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Evangelical Anxiety: A Memoir

A bold, thought-provoking memoir on the intersections of faith and mental health.
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The Shape of Christian History: Continuity and Diversity in the Global Church

A concise and succinct plan for reading and writing Christian history.
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Reading Black Books: How African American Literature Can Make Our Faith More Whole and Just

An excellent addition to both public and academic libraries.
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Reorganized Religion: The Reshaping of the American Church and Why It Matters

Telling rich stories about people and communities across a vast religious spectrum, Smietana delivers his insights on reimagining American Christianity and organized religion more broadly.
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Hope in 60 Seconds: Encountering the God of the Impossible

Baker’s book means to reach readers who might be in despair, but it should appeal to anyone who, in her words, “need a touch from heaven.”
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God Is Here: Reimagining the Divine

By integrating Eastern practices to illuminate her own spiritual tradition and personal encounters, Spitzer moves beyond merely touting the benefits of mindfulness exercises, even while one wonders whether the Big Person can be integrated with these metaphors and practices or must be left behind.
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All the White Friends I Couldn’t Keep: Hope—and Hard Pills To Swallow—About Fighting for Black Lives

This is a book full of difficult choices, about choosing not to waste energy trying to convince those willfully entrenched in racist narratives, during a personal and historic struggle for meaning, life, and Black joy.
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Two Billion Caliphs: A Vision of a Muslim Future

Recommended for its novel perspectives and invitation for dialogue.
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Don’t Worry: 48 Lessons on Relieving Anxiety from a Zen Buddhist Monk

Highly recommended for general readers interested in Eastern philosophy and open to learning practical approaches to dealing with anxiety. Masuno’s useful advice is particularly needed in recent times.
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The Hidden Order of Intimacy: Reflections on the Book of Leviticus

Although readers might be occasionally disappointed by an infelicitous approach to a delicate topic or a missed opportunity for a critical conversation with pre-modern quotations, reading Leviticus alongside Zornberg still manages to be a thoughtful, informative experience.
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Undoing the Knots: Five Generations of American Catholic Anti-Blackness

Recommended for readers interested in assimilation issues faced by Irish Catholic immigrants as well as the varied aspects of racism in the United States.
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God: An Anatomy

Stavrakopoulou demonstrates scholarly acumen and popular flair.

This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories That Make Us

A challenging and contemplative book, eminently readable as engaging prose while offering insight and depth throughout.
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The Good Life Method: Reasoning Through the Big Questions of Happiness, Faith, and Meaning

Recommended for those interested in improving their lives through an intellectual approach grounded in the realities of life in today’s challenging world.

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Buddhish: A Guide to the 20 Most Important Buddhist Ideas for the Curious and Skeptical

Salguero’s is not a work for academic researchers or readers already versed in Buddhist philosophy; in fact, he dissuades such readers in the introduction. It will most suit niche readers with a skeptic’s mindset who are seeking basic information about Buddhism. Not a necessary acquisition.
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Filled with Fire and Light: Portraits and Legends from the Bible, Talmud, and Hasidic World

People interested in Jewish history, tradition, and texts, as well as general readers interested in religion or historical narratives, will find this book to be informative and useful.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: A New Introduction

With accessible writing, this is a much-needed examination of a pivotal religious movement.

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Wholehearted Faith

Evans’s honest questioning of Christian teachings and a God she mostly (but doesn’t always) believe in will strike a chord with believers and agnostics alike.
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The Zen of Therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life

Meditation has become increasingly popular in self-help in recent years; Epstein’s book is recommended for anyone interested in exploring the potential benefits of a meditation practice.
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Muhammad, the World-Changer: An Intimate Portrait

An excellent account of Jebara’s personal understanding of the Prophet Muhammad that could inspire readers to undertake their own similar journey.
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Women and Religion: Global Lives in Focus

Highly recommended for students working on research papers or projects. This work will also appeal to anyone interested in learning about the religious lives of women or to those interested in a more inclusive society.
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On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times

Readers interested in history or philosophy (whether or not they are religious), will find Ignatieff’s blend of spirituality and self-help to be particularly significant.
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Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus

Pitre offers a fine introduction to Catholic spiritual life that would be accessible to any reader seeking to go beyond simple prayers and discover the richness of the Catholic spiritual tradition; it might be appreciated by non-Catholic readers as well.

Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World

Lewis’s infectious optimism (about the power of love and its potential to change society) will reignite hope in many readers who might be weary from personal and professional struggles.
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Following the Call: Living the Sermon on the Mount Together

Individual readers and discussion groups interested in Gospel-based spirituality will appreciate this book’s broad-based approach to a familiar scripture passage.
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Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle

This faith-centered memoir will find an audience particularly among readers interested in the intersection of religion, gender, and politics.
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The Monastic Heart: 50 Simple Practices for a Contemplative and Fulfilling Life

For readers seeking solace and a deeper spiritual practice, or anyone with an interest in Benedictine monastic practices. With its advice on contemplation, this is also a helpful guide for groups.
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Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet

General readers will benefit from Nhat Hanh’s focus on mindfulness and positive at the individual level. Recommended for anyone wanting a better world for future generations.
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Good News about Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World

Christians in general and ones specifically concerned about social justice will find this book to be almost essential reading.
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Being with God: The Absurdity, Necessity, and Neurology of Contemplative Prayer

To advocate for a non-productive spirituality, Sherrill focuses on the pragmatic benefits of contemplation and offers a handful of spiritual life hacks for readers in need of advice or guidance.

To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, and Radical Hope

Interspersed with allusions to Toni Morrison’s seminal Beloved, Bailey’s book is simultaneously evocative and provocative.
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You Are Not Your Own: Belonging to God in an Inhuman World

Recommended for readers who are seeking Christ-centered solutions for some of society’s problems.
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Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul

Witkowski does an admirable job covering an extraordinary life. Her book will appeal first to people of faith, but jazz lovers will find it valuable too.
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Abuelita Faith: What Women on the Margins Teach Us about Wisdom, Persistence, and Strength

Armas’s gift for storytelling and in-depth research in Latine theology make for an account that’s accessible for lay readers as well as religion scholars interested in Christian theology through the lens of Indigenous knowledge systems. For public and academic libraries focused on inclusive, representational theological collection development.

American Religious History: Belief and Society through Time

A valuable resource for teachers, students, and anyone interested in religion and contemporary American society.

If God Is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk: Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans

Complete with a discussion guide, this is a sobering yet inspiring discourse for open-minded, thoughtful readers.
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Even If: Trusting God When Life Disappoints, Overwhelms, or Just Doesn’t Make Sense

With its frequent reminders that we are not alone, this personal account is recommended for the reader who needs encouragement to move forward through life’s darker moments.

Kabbalah and the Founding of America: The Early Influence of Jewish Thought in the New World

Ogren has authored a tour de force with this well-written and captivating volume that reexamines the role of religion in the period leading up to American independence. A must for readers interested in an often untold perspective on the history and religious identity of the United States.

Praying with Jane Eyre: Reflections on Reading as a Sacred Practice

More than just a celebration of Jane Eyre, Zoltan’s touching account, spanning spirituality, literature, memoir, and self-help, will resonate with fans of re-reading as a meditative practice.

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Millennial Nuns: Reflections on Living a Spiritual Life in a World of Social Media

A personal collection that offers a firsthand glimpse into lives that most of us will never know, but which social media is making less of a mystery.
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Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith

An examination and call to action that will be of particular interest to readers of White Evangelical Racism, by Anthea Butler, or Jesus and John Wayne, by Kristin Kobes Du Mez.

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One Faith No Longer: The Transformation of Christianity in Red and Blue America

Yancey and Quosigk lean toward identifying conservative Evangelicalism as historical Christianity
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New Religions: Emerging Faiths and Religious Cultures in the Modern World

An excellent starting point for those who wish to explore new religions further. Recommended for anyone interested in emerging religions, and an essential resource for academic and religious libraries.
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The Always God: He Hasn’t Changed and You Are Not Forgotten

Highly recommended for readers who are seeking reassurance of God’s presence in their lives. Stephens’s latest work, in its substance and delivery, compares to books by Mark Hamilton or Max Lucado.
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Woman Evolve: Break Up with Your Fears and Revolutionize Your Life

Roberts argues that Eve is a role model to be emulated because of her ability to move beyond her past and partner with God to create a hopeful future. Her words will draw in fellow Evangelical Christians who are navigating fear or insecurity.

Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence

As with mysticism, highly personal accounts of Jesus run the risk of portraying the Jesus one wants to see, rather than encountering the transformative power of the Spirit. Bass neatly avoids most of this and so provides a portrait of Jesus for progressive Christians of all stripes that is as tangible, compelling, and biblical as the Christ of their more fundamentalist counterparts.

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The Most Beautiful Disaster: How God Makes Miracles out of Our Mistakes

While there is a bit of a reliance on “the enemy” to explain bad behavior, Carpenter’s message is basically a hopeful one that emphasizes her concept of God’s love.
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Family of Origin, Family of Choice: Stories of Queer Christians

These moving narratives, offering firsthand perspectives from a racially diverse group of LGBTQ Christians and their families, will resonate with many.
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Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair

A thoughtful approach to a vital topic. It will especially appeal to fans of Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise.
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Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny

A must for devotees of Sadhguru. This work will also be of interest to those trying to explore the complex topic of karma in a more conversational form. However, readers seeking an academic exploration of karma may want to consider other resources.
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The Truth at the Heart of the Lie: How the Catholic Church Lost Its Soul

A well-written, passionate critique of the current state of the Catholic Church by one who, to a certain extent despite himself, still respects and admires it.
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Hope in Times of Fear: The Resurrection and the Meaning of Easter

Citing research from scholars like N. T. Wright and Richard B. Hayes, this latest book by Keller will find an audience among experienced students of Christian theology, especially those interested in the practical application of biblical concepts.
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Prey Tell: Why We Silence Women Who Tell the Truth and How Everyone Can Speak Up

A welcome book offering an important wake-up call to the Christian community and beyond.

Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance

This insightful book blends histories of religious belief, political change, and societal needs, to provide a coherent narrative outlining various undercurrents that shaped and ultimately determined predominant religious views. Highly recommended for readers interested in Islamic religious thought.

Christianity: A Historical Atlas

This cartographic chronicle of Christianity is an excellent, affordable resource for students of history, geography, and religion; both public and academic libraries will want to add it to their collections.

The Islam Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

Full of clearly conveyed, essential information, this title should be of interest to everyone.
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Posting Peace: Why Social Media Divides Us and What We Can Do about It

A timely reminder of the need to model the behavior we hope to see in others, this text could easily be the basis for group study.

Things Worth Dying For: Thoughts on a Life Worth Living

Written with passion and erudition, this title will appeal to Catholics and Christians searching for meaning during this time.
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Pillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to Jesus

Jones’s pensive reflections will call into question readers’ unexamined notions about Islam and Christianity. A thoughtful approach to interfaith dialogue.
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This Life Is Yours: Discover Your Power, Claim Your Wholeness, and Heal Your Life

This book will appeal to readers of Louise Hay as well as those who enjoy simple, accessible affirmations to help cultivate self-healing. Combining positive psychology and spirituality, and quoting from influence leaders such as Pema Chodron, this moving book should find a broad audience.

In Defense of Kindness: Why It Matters, How It Changes Our Lives, and How It Can Save the World

This encouraging guide is recommended for persons who seek motivation in being a light in the world.
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A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene Peterson, Translator of the Message

For those who desire an in-depth look at Peterson’s life.
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The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

Readers of American religious and African American history will not want to miss this title.
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The Gospels

An instructive and thought-provoking translation of the Gospels, and their historical context, that will interest a variety of readers, from students to scholars.
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Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone

Highly recommended for all Christian believers, those beginning their faith journey, and others seeking spiritual development.
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The Woman Who Raised the Buddha: The Extraordinary Life of Mahaprajapati

An important contribution to filling a major gap in Buddhist studies and a triumph in understanding Buddhism through a feminist lens. Recommended for academic libraries and scholars interested in religious or feminist studies.

A Holy Baptism of Fire and Blood: The Bible and the American Civil War

This study of the use of the Bible at a critical time in the history of the United States can shed light on our own times, when the Bible is often used in a political tug-of-war.
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This Hallelujah Banquet: How the End of What We Were Reveals Who We Can Be

A new interpretation of the Book of Revelation for Christians seeking spiritual maturity.
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Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do about It

A helpful, non-judgmental resource for readers questioning their Christian faith, and looking for guidance on living with doubt.

Faith After Doubt

A helpful, non-judgmental resource for readers questioning their Christian faith, and looking for guidance on living with doubt.

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Let Us Dream

Informed by spiritual sources and the thinking of some of the world’s foremost scientists, economists, and activists, Pope Francis offers tools for creating a better, more just world.

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A Most Peculiar Book: The Inherent Strangeness of the Bible

An original approach to understand the various meanings and methods of the Bible.
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Founding God’s Nation: Reading Exodus

Primarily for readers seeking a conclusion to the author’s previous work.

Benedict XVI: A Life; Volume One

A well-suited biography for an academic or special collection.
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Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists

Han’s contribution to this overlooked aspect of the Asian American experience is an important one as it gives a voice to many invisible people in American society.
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The Saint Makers: Inside the Catholic Church and How a War Hero Inspired a Journey of Faith

This insightful account will appeal to readers who enjoy stories about faith and war heroics, and those interested in saint making within the Catholic Church.

Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep

An accessible and timely book on the power of prayer.
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The Truth of Yoga: A Comprehensive Guide to Yoga’s History, Texts, Philosophy, and Practices

Simpson covers the study and practice of yoga in this comprehensive yet accessible text. By sharing what he has learned, and continues to learn, without prescribing a single, definitive approach, he welcomes readers to embrace the truth of yoga.
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Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt Between the Islamic and the Contemporary

This richly illustrated, scholarly book is recommended for anyone with an interest in modern Middle Eastern art and society.
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Religious Violence Today: Faith and Conflict in the Modern World

Despite the lack of careful editing, especially in the African and Buddhism chapters, these generally nuanced, in-depth, and wide-ranging volumes should benefit postgraduates and general readers alike.
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Dangerous Religious Ideas: The Deep Roots of Self-Critical Faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Those interested in scriptural interpretation, monotheistic religions, and interfaith dialog will find this book to be highly informative, well-researched, and relevant to contemporary culture.
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Christian Citizens: Reading the Bible in Black and White in the Postemancipation South

This well-researched and well-written book offers a corrective to certain of the popular myths about race relations in the pre-Civil War South, and of postemancipation relations; it also has a good deal to teach us about race relations today.
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The World Is about to Turn: Mending a Nation’s Broken Faith

There is much food for thought here, perhaps too much for a text of just a little over a 100 pages (excluding appendixes), but the authors prove persuasive in their arguments for inclusivity and mutual respect.
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His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography

A general but authentic overview of the Dalai Lama’s life that will appeal to those new to the topic, as well as vested scholars, for the work’s valuable archival material.
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The Wondering Jew: Israel and the Search for Jewish Identity

This scholarly work will engage readers concerned with the future of a democratic Jewish Israel.
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Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis

A fascinating argument for crafts as a conduit to memory and as an aide to healing.
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Mother of American Evangelicalism: The Life and Legacy of Henrietta Mears

Mears herself almost disappears from view under all her accomplishments in this work that is clearly aimed at those immersed in the Evangelical ethos and may be difficult for nonreligious readers to grasp fully her influence on the character and culture of Evangelicalism.
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The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion

An impressive scope and depth will make these volumes illuminating the interaction between religion and social structures valuable to students, academics, administrators, counselors, journalists, and other researchers in the field.

The Deeply Formed Life: Five Transformative Values To Root Us in the Way of Jesus

Villodas’s message will resonate especially with Christian readers who enjoy writers like Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo. Highly recommended.

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Broken Signposts: How Christianity Makes Sense of the World

Wright delivers another readable apologia for the Christian faith. Recommended for those interested in growing or renewing their faith and for anyone looking for insights into our shared experience of a world that could and perhaps should be better.
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The Jefferson Bible: A Biography

An illuminating look at a work of one of our most intellectually inquisitive presidents that will appeal to Jefferson aficionados, as well as anyone interested in the history of American religion.

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Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times

A powerful meditation on social justice and religion that will engage a variety of readers.

Always a Guest: Speaking of Faith Far from Home

Taylor’s writing is lyrical and compelling, a feast for the senses and the intellect. Recommended for all libraries.
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I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion but Found My Faith

This personal story of faith lost and found is especially recommended to Christians who are struggling to comprehend God’s complex ways.

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Everything Is Spiritual: Who We Are and What We’re Doing Here

A sincere but not particularly compelling effort.
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Who Will Be a Witness: Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance

For church leaders and congregants interested in the intersection of social justice issues, scripture, and the ministry.

Thinking About the Prophets

This fascinating and erudite account by Seeskin subtly argues for an Old Testament God concept that is far richer and more evocative than the limited vision of many philosophers. Readers interested in learning about biblical prophets will find much to uncover.
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Judaism for the World: Reflections on God, Life, and Love

This contemporary analysis of tenants of the Jewish faith will be welcomed by informed and ambitious readers of religion and Judaic studies.
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Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace

While drawing on Buddhist influences, this excellent complement to collections for the bereaved will be a comfort to those of many faiths experiencing grief.
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Reimagining Apologetics: The Beauty of Faith in a Secular Age

Those with an interest in Christian literature, apologetics, or theology in general will find this an informative, thought-provoking read.
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