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Unveiling the Breath Book Review

By Donna Kennedy-Glans

The French diarist Anaïs Nin once said that “We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.” Donna Kennedy-Glans, a self-identified white Christian woman of some privilege, has undertaken a noble effort to see, feel and comprehend things as they are for Islamic people in Unveiling the Breath: One woman’s journey into understanding Islam and gender equality. The author—a lawyer, businesswoman and humanitarian—was the first female VP of a Calgary-based energy company operating in the Middle East. She travelled throughout the region, negotiating with local officials and earning a reputation as a businesswoman with a sharp eye for the bottom line and a big heart for the less fortunate. In 2001, Kennedy-Glans founded Bridges, a charity with a mission “to build capacity in locations where others do not go.”

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