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God Is.
My Search for Faith in a Secular World
Written by David Adams Richards


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-66652-7 (0-385-66652-7)

In this invaluable contribution to the continuing debate about religious belief, David Adams Richards offers an exhilaratingly fresh perspective and a voice more impassioned, heartfelt, and sometimes furious, than anything written about God by an atheist.

David Adams Richards, one of Canada’s most beloved and celebrated authors, has been wrestling with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Passionate Pilgrim
A Biography of Bishop James A. Pike
Written by David M. Robertson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72616-3 (0-375-72616-0)

James A. Pike, the fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, was a man of many faces. To some he was an iconoclast, a man decades ahead of his time who modernized the Church and rendered it more progressive and open to inquiry. To others he was a heretic, who... Read more >
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Sacred Fire
A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity
Written by Ronald Rolheiser


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3914-4 (0-8041-3914-8)

Beloved author Ronald Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality in his follow-up to the contemporary classic, The Holy Longing. In Sacred Fire, Rolheiser shows how identifying and embracing discipleship will lead to new heights of spiritual awareness and maturity.  Rolheiser takes readers on a journey through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paul Among the People
The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time
Written by SARAH RUDEN


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 2, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52257-1 (0-385-52257-6)

It is a common—and fundamental—misconception that Paul told people how to live. Apart from forbidding certain abusive practices, he never gives any precise instructions for living. It would have violated his two main social principles: human freedom and dignity, and the need for people to love one another.

Paul was a... Read more >
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The Mushroom in Christian Art
The Identity of Jesus in the Development of Christianity
Written by John A. Rush
Foreword by Martin W. Ball, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-960-5 (1-55643-960-1)

In The Mushroom in Christian Art, author John A. Rush uses an artistic motif to define the nature of Christian art, establish the identity of Jesus, and expose the motive for his murder. Covering Christian art from 200 CE (common era) to the present, the author reveals that Jesus, the Teacher... Read more >

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Life After Death
A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion
Written by Alan Segal


Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42299-4 (0-385-42299-7)

"This monumental study combines history, geography, mythology, archaeology and anthropology with biblical text analysis...[T]he erudition [Segal] displays is undoubtedly the result of a lifetime of scholarship....[An] impressive contribution to our understanding of human belief and behavior." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A magisterial work of social history, Life After Death illuminates the many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life of Christ

Written by Fulton J. Sheen


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 16, 1977
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-13220-6 (0-385-13220-4)

Filled with compassion and brilliant scholarship, Fulton Sheen's recounting of the Birth, Life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Christ is as dramatic and moving as the subject Himself. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Firsthand
Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own
Written by Ryan Shook and Josh Shook


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-60142-722-9 (1-60142-722-0)

Firsthand is a quest by two young authors to help their peers move from beliefs and values that have been handed down from others to a more personal, grown up, and sustainable faith. Ryan and Josh Shook—sons of church pastors Kerry and Chris Shook—deliver helpful insights for those who have grown... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Inner Christianity
A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition
Written by Richard Smoley


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-810-8 (1-57062-810-6)

“…presents wonderfully clear descriptions of significant themes and concepts, the author’s primary concern is to provide an insider’s understanding of “universal truths of esoteric knowledge” in their Christian expression. He succeeds admirably in a nuanced presentation characterized by impeccable scholarship, one that should satisfy academics and appeal to a popular audience... Read more >

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Simple Gifts
Lessons in Living from a Shaker Village
Written by June Sprigg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 7, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70432-1 (0-375-70432-9)

In Simple Gifts, June Sprigg tells the story of one of America’s last Shaker communities—Canterbury Shaker Village, in Canterbury, New Hampshire—during its twilight years, and of its seven remarkable “survivor” women, who were among the last representatives of our longest-lived and best-known communal utopian society. As a college student Sprigg spent... Read more >

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The City of God

Written by St. Augustine
Translated by Marcus Dods
Introduction by Thomas Merton


Format: Trade Paperback, 928 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78319-0 (0-679-78319-9)

One of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian philosophy, The City of God provides an insightful interpretation of the development of modern Western society and the origin of most Western thought. Contrasting earthly and heavenly cities--representing the omnipresent struggle between good and evil--Augustine explores human history in its relation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Confessions

Written by St. Augustine
Preface by Patricia Hampl


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70021-7 (0-375-70021-8)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

“God is our home but many of us have strayed from our native land. The venerable authors of these Spiritual Classics are expert guides—may we follow their directions home.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Writing in the last years of the fourth century a.d., Saint Augustine of Hippo created what is... Read more >
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The Rule of Saint Benedict

Written by St. Benedict


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 24, 1998
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70017-0 (0-375-70017-X)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

Composed nearly fifteen hundred years ago by the father of Western monasticism, The Rule of St. Benedict has for centuries been the guide of religious communities. St. Benedict’s rules of obedience, humility, and contemplation are not only prerequisites for formal religious societies, they also provide an invaluable model... Read more >

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Honey and Salt
Selected Spiritual Writings of Bernard of Clairvaux
Written by St. Bernard


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72565-4 (0-375-72565-2)

Bernard of Clairvaux, the twelfth-century monk who wrote that "Jesus is honey in the mouth, melody in the ear, a cry of joy in the heart," was both a mystic and a reformer. His writings reveal a mystical theology that Thomas Merton, a monastic heir to Bernard’s Cistercian reform, says "explains... Read more >

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The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi

Written by St. Francis of Assisi


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 24, 1998
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70020-0 (0-375-70020-X)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

With a new Preface by the noted writer Madeleine L’Engle, author of nearly fifty books of fiction and non-fiction, including A Wrinkle in Time. St. Francis of Assisi’s ecstatic embrace of a life of poverty revolutionized Christianity even as it transformed the ethics of the West. In this... Read more >

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The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Written by Saint Ignatius
Preface by Avery Dulles
Edited by John F. Thornton
Translated by Louis J.Puhl


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 19, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72492-3 (0-375-72492-3)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyla is the core work of religious formation for members of the Society of Jesus, the single largest religious order within the Roman Catholic Church. For four and a half centuries in many thousands of editions in all languages, The Exercises... Read more >

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The Victory of Reason
How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success
Written by Rodney Stark


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 26, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7233-7 (0-8129-7233-3)

In The Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark advances a revolutionary, controversial, and long overdue idea: that Christianity and its related institutions are, in fact, directly responsible for the most significant intellectual, political, scientific, and economic breakthroughs of the past millennium.
In Stark’s view, what has propelled the West is not the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Faitheist
How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious
Written by Chris Stedman


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1445-5 (0-8070-1445-1)

The story of a former Evangelical Christian turned openly gay atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious.

The stunning popularity of the “New Atheist” movement–whose most famous spokesmen include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens–speaks to both the growing ranks of atheists as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Deeper Than Words
Living the Apostles' Creed
Written by David Steindl-rast


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58961-3 (0-307-58961-7)

In Deeper than Words: Living the Apostles’ Creed, Brother David reexamines the words with which the early followers of Jesus summarized their faith. Reading line-by-line with an open perspective, he reveals the often overlooked message of trust, compassion, peace, love, and awareness contained in this widely known but rarely examined statement... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Crooked Mirror
A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation
Written by Louise Steinman


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5055-2 (0-8070-5055-5)

In the winter of 2000, Louise Steinman set out to attend an international Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau at the invitation of her Zen rabbi, who felt the Poles had gotten a “bum rap.” A bum rap? Her own mother could not bear to utter the word “Poland,” a country, Steinman was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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My Descent Into Death
A Second Chance at Life
Written by Howard Storm


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: February 15, 2005
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-51376-0 (0-385-51376-3)

In the thirty years since Raymond Moody’s Life After Life appeared, a familiar pattern of NDEs has emerged: suddenly floating over one’s own body, usually in a hospital setting, then a sudden hurtling through a tunnel of light toward a presence of love. Not so in Howard Storm’s case.

Storm, an avowed... Read more >
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Jesus and the Disinherited

Written by Howard Thurman


Format: Trade Paperback, 124 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 30, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1029-7 (0-8070-1029-4)

In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman (1900-1981) demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Jesus is a partner in the pain of the oppressed and the example of His life offers a solution to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Meditations of the Heart

Written by Howard Thurman


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 1999
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1023-5 (0-8070-1023-5)

Meditations of the Heart is a beautiful collection of meditations and prayers by one of our greatest spiritual leaders. Howard Thurman, the great spiritualist and mystic, was renowned for the quiet beauty of his reflections on humanity and our relationship with God. This collection of fifty-four of his most well-known meditations... Read more >

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Prayer Is a Place
America's Religious Landscape Observed
Written by Phyllis Tickle


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: June 21, 2005
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50440-9 (0-385-50440-3)

A leading authority on religion and spirituality in America recounts the changes she witnessed from 1992–2004, a period she compares to the tumultuous years of the Reformation and Peri-Reformation in Europe.

As the founding editor of the religion department of Publishers Weekly, Phyllis Tickle was a key figure in bringing discussions about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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God's Bucket List
Heaven's Surefire Way to Happiness in This Life and Beyond
Written by Teresa Tomeo


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-34690-0 (0-385-34690-5)

Scripture tells us only God knows the desires of our hearts. It was, after all, God who placed them there because they are designed to lead us to His will for our lives. Why, then, is it so challenging at times to figure out if we are on the right track... Read more >
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