“For most people this inter-religious dialogue will be something that they only read about, because they have no opportunity to engage in it. … If you are interested in promoting the inter-religious dialogue — which I think we should be interested in … then we should expose ourselves. Exposure is the key word. All the people who have been exposed to other traditions — really exposed and not just told about them and not just made fearful about them — “meet” somebody who is from a different religion. So make a special effort to “meet” other people from other religions,” writes Br. David Steindl-Rast in 99 Names of God, which offers a meditation on each of the 99 names of God found in the Islamic creed.
This devotional volume speaks to people of any religious belief who through the many names of God enter the gate of the one nameless God that unites us.
Praise for 99 Names of God
The Beautiful Names are not simply “names” but self-disclosures of the Divine. David Steindl-Rast’s marvelous 99 Names of God is a rich dialogue and a deeply grounded mystical commitment that is aware that all air is connected, all waters mingle, and all spirits arise from the One Spirit. Beautiful illustrated with the calligraphy of Shams Anwari-Alhosseyn, this rich mystical whispering is recommended for Christians, Muslims, and all seekers of the shared life of the Spirit.
— Omid Safi, Duke University
Read 99 Names of God review in the National Catholic Reporter (July, 2021).