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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Churched
One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess
Written by Matthew Paul Turner


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-45801-8 (0-307-45801-6)

Churched details an American boy’s experiences growing up in a culture where men were not allowed to let their hair grow to touch their ears (“an abomination!”), women wouldn’t have been caught dead in a pair of pants (unless swimming), and the pastor couldn’t preach a sermon without a healthy dose... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Practical Mysticism: A Little Book for Normal People and Abba: Meditations Based on the Lord's Prayer

Written by Evelyn Underhill


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 19, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72570-8 (0-375-72570-9)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

“God gives without stint all that the creature needs, but it must do its part. He gives the wheat: we must reap and grind and bake it.” —Evelyn Underhill

In these two classics, British poet and mystic Evelyn Underhill shows herself to be one of the most authoritative modern... Read more >

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The Beliefnet Guide to Gnosticism and Other Vanished Christianities

Written by Richard Valantasis


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Three Leaves
On Sale: February 21, 2006
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-51455-2 (0-385-51455-7)

Professors, please note: examination copies will be unavailable until February 2006.
From its earliest days, Christianity has been marked by a rich diversity of beliefs and practices. Different interpretations of Jesus’ life and mission, as well as conflicting views about worship and rituals, gave rise to numerous sects in the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jesus of Nazareth

Written by Paul Verhoeven
Translated by Susan Massotty
Foreword by Rob Van Scheers


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-348-3 (1-60980-348-5)

Building on the work of biblical scholars–Rudolph Bultmann, Raymond Brown, Jane Schaberg, and Robert Funk, among others–filmmaker Paul Verhoeven disrobes the mythical Jesus to reveal a man who has much in common with other great political leaders throughout history–human beings who believed that change was coming in their lifetimes. Gone is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Life Without Limits
Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life
Written by Nick Vujicic


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-58973-6 (0-307-58973-0)

“I do believe my life has no limits! I want you to feel the same way about your life, no matter what your challenges may be. As we begin our journey together, please take a moment to think about any limitations you’ve placed on your life or that you’ve allowed others... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Limitless
Devotions for a Ridiculously Good Life
Written by Nick Vujicic


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-73091-6 (0-307-73091-3)

Nick Vujicic, an international and New York Times best-selling author, evangelist, motivational speaker, knows there is no greater hope than trusting in God’s plan for your life. Born without arms or legs, Nick has experienced both the peak of hope and the depth of despair. But he has overcome his circumstances... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Desert Fathers

Written by Helen Waddell
Preface by Basil Pennington


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 24, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70019-4 (0-375-70019-6)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

By the fourth century A.D., devout Christians—men and women alike—had begun to retreat from cities and villages to the deserts of North Africa and Asia Minor, where they sought liberation from their corrupt society and the confining shell of the social self. The Desert Fathers is the perfect... Read more >

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Founding Faith
How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty
Written by Steven Waldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7474-4 (0-8129-7474-3)

The culture wars have distorted the dramatic story of how Americans came to worship freely. Many activists on the right maintain that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation.” Many on the left contend that the First Amendment was designed to boldly separate church and state. Neither of these... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Embracing Mind
The Common Ground of Science and Spirituality
Written by Alan B. Wallace and Brian Hodel


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: December 23, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-683-3 (1-59030-683-X)

The mind is the place where science and spirituality can meet. Here a renowned scientist who is also a teacher of Buddhist meditation explores the nature of mind from scientific and spiritual perspectives to present a new model that incorporates the truths of contemplative spirituality.

“This book shows clearly and compellingly... Read more >

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Christmas in the Koran
Luxenberg, Syriac, and the Near Eastern and Judeo-Christian Background of Islam
Edited by Ibn Warraq


Format: Hardcover, 805 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-937-6 (1-61614-937-X)

In this important compilation, Ibn Warraq focuses on the pioneering work in Syriac and Arabic linguistics of Christoph Luxenberg, a native speaker of Arabic who lives in the West and writes under a pseudonym. Luxenberg's careful studies of the Koran are significant for many reasons. First, he has clarified numerous obscurities... Read more >

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The Tent of Abraham
Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Written by Arthur Waskow, Joan Chittister and Saadi Shakur Chishti


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7729-0 (0-8070-7729-1)

The Tent of Abraham is the first book to tell the entire story of Abraham and to reenergize it as a basis for peace. Written by three leaders belonging to different faiths, the book explores in accessible language the mythic quality and the teachings of reconciliation that are embedded in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The End and the Beginning
Pope John Paul II -- The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy
Written by George Weigel


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-0-385-52479-7 (0-385-52479-X)

“As March gave way to April in the spring of 2005 and the world kept vigil outside the apostolic palace in Rome, the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, then drawing to a poignant end, was already being described as one of the most consequential in two millennia of Christian history.”

With... Read more >

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The Yellow Cross
The Story of the Last Cathars' Rebellion Against the Inquisition, 1290-1329
Written by Rene Weis


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70441-3 (0-375-70441-8)

The Yellow Cross is a harrowing tale of a desperate people in a small corner of France who defied the kings of Europe and the Pope. The Cathars, whose religion was based on the Gospels but contradicted the tenets set forth by Rome, found themselves the focus of ruthless repression. In... Read more >

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At the Heart of the Gospel
Reclaiming the Body for the New Evangelization
Written by Christopher West


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: January 31, 2012
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-98711-2 (0-307-98711-6)

The sexual revolution brought a terribly distorted vision of the body and sex into the mainstream. How should Christians respond? With his illuminating Theology of the Body, Pope John Paul II challenged the modern world not to stop at the surface, but to enter the depth of the “great mystery” that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Infidels
A History of the Conflict Between Christendom and Islam
Written by Andrew Wheatcroft


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 3, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7239-9 (0-8129-7239-2)

Here is the first panoptic history of the long struggle between the Christian West and Islam.

In this dazzlingly written, acutely nuanced account, Andrew Wheatcroft tracks a deep fault line of animosity between civilizations. He begins with a stunning account of the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, then turns to the main... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rare Bird
A Memoir of Loss and Love
Written by Anna Whiston-Donaldson
Foreword by Glennon Melton


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Convergent Books
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60142-519-5 (1-60142-519-8)

Rare Bird is a mother’s story of tenacity in the face of sudden, unfathomable loss, and her surprising encounters with the supernatural on her journey to healing and hope. Anna Whiston-Donaldson unfolds her story with the power of a woman who has not only survived the unthinkable but returned to make... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Powers That Be

Written by Walter Wink


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 16, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48752-8 (0-385-48752-5)

The Powers That Be reclaims the divine realm as central to human existence by offering new ways of understanding the world in theological terms. Walter Wink reformulates ancient concepts, such as God and the devil, heaven and hell, angels and demons, principalities and powers, in light of our modern experience. He... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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God's Soldiers
Adventure, Politics, Intrigue, and Power--A History of the Jesuits
Written by Jonathan Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50080-7 (0-385-50080-7)

Throughout history members of the Society of Jesus, popularly known as Jesuits, have been accused of killing kings and presidents, have traveled as missionaries to every corner of the globe, founded haciendas in Mexico, explored the Mississippi and Amazon rivers, and served Chinese emperors as map makers, painters, and astronomers. As... Read more >

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Saints and Sinners
Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will Campbell , Matthew Fox
Written by Lawrence Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 16, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76163-1 (0-679-76163-2)

In this fascinating book about religion in America, one of this country's most probing yet sympathetic journalists puts forth stories not only of real grace but of despair, sexual scandal, and attempted murder.

Lawrence Wright’s Saints and Sinners are Jimmy Swaggart, who preached a hellfire gospel with rock ‘n’ roll abandon before... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Feasts
How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics
Written by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3992-2 (0-8041-3992-X)

In their latest collaboration, Cardinal Wuerl and Mike Aquilina examine the history and traditions behind many holidays, from Christmas to Easter, from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity to the Feast of the Holy Angels.

“The feasts form us,” write the authors, “They help to make us and remake us according to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Mass
The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition
Written by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71881-5 (0-307-71881-6)

The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition is an engaging and authoritative guide to Catholicism’s most distinctive practice. And now, with the Church introducing revised language for the Mass, Catholics have a perfect opportunity to renew their understanding of this beautiful and beloved celebration.

With eloquent prose and elegant black-and-white photography... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Mass
The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition
Written by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: February 1, 2011
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-71880-8 (0-307-71880-8)

An insightful and practical exploration of Catholicism’s most sacred tradition.

The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition is an engaging and authoritative guide to Catholicism’s most distinctive practice. And now, with the Church introducing revised language for the Mass, Catholics have a perfect opportunity to renew their understanding of this beautiful... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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