Marilyn McFarlane

Marilyn McFarlane, raised in a devoutly religious family, always had an interest in the diversity of world faiths. During her journeys as an author and travel writer, Marilyn continued her education by exploring sacred sites—Hindu temples in India, European cathedrals, Buddhist shrines, neo-Pagan altars, mosques in Morocco, and many more.

With the firm belief that understanding others’ faiths can lead to tolerance, acceptance, and peace, and an equally firm belief in the power of story, Marilyn wrote Sacred Stories. A mother and grandmother, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two cats, and many books.
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Books by this Author

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 World Religions.Each...

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. 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’s your best quality?

A. Good listener

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not enough playtime with my children -- but I avoid regrets, too

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Raising 4 wonderful children