For the month of August, your challenge is to read a book by an author of a different religion than yours, and by that I don't mean reading one by a Presbyterian if you're Pentecostal. Step right outside your own religion, whether you adhere to it through conviction or culture. Possibilities include Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Bahai, and Wicca. The book should deal with what it means to believe in or belong to that particular religion, although it doesn't have to be the central theme of the story, just something essential to it, if you understand what I mean. It should give you a good feel of what it would be like to be a Buddhist or a Muslim, for example.
Possible authors would include Khaled Hosseini, Chaim Potok, Marilynne Robinson, and Chinua Achebe. Suggestions for specific books and authors are welcome!
And if you are new to this challenge, feel free to start late and read at your own pace. This is a great exercise for expanding your understanding of what other people experience.