novel about two people who
take their faith in God seriously
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About the novel
Adeelah El-Sayed meets Martin Webster, a Christian firefighter--a dangerous liaison for a Muslim woman which leads to a private war. The first battle comes from within. Adeelah knows this attraction to a non-Muslim man is unacceptable in her Islamic world. But she loses this battle. She cannot overcome the forbidden love that invades her soul, and she hopelessly surrenders. Together, Martin and Adeelah face more attacks from mosque, church, and their two families, all because they dare to love each other. Then two more unexpected attacks: A kidnapping attempt to force Adeelah into a marriage with a Muslim man and a white supremacist attack.
Martin and Adeelah pray together and find there is no significant difference in the way they live their lives of faith in submission to God. In meetings with the pastor of Martin's church and the imam at the mosque where Adeelah goes to pray, Martin makes the case for the extensive common ground which exists between their two unsympathetic religions. Their challenge in this tangled Romeo and Juliet rivalry is for Adeelah and Martin to win their struggle to be together.
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"Our Love's Rivalry with Religion is fascinating, original, and based on cultural realities. The writing is beautiful and grounded in a deep understanding of Islam and Christianity. Michael highlights important interfaith issues by way of this forbidden love story, which makes this a joyful read." - Soukaina Tarraf, from Morocco, student at the University of Louisville on a Fulbright Scholarship.