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The Stillborn God
Religion, Politics, and the Modern West
Written by Mark Lilla


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 23, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7913-1 (1-4000-7913-6)

A brilliant account of religion's role in the political thinking of the West, from the Enlightenment to the close of World War II.

The wish to bring political life under God's authority is nothing new, and it's clear that today religious passions are again driving world politics, confounding expectations of a secular... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Captivity
118 Days in Iraq and the Struggle for a World Without War
Written by James Loney


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39928-1 (0-307-39928-1)

The powerful account of the remarkable peace activist kidnapped while leading a peace delegation and held for ransom by Iraqi insurgents until his paradoxical release by a crack unit of Special Forces commandos.

In November 2005, James Loney and three other men – Canadian Harmeet Singh Sooden, British citizen Norman Kember and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Martin Luther
Selections From His Writing
Written by Martin Luther
Edited by John Dillenberger
Introduction by John Dillenberger


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 20, 1958
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-09876-2 (0-385-09876-6)

Editor John Dillenberger provides students with a representative selection from Luther's writings, and offers a lucid introduction to his thought. The collection and introduction are premised on the thesis that the development of Luther's thought was both a symptom and moving force in the transformation of the Middle Ages into the... Read more >
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The Mountain of Silence
A Search for Orthodox Spirituality
Written by Kyriacos C. Markides


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-50491-1 (0-385-50491-8)

In an engaging combination of dialogues, reflections, conversations, history, and travel information, Kyriacos C. Markides continues the exploration of a spiritual tradition and practice he began in Riding with the Lion. Like the writing of the great mystics, the book brilliantly evokes the confluence of an inner and outer journey. The... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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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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A Thomas Merton Reader

Written by Thomas P. McDonnell


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 13, 1974
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-03292-6 (0-385-03292-7)

This edition brings us Thomas Merton is all his aspects: spiritual writer, poet, peacemaker, man among men, servant of God -- a one-volume synopsis of his quest for truth, drawn not only from his major works but from his lesser-known writings as well. Read more >

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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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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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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 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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Taking a Chance on God
Liberating Theology for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Lovers, Families, and Friends
Written by John J. McNeill


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 1996
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7945-4 (0-8070-7945-6)

Taking a Chance on God explores how lesbians and gay men can claim both a positive gay identity and a fulfilling life of Christian faith.

“McNeill draws on the insights of the gay and lesbian liberation movement, his counseling experience with lesbian and gay people, and a variety of faith traditions--Catholic, mainstream... Read more >

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Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

Written by Thomas Merton


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: January 9, 1968
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-01018-4 (0-385-01018-4)

In this series of notes, opinions, and reflections kept since 1956, Thomas Merton examines some of the most urgent moral issues of the modern era. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Contemplative Prayer

Written by Thomas Merton


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: February 1, 1971
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-09219-7 (0-385-09219-9)

This is Thomas Merton at his contemplative best, applying ancient wisdom to the longings of our age through his thoughtful commentary on Scripture and important writers of the Western spiritual tradition.

"This is Thomas Merton speaking in his quietest, most persuasive tone, even omitting the whimsical humor that makes his more... Read more >
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Life and Holiness

Written by Thomas Merton


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 18, 1969
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-06277-0 (0-385-06277-X)

In this brief and readily accessible work, Merton offers his thoughts on what it means to be holy in the face of the anxieties of the modern world. 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: $22.95
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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God vs. Gay?
The Religious Case for Equality
Written by Jay Michaelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 8, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0147-9 (0-8070-0147-3)

Does the Bible prohibit homosexuality? No, says Bible scholar and activist Jay Michaelson. But not only that: Michaelson also shows that the vast majority of our shared religious traditions support the full equality and dignity of LGBT people. In this accessible, passionate, and provocative book, Michaelson argues for equality, not despite... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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God: A Biography

Written by Jack Miles


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74368-2 (0-679-74368-5)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

In this acclaimed work, Miles offers a brilliant and original portrait of God--God in the guise of a great literary character, the hero of the Old Testament.  Using the Hebrew Bible as his text, Miles shows us a God who evolves through his relationship with man, who he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Do You Believe?
Conversations on God and Religion
Written by Antonio Monda


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28058-9 (0-307-28058-6)

Some of the most well-known and well-respected cultural figures of our time enter into intimate and illuminating conversation about their personal beliefs, about belief itself, about religion, and about God.

Antonio Monda is a disarming, rigorous interviewer, asking the most difficult questions (he often begins an interview point blank: “Do you believe... Read more >
Also available as 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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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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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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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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Selected Sermons, Prayers, and Devotions

Written by John Henry Newman


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 18, 1999
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70551-9 (0-375-70551-1)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

In this original selection of his public sermons, private papers, and devotions, Newman’s thoughtful belief in the Word of God shines through, as do his teachings on how to be in this world but not of it, how to reconcile faith and reason.

Selected Sermons, Prayers, and Devotions was... Read more >
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