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The Place of Tolerance in Islam

Written by Khaled Abou El Fadl


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 8, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0229-2 (0-8070-0229-1)

Khaled Abou El Fadl, a prominent critic of Islamic Puritanism, leads off this lively debate by arguing that Islam is a deeply tolerant religion. Injunctions to violence against nonbelievers stem from misreadings of the Qur’an, he claims, and even jihad, or so-called holy war, has no basis in Qur’anic text or... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A People of Hope
The Challenges Facing the Catholic Church and the Faith That Can Save It
Written by John L. Allen, Jr. and Timothy M. Dolan


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71850-1 (0-307-71850-6)

In A People of Hope, religion journalist John Allen, Jr. profiles New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan and shares Dolan's perspective on the present and future of Catholicism. In a time where church-related scandals have garnered strong coverage by the media, Dolan gives students a contrastingly positive view of the Catholic Church... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Feminine Face of God
The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women
Written by Sherry Ruth Anderson
Contribution by Patricia Hopkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 1, 1992
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-35266-5 (0-553-35266-0)

A pioneering look at the spirituality of North American women that suggests women develop their spirituality very differently from men and require their own female guides and role models. Using interviews with more than 100 women–including Jean Bolen and Maya Angelou–the authors explore the diverse paths of women’s spiritual growth. 272... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Case for God

Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38980-0 (0-307-38980-4)

A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.

Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Great Transformation
The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72124-0 (0-385-72124-2)

From one of the world’s leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the bestselling A History of God, The Battle for God and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to... Read more >

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History of God

Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 9, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-38456-0 (0-345-38456-3)

Do we need God? Why does God exist? In her provocative response to questions like these, Karen Armstrong traces the development of the idea of one god in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

For over 4,000 years the idea of a single divine being has existed. In this masterful and illuminating work... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jerusalem
One City, Three Faiths
Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 29, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-39168-1 (0-345-39168-3)

Karen Armstrong shows how Jerusalem has become that defining place for adherents of the three religions of Abraham. In her view, the city has been not only a symbol of God on earth, but is also a deeply rooted part of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim identity. She traces Jerusalem's physical... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 27, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74288-9 (0-307-74288-1)

In this important and thought-provoking work, Karen Armstrong—one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place.

The twelve steps she suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with “Love Your... Read more >

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Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 28, 2010
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59559-1 (0-307-59559-5)

One of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—author of such acclaimed books as A History of God, Islam, and Buddha—now gives us an impassioned and practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place.

Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is... Read more >

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Interior Castle

Written by Teresa Of Avila
Translated by E. Allison Peers


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: January 4, 1972
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-03643-6 (0-385-03643-4)

One of the most celebrated works on mystical theology in existence, as timely today as when St. Teresa of Avila wrote it centuries ago, this is a treasury of unforgettable maxims on self-knowledge and fulfillment. Read more >

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The Rite
The Making of a Modern Exorcist
Written by Matt Baglio


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52271-7 (0-385-52271-1)

In The Rite, journalist Matt Baglio uses the astonishing story of one American priest's training as an exorcist to reveal that the phenomena of possession, demons, the Devil, and exorcism are not merely a remnant of the archaic past, but remain a fearsome power in many people's lives even today.

Father Gary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Catolicismo
Un Viaje al Corazon de la Fe
Written by Robert Barron


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34672-6 (0-385-34672-7)

Now available in Spanish! Using art, literature, traditional theology, and his own personal narrative, Father Robert Barron's Catholicism takes readers into the depths and beauty of the Catholic faith in a way that no other book has ever done.

What makes Catholicism unique? Most histories that trace the origin of Christianity can... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On Heaven and Earth
Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century
Written by Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: April 19, 2013
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3506-6 (0-7704-3506-8)

Originally published in Argentina in 2010 in Spanish and now available for the first time in English, this is a book of conversations between the Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who recently became Pope Francis, and the Argentine rabbi Abraham Skorka.

For years Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Argentina, and Rabbi Abraham... Read more >

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The Last Secret of Fatima
The Revelation of One of the Most Controversial Events in Catholic History
Written by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52583-1 (0-385-52583-4)

With an introduction by Pope Benedict XVI and including information previously suppressed, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, definitively reveals and explains one of the most controversial events in twentieth-century Catholicism—the 1917 apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima.

During World War I, three Portuguese children received a vision in which... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Dynamic Catholicism

Written by Thomas Bokenkotter


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 5, 1986
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-23243-2 (0-385-23243-8)

Dynamic Catholicism is a comprehensive, plain-language guide that provides students with a basic introduction to the Catholic faith and the historical evolution of the Church's teachings. Bokenkotter traces the myriad ways throughout history in which the Church has answered questions like: Who is Jesus? Or Mary? Who are the saints? What... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Meaning of Mary Magdalene
Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity
Written by Cynthia Bourgeault


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-495-2 (1-59030-495-0)

Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity–yet, if you look in the Bible, you’ll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer... Read more >

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Proverbs of Ashes
Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us
Written by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 18, 2002
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6797-0 (0-8070-6797-0)

Rebecca Parker was a young minister in Seattle when a woman walked into her church and asked if God really wanted her to accept her husband’s beatings and bear them gladly, as Jesus bore the cross. Parker knew, at that moment, that if she were to answer the woman's question truthfully... Read more >

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New Testament Essays

Written by Raymond E. Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59164-7 (0-307-59164-6)

For those who have had an introduction to Sacred Scripture, Father Raymond E. Brown, S.S., the outstanding American biblical scholar, has organized this collection of fourteen of his essays on various aspects of the New Testament. Although there are some essays of a popular nature, most of them are studies in... Read more >

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Religio Medici and Urne-Buriall

Written by Sir Thomas Browne
Edited by Stephen Greenblatt and Ramie Targoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-488-3 (1-59017-488-7)

Sir Thomas Browne is one of the supreme stylists of the English language: a coiner of words and spinner of phrases of a near Shakespearean fecundity; the wielder of a weird and wonderful erudition; an inquiring spirit in the mold of Montaigne. Browne was an inspiration to Samuel Taylor Coleridge and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Chosen Faith
An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
Written by John Beuhrens and Forrest Church


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1617-6 (0-8070-1617-9)

For those contemplating religious choices, Unitarian Universalism offers an appealing alternative to religious denominations that stress theological creeds over individual conviction and belief. In this new edition of the classic introductory text on Unitarian Universalism, which includes a revealing, entertaining foreword by best-selling author Robert Fulghum (All I Really Need to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A House for Hope
The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century
Written by John Beuhrens and Rebecca Ann Parker


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0150-9 (0-8070-0150-3)

For over a generation, conservative religion has seemed dominant in America. But there are signs of a strengthening liberal religious movement. For it to flourish, laypeople need a sense of their theological heritage. A House for Hope lays out, in lively and engaging language, the theological house that religious liberalism has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Pilgrim's Progress and Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

Written by John Bunyan


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72568-5 (0-375-72568-7)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

Now available together in a single volume, these two classics were written by seventeenth-century England’s most famous prisoner of conscience, Baptist John Bunyan (1628–1688). Imprisoned for twelve years for his preaching, he wrote first a dramatic allegory of Christian life and followed it with the compelling story of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ka
Stories of the Mind and Gods of India
Written by Roberto Calasso


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77547-8 (0-679-77547-1)

"A giddy invasion of stories--brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful." --The New York Times Book Review

"So brilliant that you can't look at it anymore--and you can't look at anything else. . . . No one will read it without reward."
--The Boston Globe

With the same narrative fecundity and imaginative sympathy he brought... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dating Jesus
A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl
Written by Susan Campbell


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1072-3 (0-8070-1072-3)

By the age of twelve, Susan Campbell had been flirting with Jesus for some time, and in her mind, Jesus had been flirting back. Why wouldn’t he? She went to his house three times a week, listened to his stories, loudly and lustily sang songs to him. She even professed her... Read more >

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The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces
Decoding Churches, Cathedrals, Temples, Mosques and Other Places of Worship Arou nd the World
Written by Jon Canon


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-84899-111-8 (1-84899-111-8)

Across the globe, pilgrims and tourists, locals and foreigners flock to sacred sites and houses of worship. Why? Because throughout time, humans have directed extraordinary amounts of energy toward the creation of architecture that expresses their religious beliefs.

From Stonehenge to the Sagrada Família; from the Acropolis to Angkor Wat, The... Read more >
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