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Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a mother, a wife and a bookworm but professionally she is a museologist and a library technician. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

My Story of Diversity: 5 Countries, 7 Languages | Nichan Najjarian

In this talk, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, Nichan Najjarian says “Diversity has defined my life since childhood.” Growing up during wartime in Lebannon, he tells the story of those who brought beauty and diversity to his life. Nichan grew up in Beirut, in the middle of a street-by-street civil war, being fought for control of the city and the nation. That war divided people by ethnicity, nationality and religion. But somehow, in the midst of all that division, Nichan finds a friend—Eddie. In his travels, he meets many Eddies—all from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and all contributing to the beautiful, diverse garden of humanity. That diversity leads him to the Baha’i Faith.  Continue reading

Sole Desire Serve Cause: A Book by Don Brown

Don Brown has written a memoir of Gale and Jameson (or Jamie, as he was fondly called) Bond, two Knights of Baha’u’llah who pioneered to the Canadian north. It’s called Sole Desire Serve Cause and it’s a new George Ronald publication (you can purchase it here).

The incredible stories of the Baha’is who sacrificially arose to spread the teachings and principles of the Baha’i Faith in remote and desolate places never cease to uplift and inspire and I am really excited that Gale and Jamie’s story is now in print. I love to get an insider’s story on new Baha’i-inspired publications and Don graciously agreed to tell me about his new book. Here’s what he shared:

Baha’i Blog: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Don. To start things off, could you please tell us a little about yourself and your work as a writer?

Professionally I worked as a management consultant throughout my career providing organization systems and strategic planning services to public and private sector businesses in Canada and in Jamaica where we pioneered for five years from 1982 to 1987. My wife, Christine and I served at the Baha’i World Centre from 1991 to 1996. Throughout my career I did extensive report writing. In 2001/2002 I wrote and self-published a book To Build Anew: Creating Baha’i Inspired Enterprises.

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5 Modern Myths About Love & Marriage | Nura Mowzoon

In this talk produced by Bahaiteachings.org, relationship coach and university professor, Dr. Nura Mowzoon takes apart five modern myths about love, dating and marriage and she recommends ways to build truly lasting spiritual relationships. She explores the concepts of love at first sight, sexual compatibility and the idea that it’s better to live together before marriage. Presenting studies that counter the conventional wisdom about contemporary couples, she maps a path toward the spiritual aspects of love and marriage, and the practices that foster real and lasting love.  Continue reading

Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World: Collection 4

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” is a Baha’i Blog initiative in honor of the Bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

In this initiative, we share portraits of Baha’is and their friends from different countries and territories all over the world, and accompanying their photographs are a few of their words about what the Baha’i Faith means to them or how it has touched their lives.  Continue reading

‘The Apostle of Peace’: A New Reference Book about Abdu’l-Baha

George Ronald has recently released the first in a fascinating historical two-volume set by Amin Egea. It’s called The Apostle of Peace: A Survey of References to Abdu’l-Baha in the Western Press, 1871-1921 and it offers a comprehensive look at the news headlines and press articles featuring Abdu’l-Baha. The first volume, which has been printed and is now available for purchase here on Amazon, covers the years 1871-1912 and ends with Abdu’l-Baha’s return to Europe after His travels in North America.

It is difficult to imagine what it would have been like to see Abdu’l-Baha’s name appearing in all the major Western papers but thankfully Amin Egea dove into that time period in order to put together these books for us. Here is a little bit of the story behind how The Apostle of Peace came to be:  Continue reading