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Descartes' Bones
A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason
Written by Russell Shorto


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27566-0 (0-307-27566-3)

Sixteen years after René Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350-year saga that saw Descartes’ bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters.

But as Russell Shorto shows... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Walking with Mary
A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross
Written by Edward Sri


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34803-4 (0-385-34803-7)

Mary appears only a few times in the Bible, but those few passages come at crucial moments. Catholics believe that Mary is the ever-virgin Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. But she also was a human being--a woman who made a journey of faith through various trials and... Read more >
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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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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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Faitheist
How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious
Written by Chris Stedman


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1439-4 (0-8070-1439-7)

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... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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 Woman in the Shaman's Body
Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine
Written by Barbara Tedlock, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 27, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37971-6 (0-553-37971-2)

"Her latest fascinating monograph is the mature work of a confident scholar, bringing many disparate pieces of evidence together in a sweeping summary of the integral role of women in religion and medicine through many centuries...Tedlock has shifted the way we view the feminine in diverse historical adn current shamanic practices... 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 >
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Preachers of Hate
Islam and the War on America
Written by Kenneth R. Timmerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: November 23, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5373-5 (1-4000-5373-0)

In Preachers of Hate, author and journalist Kenneth Timmerman examines an ancient hatred that, he contends, has developed into a new, more threatening, and more expansive form. This new hatred, or “new” anti-Semitism, targets not only Jews, but Americans specifically, and Western values, lifestyle, and freedoms in general.

Timmerman explores the... Read more >

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No Future Without Forgiveness

Written by Desmond Tutu


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-49690-2 (0-385-49690-7)

The establishment of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. Never had any country sought to move forward from despotism to democracy both by exposing the atrocities committed in the past and achieving reconciliation with its former oppressors. At the center of this unprecedented attempt at healing... Read more >
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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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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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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 Sociology of Religion

Written by Max Weber
Translated by Ephraim Fischoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 1993
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4205-2 (0-8070-4205-6)

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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 Science Delusion
Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers
Written by Curtis White


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-200-0 (1-61219-200-9)

One of our most brilliant social critics–author of The Middle Mind–presents a scathing critique of the “delusions” of science alongside a rousing defense of the tradition of Romanticism and the “big” questions.

With the rise of religion critics such as Richard Dawkins, and of pseudo-science advocates such as Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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Going Clear
Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Written by Lawrence Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74530-9 (0-307-74530-9)

National Book Award Finalist

Scientology presents itself as a scientific approach to spiritual enlightenment, but its practices have long been shrouded in mystery. Now Lawrence Wright—armed with his investigative talents, years of archival research, and more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—uncovers the inner workings of the church... Read more >

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Going Clear
Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Written by Lawrence Wright


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 17, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-70066-7 (0-307-70066-6)

A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists–both famous and less well known–and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright... Read more >

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The Church
Unlocking the Secrets to the Places Catholics Call Home
Written by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3551-6 (0-7704-3551-3)

In this thought-provoking book, Wuerl and Aquilina illuminate the importance of the Church in its many guises and examine the theological ideas behind the physical structure of churches, cathedrals, and basilicas. How is a church designed? What is the function of the altar? What does the nave represent? What is the... 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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God in Pain
Inversions of Apocalypse
Written by Slavoj Zizek and Boris Gunjevic
Translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-369-8 (1-60980-369-8)

A brilliant dissection and reconstruction of the three major faith-based systems of belief in the world today--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam–by one of the world’s most articulate philosophers, Slavoj Zizek, in conversation with fellow Slovenian philosopher and priest Boris Gunjévic.

God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse shows how each of the world’s major... Read more >
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