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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
  • Justin Lee

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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The Color of Christ

The Color of Christ

The Son of God & The Saga of Race in America

by Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum

Hardcover, 340 pages, Univ of North Carolina Pr, $32.50, published September 21 2012 | purchase
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  • The Son of God & The Saga of Race in America
  • Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum

The Color of Christ explores the dynamic nature of Christ worship in the U.S., addressing how his image has been visually remade to champion the causes of white supremacists and civil rights leaders alike, and why the idea of a white Christ has endured.

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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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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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  • When God Talks Back
  • 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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Life After Life

Life After Life

The Investigation of a Phenomenon—Survival of Bodily Death

by Raymond A. Moody

Paperback, 175 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published March 1 2001 | purchase
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  • Life After Life
  • The Investigation of a Phenomenon--Survival of Bodily Death
  • Raymond A. Moody

Reports on and draws careful conclusions from the out-of-the-body experiences of people who, revived from clinical death or near-death, regained consciousness.

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Man Seeks God

Man Seeks God

My Flirtations With the Divine

by Eric Weiner

Paperback, 349 pages, Twelve , $14.99, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Man Seeks God
  • My Flirtations With the Divine
  • Eric Weiner

After a health scare, an atheist travels the world searching for an experience of the divine, from meditating with Tibetan lamas in Nepal and unblocking his chi in China, to studying the Kabbalah in Israel.

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The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage

The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage

Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow

by Joseph M. III Marshall

Hardcover, 128 pages, Sounds True, $19.95, published January 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow
  • Joseph M. III Marshall
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Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World

by Brian D. McLaren

Hardcover, 276 pages, Jericho Books, $24.99, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?
  • Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
  • Brian D. McLaren

Brian D. McLaren's book discusses the importance of interfaith relations and of reclaiming benevolence, suggesting that understanding religious doctrines and learning about Christian and colonial history can instill within Christians empathy and humility.

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Am I a Jew?

Am I a Jew?

Lost Tribes, Lapsed Jews, and One Man's Search for Himself

by Theodore Ross

Hardcover, 275 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published August 30 2012 | purchase
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  • Am I a Jew?
  • Lost Tribes, Lapsed Jews, and One Man's Search for Himself
  • Theodore Ross

Traces the author's personal journey in search of his Jewish heritage after being raised by a mother who renounced the family's Jewish faith, describing the author's soul-searching visits to Jewish communities and religious sites in America and Israel.

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The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture

The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture

by Yoram Hazony

Paperback, 379 pages, Cambridge Univ Pr, $24.99, published July 30 2012 | purchase
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  • The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture
  • Yoram Hazony

Yoram Hazony proposes a new framework for approaching the Hebrew scriptures. He makes the case that the Hebrew Bible is not a revelation about the next life, but a guide for how to live ethically on Earth.

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Giving Up the Ghost

Giving Up the Ghost

A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted

by Eric Nuzum

Paperback, 305 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published August 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Giving Up the Ghost
  • A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted
  • Eric Nuzum

An award-winning NPR producer recounts how as a misfit youngster, he became convinced he was haunted by the ghost of a little girl, a belief that resulted in his commitment in a psychiatric hospital before a bittersweet relationship compelled him to confront his phobias by visiting reputedly haunted sites throughout America. Original. 40,000 first printing.

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Jerusalem

How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

by James Carroll

Paperback, 418 pages, Mariner Books, $16.95, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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  • Jerusalem, Jerusalem
  • How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World
  • James Carroll

James Carroll traces the evolution of the belief that Jerusalem is the center of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious worlds and argues that this fixation is a main cause of the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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All Pro Dad

All Pro Dad

Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids

by Mark Merrill and Tony Dungy

Paperback, 222 pages, Thomas Nelson Inc, $16.99, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids
  • Mark Merrill and Tony Dungy

NFL player Mark Merrill offers advice on how to be an effective father.

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