World political mapEmad Hajjaj, Jordan

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Living examples: Michael Perry long ago left the fundamentalist sect in which he was raised, but he’s not about to scoff at his background. “There is enough derision in the world,” he explains. Besides, he says, “mine is a chastened apostasy—I don’t claim to have the answers, and although I stand outside the church of my parents, I still peek through the windows for guidance.” The exemplary lives of Perry’s parents left a lasting impression. For years his parents have taken in foster children, many with special needs. And despite the fact that it nearly got them thrown out of their church, his parents refuse to condemn people of other faiths (Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting, HarperCollins).


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