Interfaith Memoir Wins USA Best Book Award

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Saffron Cross, the memoir of the relationship between a Baptist minister and devout Hindu, offers a glimpse into the challenges of bringing two vastly different spiritual paths into one household.

Trent puts a human, and often humorous, face on the growing reality of interfaith marriage.

Fresh Air Books is pleased to announce that Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk has won a 2014 USA Best Book Award. It was named a Finalist in the Religion: Christianity category.

Saffron Cross describes how Dana Trent, a Baptist minister, met and fell in love with Fred Eaker, a devout Hindu. Laced with humor and honesty, this memoir of an interfaith relationship offers readers a glimpse into the challenges of bringing two vastly different spiritual paths into one household.

Jana Reiss, author of Flunking Sainthood, says of Saffron Cross: “Trent puts a human, and often humorous, face on the growing reality of interfaith marriage. From her struggles to become a vegetarian to her Hindu husband’s efforts to understand Christian prayer, Trent’s account reveals a partnership that succeeds in mutual respect and love.”

Dana Trent is a writer, speaker, and teacher who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of Duke Divinity School, she is an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist tradition. Trent blogs at jdanatrent.com.

USABookNews.com, the premier online magazine featuring mainstream and independent publishers, selected winners and finalists of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards from books published between 2012–2014.

Fresh Air Books, an imprint of Upper Room Books, provides resources for people who long for deeper meaning in their lives. This imprint serves Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians, as well as spiritual seekers and adherents of other faiths.

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