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๐Ÿ“š #CURRENTLYREADING ๐Ÿ“š (#giftedbook @doubledaybooks # partner @prhaudio) โ€œDo I admit to being a bad person? No. I will, however, admit to being a bad Muslim, which is an entirely different thing.โ€ - The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood๐Ÿ–Š - Happy Saturday! Itโ€™s a bit gloomy and rainy here in Dallas. But Iโ€™m still excited for the weekend. Iโ€™ve been craving donuts so think Iโ€™ll go dessert shopping today! Anyhow, one of the books Iโ€™m reading is THE BAD MUSLIM DISCOUNT by Syed M. Masood. His YA book, MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE was one of my favorite YA books I read last year. Thus, I was beyond excited when I received a copy of his adult novel. Iโ€™m not very far in, but Iโ€™m enjoying this book very much. While the title of both his books mentioned above gives it a lighter feel, both books touch on oneโ€™s religion/faith and the (suffocating) culture surrounding the religion. I know Iโ€™ve mentioned this often, but as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as Mormon), due to some similarities between the two religions, I feel so seen when I read books by Muslim authors when exploring themes such as faith. I pulled out some of my journals I wrote in college. I went to Brigham Young University where 98% of the students are members of the LDS church. Upon reading my journal entries, so much of it was about my guilt of not being a โ€œgood-enough Mormon.โ€ I love Masoodโ€™s books because he writes about the very concerns I have about my faith. Am I a good person? I think so. I try. But when I tell people Iโ€™m religious-LDS/Mormon- I always feel the need to say, โ€œI am, but Iโ€™m not the best Mormon.โ€ Oneโ€™s religion is so personal and I think as long as Iโ€™m working on my bettering my relationship with God, shouldnโ€™t that make me a good Mormon? I will never leave the church, but this book did remind me of all the complexities and at times suffocating church culture that comes with being a person of faith. If youโ€™ve made it this far, sorry I wrote nothing about the book! I will review it once finished. Tell me what your plans are for the weekend! What are you reading? Iโ€™m going to read, but I gotta go get desserts first!๐Ÿค
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