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PREMIUM

A History of Islam in 21 Women

Overall, a solid starting reference for those interested in women and Islamic studies, accessible and well-suited for both high school and college-level readers
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Where Is God? Christian Faith in the Time of Great Uncertainty

Recommended particularly for Catholic university and seminary libraries, though general readers of religion may also find this to be informative and useful.
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The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts

A scholarly yet accessible study of world scriptures, and an elegant argument for embracing them as they have traditionally been read. This will appeal to those who view scripture as a life-giving resource that enhances instead of restricts readers’ understanding to literal interpretation. [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/19.]
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The Great Blue Hills of God: A Story of Facing Loss, Finding Peace, and Learning the True Meaning of Home

While similar accounts exist on the subject of grief and self-discovery, the inspirational aspects of this well-written work should reach an audience interested in Christian devotional literature or who are familiar with Beall and Blackberry Farm.
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Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice

A well-written introduction to the Transcendentalists and a complement to Philip Gura’s more idea-driven American Transcendentalism.
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Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife

Recommended for those who appreciate popular approaches to religious studies and anyone curious about their final destination.
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One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder

Doyle imparts a sense of breathless curiosity and joy in this blend of spirituality and philosophy; probing readers will find surprises and solace..
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Saving God from Religion: A Minister’s Search for Faith in a Skeptical Age

More conversational than theological, Meyers reveals a God that is expansive, mysterious, and immediate. This book will appeal to those who enjoy popular, probing works on religion.

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Why I Still Believe: A Former Atheist’s Reckoning with the Bad Reputation Christians Give a Good God

Recommended for those interested in apologetics, both from theistic as well as a nontheistic perspectives.
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Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt

Those with an interest in the history of religion will be treated to a new perspective on the old opposition between believers and nonbelievers.
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Bearing God’s Name: Why Sinai Still Matters

Highly recommended for all students of biblical history, and especially for Christians who want to understand the connection between the Old and New Testaments.
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Religion As We Know It: An Origin Story

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Religion in Vogue: Christianity and Fashion in America

With an academic focus, this extensively researched, fascinating account of two distinct arenas of thought and forms of expression will be essential for students and scholars of religion, fashion, cultural studies, and sociology.
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A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith

Readers with interest in the history of Christianity, theology, or apologetics will find this book useful.

Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle To Convert the Catholic Church

Highly recommended for readers seeking to understand the complexities of a papacy very different from those of the recent past.
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Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God

Blending theology and memoir, Bessey’s latest is a well-written reminder of seeing the miracles in life’s highs and lows.
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Meister Eckhart’s Book of Secrets: Meditations on Letting Go and Finding True Freedom

With an economy of language, these words read like Buddhist koans, encouraging a path toward the richness of an interior life.
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Initiated: Memoir of a Witch

Although there are a few spells and ceremonies included, this is not a “how-to” for witchcraft. This account will reach readers with an interest in modern women’s autobiographies, true stories about witchcraft and magic, and resistance to patriarchy.

When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-Filled Responses for Tough Topics

Similar in tone and content to Molly Phinney Baskette and Ellen O’Donnell’s Bless This Mess, this modern, progressive guide to integrating faith with tough topics will be appreciated by parents and those working with children.

The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between

A welcome update on Jewish history and culture that is mostly just plain fun.
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A Theory of Everything (That Matters): A Brief Guide to Einstein, Relativity, and His Surprising Thoughts on God

The broad range of topics that interested Einstein, combined with his sharp knowledge, continue to capture the public’s fascination. This latest study of this world figure is recommended for readers seeking more narrative than equations in discovering the life of one of the greatest scientists to ever live.
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Abraham Joshua Heschel: Mind, Heart, Soul

A worthy introduction to a religious and philosophical leader.

Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World

Even readers who might not agree with Holland’s thesis will enjoy his take on key periods of Western history.
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Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life—in Judaism (After Finally Choosing To Look There)

Hurwitz identifies her audience as Jews who are seeking a reconnection with Judaism or people looking to convert, though readers who enjoy exploring spiritual memoirs and perspectives on religion from nonclergy will also find this to be an intriguing account.
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Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide

The work is guaranteed to start conversations between theists and atheists and is recommended for it.
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Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church

A unique, engaging memoir peppered with Bible verses to help illustrate how dogma can both shape and distort the truth. An excellent addition to collections containing Amber Scorah’s Leaving the Witness and Tara Westover’s Educated.
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Holy Disunity: How What Separates Us Can Save Us

Williams uses real-world experience to illustrate how people with different viewpoints can find common ground. Her work is highly recommended for general readers, seminarians, church groups, and local community organizers.

Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life

A valuable primer on a good ending. Of particular benefit are the appendixes, which offer all manner of practical spiritual, legal, and medical guidance both for the dying and for the living.
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Letters to a Dead Friend about Zen

Warner’s voice is much needed in American Buddhism. Readers seeking a straightforward explanation of the religious aspects with a critical eye toward the mystical will be grateful for his insights.
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The Will of God: Understanding and Pursuing His Ultimate Plan for Your Life

Best for devoted Stanley readers.

Exactly As You Are: The Life and Faith of Mister Rogers

An enjoyable biography of a man many people believed they knew from his daily show. This warmly written volume will surely delight his many fans. Best for public, seminary and, church libraries.

PREMIUM

Job: A New Translation

This translation is a distilled magnum opus that should serve as an exemplar of a neglected school of thought in interpreting Job.

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What Are Biblical Values? What the Bible Says on Key Ethical Issues

Recommended both for academic and public library spirituality and religion collections.

I See You: How Love Opens Our Eyes to Invisible People

Those interested in the intersections of social justice and religion will both enjoy and be challenged by this work. Recommended for all libraries.

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Jean Vanier: Portrait of a Free Man

Recommended for anyone interested in spiritual biographies and a life of service to humanity.

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The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities

This study is a fascinating examination of the way conservative Christian women wield power in an ultimately patriarchal faith.

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True Virtue: The Journey of an English Buddhist Nun

Recommended for communities with a strong focus in Buddhism, women’s spirituality, and/or local connections to this sect; otherwise, an optional purchase.

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Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World

Anyone seeking strategies for navigating and finding peace within an increasingly polarized world will likely find this text useful, as well as individuals seeking an accessible introduction to key principles of Buddhist thought.

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Believers: Faith in Human Nature

While at times tough going, Konner’s argument in favor of religion is well stated, with numerous examples from many different fields to back up his argument.

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God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America

A spiritual awakening for readers of all beliefs.

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God and the Brain

Those familiar with the epistemological works of Alvin Plantinga or Nicholas Walterstorff will find Clark’s use of cognitive science a useful extension to the idea of proper function. His willingness to hold open the possibility that theism is potentially irrational is refreshing. Anyone willing to question the warrant of beliefs on a serious, though not necessarily technical level, will enjoy what Clark has to offer.

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Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire

Because McKnight’s intent is presenting rather than defending a thesis, those familiar with Romans will have unanswered questions. Even so, those interested in Paul’s theology will find this treatment provides greater affinity between Romans and the rest of the undisputed Pauline corpus.

Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America

Highly recommended for readers interested in American history, especially those wishing to understand better the influence of capitalism, religion, and petroleum in the creation of America’s 20th-century ascendency and many 21st-century political dynamics.

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Healing All Creation: Genesis, the Gospel of Mark, and the Story of the Universe

Connell and Bartholomew spend comparatively little time with either Mark or Genesis, relying instead on the silences of the linked narratives. While useful for storytelling, this technique risks importing, rather than exploring, meanings. This presentation of ecotheology might interest casuals reader, but serious students might find it distracting.

When Poets Pray

Will appeal to religious readers who might be reticent to read poetry as well as those who enjoy it. Strongly recommended for all libraries.

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America’s Religious Wars: The Embattled Heart of Our Public Life

Those interested in American religious and political history and religious and cultural wars will find this book to be highly informative.

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River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey

A moving portrait of one Sister’s journey through change, and a meditation on how individuals and institutions grow and adapt. This will appeal to anyone who enjoys a forthright autobiography.

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The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Account of the Conclave That Changed History

Highly recommended for readers interested in what goes on behind the scenes in a papal election.

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In This Hour: Heschel’s Writings in Nazi Germany and London Exile

Some essays are well-fleshed out; others are fragmentary thoughts or marginal notes. Yet Heschel’s is a mind truly awake to the power of a realized spiritual destiny through learning. It’s worth the time to sit with this teacher.

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Live the Questions: How Searching Shapes Our Convictions and Commitments

Will appeal to religious readers seeking a thoughtful book. Strongly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.

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Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life

A compelling story offering insight into the Jehovah’s Witnesses, their mission work, and the hardships a former believer faces as an apostate.

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For Such a Time as This: Hope and Forgiveness after the Charleston Massacre

A timely witness to the power of one.

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The Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God Retold in Simplified English

Readers seeking an overview of one of the most beloved Hindu scriptures will find this an accessible and satisfying entry point.

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Modern Technology and the Human Future: A Christian Appraisal

Gay's cultural analysis of technology is refreshing; however, his critique of Christianity's failure to employ its resources would have produced a more pointed study.
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The Four Horsemen: The Conversation That Sparked an Atheist Revolution

Spanning religion and philosophy, this work will appeal to readers of both, especially those interested in atheism and apologetics.
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Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family

This concise, well-written history helps address the role that Protestant Christianity played in guiding and shaping the Adams family and the country they served.
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A Call for Revolution: A Vision for the Future

For anyone seeking reflections on the social issues challenging the human condition and inspiration for how to attempt to resolve them.
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The Birth of Modern Belief: Faith and Judgement from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment

Shagan's fresh perspective will appeal to those with an interest in the history of philosophy or history of ideas, and clarifies for philosophers and scientists what each means by "belief."
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Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers

Feinberg's journey of food is in reality a journey of faith, in which good meals serve as the medium for spiritual conversion, resulting in recipes for foodies and nourishment for the faithful.
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Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism

Whether reappropriating a heritage that was almost lost or discovering one readers never knew existed, this work will likely pique the interest of a broad audience.
PREMIUM

When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation

An intriguing challenge to biblical history that will be compelling to readers interested in Christianity's Jewish beginnings.
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American Messiahs: False Prophets of a Damned Nation

Scholars of American religious history will appreciate this meticulously crafted account.

The Land of Truth: Talmud Tales, Timeless Teachings

This highly recommended work is akin to talking with a wise friend.
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The Talmud of Relationships

Full of sober wisdom for solemn times, Scheinerman's mature advice and teachings will speak to modern spiritual seekers.
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Jesus According to the New Testament

Those seeking insight into who Jesus really was are likely to be disappointed. Instead, Dunn asks readers to grapple with his subject as a locus of meaning to those who encountered him firsthand and later through the Good News.
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Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

Taylor effectively reminds us that religion is more than beliefs, that it involves our deepest selves and is the fabric of our shared lives.
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God in the Qur'an

A valuable and insightful perspective on Islam and the Qur'an.
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Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared To Change Our World

Gushee and Holtz provide a rich mosaic of personalities, any of which readers may wish to follow or aspire to become.
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The Forgotten Creed: Christianity's Original Struggle Against Bigotry, Slavery, and Sexism

Patterson's overall analysis helps resolve a number of aspects of Paul's writings that appear to be in tension. It also provides a positive and nuanced approach to addressing issues of power and diversity.
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When One Religion Isn't Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People

Will appeal to spiritual readers seeking an understanding and affirmation of the growing multireligious movement. Strongly recommended for libraries of all types.
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Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn't Make Sense

While suffering as faith builder may not speak to everyone, Tripp presents questions for review and reflection that are likely to benefit both individuals and group discussion.
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A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World

Walton aims for a broad audience who see faith as important and wish to use the Bible to help inform a more just society.
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The Book of Revelation:

Beal offers a compelling history that might leave readers wondering whether Revelation is an autobiography of our own making.
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Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free

A potent account of purity culture that deserves our attention.
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Gathering of Sisters: A Year with My Old Order Mennonite Family

A gentle reminder of life's simplicity.
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Pantheologies: Gods, Worlds, Monsters

Rubenstein's examination of pantheism renders a comprehensive and pluralistic view of the cosmos that will interest readers curious about the intersection of religion and philosophy.
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A River Could Be a Tree: A Memoir

An engaging alternative to the traditional salvation memoir.
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Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

Fea is clearly dismayed with his fellow evangelicals, and his historical treatment lacks a certain amount of nuance yet provides a heartfelt and clear presentation worth considering.
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God's Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts

For those interested in the history of the book, religious studies, paleography, and archaeology. Highly recommended.
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The Soul of Judaism: Jews of African Descent in America

A considerate work that challenges the essentialist ideal of defining Jewishness.
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Each Journey Begins with a Single Step: The Taoist Book of Life

Deng describes life as a journey in poetic form, offering the primary sources of these sayings.
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The Autobiography of Solomon Maimon: The Complete Translation

A satisfying foray into an 18th-century philosopher's life.
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Kahlil Gibran's Little Book of Love

A compelling read for seekers and contemplators. The time line of Gibran's life as well as recommended biographies round out this accessible introduction.
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Hashtag Islam: How Cyber-Islamic Environments Are Transforming Religious Authority

Despite Bunt somewhat obscuring his thesis by marshaling data without reference to his underlying framework, the sociological underpinnings of this work make for a touchstone for further investigation.
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Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women in Their Own Words

This book presents a calming respite from a chaotic and overwrought world.
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George Whitefield: Evangelist for God and Empire

A thoughtful choice for better insight into a complex figure.
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Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness; Expanded Edition

For those interested in a practical, compassionate spirituality rooted in the integrity of the individual, this is a valuable resource.
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Learning To Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing—And How We Can Revive Them

Merritt provides a useful method by which believers can understand themselves and be understood by others.
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The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today

This work will appeal to readers in search of a scholarly yet accessible cross-denominational study of the practices of contemporary American Jews. For an introduction/history of American Judaism, readers should consult an alternative text, such as Jonathan Sarna's American Judaism: A History.
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Sacred Signposts: Words, Water, and Other Acts of Resistance

Dueholm appeals to those who identify as spiritual but not religious by integrating the latter by way of the former. Unfortunately, this may give the impression that religious outlook and theological thinking are unrelated.
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An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich

IVP's Explorer's Guides aim to deliver serious yet approachable works of non-evangelical thinkers to mainstream audiences. Rolf's book is no exception, but it will also be welcomed by anyone curious about Julian of Norwich and mystical theology.
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Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church

A fascinating and dispassionate glimpse into a pivotal and dramatic period of Catholic Church history.
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Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History

An important and intriguing work that exhibits detailed case studies on a variety of subjects, from the well-trodden to the often overlooked, and how they relate to one another.
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We Find Ourselves Put to the Test: A Reading of the Book of Job

Crooks's personal and literary remarks, along with his use of stage craft, add to this philosophical exploration, giving readers a new appreciation for this example of ancient wisdom literature.
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A Palace of Pearls: The Stories of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

Lovers of good tales well told will find plenty of gems here.
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Love in the Void: Where God Finds Us

For the uninitiated, a pleasing introduction to Weil.
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The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis

Jacobs seems to have written this with an eye to the time between the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s and the events of 9/11, when it seemed that democracy had finally achieved peace, only to find it widely rejected. His look at how these five figures struggled with similar turns of events is worth pondering.
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The Blessing of Sorrow: Turning Grief into Healing

A sincere attempt to move private grief into the sphere of public healing.
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Beyond Vision: Going Blind, Inner Seeing, and the Nature of the Self

A detailed phenomenological self-study that should interest those intrigued with Hinduism or Buddhism.
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Birthing Hope: Giving Fear to the Light

A quiet memoir on hope as the most paradoxical of virtues.
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