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Welcome to Beyond the Book, the program that connects you with outstanding authors, U of M faculty, and community experts for live and online conversations about nonfiction books that grab our attention and stay with us.

Discussion. Each Beyond the Book program begins with a four-, five-, or six-week online discussion in which the author/expert will post weekly discussion questions, conversation starters, and personal thoughts. You can read the book before or during the discussion period.

Evening Gathering. Shortly after the online discussion ends, you can choose to attend a special discussion hosted by the author/expert. Here, you'll go beyond the book's pages with great company and new insights.

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You Don’t Have To Be Wrong for Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism

By Brad Hirschfield

Program Leader: Katherine Hirsh

Although explicitly about religious fanaticism, this special book will appeal to anyone who is concerned about the increasingly polarized nature of today’s political and social discourse. Hirschfield’s key message is that conflict can be productive when we balance a profound commitment to our beliefs with openness to new ideas and experiences. In this edition of Beyond the Book, psychologist Katherine Hirsh will encourage us to approach differences of opinion in ways that are engaging and effective while simultaneously preserving our authenticity. Perhaps one of the best methods for strengthening our relationships and enhancing our integrity is to understand that while our way is the truth, it is not all that is true.

This dynamic, interactive book discussion will give you a sense of hope and a set of strategies that can be applied to improve your attitude toward conflict in daily life while deepening your sense of commitment and connection to yourself, your faith, and your network of family and friends.

This book is widely available in bookstores and online booksellers.

Free online discussion begins Thursday, November 13, 2008, with new postings each week over the four-week reading and discussion period. Then, join Katherine for a dessert discussion ($12) on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, from 7-9 p.m. at the U’s Continuing Education and Conference Center. This is an ideal time to gather around a book whose message makes a perfect New Year’s resolution.

To get you started, here are a few resources that take you “beyond the book":

The author's Web site has a reading group guide.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/faith/interviews/hirschfield.html Interview with Hirschfield on his experience visiting Ground Zero.

http://blog.beliefnet.com/windowsanddoors/ Windows & Doors: Where politics and pop culture meet 3,000 years of Jewish wisdom, one of Brad Hirschfield's blogs.

http://www.hirschfieldandkula.com/content/blogcategory/13/28/ Another Hirschfield blog, this one based on his radio talk show.

Material that appeared in the On Faith column in the Washington Post.