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Brotherhood

Brotherhood

Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream

by Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra

Hardcover, 366 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream
  • Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra

Traces the lives of the Chopra brothers from India to the United States, where they both excelled in healing, one as a world-renowned spiritual teacher, the other as a professor at Harvard Medical School.

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Religion Without God

by Ronald Dworkin

Hardcover, 176 pages, Harvard Univ Pr, $17.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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Torn

Torn

Rescuing The Gospel From The Gays-Vs.-Christians Debate

by Justin Lee

Paperback, 259 pages, Grand Central Pub, $15, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Rescuing The Gospel From The Gays-Vs.-Christians Debate
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Justin Lee was raised in a conservative Southern Baptist home and was so committed to his faith that classmates called him "God Boy." But as he entered high school, Lee came face to face with feelings he had tried to suppress and realized that he was gay. As a gay man who felt called to service in the evangelical Christian ministry, Lee has urged people on both sides of the debate to promote peace. In his new book, he remembers his path to self-acceptance and encourages gay Christians, their families and their churches to enter into dialogue.

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My Bright Abyss

My Bright Abyss

Meditation of a Modern Believer

by Christian Wiman

Hardcover, 182 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $24, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Meditation of a Modern Believer
  • Christian Wiman

A poet and a man of strong Christian faith meditates on life, death, and being an artist after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer; he describes how he dealt with the creeping doubts and the increasing pain.

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Paris to the Pyrenees

Paris to the Pyrenees

A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

by David Downie

Hardcover, 317 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $27.95, published April 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Paris to the Pyrenees
  • A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James
  • David Downie

David Downie chronicles the pilgrimmage he took with his wife from Paris to the Pyrenees and ultimately to the sanctuary of Saint James, a journey on which they followed age-old trails through France rather than the commercialized Spanish route.

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New American Haggadah

New American Haggadah

by Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander

Hardcover, 160 pages, Little Brown & Co., $29.99, published March 5 2012 | purchase
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  • Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander

The author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close offers a new translation of the text of prayer and song used by Jewish familes each year to celebrate Passover and the story of Exodus, with the text augmented by commentary by a number of modern-day thinkers, including Michael Pollan, Lemony Snicket, Tony Kushner and Judith Shulevitz.NPR Bestseller

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Did Jesus Exist?

Did Jesus Exist?

The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth

by Bart D. Ehrman

Paperback, 368 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published March 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth
  • Bart D. Ehrman

Bible expert Bart D. Ehrman tackles issues surrounding the mythologies associated with Jesus and the early Christian movement. In addition to marshaling evidence that proves the existence of Jesus, including the writings of the Apostle Paul, Ehrman argues that if someone had invented Jesus, he or she would not have created a messiah who was so easily overcome.

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Still

Still

Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

by Lauren F. Winner

Paperback, 244 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
  • Lauren F. Winner

Ordained Episcopal priest Lauren F. Winner writes about the spiritual crisis she experienced when her mother died and her marriage unraveled. Still delivers reflections on how murky and gray the spiritual life can be while offering guidance on how to see the light we do encounter more clearly.

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The Vatican Diaries

The Vatican Diaries

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church

by John Thavis

Hardcover, 321 pages, Viking Adult, $16, published February 21 2013 | purchase
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  • A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
  • John Thavis

Presents a behind-the-scenes perspective on the Vatican's inner workings that challenges popular perceptions, revealing the personal conflicts, authority-undermining scandals, and modern considerations that are challenging the Vatican's daily business.

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Erasing Death

The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death

by Sam Parnia, M.D. and Josh Young

Hardcover, 344 pages, HarperOne, $16, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death
  • Sam Parnia, M.D. and Josh Young

Drawing from meticulous research, one of the world's leading experts on the scientific study of death, the human mind-brain relationship and near-death experiences demystifies what happens to human consciousness during and after death.

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Help, Thanks, Wow

Help, Thanks, Wow

The Three Essential Survival Prayers

by Anne Lamott

Hardcover, 102 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • The Three Essential Survival Prayers
  • Anne Lamott

Help, Thanks, Wow describes the three simple prayers — asking for assistance from a higher power, expressing gratitude and feeling awe — that help to deal with the hardships of daily life.NPR Bestseller

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Going Clear

Going Clear

Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

by Lawrence Wright

Paperback, 538 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
  • Lawrence Wright

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright draws from more than 200 interviews with current and former Scientologists to present a look inside the world of Scientology and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986. He examines the group's special cosmology, uncovers its outsized efforts to attract members from Hollywood and considers a difficult question: What makes a belief system a religion?NPR Bestseller

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The Dude and the Zen Master

The Dude And The Zen Master

by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

Paperback, 272 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

A lighthearted and inspiring dialogue between the Oscar-winning actor and his longtime spiritual guru explores the challenges of Jeff Bridges' Hollywood career, and the ways in which Zen teachings have informed his efforts to do good in the modern world.NPR Bestseller

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The Dead Sea Scrolls

A Biography

by John J. Collins

Hardcover, 272 pages, Princeton University Press, $16.47, published October 8 2012 | purchase
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  • A Biography
  • John J. Collins

Chronicles the history of the Dead Sea scrolls, from their initial discovery to the current controversies surrounding them.

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In the Shadow of the Sword

In The Shadow Of The Sword

The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

by Tom Holland

Paperback, 526 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire
  • Tom Holland

In this sweeping history, Tom Holland reexamines the rise of Islam and places it within the context of the Roman and Persian empires.

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