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When God Talks Back

When God Talks Back

Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God

by T. M. Luhrmann

Paperback, 434 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God
  • T. M. Luhrmann

Draws on anthropological and psychological perspectives to analyze the American evangelical experience, drawing on intimate interviews with members of the Vineyard church while explaining the scientific aspects of intensely practiced prayer and collective supernatural experiences.

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I'm Over All That

I'm Over All That

And Other Confessions

by Shirley MacLaine

Paperback, 218 pages, Pocket Books, $15, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Shirley MacLaine
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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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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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Heaven is for Real

Heaven Is for Real

A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

Paperback, 163 pages, Thomas Nelson Inc, $16.99, published November 2 2010 | purchase
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  • A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
  • Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent tell the story of a Nebraska pastor's 4-year-old son, who loses consciousness during surgery, sees a vision of heaven and meets Jesus' special horse.NPR Bestseller

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Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith

Sword Of The Spirit, Shield Of Faith

Religion In American War And Diplomacy

by Andrew Preston

Hardcover, 815 pages, Random House Inc, $37.50, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Religion In American War And Diplomacy
  • Andrew Preston

An analysis of the pivotal role of religion in American foreign policy from the nation's beginnings through the end of the Cold War demonstrates how the beliefs of leaders and everyday citizens have shaped their views on America's place in the world.

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Revelations

Revelations

Visions, Prophecy, And Politics In The Book Of Revelation

by Elaine H. Pagels

Hardcover, 246 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published March 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Visions, Prophecy, And Politics In The Book Of Revelation
  • Elaine H. Pagels

Explores the New Testament book of Revelation in a historical first century context, reinterpreting the book as a scathing attack on the decadence of Rome that was subsequently adopted by early Christians as a weapon against heresy.NPR Bestseller

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Religion for Atheists

Religion For Atheists

A Non-Believer's Guide To The Uses Of Religion

by Alain de Botton

Paperback, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • A Non-Believer's Guide To The Uses Of Religion
  • Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton argues that everyone can benefit from the wisdom and power of religion, regardless of beliefs, and explains how the secular world can glean insights from religious stories about how to live, how to structure societies and how to achieve a greater appreciation for culture.

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When I Was a Child I Read Books

When I Was a Child I Read Books

by Marilynne Robinson

Hardcover, 206 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $24, published March 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Marilynne Robinson

A new collection by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead revisits such themes as the role of faith in modern life, the inadequacy of fact and the inherent contradictions of human nature.

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Patience

Patience

The Art of Peaceful Living

by Allan Lokos

Paperback, 221 pages, Penguin Group USA, $14.95, published January 5 2012 | purchase
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  • The Art of Peaceful Living
  • Allan Lokos

A forefront meditation instructor and author of Pocket Peace shares recommendations for cultivating more patience — explaining the relationship between patience and anger, while revealing how to recognize various manifestations of anger to develop key disciplines.

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The Righteous Mind

The Righteous Mind

Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion

by Jonathan Haidt

Paperback, 500 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion
  • Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt investigates the morality at the core of religion and politics, offering scholarly insight into the motivations behind the cultural clashes that are polarizing America.NPR Bestseller

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American Grace

American Grace

How Religion Divides and Unites Us

by Robert D. Putnam, David E. Campbell and Shaylyn Romney Garrett

Paperback, 707 pages, Simon & Schuster, $19.99, published February 21 2012 | purchase
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  • How Religion Divides and Unites Us
  • Robert D. Putnam, David E. Campbell, et al

Draws on two national surveys on religion, as well as research conducted by congregations across the United States, to examine the profound impact that religion has had on American life and how religious attitudes have changed in recent decades.

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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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