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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Believing
The Neuroscience of Fantasies, Fears, and Convictions
Written by Michael McGuire


Format: Trade Paperback, 275 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-829-4 (1-61614-829-2)

A new book about brain chemistry, neural systems, and the formation of beliefs from the scientist who brought to light serotonin's many crucial roles in human behavior.
     
Combining personal anecdotes and the latest research, Dr. McGuire, a leading neuroscientists and expert in brain-behavior research, takes the novel approach of focusing on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prophetic Encounters
Religion and the American Radical Tradition
Written by Dan McKanan


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1317-5 (0-8070-1317-X)

A broad, definitive history of the profound relationship between religion and movements for social change in America.

Though not well-remembered today, the United States has always had an active religious left. In Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan shows that encounters between people of different perspectives, races, and classes have been transformative for centuries... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Prophetic Encounters
Religion and the American Radical Tradition
Written by Dan McKanan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1315-1 (0-8070-1315-3)

A broad, definitive history of the profound relationship between religion and movements for social change in America.

Though not well-remembered today, the United States has always had an active religious left. In Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan shows that encounters between people of different perspectives, races, and classes have been transformative for centuries... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Tibetan Book of Meditation

Written by Lama Christie McNally


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51815-4 (0-385-51815-3)

Meditation helps us relax, sharpens our minds, and increases our creativity. In The Tibetan Book of Meditation, Lama Christie McNally demonstrates that meditation also provides a much greater gift. It awakens our innate potential to shape our reality, to make moments of joy last forever, and to bring us the peace... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Church and the Homosexual
Fourth Edition
Written by John J. McNeill


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 1, 1993
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7931-7 (0-8070-7931-6)

In this “brave and good book which shatters bad myths” (Commonweal), McNeill shows that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, and argues that the Church must not continue its homophobic practices.

The Church and the Homosexual is a major weapon for those who are fighting to change the Church.” -The Reverend Paul... Read more >

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American Gospel
God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7666-3 (0-8129-7666-5)

The American Gospel–literally, the good news about America–is that religion shapes our public life without controlling it. In this vivid book, New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Echoing Silence
Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing
Written by Thomas Merton
Edited by Robert Inchausti


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: New Seeds
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-348-1 (1-59030-348-2)

When Thomas Merton entered a Trappist monastery in December 1941, he turned his back on secular life—including a very promising literary career. He sent his journals, a novel-in-progess, and copies of all his poems to his mentor, Columbia professor Mark Van Doren, for safe keeping, fully expecting to write little, if... Read more >

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Essential Gnostic Scriptures

Written by Marvin Meyer and Willis Barnstone


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: November 22, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-925-4 (1-59030-925-1)

The people we’ve come to call Gnostics were passionate advocates of the view that salvation comes through knowledge and personal experience, and their passion shines through in the remarkable body of writings they produced over a period of more than a millennium and a half. Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer have... Read more >

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The Secret Teachings of Jesus
Four Gnostic Gospels
Translated by Marvin Meyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1986
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74433-9 (0-394-74433-0)

In December 1945, two Egyptian fellahin, digging for natural fertilizer in the Nile River valley unearthed a sealed storage jar. The jar proved to hold treasure of an unexpected sort: a collection of some fifty-two ancient manuscripts, most of which reflect the teachings of a mystical religious movement we call Gnosticism... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Evolving Dharma
Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment
Written by Jay Michaelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-714-2 (1-58394-714-0)

Evolving Dharma is the definitive guide to the meditation revolution. Unorthodox and irreverent scholar and activist Jay Michaelson shows how meditation and mindfulness have moved from ashrams and self-help groups to classrooms and hospitals, and offers unusually straight talk about the “Big E”– enlightenment.

Michaelson introduces us to maverick brainhackers, postmodern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Distinguishing Phenomena from Their Intrinsic Nature
Maitreya's Dharmadharmatavibhanga with Commentaries by Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham
Written by Ju Mipham and Khenpo Shenga
Translated by Dharmachakra Translation Committee


Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion
On Sale: August 20, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-55939-409-3 (1-55939-409-9)

Outlining the difference between appearance and reality, this work shows that the path to awakening involves leaving behind the inaccurate and limiting beliefs we have about ourselves and the world around us and opening ourselves to the limitless potential of our true nature. By divesting the mind of confusion, the treatise... Read more >

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Bhagavad Gita
A New Translation
Written by Stephen Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-81034-7 (0-609-81034-0)

Stephen Mitchell is widely known for his ability to make ancient masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in where many have tried before and create versions that are definitive for our time. His celebrated version of the Tao Te Ching is the most popular edition in print, and his translations of Jesus... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jerusalem
The Biography
Written by Simon Sebag Montefiore


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28050-3 (0-307-28050-0)

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Prayer in America
A Spiritual History of Our Nation
Written by James P. Moore, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 542 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50404-1 (0-385-50404-7)

A stirring chronicle of the spiritual life of a nation, Prayer in America shows how the faith of Americans—from the founding fathers to corporate tycoons, from composers to social reformers, from generals to slaves—was an essential ingredient in the formation of American culture, character, commerce, and creed.

Prayer in America brings... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Saint and the Sultan
The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace
Written by Paul Moses


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 29, 2009
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52370-7 (0-385-52370-X)

An intriguing examination of the extraordinary–and little known¯meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil, with strong resonance in today’s divided world.

For many of us, St. Francis of Assisi is known as a poor monk and a lover of animals. However, these images are sadly incomplete... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

Written by Anthony Mottola


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: January 7, 1964
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-02436-5 (0-385-02436-3)

This translation, with its commentary, is a manual for making, directing or studying the Spiritual Exercises. It is the first English version of the Exercises to include both the traditional section numbers and the new, internationally agreed upon verse numbers. Read more >

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Pray for Me
The Life and Spiritual Vision of Pope Francis, First Pope from the Americas
Written by Robert Moynihan


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-59075-6 (0-307-59075-5)

From the founder and editor of Inside the Vatican magazine, the world's most well-informed, comprehensive monthly on the Roman Catholic Church, comes this enlightening introduction to the life and spiritual teachings of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, the first Pope of the Americas.

On March, 13, 2013, 115 Cardinals elected for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Recen Por Mi
La vida y la vision espiritual del Papa Francisco, el primer papa de las Americas
Written by Robert Moynihan


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: July 23, 2013
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3504-2 (0-7704-3504-1)

From the founder and editor of Inside the Vatican magazine, the world's most well-informed, comprehensive monthly on the Roman Catholic Church, comes this enlightening introduction to the life and spiritual teachings of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, the first Pope of the Americas.

On March, 13, 2013, 115 Cardinals elected for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sabbath
Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives
Written by Wayne Muller


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38011-8 (0-553-38011-7)

In today's world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Santeria
African Spirits in America
Written by Joseph M. Murphy


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1993
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1021-1 (0-8070-1021-9)

Santería represents the first in-depth, scholarly account of a profound way of wisdom that is growing in importance in America today. A professional academic and himself a participant in the Santería community of the Bronx for several years, Joseph Murphy offers a powerful description and insightful analysis of this African/Cuban religion... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Happy Atheist

Written by PZ Myers


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73980-3 (0-307-73980-5)

On his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of readers with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, intelligent design theory, and other products of godly illogic. This funny and fearless book collects and expands on some of his most... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Happy Atheist

Written by PZ Myers


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-37934-4 (0-307-37934-5)

“I’m an atheist swimming in a sea of superstition, surrounded by well-meaning, good people with whom I share a culture and similar concerns, and there’s only one thing I can do. I have to laugh.” —PZ Myers

Through his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of readers with his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Masque of Africa
Glimpses of African Belief
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45499-7 (0-307-45499-1)

A remarkable work of reportage by Nobel Prize Laureate V. S. Naipaul that surveys belief and religion among the disparate peoples of Africa.

Like all of Naipaul’s “travel” books, The Masque of Africa encompasses a much larger narrative and purpose: to judge the effects of belief (in indigenous animisms, the foreign religions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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National Geographic Concise History of World Religions
An Illustrated Time Line
Written by National Geographic
Edited by Tim Cooke


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 15, 2011
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0698-6 (1-4262-0698-4)

The Concise History of World Religions continues the Concise History series with an authoritative and comprehensive take on major religions and lesser-known faiths of all times and nations. No other text combines the illustrations expertise of National Geographic with the historical focus on faiths–large and small–across the world. Up-to-date scholarship offers... Read more >
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