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The Life of Thomas More

Written by Peter Ackroyd

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 9, 1999
Price: $18.50
ISBN: 978-0-385-49693-3 (0-385-49693-1)

Now in paperback. A New York Times 1998 Notable Book of the Year. England's famous "man for all seasons" comes to vivid life in this dramatic new biography by acclaimed novelist and biographer Peter Ackroyd. This book reveals an unexpected side of More's character (a preference for bawdy humor) as well... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints
Written by Joan Acocella

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27576-9 (0-307-27576-0)

Here is a dazzling collection from Joan Acocella, one of our most admired cultural critics: thirty-one essays that consider the life and work of some of the most influential artists of our time (and two saints: Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene).

Acocella writes about Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and chemist... Read more >

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The Politics, Personalities and Process of the Next Papal Election
Written by John Allen

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50453-9 (0-385-50453-5)

Revised edition.

Now completely up-to-date and in its second edition, a captivating, insider’s guide to the politics and personalities that will have a tremendous impact on one of the world’s most secretive and important events–the election of a pope to succeed John Paul II.

Conclave is a fascinating look at the papal election... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Future Church
How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52039-3 (0-385-52039-5)

One of the world’s foremost religion journalists offers an unexpected and provocative look at where the Catholic Church is headedand what the changes will mean for all of us.

What will the Catholic Church be like in 100 years? Will there be a woman pope? Will dioceses throughout the United States and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Global War on Christians
Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3735-0 (0-7704-3735-4)

One of the most respected journalists in the United States and the bestselling author of The Future Church uses his unparalleled knowledge of world affairs and religious insight to investigate the troubling worldwide persecution of Christians.

From Iraq and Egypt to Sudan and Nigeria, from Indonesia to the Indian subcontinent, Christians in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

February 24, 2015
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Seven Revolutions
How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change It Again
Written by Mike Aquilina and James L. Papandrea

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: February 24, 2015
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3896-3 (0-8041-3896-6)

Combining history, politics, and religion, the authors examine the practices of the Early Church—a body of Christians living in Rome—and show how the lessons learned from these ancient Christians can apply to Christians living in the United States today. The book moves from the Christian individual, to the family, the church and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Written by Reza Aslan

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6922-4 (1-4000-6922-X)

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth.

Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he... Read more >

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Poet of the Secular World
Written by Erich Auerbach
Translated by Ralph Manheim
Introduction by Michael Dirda

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-219-3 (1-59017-219-1)

A precursor and companion to Erich Auerbach’s majestic Mimesis, DANTE: POET OF THE SECULAR WORLD is both a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the greatest poets and a brilliantly provocative and stimulating essay in the history of ideas. Here Auerbach, acclaimed by writers and scholars as various as... Read more >

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The Confessions

Written by Augustine

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41173-1 (0-375-41173-9)

Augustine’s fourth-century spiritual autobiography not only is a major document in the history of Christianity, a classic of Roman Africa, and the unchallenged model through the ages for the autobiographical record of the journey to self-knowledge, it also marks a vital moment in the history of Western culture. As Augustine explains... Read more >

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Late Have I Loved Thee
Selected Writings of Saint Augustine on Love
Written by Augustine of Hippo
Edited by John F. Thornton

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72569-2 (0-375-72569-5)

Late Have I Loved Thee is the first collection of Saint Augustine's varied writings on human and divine love, chosen to reflect his lifelong preoccupation with ordo amoris, the principle of rightly directed love. "My weight is my love," he writes in The Confessions. He sees our ability to love as... Read more >

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Sermons to the People
Advent, Christmas, New Year, Epiphany
Written by Augustine of Hippo

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50311-2 (0-385-50311-3)

When Saint Augustine was called from his country home to become Bishop of Hippo in the fourth century, his new responsibilities took him away from the solitude of his writing and into the glare of the public eye. The author of two of the greatest works of religious literature, Confessions and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Spirit and Flesh
Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church
Written by James M. Ault, Jr.

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70238-9 (0-375-70238-5)

In an attempt to understand the growing influence of the Christian Right, sociologist and documentary filmmaker James Ault spent three years inside the world of a Massachusetts fundamentalist church he encountered while studying a variety of new-right groups. He observed—and where possible participated in—the daily lives of the members of a... 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 Journey to Peace
Reflections on Faith, Embracing Suffering, and Finding New Life
Written by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Alphonse Spilly and Jeremy Langford

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: February 18, 2003
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50102-6 (0-385-50102-1)

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin (1928-1996) touched millions of people through his passionate witness, humble wisdom, and spiritual writings. In the final months of his life he shared his personal reflections in The Gift of Peace, a modern classic about finding inner peace in the face of life's greatest trials. As part of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Render Unto Rome
The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church
Written by Jason Berry

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53132-0 (0-385-53132-X)

"Money dominates the third of Jason Berry’s important books about the Catholic Church. Render Unto Rome probes deeply into the culture of the church. To painful questions about money and sex, Berry finds, the response of the church is always the same – secrecy and silence."-- Thomas Powers

"The Catholic Church wants... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Song of Songs
The World's First Great Love Poem
Afterword by Robert Alter
Translated by Ariel Bloch and Chana Bloch
Foreword by Stephen Mitchell

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7620-5 (0-8129-7620-7)

“Next to Genesis, no book in the Hebrew Bible has had a stronger influence on Western literature than the Song of Songs.”
The New York Review of Books

One of the greatest love poems ever written, The Song of Songs celebrates the sexual awakening of a young woman and her lover and the... Read more >

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A Concise History of the Catholic Church

Written by Thomas Bokenkotter

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 16, 2005
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51613-6 (0-385-51613-4)

Expanded and updated for the new millennium.

Covering the life of Christ, the election of Pope Benedict XVI, and everything in between, A Concise History of the Catholic Church has been one of the bestselling religious histories of the past two decades and a mainstay for scholars, students, and others looking for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three
Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity
Written by Cynthia Bourgeault

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-052-4 (1-61180-052-8)

Cynthia Bourgeault examines an idea from traditional Christianity–this time the formula of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–as though looking at it for the first time. She finds in the idea of the Holy Trinity a striking vision of the nature of reality.

What she claims is that embedded within this theological... Read more >

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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: $18.95
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: $24.00
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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No Man Knows My History
The Life of Joseph Smith
Written by Fawn M. Brodie

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73054-5 (0-679-73054-0)

In 1823 a young man named Joseph Smith had an encounter with an angel who led him to a cache of golden plates purporting to be the history of the lost tribes of Israel. Out of these new gospels—and out of Smith’s own charismatic personality and sense of mission—arose an authentically... Read more >

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In the Beginning
Bibles Before the Year 1000
Written by Michelle Brown

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 1, 2006
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-240-9 (1-58834-240-9)

Michelle Brown, former curator at the British Library, gathers together seventy fragile biblical treasures in this sumptuously illustrated volume that captures the development of both Bible and book, as well as a formative period of early Christian history. The book features a number of rare parchments, codices, illuminated manuscripts, and jeweled... 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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New Testament History

Written by F. F. Bruce

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Galilee Trade
On Sale: March 15, 1983
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-02533-1 (0-385-02533-5)

This book recounts the Roman and Jewish context of New Testament times--the lives of John and Jesus, and the history of the first two generations of the Church. Read more >
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