Category Close-Ups

Spring/Summer Religion Books
Compiled by Robert Dahlin -- 2/19/01

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Science, experience and praxis from
Brazos, Vintage and California.
Second Opinion
(Mar., $12 paper) by Bruce Hilton considers such bi thical issues as physician-assisted suicide and artificial life support.
What Have We Learned: The Best Thinking on Congregational Life (Apr., $22 paper) by Lyle Schaller surveys the past 40 years of religious life in North America and finds that the next 40 offer more reason for hope than worry.

Let the Whole Church Say Amen! (June, $18 paper) by Laurence Hull Stookey aims to relieve the anxiety felt by inexperienced leaders of public prayer.

God Is My CEO: Following God's Principles in a Bottom-Line World
(Apr., $19.95) by Larry Julian advises how to incorporate spirituality and religion into the workplace. 50,000 first printing.

Heaven and Beyond: Conversations with Souls in Transition (Apr., $14.95) by Barbara Mark and Trudy Griswold interprets life and death through angelic communicators. 30,000 first printing.

Difficult Conversations: Taking Risks, Acting with Integrity
(Mar., $13 paper) by Katie Day encourages connections within congregations through better communication.

Beyond the Worship Wars: Building Vital and Faithful Worship (Apr., $16 paper) by Thomas G. Long addresses the tension between a movement toward liturgical tradition and the unchurched individuals seeking spirituality who don't understand such worship.

Conflict Management in Congregations (May, $19 paper), ed. by David B. Lott, collects advice from many key thinkers.

Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus
(Mar., $14 paper) by Thomas Cahill is the third book in his seven-volume Hinges of History series. 125,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.

Praying with Katie: God, My Cat and Me
(Apr., $12.95) by Don Holt discovers new ways to experience God. 50,000 first printing.

According to Luke: The Gospel of Compassion and Love Revealed
(Apr., $16.95 paper) by Rudolf Steiner is an accessible lecture cycle. $15,000 ad/promo.

Reverse Ritual: Spiritual Knowledge Is True Communion (Apr., $16.95 paper) by Rudolf Steiner and Friedrich Benesch compares various ritual forms. Ad/promo.

Kabbalistic Writings on the Nature of Masculine and Feminine
(May, $40) by Susan Schneider annotates texts dealing with relationships between men and women. Advertising. Jewish Book Club selection.

The Rainbow Covenant: Torah and the Seven Universal Moral Laws of Judaism (Aug., $40) by Michael Dallen identifies the seven laws for all of humanity. Advertising. Jewish Book Club selection.

The Structure of the High Holiday Services (Aug., $40) by Stephen R. Schach presents a detailed analysis of the rites. Advertising. Jewish Book Club selection.

Why Should I Stand Behind a Mechitzah When I Could Be a Prayer Leader: Traditional Judaism for the Modern Woman (Aug., $30) by Marina Goodman covers the major issues concerning women in traditional Jewish life. Advertising. Jewish Book Club selection.

Finding Your Way After Your Child Dies
(Mar., $11.95 paper) by Phyllis Vos Wezeman and Kenneth R. Wezeman. Fifty-two themes help parents acknowledge their loss and express their feelings.

The Jesus Advantage: A New Approach to a Fuller Life (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Paul J. Donoghue proposes that in the midst of self-help bestsellers, people with Christian roots rediscover Jesus as a model for wholeness.

Hidden Springs of Hope: Finding God in the Desert of Suffering (Apr., $9.95 paper) by Mary Caswell Walsh. The therapist, counselor and hospital chaplain recalls people who have "blossomed in the desert."

Never Let It End: P ms of a Lifelong Love
(Apr., $12.99) by Ruth Bell Graham provides a glimpse of the relationship between the writer and her husband, Billy.

True Believers (July, $10.99 paper) by Linda Dorrell. In this novel, a woman doing charitable work in the 1950s rural South encounters family conflict and racism.

Waiting for Morning: Hearing God's Voice in the Darkness (July, $13.99) by Cindy Crosby affirms God's hope and guidance in the natural world.

And Then I Had Teenagers: Encouragement for Parents of Teens and Preteens (Aug., $12.99 paper) by Susan Alexander Yates counsels parents while also considering the perspectives and needs of teens.

Origins of Difference: The Gender Debate Revisited
(Apr., $13.99 paper) by Elaine Storkey constructs a framework for understanding the differences between men and women. Advertising.

God So Loved the World: A Christology for Disciples (June, $16.99 paper) by Jonathan R. Wilson shows how Jesus Christ demonstrates the love of God in the New Testament. Advertising.

Memoirs of Pontius Pilate
(Mar., $10 paper) by James R. Mills is an historical novel illuminating Christianity's beginnings. Ad/promo.

Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science & the Biology of Belief (Apr., $24.95) by Andrew Newberg, M.D., et al. uses high-tech imaging techniques to prove that the religious impulse is rooted in the biology of the human brain. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour.

Barefoot on Holy Ground: Twelve Lessons in Spiritual Craftsmanship
(May, $14.95 paper) by Gloria D. Karpinski promotes a course of living consciously every day.

The Jesus Sutras: Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity (Aug., $24.95) by Martin Palmer. Scriptures 1,000 years old that were found in remote areas of China disclose how the teachings of Jesus were incorporated into Eastern practices. Ad/promo.

The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
(July, $16), intro. by Forrest Church, demonstrates Thomas Jefferson's attempt to edit the gospels to find the essence of true religion.

Resurrecting Grace: Remembering Catholic Childhoods (Aug., $23), ed. by Marilyn Sewell. Contributors include Louise Erdrich, Frank McCourt and Tobias Wolff.

Daily Word for Families: Linking My Heart with Those I Love
(Mar., $12.95 paper) by Colleen Zuck et al. collects prayers, meditations and stories--by Naomi Judd, Bob Barker, June Allyson and more--to help families grow closer.

The DNA of God?: Newly Discovered Secrets of the Shroud of Turin (June, $12.95 paper) by Dr. Leoncio A. Garza-Valdes questions the source of blood remnants discovered on the shroud.

The Wisdom of Solomon at Work: Ancient Virtues for Living and Leading Today
(May, $20) by Charles C. Manz et al. examines the powerful intersection between spiritual wisdom and work life.

Dana's Valley
(Apr.; $15.99, paper $11.99) by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan tells how one family triumphed over difficulties. 125,000 first printing.

Sanctuary (June; $15.99, paper $11.99) by Beverly and David Lewis. A threatened woman seeks refuge in a small Amish community. 125,000 first printing.

The Ethics of Community
(May; $59.95, paper $24.95) by Frank Kirkpatrick. A Christian ethic of community accounts for the full range of human associations.

The Religious (June; $64.95, paper $29.95) by John D. Caputo probes issues of God and faith.

Theology and Sexuality (Aug.; $62.95, paper $29.95), ed. by Eugene Rogers, pulls from a wide range of resources.

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Irreconcilable Differences?: The Waning of the American Jewish Love Affair with Israel (Mar., $24.95) by Steven T. Rosenthal assesses the creation and dissolution of the American Jewish consensus on Israel.

Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design
(Mar., $10.99 paper), ed. by William A. Dembski and James Kushiner, lays out the key arguments of the Intelligent Design movement. Advertising.

Darwin's God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil (May, $17.99) by Cornelius Hunter maintains that Darwin's theory of evolution was motivated by theological concerns. Advertising. Author publicity.

Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture (May, $12.99 paper) by William D. Romanowski interprets and evaluates pop culture from the Christian perspective. Advertising. Author publicity.

Feathers from My Nest
(Apr., $14.99) by Beth Moore. The author reflects on belongings of her daughters who have left home for college.

Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God's Agenda (May, $19.99) by Henry Blackaby and Richard Blackaby teaches CEOs, instructors and those in religious capacities to approach leadership from a biblical point of view.

Christ Empowered Living (June, $17.99) by Selwyn Hughes asserts that human sinfulness is conquered by God's perfect plan of redemption.

Christianity: A Follower's Guide (July, $9.99 paper), ed. by Pete Brisc , conveys the wisdom of Calvin Miller, Chuck Swindoll and others.

The Direct Path: Creating a Personal Journey to the Divine Using the World's Spiritual Traditions
(Mar., $14.95 paper) by Andrew Harvey instructs how to commune directly with God, without gurus or other intermediaries. 6-city author tour.

Going on Being: Buddhism and the Way of Change (Mar., $23.95) by Mark Epstein is a memoir with a message about cultivating true self-awareness. 8-city author tour.

To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki (Mar., $16.95) by the students of Shunryu Suzuki, ed. by David Chadwick, collects personal experiences with the Zen master.

Evil and Christian Ethics
(Mar.; $64.95, paper $22.95) by Gordon Graham reviews such phenomena as Rwandan genocide, the Columbine High School massacre and serial killers.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War, Famine, Disease and Gospel in Reformation Europe (Mar.; $64.95, paper $22.95) by Andrew Cunningham focuses on religious cults, zealots and apocalyptic culture in medieval days.

Spinoza: A Life (May, $19.95 paper) by Stephen Nadler limns the controversial philosopher.

Mexican Ph nix: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Image and Tradition, 1531-2000 (July, $39.95) by David Brading looks into the legend of the virgin named patron saint of the Americas by Pope John Paul II.

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How to Bewitch: A Manual of Modern Witchcraft (May, $14.95 paper) by Raven Tempest contains directions for nearly 60 specific charms influencing love, sex, wealth and more.

The New Believers: A Survey of Sects, Cults and Alternative Religions (May, $29.95) by David V. Barrett covers Moonies, Wicca, Scientology and other variants on major religions.

Say It Is Pentecost: A Guide Through Balthasar's Logic
(Mar., $23.95 paper) by Aidan Nichols completes the presentation of the theological trilogy of Hans Urs von Balthasar.

The Problem of Christianity (June, $24.95) by Josiah Royce interprets such fundamental ideas as community, sin, atonement and saving grace.

The Church and the Dechurched: Mending a Damaged Faith
(May, $18.99 paper) by Mary Hammond reaches out to those who have lost their faith and advises churches how to repair their own damages.

Communion with the Friends of God: Meditations and Prayers from Women Mystics (June, $15.99 paper) by Jane McAvoy honors the lives and writings of medieval women.

Harps in the Willows: Strengths for Reinventing Life (June, $15.99 paper) by Naomi Mitchum counsels individual readers facing troubling times.

Christy: The Collectors Edition
(Apr., $24.99) by Catherine Marshall includes 16 pages of never-before-published memorabilia from the author's estate.

An Invitation to Healing: Let God Touch Your Mind, Body and Spirit (June, $9.99 paper) by Lynda D. Elliott underscores God's healing ways for both our physical and emotional distress.

Stop the Runaway Conversation: Take Control over Gossip and Criticism (June, $12.99 paper) by Michael D. Sedler has sage words for parents, leaders, teachers and spouses.

Fourteen Dalai Lamas
(Apr., $29.95) by Glenn H. Mullin collects the life stories of all the Dalai Lamas in one volume for the first time. Ad/promo.

The Feminine and the Sacred
(June, $27.50) by Catherine Clément and Julia Kristeva. Through their letters, anthropologist Clément and psychoanalyst Kristeva address the question whether anything sacred can at the same time be considered strictly feminine.

Coming Home to Myself: Reflections for Nourishing a Woman's Body & Soul
(Apr., $13.95 paper) by Marion Woodman and Jill Mellick reminds women to connect to their feminine essence and gain a higher vision of the day. Ad/promo.

Nothing Left Unsaid: Words to Help You and Your Loved Ones Through the Hardest Times (Apr., $15.95) by Carol Orsborn uses prayers, dialogue and p try to communicate with someone sick or dying. Ad/promo.

Broken Toys
(July, $12.99 paper) by Richard Kornthals gathers stories about God at work in our lives.

Rest Stops (July, $6.99 paper) by James F. Klawiter. Common travel experiences prepare readers to hit the spiritual road anew.

The Spirit of Trees: Science, Symbiosis and Inspiration
(Mar., $29.95) by Fred Hageneder brings a holistic appraisal to Earth's most influential creation.

Historical Atlas of Christianity (Apr., $35) by Franklin H. Littell highlights the times and places that shaped the direction of the Christian movement.

Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (May, $24.95) by Adele Reinhartz approaches the fourth gospel by means of "ethical criticism."

The Ties That Bind: African-American and Hispanic-American/Latino(a) Theologies in Dialogue (May, $24.95), ed. by Anthony B. Pinn and Benjamin Valentin, acknowledges the need for coalition among disadvantaged groups.

Jesus: A Colloquium in the Holy Land (June, $19.95 paper), ed. by Doris Donnelly. One theologian and five biblical scholars joined with 60 fellow pilgrims traveling to Israel to share insights on the Jesus of history.

Celebrations of Faith
(Mar., $10.99 paper) by Randy and Lisa Wilson proposes simple ceremonies parents can implement to pass along their faith to their children. Ad/promo.

A Pebble in a Pond (Mar., $12.99 paper) by Julie Baker invigorates women in leadership positions, including mothers. Ad/promo.

Storybook Mentors (Mar., $17.99 paper) by Brenda Waggoner applies the theme of mentoring to 20 classic children's stories. Ad/promo.

Pre-Hysteric Parenting (July, $18.99 paper) by Norm Wright equips frazzled parents with practical advice and hope. Ad/promo.

Taking the Higher Ground: Military Moments with God (Aug., $12.99) by Col. Jeff O'Leary contains inspiring stories written by men and women in all branches of the armed forces and their spouses. 15,000 first printing.Ad/promo.

Disciples of the Buddha
(May; $22.95, paper $12.95) by Robert Newman probes the background and meaning of the ceramic statues found in China and known as the I-Chou Lohans.

Mrs. Stanton's Bible
(Mar., $33.95) by Kathi Kern traces the impact of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's religious dissent on the suffrage movement.

The Gods of Egypt (Apr., $25) by Claude Traunecker, trans. by David Lorton, surveys ancient Egyptian religion.

The Political Writings: "Selected Aphorisms" and Other Texts (June, $35) by Alfarabi, trans. by Charles E. Butterworth, examines the tensions between the philosophy of classical Greece and that of Islam. An Agora Edition.

Religious School v. Children's Rights (June, $15.95 paper) by James G. Dwyer charges that common pedagogical practices in fundamentalist Christian and Catholic schools may be damaging to children.

Vow: The Way of the Milagro
(Mar., $11.95) by Kay Leigh Hagan invokes commitment, devotion and gratitude.

Dearest Mother, Dearest Friend
(Mar., $13.99 ) by Catherine Marshall collects inspirational thoughts about being a mother; Marshall's own was the basis for her novel Christy. 50,000 first printing. Advertising.

The Great Adventure (Mar., $13.99) by Steven Curtis Chapman. The life of the award-winning songwriter attests to the rewards of journeying to God; the book includes a CD. 75,000 first printing. Advertising.

The Right to Lead (Mar., $13.99) by John Maxwell studies men and women through history to share insights on what it takes to be a leader. 50,000 first printing. Advertising.

Wisdom for the Way (May, $13.99) by Charles Swindoll supplies busy people with wise words about contentment, character, work and worship. 50,000 first printing. Advertising.

Healing Spirits: True Stories from 14 Spiritual Healers
(Mar., $20.95 paper) by Judith Joslow-Rodewald blends the wisdom and wit of a diverse group of healers to form timeless spiritual guidance.

A Complete Guide to Magic and Ritual: Using the Energy of Nature to Heal Your Life (Apr., $18.95 paper) by Cassandra Eason reveals how magic can attract love, improve family relationships and encourage health and prosperity.

Essential Wicca (May, $20.95 paper) by Paul Tuitean and Estelle Daniels clarifies principles, beliefs and practices.

ABCs of Homeschooling
(Mar., $10.99 paper) by Vicki Caruana allows parents to determine if homeschooling is appropriate for their children.

Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ (Mar., $12.99) by John Piper leads readers to a deeper passion for and worship of Jesus. 15,000 first printing.

True Fortune (Mar., $11.99 paper) by Stephen Bly concludes the Skinners of Goldfield trilogy about a Christian family in Nevada during the Gold Rush.

Called to Womanhood (June, $12.99 paper) by Maribeth Impson is the third entry in Focal Point, a Christian Worldview series, noting the problems modern women face and the solutions to be found in God's word.

The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet
(Aug., $25) by Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan emphasizes the deep connections between modern science and ancient religious teachings. 6-city author tour.

Jesus, Inc.: The Visionary Path: An Entrepreneur's Guide to True Success
(Apr., $21) by Laurie Beth Jones advocates a pursuit of work that supports deep spiritual and personal beliefs. 11-city author tour.

The Sojourners
(Mar.), Count the Cost (May), Lively Stones (June) and Faith to Move Mountains (June) are the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth entries in Nina J. Lechiara's inspirational Alpha Omega family saga--all are $25 hardcovers, $19.95 trade paperbacks. In addition, books four, five, six and eight--Come unto Me, The Just and the Unjust, Out of the Fire, The Barren Woman--are being released in March in $24.95 trade paper editions.

Exploring Jewish Tradition: A Transliterated Guide to Everyday Practice and Observance
(Mar., $27.50) by Rabbi Abrahan B. Witty and Rachel J. Witty gives overall guidance for living a Jewish life. 15,000 first printing.

The Parables of Joshua (Mar., $19.95) by Joseph F. Girzone retells the New Testament parables. 75,000 first printing.

The Journey to Peace: Reflections on Faith, Embracing Suffering and Finding New Life (Mar., $19.95) by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, ed. by Alphonse P. Spilly and Jeremy Langford, tells why pain and suffering are a necessary part of Christianity. 30,000 first printing.

The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus (Mar., $35) by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg interweaves literary insights, theological wisdom and psychological understanding.

The Shaping of a Life: A Spiritual Landscape (Apr., $24.95) by Phyllis Tickle is a memoir recounting her spiritual journey and the events and milestones of her life. 30,000 first printing.

Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God (Apr., $19.95) by Scott Hahn demonstrates Mary's essential role in Christianity's redemptive message. 25,000 first printing.

Human and Divine: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religious Experience
(May, $22.95) by Gwen Griffith-Dickson scrutinizes world religions' views of good and evil and other human questions.

John Knox
(Mar., $19.95 paper) by Rosalind Marshall takes a new look at the Scottish Reformation theologian.

Religion and Politics: East-West Contrasts from Contemporary Europe (Mar.; $69.95, paper $29.95), ed. by Tom Inglis et al., contains nine essays on how politics and democracy are affecting religion today.

Young Catholics at the New Millennium: The Religion and Morality of Young Adults in Western Countries (Mar.; $69.95, paper $29.95) by John Fulton et al. depicts the younger generation.

Prayer Has Spoiled Everything: Possession, Power and Identity in an Islamic Town of Niger
(Apr.; $64.95, paper $21.95) by Adeline Masquelier introduces Bori spirits, the invisible beings believed to populate the bush in the Mawri society of Niger.

The Hauerwas Reader (June; $74.95, paper $27.95) by Stanley Hauerwas, ed. by Michael Cartwright and John Berkman, compiles the thoughts of the controversial contemporary theologian.

What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It?: What Archaeology and the Bible Can Tell Us About Ancient Israel
(Mar., $25) by William G. Dever depicts Israel in the Iron Age with well-documented evidence.

Jesus and the Fundamentalism of His Day (Mar., $14 paper) by William Loader has a new perspective on the likely stance of the historical Jesus on the use of the law.

The Second One Thousand Years: Ten People Who Defined a Millennium (Mar., $14 paper), ed. by Richard John Neuhaus, reviews religious and social history in the West by highlighting a key individual from each century of the millennium.

David's Secret Demons: Messiah, Murderer, Traitor, King (Apr., $30) by Baruch Halpern introduces readers to the real King David, politician and bandit.

Fulton J. Sheen: A Biography
(June, $25.95) by Thomas C. Reeves profiles the bishop who became a television celebrity in the 1950s. 20,000 first printing. Ad/promo.

Christianity on Trial: Arguments Against Anti-Religious Bigotry (June, $14.95 paper) by Vincent Carroll dissects charges of racism, misogyny and even genocide. Ad/promo.

The Geometry of Love: Space, Time, Mystery and Meaning in an Ordinary Church
(Apr., $27) by Margaret Visser uncovers the spiritual, cultural and historical significance embodied in a small Roman church.

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
(Apr., $19.95) by Rabbi Shmuel Waldman takes a dynamic look at the Creator and Creation for the contemporary religious person.

Trust Me (Apr., $22.95) by Rabbi Eliezer Parkoff anthologizes traditional Jewish writings on faith and trust in God.

Jewish Schizophrenia in the Land of Israel
(Mar., $19.95) by David J. Forman is a painful analysis of the spirit of religion today in the Jewish state.

One Man's Judaism (Mar., $21.95) by Emanuel Rackman honors a diversity of opinion and views modernity as a challenge, not an enemy.

Reform Zionism (Mar., $24.95) by Michael Livni (Langer) presents insights into non-Orthodox movements within the Jewish religion.

Ministry Is a High Calling (Aim Low): Reflections of a Parish Novice
(Mar., $12.95 paper) by Kurt Schuermann lovingly lampoons how-to books that pastors often fall prey to.

Games Grandmas Play: Life Lessons on Christian Faith and Grandchildren (Mar., $9.95 paper) by Joan Jacobs. A grandmother views her role from a theological perspective and says that playing games with grandchildren has taught her important truths.

Praying the Movies: Daily Meditations from Classic Films (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Edward M. McNulty. Thirty-one devotionals connect movies with the spiritual life of movieg rs.

Jewish and Catholic Bi thics: An Ecumenical Dialogue
(Mar., $22.95 paper), ed. by Edmund D. Pellegrino and Alan I. Faden, furnishes Jewish perspectives on such issues as euthanasia, abortion and genetic screening, comparing them to Christian and secular views.

Who Count As Persons?: Human Identity and the Ethics of Killing (Mar., $45) by John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., denies that it can ever be moral to kill another human being. Advertising.

Roman Catholicism After Vatican II (Apr., $19.95 paper) by Robert A. Burns, O.P., details critical questions the Church has faced in recent decades. Advertising.

The Stammheim Missal
(May, $17.50 paper) by Elizabeth C. Teviotdale includes color reproductions of the manuscript's major decorations.

Armenian Gospels of Gladzor: A Unique Vision of the Life of Christ (Aug.; $39.95, paper $24.95) by Thomas F. Mathews and Alice Taylor reproduces the intricate miniatures and places them in historical and social contexts.

What Is This Thing Called Love?
and Strength Is the Energy of God! (Mar., $16.95 each) by Della Reese aim to fill each day with love and strengthen the bond with God.100,000 first printing each title. Ad/promo.

Moments of Grace: When God Touches Our Lives Unexpectedly (June, $15.95 paper) by Neale Donald Walsch shares the divine experiences of his readers. 50,000 first printing.

Thinking with Your Soul: Spiritual Intelligence and Why It Matters
(Mar., $25) by Richard Wolman evaluates the spiritual experience empirically to nourish a more meaningful life. Ad/promo. Author publicity.

The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha (June, $14), rendered by Thomas Byrom, teaches that the best that can happen to us is within our power. Advertising.

Conamara Blues
(Apr., $20) by John O'Donohue is a collection of spiritual p try. 50,000 first printing. Advertising. Author publicity.

Zen 24/7
(Apr., $14 paper) by Philip Sudo turns every moment into a Zen moment to achieve spiritual growth.

God's Photo Album (May, $23) by Shelley Mecum. Students, parents and teachers save a school and find God on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

The Story of Buddhism (May, $25) by Donald Lopez Jr. focuses on common elements in all schools of Buddhism and also reveals differences.

A New Religious America (June, $26) by Diana Eck challenges the myth that this is a fundamentally Christian country.

Lives of the Saints (July, $30) by Richard McBrien investigates the meaning and significance of sanctity, spirituality and the canonization process.

The River of God (Aug., $24) by Gregory Riley shatters the idea that there is only one true Christianity.

The Genetic Gods: Evolution and Belief in Human Affairs
(May, $17.95 paper) by John C. Avise revisits religious questions about origins, fate and meaning.

The Muslim Jesus: Sayings and Stories in Islamic Literature (May, $22.95) by Tarif Khalidi translates into English the accounts of Jesus from Arabic Islamic prose.

Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture (June, $35) by Grant Wacker covers religious practices and daily life between 1900 and 1925.

A Letter That Has Not Been Read: Dreams in the Hebrew Bible
(June, $45) by Shaul Bar categorizes dozens of biblical dreams and visions as prophetic, symbolic or incubation dreams.

Biblia Hebraica Leningradensia: Prepared According to the Vocalization, Accents and Masora of Aaron ben Moses ben Asher in the Leningrad Codex
(Mar., $39.95), ed. by Aron Dotan, is a revised, reset and redesigned edition of the Hebrew Bible.

The Reconciled Life (Mar., $19.95 paper) by R. Paul Olson joins the dialogue between Christian theology and clinical psychology.

Paul in Acts (May, $18.95 paper) by Stanley E. Porter pursues various topics derived from the depiction of Paul in the book of Acts.

Stories from Below the Poverty Line: Urban Lessons for Today's Mission
(Mar., $9.99 paper) by George D. Beukema. Real stories of the urban poor bring hope and inspiration to today's church.

You Can't Help But Listen: User-Friendly Oral Communication (Mar., $14.99 paper) by Charles R. Munson explains how to overcome anxiety about speaking and how to pass along God's truth so that audiences must listen.

Separate and Peculiar: Old Order Mennonite Life in Ontario (May, $12.99 paper) by Isaac R. Horst recounts the customs, beliefs and culture in English and Pennsylvania German.

Francis of Assisi: A Revolutionary Life
(Mar., $28) by Adrian House with a foreword by Karen Armstrong conveys the drama of the saint's life in its historical context. Advertising. Author tour.

Your Soul at Work: Five Steps to a More Fulfilling Career and Life (Mar., $20 paper) by Nicholas Weiler and Stephen Schoonover contains advice both spiritual and practical. Advertising.

The Spiritual Traveler: New York City (Apr., $18 paper) by Edward F. Bergman serves as a guide to sacred spaces and peaceful places in New York's five boroughs. Published with the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Advertising.

The Art of Spiritual Rock Gardening (June, $15 paper) by Donna Schaper combines pragmatic tips with spiritual reflections on the sacred meaning of rocks and stones in many cultures.

Common Sense About Uncommon Wisdom: Ancient Teachings of Vedanta
(May, $15.95 paper) by Dhruv S. Kaji introduces one of the ancient Eastern philosophies. Ad/promo.

Journey: From Political Activism to the Work
(Apr., $19.95 paper) by Janet Rose. The onetime newspaper reporter and manager of a food cooperative deepens her faith in the Colorado mountains.

The Way of Failure: Winning Through Losing (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Mariana Caplan. Failure is seen as the means for profound self-understanding and spiritual development.

Women Called to the Path of Rumi: The Way of the Whirling Dervish (May, $23.95 paper) by Shakina Reinhertz is said to be the first English-language book sharing the experience of Turning by female practitioners of the Mevlevi Order of Whirling Dervishes.

All We Know of Heaven
(May, $23) by Remy Rougeau is a novel about a young man's search for enlightenment within a Cistercian monastery.

The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics (May, $14 Mariner paper) by Robin Marantz Henig is called "a classic tale of redemption."

The Power of a Positive Mom
(Mar., $14.99 paper) by Karol Ladd advances seven simple principles to shape a family for good. 15,000 first printing. Advertising.

A Woman's Touch (Mar., $17.99) by Amy Nappa speaks to women who want to leave indelible imprints on those they love. 15,000 first printing. Advertising.

The "7" (Apr., $13.99) by Andy Stanley invites teens to utilize seven principles and be victorious in their faith. 20,000 first printing. Advertising.

Spiritual RX: Prescriptions for Living a Meaningful Life
(Aug., $14 paper) by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat organizes remedies and practices under 37 signs of spirituality recognized by world traditions.

Maiden and Mother: Prayers and Hymns to the Virgin Mary Throughout the Year
(Mar., $14.95 paper) by Margaret Miles draws from all centuries and from both liturgical and nonliturgical sources.

The Joyful Beggar: A Novel of St. Francis of Assisi (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Louis de Wohl teems with action, pageantry and political intrigue.

Catholic Christianity: A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Mar., $16.95 paper) by Peter Kreeft presents a complete compendium of all the major beliefs of Catholicism.

Classic Catholic Converts (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Fr. Charles Connor. Dorothy Day, G.K. Chesterton and Elizabeth Seton are among those who turned to the Church.

American Spiritualities
(Apr.; $65, paper $27.50), ed. by Catherine L. Albanese, argues that the spiritual is personal and essentially religious, but not the same at all times and places.

Don Juan and the Art of Sexual Energy: The Rainbow Serpent of the Toltecs
(Mar., $15 paper) by Merilyn Tunneshende teaches how to master ancient techniques leading to spiritual transformation. 20,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

Mastery of Awareness: Living the Agreements (Apr., $14 paper) by Doña Bernadette Vigil. The working partner of Don Miguel Ruiz provides a program of 11 agreements for continuing the spiritual journey. 20,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

Soul Talk: The New Spirituality of African-American Women (May, $12.95 paper) by Akasha Gloria Hull follows a journey fueled by social awareness, tradition, metaphysics and heightened creativity. $18,000 ad/promo.

Meditations with the Cherokee: Prayers, Songs and Stories of Healing and Harmony (July, $12.95 paper) by J.T. Garrett collects earth-centered wisdom from Cherokee elders.

Red Fire: A Soul Quest for Awakening
(June, $13.95 paper) by Paula D'Arcy creates an allegorical tale in which a young woman leaves her town of Status, across the river from Quo, on a search for the Divine.

How Blind Is the Watchmaker?
(May, $11.99 paper) by Neil Broom refutes evolutionist theories.

Ecclesiastes (May, $12.99) by T.M. Moore paraphrases the book in rhymed iambic pentameter.

Portraits in Freedom (July, $10.99 paper) by Bob Davies with Lela Gilbert champions 12 individuals who say they are no longer homosexual.

Why Me? (July, $11.99) by Diane Komp. A physician looks at the problem of suffering and the book of Job.

One God Clapping: The Spiritual Path of a Zen Rabbi
(Mar., $16.95 paper) by Alan Lew and Sherril Jaffe recounts the pilgrimage a Zen Buddhist practitioner took to become a rabbi. Ad/promo.

Against the Dying of the Light: A Father's Journey Through Loss (Mar., $19.95) by Leonard Fein offers a philosophy for abundant living. $20,000 ad/promo.

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Memory Book: An Album for Treasuring the Spiritual Celebration--Featuring Special Memories of People We Admire (Mar., $19.95) by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin and Nina Salkin is a keepsake book. Ad/promo.

The Gift of Kabbalah: Discovering the Secrets of Heaven, Renewing Your Life on Earth (Apr., $21.95) by Tamar Frankiel explains the Kabbalah's primary message and defines key words and concepts. $20,000 ad/promo.

The Hasidic Parable
(Mar., $29.95) by Aryeh Wineman. Notes and commentary accompany parables taken from classical homily texts.

JPS Dictionary of Jewish Terms (May; $24.95, paper $14.95) by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic defines over 1,000 words for holidays, food, worship and more.

Jews in America: A Cartoon History (June, $19.95 paper) by David Gantz is by a contributor to Mad Magazine.

Surviving Grief: 30 Questions and Answers for a Time of Loss
(Apr., $6) by A.M. Brady Reinsmith enables readers to go directly to their own issues or problems. 20,000 first printing.

What's Love Got to Do with It?: Love, Power, Sex & God (Apr., $14) by Frank A. Thomas tackles some of the most uncomfortable and taboo topics affecting relationships. $15,000 ad/promo.

How Sweet the Sound: Stories Inspired by the Hymns We Love (May, $15) by T. Wyatt Watkins assembles fresh stories of faith.

Where Jesus Walked: A Spiritual Journey Through the Holy Land (June, $16) by R. Wayne Stacy. Text and photos portray sacred landmarks.

God-Optional Judaism
(Apr., $19.95 paper) by Judith Seid is a handbook for Jews seeking meaningful new ways to express their beliefs.

Reclaiming Intimacy
(Apr., $11.99 paper) by Heather Jamison considers premarital sex and diagrams a healing journey from sexual sin.

The Search for God's Own Heart (Apr., $11.99 paper) by Andy Cook retraces the footsteps of King David to show how a relationship with God is the answer to life's questions.

Children Are a Blessing from the Lord (Apr., $9.99 paper) by Tamara Boggs puts the demands of parenting into perspective.

Prophecy in the New Millennium (Apr., $10.99 paper) by John F. Walvoord examines how recently fulfilled prophecies have set the stage for what's to come.

Seven Words of Jesus and Mary
(Mar., $7.95 paper) by Fulton J. Sheen reflects on the seven words Mary speaks in the Gospels and on Jesus' seven last words. A Triumph book.

Francis: A Saint's Way (Apr., $19.95) by James Cowan places the reader in the geographical, cultural and historical context of the man from Assisi. A Triumph book. 15,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

A Guide to Living in the Truth: Saint Benedict's Teaching on Humility (Apr., $15.95 paper) by Michael Casey gets to the heart of what this concept is all about. A Triumph book.

Wandering Joy: Meister Eckhart's Mystical Philosophy
(Mar., $18.95 paper) by Reiner Schürmann describes the experience of "living without a why" in which all things are in God. $15,000 ad/promo.

The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Mar., $16.95 paper) by Richard Geldard distills his wisdom for the modern reader. $20,000 ad/promo.

Wrestling with Doubt: Theological Reflections on the Journey of Faith
(Apr., $19.95 paper) by Frank D. Rees analyzes doubt as a constructive element within the Christian experience of faith.

Sexual Diversity and Catholicism: Toward the Development of Moral Theology (Apr., $29.95), ed. by Patricia Beattie Jung with Joseph A. Coray, addresses the issue of sexual diversity and its legitimate expression. A Michael Glazier book.

"A Hard Saying": The Gospel and Culture (May, $29.95 paper) by Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B., demonstrates the relevance of biblical texts 2,000 years old. A Michael Glazier book.

Psalms (June, $49.95) by Konrad Schaefer, O.S.B., stresses the value of Psalms as a springboard to private and communal prayer. A Michael Glazier book.

Beltane: Springtime Rituals, Lore & Celebration
(Mar., $14.95 paper) by Raven Grimassi includes crafts, recipes and spells in its examination of May Day's pagan origins. Advertising.Author tour.

Wiccan Beliefs and Practices: With Rituals for Solitaries and Covens (May, $14.95 paper) by Gary Cantrell. This introduction to Wicca also supplies information for the physically challenged witch. Advertising. Author tour.

The Craft: A Witch's Book of Shadows (June, $14.95 paper) by Dorothy Morrison features mental theory, magical theory and practical training exercises. 5-city author tour. Advertising.

Spirituality@work: 10 Ways to Balance Your Life On-the-Job
(Mar., $17.95) by Gregory F.A. Pierce confronts the struggle to find meaning at work.

The Seeker's Guide to the Rosary (Apr., $11.95 paper) by Liz Kelly adopts an ecumenical perspective to introduce the rosary to a new generation.

God Help Me! These People Are Driving Me Nuts: Making Peace with Difficult People (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Gregory K. Popcak fosters mature and calming relationships.