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In the Company of the Courtesan
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7404-1 (0-8129-7404-2)

My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.

Thus begins In the Company... Read more >

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The Scientist as Rebel

Written by Freeman Dyson

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-216-2 (1-59017-216-7)

An illuminating collection of essays by an award-winning scientist whom the London Times calls “one of the world’s most original minds.”

In the view of the prize-winning physicist Freeman J. Dyson, science, wherever it practiced, is characterized by its rebellion against the restrictions of local cultures. Like art and poetry, it resists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Forty Tales from the Afterlives
Written by David Eagleman

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38993-0 (0-307-38993-6)

At once funny, wistful and unsettling, Sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives—each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now. In one afterlife, you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Bhagavad Gita

Translated by Eknath Easwaran

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70555-7 (0-375-70555-4)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

The Bhagavad Gita (in Sanskrit, “Song of the Lord”) is the most famous poem in all of Hindu literature and part of the Mahabharata, the Indian epic masterpeice. The Gita consists of a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Prince Arjuna on the morning of a climactic battle. Krishna... Read more >

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The 19th Wife
A Novel
Written by David Ebershoff

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7415-7 (0-8129-7415-8)

It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of her family’s polygamous history is revealed, including... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Encountering God
A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras
Written by Diana L. Eck

Format: Trade Paperback, 284 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7301-8 (0-8070-7301-6)

Religion scholar Diana Eck is director of the Pluralism Project, which seeks to map the new religious diversity of the United States, particularly the increasing presence of Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim communities. In this updated edition of Encountering God, Eck shows why dialogue with people of other faiths remains crucial in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prayers, Inspirations, and Meditations to Heal our World
Written by June Eding

Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $12.50
ISBN: 978-1-57826-465-0 (1-57826-465-0)

What is peace? What is its purpose, spiritually, emotionally, and globally? Peace seeks to ground this concept in its cultural contexts and explore it through the thoughts and words of humanity’s greatest peacemakers. Peace is the cornerstone of civilization, allowing all nations to grow and thrive while enabling individuals to learn... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

Written by Charles Eisenstein

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-724-1 (1-58394-724-8)

This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what’s true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this... Read more >
Also available as a audiobook download and an eBook.

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Cultivating Ch'i
A Samurai Physician's Teachings on the Way of Health
Written by Kaibara Ekiken
Translated by William Scott Wilson

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-988-9 (1-59030-988-X)

Samurai are best known for taking life–but here is a samurai doctor’s prescription for how to preserve life, and to make yours a long and healthy one. Unlike other samurai of his time, the samurai Kaibara Ekiken (1630—1714) was concerned less with swordsmanship than with how to maintain and nurture the... Read more >

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The Creative Call
An Artist's Response to the Way of the Spirit
Written by Janice Elsheimer

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Shaw Books
On Sale: November 20, 2001
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-87788-138-4 (0-87788-138-3)

Perhaps you're a "closet writer" who's been scribbling in journals for years. Maybe you once had a passion for playing the piano or violin--a passion that is still flickering somewhere deep inside you. You may have a knack for photography, drawing, gardening, cooking, or some other creative gift. Or you may... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Way
The Essential Classic of Opus Dei's Founder
Written by Josemaria Escriva

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: May 9, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51829-1 (0-385-51829-3)

Reflecting Josemaría Escrivá’s belief that God can be found in professional and everyday settings, The Way blends passages from sacred Scripture with anecdotes drawn from Escrivá’s life and work, snatches of conversation, and selections from his personal letters. The direct, conversational writing style and its deeply felt humanity are among the... Read more >

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The Messenger
The Rise and Fall of Elijah Muhammad
Written by Karl Evanzz

Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77406-8 (0-679-77406-8)

Here is the eagerly anticipated paperback edition of the definitive biography of Elijah Muhammad (né Elija Poole), a sharecropper's son with a fourth-grade education who became one of the most controversial Americans of the twentieth century, the founder and "Prophet" of the Nation of Islam, a movement dedicated to black separatism... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wounded Prophet
A Portrait of Henri J.M. Nouwen
Written by Michael Ford

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: February 19, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49373-4 (0-385-49373-8)

Henri Nouwen, a Dutch Roman Catholic priest, was one of the most beloved and important spiritual writers of the twentieth century. Since his death in 1996, his stature has only increased; and his books, including The Inner Voice of Love, The Wounded Healer, and The Return of the Prodigal Son, have... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Natural Grace
Dialogues on creation, darkness, and the soul in spirituality and science
Written by Matthew Fox

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 18, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48359-9 (0-385-48359-7)

Natural Grace is a groundbreaking and meaningful exchange between an accomplished scientist and a dynamic theologian that will forever change the way students view the interplay between science and religion. The dialogues demonstrate a remarkable consonance between these hitherto opposing camps, revealing that a synthesis of science and spirituality is not... Read more >

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The Healing Power of Meditation
Leading Experts on Buddhism, Psychology, and Medicine Explore the Health Benefits of Contemplative Practice
Written by Andy Fraser
Contribution by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sogyal Rinpoche and Clifford Saron
Foreword by Daniel Goleman

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-059-3 (1-61180-059-5)

Regular meditation practice has a powerful impact on the mind and body, rewiring the brain and bringing us all kinds of benefits: contentment and well-being, resilience and focus, better mental and physical health, and greater empathy and compassion. This wide-ranging anthology brings together pioneering Tibetan Buddhist teachers, scientific researchers, and health... Read more >

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The Negro Church in America/The Black Church Since Frazier

Written by E. Franklin Frazier

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 13, 1974
Price: $12.76
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0387-5 (0-8052-0387-7)

This volume contains Frazier's classic study of the black church and a complementary essay in which Lincoln writes that the civil rights movement started the splintering of the traditional black church in America. No longer the dependent bastion of Black prudence, Lincoln argues that Black institutional religion has assumed a new... Read more >

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Red Water
A Novel
Written by Judith Freeman

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72069-4 (0-385-72069-6)

In 1857, at a place called Mountain Meadows in southern Utah, a band of Mormons and Indians massacred 120 emigrants. Twenty years later, the slaughter was blamed on one man named John D. Lee, previously a member of Brigham Young’s inner circle. Red Water imagines Lee’s extraordinary frontier life through the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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See Me Naked
Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity
Written by Amy Frykholm

Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0468-5 (0-8070-0468-5)

Stories of sexual scandals in churches throughout the nation have been downright routine in recent years, suggesting to many Americans that a deeply rooted problem plagues American Christianity–and prompting some to abandon their congregations altogether. In See Me Naked, Amy Frykholm takes us beyond simple indictments of, or blind allegiance to... Read more >

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Written by Peter Furtado

Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1250-0 (0-7478-1250-0)

A small sect of fewer than 20,000 in the UK, and approximately 100,000 in the USA, the Quaker religion has produced a disproportionate number of eminent thinkers, scientists, businessmen, and their teachings have been widely influential and become mainstream.

Best known as pacifists, Quakers have always been at the forefront of social justice... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Practicing Resurrection
A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace
Written by Nora Gallagher

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70563-2 (0-375-70563-5)

In the highly praised memoir Things Seen and Unseen, Nora Gallagher reflected on a year of spiritual renewal and the fact of mortality with uncommon wisdom and grace. We rejoin her in Practicing Resurrection as Gallagher searches for direction in the wake of her brother’s death. A desire to reclaim her... Read more >

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Spiritual Genius
10 Masters and the Quest for Meaning
Written by Winifred Gallagher

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 24, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6718-0 (0-8129-6718-6)

In Spiritual Genius, journalist Winifred Gallagher, the acclaimed author of Working on God, asks Rabbi Lawrence Kushner to define holiness. "Standing in the presence of God," he says. "Everyone has it, but some people seem to have more of a knack for accessing it." Like holiness, the gift that Gallagher calls... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Working on God

Written by Winifred Gallagher

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 18, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75537-8 (0-375-75537-3)

Why do I exist? Is this all there is? What is my true nature? What is most important in life? How should I live? These are humanity's oldest spiritual questions. At the year 2000, however, many who ask them are profoundly estranged from religion. To some, religion is belief in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Essential Gandhi
An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas
Written by Mahatma Gandhi
Edited by Louis Fischer

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3050-7 (1-4000-3050-1)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

Mohandas K. Gandhi, called Mahatma (“great soul”), was the father of modern India, but his influence has spread well beyond the subcontinent and is as important today as it was in the first part of the twentieth century and during this nation’s own civil rights movement. Taken from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Isms: Understanding Religion

Written by Ronald Allen Geaves and Theodore Gabriel

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Universe
On Sale: April 24, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7893-1530-4 (0-7893-1530-0)

ISMS: UNDERSTANDING RELIGION offers concise synopses of the religions of the world and highlights their artistic and architectural manifestations. This helpful resource to understanding human spiritual belief is organized into familiar groupings (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.), each of which is then further broken down into individual sects, denominations, or branches--in... Read more >

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Saints and Villains

Written by Denise Giardina

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 9, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00427-2 (0-449-00427-9)

In the charnel house that was Europe in the Second World War, there were few instances of shining moral courage, let along secular sainthood. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian and Nazi resister was the exception. This emblematic figure risked his life--and finally lost it--through his participation in a failed plot to... Read more >
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