'Memoirs' Defines Country Life with Quran's Verses

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'Memoirs' Defines Country Life with Quran's Verses


'Memoirs' defines country life with Quran's verses

IN "MEMOIRS OF A HILLBILLY MUSLIM," Linda "iLham" Barto - a country-slang talking, decorated Air Force veteran and black belt in karate - catalogs her journey from growing up on a farm to finding Islam, and learning that to accept one faith didn't mean giving up all the faith she had before.

In the memoir, Barto writes, "I did not have to stop being a Christian in order to become a Muslim. I simply added layers of light to the light I already had."

Through sharp wit and deep reflection, Barto presents a novel that can teach people of all faiths a thing or two.

Growing up as a faithful Christian, Barto learned early in life to recognize what she calls signs from God, even if they came in strange dreams- including one that would lead her to take a trip to Tunisia that would change her life.

Through Barto's stories and parables, we learn of her childhood growing up on a working farm sans indoor plumbing, to her time in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, lessons from her parents, brief encounters that left footprints on her memory, a backyard full of chickens and mayhem, and the unique stories of child-rearing that only a mother can possess, just to name a few. …

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