Practical Virtues (Sept., $24.95) by Reverend Floyd H. Flake and Reverend M. Elaine McCollins Flake presents a collection of African-American—inspired stories, hymns, poems, letters and narratives. 40,000 first printing.
1 Corinthians (Nov., $49.99) by David E. Garland. This addition to the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is accessible to students, pastors and scholars.
The Healing Power of Prayer (Sept., $16.99) by Chester L. Tolson and Harold G. Koenig, M.D., maintains that the stress-relieving effects of prayer can heal our bodies.
Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx (Oct., $26) by Heidi B. Neumark is the memoir of a white woman from a suburban, Ivy League background who has spent nearly 20 years ministering with a Hispanic and African-American Lutheran church. Advertising. Author publicity.
The Ten Commandments of Character: Essential Advice for Living an Honorable, Ethical, Honest Life (Sept., $25) by Joseph Telushkin offers advice on life's thorniest moral dilemmas in this follow-up to the author's Book of Jewish Values. Author publicity.
The Purpose of Human Life (Feb., $24) by Clinton L. Black provides an explanation for human origin, existence and end times.
Selling Ourselves Short: Why We Struggle to Earn a Living and Have a Life (Nov., $22.99) by Catherine M. Wallace explores the struggle to balance work, family, friendships and community service given the cultural pressures to compete and consume. Advertising.
BROADMAN & HOLMANUnveiling the End Times in Our Time (Jan., $19.99) by Adrian Rogers is a commentary for the layperson on the book of Revelation.
Buddha (Nov., $27.95) by Michael Jordan celebrates Buddha through centuries of Eastern sculpture and painting.
The Power of Prayer and Worship (Oct., $14.99) by John Tesh. Written meditations are accompanied by 10 original songs on CD.
What I've Always Known: Living in Full Awareness of the Earth (Sept., $23) by Tom Harmer is an account of a young white man's apprenticeship to a Native American elder in the Pacific Northwest. Author publicity.
Torah 24/7: A Timely Guide for the Modern Spirit (Sept., $21.95) by Steven Ettinger. The author reveals how the weekly reading of the Torah has relevance for the life of modern man.
A Travel Guide to Heaven (Sept., $18.95) by Anthony De Stefano offers a 21st-century "virtual tour" of heaven that will comfort those who have lost loved ones and delight the curious.
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An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion (Oct., $18) by John Haldane argues that faith is necessary in modern society.
The Language of Soul: Keys to Living a More Meaningful Life (Sept., $14) by Harold Klemp provides a spiritual prescription for what ails a troubled world.
WM. B. EERDMANS
Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible (Sept., $75), edited by James D.G. Dunn and John Rogerson, presents modern scholarship on each of the 66 canonical books of the Bible, plus the 18 apocryphal works.
FSG/NORTH POINT PRESS
The Saints Guide to Happiness: Everyday Wisdom from the Lives and Lore of the Saints (Dec., $23) by Robert Ellsberg asks, "What is happiness and how might we find it?"
Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible (Jan., $25) by Peter Manseau and Jeff Sharlet is a religious pilgrimage across America in search of a more meaningful spiritual relevance. Author tour.Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power and the Papacy of John Paul II (Jan., $25) by Jason Berry and Gerald Renner follows the trail of evasions and disinformation that leads to the Vatican and taints the legacy of Pope Paul II. Author tour.
GREENWICH WORKSHOP PRESS
Son of Man, Vol. II: Miracles of Jesus (Sept., $16.95) by Susan Easton Black, illus. by Liz Lemon Swindle, is an inspirational gift book with a fresh approach to the stories of Christ's miracles.
Beauty (Jan., $24.95) by John O'Donohue. The author of Anam Cara defines beauty.
HARPER SAN FRANCISCO
A Year with C.S. Lewis (Nov., $19.95) by C.S. Lewis gathers 366 poignant and thought-provoking daily meditations. 75,000 first printing.
Jesus in America: The Most Influential Figure in Our History—From Its Origins to Today (Jan., $24.95) by Richard Fox is an illustrated cultural history of how Jesus has been understood and worshipped in the U.S. 40,000 first printing.
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At War with Time: The Wisdom of Western Thought from the Sages to a New Activism (Oct., $24.95) by Craig Eisendrath. A historian reviews the milestones of Western religion to find new meaning and philosophical guidance. Advertising.
The Parallel Bible: Hebrew-English Old Testament with the Biblia Hebraica Leningradensia and The King James Version (Sept., $39.95), edited by Aron Dotan, offers new editions of the Hebrew Bible, the Biblia Hebraica Leningradensia, in parallel columns with the King James Version.
Once Upon a Tandem (Sept., $11.99) by Jay Payleitner shares the story of a sojourner bicycling alone whose life is changed when he invites a new friend to join him.
Positive Living Day by Day (Oct., $14.95) by Norman Vincent Peale. The minister's writings provide a positive charge for each day. 25,000 first printing.
INTERVARSITY PRESSThe History of Christian Thought (Feb., $21) by Jonathan Hill returns to the great Christian thinkers and how they helped shape our contemporary world.
Keeping Faith with the Psalms: Deepen Your Relationship with God Using the Book of Psalms (Sept., $24.95) by Daniel F. Polish shows how the Book of Psalms can help explain the nature of God. Ad/promo.
I Am Jewish: Reflections Inspired by the Words of Daniel Pearl (Jan., $24.95), edited by Ruth and Judea Pearl. Reflecting on Wall Street Journal reporter Pearl's last words, "I am Jewish," Jews express what being Jewish means to them. $30,000 ad/promo. 10-city author tour.
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Making Sense of Sorrow (Jan., $35) by Maurice Lamm speaks to the emotional and spiritual needs of mourners. $75,000 ad/promo.
JOSSEY-BASSPrayers of Comfort & Strength (Sept., $12.95) by Michele Howe provides inspiration and comfort for busy women.
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Spurgeon on Leadership: Key Insights for Christian Leaders from the Prince of Preachers (Sept., $21.99) by Larry Michael looks at the leadership style of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Dear Papa: Children Celebrate Pope John Paul II with Letters of Love and Affection (Sept., $14.95), compiled by Richard A. and Virginia D. Klein, gathers children's letters to the Pope on the 25th anniversary of his pontificate.
Blessed Mother Teresa: Her Journey to Your Heart (Oct., $19.95) by T.T. Mundakel is an intimate account of the life of this much-revered nun.
Butler's Lives of the Saints: New Concise Edition (Sept., $39.95) by Paul Burns provides an essay on one saint for each day of the month. Advertising.
The 10 Commandments of Parenting, The Dos and Don'ts for Raising Great Kids (Jan., $18.99) by Ed Young is drawn from decades of counseling experience. $25,000 ad/promo.
Some Things You Just Have to Live With: Musings on Middle Age (Sept., $17.95) by Barbara Crafton acknowledges the physical changes one must endure with age while encouraging a deeper relationship with God.
The Rabbi's Heartbeat (Oct., $16.99) by Brennan Manning is a daily devotional designed to bring about a closer relationship to Jesus—the great Rabbi. Advertising.
Finding Peace (Sept., $19.99) by Charles F. Stanley offers insight on how to open our hearts to receive God's peace.
NEW YORK UNIV. PRESS
Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls (Nov., $26.95) by Stephanie Wellen Levine gives a rare glimpse at the conflicts, challenges and rewards of growing up female within the traditions of Hasidic life.
The Crisis of Muslim History: Religion and Politics in Early Islam (Nov., $50) by Mahmoud M. Ayoub examines the schism between the Sunni and Shi'i movements.
Seeking Paradise: The Spirit of the Shakers (Sept., $24) by Thomas Merton evokes the Shaker spirit of simplicity and peace found here in the noted monk's writings paired with photographs.
OXFORD UNIV. PRESS
Lost Christianities (Sept., $30) by Bart A. Ehrman researches early forms of Christianity and how they came to be suppressed, reformed and forgotten.
The Jewish Study Bible (Jan., $40), senior editor, Michael Fishbane; edited by Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler, presents the center of gravity of the Scriptures.
Behind Locked Doors: A History of the Papal Elections (Oct., $24.95) by Frederic J. Baumgartner is a history of the Papal conclaves that convene to elect future Popes.
Missing Mary: The Disappeared Queen of Heaven and the Recovery of Her Grace (Jan., $26.95) by Charlene Spretnak is a call to the Roman Catholic Church to recognize the full spiritual presence of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Mudhouse Sabbath: Twelve Spiritual Practices I Learned from Judaism (Nov., $13.95) by Lauren Winner. The author of Girl Meets God shares 12 spiritual lessons that Judaism taught her.
PENN STATE UNIV. PRESS
Avodah: Ancient Poems for Yom Kippur (Feb., $45), trans. and edited by Michael D. Swartz and Joseph Yahalom, is the first major translation of the lost literature of the ancient synagogue and first in the Penn State Library of Jewish Literature series.
Follow the Star: Christmas Stories That Changed My Life (Nov., $14.95) by T.D. Jakes. Bishop Jakes mixes stories from the Bible and his life that have touched and shaped him. Ad/promo.
The Genesis Meditations: A Shared Practice of Peace for Christians, Jews, and Muslims (Oct., $24.95) by Neil Douglas-Klotz decodes creation stories shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Advertising. Author tour.
Coach Wooden One-on-One (Sept., $17.99) by John Wooden and Jay Carty offers readings, the result of conversations between basketball's legendary coach Wooden and former Laker and one-time Wooden assistant Carty.
Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy (Sept., $21) by Lawrence Kushner and David Mamet. A scholar of Jewish spirituality and the Pulitzer Prize—winning playwright explore the meaning of the Bible in today's world. Advertising. Author appearances.
The Compassion Box (Sept., $26.95) by Pema Chödrön. The Buddhist nun offers a traditional practice for awakening compassion and wisdom in a kit that includes a CD. 25,000 first printing.The Gnostic Bible (Dec., $34.95), edited by Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer, is a comprehensive collection of Gnostic mystical literature.
Simple Acts of Moving Forward (Sept., $13.99) by Vinita Hampton Wright helps readers clear life's hurdles.
SHEED & WARD
John Paul II: A Light for the World, Essays and Reflections on the Papacy of John Paul II (Oct., $35), edited by Sister Mary Ann Walsh, is a celebration of the religious leader.
Consuming Faith: Integrating Who We Are with What We Buy (Nov., $22.95) by Tom Beaudoin asks readers to contemplate their spiritual role against their consumer-driven life.
SKYLIGHT PATHS PUBLISHING
Spiritually Incorrect: Finding God in All the Wrong Places (Sept., $22.95) by Dan Wakefield, illus. by Marian del Vecchio, is part memoir, part essay. $20,000 ad/promo.
STANFORD UNIV. PRESS
The Zohar 1: Pritzker Edition, Vol. One and The Zohar 2: Pritzker Edition, Vol. Two (both Sept., $45 each), trans. and annotated by Daniel C. Matt, is the first translation made from a critical Aramaic text of the Zohar.
Will Yoga & Meditation Really Change My Life? (Oct., $19.95), edited by Stephen Cope, discusses how these practices can enrich ordinary daily life. 25,000 first printing.
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Noble Purpose: The Joy of Living a Meaningful Life (Oct., $12.95) by William Damon explores personal and spiritual benefits of adding meaning to daily life.
TRINITY PRESS INTERNATIONAL
Decoding Mark (Oct., $20) by John Dart reconstructs Mark's Gospel using the presence or absence of word puzzle—like devices called "chiasms."
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World (Oct., $24.95) by Carl W. Ernst explains the faith practiced by more than one billion Muslims throughout the world.
UNIV. OF NOTRE DAME PRESS
Reconciling Catholicism and Feminism (Oct.; $50, paper $25), edited by Sally Barr Ebest and Ron Ebest, includes opinions by historians, theologians and feminists on their personal experiences with the Catholic Church.
UNIV. OF VIRGINIA PRESS
Meditation and the Martial Arts (Nov., $22.95) by Michael L. Raposa analyzes the connection between spirituality and the martial arts including Japanese aikido and Chinese tai chi chuan.
UNIV. PRESS OF NEW ENGLAND
California Jews (Oct., $34.95), edited by Ava F. Kahn and Marc Dollinger, reviews Jewish life, history and culture in California from the Gold Rush to the present.
Next Door Savior (Sept., $22.99; cassette, $18.99; CD, $24.99) by Max Lucado describes a savior who is as approachable as a neighbor yet mighty enough to save humanity.
How to Hear from God (Sept., $21.99) by Joyce Meyer explains the ways in which God speaks and teaches readers to listen.
It's More Than the Music: Life Lessons for Loving God, Loving Each Other (Oct., $19.95) by Bill Gaither with Ken Abraham. Gaither's life reveals triumphs and tragedies from which to learn.
There's No Such Thing as Business Ethics: Discover the One Rule for Making the Right Decisions (Oct., $14.95) by John C. Maxwell shares the only rule that matters.
Second Wind (Oct., $19.99) by Bill Butterworth and Dean Merrill helps readers rise above disappointment, weariness and boredom with life.
Buddha (Sept., $29.95) by Jon Ortner. More than 150 photographs by Ortner of artistic creations of Buddha are the focus of this gift-packaged volume. Ad/ promo.
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment: A Commentary on the Lamrim Chenmo (Nov., $29.95) by Geshe Lhundub Sopa provides commentary on an important teaching of the Gelog school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Rambam's Ladder: It Is Necessary to Give. It Is More Necessary to Know How (Sept., $18.95) by Julie Salamon. Become a better person by following the eight steps of giving, based on Maimonides's Ladder of Charity. $50,000 ad/promo. 20-city author tour.
Rumors of Another World (Sept., $22.99) by Philip Yancey grapples with why God made the world and our role in it. Ad/promo. 8-city author tour.
Breakthrough Prayer (Oct., $19.99) by Jim Cymbala explains the principles and lays out a vision for prayer that can revolutionize our lives.