What happens when a Baptist minister marries a former Hindu monk?
Saffron Cross is the intriguing love story of Dana, a Baptist minister, and Fred, a devout Hindu and former monk. The two meet on eHarmony and begin a sometimes daunting but ultimately inspiring journey of interfaith relationship and marriage. Trent's compelling vignettes, refreshingly honest and at times hilarious, offer readers a glimpse into the challenges of bringing together two vastly different spiritual paths into one household. This book includes chapters on an Indian ashram honeymoon, vegetarianism, Sabbath keeping, prayer and grief, plus other challenges of interfaith relationships. Check out the awesome book trailer by clicking here!
The Rev. J. Dana Trent is an author, instructor, and ordained Baptist minister. She holds an undergraduate degree in French and history from Salem College and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School. Dana has worked with nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, and hospitals—holding positions at Duke University, UNC Health Care, and the Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church.
Dana is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, where she teaches English, Public Speaking, and Student Success. She also offers “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” workshops for the UNC Friday Center for Continuing Education, small groups, worship communities, and universities. Dana specializes in writing and spiritual direction surrounding interfaith topics, spiritual practices, and grief. She has published articles with Sojourners, DIVINITY, and Saathee magazines.