Marilyn McFarlane

Marilyn McFarlane has spent her career writing about far-off lands as a travel writer. Her devout Presbyterian upbringing combined with her passion for international travel led to an early interest in world religions. Today, her adventures often lead to sacred sites like the Hindu temples in India or the Great Mosque in Morocco. When she’s not traveling the globe, McFarlane lives with her husband, two cats, and many books in Portland, Oregon.

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This comprehensive collection of timeless and powerful stories puts the wisdom of world religions in the hands of young readers.

When attempting to find a simple, engaging, and unbiased approach to world religions for her own family, Marilyn McFarlane discovered such a book did not exist. Understanding how important it is for children to build both respect for and knowledge of a variety of religions, regardless of their own faith, McFarlane created Sacred Stories: Wisdom from...

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Trust yourself and do as you'd be done by

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Kindness, compassion, mindfulness

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. A perfect BLT, followed by dark chocolate (yes, that's two things, but chocolate must be included)

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Jesus of Nazareth -- "What was your daily life like, where did you travel, what was your inner life?"  And-- "Tell me your thoughts about what has been done in your name, or against it."

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Misuse of the word "myth," which doesn't mean "a lie." Also incorrect punctuation, including (especially) my own.

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