It was written in Ecclesiastes that there is no new thing under the sun, and religion publishers' current offerings may be proof of that. After all, the most successful book in recent months is built around an obscure Old Testament prayer (albeit given a very modern self-help twist) by a man most of us had never heard of. And this fall brings a resurgence of titles in some of religion's classic subcategories, although they, too, are often given a new spin.
After the Bible, books about saints had to have been among the earliest titles published for Christians, and this fall they seem to be enjoying a small revival. Though most are classic treatments—thumbnail biographies, guides to praying with the saints and the like—others seek fresh angles with humor (Wit and Wisdom of the Saints: A Year of Saintly Humor, Liguori), self-help (The Saints: Real Models for Real People, Sophia Institute) and even food (Cooking with Saints: An Illustrated Treasury of Recipes Old and Modern, Ignatius). Proof, as if we needed it, that sometimes in publishing the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Still, some of this season's religion books tackle very modern themes indeed. Gay spirituality—now once and for all out of hiding and an area of strife for many religious institutions—is the subject of several forthcoming titles. Pilgrim Press, the trade arm of the United Church of Christ Press, has published on the topic for some time, and its fall list features five titles, including two aimed at parents: My Son Eric: A Mother Struggles to Accept Her Gay Son, a new edition of a book originally published in 1979, and the new Our Daughter Martha: A Family Struggles with Coming Out. Both will be released in September. Crossroad offers Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay (Oct.) by gay theologian James Alison. Abingdon (trade arm of United Methodist Publishing) and Pilgrim take decidedly different approaches to biblical studies with The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Sept.) and Queer Commentary and the Hebrew Bible (Oct.). Finally, Morehouse—an independent publisher grounded in the Episcopal tradition—urges a new view of homosexuality as a vocation in Gifted by Otherness: Gay and Lesbian Christians in the Church (Sept.)
Homosexuality is only one of the many issues currently dividing and challenging churches and other religious groups. As these religious institutions struggle to remain vital and relevant, there are plenty of books intended to help them, from houses across the spectrum, including professional publisher Jossey-Bass (now a unit of business publisher John Wiley), whose Religion in Practice line is five years old. Their Cracking Your Congregation's Code: Mapping Your Spiritual DNA to Create Your Future (Sept.) provides tools for pastors and congregants to set the stage for growth, both individual and communal. One church that seems already to have cracked the code is New York's Brooklyn Tabernacle, which boasts more than 6,000 members and a world-famous choir. Its pastor, Jim Cymbala, is also a bestselling author for Zondervan (Fresh Faith and Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire); his new title is The Life God Blesses. His wife, Carol Cymbala, director of the 275-member Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, has a first book, He's Been Faithful; both are September releases.
Speaking of The Prayer of Jabez, there are at least four responses to it coming this fall, proving once again that success draws both imitators and critics. Three of them—all entitled The Prayer of Jesus—come from Harper San Francisco, W Publishing Group and Barbour. The fourth is I Just Wanted More Land from Xulon Press, a new enterprise that bills itself as the Christian Xlibris or iUniverse. (Another publisher, Canon Press, released a parody, The Mantra of Jabez, in June.)
Judging by the number of biographies, autobiographies and memoirs on publishers' lists this season, the personal continues to be universal for many readers of religion and spirituality. One approach—no doubt encouraged by the bestseller status of Karen Armstrong's Buddha—has been to examine the teachings of a central figure of a world religion through the vehicle of biography. Oneworld (The Buddha: A Short Biography, Nov.) and Tuttle's Gotama Buddha, Volume 1: A Biography Based on the Most Reliable Texts, Dec.) both weigh in, and Armstrong's Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet (Harper SF) is coming in paperback in September. The Pulitzer Prize—winning God: A Biography (1995) really wasn't, of course, but author Jack Miles's newest is Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God (Knopf, Nov.), a philosophical and literary rumination on the significance of that founder of Christianity. (One subcategory in which there seems to be a significant increase in title output is philosophy of religion, with nearly three times as many titles submitted as in the spring.)
From spirituality to prayer, self-help to church growth, memoir to inspiration, biblical studies and social commentary, all of religion's multifarious subcategories once again offer solid choices during this season of turning.
Fall/Winter Religion Books
Compiled by Robert Dahlin and Charles Hix
The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Sept., $49) by Robert A.J. Gagnon argues against identifying love with affirmation of homosexual practice.
In a World Gone Mad: A Heroic Story of Love, Faith and Survival (Sept., $24) by Amy Hill Hearth tells the true story of two young Jewish people who survive WWII by masquerading as Christians. Ad/promo.
The Everything Saints Book: Discover the Lives of Saints Throughout History (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Ruth Rejnis depicts how the saints lived and what they said. $250,000 ad/promo.
Just Say Om!: Your Life's Journey (Sept., $7.95 paper) by Soren Gordhamer introduces the world of spirituality and meditation.
The Once and Future Church Collection (Oct., $45) by Loren B. Mead. The publisher's first hardcover collects three titles: The Once and Future Church, Transforming Congregations for the Future and Five Challenges for the Once and Future Church.
Love Is Stranger Than Death: The Mystical Union of Two Souls (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Cynthia Bourgeault. An Episcopal priest tells of her intense relationship with a 70-year-old Trappist monk and hermit. A Lindisfarne book.
Religion, Civil Society and Ethics (Oct.; $89.95, paper $29.95) by David Herbert probes interactions between religion, society, politics and ethics.
Mystical Experience of God (Nov.; $79.95, paper $29.95) by Jerome Gellman presents a case in favor of the experience's validity and its implications for belief in God.
AVE MARIA PRESS
The God Who Won't Let Go (Sept., $10.95 paper) by Peter van Breemen, S.J., is a reminder that in a world that seems temporary, the love of God is permanent.
Inviting God In: Scriptural Reflections and Prayers Throughout the Year (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Joyce Rupp encourages the impulse to stop and pray.
The New Encyclopedia of Martyrs (Oct., $29.99) by Mark Waters records Christian martyrdom over the last 2,000 years.
God Will Answer: 52 Meditations to Enrich Your Prayer Life (Nov., $15.99) by Ron Susek. Each chapter is designed to be read daily for a week so that concepts can be fully understood.
Handbook on the Historical Books (Sept., $32.99) by Victor P. Hamilton illuminates each Old Testament book by examining its content, structure and message. Advertising.
The Bible in Translation: Ancient and English Versions (Oct., $14.99 paper) by Bruce Metzger traces the history of biblical renditions. Advertising.
New Testament History: A Narrative Account (Nov., $26.99) by Ben Witherington III revisits the church's early years. Advertising.
The Altar of My Soul: The Living Traditions of Santeria (Sept., $14 paper) by Marta Moreno Vega. A priestess unveils the hidden roots of her religion. QPB, One Spirit Book Club selections.
Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind and Spirit (Nov., $16 paper) by Queen Afua synthesizes Afrocentric spirituality and alternative health. Black Expressions Book Club selection.
BAYLOR UNIV. PRESS
Critical Issues in American Religious History: A Reader (Nov., $29.95 paper) collects primary and secondary sources.
BEACON HILL PRESS
Words of Faith: An Easy Reference to Theological Terms (Oct., $12.99 paper) by Rob L. Staples defines 52 key terms that are part of the Christian heritage.
Leading in Times of Change (Nov., TBA) by Dale Galloway and Beeson Institute Colleagues offers guidelines for churches in transition.
Living with Loss, Healing with Hope (Nov., $18) by Rabbi Earl A. Grollman leads those who grieve to a new and hopeful life.
Proverbs of Ashes: Why Jesus's Death Didn't Save Us (Nov., $27.50) by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker stresses how an emphasis on Christ's obedience to God and sacrifice on the cross sanctions violence and blesses silence about abuse.
Proverbs: The Wisdom of Solomon (Sept., $16)by Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro. This new translation employs contemporary language. Author publicity.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Jan., $TBA) by Alistair Shearer. An expert on the art and architecture of southeast Asia translates these verses collected by the Indian sage in 300 B.C.
Maximize the Moment: God's Action Plan for Your Life (Oct., $12 paper) by T.D. Jakes uses biblical principles to overcome damaging relationships and fears.
Daily Word for Healing: Blessing Your Life with Messages of Hope and Renewal (Nov., $12.95 paper) by Colleen Zuck et al. comforts in times of trouble.
October Song (Oct., $11.99 paper) by Beverly Lewis. The short stories here feature characters from the author's novels. 125,000 first printing.
Where Two Seas Met (Oct., $11.99 paper) by Lynn Morris and Gilbert Morris. Cheney and Shiloh return in a new historical series in which they heal others around the world.
While Mortals Sleep (Oct., $11.99) by Jack Cavanaugh. In this novel set before WWII, a German pastor takes a stand against the Nazis.
Extreme Spirituality: Radical Journeys for the Inward Bound (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Tolly Burkan. Dr. Andrew Weil provides the foreword to this look at a more spiritual, less reactive response to suffering. 20,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
Spiritual Writing: From Inspiration to Publication (Oct., $16.95 paper) by Deborah Levine Herman offers advice on getting published. $15,000 ad/promo.
The Future of Christianity (Jan., paper $17.95) by Alister E. McGrath deals with the impact of postmodernity on Christianity and the shift in numerical strength from the West.
BRANDEIS UNIV. PRESS
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Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames: Women's Narratives from a Diaspora of Hope (Dec., $24.95) by Jael Silliman introduces four generations of Jewish women from Calcutta.
Good Eating: The Bible, Diet and the Proper Love of Animals (Oct., $21.99 paper) by Stephen H. Webb relates the role of diet to Christian discipleship. Advertising.
Growing Pains: Learning to Love My Father's Faith (Nov., $15.99) by Randall Balmer examines the challenges of handing down faith from one generation to another. Advertising.
Christianity Incorporated: How Big Business Is Buying the Church (Feb., $22.99 paper) by Michael L. Budde and Robert W. Brimlow cautions that spirituality in business can be distorted by the drive for profit.
BROADMAN & HOLMAN
Frequently Asked Questions: About the Christian Life (Sept., paper $7.99) by Ray Pritchard answers questions ranging from detailed theology to simple Biblical queries.
In Search of the Lost Mountains of Noah: The Discovery of the Real Mt. Ararat (Sept.) and In Search of the Lost Ark of the Covenant (Feb., $21.99 each) by Robert Cornuke and David Halbrook. Adventurer/explorer Cornuke searches to affirm to the world that the Bible is true.
Sacred Places, Civic Purposes: Should Government Help Faith-Based Charity? (Nov., paper $20.95), ed. by E.J. Dionne Jr. and Ming Hsu Chen, looks at what congregations are currently doing, and how government could help.
CAMBRIDGE UNIV. PRESS
The Bible and the Third World (Nov.; $64.95, paper $22.95) by R.S. Sugirtharajah chronicles how scriptures have fared in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America from pre- to post-colonial times.
CATHOLIC UNIV. OF AMERICA PRESS
Pius XII and the Holocaust: Understanding the Controversy (Jan., $19.95 paper) by José M. Sánchez summarizes the basic charges and defenses regarding the pope's actions.
First You Shave Your Head (Jan., $12.95 paper) by Geri Larkin is a lighthearted account of Buddhist practices and principles. 15,000 first printing.
A Time for Honor: A Portrait of African American Clergywomen (Sept., $19.99 paper) by Delores C. Carpenter combines denominational statistics and vignettes about female ministers.
The Inklings Handbook (Oct., $29.99) by Colin Duriez and David Porter focuses on the lives and writings of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield.
God's Smuggler: 35th Anniversary Edition (Oct., $12.99 paper) by Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill recalls a young Dutch factory worker's efforts to transport Bibles across closed borders.
Thank You, Holy Spirit: Meditations from Genesis to Revelation (Oct., $12.99 paper) by Marilyn Hecksher covers every biblical reference to the Holy Spirit.
The Maxims of Stephen of Muret (Nov., $27.95, paper $14.95), trans. by Deborah Doll, presents koan-like bits of advice written in the late 11th and early 12th centuries.
The Prayer Diet (Sept., $15.95) by Matthew Anderson teaches how the power of a special prayer can result in a slimmer body and better self-esteem.
The Truth of Catholicism: Ten Controversies Explored (Nov., $24) by George Weigel explains Catholic faith and practice today. 50,000 first printing.
Mystics, Masters, Saints, and Sages (Oct., $16.95 paper) by Robert Ullman and Judith Reichenberg-Ullman explores the spiritual awakenings of ancient and modern masters from a variety of religious traditions.
Living Big: Embrace Your Passion and Leap into an Extraordinary Life (Nov., $15.95 paper) by Pam Grout inspires readers through the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. 5-city author tour.
Christian Ethics in the Workplace (Oct., $19.99) by Raymond L. Hilgert et al. uncovers clear answers in God's word.
Out of the Shadows: Finding God's Truth in a World of Deception(Nov., $12.99) by John Thomas Lapacka relates the author's experiences as leader of the Worldwide Church of God and his conversion to orthodox Christian faith.
Heartstorming: The Way to a Purposeful Life (Oct., $19.95) by Father Paul Keenan. The director of Radio Ministry for the Archdiosese of New York tells readers how to rekindle their hearts and find a purpose in life.
Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh: Engaged Spirituality in an Age of Globalization (Sept., $22.95) by Robert H. King shows how the two men understood the relationship between contemplation and social action in the context of their respective religious traditions.
Christian Myth: Origins, Logic and Legacy (Oct, $25.95) by Burton L. Mack traces the author's intellectual evolution from an analyst of ancient texts to a scholar of the motives behind these works.
Dare to Trust, Dare to Hope Again: Living with Losses of the Heart (Sept., $12.99) by Kari West. Meditations for women remind them that God understands their grief.
See Dick and Jane Grow Up: Seven Growth Steps to Marital Maturity (Sept., $10.99 paper) by David Hawkins tackles the tough issues of selfishness and placing blame.
COOL GROVE PRESS
Disciples of the Buddha: Living Images of Meditation (Sept., $27.95, paper $16.95) by Robert Newman charts the background of the eight I-Chou Lohan statues uncovered by pirates in China.
COUNCIL OAK BOOKS
Fools Crow: Wisdom and Power (Sept., $16.95 paper) by Thomas E. Mails is an expanded edition of the book on the spiritual teachings of the Sioux holy man Frank Fools Crow.
J. COUNTRYMAN GIFT BOOKS
Bill & Gloria Gaither Present a Billy Graham Homecoming Celebration (Oct., $14.99) by Bill and Gloria Gaither. This tribute celebrating the songs that have surrounded Graham's crusades is a companion book to a video.
One Incredible Moment: Celebrating the Majesty of the Manger (Oct., $13.99) by Max Lucado shares inspirational insights into this sacred season.
Moments That Matter (Oct., $14.99) by Catherine Marshall contains writings and journal entries by the renowned author.
Zen Judaism: Teaching Tales by a Kabbalistic Rabbi (Oct., $14.95) by Rabbi Joseph Gelberman and Les Sussman collects short stories, fables and spiritual truths to instruct and entertain.
Finding Soul on the Path of Orisa: A West African Spiritual Tradition (Nov., $14.95) by Tobe Melora Correal. Orisa originated in southwestern Nigeria and applies to daily living.
The Christian Family Toolbox: 52 Benedictine Activities for the Home (Sept., $16.95 paper) by David Robinson suggests easy-to-follow practices for a richer family life.
Straight from the Heart: Reflections from 20th Century Mystics (Sept., $19.95), ed. by Dick Ryan, quotes such writers as Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton and Joan Chittister.
God's Plan for You (Sept., $15.99 paper) by J. I. Packer offers a biblical perspective on problems threatening a Christian's walk with God.
Disciplines of a Godly Woman (Oct., $17) by Barbara Hughes encourages godliness in the midst of life's daily responsibilities.
The New Joys of Yiddish (Sept., $35) by Leo Rosten. The classic work that sold 500,000 copies is updated by Lawrence Bush and illustrated by R.O. Blechman. Ad/promo.
The Promise of Immortality: The True Teaching of the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita (Sept., $24.95) by J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda) locates the unity in parallel passages of the two sacred works.
Abraham and Sons (Sept., $21.95) by Rabbi Seymour M. Panitz imagines family letters and memos to limn the lives of Ishmael, Isaac and Abraham.
American Exorcism: Expelling Demons in the Land of Plenty (Sept., $24.95) by Michael W. Cuneo visits the darker side of life.
Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church (Sept., $21.95) by Philip Yancey describes his search for an authentic faith.
A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus (Sept., $40) by John P. Meier details how Jesus consciously shaped a movement to rival other political and religious entities of his time.
I Like Being Married (Jan., $19.95) by Michael Leach and Therese Borchard celebrates the traditions and stories that make up wedded life.
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An Intelligent Person's Guide to Atheism (Oct., $21.95) by Daniel Harbour clarifies the issues involved in nonbelief.
WM. B. EERDMANS
Beyond "I Do": What Christians Believe About Marriage (Sept., $12 paper) by Douglas Brouwer crafts a fresh understanding of unions.
The Confessions of St. Augustine (Sept., $20) by Carolinne White offers translations accompanied by full-color artwork.
The Many Faces of Faith: A Guide to World Religions and Christian Traditions (Sept., $19) by Richard Losch surveys the most influential beliefs.
The Human Being: The Enigma of the Son of Man (Oct., $26) by Walter Wink looks into early Christology and the anthropology articulated in the Gospels.
Rediscovering Friendship: Awakening to the Power and Promise of Women's Friendships (Oct., $15) by Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel elaborates upon the adventure, consolation, love and political relevance of friendship.
Treasures from the Ark (Sept., $60) by Vrej Nersessian reproduces Armenian Christian art through the centuries.
African American Heritage Hymnal: 575 Hymns, Spirituals and Gospel Songs (Sept., $27.50), ed. by Delores Carpenter and Nolan E. Williams Jr., represents the repertoire of churches across America. 30,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.
Celtic Prayers to Guard and Guide You (Oct., $4.95), written and compiled by Lois Rock, illus. by Amanda Hall, gathers poetic prayers.
Simple Prayers of Love and Delight (Oct., $4.95) collects prayers from the Amish, Hutterite and Mennonite communities.
Physics of the Soul: The Quantum Book of Living, Dying, Reincarnation and Immortality (Sept., $22.95) by Amit Goswami compares spiritual and mystical traditions as well as individual experiences to determine what death really means.
All the World's a Stage (Oct., $22.95) by Dennis Weaver. The entertainer calls for personal transformation, spiritual growth and preservation of our natural world.
Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians (Oct., $24.95) by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy asserts that gospels deemed heretical by the Roman Church told of a marriage between a god and a goddess, represented in Christian tradition by Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Ad/promo. 9-city author tour.
There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem (Sept., $24) by Wayne W. Dyer promises that an omnipotent spiritual force is always at hand. 100,000 first printing.
Churches (Nov., $25) by Judith Dupre blends text and color photos to visit 65 houses of worship from six major denominations. 75,000 first printing.
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The Times Prayers and Readings for All Occasions (Sept., $24.95) by Owen Collins is suitable for weddings, funerals, christenings and more.
HARPER SAN FRANCISCO
A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith Is Dying and How a New Faith Is Being Born (Sept., $24) by John Shelby Spong suggests what a real Christian church should be today.
Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts (Sept., $29.95) by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed depicts the historical Jesus against the backdrop of his world.
The Best Spiritual Writing 2001 (Sept., $16 paper), ed. by Philip Zaleski, showcases a broad range of new perspectives.
My Journey: From an Iowa Farm to a Cathedral of Dreams (Nov., $26) by Robert H. Schuller is a personal story by the founder of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif. 100,000 first printing.
Being the Person God Made You to Be (Sept.) and Never Lose Heart (Sept., $14.99 each) are both by Joyce Meyer in the Gift Devotional series.
Distractions from Destiny (Jan., $12.99 paper) by Cheryl Salem exposes Satan's eight attempts to destroy her family's focus on God-given dreams after the death of her six-year-old daughter.
Dangerous Faith (Jan., $10.99) by John Fischer advocates a Christian faith surpassing the limitations of the Christian subculture.
Jerusalem: What's the Fighting All About? (Jan., $9.99) by Randall Price ventures behind the current headlines.
The Unrandom Universe (Jan., $9.99) by Sigmund Brouwer discloses how an exploration of science today tells about God.
Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Jack Canfield et al. honors the joys, sorrows and challenges of being Jewish.
The Get: A Spiritual Memoir of Divorce (Sept., $10.95 paper) by Elise Edelson Katch is a personal account of the ancient ritual of divorce requiring a woman to stand before an panel of Orthodox rabbis. A Simcha Press Book.
Teens Talkin' Faith: A Christian Perspective (Oct., $12.95 paper) by Michelle L. Trujillo. Heartfelt stories show that God provides strength in tough situations.
Let There Be Life: A Scientific and Poetic Retelling of the Genesis Creation Story (Sept., $18) by Robert Fripp applies our present knowledge of evolution to the first book of the Bible. Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the Ages (Sept., $20 paper) by Ursula King is a revised and updated look at both male and female figures.
Sacred Water: The Spiritual Source of Life (Feb., $18) by Nathaniel Altman identifies the cleansing, healing and instructive qualities of water.
HIMALAYAN INSTITUTE PRESS
At the Eleventh Hour: The Biography of Swami Rama (Sept., $24.95) by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait profiles the great sage of the Himalayas who mastered the practices of yoga. $60,000 ad/promo. Author tour.
Finding the Hidden Self: A Study of the Siva Sutras (Oct., $15.95 paper) by Roger Worthington newly translates the ancient Sanskrit scripture describing the creative principle behind the universe.
Ephesians: Believers in Church Bible Commentary (Oct., paper $24.99) by Tom Yoder Neufeld is for those who seek to more fully understand the original message of Scripture.
Praying Dangerously: Igniting the Inner Life (Oct., paper $14.95) by Regina Sara Ryan presents a case for "transformational prayer" which challenges polite and safe notions of "comfortable prayer."
Common Prayers: Faith, Family and a Christian's Journey Through the Jewish Year (Sept., $24) by Harvey Cox relates the experiences of this professor of theology at Harvard Divinity School who is married to a Jewish woman. Ad/promo. Traditions Book Club selection. 6-city author tour.
Humor for a Woman's Heart (Sept., $12.99 paper) is the second book in the Humor for the Heart series featuring stories from bestselling authors.
For Those Who Grieve (Jan., $14.99) by Dennis Jernigan offers hope for people in sorrowful times.
Hugs for Girlfriends (Jan., $11.99) by Philis Boultinghouse captures the joys and rewards of being a chum. 30,000 first printing.
Daily Guideposts 2002 (Sept., $19.95) by the Guideposts Editors. Stories by Marion Bond West, Ruth Stafford Peale and others respond to the theme of praying together. 50,000 first printing.
Guideposts Prayers for Christmas(Sept., $9.95) by the Ideals Editors collects prayers from Guideposts and from the Norman Vincent Peale Center. 50,000 first printing.
Cooking with the Saints: An Illustrated Treasury of Authentic Recipes Old and Modern (Sept., $29.95) by Ernst Schuegraf celebrates Catholic tradition with recipes from 21 countries.
Fulton J. Sheen: A Man for All Mediums(Oct., $24.95), ed. by Greg Ladd, is a coffee-table book with 125 photos from the Fulton Sheen archives.
Captive Flames(Oct., $12.95 paper) by Ronald Knox honors male and female saints who were "inflamed with the love of Christ."
INNER TRADITIONS INT'L
The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween: Celebrating the Dark Half of the Year (Sept., $14.95 paper) by Jean Markale examines the rituals of the Celtic holiday, Samhain, the inspiration for Halloween. $25,000 ad/promo.
The Tutankhamun Prophecies: The Sacred Secret of the Maya, Egyptians and Freemasons (Oct., $20 paper) by Maurice Cotterell reveals the common origins of the Egyptian and Mayan civilizations.
The Wisdom of Daughters: Two Decades of theVoice of Christian Feminism (Sept., $17.95 paper), ed. by Reta Halteman Finger and Kari Sandhaas, presents highlights from the magazine Daughters of Sarah.
Practicing Your Path: A Book of Retreats for an Intentional Life (Jan., $15.95 paper) by Holly W. Whitcomb. Seven at-home, one-day retreats focus on such classical spiritual disciplines as hospitality, prayer, fasting and sabbath.
Satan & the Problem of Evil: Constructing a Trinitarian Warfare Theodicy (Sept., $24.99 paper) by Gregory A. Boyd suggests an alternative understanding of the sovereignty of God and the reality of Satan that illuminates the fallen human condition.
God & Time: Four Views (Oct., $17.99 paper), ed. by Gregory E. Ganssle. Four philosophers tell how to understand God's relationship with the time-bound universe.
Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views (Nov., $15.99 paper), ed. by James K. Belby and Paul R. Eddy, conveys the thoughts of William Lane Craig, Paul Helm, Gregory A. Boyd and David Hunt.
Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner discusses the essence of belief for those whose tradition still traces its roots to Judaism. $20,000 ad/promo.
The Story of the Jews: A 4000-Year Adventure (Sept., $16.95 paper) by Stan Mack. Major individuals and events are recalled in an illustrated narrative.
The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterFaithFamily.com Handbook (Sept., $18.95 paper), ed. by Ronnie Friedland and Edmund Case, guides those who want to engage in a Jewish life and yet respect the heritage of those they love.
JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY
Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women (Nov., $24. 95) by Jill Hammer draws from the ancient tradition of midrash, weaving together rabbinic legends and imaginative interpretation.
JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot (Jan., $75) by Michael Fishbane. These readings from ancient Hebrew liturgy excerpt the Prophets and accompany Sabbath readings from the Torah.
Preparing Your Heart for Passover (Jan., $15.95 paper) by Kerry Olitzky defines the observance not only as a religious and social ritual but as a spiritual journey.
Best Contemporary Jewish Writing (Sept.; $27.50, paper $16.95), ed. by Michael Lerner, assembles the work of Naomi Wolf, William Safire, Sen. Joseph Lieberman and others.
Cracking Your Congregation Code: Mapping Your Spiritual DNA to Create Your Future (Oct., $23.95) by Richard Southern and Robert Norton points to God's plans for the future of the church.
Church on Sunday, Work on Monday: The Challenge of Fusing Christian Values with Business Life (Oct., $23.95) by Laura Nash and Scotty McLennan advises how business people can develop better resources within Christian communities.
Wisdom from a Pastor's Heart (Oct., $18.95) by Douglas Connelly. Hundreds of pastors provide enlightenment to meet life's challenges.
Miles Ahead: Devotions for Older Adults (Sept., $12 paper) by Carol Spargo Pierskalla. Fifty contributors share their diverse theological viewpoints.
Meet the Queen of Sheba: More Dramatic Portraits of Biblical Women (Oct., $14 paper) by Roseanne Gartner is a sequel to Meet Bathsheba.
Angry People in the Pews: Managing Anger in the Church (Dec., $14 paper) by Leroy Howe assesses the kind of anger that tears apart families and friendships.
Living a Life That Matters: Resolving the Conflict Between Conscience and Success (Sept., $22) by Harold S. Kushner counsels how to do well by doing good. 250,000 first printing. Ad/promo. BOMC, LG selections. 21-city author tour.
The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism (Sept., $27.95) by David I. Kertzer charges that the highest levels within the church nurtured a hatred that fed the Holocaust. 50,000 first printing. 7-city author tour.
Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God (Nov., $26) by Jack Miles considers Christ as a literary character and the New Testament as a work of art. 60,000 first printing. Advertising. 7-city author tour.
The First Christmas (Sept., $14.99) by Paul L. Maier blends historical information with full-color illustrations. Ad/promo.
St. Paul the Traveler and Roman Citizen (Nov., $22.99) by William M. Ramsay, ed. by Mark Wilson, is a classic work on the cities visited by the apostle Paul, supplemented with color illustrations showing the sites today. A Kregel Academic book. Ad/promo.
The Divine Indwelling: Centering Prayer and Its Development (Oct., $10 paper) by Thomas Keating et al. discusses the features and import of centering prayer and the contemplative outreach movement.
The Laws of the Sun(Oct., $12 paper) by Ryuho Okawa. The natural spiritual laws of the universe can help humans achieve happiness.
The Laws of Eternity(Oct., $12 paper) by Ryuho Okawa explains why the laws, dimensions and characteristics of other worlds are important to us.
The Celtic Vision: Prayers, Blessings, Songs and Invocations from the Gaelic Tradition (Nov., $14.95 paper), ed. by Ester de Waal, contains selections from Alexander Carmichael's Carmina Gadelica depicting saints as happy people.
Hallelujah for the Day: An African Prayer Book (Feb., $14.95 paper) by Anthony J. Gittins collects 150 prayers from 50 African societies.
Wit and Wisdom of the Saints: A Year of Saintly Humor (Feb., $14.95 paper), compiled by Victoria Hebert and Judy Bauer, introduces a full spectrum of holy people.
An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life (Sept., $22.95) by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, ed. by Nicholas Vreeland, is a guide to finding compassion and happiness.
Dictionary of Christian Biography (Sept., $69.95), ed. by Michael J. Walsh, has nearly 6,000 entries covering men and women from the past 2,000 years. A Michael Glazier book. $30,000 ad/promo.
The Glenstal Book of Prayer: A Benedictine Prayer Book (Sept., $17.95) by the Monks of Glenstal Abbey, Ireland, reflects the Celtic tradition in earthy, popular and devotional prayers. Ad/promo.
A Mystical Portrait of Jesus: New Perspectives on John's Gospel (Nov., $16.95 paper) by Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B., gives prominence to the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Sisters of the Dark Moon: 13 Rituals of the Dark Goddess (Oct. $12.95 paper) by Gail Wood is a guide to Wiccan ritual.
Mark of Voodoo (Jan., $21.95 paper) by Sharon Caulder is a personal account of the author's discovery of her African voodoo heritage and her spiritual awakening. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour.
Nocturnal Witchcraft (Feb., $14.95) by Konstantinos is a guide to practical techniques and rituals focusing on the darker mysteries of witchcraft. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour.
My Monastery Is a Minivan: 35 Stories from a Real Life (Sept., $14.95 paper) by Denise Roy celebrates the sacredness of family life.
Dante to Dead Man Walking: One Reader's Journey Through the Christian Classics (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Raymond Schroth, S.J., unites religious themes and contemporary key issues challenging the social conscience. Ad/promo.
When Hope Is Tried: Meditations for Those Who Are Ill and the People Who Love Them (Sept., $11.95 paper) by Carol Winters gathers scriptural passages, short prayers and suggested Bible readings.
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Brothers and Sisters (Sept., $21.95) by Frank Monaco collects photos of monks and nuns at work, at prayer and in the service of their communities.
Forgiveness: Stories of the Power of Letting Go (Nov., paper $13.95), ed. by Thomas Djya, includes work by Russell Banks, Raymond Carver and Jane Austen.
MERCER UNIV. PRESS
Amazing Grace in John Newton: Slave Ship Captain, Hymn Writer and Abolitionist (Sept., $35) by William E. Phipps is called the first biography of the man who wrote the famous hymn.
The Bloody Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience: Classics of Religious Liberty 2 (Jan., $27.95) by Roger Williams, ed. by Richard Groves, reprints the pamphlets setting forth Williams's views on church-state relations first published in 1643.
Banners for All Seasons (Sept., $19.95) by Joyce Pike and Anne Robinson includes designs for Advent, Christmas, Communion and many more occasions. A Contemporary Drama Service book.
ArtScroll Interlinear Sabbath Siddur (Sept., $29.99), ed. by Rabbi Menachem Davis, is an Orthodox prayerbook with an English translation beneath each Hebrew word or phrase. 15,000 first printing.
Modern Halachic Questions: Contemporary Issues for Home, School and Business (Sept.; $22.99, paper $19.99) by Rabbi Tzvi Spitz. A rabbinical court judge from Jerusalem shares questions, decisions and the Talmudic logic behind them.
Things I Learned on My Way to Heaven (Sept., $9.99 paper) by William L. Thrasher Jr. charts the author's spiritual journey. $20,000 ad/promo.
God Just Showed Up (Sept., $12.99 paper) by Linda Watkins compiles 19 uplifting stories by African-American authors. $20,000 ad/promo.
Choosing to Be Catholic: For the First Time (Or Once Again) (Oct., $12.95 paper) by William J. O'Malley, S.J., opens a dimension of faithful living that fosters an acceptance of God's abundant life.
Crossing Over: One Woman's Exodus from Amish Life (Nov., $18.95) by Ruth Irene Garrett with Rick Farrant. A woman breaks from her community, finding love and faith in a new life. 20,000 first printing.
Gifted by Otherness: Gay and Lesbian Christians in the Church (Sept., $16.95) by L. William Countryman and M.R. Ritley. Two Episcopal priests conclude that being gay or lesbian is not a problem for the church.
Celebrating the Saints: Devotional Readings for Saints' Days (Oct., $34.95), compiled by Robert Atwell and Christopher Webber, contains excerpts from letters, journals, speeches, prayers and poems written over the course of 2,000 years.
At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land (Sept., $25) by Yossi K. Halevi underscores a unifying strand of emotion and language that the three beliefs can share. 30,000 first printing. Author publicity.
This Far by Faith: Stories from the African-American Religious Experience (Feb., $30) by Juan Williams and Quinton Dixie. This tie-in to a six-part PBS-TV series sheds light on lives and struggles over the last 200 years. 50,000 first printing.
The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me (Oct., $14.99) by Lisa Whelchel. The child star from TV's The Facts of Life gives a personal account of learning from God.
Jesus Talks with Buddha (Oct., $9.99) by Ravi Zacharias. Spokesmen from the world's religions gather at a mythical river to debate the nature of God.
Riding Through Shadows (Oct., $11.99 paper) by Sharon Ewell Foster spins a poignant story of an African-American girl's travails and joys during the 1960s.
The Prayer of Jabez Gift Edition (Jan., $16.99) by Bruce Wilkinson is embellished with illustrations by Michael Dudash.
The Many Loves of Marriage (Jan., $22.99) by Thomas and Nanette Kinkade. The artist and his wife offer fresh and radical ideas for keeping a marriage strong.
The Journey (Oct.) and Entrepreneurs of Life (Oct., $16 each paper) by Os Guinness are new entries in the Trinity Forum Study series. 17,000 first printing each.
Christian Coaching (Jan., $23) by Gary Collins helps people achieve their potential by moving toward wholeness and growth. 16,500 first printing.
A Gift of Love (Sept., $16.99) by Charles Stanley centers on God's love for us.
Experiencing His Presence (Oct., $19.99) by Tommy Tenney. The author invites readers to explore and apply the concepts of The God Catchers in a devotional setting.
In the Secret Place of the Most High (Oct., paper $13.99) by Cynthia Heald is a guide to seeking God's voice through His word.
Praying God's Will for Your Life (Oct., $12.99) by Stormie Omartian provides a 20-day prayerful walk to spiritual well-being.
The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player (Jan., $17.99) by John Maxwell offers advice on how to develop better players from the inside out.
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Simply Bonaventure: An Introduction to His Life, Thought and Writings (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Ilia Delio, O.S.F., combines primary sources and critical commentaries on the medieval Franciscan thinker.
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Seeking Wisdom: Preparing Yourself to Be Mentored (Oct., $12.99 paper) by Tricia Scribner and Edna Ellison equips women with practical advice.
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Through the Eyes of a Champion (Sept., $19.95) by Jeff Kinley limns Brandon Burlsworth, a young man of character, who triumphed in football before tragedy struck. 30,000 first printing.
When Mothers Touch Heaven (Oct., $13.99) by Joy Haney. The prayers are answered for mothers who never gave up on their children.
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Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor (Oct., $22.95) by Joseph Campbell inaugurates the publisher's new Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series with these previously uncollected essays and lectures.
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Paths from Science Towards God (Oct., $16.95 paper) by Arthur Peacocke is said to break new ground in the science-religion debate.
The Wisdom of Sufism (Oct., $15.95) by Leonard Lewisohn anthologizes poetry and prose, including that of Rumi.
The Buddha: A Short Biography (Nov., $15.95 paper) by John S. Strong focuses on what the life of Siddhartha Gautama means to Buddhists today.
Jesus: A Gospel (Sept., $20) by Henri Nouwen travels from the Annunciation to the Resurrection with art by Rembrandt. 15,000 first printing. Advertising.
Jesus Through Jewish Eyes: Rabbis and Scholars Engage an Ancient Brother in a New Conversation (Sept., $20 paper), ed. by Beatrice Bruteau. Rabbis Lawrence Kushner, Michael Lerner and others consider the Jewish Jesus both personally and historically.
God Moments: Why Faith Really Matters to a New Generation (Sept., $17 paper) by Jeremy Langford identifies the best aspects of Catholicism.
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Dictionary of Patron Saints' Names (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Thomas W. Sheehan proves that virtually every name on the planet has a Catholic connection.
Beyond the Birds and the Bees (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Gregory K. Popcak enables parents to nurture their children's developing sexuality respectfully.
Catholic Family Prayer Book (Sept., $24.95) by Jacquelyn Lindsey presents a wealth of traditional prayers.
The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation (Oct., $13.95) by Frederica Mathewes-Green makes the early church's spirituality pertinent for today's Christians. 15,000 first printing.
Eternal Wisdom from the Desert: Writings of the Desert Fathers (Oct., $14.95 paper), ed. by Henry L. Carrigan Jr., gathers thoughts by fourth-century men and women who fled to the desert seeking lives of purity.
Doors into Prayer: An Invitation (Nov., $13.95) by Emilie Griffin speaks to such subjects as wonder, longing, contemplation and discouragement.
Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the Ages (Sept., $20 paper) by Ursula King ushers in 60 men and women whose devotion to God transformed their times.
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The Spiritual Franciscans: From Protest to Persecution in the Century After Saint Francis (Dec., $45) by David Burr is a history of this protest movement within the Franciscan order during the late 13th century.
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Season of Light (Sept., $14.99) by John Beilenson looks at how Christians throughout history have celebrated the birth of the Savior; includes CD of traditional carols.
And Jabez Called on God: Blessings for Abundance in Everyday Life (Nov., $4.95) by by Sarah M. Hupp compiles modern-day stories that offer new insights into the Prayer of Jabez.
Strength in the Struggle: Leadership Development for Women (Sept., $12 paper) by Vashti Murphy McKenzie is aimed at women seeking new directions in personal and professional growth.
Our Daughter Martha: A Family Struggles with Coming Out (Sept., $10 paper) by Marcy Clements Hendrikson. When Martha says she is a lesbian, her family tries to accept her orientation.
Be Not Afraid: Life, Death and Eternity (Sept., $12 paper) by Johann Christoph Arnold offers insights on dealing with uncertainty, loss and grief.
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas (Oct., $15), ed. by Plough Publishing House, assembles selections from great spiritual leaders to prepare for the holiday.
Jesus on Leadership (Oct., $22.95) by Russell W. Gough tells how to capture the power of the first servant leader.
Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church, a 2,000 Year History (Nov., $29.95) by H.W. Crocker III defends the church against an onslaught of recent abuse.
PRINCETON UNIV. PRESS
One True God: Historical Consequences of Monotheism (Oct., $TBA) by Rodney Stark explains how the great monotheisms of Christians, Jews and Muslims have shaped the past and created a modern world.
The Song of Taliesin: Tales from King Arthur's Bard (Oct., $19.95 paper) by John Matthews gathers lyrical stories steeped in ancient Celtic myth, story and song. Ad/promo.
Pilgrimage: Twenty Journeys to Inspire the Soul (Oct., $35.95) by David Souden ventures to sacred places across the globe in text and photos. Ad/promo.
Spiritual Genius (Jan., $25) by Winifred Gallagher uses the stories of 11 people who might be called saints, gurus or holy ones to examine the concept of "spiritual genius." Ad/promo.
The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Bed Clifford (Sept., $16.95 paper) by Lon Milo DuQuette takes a humorous but practical approach to learning the classic mystical system.
13 Lessons for Pleasing the Divine: A Witch's Primer (Oct., $29.95 paper) by Lady Raya is an interactive introduction to Wicca that includes password access to a cyber coven.
Spirit Maps (Oct., $19.95 paper) by Joanna Arettam combines inspirational art with meditations harnessing the energy around us. 15,000 first printing.
The Unquenchable Worshiper (Sept., $12.99) by Matt Redman issues a passionate call for a return to a worship lifestyle.
On Daddy's Shoulders (Oct., $8.99 paper) by Tommy Tenney and Amie Dockery helps one generation pass on God's legacy to the next.
Patrick the Pilgrim Apostle of Ireland (Feb., $25) by Maire B. de Paor considers the most recent research in tracing the saint's spiritual journey. 15,000 first printing.
FLEMING H. REVELL
Fall in Love, Stay in Love (Sept., $18.99) by Willard F. Harley Jr. promises couples that they can find love everlasting.
The Narrow Road: Stories of Those Who Walk This Road Together(Oct., $16.99 paper) by Brother Andrew et al. The complete text of God's Smuggler is accompanied by a CD single, "This Road" by Jars of Clay.
I Cherish You: Wisdom from His Needs, Her Needs(Jan., $12.99) by Willard F. Harley Jr. promotes relationship-enriching concepts and principles.
Who Moved My Church (Sept., $17.99) by Mike Nappa dares church attendees to explore the church's position in today's culture. 60,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
E-mail from God for Kids (Sept.) by Claire Cloninger and Andy Cloninger; E-mail from God for Women (Sept.) by Claire Cloninger; and E-mail from God for Men (Sept., $12.99 each) by Andy Cloninger are new additions to the bestselling series. 50,000 first printing for Kids; 40,000 for Women; 15,000 for Men.
Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames (Sept., $23.95) by Thich Nhat Hanh supplies counsel to quash an emotion that can ruin one's health.
Benedict's Dharma: Buddhists Reflect on the Rule of Saint Benedict (Sept., $23.95), ed. by Patrick Henry, includes the thoughts of Norman Fischer and Joseph Goldstein.
Good Life, Good Death: Tibetan Wisdom on Reincarnation (Oct., $23.95) by Rinpoche Nawang Gehlek instructs on life, death and finding happiness today. 15-city author tour.
Mystics of the Christian Tradition (Sept.; $75, paper $19.95) by Steven Fanning spans two millennia to cover the lives and deeds of nearly 100 men and women.
Faith in Science: Scientists Search for Truth (Oct.; $50, paper $15.95), ed. by W. Mark Richardson and Gordy Slack, eases the adversarial relationship between the two realms.
Religion and Its Monsters (Nov.; $85, $19.95 paper) by Timothy K. Beal reports that fiends lurking in religious texts and religion itself are irrevocably entwined. Ad/promo.
ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
Called to Marriage: Journeying Together Toward God (Sept., $6.95 paper) by Carol Luebering submits that a spousal union can help fulfill spiritual longings as well.
Woman, You Are Free: A Spirituality for Women in Luke(Sept., $9.95 paper) by Susan Yanos views what liberation means for women personally, socially and spiritually.
In Defense of Sin (Sept., $23.95), ed. by John Portmann, features great writing on transgressions large and small: Swift on murder, Wilde on deceit, Freud on breaking the golden rule and more.
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Jewish Origins of Christianity (Sept., $27.95) by Carsten Peter Thiede postulates that Christianity originated as a Jewish movement, not a fundamentally new religion.
ST. MARY'S PRESS
Guided Meditations on God's Reign: Benevolence, Kingdom Now, Sharing, New Jerusalem (Oct., $11.95) by Jane E. Ayer is the newest title in the A Quiet Place Apart series.
ST. VLADIMIR'S SEMINARY PRESS
On God and Man: The Theological Poetry of Gregory Nazianzen (Sept., $10.95 paper) by Peter Gilbert translates the work of a fourth-century Eastern Christian bishop.
St. Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography (Sept.; $35.99, paper $22.95) by John McGuckin concerns the Cappadocian priest who sought to unify the church.
Scripture in Tradition: The Bible and Its Interpretation in the Orthodox Church (Sept., $17.95 paper) by John Breck stresses the links among Scripture, the Gospel message and Orthodox Patristic exegesis.
God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita -- Royal Science of God-Realization (Sept., $22 paper) by Paramahansa Yogananda is the first paperback edition in two volumes. 24,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Healing Prayer: Spiritual Pathways to Health and Wellness (Sept., $8.99 paper) by Barbara Shlemon Ryan. A registered nurse recounts her experiences with prayers that heal illness or injury.
City-Wide Prayer Movements: One Church, Many Congregations (Oct., $10.99 paper) by Tom White pursues a unification of Christians for regional prayer.
Prayers Jesus Prayed (Feb., $9.99 paper) by Timothy Paul Jones lets readers grasp the powerful truths found in the conversations Jesus had with God.
SHADOW MOUNTAIN PRESS
The Kingdom and the Crown, Vol. 2: Come Unto Me (Oct., $26.95) by Gerald N. Lund. The second book in a series of dramatic accounts of Christ's ministry, as seen through the eyes of those who would follow him. 75,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Also available in audio ($39.95 set of 16 cassettes).
Rebekah, Woman of Genesis (Nov., $22.95) by Orson Scott Card. This second book of a trilogy about Old Testament women tells how the wife of Isaac finds her own relationship with God.
Making Sense of Suffering (Sept., $15.95) by Wayne Brickey offers help for times of suffering, with reassurance that God will comfort and console. 18,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (Sept., $21.95) by Pema Chödrön nurtures a compassionate heart and an enlightened mind. 40,000 first printing.
Classics of Buddhism and Zen, Vol. 1 (Nov., $40) by Thomas Cleary launches an eight-volume set.
Our Immoral Soul: A Manifesto of Spiritual Disobedience (Dec., $21.95) by Rabbi Nilton Bonder muses on the human impulse to disobey and transgress in the quest for spiritual growth.
SHEED & WARD
The Friendship of Women: A Spiritual Tradition (Sept., $17.95 paper) by Joan Chittister explores the sacred dimension of friendship through the lens of faith, tradition, Scripture and the experience of women.
My Love: A Prayer Journal (Sept., $14.95 paper) by Andrew Greeley continues the author's quest to reveal the God of love, understanding and forgiveness by sharing his most intimate joys, fears, challenges and hopes.
Wisdom: The Feminine Face of God (Sept., $24.95) by Daniel Berrigan continues the author's series of spiritual and social commentaries with an original reading of the Wisdom of Solomon.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
The Christmas Box Miracle: A Spiritual Journey of Destiny, Healing & Hope (Oct., $18.95) by Richard Paul Evans recounts the author's spiritual journey and the stories of people whose lives were changed by The Christmas Box. 500,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 18-city author tour.
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Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life (Sept., $16) by Scott W. Alexander offers suggestions for making life more satisfying.
The Geography of Faith: Underground Conversations on Religious, Political and Social Change (Sept., $16.95 paper) by Robert Coles and Daniel Berrigan. This anniversary edition is updated for a new generation.
Releasing the Creative Spirit: Unleash the Creativity in Your Life (Sept., $16.95 paper) by Dan Wakefield develops creative power through the pursuit of clarity in body, mind and spirit.
Come & Sit: A Week Inside Meditation Centers (Oct., $16.95 paper) by Marcia Z. Nelson demystifies seven different spiritual traditions.
Answers: Discussions with Western Buddhists (Sept., $12.95 paper) by the Dalai Lama exhibits insights into psychology, Christianity, spiritual teachers and reincarnation.
Working with Anger (Oct., $12.95 paper) by Thubten Chodron empowers by disempowering anger.
SOPHIA INSTITUTE PRESS
Ugly As Sin: Why They Changed Our Churches from Sacred Places to Meeting Spaces -- and How We Can Change Them Back Again (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Michael S. Rose charges that new Catholic churches are eyesores.
The Saints: Real Models for Real People (Dec., $15.95 paper) by Joseph Esper. The lives of the saints help readers approach their own lives with greater ease.
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As You Grieve: Consoling Words from Around the World (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Aaron Zerah gathers comfort from Native Americans, Africans, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Moslems, Hindus and others.
Silent Hope: Living with the Mystery of God (Sept., $12.95 paper) by John Kirvan. Fifty meditations and prayers are rooted in the wisdom of Christian, Jewish and Islamic mystics.
Mark: God's Word for the Biblically-Inept (Sept., $17.99 paper) by Scott Pinzon. The story of the adult Jesus brings the Gospel to life.
Stories for the Spirit-Filled Believer: Remarkable Encounters with the Holy Spirit (Nov., $13.99 paper), ed. by Cristine Bolley, contains real-life testimonies by those chosen to be God's messenger.
STATE UNIV. OF NEW YORK PRESS
Nietzsche, Metaphor, Religion (Sept., $21.95 paper) by Tim Murphy is a radically antifoundationalist reading of Nietzsche's philosophy of religion.
The Journey of One Buddhist Nun (Oct., $19.95 paper) by Sid Brown is an account of a young Thai woman's struggles to become a nun.
Megiddo (Sept., $13.99 paper) by Paul Crouch with Cynthia Cirile is a sequel to the film Omega Code in which God battles evil in the final days. 20,000 first printing.
Taking Our Cities for God (Sept., $13.99 paper) by John Dawson tears down roadblocks that hold families in bondage to Satan.
The Leading Edge (Nov., $17.99) by Jack Hayford offers 40 sage nuggets to help readers build leadership skills.
JEREMY P. TARCHER
God Is No Laughing Matter: Observations and Objections on the Spiritual Path (Oct., $13.95 paper) by Julia Cameron helps readers re-focus on their spiritual experience and recognize true inspiration.
God and the Evolving Universe: The Next Step in Personal Evolution (Jan., $24.95) by James Redfield and Michael Murphy explains how human progress has led to a time in which acts of self-development contribute to planetary evolution as well as expanded personal abilities.
The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders (Feb., $24.95) by Jacob Needleman looks at American history through the lens of the spiritual vision and beliefs of the founders.
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The Hand of God: Thoughts and Images Reflecting the Spirit of the Universe (Sept., $15.95 paper), ed. by Michael Reagan, reproduces photos from the Hubble Space Telescope accompanied by the words of scientists, poets and theologians. 36,000 first printing.
Words of Gratitude for Mind, Body and Soul (Oct., $12.95) by Robert A. Emmons and Joanna Hill. Research shows the positive benefits of expressing gratefulness.
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The Cult of Ra: Sun-Worship in Ancient Egypt (Nov., $29.95) by Stephen Quirke explains just how central the sun and its cult were to kingship and personal belief.
The Art of Living (Sept., $22.95) by the Dalai Lama combines basic Buddhist teachings with images of the Dalai Lama, Tibetan people and landscapes of Nepal and Tibet. 75,000 first printing. Advertising.
The Bridge of Stars (Sept., $24.95) by Marcus Braybrooke is a full-color book of 365 prayers from around the world. 75,000 first printing. One Spirit Book Club selection.
Black Angels: The Art and Spirituality of Ethiopia (Sept., $9.95) by Richard Marsh follows the art of Ethiopian Christians back to the fourth century.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama: In My Own Words (Sept., $13.95), compiled by Mary Craig, distills the leader's teachings.
Jesus: In My Own Words (Sept., $13.95), comp. by Teresa de Bertodano, is arranged according to themes in the Lord's Prayer.
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Christmas Unwrapped: Consumerism, Christ and Culture (Sept., $20) by Richard Horsley and James Tracy discusses the ways in which the holiday has become such a huge commercial event.
Exploring Christianity: The Bible, Faith and Life (Oct., $13) by James Howell answers questions about the nature of Christian faith and the meaning of its doctrine.
The Trinity Guide to the Bible (Oct., $24) by Richard H. Hiers provides access to every book of the Old Testament, New Testament and Apocrypha, letting readers draw their own conclusions.
Teaching of the Great Mountain: The Zen Teachings of Maezumi Roshi (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi, ed. by Steven Proskauer, is the first collection of talks given by the founder of the Zen Center of Los Angeles.
Simple Tibetan Buddhism: A Guide to Tantric Living (Nov., $12.95 paper) by C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins enlightens the reader about the belief's history, culture and practice.
Jizo Bodhisattva: Modern Healing and Traditional Buddhist Practice (Jan., $34.95) by Jan Chozen Bays probes Jizo practice to show how meditation can ease the grief of those who have lost loved ones.
How to Discover Your Personal Mission (Oct.) and How to Love Again (Oct., $12.95 paper each) by John Monbourquette aim to bring personal satisfaction and solace.
Food and Love (Sept., $19.99) by Gary Smalley makes the connection between healthy living and healthy relationships. 100,000 first printing. $300,000 ad/promo.
Desecration (Oct., $24.99) by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye is number nine in the Left Behind series. 3 million first printing. Ad/promo.
Perhaps Today (Oct., $14.99) by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins contains 90 daily devotional meditations based on the Left Behind series. 150,000 first printing.
Bringing Up Boys (Nov., $19.97) by James Dobson issues advice and encouragement. 100,000 first printing. $300,000 ad/promo.
A Faithful Heart: Preparing for the High Holidays (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Benjamin Levy is a study text based on the Midrash Ma'aseh Avraham Avinu. Ad/promo.
Mishlei: A Modern Commentary on Proverbs (Nov., $12.95 paper), ed. by Leonard S. Kravitz and Kerry M. Olitzky, is a new user-friendly translation that also gives the full Hebrew text. Ad/promo.
Einstein and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings (Sept., $19) by Thomas J. McFarlane reveals many similarities between the thinking of 20th-century physicists and ancient sages. 15,000 first printing.
Jesus and Moses: The Parallel Sayings (Nov., $19) by Joey Green demonstrates the strong Jewish influence on Jesus. 15,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
What Would Buddha Do? (Feb., $9.95 paper) by Franz Metcalf applies Buddhist thought to everyday spiritual dilemmas. 20,000 first printing.
I of the Storm: Embracing Conflict, Creating Peace (Sept., $13.95 paper) by Gary Simmons goes beyond merely managing life's difficulties.
Smack in the Middle of Life: True Stories and Blessed Aha's (Oct., $13.95 paper) by Peggy Treibar proffers spiritual principles to deal with real-life situations.
UNIV. OF TENNESSEE PRESS
Recalling Religions: Resistance, Memory and Cultural Revision in Ethnic Women's Literature (Sept., $27) by Peter Kerry Powers illustrates how religious traditions enable such writers as Alice Walker and Cynthia Ozick to sustain their communities in the face of oppression.
The Night of the Child: Photographs from the Upper Room Museum Collection (Sept., $25) by Robert Benson reflects on the birth of Jesus and the crèches inspired by the event. 20,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.
Forgiveness, the Passionate Journey: Healing Through Jesus' Beatitudes (Oct., $11 paper) by Flora Slosson Wuellner recognizes the ways of relating to others as well as to oneself.
Saint Augustine's Childhood, Confessions (Sept., $23.95) translated by Garry Wills. The author of Saint Augustine, the biography, interprets the Christian philosopher's seminal work.
Breaking Faith: The Pope, the People, and the Fate of Catholicism (Sept., $24.95) by John Cornwell. The author of Hitler's Pope claims that Pope John Paul II has led the Catholic Church to the brink of schism and suggests how it can survive in the 21st century.
The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People (Oct., $24.95) by Jonathan Kirsch offers a journey through Jewish history that explores the question "Who is a Jew?"
Hometown Legend (Sept., $24.95) by Jerry B. Jenkins is a novel of small-town hope and reconciliation, a modern-day David vs. Goliath story.
Mending Your Heart in a Broken World: Finding Comfort in the Scriptures (Sept., $16.95) by Patsy Clairmont offers inspiration to those scarred by life.
Between the Lines: Nine Principles to Live By (Sept., $18.95) by Orel Hershiser with Robert Wolgemuth uses stories from the pitcher's remarkable career to illustrate nine personal and professional values.
The Broken Hearth (Sept., $22.95) by William J. Bennett responds to modern-day attacks on the traditional nuclear family.
Long Journey Home (Sept., $19.95) by Os Guinness. A map of the road already taken by fulfillment seekers can guide readers to meaning and purpose today.
Mad Mary (Sept., $19.95) by Liz Curtis Higgs. Mary Magdalene is the primary figure in this story of deliverance and devotion.
Growing True Disciples & the Power of Team Leadership (Oct., $19.95) by George Barna assists pastors in assessing how their churches perform as disciple-makers.
Asking About Zen: 108 Answers (Sept., $14.95 paper) by Jiho Sargent. An American Zen priest presiding over a temple in Japan writes a user-friendly introduction.
What Is the Sangha? (Oct., $19.95 paper) by Sangharakshita. An exploration of the Buddhist spiritual community considers individuality as well.
WESTMINSTER/JOHN KNOX PRESS
A Brief Guide to Beliefs (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Linda Edwards defines what people believe and their reasons for believing it.
The Gospel According to The Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Mark I. Pinsky delves into the religious aspects of Bart, Homer and the rest of the TV show's characters and the moral dilemmas they face.
Simple Grace: A Mentor's Guide to Growing Older (Sept., $14.95) by Malcolm Boyd. Such themes as learning, remembering, simplifying and maturing are flavored by the 78-year-old Episcopal priest's own experiences.
African Religions in Trinidad (Oct., $19.95 paper) by Frances Henry illustrates the effects that these credos have on the island's popular culture.
Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations (Sept., $16.95 paper), ed. by Josh Bartok, ranges from ancient sages to modern teachers.
Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young Buddhists (Oct., $16.95 paper), ed. by Sumi Loundon, anthologizes writings of a new generation raised in the West.
The Compassionate Life (Oct., $19.95) by the Dalai Lama conveys his teachings on altruism and ultimate happiness.
The Prayer of Jesus (Sept., $9.99) by Hank Hanegraaff proposes a radically life-changing spiritual adventure. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
Turn My Mourning into Dancing (Sept., $16.99) by Henri Nouwen. These previously unpublished writings confront the suffering, grief and hurt within everyone. 25,000 first printing.
Virtues of Leadership (Sept., $14.99) by William Bennett profiles the true leader each of us is meant to be. 50,000 first printing.
Traveling Light (Oct., $21.99) by Max Lucado. A new look at Psalm 23 asks readers to drop the baggage they were never intended to bear. 500,000 first printing. $300,000 ad/promo.
Thin Within (Dec., $22.99) by Judy and Arthur Halliday takes a grace-oriented approach to permanent weight loss. 75,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.
He's Been Faithful: Trusting God to Do What Only He Can Do (Sept., $19.99) by Carol Cymbala with Ann Spangler. Cymbala, choir director for the Brooklyn Tabernacle, testifies as to what God can do when we admit our powerlessness.
The Life God Blesses: The Secret of Enjoying God's Favor (Sept., $9.99) by Jim Cymbala with Stephen Sorenson. The pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle tells how to delight in the Lord, making life a channel of blessing.
How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth (Oct., $19.99) by Henry Cloud and John Townsend directs readers toward a Christ-like maturity.
The Kingdom Assignment: What Will You Do with the Talents God Has Given You? (Nov., $12.99) by Denny and Leesa Bellesi discloses what happened when a church gave its members $100 to invest in God's kingdom.