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Exuberance
The Passion for Life
Written by Kay Redfield Jamison


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70148-1 (0-375-70148-6)

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With the same grace and breadth of learning she brought to her studies of the mind’s pathologies, Kay Redfield Jamison examines one of its most exalted states: exuberance. This “abounding, ebullient, effervescent emotion” manifests itself everywhere from child’s play to scientific breakthrough and is crucially important to learning, risk-taking... Read more >

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The Jefferson Bible
The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
Written by Thomas Jefferson and Forrest Church


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 4, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7714-6 (0-8070-7714-3)

We must reduce our volume to the simple evangelists, select, even from them, the very words only of Jesus. There will be remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.–Thomas Jefferson

Featuring an introduction by Forrest Church, this reissue of The Jefferson Bible offers... Read more >

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Lost Boy
The True Story of One Man's Exile from a Polygamist Cult and His Brave Journey to Reclaim His Life
Written by Brent W. Jeffs and Maia Szalavitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3178-6 (0-7679-3178-5)

In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Fire in the Mind
Science, Faith, and the Search for Order
Written by George Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 17, 1996
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74021-6 (0-679-74021-X)

"A must for all those seriously interested in the key ideas at the frontier of scientific discourse."--Paul Davies

Are there really laws governing the universe? Or is the order we see a mere artifact of the way evolution wired the brain? And is what we call science only a set of myths... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Why Do Catholics Do That?

Written by Kevin Orlin Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 10, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-39726-3 (0-345-39726-6)

For readers who wants to learn more about the rituals, symbols, and traditions that can strengthen Catholic faith and practice every day, Why Do Catholics Do That? blends religious history and an enlightened reverence for the traditions of the Church in one definitive resource. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Unquenchable Thirst
A Memoir
Written by Mary Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52748-4 (0-385-52748-9)

At seventeen, Mary Johnson experienced her calling when she saw a photo of Mother Teresa on the cover of Time magazine; eighteen months later she began her training as a Missionary of Charity, a nun in Mother Teresa’s order. Not without difficulty, this boisterous, independent-minded teenager eventually adapted to the sisters’... Read more >
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The Cloud of Unknowing
and The Book of Privy Counseling
Edited by William Johnston


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: July 1, 1996
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-03097-7 (0-385-03097-5)

With an insightful foreword by Huston Smith-the world's leading expert on the history of religions, this volume remains the definitive edition of one of the world's great spiritual classics. The Cloud of Unknowing is the first English-language literary expression of the soul's quest for God. Originally written in Middle English in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Quiverfull
Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement
Written by Kathryn Joyce


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1073-0 (0-8070-1073-1)

Kathryn Joyce’s fascinating introduction to the world of the patriarchy movement and Quiverfull families examines the twenty-first-century women and men who proclaim self-sacrifice and submission as model virtues of womanhood–and as modes of warfare on behalf of Christ. Here, women live within stringently enforced doctrines of wifely submission and male headship... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Contemplating Reality
A Practitioner's Guide to the View in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
Written by Andy Karr


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-429-7 (1-59030-429-2)

This book introduces the reader to contemplations that investigate a series of views of reality as they evolved in the Buddhist tradition. These views are explained in plain English, with contemporary metaphors and examples to bring out their meaning for modern Buddhists. Quotations from both historical and living meditation masters and... Read more >

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


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1319-9 (0-8070-1319-6)

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 trade paperback.

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God and the American Writer

Written by Alfred Kazin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 27, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73341-6 (0-679-73341-8)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
Choice Outstanding Academic Book

"God and the American Writer does more to illuminate the fundamental purposes and motivations of our greatest writers from Hawthorne to Faulkner than any study I have read in the past fifty-five years--that is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Imitation of Christ

Written by Thomas Kempis


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 12, 1955
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-02861-5 (0-385-02861-X)

Written five centuries ago by a humble monk, this timeless message of faith in Christ's teachings remains a vital source of spiritual strength for people seeking to follow in the footsteps of the Lord. The secret of the amazing influence and converting power of this little book is the secret of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Pope and Mussolini
The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
Written by David I. Kertzer


Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9346-2 (0-8129-9346-2)

From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the compelling story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Heart of Compassion
The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva
Written by Dilgo Khyentse
Translated by Mattieu Ricard and Padmakara Translation Group


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 29, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-457-0 (1-59030-457-8)

The inspiring and eloquent verses found in The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva were composed by Gyalse Ngulchu Thogme (1295–1369), an ancient Tibetan master and legendary exemplar of generosity and kindness. This classical text—a concise and easy-to-memorize distillation of the teachings presented in Shantideva’s masterwork The Way of... Read more >

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The Hundred Verses of Advice
Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most
Written by Dilgo Khyentse and Padama Sangye


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: July 11, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-341-2 (1-59030-341-5)

This commentary on Padampa Sangye's classic verses of advise to Tibetan villagers of Tingri--by renowned and beloved meditation master Dilgo Khyentse--offers guidance for people trying to lead a dharmic life in the workaday world. These hundred verses, studied for centuries by Tibetans and students of Buddhism, contain a complete survey of... Read more >

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Fear and Trembling and The Book on Adler

Written by Soren Kierkegaard


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 10, 1994
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-43130-5 (0-679-43130-6)

Now recognized as one of the nineteenth century's leading psychologists and philosophers, Kierkegaard was among other things the harbinger of exisentialisim. In Fear and Trembling he explores the psychology of religion, addressing the question 'What is Faith?' in terms of the emotional and psychological relationship between the individual and God. But... Read more >

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"Thou, Dear God"
Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits
Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edited by Lewis V. Baldwin
Foreword by Reverend Dr. Julius R. Scruggs


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8603-2 (0-8070-8603-7)

“Thou, Dear God” is the first and only collection of sixty-eight prayers by Martin Luther King, Jr. Arranged thematically in six parts--with prayers for spiritual guidance, special occasions, times of adversity, times of trial, uncertain times, and social justice--Baptist minister and King scholar Lewis Baldwin introduces the book and each section... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Gift of Love
Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings
Written by Martin Luther Jr. King
Foreword by Coretta Scott King and The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0063-2 (0-8070-0063-9)

The classic collection of sixteen sermons preached and compiled by Dr. King.

As Dr. King prepared for the Birmingham campaign in early 1963, he drafted the final sermons for Strength to Love, a volume of his most well-known homilies. King had begun working on the sermons during a fortnight in jail... Read more >

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King David
The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel
Written by Jonathan Kirsch


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 28, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43505-7 (0-345-43505-2)

Weaving together biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and commentary, Jonathan Kirsch examines the life of King David with an extraordinary freshness to clarity of detail. In a taut, dramatic narrative, Kirsch brings new depth and psychological complexity to the familiar events of David's life-his slaying of the giant Goliath and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Moses
A Life
Written by Jonathan Kirsch


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 2, 1999
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41270-6 (0-345-41270-2)

Drawing on the biblical text and a treasury of both scholarship and storytelling, Kirsch examines all that is known and all that has been imagined of Moses.

"A lively narrative...There is a figure here looming up through the mists of tradition and folk memory that is of compelling significance, complex and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Discovery of God
Abraham and the Birth of Monotheism
Written by David Klinghoffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Three Leaves
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49974-3 (0-385-49974-4)

Fifty-three percent of the world’s population practices Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, religions that all trace their lineage to the towering, quasi-mythological figure of Abraham. In this reverent biography of the man who invented–or discovered–God, David Klinghoffer disentangles history from myth and uncovers the profound impact of Abraham’s message on his time... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Maimonides
The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest Minds
Written by Joel L. Kraemer


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51200-8 (0-385-51200-7)

This authoritative biography of Moses Maimonides, one of the most influential minds in all of human history, illuminates his life as a philosopher, physician, and lawgiver. A biography on a grand scale, it brilliantly explicates one man’s life against the background of the social, religious, and political issues of his time.

Maimonides... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Search of Zarathustra
Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World's First Prophet
Written by Paul Kriwaczek


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3142-9 (1-4000-3142-7)

A fascinating journey through time and across Europe and Central Asia, in search of the prophet Zarathustra (a.k.a. Zoroaster)—perhaps the greatest religious lawgiver of the ancient world—and his vast influence.

In Persia more than three thousand years ago, Zarathustra spoke of a single universal god, the battle between good and evil, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lost Gospel
The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot
Written by Herbert Krosney
Foreword by Bart D. Ehrman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0047-2 (1-4262-0047-1)

In this compelling and exhaustively researched account, Herbert Krosney unravels how the Gospel of Judas was found and its meaning painstakingly teased from the ancient Coptic script that had hid its message for centuries. With all the skills of an investigative journalist and master storyteller, Krosney traces the forgotten gospel’s improbable... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, eBook and a hardcover.
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