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The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts
by Karen Armstrong

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English

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624

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November 05, 2019

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<b>Today the Quran is used by some to justify war and acts of terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception. The significance of scripture may not be immediately obvious in our secular world, but its misunderstanding is perhaps the root cause of many of today's controversies.</b><br /><br />In this timely and important book, one of the most trusted and admired writers on the world of faith examines the meaning of scripture. The sacred texts have been coopted by fundamentalists, who insist that they must be taken literally, and by others who interpret scripture to bolster their own prejudices. These texts are seen to prescribe ethical norms and codes of behavior that are divinely ordained: they are believed to contain eternal truths. But as Karen Armstrong shows in this chronicle of the development and significance of major religions, such a narrow, peculiar reading of scripture is a relatively recent, modern phenomenon. For most of their history, the world's religious traditions have regarded these texts as tools that enable the individual to connect with the divine, to experience a different level of consciousness, and to help them engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways.<br /><br />At a time of intolerance and mutual incomprehension, <i>The Lost Art of Scripture</i> shines fresh light on the world's major religions to help us build bridges between faiths and rediscover a creative and spiritual engagement with holy texts.
The Theft of America's Soul: Blowing the Lid Off the Lies That Ar...
by Phil Robertson

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English

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219

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February 05, 2019

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<p><strong>It’s time to take back what the devil has stolen and put God back into our culture. </strong><em>The Theft of America’s Soul</em> is a prophetic wake-up call for all who desire to see our nation thrive, challenging readers to exchange these ten lies for truths that will bring peace of mind, harmony, and prosperity back to our country—an invitation to experience the life-giving, peace-filling, wholly-transforming love of God.</p><p>Phil Robertson, patriarch of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and one of the most recognized voices of conservative Christianity in America, believes that little by little, generation by generation, America has allowed the lines of morality, decency, and virtue to be erased. Our values have disappeared as we began to believe lies—such as that God is dead, truth is relative, and unity is impossible—that have brought discord, division and protest.  But Phil also believes that things can change.</p><p>Writing with captivating storytelling and unflinching honesty, Phil shows how to make America a God-honoring nation once more: by dropping the ten central lies that rule our day, including</p><ul><li>God is dead</li><li>There is no Devil</li><li>Truth is relative</li><li>Sex is for self-gratification</li></ul>
A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a ...
by Timothy Egan

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English

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382

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October 15, 2019

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<b>"What a wondrous work! This beautifully written and totally clear-eyed account of his pilgrimage will have you wondering whether we should all embark on such a journey, either of the body, the soul or, as in Egan's case, both." --Cokie Roberts<br /><br />"If this book doesn't quite settle the question of belief for you, it will at least fortify your faith in scrupulous reporting and captivating storytelling...Egan is so well informed, he starts to seem like the world's greatest tour guide. You follow along as much to hear him talk as to see the sights. Reading it, you feel yourself in the presence of goodness -- the kind you might simply have to decide to believe in." <i>--The New York Times</i><br /><br />One of <i>Oprah</i>'s Must-Read Books of Fall 2019</b><br /><br />Moved by his mother's death and his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church, Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers to force a reckoning with his own beliefs. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the theological cradle of Christianity, exploring one of the biggest stories of our time: the collapse of religion in the world that it created. Egan sets out along the Via Francigena, once the major medieval trail leading the devout to Rome, and makes his way overland via the alpine peaks and small mountain towns of France, Switzerland and Italy. The goal: walking to St. Peter's Square, in hopes of meeting the galvanizing pope who is struggling to hold together the church through the worst crisis in half a millennium.<br /><br />Making his way through a landscape laced with some of the most important shrines to the faith, Egan finds a modern Canterbury Tale in the chapel where Queen Bertha introduced Christianity to pagan Britain; parses the supernatural in a French town built on miracles; and journeys to the oldest abbey in the Western world, founded in 515 and home to continuous prayer over the 1,500 years that have followed. He is accompanied by a quirky cast of fellow pilgrims and by some of the towering figures of the faith--Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, Martin Luther.<br /><br />A thrilling journey, a family story, and a revealing history, <i>A Pilgrimage to Eternity</i> looks for our future in its search for God.
Why Religion?: A Personal Story
by Elaine Pagels

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English

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244

Publication Date

November 06, 2018

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<p><strong><em>New York Times </em>bestseller</strong></p><p><strong>One of PW’s Best Books of the Year</strong></p><p><strong>One of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month</strong></p><p></p><p><strong>Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In <em>Why Religion</em><em>?</em> Elaine Pagels looks to her own life to help address these questions.</strong></p><p>These questions took on a new urgency for Pagels when dealing with unimaginable loss—the death of her young son, followed a year later by the shocking loss of her husband. Here she interweaves a personal story with the work that she loves, illuminating how, for better and worse, religious traditions have shaped how we understand ourselves; how we relate to one another; and, most importantly, how to get through the most difficult challenges we face. </p><p>Drawing upon the perspectives of neurologists, anthropologists, and historians, as well as her own research, Pagels opens unexpected ways of understanding persistent religious aspects of our culture. </p><p>A provocative and deeply moving account from one of the most compelling religious thinkers at work today, <em>Why Religion?</em> explores the spiritual dimension of human experience.</p><p></p>
Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C.S. Lewis
by C. S. Lewis

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English

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404

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June 02, 2009

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<p>C. S. Lewis spent a good portion of each day corresponding with people via handwritten letters. Over his lifetime he wrote thousands of letters in which he offered his friends and acquaintances advice on the Christian life, giving away a bit of himself to each of these correspondents as he signed his notes with a heartfelt and familiar, "yours, Jack." Most of these letters are currently only available in their entirety—a collection consisting of three hefty tomes. <em>Yours, Jack</em> features the best inspirational readings and sage counsel culled from C. S. Lewis's letters, offering an accessible look at this great author's personal vision for the spiritual life. </p><p>This thematic selection from his letters offers the freshest presentation of Lewis's writings since his death in 1963. <em>Yours, Jack</em> will showcase Lewis's remarkable teachings and vision for a new generation. </p>
Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus
by Jim Wallis

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English

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292

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September 24, 2019

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<p><strong>Writing in response to our current “constitutional crisis,” <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author and Christian activist Jim Wallis urges America to return to the tenets of Jesus once again as the means to save us from the polarizing bitterness and anger of our tribal nation.</strong><br /><br />In <em>Christ in Crisis</em> Jim Wallis provides a path of spiritual healing and solidarity to help us heal the divide separating Americans today. Building on “Reclaiming Jesus”—the declaration he and other church leaders wrote in May 2018 to address America’s current crisis—Wallis argues that Christians have become disconnected from Jesus and need to revisit their spiritual foundations. By pointing to eight questions Jesus asked or is asked, Wallis provides a means to measure whether we are truly aligned with the moral and spiritual foundations of our Christian faith. </p><p>“Christians have often remembered, re-discovered, and returned to their obedient discipleship of Jesus Christ—both personal and public—in times of trouble. It’s called coming home,” Wallis reminds us. While he addresses the dividing lines and dangers facing our nation, the religious and cultural commentator’s focus isn’t politics; it’s faith.</p><p>As he has done throughout his career, Wallis offers comfort, empathy, and a practical roadmap. <em>Christ in Crisis</em> is a constructive field guide for all those involved in resistance and renewal initiatives in faith communities in the post-2016 political context.</p>
The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of...
by Philip Jenkins

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English

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339

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October 16, 2008

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<p>“Jenkins is one of America’s top religious scholars.”<br /> —<i>Forbes</i> magazine<br /><br /></p><p><i>The Lost History of Christianity</i> by Philip Jenkins offers a revolutionary view of the history of the Christian church. Subtitled “The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia—and How It Died,” it explores the extinction of the earliest, most influential Christian churches of China, India, and the Middle East, which held the closest historical links to Jesus and were the dominant expression of Christianity throughout its first millennium. The remarkable true story of the demise of the institution that shaped both Asia and Christianity as we know them today,<i> The Lost History of Christianity</i> is a controversial and important work of religious scholarship that sounds a warning that must be heeded. </p>
God's Hand on America: Divine Providence in the Modern Era
by Michael Medved

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English

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397

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November 26, 2019

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<b>The national radio host and bestselling author of <i>The American Miracle</i> reveals the happy accidents, bizarre coincidences, and flat-out miracles that continue to shape America’s destiny.</b><br /><br /> <b>“<b>A hopeful message for our troubled times . . . Michael Medved has an eye for a story, and a preternatural gift for telling it in beguiling ways.”—Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author of <i>Founding Brothers</i></b></b><br /><br /> <b>Has God withdrawn his special blessing from the United States?</b> Americans ponder that painful question in troubled times, as we did during the devastation of the Civil War and after the assassinations of the ’60s, and as we do in our present polarization. Yet somehow—on battlefields, across western wilderness, and in raucous convention halls—astounding events have reliably advanced America, restoring faith in the Republic’s providential protection.  <br /><br />In this provocative historical narrative, Michael Medved brings to life ten haunting tales that reveal this purposeful pattern, including: <br /><br /> • A near-fatal carriage accident forces Lincoln’s secretary of state into a canvas-and-steel neck brace that protects him from a would-be assassin’s knife thrusts, allowing him two years later to acquire Alaska for the United States. <br /> • A sudden tidal wave of Russian Jewish immigration, be­ginning in 1881, coincides with America’s rise to world leadership, fulfilling a biblical promise that those bless­ing Abraham’s children will themselves be blessed. <br /> • Campaigning for president, Theodore Roosevelt takes a bullet in the chest, but a folded speech in his jacket pocket slows its progress and saves his life. <br /> • At the Battle of Midway, U.S. planes get lost over empty ocean and then miraculously reconnect for five minutes of dive-bombing that wrecks Japan’s fleet, convincing even enemy commanders that higher powers intervened against them. <br /> • A behind-the-scenes “conspiracy of the pure of heart” by Democratic leaders forces a gravely ill FDR to replace his sitting vice president—an unstable Stalinist—with future White House great Harry Truman. <br /><br /> These and other little-known stories build on themes of <i>The American Miracle, </i>Medved’s bestseller about America’s remarkable rise. The confident heroes and stubborn misfits in these pages shared a common faith in a master plan, which continues to unfold in our time. <i>God’s Hand on America </i>con­firms that the founders were right about America’s destiny to lead and enlighten the world.
The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Co...
by Jemar Tisby

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English

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250

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January 22, 2019

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<p><strong>An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically--up to the present day--worked against racial justice. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response. </strong></p><p><em>The Color of Compromise</em> is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don't know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.</p><p><em>The Color of Compromise</em>:</p><ul><li>Takes you on a historical, sociological, and religious journey: from America's early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War</li><li>Covers the tragedy of Jim Crow laws, the victories of the Civil Rights era, and the strides of today's Black Lives Matter movement</li><li>Reveals the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about meaningful integration</li><li>Charts a path forward to replace established patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, immediate action</li><li>Is a perfect book for pastors and other faith leaders, students, non-students, book clubs, small group studies, history lovers, and all lifelong learners</li></ul><p><em>The Color of Compromise</em> is <em>not</em> a call to shame or a platform to blame white evangelical Christians. It <em>is</em> a call from a place of love and desire to fight for a more racially unified church that no longer compromises what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality. A call that challenges black and white Christians alike to standup <em>now</em> and begin implementing the concrete ways Tisby outlines, all for a more equitable and inclusive environment among God's people. Starting <em>today</em>.</p>
Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Chu...
by Megan Phelps-Roper

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English

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293

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October 08, 2019

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<p><b>The activist and TED speaker Megan Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in America</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>At the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Founded by her grandfather and consisting almost entirely of her extended family, the tiny group would gain worldwide notoriety for its pickets at military funerals and celebrations of death and tragedy. As Phelps-Roper grew up, she saw that church members were close companions and accomplished debaters, applying the logic of predestination and the language of the King James Bible to everyday life with aplomb—which, as the church’s Twitter spokeswoman, she learned to do with great skill. Soon, however, dialogue on Twitter caused her to begin doubting the church’s leaders and message: If humans were sinful and fallible, how could the church itself be so confident about its beliefs? As she digitally jousted with critics, she started to wonder if sometimes they had a point—and then she began exchanging messages with a man who would help change her life.</p><p>A gripping memoir of escaping extremism and falling in love, <i>Unfollow</i> relates Phelps-Roper’s moral awakening, her departure from the church, and how she exchanged the absolutes she grew up with for new forms of warmth and community. Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, Phelps-Roper’s life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization.</p>

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