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Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?
. . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory
Written by Guy Consolmagno, SJ and Paul Mueller, SJ

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3695-2 (0-8041-3695-5)

"Imagine if a Martian showed up, all big ears and big nose like a child's drawing, and he asked to be baptized. How would you react?"
                                                               ---Pope Francis, May, 2014
Pope Francis posed that question---without insisting on an answer---to provoke deeper reflection about inclusiveness and diversity in the Church. But it's... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Early Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings
The Schocken Bible, Volume II
Translated by Dr. Everett Fox

Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4181-5 (0-8052-4181-7)

The story of ancient Israel, from the arrival in Canaan to the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah and the Babylonian exile some six centuries later, here is the highly anticipated second volume in Everett Fox’s landmark translation of the Hebrew Bible.

The personalities who appear in the pages of The Early Prophets, and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Being Both
Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family
Written by Susan Katz Miller

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6116-9 (0-8070-6116-6)

Susan Katz Miller grew up with a Jewish father and Christian mother, and was raised Jewish. Now in an interfaith marriage herself, she is one of the growing number of Americans who are boldly electing to raise children with both faiths, rather than in one religion or the other (or without... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an
Islam and the Founders
Written by Denise Spellberg

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38839-1 (0-307-38839-5)

In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom—a drama in which Islam played a surprising role. In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an. This marked only the beginning of... Read more >

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The Lost Book of Mormon
A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri
Written by Avi Steinberg

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53569-4 (0-385-53569-4)

Is the Book of Mormon the Great American Novel? Decades before Melville and Twain composed their great works, a farmhand and child seer named Joseph Smith unearthed a long-buried book from a haunted hill in western New York State that told of an epic history of ancient America, a story about a family... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Book of Heaven
A Novel
Written by Patricia Storace

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70755-1 (0-375-70755-7)

From the author of the acclaimed Dinner with Persephone comes a radically original novel about four women who invite us to imagine the divine anew: what if “a woman’s point of view” were also God’s?

Patricia Storace's Eve begins by telling us her version of what happened in Eden, and by revealing that our... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio
The True Story of a Convent in Scandal
Written by Hubert Wolf
Translated by Ruth Martin

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 13, 2015
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-35190-4 (0-385-35190-9)

A true, never-before-told story—discovered in a secret Vatican archive—of sex, poison, and lesbian initiation rites in a nineteenth-century convent.

In 1858, a German princess, recently inducted into the convent of Sant’Ambrogio in Rome, wrote a frantic letter to her cousin, a confidant of the Pope, claiming that she was being abused and... Read more >
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At Home in Exile
Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews
Written by Alan Wolfe

Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3313-5 (0-8070-3313-8)

Since the beginnings of Zionism in the twentieth century, many Jewish thinkers have considered it close to heresy to validate life in the Diaspora. Jews in Europe and America faced “a life of pointless struggle and futile suffering, of ambivalence, confusion, and eternal impotence,” as one early Zionist philosopher wrote, echoing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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