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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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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 >
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When God Talks Back
Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God
Written by T.M. Luhrmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27727-5 (0-307-27727-5)

A bold approach to understanding the American evangelical experience from an anthropological and psychological perspective by one of the country's most prominent anthropologists.

Through a series of intimate, illuminating interviews with various members of the Vineyard, an evangelical church with hundreds of congregations across the country, Tanya Luhrmann leaps into the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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When God Talks Back
Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God
Written by T.M. Luhrmann


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26479-4 (0-307-26479-3)

How does God become and remain real for modern evangelicals? How are rational, sensible people of faith able to experience the presence of a powerful yet invisible being and sustain that belief in an environment of overwhelming skepticism? T. M. Luhrmann, an anthropologist trained in psychology and the acclaimed author of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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The Mountain of Silence
A Search for Orthodox Spirituality
Written by Kyriacos C. Markides


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 19, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50092-0 (0-385-50092-0)

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 an eBook.

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Strange Glory
A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Written by Charles Marsh


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 29, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26981-2 (0-307-26981-7)

In the decades since his execution by the Nazis in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor, theologian, and anti-Hitler conspirator, has become one of the most widely read and inspiring Christian thinkers of our time. Now, drawing on extensive new research, Strange Glory offers a definitive account, by turns majestic and intimate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Salvation
Scenes from the Life of St. Francis
Written by Valerie Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70883-1 (0-375-70883-9)

Inspired by the Italian frescoes that depict the life of St. Francis of Assisi, acclaimed novelist Valerie Martin examines the life of Francesco di Pietro Bernardone in a series of vividly realized “panels” that rediscover the saint in moments both crucial and ordinary. Drawing from myriad sources, including Francesco’s own words... Read more >
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Inside the Vatican

Written by Bart McDowell
Photographed by James L. Stanfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 17, 2009
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0450-0 (1-4262-0450-7)

For almost a year, veteran National Geographic photographer Jim Stanfield captured nearly every corner of the Vatican, both the world’s smallest country and the center of the Roman Catholic Church. Along with author Bart McDowell, he provides an insider’s view into the history of this 108.7-acre enclave, from the first St... Read more >

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Grand Theft Jesus
The Hijacking of Religion in America
Written by Robert S. McElvaine


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39580-1 (0-307-39580-4)

“Jesus never wrote a book, but I recognize his handwriting in Grand Theft Jesus. Like Jesus, McElvaine uses lively illustrations and a serious sense of humor to cleanse the temple of exclusive and exploitative religion.”
–The Reverend Alan Storey,Calvary Methodist Church, South Africa

“We’re mad as Heaven, and we’re not going to... 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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In the Beginning
The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture
Written by Alister McGrath


Format: Trade Paperback, 354 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 19, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72216-2 (0-385-72216-8)

Renowned scholar Alister McGrath recounts the complicated history of the King James Bible and its impact with grace and simplicity.

The King James Bible has enriched the English language and Western culture more than any other single work. In the Beginning explores the forces–as political as they were theological–that led to... 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 >
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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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The New Stations of the Cross
The Way of the Cross According to Scripture
Written by Megan McKenna


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: January 21, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50815-5 (0-385-50815-8)

A traditional devotion for Catholics for more than four hundred years, the Stations of the Cross depicts the route Jesus traveled from being sentenced to death, crucified, and then buried in a borrowed tomb on the outskirts of Jerusalem. In the past, the devotion included a number of stations based on... 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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The Rule of Saint Benedict

Written by Anthony C. Meisel


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 1, 1975
Price: $8.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-00948-5 (0-385-00948-8)

Translated with Introduction and Notes by Anthony C. Meisel and M.L. del Mastro. From the time it was first promulgated in the sixth century The Rule of St. Benedict has been one of the most influential, enduring documents of Western civilization. Composed for the guidance of his own monks at Monte... Read more >
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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: $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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Christ
A Crisis in the Life of God
Written by Jack Miles


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78160-8 (0-679-78160-9)

With the same passionate scholarship and analytical audacity he brought to the character of God, Jack Miles now approaches the literary and theological enigma of Jesus. In so doing, he tells the story of a broken promise—God’s ancient covenant with Israel—and of its strange, unlooked-for fulfillment. For, having abandoned his chosen... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and 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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Falling for God
Saying Yes to His Extravagant Proposal
Written by Gary W. Moon


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Shaw Books
On Sale: March 16, 2004
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-87788-076-9 (0-87788-076-X)

Through Bible study, personal meditation, and classic spiritual exercises, students will discover how to experience God's loving connection with the lover of your soul. The journey will take students through honest conversation and active communion to a deeper experience of intimate union with God.


Why Falling for God is Ideal for College... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Saint Thomas More
Selected Writings
Written by Thomas More
Edited by John F. Thornton


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72572-2 (0-375-72572-5)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

Thomas More is perhaps most familiar to us from his courageous struggle with Henry VIII, unforgettably portrayed in Robert Bolt’s classic, A Man for All Seasons. But that final struggle, which ended in his execution for treason, was only the crowning act in a life that he had... Read more >

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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 >
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