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Religious World

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THE SEARCH FOR A MORAL LIFE
Written by MARK MATOUSEK

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 06/05/2012

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-767-93068-0

In this engagingly written and deeply insightful book, bestselling author Mark Matousek explores a perennially troubling question: How can we be both good and evil?

Contrary to what we’ve been taught in our reason-obsessed culture, argues Matousek, emotions are the bedrock of ethical life; without them, human beings cannot be empathic, moral, or good. But how do we make the judgment call between self-interest and caring for others? What does being good really mean? Which parts of morality are...

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Written by KAREN ARMSTRONG

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 12/27/2011

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74288-9

In this important and thought-provoking work, Karen Armstrong—one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place.

The twelve steps she suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She...

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THE ORIGINS, EVOLUTION, AND FUTURE OF ISLAM
Written by REZA ASLAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 08/30/2011

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98244-2

In No god but God, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Aslan explains Islam—the origins and evolution of the faith—in all its beauty and complexity. This updated edition addresses the events of the past decade, analyzing how they have influenced Islam’s position in modern culture. Aslan explores what the popular demonstrations pushing for democracy in the Middle East mean for the future of Islam in the region, how the Internet and social media have affected Islam’s evolution, and how the...

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Written by PHILIP YANCEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: WaterBrook

On Sale: 08/19/2008

Price: $13.99

ISBN: 978-1-400-07470-9

The traces of God can be found in the most unexpected places--an Atlanta slum, a pod of whales off the coast of Alaska, the prisons of Peru and Chile, the plays of Shakespeare, a health club in Chicago--yet many Christians have not only missed seeing God, they’ve overlooked opportunities to make him visible to those most in need of hope.

In this enlightening book author Philip Yancey serves as an insightful tour guide for those willing to look beyond the obvious, pointing out glimpses...

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IN SEARCH OF TRUTH, MEANING, HAPPINESS, AND THE MAN WHO FOUND THEM ALL
Written by PERRY GARFINKEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Harmony

On Sale: 07/24/2007

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-08218-6

Why does an idea that’s 2,500 years old seem more relevant today than ever before? How can the Buddha’s teachings help us solve many of the world’s problems? Journalist Perry Garfinkel circumnavigated the globe to discover the heart of Buddhism and the reasons for its growing popularity–and ended up discovering himself in the process.

The assignment from National Geographic couldn’t have come at a better time for Garfinkel. Burned out, laid up with back problems, disillusioned by...

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LIFE IN A FUNDAMENTALIST BAPTIST CHURCH
Written by JAMES M. AULT

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/13/2005

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-70238-9

In an attempt to understand the growing influence of the Christian Right, sociologist and documentary filmmaker James Ault spent three years inside the world of a Massachusetts fundamentalist church he encountered while studying a variety of new-right groups. He observed—and where possible participated in—the daily lives of the members of a church he calls Shawmut River. His book takes us into worship services, home Bible studies, youth events, men’s prayer breakfasts and Saturday work...

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A SHORT HISTORY
Written by KAREN ARMSTRONG

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 08/06/2002

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-96618-3

No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism, authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war. In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam and a distillation of years of thinking and writing about the subject, Karen Armstrong’s short history demonstrates that the world’s fastest-growing faith is a much more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might...

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A HISTORY OF FUNDAMENTALISM
Written by KAREN ARMSTRONG

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 01/30/2001

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-39169-8

In the late twentieth century, fundamentalism has emerged as one of the most powerful forces at work in the world, contesting the dominance of modern secular values and threatening peace and harmony around the globe. Yet it remains incomprehensible to a large number of people. In The Battle for God, Karen Armstrong brilliantly and sympathetically shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish.

We see the West in the sixteenth century beginning...

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SOME THOUGHTS ON FAITH
Written by ANNE LAMOTT

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 02/15/2000

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-49609-4

Anne Lamott claims to know only two prayers by heart: "Help me, help me, help me" and "Thank you, thank you, thank you." She has a friend whose morning prayer each day is "Whatever," and whose evening prayer is "Oh, well." Anne thinks of Jesus as "Casper the friendly savior" and describes God as "one crafty mother."

Despite--or because of--her irreverence, faith is a natural subject for Anne Lamott. Since Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, her fans have been waiting for her to write the...

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