Book Description

Publication Date: March 4, 2015

Length: 254 pages

Publisher: Paradise Filmworks International

Not In God's Name:

Making Sense of Religious Conflict

by Paula Fouce

Based on the award winning film, "Not in God's Name," seen on PBS stations.

At any given time, there are fifty conflicts being fought in the name of religion. Not in God’s Name: Making Sense of Religious Conflict examines why religious clashes are on the rise. The nonfiction book, Not in God’s Name: Making Sense of Religious Conflict – examines the question, “Why do people kill in the name of God?”


Trapped in a religious riot and nearly losing her life, Paula Fouce witnessed violence committed in the name of faith. In 1984, following the assassination of India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards, the country exploded in days of blood letting when some Hindus murdered Sikhs in revenge. In Not in God’s Name, Paula searches for the causes of religious intolerance, and the solutions.


Paula interviewed Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama, who shared his insights into ways to break the tragic cycle of violence. She followed his guidance on her quest, and produced an award winning film that aired on PBS, and wrote the book about it. Examining this global problem brought her to the doorsteps of the leaders of many faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, and to Islamic madrassas.

Paula Fouce

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Not In God's Name: Making Sense of Religious Conflict by Paula Fouce begins with a vivid description of the pandemonium, the aftermath of the killing of Mrs Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India, in 1984. Paula Fouce happened to witness many horrific incidents, of Sikhs being attacked and murdered, looting and arson on a big scale, the president’s (who happened to be a Sikh) car being attacked, and many other scenes of great repugnance. This made her embark upon a long journey through the spiritual essence of India, recollecting the many impressions left by previous visits, as well as letting fresh impressions evolve by making new visits. There is hardly a part of India that she hasn’t visited to experience for herself, especially the spiritual makeup. From the abodes of the yogis, swamis and others in Himalayas, the Jewish synagogues, Buddhism, Jainism and other practices, the influence from other cultures like the Chinese, and the modern challenges from the jihadists, no aspect of violence or the efforts to quell violence in our society is left untouched in her attempt to find an answer.

Not In God's Name: Making Sense of Religious Conflict by Paula Fouce exhorts India to take a prime role in saving human society. Reminding us of the importance Asoka as well as Akbar felt towards religious tolerance and the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi, she ends with a quote from the ancient scriptures of India: “The different religions are like lotus flowers. They rise from the murky depths, and when they finally reach the sunlight they bloom. When a lotus opens, it represents spiritual awakening. No two buds are alike, and no one blossom is more beautiful than another. They all celebrate the divine.”

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Radio Interviews:


Past interviews:


Rose Colombo
The Justice Club
Monday, July 27
9:30 AM PST

James Lowe

TransMedia - KJAG Radio in KS

Monday, July 20

12:15 PM PDT

Leland Acker


Tuesday, June 30th



with Rick Anthony

Saturday, June 20



Wayne Norman

New England Radio

Wili - WTIC


Friday, June 12

9:30 AM EST


Jim Brown USA

Common Sense Radio Program

June 7, 2015



Barry Eva
June 10



The Maggie Linton Show

May 14 at 11:30 AM PST

Sirius XM Radio


Alive at Five

with David Leonard

April 24 at 3 PM CST / 1PM PST

KYNT Radio

AM 1450

Yankton, South Dakota


That Was Zen, This is Tao

with Lewis Harrison.

April 2nd at 2:31 PM PST

WIOX Radio in Roxbury, New York WIOX Community Radio


The Stan Milam Show
 WBEL 1380 the Big AM.
April 7, 2015



The Leslie Marshall Radio Show

April 1, 2015
4:30 - 5:00 PM PST


The Michael Dresser Show

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March 10, 2015 at 9:15AM EST

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March 13, 2015 at 1:00PM EST


Norwich, Conneticut

With Stu Briar

Paula Fouce was sent by Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges to Kathmandu, Nepal to study fine arts. She exported jewelry, artifacts, and escorted luxury and continuing education tours for health professionals and spiritual seekers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, India and Nepal. She co-authored Shiva, a photographic book on yoga, (White Orchid Press, 1990). Fouce was a Director of KRCA – TV, Channel 62, a television station broadcasting in Los Angeles from 1990 to 1997.

Paula has directed and produced five documentary films: Naked in Ashes, a faceted portrait of the Yogis of India (theatrical released); Origins of Yoga on the 7,000 year old tradition, so popular in the West today; Not in God’s Name: In Search of Tolerance with the Dalai Lama, an examination of religious violence and its solutions, featuring Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama and leaders of eight faiths (PBS), named a “Front Runner for the Emmy” by the Los Angeles Times; and Song of the Dunes: Search for the Original Gypsies, which she co-directed with Oscar nominee William Haugse, about the Roma people (PBS). Song of the Dunes won the Silver Lei Award at the Honolulu Film Festival. Paula produced and directed No Asylum on Anne Frank’s father, Otto's recently discovered letters in which he struggled to obtain visas to save his family from the Holocaust, with Oscar winner Maria Florio as Creative Producer. Fouce co-produced Tsigan, a multi-media theatrical performance about the Gypsies, with the USC Shoah Foundation, founded by Steven Spielberg.


Ms. Fouce served as the Co-Chair of the Southern Asian Art Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is President of Paradise Filmworks International, a production company based in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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Reviews for Not In God's Name The Book

In this illuminating book Paula Fouce not only tells a compelling personal story, she also leads us through a deeply-layered understanding of the religious strife still present in our postmodern times, offering an optimistic view of the prospect of reconciliation and healing.


Michael Bernard Beckwith

Author of Spiritual Liberation


With the passion and authority of an eyewitness, Paula Fouce documents the origins of religious violence and the urgent threat it poses to the world. And with the insight of a long-time meditative practitioner, she demonstrates persuasively that this spiritual problem demands a spiritual solution.


Dean Sluyter

Author of Natural Meditation


Not In God’s Name resonates as a prayer and a plea to end our era of anachronistic, heartbreaking religious conflict.  But it’s message is also practical.  Paula Fouce recognizes that true compassion and respect for religious diversity arise from the experience of the spiritual essence that we share.  The book is a welcome addition to the growing awareness of the Vedic precept, “Truth is One; the wise call it by many names.”


Philip Goldberg

Author of American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West


Not In God's Name is an excellent introduction to the variety of religions active in the world today, their history, and the conflicts among them. And it is a more joyous read than you might imagine. It sheds light on the beauty of religion and introduces us to the real people who practice religions of many kinds and with many different approaches and levels of passion, and gives the reader hope amongst the violence.


5 Stars

Self-Publishing Review

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Not In God's Name is a thoroughly compelling work based on author Fouce’s personal journey towards spiritual enlightenment as she searches for answers to the paradox of religious hatred and violence. She takes readers on a gritty guided journey through time, history and faiths as she explores multiple mainstream religions, talks with their spiritual leaders, and analyzes the direly zealous actions of religious extremists.


Lisa Brown-Glibert

of Pacific Book Review

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Impressively well written, organized and presented, Not In God's Name: Making Sense of Religious Conflict is an extraordinary read that is as insightful as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. Not In God's Name is strongly recommended and must be considered an essential addition to church, community, and academic library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that Not In God's Name is also available in a Kindle edition.


Reviewer's Choice

Midwest Book Review