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Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times

This major work in moral philosophy and theology should engage all readers, but particularly scholars, undergraduates, and graduate students.
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Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World

Fans of Salzberg’s Real Love podcast series and anyone seeking loving-kindness meditative guidance will appreciate these words on compassionate activism.
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Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife

This is a well-researched, engrossing backstory of failed discovery from a noted scholar. Best suited for readers interested in biblical studies and papyrology.
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The Love That Is God: An Invitation to Christian Faith

This prolonged meditation on the God of love, written in a decidedly unpolemical manner, will appeal to those who have been hesitant to embrace Christianity because they misunderstand the role of the cross, as well as to those who are interested in hearing about the joy of being a Christian as explained by one whose life is dedicated to proclaiming the message of the God of love.
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White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America

This academic work views privilege almost exclusively through the lens of social justice. Recommended for readers interested in historical roots of religious freedom.
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Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger

Highly recommended for Eastern philosophy/Buddhism collections; a wonderful resource for social justice advocates.

Holy Chaos

Readers interested in interfaith dialog, and seeking to build bridges between divergent communities across race, religion, sexual orientation, and politics will find practical advice and good examples here.
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The Long Night: Readings and Stories To Help You through Depression

Highly recommended for readers seeking spiritual, mindful approaches to depression, with clear, simple coping strategies.
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Teach Us To Pray: The Lord’s Prayer in the Early Church and Today

An approachable introduction to a most familiar, yet profound biblical passage. The use of ancient material is one of the strengths of González’s exploration, allowing readers to gain a deeper appreciation of this simple prayer.

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Clare of Assisi: Gentle Warrior

A fulfilling work meticulously documented for scholars yet accessible for anyone interested in a life of spirituality.
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The Other Side of the Wall: A Palestinian Christian Narrative of Lament and Hope

The book is a plea for love and understanding among all those interested in peace in the Holy Land. Isaac’s deepest wish is that the land be shared by all and that all treat their neighbor, understood broadly, as precious and worthy of love.

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The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power

Similar in tone to Terence Lester’s I See You, this work will appeal to Christian readers seeking to make a change within their world. Recommended for all libraries.
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Companions in Suffering: Comfort for Times of Loss and Loneliness

People interested in theodicy and readers who live with chronic pain, or work with those experiencing it, will find this meditative book helpful.

Human(kind): How Reclaiming Human Worth and Embracing Radical Kindness Will Bring Us Back Together

This wonderfully written book packs a punch, and would be ideal for book clubs in a library or church setting. Eiland’s story will move readers and her urging to recognize the good in people is inspirational.

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Henri Nouwen and The Return of the Prodigal Son: The Making of a Spiritual Classic

This exhaustive examination will appeal to readers who are fond of Nouwen’s life and writings, or those hoping to learn more..Eiland, Ashlee.

The Prayer of Agur: Ancient Wisdom for Discovering Your Sweet Spot in Life

While Bruce Wilkinson’s The Prayer of Jabez provides a plan for seeking blessings from God, the prayer referenced in Payleitner’s work is more concerned about personal humility and relationship with God, and is highly recommended for serious readers of the Proverbs.
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This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers

Highly recommended for readers grappling with whether God allows pain to happen in our lives.

Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in the Digital Age

A compelling work showing the inner lives of those counseled by rabbinic authorities to keep their less-observant practices private while publicly keeping up the fiction of piety. For all interested in the intersection of faith and self-fulfillment.

Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism

Petrey writes beautifully, offering readers across a wide variety of academic fields, including religious studies and the history of sexuality, an elegant intellectual text that will please casual readers as well. Highly recommended.
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In the Name of God: The Role of Religion in the Modern World; A History of Judeo-Christian and Islamic Tolerance

A worthwhile read for secular liberals wishing to advocate for mutual respect and open-mindedness among various religious groups.
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The Shift: Surviving and Thriving after Moving from Conservative to Progressive Christianity

Readers looking to reexamine their assumptions and beliefs will find much encouragement here, as will those seeking an excellent example of pastoral guidance. A beneficial resource for anyone moving from conservative to progressive Christian communities.
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The Way of Gratitude: A New Spirituality for Today

A broad range of readers will appreciate Guengerich’s concise blend of spirituality and self-help, with a bonus of poetry and contemplative quotes from his “First Light Meditations” guide.
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The Shift: Courageously Moving from Season to Season

Although there are similar, recently published books on the market, this should appeal to Christian readers, as Henderson’s genuine voice invites self-reflection.
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Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

Listeners of Shetty’s podcast will be familiar with his conversational tone, and his style adapts into an easy-to-read, approachable guide. Recommended for readers interested in mindfulness and self-exploration guides.
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Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference

Readers interested in Christianity generally, as well as Christian theology, communication, and outreach, will find this an innovative and insightful offering.
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For All Who Hunger: Searching for Communion in a Shattered World

Recommended for readers who enjoy Nadia Bolz-Weber, Anne Lamott, or Brian McClaren. A thought-provoking and inspiring memoir that reflects real-life frustrations and fears, while hope ultimately prevails in the end.
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Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology, and Identity

A type of revolutionary Christianity for the margins.
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Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World

For readers with an interest and background in philosophy, theology, and popular culture who enjoy casual academic banter and a unique perspective on the evolving nature of contemporary U.S. society.
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Theism and Atheism: Opposing Arguments in Philosophy

Recommended for anyone researching a topic within religious philosophy or exploring theism or atheism. Suitable for academic libraries and large public libraries.
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Our Good Crisis: Overcoming Moral Chaos with the Beatitudes

A helpful resource for those interested in the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount, as well as Christian ethics.

Mother to Son: Letters to a Black Boy on Identity and Hope

This sincere, personal account will appeal to parents and church leaders interested in the intersection of social justice and religion. Recommended for all libraries.

Acting on Faith: Stories of Courage, Activism, and Hope Across Religions

These words are more meditations than action plans; however, the reflection questions as well as the resources for engagement are incredibly useful. Overall, this is a helpful primer to interfaith communication.
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Loving Well in a Broken World: Discover the Hidden Power of Empathy

A light read, these pages are chock-full of optimism in the midst of difficult times, offering nondenominational, faith-infused guidance. A treat for loyal followers of Casper’s writings.
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The Buddhist on Death Row: How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place

This readable account of an unlikely journey to Buddhism and finding freedom on death row should inspire readers on their own transformational journeys.
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Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation’s Capital and Redeem a Christian America

Kerby’s analysis of conservative evangelicals throughout American history would stand on its own without the emphasis on Washington, DC, but the capital uniquely concentrates the current dynamics, with the conversations encountered adding nuance to this powerful constituency.
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Buddha Takes the Mound: Enlightenment in Nine Innings

While the narrative is somewhat tedious in places, this work should appeal to baseball enthusiasts who never previously considered the similarities between their beloved pastime and ancient Buddhist teachings.
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And the Prophet Said: Kahlil Gibran’s Classic Text with Newly Discovered Writings

A rich collection for all interested in the work and ongoing legacy of Gibran.
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Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us About Freedom

Nikondeha combines a solid exegetical background with an expansive imagination that knits together themes of resistance and support. Any reader wishing to find the personal within universal themes will be well served.
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Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus: Exploring the World and Wisdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Fabrycky’s book goes a long way toward explaining the lure and continuing importance of engaging with Bonhoeffer and his legacy. Recommended for seekers of spiritually uplifting works sprinkled with nuggets of worldly wisdom.

Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color

Adams is a keen observer of the difficult life stage of adolescence, and her words will provide support to young girls and all who work with this population.

The Eastern Orthodox Church: A New History

McGuckin presents another well-written and well-researched work in this fantastic introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Allah: God in the Qur’an

By remaining close to the source and being careful to retain a contemporary worldview, this portrait of God in the Qur’an is a welcome addition to the field of Qur’anic studies.
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The Art of Solitude

A wide-ranging work with many poignant assertions that will appeal to those wishing to learn about more about the spiritual aspects of practicing mindfulness.
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Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier

A perceptive study of a religion that has become a dominant force in American society. This work will appeal to anyone interested in the often-contentious history of religion in America.

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Will the Circle Be Unbroken? A Memoir of Learning To Believe You’re Gonna Be Okay

Followers of “Sean of the South” or Dietrich’s podcast will relish this revelatory, faith-filled memoir.

Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience

A thoughtfully well-written and powerful volume best suited for those interested in race relations, community engagement, and religious ministry.

The Princess and the Prophet: The Secret History of Magic, Race, and Moorish Muslims in America

A captivating reinterpretation of Muslim-American heritage. Spanning religion, history, and sociology, this will appeal to readers across these subjects.

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The Dalai Lama: An Extraordinary Life

The Dalai Lama himself insists that much of his life is dedicated to spiritual concerns. What remains, he has committed to causes such as freeing his homeland. This balance between spiritual and worldly goals is perhaps the most fascinating aspect of his life and this definitive book, which is sure to attract anyone seeking more insight into this enduring leader.

Running Toward Mystery: The Adventure of an Unconventional Life

The purpose of this memoir, which is highly recommended for all spirituality collections, is not to impress but to inspire readers to find a thread connecting them to humanity and the courage to explore the many facets of oneself. A cross between Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi and Pema Chödrön’s When Things Fall Apart, this more than succeeds.

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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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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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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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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.
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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.

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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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