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Home Tonight
Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son
Written by Henri Nouwen


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: March 24, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52444-5 (0-385-52444-7)

Home Tonight follows the path of Henri Nouwen’s spiritual homecoming. More than three years prior to writing his great classic, The Return of the Prodigal Son, Nouwen suffered a personal breakdown followed by a time of healing solitude when he encountered Rembrandt’s famous painting. Within his solitude he reflected on and... Read more >
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Lifesigns
Intimacy, Fecundity, and Ecstasy in Christian Perspective
Written by Henri Nouwen


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: January 23, 1989
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-23628-7 (0-385-23628-X)

Best-selling author Henri J. M. Nouwen shows how three of the most vital elements of human life offer Christians the essential key to a life filled with hope. Read more >
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Reaching Out

Written by Henri Nouwen


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 5, 1986
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-23682-9 (0-385-23682-4)

With clarity and spiritual depth, Nouwen lays out a perceptive and insightful plan for living the spiritual life and achieving union with God. Nouwen views our spiritual "ascent" as evolving in three movements. The first, from loneliness to solitude, focuses on the spiritual life as it relates to the experience of... Read more >
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Return of the Prodigal Son

Written by Henri Nouwen


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: March 1, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47307-1 (0-385-47307-9)

The beloved spiritual writer meditates on the parable of the prodigal son's return -- a powerful drama of fatherhood, filial duty, rivalry, and anger between brothers -- and its enduring lessons for Christianity. Read more >
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Early Islam
A Critical Reconstruction Based on Contemporary Sources
Edited by Karl-Heinz Ohlig


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $45.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-825-6 (1-61614-825-X)

This successor volume to The Hidden Origins of Islam (edited by Karl-Heinz Ohlig and Gerd-R. Puin) continues the pioneering research begun in the first volume into the earliest development of Islam. Using coins, commemorative building inscriptions, and a rigorous linguistic analysis of the Koran along with Persian and Christian literature from the seventh... Read more >

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Protestants
The Birth of a Revolution
Written by Steven Ozment


Format: Trade Paperback, 284 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 1, 1993
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47101-5 (0-385-47101-7)

Who were the first men and women who abandoned the Church of Rome and became the world's first Protestants? Steven Ozment employs pamphlets, diaries, letters, and other primary sources written by ordinary sixteenth century men and women to examine the origins of the Reformation and the nature of Protestantism. Rather than... Read more >

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Interpreting The Sacred
Ways of Viewing Religion
Written by William Paden


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7705-4 (0-8070-7705-4)

William Paden’s classic exploration in religious studies, with a new introduction

In the current climate, Interpreting the Sacred provides a fresh, thorough way to consider and compare various religious belief systems. Paden puts forth the idea that our understanding of religion influences our understanding of ourselves and our world. Updated with a... Read more >

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Religious Worlds
The Comparative Study of Religion
Written by William E. Paden


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 1994
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1229-1 (0-8070-1229-7)

From Gods, to ritual observance to the language of myth and the distinction between the sacred and the profane, Religious Worlds explores the structures common to all spiritual traditions.

“One of the best thought out and written introductions to the study of religion I have seen thus far. It not only explains... Read more >

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Adam, Eve, and the Serpent
Sex and Politics in Early Christianity
Written by Elaine Pagels


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 19, 1989
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72232-8 (0-679-72232-7)

Pagels re-creates the controversies that racked the early church as it confronted the riddles of sexuality, freedom, and sin as embodied in the story of Genesis, showing how what was once heresy came to shape our own attitudes toward the body and the soul.

"A stunning book...[that] refreshes our view of early... Read more >
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Saving Paradise
How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire
Written by Rebecca Ann Parker


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2009
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6754-3 (0-8070-6754-7)

One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2008

During their first millennium, Christians filled their sanctuaries with images of Christ as a living presence-as a shepherd, teacher, healer, or an enthroned god. He is serene and surrounded by lush scenes, depictions of this world as paradise. Yet once he appeared as... Read more >
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Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist
Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper
Written by Brant Pitre
Foreword by Scott Hahn


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: February 15, 2011
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-53184-9 (0-385-53184-2)

In recent years, Christians everywhere are rediscovering the Jewish roots of their faith. Every year at Easter time, many believers now celebrate Passover meals (known as Seders) seeking to understand exactly what happened at Jesus’ final Passover, the night before he was crucified.

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist... Read more >
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Jesus the Bridegroom
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
Written by Brant Pitre


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3545-5 (0-7704-3545-9)

By Dr. Brant Pitre, author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist and a professor of sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jesus the Bridegroom offers a thought-provoking examination of Jesus's messianic role in first-century Palestine.
     In Jesus the Bridegroom, Dr. Pitre delves into the... Read more >
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Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives

Written by Pope Benedict XVI


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 21, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34640-5 (0-385-34640-9)

In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order “to make known the figure and message of Jesus.” Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life as a child. The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the... Read more >
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Lumen Fidei: The Light of Faith

Written by Pope Francis
Foreword by Scott Hahn


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-8585-1 (0-8041-8585-9)

An encyclical, or papal letter, is one of the most important formal documents from the Vatican and in this special paperback edition, with a foreword by Scott Hahn, Pope Francis issues his first, reflecting on the nature of belief and the need for a renewal of faith for a bright future... Read more >
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The Wisdom of John Paul II
The Pope on Life's Most Vital Questions
Written by Pope John Paul II
Compiled by Nick Bakalar and Richard Balkin
Introduction by John White


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72732-0 (0-375-72732-9)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

The essential thoughts of Pope John Paul II on matters of belief and conscience have been culled from his encyclicals, speeches, homilies, and statements to fellow bishops and collected in one volume.

Throughout his more than two decades as the leader of the world’s Catholics, John Paul II has... Read more >

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The Christ Blueprint
13 Keys To Christ Consciousness
Written by Padma Aon Prakasha


Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 16, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-884-4 (1-55643-884-2)

While traveling in the remote Camargue region in the South of France, Padma Aon Prakasha received a life-changing visit. In a series of communions over two months, the thirteen Apostles and masters of Christ shared the thirteen qualities of Christ Consciousness with him. Now Prakasha shares this Christ Blueprint with readers... Read more >

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La Infancia de Jesus

Written by Joseph Ratzinger


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3699-0 (0-8041-3699-8)

El tercer transcendental y último volumen en la popular saga internacional “Jesús de Nazaret”, escrito por El Papa, detallando como la historia de la infancia y niñez de Jesús es hoy por hoy aun tan relevante como fue hace dos mil años.

En 2007 Joseph Ratzinger publicó su primer libro como... Read more >
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God Who Looks Like Me

Written by Patricia Lyn Reilly


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 20, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40233-2 (0-345-40233-2)

Childhood religious images of judgment, punishment, unworthiness, and shame, of male saviors, messiahs, and Higher Powers pursue all women into adulthood. Many women realize they must leave behind the traditional concepts and images for a more authentic spirituality, yet they find that the male symbols of God are deeply rooted in... Read more >

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God Is.
My Search for Faith in a Secular World
Written by David Adams Richards


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-66652-7 (0-385-66652-7)

In this invaluable contribution to the continuing debate about religious belief, David Adams Richards offers an exhilaratingly fresh perspective and a voice more impassioned, heartfelt, and sometimes furious, than anything written about God by an atheist.

David Adams Richards, one of Canada’s most beloved and celebrated authors, has been wrestling with... Read more >
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Charisma
The Gift of Grace, and How It Has Been Taken Away from Us
Written by Philip Rieff


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27753-4 (0-307-27753-4)

Charisma has come to be understood today as a special gift or talent that celebrities–artistic performers, athletes, movie stars, or political leaders–possess, a quality that makes their lives exemplary and transforms them into objects of universal appeal or attraction.

In Charisma, Philip Rieff explores the emergence and evolution of this mysterious and... Read more >
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Sexism and God Talk
Toward a Feminist Theology
Written by Rosemary R. Ruether


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1993
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1205-5 (0-8070-1205-X)

“By the time Ruether finishes, systematic theology has undergone a radical critique from which it emerges transformed rather than simply modified or totally rejected. She has constructed a full-fledged feminist theology-the first within a Christian context.” -The New York Times Book Review
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The Great Partnership
Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1250-1 (0-8052-1250-7)

National Jewish Book Awards 2012, Finalist
Dorot Foundation Award for
Modern Jewish Thought and Experience

Impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned, The Great Partnership argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other—and that the world needs both.

“Atheism deserves better than the new atheists,” states... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Great Partnership
Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4301-7 (0-8052-4301-1)

An impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned book from one of the most admired religious thinkers of our time that argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other—and that the world needs both.

“Atheism deserves better than the new atheists,” states Rabbi Jonathan... Read more >
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To Heal a Fractured World
The Ethics of Responsibility
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1196-2 (0-8052-1196-9)

One of the most respected religious thinkers of our time makes an impassioned plea for the return of religion to its true purpose—as a partnership with God in the work of ethical and moral living.
What are our duties to others, to society, and to humanity? How do we live a meaningful... Read more >
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Exploring Exodus
The Origins of Biblical Israel
Written by Nahum M. Sarna


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 2, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1063-7 (0-8052-1063-6)

Sarna examines the distinctiveness of the Exodus narrative in light of ancient Near Eastern history and contemporaneous cultures--Egyptian, Assyrian, Canaanite, and Babylonian. In a new Foreword to the 1996 edition, Sarna takes up the debate over whether the exodus from Egypt really happened, clarifying the arguments on both sides and drawing... Read more >
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