Category Close-Ups

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

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The Lord's Prayer for a New Millennium
(Aug., $12.95 paper) by Isabel Anders enhances meditational insights within the prayer with key scientific findings. Ad/promo.

Good News After Auschwitz?: Christian Faith in a Post-Holocaust World
(Apr., $39.95), ed. by John K. Roth and Carol Rittner. Essays by 13 Christians summarize what a credibility-challenged spiritual belief should affirm today.

Sleuthing C.S. Lewis: More Light in the Shadowlands (June, $23 paper) by Kathryn Lindskoog exposes fraud in Lewis's literary estate and fakery contaminating his writings.

Religion in the New Millennium (Aug., $39.95), ed. by Frederick J. Parella and Ray Bulman, collects essays inspired by the legacy of Paul Tillich.

Pontius Pilate: The Biography of an Invented Man
(Mar., $14.95 paper) by Ann Wr re-creates Jesus' trial from the point of view of the executioner. Author tour.

The Catholic Church: A Short History (Apr., $19.95) by Hans Küng chronicles the church from its inception to today. Advertising.

Little Saint (July, $13.95 paper) by Hannah Green pays tribute to St. Foy, a 12-year-old girl martyred in the fourth century.

Free at Last
(Mar., $19.99) by Tony Evans enables readers to discover biblical freedom and liberation from spiritual bondage. $30,000 ad/promo.

Lord, Change My Attitude (Before It's Too Late) (Mar., $12.99 paper) by James MacDonald directs us to examine our hearts and root out negative attitudes. 15,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo.

Lies Women Believe, and the Truth That Sets Them Free (Apr., $19) by Nancy Leigh DeMoss debunks falsehoods about God, sin, marriage, children and more. 15,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

Forever Young: The Authorized Biography of Loretta Young
(Mar., $21.95) by Joan Wester Anderson relates the many miracles of the late actress's life. 30,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo. Catholic Digest Book Club selection.

Stories from My Heart (Mar., $14.95 paper) by John Powell, S.J., reminisces about people and places that have had significant meaning for him. Ad/promo.

Seasons of the Soul (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Carol Gura uses the seasons to reveal the sacredness of life and life's experiences. Ad/promo.

Echo of the Soul: The Sacredness of the Human Body
(Apr., $17.95) by J. Philip Newell. The Old Testament reveals that the body, like creation, is God's dwelling place.

Celebrating the Seasons: Daily Spiritual Readings for the Christian Year (May, $34.95), compiled by Robert Atwell, contains the wisdom of Christian spiritual masters.

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses
(Apr., $26) by Bruce Feiler recounts a faith-seeking, 10,000-mile trek across the Middle East. 75,000 first printing. BOMC, QPB selection. 8-city author tour.

The Psalms of David (Apr., $28) by James S. Freemantle is a hand-lettered, illustrated volume.

Inner Gardening: Four Seasons of Cultivating the Soil and the Spirit (June, $25) by Diane Dreher approaches personal growth through gardening advice and spiritual practice. 25,000 first printing. Author publicity.

Amma: Healing the Heart of the World (July, $24) by Judith Cornell is an authorized biography of the Indian healer who performs miracles by hugging people. 30,000 first printing. 10-city author tour.

Secrets of the Vine: Breaking Through to Abundance
(Mar., $9.99) by Bruce Wilkinson. Book two in the Breakthrough series discloses three life-changing truths.

Just Shy of Harmony (May, $12.99) by Philip Gulley is a sequel to Home to Harmony.

Buried Treasure (May, $19.99) by Rabbi Daniel Lapin unveils the ancient mysteries and contemporary guidance embedded in the holy tongue of Hebrew.

For Such a Time As This: The Disciplines of Destiny (July, $10.99) by Lisa Ryan helps women between the ages of 12 and 25 to become mature and godly.

Under the Circumstances: A Woman's Guide to a Surrendered Heart
(Mar., $10 paper) by Judy Hampton suggests that a change in perspective can enable one to live above the circumstances.

The Great Experiment: Faith and Freedom in America (Apr., $15 paper) by Os Guinness. Great political minds of Western society find the connection between faith and freedom. Trinity Forum Study series.

Doing Well and Doing Good: Spending, Giving and Caring in a Free Society (Apr., $15 paper) by Os Guinness examines the ideas that led to charitable acts. Trinity Forum Study series.

The Allure of Hope: God's Pursuit of a Woman's Heart (May, $12 paper) by Jan Meyers aims to set the feminine soul free.

Battle for Jerusalem
(Apr., $22.99) by John Hagee. The pastor explains why Israel's struggle for Jerusalem and the Temple Mount should be of concern to Christians around the world.

Wild at Heart (Apr., $16.99) by John Eldredge is a guide to understanding Christian manhood.

The Road to Forgiveness (May, $22.99) by Bill and Cindy Griffiths tells how the two came to forgive the drunk driver who killed their daughter and Cindy's mother.

Moongate (June, $13.99 paper) by William Proctor is an SF techno-thriller entailing a trip to the moon.

Indisputable Laws of Teamwork (July, $24.99) by John C. Maxwell underscores the various laws of leadership proving the importance of working together.

Celtic Christian Communities: Live the Tradition
(Mar., $15.95 paper) by Ian Bradley strips away romanticized notions of Celtic spirituality and opens contemporary possibilities.

Personal Pilgrimage: One Day Soul Journeys for Busy People (Mar., $21.95) by Viki Hurst serves as an alternative to lengthy spiritual quests. $17,000 ad/promo.

The Confessions
(Mar., $9.95 paper) by Saint Augustine, ed. by John E. Rotelle, O.S.A., is in a mass market size. $15,000 ad/promo.

The Prophet (June; $54, paper $34.95) by Regis Armstrong et al. is the third and final volume in the Francis of Assisi, Early Documents series. 15,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo.

Growing Weary Doing Good?: Encouragement for Exhausted Women
(Mar., $9.99 paper) by Karla Worley. This once-overloaded wife, mom, artist and church volunteer learns what really matters.

Extraordinary Living: What Happens When God Works Through You (Apr., $19.99) by Andrea Mullins guides readers into the liberating lifestyle of dependence on Christ. Ad/promo.

The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners
(Mar., $18) by Jack Hawley demystifies this classic scripture from India. Ad/promo.

A Comparative Sociology of World Religions: Virtuosi, Priests and Popular Religion
(Aug., $18.50 paper) by Stephen Sharot focuses on differences and interrelationships between religious elites and lay masses and compares folk forms of religion around the world.

Life and Practice in the Early Church: A Documentary Reader (Aug., $18.50 paper), ed. by Steven A. McKinion, assembles primary texts from the church's first five centuries.

Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings
(Mar., $15 paper), ed. by Robert Ellsberg, presents the core thoughts of the Zen master, monk and p t. Advertising.

Women and Christianity: Volume I: The First Thousand Years (Mar., $20 paper) by Mary T. Malone inaugurates a trilogy documenting the lives of Christian women from the faith's beginnings to today.

Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers (Apr., $15 paper), intro. by Henri J.M. Nouwen, offers more than 100 passages by early Christians. Advertising.

Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty (Apr., $17 paper) by Antoinette Bosco is a story of loss and forgiveness as well as a case against capital punishment. Ad/promo.

Grace-Filled Moments
(Mar., $19.95) by Johnnette S. Benkovic. Spiritual advice from both women and men directs women toward the way of authentic femininity.

Your Grieving Child: Answers to Questions on Death and Dying (Mar., $8.95 paper) by Bill Dodds offers solace by addressing over 100 queries.

When a Loved One Leaves the Church (Mar., $10.95 paper) by Lorene Hanley Duquin comforts those who pray for a rebel's return.

One Nation Under God: Religious Symbols, Quotes and Images in Our Nation's Capital (Mar., $6.95 paper) by Eugene F. Hemrick testifies to the strong bond between religion and American ideals.

Where Is That in the Bible? (Mar., $10.95 paper) by Patrick Midrid locates quick responses to those challenging one's faith.

The Transformation of American Religion: The Story of a Late Twentieth-Century Awakening
(Mar., $27.50) by Amanda Porterfield assesses just how a once-Protestant America developed into unprecedented religious diversity.

Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way (Apr., $25) by Philip Jenkins asserts that the texts of the "hidden gospel" phenomenon are very misleading.

Gandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi (Apr., $27.50) by Stanley Wolpert paints a new portrait of the Indian leader. 35,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.

The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible (Apr., $27.50), ed. by Bruce M. Metzger and Michael D. Coogan, contains over 300 entries.

Relief for the Body, Renewal for the Soul
(Mar., $13.95 paper) by G. Scott Morris collects stories of a doctor on a mission to serve the working poor in Memphis. Ad/promo.

For Those We Love but No Longer See (Apr., $11.95 paper) by Lisa B. Hamilton proposes the comfort and stability of fixed-hour prayer for those who grieve. Ad/promo.

Sacred Spaces: Stations on a Celtic Way (May, $23) by Margaret Silf introduces the concept of sacred space, both external and internal. Ad/promo.

Transformation at the Base: Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousness
(Apr., $18 paper) by Thich Nhat Hanh focuses on the direct experience of recognizing, embracing and looking deeply into the nature of feelings and perceptions.

Excellent Catholic Parishes: The Guide to Best Places and Practices
(Mar.; $22.95, paper $16.95) by Paul Wilkes depicts eight diverse models of excellence and a directory to hundreds of great parishes.

Journey into Joy: Stations of the Resurrection (Mar., $21.95) by Andrew Walker assembles art masterpieces, scripture and reflection to express the joy of the resurrection.

Soul Wilderness: A Desert Spirituality (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Kerry Walters. The tradition of the prophet emerging from the wasteland is a guide to our own inner desert and a direct experience of God.

The Voice: A Story About Faith and Trust (Mar., $12.95 paper) by R.W. Metlen is a humorous adult fable about the fear that turns to trust when one is called to a form of new life by external circumstances or God.

The Forgotten Desert Mothers: Sayings, Lives and Stories of Early Christian Women (May, $11.95 paper) by Laura Swan introduces the spirituality of women in post-biblical times.

Blueberries from Heaven: A Basketful of Wisdom
(Mar., $4.95) by Carol Tebo is from a woman who learned that picking blueberries was a time to commune with God. An Inspire Books title.

Jesus: He's Your Final Answer (Mar., $4.95) by Sarah M. Hupp finds thoughts of comfort and inspiration in the words of Jesus. An Inspire Books title.

Jerusalem Vigil
(Mar., $13 paper) by Bodie and Brock Th ne. The first novel in the Zion Legacy series recounts the struggle for Jerusalem.

It's a Meaningful Life: It Just Takes Practice
(Mar., $13 paper) by Bo Lozoff, foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, outlines a time-tested path for finding meaning and joy in our lives.

Dalai Lama, My Son: A Mother's Story (May, $13 paper) by Diki Tsering tells of her life as mother to His Holiness.

Korean Americans and Their Religions: Pilgrims and Missionaries from a Different Shore
(Mar., $19.95 paper), ed. by Ho-Youn Kwon et al., is a multidisciplinary exploration of religious identity and meaning.

Conscience and Community: Revisiting Toleration and Religious Dissent in Early Modern England and America (July, $45) by Andrew R. Murphy seeks to dispel common myths.

God 101: Jewish Ideals, Beliefs, and Practices for Renewing Your Faith
(Mar., $13.95 paper) by Rabbi Terry Bookman celebrates the joy of faith and tradition as it offers concrete spiritual practices.

African American Christian Ethics
(Mar., $26 paper) by Samuel K. Roberts reviews the ethical heritage and raises pertinent issues. Ad/promo.

Omnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach (Mar., $18 paper) by Virginia Ramey Mallenkott suggests a vision for the future where gender is more than strictly male or female. $20,000 ad/promo.

Coming Out Young and Faithful (Apr., $13 paper) by Leanne McCall Tigert and Timothy Brown opens the dreams and church lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered young people. Ad/promo.

The Book of Daily Prayer: Morning and Evening 2002 (May, $13 paper), ed. by Kim M. Sadler. Ecumenical authors compose twice-daily devotions. Ad/promo.

Angry with God
(May, $13 paper) by Michele Novotni and Randy Clark advocates making peace with a silent God who sometimes seems to have declared war on his faithful.

Six Months to Live: Learning from a Young Man with Cancer
(Mar., $10 paper) by Daniel Hallock. The family and friends of a terminal 22-year-old are profoundly changed as they struggle to accept his suffering and death.

Soul Prints: Your Path to Fulfillment
(Mar., $24.95) by Marc Gafni draws on Kabbalistic, biblical and Talmudic concepts to help readers transcend loneliness and estrangement.

Essential Buddhism: A Complete Guide to Belief and Practices (May, $15.95 paper) by Jack Hosho Maguire illuminates the belief's sensible approach to living.

How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life (May, $19.95) by the Dalai Lama, ed. by Jeffrey Hopkins, entails three basic steps to enlightenment by practicing morality, meditation and wisdom.

Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life
(Apr., $22.95) by Megory Anderson. A former Anglican nun shows how to use personalized rituals to help loved ones to a peaceful death. Advertising.

Jesus on Leadership: Lessons from the Servant Leader (June, $22.95) by Russell W. Gough discusses how Jesus inspired followers to achieve what they thought was impossible. Advertising.

Jesus After 2000 Years
(May, $39) by Gerd Lüdemann. Historical research uncovers actual words and deeds of Jesus different from those composites of hearsay and legend in the Bible.

The Vanquished Gods: Science, Religion and the Nature of Belief (June, $36) by Richard Schlagel evaluates the evolution of philosophy and a scientific worldview.

A Rebel to His Last Breath: Joseph McCabe and Rationalism (July, $32) by Bill Cooke recalls the former Catholic priest who became a champion of rationalism in the first half of the 20th century.

Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God
(May, $18.95 paper) by Caitlín Matthews represents Sophia as a postfeminist guide to a practical spirituality grounded in daily life and the natural world.

The Meditative Path: A Gentle Way to Awareness, Concentration and Serenity (June, $16.95 paper) by John Cianciosi. A former Buddhist monk assists readers through the meditative process.

The Practice of Dream Healing: Bringing Ancient Greek Mysteries into Modern Medicine (Aug., $18.95 paper) by Edward Tick finds relevance in the techniques of the Greek god Asklepios for psychospiritual and physical healing in contemporary clinical settings.

So What's the Difference?
(Mar., $12.99 paper) by Fritz Ridenour compares the world's largest religions to Christianity. 15,000 first printing.

God's Timing for Your Life (Apr., $8.99 paper) by Dutch Sheets. The first book in the mass market-sized Life Points series imparts how the seasons deepen an understanding of God.

Communication @ Work (June, $12.99 paper) by Norman Wright advocates practical, biblical ways to get along with people at church and at work. 15,000 first printing.

First Place (July, $12.99 paper) by Carole Lewis is a Christ-centered weight-loss program to strengthen both body and soul. 15,000 first printing.

How to Pray for Lost Loved Ones (July, $8.99 paper) by Dutch Sheets. The third book in the Life Points series enables believers to send the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have strayed. 15,000 first printing.

Painters of Faith: The Spiritual Landscape in 19th Century America
(May, $34.95) by Gene Veith. A discussion of Protestant theology accompanies 32 full-color reproductions of Hudson River Valley scenes.

His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage
(Apr., $18) by Willard F. Harley Jr. is an updated 15th-anniversary edition.

Sometimes I Wake Up Grumpy... and Sometimes I Let Him Sleep (Apr., $9.99 paper) by Karen Scalf Linamen addresses women's emotional, physical and spiritual needs.

Unveiling Depression in Women: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Depression (July, $12.99 paper) by Archibald Hart and Catherine Hart Weber is by two Christian psychologists.

Saints of the Southwest
(Mar., $14.95) by Jim Griffith takes an intimate look at 31 of the area's most revered saints.

Seeds of Grace: A Nun's Reflections on the Spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous
(Mar., $23.95) by Sister Molly Monahan. A recovering alcoholic assesses AA and how it works on the spirit.

Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Spiritual Journey (Apr., $23.95) by Jan Willis travels from Alabama to India, from the Baptist Church to Nepal's monasteries.

My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging (Apr., $14 paper) by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., recalls her orthodox rabbi grandfather and the wisdom he uttered.

Ethics for the New Millennium (May, $13 paper) by the Dalai Lama details his moral system based on universal rather than religious principles.

Blessing: The Art and the Practice (May, $25.95) by David Spangler conveys a message of hope and empowerment.

Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying (June, $13 paper) by Ram Dass speaks to readers in the autumn of their years.

Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames (Aug., $23.95) by Thich Nhat Hanh shares the tools for overcoming a savage emotion.

Daily Word for Couples
(May, $17.95 paper) by Colleen Zuck et al. contains 300 one-minute meditations to bolster a marriage or relationship.

The Power of Prayerful Living (May, $16.95 paper) by Doug Hill and the editors of Daybreak Spirituality Books share hundreds of prayers and words of sage advice for dealing with 60 emotional and physical problems.

Another Shot (June, $21.95) by J Kita. After turning 40, the writer set out to relive 20 personal regrets, resulting in this humorous and poignant account. 50,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.

Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer
(Apr., $9.95 paper) by Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J., is a user-friendly primer.

Lessons from the School of Suffering: A Young Priest with Cancer Teaches Us How to Live (Apr., $6.95 paper) by Rev. Jim Willig with Tammy Bundy shares an inspirational story of coping with terminal renal cancer.

The Ten Commandments: Covenant of Love (Apr., $9.95 paper) by Fr. Alfred McBride asks readers to experience the commandments more deeply.

The Centurion and the Songbird
(June, $5 paper) by Sibyl Niemann retells 10 stories from the Gospels, each from the point of view of one of the characters.

Prayer Partnerships: The Power of Agreement
(June, $10.99 paper) by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock. Praying with a loved one builds a strength in common.

Real Solutions for Overcoming Discouragement, Rejection and the Blues (June, $9.99 paper) by H. Norman Wright prescribes practical methods for dealing with downhearted moments.

The Beginner's Guide to Intercession (June, $9.99 paper) by Dutch Sheets concerns praying for specific intentions such as Pope John Paul II's call for a new springtime of evangelization.

Beginning Contemplative Prayer: Out of Chaos into Quiet (July, $10.99 paper) by Sister Kathryn Hermes advocates a lasting and calming rhythm of prayer.

Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality
(Mar., $12.95 paper) by Judith Lief enhances a gratefulness for everyday events.

Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice (Mar., $21.95) by Taizan Maezumi is the first collection of teachings by this Zen master.

Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Mar., $29.95) by Judith Simmer-Brown inquires into the symbolism of the religion's most powerful deity.

Straight to the Heart of Zen: Eleven Classic Koans and Their Inner Meanings (June, $15.95 paper) by Philip Kapleau discusses how to work with the koans in practice.

Signature Books
Evolution and Mormonism: A Quest for Understanding
(Mar., $19.95 paper) by Trent D. Stephens and D. Jeffrey Meldrum with Forrest B. Peterson presents scientific data to nonspecialists looking to form an educated opinion on the topic.

Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family History (Mar., $44.95) by Lavinia Fielding Anderson recounts the life story of the mother of Mormonism's founding prophet, Joseph Smith.

The Ten Journeys of Life
(Aug., $9.95 paper) by Rabbi Michael Gold ech s the 10 trials God put Abraham through to help the reader reach a fuller humanity.

Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired
(Apr., $26) by Benson Bobrick enumerates the enormous ramifications that the translated Bible has had on politics, literature and the law. 50,000 first printing. Advertising. Author publicity.

The Way of a Pilgrim: Annotated and Explained
(Mar., $14.95 paper) by Gleb Pokrovsky. The classic of Russian spirituality now has facing-page commentary. $20,000 ad/promo.

Women Pray: Voices Through the Ages, from Many Faiths, Cultures and Traditions (May, $19.95), ed. by Monica Furlong, includes insights and commentary. $30,000 ad/promo.

Soulful Aging: Ministry Through the States of Adulthood
(Mar., $19 paper) by Henry R. Simmons and Jane Wilson proposes that older congregants tell younger church members about their lives and spiritual journeys.

The Bible D sn't Have to Be Hard to Read (Apr., $14 paper) by Michael D. McGehee identifies the parables, sermons, hymns and laws found in the Bible.

The Ten Commandments in the Context of Grace (May, $30 paper) by C.W. Christian explains that the rules express the covenant of God's graciousness.

Meditations of a Tibetan Tantric Abbott: The Main Practices of the Mahayana Buddhist Path
(Apr., $14.95 paper) by Kensur Lekden, trans. by Jeffrey Hopkins, details the attitudes cultivated in meditation.

Search and Rescue: How to Bring Your Friends and Loved Ones Into--or Back Into--the Church
(May, $14.95 paper) by Patrick Madrid serves as a practical guide.

How to Make a Good Confession (June, $11.95 paper) by John A. Kane assists souls in avoiding sin and living for God.

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Public Lives, Private Prayers (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Mary Reath anthologizes prayers and p ms by Joan Baez, Desmond Tutu, Dale Evans Rogers, Mickey Spillane and others.

Why Aren't We Satisfied? (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Clifford Williams promises a better life than merely restless prosperity.

Yeshua of Nazareth: Spiritual Master (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Richard Chilson says that Jesus' life and stories can profoundly reach the human soul.

Sacred Tongues: The Golden Age of Spiritual Writing
(Apr., $17.95 paper) by David Scott relates the prose of John Donne, Thomas Traherne and others to modern life.

Finding Hope and Healing Through the Bible (Apr., $10.95 paper) by Roy Lawrence shows how the study of scripture can channel healing into all areas of life.

The Path and the Peacemakers (June, $12.95 paper) by David Miller testifies to the courage of Christians during the era of the Shining Path guerrilla movement.

How to Pray: Tapping into the Power of Divine Communication
(Apr., $13.95 paper) by Helene Ciaravino examines the history and praying techniques of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. 15,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

Bible Seeds: A Simple Study-Devotional for Growing in God's Word
(Mar., $12.95 paper) by Starburst Publishers combines Bible study, devotional reading and journal exercises with a gardening theme.

Bible Bytes for Teens: A Study-Devotional for Logging in to God's Word (May, $12.99 paper) by Starburst Publishers consists of two-page lessons connecting stories and biblical principles to typical teen issues.

Bede Griffiths: A Life in Dialogue
(Mar., $16.95 paper) by Judson B. Trapnell investigates the life of the writer who envisioned a union of Eastern and Western spirituality.

The Secret of the Christian Way: A Contemplative Ascent Through the Writings of Jean Borella (Mar., $19.95 paper) by Jean Borella, ed. by G. John Champoux, selects key passages by the French religious philosopher.

Religious Therapeutics: Body and Health in Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra (Apr., $17.95 paper) by Gregory P. Fields delineates the relationship between health and religion.

The Practical Kabbalah Guidebook
(May, $16.95 paper) by Stephen Goldberg plunges deeply into fundamental questions of existence.

Spiritual Traditions: Essential Teachings to Transform Your Life (May, $19.95 paper) by Timothy Freke is an illustrated look at the world's great belief systems.

Syracuse University Press
The Forgotten: Catholics of the Soviet Empire from Lenin Through Stalin
(Mar., $39.95) by Rev. Christopher Lawrence Zugger traces the history of Soviet Catholicism from 1914 through its precarious fate in the first 60 years of the U.S.S.R.

Mysticism and Social Transformation (Mar., $24.95 paper), ed. by Janet K. Ruffing, explores the relationship between the mystical and the political dimensions of religious existence, beginning with the 13th-century Franciscan movement and ending with a feminist approach to the narratives of African-Americans who serve in the ministry.

Every Saint Has a Past, Every Sinner a Future: Seven Steps to the Spiritual and Material Riches of Life
(Apr., $23.95) by Rev. Terry Cole-Whittaker dispenses seven essential principles to build an enriched present and future.

The Creative Life: 7 Keys to Your Inner Genius (June, $19.95) by Eric Butterworth. The Unity minister outlines seven steps modeled on the seven days of Creation from the book of Genesis.

Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition (June, $29.95) by Lao Tzu. Translator and commentator Jonathan Star helps readers comprehend the ancient wisdoms.

Writing from the Heart: Young People Share Their Wisdom
(Apr., $12.95 paper), ed. by Peggy Veljkovic and Arthur J. Schwartz, collects 62 award-winning essays.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Religion, Public Policy and Conflict Transformation (June, $34.95), ed. by Raymond G. Helmick, S.J., and Rodney L. Petersen, focuses on the effectiveness of forgiveness in international affairs.

(Apr., $24.95) by Mari Hall clarifies the philosophy behind this form of spirituality. 50,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.

The Healing Path (May, $22.95) by Jacqueline Young is an illustrated guide to Eastern spiritual holistic traditions including yoga and acupuncture. 60,000 first printing. Advertising. One Spirit selection. Author publicity.

Zen: Thorsons First Directions (May, $12.95) by Martine Batchelor is by a former Zen Buddhist nun. 25,000 first printing. Advertising.

Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes
(Mar., $13.95 paper) by Gordon B. Hinckley considers love, honesty, morality, civility and more. 200,000 first printing. Advertising.

How to Know God: The Soul's Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries (Mar., $14 paper) by Deepak Chopra sold over 300,000 copies in cloth. 200,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.

The Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation (May, $14 paper) by Arinna Weisman and Jean Smith is an accessible introduction to Vipassana Buddhism.

God at the Edge: Searching for the Divine in Uncomfortable and Unexpected Places (May, $12 paper) by Niles Elliot Goldstein relates dogsledding above the Arctic Circle and spending a night in a New York jail. Author publicity.

Mystical Stories from the Bhagavatam: Twenty-Six Timeless Lessons in Self-Discovery
(May, $19.95) by Amal Bhakta has stories of powerful gods, terrifying demons and compassionate saints.

A Calendar of Saints: The Lives of the Principal Saints of the Christian Year
(Mar., $22.95 paper) by James Bentley. Some 300 paintings celebrate the lives of saints from all walks of life. A Little, Brown U.K. book.

The Vision of the Buddha: Buddhism--The Path to Spiritual Enlightenment (Mar., $24.95) by Tom Lowenstein illustrates the religion's history and legends. A Duncan Baird book.

The Times Famous Passages from the Bible and The Times Famous Passages from Spiritual Writings (Mar., $17.95 each), compiled by Owen Collins, collect wise words from inspiring sources. Fount books.

Christianity and the Roman Empire: Background Texts
(Mar., $28 paper) by Ralph Martin Novak relates the history of the first four centuries of the common era.

Jesus Then and Now: Images of Jesus in History and Christology (May, $35 paper), ed. by Marvin Meyer. Conservative and liberal scholars debate faith and the purpose of theology.

Paul in the Greco-Roman World: A Handbook (Aug., $40), ed. by J. Paul Sampley, places Paul within the context of his times.

Dharma: Impermanence, No-Self, Nirvana
(Mar., $18.95) by Dennis Genpo Merzel indicates that Buddhist concepts are pertinent to everyday life for all faiths.

Grassroots Zen (July, $24.95) by Manfred Steger and Perle Besserman makes Japanese Zen more applicable to the Western lifestyle.

St. Nadie in Winter: Zen Encounters with Loneliness (July, $24.95) by Terrance Keenan is an autobiography dealing with spiritual transformation. A Journey Editions book.

Blessings and Prayers from Around the World
(Apr., $19.95 paper) by Geoffrey Duncan celebrates a rich diversity of cultures.

Links to the Sacred: Contemporary Prayers for Golfers (Apr., $9.95 paper) by Michael Lawler tees up with 19 prayerful reflections.

Shaken Faith: Hanging in There When God Seems Far Away (Apr., $9.95 paper) by Antoinette Bosco comforts those who struggle with doubt and despair.

Out of the Shadows
(May, $19.99) by Sigmund Brouwer is a contemporary novel about a man looking for answers about the mother who abandoned him. $100,000 ad/promo.

Ribbon of Years (July, $19.99) by Robin Lee Hatcher is fiction concerning a woman of great faith. $50,000 ad/promo.

A Dangerous Silence (Aug., $14.99) by Catherine Palmer. This novel depicts a woman dealing with family secrets and a hidden killer in an Indian burial ground. $50,000 ad/promo.

Reflections (Aug., $14.99) by Ric Ergenbright. A photographer blends his visions of nature with scripture and hymns. $25,000 ad/promo.

Safely Home (Aug., $19.99) by Randy Alcorn. In this novel, two college friends whose lives took diverging paths reunite after 20 years. $250,000 ad/promo.

What Would Buddha Do at Work?: 101 Answers to Workplace Dilemmas
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Spiritual Economics: The Principles and Process of True Prosperity
(Mar., $13.95 paper) by Eric Butterworth is a reminder that we have the power within to live abundantly. Ad/promo.

The Inner Core: Exploring the Mystical Christian Experience (May, $13.95 paper) by Robert L. Marshall teaches the spiritual explorer how to tap into Christ energies. Ad/promo.

Creative Spirituality: The Way of the Artist
(Mar., $27.50) by Robert Wuthnow claims that painters, sculptors, writers, singers, dancers and actors are in today's spiritual vanguard.

Myths in Stone: Religious Dimensions in Washington, D.C. (Mar., $35) by Jeffrey F. Meyer locates the religious themes pervading our capital.

When a Jew Dies: The Ethnography of a Bereaved Son (May, $29.95) by Samuel C. Heilman details Jewish rites of mourning and the author's loss of his own father.

On Niebuhr: A Theological Study
(Mar., $29) by Langdon Gilkey relates his mature theology to his political theory and the historical crises of the 1930s and '40s.

Mullahs on the Main Frame: Islam and Modernity Among the Daudi Bohras (Apr., $40) by Jonah Blank shatters stereotypes about fundamentalist Islam.

Common Prayer: The Language of Public Devotion in Early Modern England (May; $40, paper $16) by Ramie Targoff inspects the relationship between prayer and p try in the century after Protestant Reformation.

On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life: Reflections on Freud and Rosenzweig (May; $40, paper $16) by Eric Santner argues for understanding religions of revelation in therapeutic terms.

Black Bishop: Edward T. Demby and the Struggle for Racial Equality in the Episcopal Church
(Mar., $34.95) by Michael J. Beary. America's first black bishop struggles against white apathy, lack of funds and jurisdictional ambiguity.

Ancient Records of Egypt, Vol. 1: The First Through the Seventeenth Dynasties (May, $19.95); Vol. 2: The Eighteenth Dynasty (May, $19.95); Vol. 3: The Nineteenth Dynasty (May, $19.95); Vol. 4: The Twentieth Through the Twenty-Sixth Dynasties (May, $21.95); and Vol. 5: Supplementary Bibliographies and Indices (May, $14.95), trans. and ed. by James Henry Breasted, are the first paperback editions.

Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life Behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement (June, $19.95 paper) by Nori J. Muster itemizes the corruption and scandals that beset the movement in the 1980s.

Hallelujah Lads and Lasses: Remaking the Salvation Army in America, 1880-1930
(June; $39.95, paper $16.95) by Lillian Taiz traces the group's evolution from a working-class, evangelical religion to its emphasis on service as the path to salvation.

Adam's Curse: Reflections on Religion and Literature
(Apr., $24.95) by Denis Donoghue contains essays on Yeats, Milton, William Lynch's Christ and Apollo and more.

The Grand Option: Personal Transformation and a New Creation (June; $20, paper $12) by Beatrice Bruteau builds on the foundations of Teilhard de Chardin.

Laborers in the Vineyard of the Lord: The Beginnings of the AME Church in Florida
(May, $34.95) by Larry Eugene Rivers and Canter Brown Jr. follows the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Religion, Power and Politics in Colonial St. Augustine (June, $55) by Robert L. Kapitzke focuses on daily rituals that defined a Catholic life.

The Veil Unveiled: The Hijab in Modern Culture (June, $55) by Faegheh Shirazi notes that the veil in Islamic cultures holds meanings beyond current clichés.

Compelled to Write to You: Letters on Faith, Love, Service and Life
(Mar., $17) by Christopher de Vinck and Elizabeth M. Mosbo VerHage. The correspondence between a college senior and an author concerns spiritual truths. 25,000 first printing.

Growing Compassionate Kids: Helping Kids See Beyond Their Backyard (Mar., $12) by Jan Johnson enables parents to help their children care about children in need.

Walking Through the Waters: Biblical Reflections for Families of Cancer Patients (Apr., $10) by Nancy Regensburger leads to God's presence during times of uncertainty.

A Common Life: The Wedding Story
(Apr., $24.95) by Jan Karon. The latest entry in the bestselling Mitford saga chronicles the marriage of Father Tim and Cynthia Coppersmith.Jerusalem's Heart (May, $24.95) by Bodie and Brock Th ne is book three in the Zion Legacy series.

Live in a Better Way: Reflections on Truth, Love and Happiness
(Feb., $23.95) by His Holiness the Dalai Lama gathers a decade's worth of lectures given in India to audiences from all walks of life.

The Changing Faces of Jesus (Apr., $25.95) by Geza Vermes explores the New Testament writings about Jesus that have defined two millennia of Christian worship and speculation.

Buddhist Wisdom: The Diamond Sutra and the Heart Sutra
(Apr., $12 paper), trans. and intro. by Edward Conze. Commentary is interleaved with the content of two essential Buddhist texts.

The Buddha from Brooklyn (May, $14 paper) by Martha Sherrill contains a new epilogue.

The End of the World... As We Know It
(Mar., $17.95) by Chuck Smith Jr. suggests how the church can adjust to today's shifts in social and cultural values. 15,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.

In Search of Authentic Faith (Mar., $11.95 paper) by Steve Rabey reviews the efforts churches make in reaching out to young people. Ad/promo.

No Eye Can See (Mar., $11.95 paper) by Jane Kirkpatrick. In Book two of the Kinship and Courage series, 11 widows who survived the Oregon Trail learn to embrace their futures. 20,000 first printing. Ad/promo.

Storm (Mar., $10.95 paper) by Reg Grant is an historical novel about the romance and victory of Martin Luther. 15,000 first printing. Ad/promo.

Shattered Dreams (Apr., $19.95) by Larry Crabb points out God's blessings amid life's difficulties. 35,000 first printing. $80,000 ad/promo.

What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter (May, $10.95 paper) by Connie Neal addresses the questions that parents, teachers and others have about the popular young hero. 15,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo.

Jerusalem and Its Environs: Quarters, Neighborhoods, Villages, 1800-1948
(Mar., $45) by Ruth Kark and Michal Oren-Nordheim studies the city's urban and rural development. Published with Magnes Press.

Judaism Within Modernity: Essays on Jewish Historiography and Religion (June, $29.95) by Michael A. Meyer checks the effects of modernization on Jewish self-understanding.

Cummunings of the Spirit: The Journals of Mordecai M. Kaplan, Vol. 1: 1913-1934 (Aug., $34.95), ed. by Mel Scult, comprises diary selections by the founder of Reconstructionism in America. Published with Reconstructionist Press.

Buddhism Pure and Simple
(Mar., $14.95 paper) by Hsing Yun uses a popular Chinese Buddhist text, The Sutra of the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings, as a framework to present the basic truths of Buddhism.

Meditation (Apr., $9.95 paper) by Jinananda tells how to pursue meditation throughout life's vicissitudes.

Metta: The Practice of Loving Kindness (Apr., $9.95 paper) by Abhaya, Chris Pauling et al. Seven experienced meditators contribute their reflections on metta and advice on its cultivation.

Buddhist Symbolism in Tibetan Thangkas: The Story of Siddhartha and Other Buddhas Interpreted in Modern Nepalese Painting
(Mar., $19.95 paper) by Ben Meulenbeld takes in 37 thangkas depicting the evolution of Tibetan Buddhism.

Karma and Reincarnation: A Comprehensive, Practical and Inspirational Guide (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Ruth White shows karma's necessary connection to reincarnation.

Woman's Magic: Rituals, Meditations and Magical Ways to Enrich Your Life (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Sue Bowes incorporates age-old ways of the wise woman into contemporary life.

Goddess of the North: A Comprehensive Study of the Norse Goddesses, from Antiquity to the Modern Age (Apr., $18.95 paper) by Lynda Welch pieces together a divine heritage with academic and modern spiritual research.

Colorado's Sanctuaries, Retreats and Sacred Places
(Apr.) by Jean Torkelson and New Mexico's... (Aug., $22.95 paper each) by Christina Nealson catalogue the states' best sites for soul searching.

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Jupiter's Rings: Balance from the Inside Out
(May, $16.95 paper) by Howard Schechter offers insights on living a balanced life in our hectic dot-com times. 10,000 first printing. Author tour.

The Garden of Life: A Father's Book of Wisdom (May, $12.95 paper) by Stephen Mason collects life lessons.

Creating Consciousness: A Study of Consciousness, Creativity and Violence (May, $17.95 paper) by Albert Low. A Zen master examines the philosophical, religious and scientific problem of consciousness in relation to evolution, creativity, spirituality and violence. Author tour.

Afro-Cuban Religions
(Apr., $16.95) by Miguel Barnet describes how African cults enrich Cuba's social and cultural life.

Islamic Art and Arabic Literature (May, $22.95), ed. by Oleg Grabar and Cynthia Robinson. Texts and their illuminations are seen as a single cultural product.

Zen and the Kingdom of Heaven: Reflections on the Tradition of Meditation in Christianity and Zen Buddhism
(Mar., $16.95 paper) by Tom Chetwynd delves into parallel ways of thought.

Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path (May, $16.95 paper) by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana helps turn every situation into an opportunity for joy.

Karmapa of Tibet: The Politics of Reincarnation (June, $16.95 paper) by Lea Terhune introduces this revered Tibetan lama.

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The Greatest Story Ever Sold: A Considered and Whimsical Illumination of the Really Good Parts of Holy Writ
(Mar., $12.95 paper) by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor mines hidden treasures in the Bible.

Excellent Protestant Congregations: The Guide to Best Places and Practices (Apr., $18.95 paper) by Paul Wilkes recognizes laudable sites of worship.

The Spirit of Life: Five Studies to Bring Us Closer to the Heart of God
(Jan., $7.95) by Ian Price. This study guide helps people explore their spirits in relationship to God. Advertising.

Easter Stories Family Story Bible Curriculum Module 2 (Jan., $64.95) by Julie Elliot. This boxed set includes videos on the stories of Jesus' betrayal, suffering, death and resurrection; tips on storytelling techniques; a Planning Guide; and a color poster.

Bruce and Stan Search for the Meaning of Life
(Apr., $17.99) by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz asks real people what they think is life's significance.

Footprints of a Pilgrim (Apr., $19.99) by Ruth Bell Graham weaves together prose, p try and the story of her life.

God's Most Precious Jewels Are Crystallized Tears (Apr., $12.99 paper) by Barbara Johnson contains the stories of 14 women who survived hardship to encourage others.

Doing Things Right (May, $21.99) by Gary Bauer. The former presidential hopeful rediscovers the glory of America in unlikely places.

Why Good People Do Bad Things (July, $19.99) by Erwin Lutzer maintains that change is possible through the sometimes painful process of God-given revelation and honesty.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Marriages: How to Stay Together When Life Pulls You Apart
(Mar., $19.99) by Les and Leslie Parrott. Difficulties in life can become tools to strengthen marriage. $25,000 ad/promo. Author tour.

Christy (Apr., $12.99 paper) by Catherine Marshall is a reprint timed for a Christy miniseries in May on PAX TV.

Stuck in Halftime: Reinvesting Your One and Only Life (May, $17.99) by Bob Buford removes obstacles separating a successful life from a significant one. $25,000 ad/promo.

Safe at Home (Aug., $19.99) by Bob Muzikowski and Gregg Lewis is the life testimony of a man whose idea--"Let's play ball!"--is having a large impact on disenfranchised children, their families and their community. $40,000 ad/promo.