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While Europe Slept
How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within
Written by Bruce Bawer

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 11, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2005-6 (0-7679-2005-8)

The struggle for the soul of Europe today is every bit as dire and consequential as it was in the 1930s. Then, in Weimar, Germany, the center did not hold, and the light of civilization nearly went out. Today, the continent has entered yet another “Weimar moment.” Will Europeans rise to... Read more >
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The Autobiography of Saint Therese
The Story of a Soul
Translated by John Beevers

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 17, 1987
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-02903-2 (0-385-02903-9)

A spiritual guide for millions the world over, this is the autobiography of a holy woman who "attained the knowledge of supernatural things in such abundant measure that she was able to point out the sure way of salvation to others" (Pope Pius XI). St. Thérèse wrote this account of her... Read more >
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Emotional Alchemy
How the Mind Can Heal the Heart
Written by Tara Bennett-Goleman

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: January 22, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-609-80903-7 (0-609-80903-2)

“May this very important and enticing book find its way into the hearts of readers near and far so that it can perform its mysterious and healing alchemy for the benefit of all.”—John Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School

The... Read more >
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The Sacred Canopy
Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion
Written by Peter L. Berger

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-07305-9 (0-385-07305-4)

This absorbing examination of the sociological roots of religious belief expands on Berger's theories of knowledge. With illustrations drawn from a variety of primitive, ancient, and contemporary religions, Berger argues that religion is a "sacred canopy" that every society builds to give its world meaning. Read more >

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The Gift of Peace

Written by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 10, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49434-2 (0-385-49434-3)

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin's gentle leadership throughout his life of ministerial service had made him an internationally beloved figure, but the words he left behind about his final journey would change the lives of many more people from all faiths, from all backgrounds, and from all over the world.

In the last two... Read more >

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Ultimate Journey
Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment
Written by Richard Bernstein

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78157-8 (0-679-78157-9)

Richard Bernstein, Time magazine’s first Beijing bureau chief and currently a New York Times book critic, has written a profoundly original account of a journey that is as much a spiritual and intellectual odyssey as it is a physical one.

In 629, the great Buddhist monk Hsuan Tsang set out across Asia... 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 >
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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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Ecstatic Poems
Translated by Robert Bly

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 2007
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6380-4 (0-8070-6380-0)

Originally published in 1976, with more than 75,000 copies in print, this collection of poems by fifteenth-century ecstatic poet Kabir is full of fun and full of thought. Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley has contributed an introduction that makes clear Kabir’s immense importance to the contemporary reader and... Read more >
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Church and Revolution

Written by Thomas Bokenkotter

Format: Trade Paperback, 596 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 17, 1998
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48754-2 (0-385-48754-1)

In this fascinating overview of the Church's involvement and response to political revolution, Bokenkotter, author of A Concise History of the Catholic Church, traces the development of social justice in the Church through portraits of 15 revolutionaries of the past 200 years. Each figure profiled was key not only to the... Read more >
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Written by Katherine Boo

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6755-8 (1-4000-6755-3)

Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize

Selected for Common Reading at:
Concordia University
Michigan State University
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Taking Liberties
Why Religious Freedom Doesn't Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do
Written by Robert Boston

Format: Trade Paperback, 198 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-911-6 (1-61614-911-6)

Increasingly, conservative religious groups are using religious liberty as a sword to lash out at others. In this forcefully argued defense of the separation of church and state, Robert Boston makes it clear that the religious freedom guaranteed in the First Amendment is an individual right, the right of personal conscience... Read more >
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An Anxious Age
The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America
Written by Joseph Bottum

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51881-9 (0-385-51881-1)

Do not order before March 1, 2014

We live in a profoundly spiritual age, but not in any good way. Huge swaths of American culture are driven by manic spiritual anxiety and relentless supernatural worry. Radicals and traditionalists, liberals and conservatives, together with politicians, artists, environmentalists, followers of food fads, and the... 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: $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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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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The Da Vinci Code
A Novel
Written by Dan Brown

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: March 18, 2003
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50420-1 (0-385-50420-9)

Winner, 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Adult Fiction

The Da Vinci Code is not only ‘popular’, compelling, and contemporary story-telling at its very best—it is also a highly original and provocative work ideal for a wide variety of classroom discussions.

Deftly woven into this original story are highly controversial... 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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The Little Flowers of St. Francis

Written by Raphael Brown

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 3, 1971
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-07544-2 (0-385-07544-8)

St. Francis of Assisi's ecstatic embrace of a life of poverty revolutionized Christianity even as it transformed the ethics of the West. In this luminous and lively book, St. Francis's followers preserved his legend and those of his first disciples, combining stories of miracles with convincing portraits of men who were... 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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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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Occupy Spirituality
A Radical Vision for a New Generation
Written by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox
Afterword by Lama Surya Das
Foreword by Mona Eltahawy and Andrew Harvey

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-685-5 (1-58394-685-3)

The Occupy Wall Street movement and protest movements around the world are evidence of a new era of intergenerational activists seeking deeper spiritual meaning in their quest for peace and justice.

This book is a call to action for a new era of spirituality-infused activism. Authors Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox encourage... Read more >
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The Dhammapada
Verses on the Way
Written by Buddha and Glenn Wallis

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7727-1 (0-8129-7727-0)

THE DHAMMAPADA introduced the actual utterances of the Buddha nearly twenty-five hundred years ago, when the master teacher emerged from his long silence to illuminate for his followers the substance of humankind’s deepest and most abiding concerns. The nature of the self, the value of relationships, the importance of moment-to-moment awareness... Read more >
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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 >
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Holy Hunger
A Woman's Journey from Food Addiction to Spiritual Fulfillment
Written by Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70087-3 (0-375-70087-0)

"A worthwhile tale about true nourishment that comes not from [eating] but from engaging on a spiritual path." --Los Angeles Times

In this wrenchingly honest, eloquent memoir, Bullitt-Jonas describes a childhood darkened by the repressive shadows of her alcoholic father and her emotionally reclusive mother, whose demands for excellence, poise, and self-control... Read more >
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