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On Being a Christian

Written by Hans Kung


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: February 2, 1984
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-19286-6 (0-385-19286-X)

One of this century's most prominent and outspoken theologians affirms the vitality and uniqueness of Christianity by tracing it back to the reality of the historical Christ. Read more >

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The Transcendental Temptation
A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal
Written by Paul Kurtz


Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-827-0 (1-61614-827-6)

In this widely acclaimed and highly controversial book, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary.

According to the Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking - the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Book of Job
When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person
Written by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4292-8 (0-8052-4292-9)

From one of our most trusted spiritual advisers, a thoughtful, illuminating guide to that most fascinating of biblical texts, the book of Job, and what it can teach us about living in a troubled world.

The story of Job is one of unjust things happening to a good man. Yet after losing... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Living a Life that Matters

Written by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 20, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72094-6 (0-385-72094-7)

Most of us need to feel that we matter in some way; perhaps this explains the high value placed on titles, corner offices, and even fleeting celebrity. But most of us also need to feel that we are good people. In this luminous yet practical book of spiritual advice, Harold Kushner... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Essence of Buddhism
An Introduction to Its Philosophy and Practice
Written by Traleg Kyabgon
Foreword by Sogyal Rinpoche and The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-788-5 (1-59030-788-7)

This lucid overview–which has come to be regarded by many as the best introductory book on Tibetan Buddhism–looks at its subject from the perspective of the three traditional “vehicles”: the Hinayana, the Mahayana, and the Vajrayana. These divisions are often presented as a historical development, but here Traleg Kyabgon equates them... Read more >

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Schools with Spirit
Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers
Written by Linda Lantieri


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 16, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3133-9 (0-8070-3133-X)

In Schools with Spirit, fourteen respected educators ask whether schools can nurture the inner life of students without violating the beliefs of families or the separation of church and state. For anyone who is concerned for the inner lives of our children, Schools with Spirit inspires, through deeply moving stories, about... Read more >

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The Tulip and the Pope
A Nun's Story
Written by Deborah Larsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71290-6 (0-375-71290-9)

In the heat of midsummer, in 1960, nineteen-year-old Deborah and several other young women share a cab to a convent on the Iowa bluffs of the Mississippi River. The girls, passionate to become nuns, heedless of all they are leaving behind, smoke their last cigarettes along the way and enter their... Read more >
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Faith, Interrupted
A Spiritual Journey
Written by Eric Lax


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45554-3 (0-307-45554-8)

Faith, Interrupted is a profoundly personal, deeply felt exploration of the mystery of faith—having it, losing it, hoping for its return.

The son of an Episcopal priest, Eric Lax develops in his youth a deep religious attachment and an acute moral compass—one that he is willing to go to prison for when... Read more >
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Why Us?
How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves
Written by James Le Fanu


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3054-5 (1-4000-3054-4)

In this daring treatise on the current state of scientific inquiry, James Le Fanu challenges the common assumption that further progress in genetic research and neuroscience must ultimately explain all there is to know about life and man’s place in the world. On the contrary, he argues, the most recent scientific... Read more >
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WriterSpeaker.com
Internet Research and Marketing for Writers and Speakers
Written by Carmen Leal


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Shaw Books
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-87788-876-5 (0-87788-876-0)

Even though computer literacy doesn’t come naturally to her, Carmen Leal mastered the computer and the Internet and plumbed its depths. Here she offers writers, speakers, school kids, people looking for support groups, and others a practical, user-friendly guide to Internet research and marketing.

Leal starts with the basics — computer equipment... Read more >

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Origins of the Tarot
Cosmic Evolution and the Principles of Immortality
Written by Dai Leon


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Frog Books
On Sale: June 30, 2009
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-261-1 (1-58394-261-0)

Conventional wisdom traces tarot cards to medieval Italy, but their roots go much further back in time and draw on a startling variety of cultures and spiritual traditions. Combining pioneering scholarship with practical spiritual instruction, this ambitious book is the first to unveil the full range of the ancient streams of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Seeing Eye and Other Selected Essays from Christian Reflections

Written by C.S. Lewis


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 12, 1986
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-32866-3 (0-345-32866-3)

C. S. Lewis presents an eloquent defense of Christianity in a collection of essays composed over the last twenty years of his life.

“An excellent introduction to the thought and personality of this engaging Christian writer.” –Christianity Today Read more >

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The Theocons
Secular America Under Siege
Written by Damon Linker


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9685-5 (1-4000-9685-5)

What do you believe about America?

Do you believe the Catholic Church should be actively intervening in American politics on the side of the Republican Party?

Do you believe the federal government should be channeling billions of tax dollars a year to churches and other religious organizations?

Do you believe a microscopic clump of... Read more >
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Stations of the Heart
Parting with a Son
Written by Richard Lischer


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-96053-5 (0-307-96053-6)

A poignant, emotionally riveting, profoundly heart-felt but unsentimental love story of a father for his son--at once funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful—as the young man teaches his family "a new way to die," with wit, candor, and, always, remarkable grace.

At the book's opening, Richard Lischer's son, Adam, calls to tell his father... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Facing Death

Written by Christine Longaker


Format: Trade Paperback, 284 pages
Publisher: Main Street Books
On Sale: May 18, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48332-2 (0-385-48332-5)

Christine Longaker's experience with death and care of the dying began in 1976 when her husband was diagnosed with acute leukemia at the age of 24. Since his death, she has devoted her life to easing the suffering of those facing death. In Facing Death and Finding Hope, she identifies the... Read more >

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Invoking Reality
Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen
Written by John Daido Loori


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-459-4 (1-59030-459-4)

There is a common misconception that to practice Zen is to practice meditation and nothing else. In truth, traditionally, the practice of meditation goes hand-in-hand with moral conduct. In Invoking Reality, John Daido Loori, one of the leading Zen teachers in America today, presents and explains the ethical precepts of Zen... Read more >

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Faith and Freedom
An Invitation to the Writings of Martin Luther
Written by Martin Luther
Edited by John F. Thornton and Susan Varenne


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 7, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71376-7 (0-375-71376-X)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

Faith and Freedom: An Invitation to the Writings of Martin Luther is the first selection in decades for the general reader from the many dozens of volumes that constitute Martin Luther’s collected works. The selections included here, chosen for their pastoral tone, speak across the centuries and inform... Read more >

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Plain Secrets
An Outsider among the Amish
Written by Joe Mackall


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1065-5 (0-8070-1065-0)

Joe Mackall has lived surrounded by the Swartzentruber Amish community of Ashland County, Ohio, for over sixteen years. They are the most traditional and insular of all the Amish sects: the Swartzentrubers live without gas, electricity, or indoor plumbing; without lights on their buggies or cushioned chairs in their homes; and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rock
A Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem
Written by Kanan Makiya


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70078-1 (0-375-70078-1)

Whose rock is enshrined inside the golden Dome of Jerusalem? The rock of Moses or of Muhammad? Kanan Makiya gathers together the stories, legends, and beliefs that define the Rock—the place where Adam landed in his fall from Paradise and where Abraham attempted to sacrifice his first-born; where Solomon’s Temple stood... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Celestial Omnibus
Short Fiction on Faith
Edited by J.P. Maney and Tom Hazuka


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8335-2 (0-8070-8335-6)

Luminous fiction on themes of faith and meaning from favorite writers, including Sandra Cisneros, Andre Dubus, Louise Erdrich, Stephen King, Flannery O’Connor, Philip Roth, E. M. Forster and others. Read more >

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Living Santerķa
Rituals and Experiences in an Afro-Cuban Religion
Written by Michael Atwood Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2002
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-077-1 (1-58834-077-5)

In 1992 Smithsonian anthropologist Michael Atwood Mason traveled to Cuba for initiation as a priest into the Santería religion. Since then he has created an active oricha “house” and has initiated five others as priests. He is a rare combination: a scholar-practitioner who is equally fluent in his profession and his... Read more >

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Ethical Wisdom
The Search for a Moral Life
Written by Mark Matousek


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3068-0 (0-7679-3068-1)

In this engagingly written and deeply insightful book, bestselling author Mark Matousek explores a perennially troubling question: How can we be both good and evil?

Contrary to what we’ve been taught in our reason-obsessed culture, argues Matousek, emotions are the bedrock of ethical life; without them, human beings cannot be empathic, moral... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism

Written by Bernard McGinn


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 12, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7421-8 (0-8129-7421-2)

This clear and comprehensive anthology, culled from the vast corpus of Christian mystical literature by the renowned theologian and historian Bernard McGinn, presents nearly one hundred selections, from the writings of Origen of Alexandria in the third century to the work of twentieth-century mystics such as Thomas Merton.

Uniquely organized by... Read more >

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Knowing Christ

Written by Alister McGrath


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
On Sale: June 25, 2002
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50316-7 (0-385-50316-4)

Alister McGrath is a widely acknowledged master of contemporary spirituality, and in Knowing Christ he has written a profound meditation on one of the most deceptively simple-sounding tenets of the Christian faith, the centrality of Christ in the life of his followers. Knowing Christ is a work of spirituality grounded with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Twilight of Atheism
The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World
Written by Alister McGrath


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
On Sale: February 21, 2006
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-50062-3 (0-385-50062-9)

In this bold and provocative new book, the author of In the Beginning and The Reenchantment of Nature challenges the widely held assumption that the world is becoming more secular and demonstrates why atheism cannot provide the moral and intellectual guidance essential for coping with the complexities of modern life.

Atheism... Read more >
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