MCGILL-QUEENS UNIV. PRESS
In War and Famine: Missionaries in China's Honan Province in the 1940s (Apr., $34.95) by Erleen Shristensen is an eyewitness account of war's terrible cost.
Celestial Gallery (Mar., $75) by Romio Shrestha, foreword by Deepak Chopra, reinterprets traditional Tibetan mandalas with 39 full-color paintings.
Doorway to Eternity: Celebrating the Land of Krishna (Apr., $45) by Arjen van der Kooij presents more than 80 photographs by Ramon Dekkers of the landscape known to Hindus as Krishna's birthplace.
MERCER UNIV. PRESS
Frederick Douglass: A Precursor of Liberation Theology (Mar., $22 paper) by Reginald F. Davis follows his philosophical and theological development.
From Season to Season: Sports as American Religion (Mar., $25 paper), edited by Joseph L. Price. Nine scholars explore the relationship between the two seemingly dissimilar passions.
Encyclopedia of Religion in the South (May, $60), edited by Samuel S. Hill et al. treats both religious and cultural history.
MERCURY BOOKS (dist. by IPM)
Historical Atlas of the Islamic World (Mar., $25) by David Nicolle surveys the civilization.
Gregorian Chants (May, $35) by Colin Shearling. A CD accompanies this illustrated history of religious music.
Acts for God: Dramatic Sketches for Contemporary Services (Aug., $15.95 paper) by Howard Shirley. Nearly 40 short dramas can be used to introduce sermons.
Gateway to Judaism (Mar.; $23.99, paper $20.99) by Mordechai Becher is an illustrated guide to Jewish beliefs and practices.
Interlinear Haggadah (Apr., $22.99 paper) by Rabbi Menachem Davis is a word-for-word translation of the Passover Haggadah with the English displayed directly beneath the Hebrew.
Romancing the Buddha (May, $14 paper) by Michael Lisagor is an adventure-comedy story about the author's hunt for lost treasure in the jungles of urban America.
MONARCH (dist. by Kregel)
Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope (June, $15.99 paper) by Catherine Hamlin recalls a life and career in Ethiopia. Advertising.
Into the Promised Land: Beyond the Lesbian Struggle (June, $12.99 paper) by Jeanette Howard takes the reader through one woman's efforts. Advertising.
Touching the Soul of Islam: Sharing the Gospel in Muslim Cultures (June, $13.99 paper) by Bill Musk identifies surprising similarities between Muslim and biblical views.
The Black Pearl: Spiritual Illumination in Sufism and East Asian Philosophies (June, $16.95 paper) by Henry Bayman looks at similarities and differences among such East Asian religions as Buddhism, Taoism and Islamic Sufism.
The Mark of Jesus: Loving in a Way the World Can See (Mar., $14.99 paper) by Timothy George and John Woodbridge. A new approach to evangelism removes obstacles to spreading the word of the gospel.
Sex and the Single Guy (Apr., $12.99 paper) by Joseph Knable pleads for sexual purity.
A Crown in the Stars: Genesis Trilogy #3 (Apr., $12.99) by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow. The Most High Himself thwarts builders of a great tower by confounding human speech.
Blowing the Lid Off the God-Box: Letting Faith Loose in Your Life (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Anne Robertson encourages a broader and more understanding faith.
St. Benedict's Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living (Apr., $16.95 paper) by Jane Tomaine serves as a practical guide.
God, the Ingenious Alchemist: Transforming Tragedy into Blessing (Aug., $14.95) by John R. Claypool demonstrates how God works with us to bring about blessing.
Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World (Aug., $13.95 paper) by Michael Battle. Battle is a former associate of Desmond Tutu.
Am I Good Enough (Mar., $9.99) by Andy Stanley updates How Good Is Good Enough for teens.
A Return to Family Picnics (Mar., $32) by Russell Cronkhite. More than 120 recipes help revive family fellowships.
A Father, a Hero (Apr., $19.99) by James Dobson looks at the blessing of strong male role models.
A Sacred Sorrow (Mar., $13.99) by Michael Card. The musician takes a new look at the lives of Job, David, Jeremiah and Jesus.
Purse Driven Life (Mar., $11.99) by Anita Renfroe urges women to find deeper humor and joy in life.
The Power of a Prayer (Mar., $9.99) by Eugene Peterson is a collection of prayers from The Message.
Holy Superheroes (Apr., $12.99) by Greg Garrett finds lessons of faith, justice and redemption in comic books and in the motion pictures inspired by them.
Anointed to Be God's Servants (Mar., $19.99) by Henry and Tom Blackaby.Paul's example sets a plan for our own lives.
Why Men Hate Going to Church (Mar., $13.99 paper) by David Murrow calls on the church to respond to men's God-given masculine needs.
Captivating (Apr., $22.99) by John and Stasi Eldredge reveals the three core desires of every woman's heart.
Island of Saints (May, $19.99) by Andy Andrews is a tale of war, faith and forgiveness.
The Slumber of Christianity (July, $19.99) by Ted Dekker urges readers to forsake a mundane existence for God's highest pleasures.
NEW CITY PRESS
Connecting... with God, Ourselves and the People in Our Lives (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Gloria Hutchinson fosters relationships.
Who Do You Say I Am?: Meditations on Jesus' Questions in the Gospels (Mar., $13.95 paper) by M. Basil Pennington invites readers to live the questions in the gospels rather than merely to seek pat answers.
Mahatma Gandhi: Non-Violent Liberator (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Richard Deats profiles the late leader and excerpts his essential writings.
Silent Storm: Finding Spiritual Shelter During Hepatitis C (Mar., $9.99 paper) by Mark Prater with C.L. Carden alleviates the depression attending long-term illness.
Renewal on the Run: Embracing the Privileges and Expectations of a Ministry Wife (Mar., $10.99 paper) by Jill Briscoe addresses issues that can make or break a ministry or a marriage.
I Have Called You Friends: New Testament Images that Challenge Us to Live as Christ Followers (May, $10.99 paper) by Fisher Humphreys. The images of athlete, priest and more represent the Christian life.
Great Love (for Girls): Truth for Teens in Today's Sexy Culture (Aug.) and ...(for Guys) (Aug., $10.99 each paper) by Chandra Peele and Aubrey Spears. Four-week Bible studies respond to the world's distorted view of sexuality.
NEW LEAF PRESS
Cherished Illusions (Mar., $11.99 paper) by Sarah Stern is a story about female friendship tested by contemporary conflicts over the Holy Land.
Sensational After 60 (Mar., $11.99 paper) by Shirley Mitchell is a followup to her Fabulous After 50.
Jesus: The Authorized Biography (Mar., $24.99) by Gary Wharton is a synthesis drawn from scripture.
Exploring the Pagan Path: Wisdom from the Elders (May, $15.99 paper) by Kristen Madden et al. takes readers through the phases of exploration, learning and living the pagan way.
Exploring the Northern Tradition: A Guide to the Gods, Lore, Rites and Celebrations from the Norse, German and Anglo-Saxon Traditions (May, $14.99 paper) by Galina Krasskova introduces a modern reconstruction of the ancient religion.
NEW WORLD LIBRARY
Hiring the Heavens (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Jean Slatter asserts that angelic guidance can solve life's problems.
Falling into the Arms of God: Meditations with St. Teresa of Avila (May, $18) by Megan Don aims to enrich everyday living. Advertising.
NEW YORK UNIV. PRESS
New Religious Movements: A Documentary Reader (Aug., $22 paper), edited by W. Michael Ashcraft and Dereck M. Daschke, considers the scope and contributions of these movements to contemporary and religious life.
Amulets, Talismans and Magical Jewelry: A Way to the Unseen, Ever-Present, Almighty God (Aug., $24.95 paper) by Barbara Black Koltuv gathers descriptions from scripture concerning these protective treasures.
NORTHSTONE (dist. by Pilgrim Press)
The Spirituality of Mazes and Labyrinths (Mar., $30) by Gailand MacQueen blends illustrations, myth, history and personal experience.
Your Soul at Work: How to Live Your Values in the Workplace (Mar., $18.95 paper) by Bruce Hiebert locates a worthy place within the realm of work.
Passionate Visionary: Leadership Lessons from the Apostle Paul (Mar., $TBA paper) by Richard S. Ascough and Charles A. Cotton proposes Paul as a paradigm for leadership style today.
Solace: A Correspondence of Gardening, Friendship and Healing (Mar., $TBA paper) by Diane Sims and Marla Fletcher. Two friends find gardening soothing to the soul.
Peacework: Prayer, Resistance, Community (Mar., $16) by Henri Nouwen. In print for the first time, this is a plea for all Christians to embrace Jesus's ethic of peacemaking.
Women of Mercy (Mar., $20 paper) by Kathy Coffey. Michael O'Neill McGrath illustrates the text portraying courageous women from Sarah to Mother Teresa.
Amazing Church: A Catholic Theologian Remembers Half a Century of Change (Mar., $15 paper) by Gregory Baum reflects on 60 years of serving the church.
The Way We Were: A Story of Conversion and Renewal (June, $20) by Joan Chittister. The upheaval and growth after the Second Vatican Council is seen as a microcosm of the Catholic Church.
OUR SUNDAY VISITOR
The New Catholic Answer Bible (Mar., $29.95 paper) doubles the number of answers to questions about Catholic beliefs in earlier editions.
The Holy Eucharist Prayer Book (Mar., $5.95) by Alfred McBride, O. Praem., offers both traditional and original prayers.
The Biblical Basis for the Catholic Faith (Mar., $13.95 paper) by John Salza quotes only from the Bible to explain basic doctrines.
Belief (May, $21.95) by Joan Bakewell excerpts from BBC radio interviews with Karen Armstrong, A.S. Byatt and others.
OXFORD UNIV. PRESS
Eastern Religions (Apr., $35) by Michael Coogan introduces Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto.
White Collar Zen (May, $21) by Steven Heine says that Zen Buddhism can make professional life more rewarding.
Who Shall Lead Them? (July, $30) by Larry A. Witham charts the future course of Christian ministry in America.
The Whole Counsel of God: Vol. 1, God's Mighty Acts in the Old Testament (Aug., $39.99) by Richard C. Gamble. This first of three volumes explores the relationships between biblical, systematic and historical theology.
Pursuing the Passion of Jesus (Mar., $10.99 paper) by Dwight K. Nelson explains how "loving the least" can help fulfill God's plan.
The Nature of Evil (Mar., $35) by Daryl Koehn probes the darker side of humanity.
The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant: The True History of the Tablets of Moses (May, $27.50) by Stuart Munro-Hay is the story of one historian's search in Ethiopia.
The Sacred Neuron: The Extraordinary New Discoveries Linking Science and Religion (June, $29.50) by John Bowker takes a new path to relate emotions to faith.
Life with Strings Attached (Mar., $21.95) by Minnie Lamberth. The winner of the first Paraclete Fiction Award is about a seven-year-old girl in Alabama in the summer of 1972.
Sitting with Sufis: A Christian Experience of Learning Sufism (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Mary Blye Howe ventures deeply into another belief. 5-city author tour.
The Wet Engine: Exploring the Mad Wild Miracle of the Heart (May, $17.95) by Brian Doyle muses on the scientific, emotional, literary, philosophical and spiritual understandings of the heart. Author tour.
The Lure of Saints: A Protestant Experience of Catholic Tradition (May, $21.95) by Jon M. Sweeney assesses the impact that saints have had on the church and the world. 9-city author tour.Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality (May, $14.95 paper) by J. Brent Bill depicts the unique virtues of Quaker tradition. Author publicity.
Keeping the Peace: Mindfulness and Public Service (Apr., $12 paper) by Thich Nhat Hanh maintains that mindfulness can make a difference in effectiveness and job satisfaction for police officers, social workers and others. Advertising.
Sounds of Freedom: Musicians on Spirituality and Social Change (May, $18 with CD) by John Malkin. Musicians discuss the interplay of music, spirituality and social change. Advertising.
You Can Never Speak Up Too Often for the Love of All Things (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D., contains meditative poetry to inspire reverence for the self and the earth.
The Prisoner: An Invitation to Hope (Mar., $16.95 paper) by Paul Everett concerns a former convict who is now a Capuchin monk.
Discovering Saint Patrick (Mar., $18.95 paper) by Thomas O'Loughlin challenges many preconceptions about the life of the saint.
Spirituality in the Mother Zone: Staying Centered, Finding God (May, $16.95 paper) by Trudelle Thomas helps women embrace motherhood and personhood.
Song of the Nightingale: A Modern Spiritual Canticle (July, $14.95 paper) by Michael Ford. The BBC religion journalist has written "a spirituality of searching."
The Beast in Sheep's Clothing: Exposing the Lies of Godless Human Science (May, $24.95) by David Michael Lindsey condemns the spiritual dangers hidden within philosophy, evolution and psychology.
The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish (Mar., $14 paper) by Neil Douglas-Klota reinterprets fundamental spiritual practices found in all ancient and modern Sufi schools. 35,000 first printing. 8-city author tour.
PENN STATE UNIV. PRESS
Cities of God: The Religion of the Italian Communes (Mar., $65) by Augustine Thompson. O.P., gives voice to orthodox lay people and those who ministered to them.
Wandering Monks, Virgins and Pilgrims: Ascetic Travel in the Mediterranean World, 300—800 (May, $50) by Maribel Dietz sees why religious travel and monasticism diverged and altered so greatly.
Welcome to the Bangkok Slaughterhouse (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Father Joe Maier shares stories about the poor inhabitants of the Thai neighborhood of Klong Toey.
PETER PAUPER PRESS
God in All Seasons: Twelve Months of Blessings (Mar., $4.95), compiled by Sarah M. Hupp, combines original text, quotations and scriptural excerpts. 15,000 first printing.
Standing in the Whirlwind: The Riveting Story of a Priest and the Congregations that Tormented Her (Mar., $24) by Nancy C. James relates one woman's struggle against evil.
Wells of Wisdom: Grandparents and Spiritual Journeys (May, $12 paper), edited by Andrew J. Weaver and Carolyn L. Stapleton, reflects on faith journeys from grandparents and the "grandparented."
Flying Changes: Horses as Spiritual Teachers (May, $23 paper) by Carter Heyward determines what steeds can teach us.
Hope Deferred: Heart-Healing Reflections on Reproductive Loss (June, $18 paper), edited by Nadine Pence Frantz and Mary T. Stimming, tells of five women's experience.
The I Ching: Book of Answers (Mar., $15.95 paper) and I Ching Readings: Interpreting the Answers (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Wu Wei are newly revised editions.
PRINCETON UNIV. PRESS
The Question of Zion (Apr., $24.95) by Jacqueline Rose examines one of the most powerful ideologies of modern times.
Religion and the Rise of Jim Crow in New Orleans (May, $35) by James B. Bennett fills in the gap between the end of reconstruction and the eve of the civil rights movement.
Passionately Human, No Less Divine: Religious Culture in the Black Churches of Chicago, 1915—1952 (July, $39.95) by Wallace D. Best reviews the new religious practices stimulated by migration and urbanization.
Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence (Apr., $26) by Hector Avalos studies the roots of violence done in the name of religion.
The Acts of the Apostles: What Really Happened in the Earliest Days of the Church (July, $28) by Gerd Ludemann judges the historical value of every event and action in this early Christian text.
The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims (Aug., $28) by Andrew G. Bostom, M.D., discusses the ruling conditions imposed upon non-Muslims conquered by jihad campaigns.
A Rebirth for Christianity (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Alvin Boyd Kuhn illustrates that Jesus was one of many incarnations of an enduring archetype that has surfaced in other religions.
Echoes from the Gnosis (Aug., $24.95 paper) by G.R.S. Mead fully revises the complete collection of 11 seminal works on Gnosticism.
No God but God (Mar., $25.95) by Reza Aslan places Islam in relationship to other world religions to show the promise of its future. Author tour.
Things of the Hidden God (Mar., $24.95) by Christopher Merrill. In a spiritual, emotional and vocational crisis, Merrill turns to the monks of Mount Athos.
Twenty-Five Words: How the Serenity Prayer Can Save Your Life (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Barb Rogers. It has saved Rogers's life too.
Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success (Mar., $17.99) by Coach Wooden with Jay Carty identifies the building blocks and key values.
From Dream to Destiny (Mar., $18.99) by Robert Morris. Joseph stands as the biblical model for passing 10 tests needed to make dreams a reality.
A Woman's Forbidden Emotion (Mar., $14.99 paper) by H. Norm Wright and Gary Oliver states that anger may be necessary to bring about change.
Sexual Healing (June, $19.99) by David Kyle Foster. The author reveals how he overcame sexual addiction.
Taking It to the Streets (July, $9.99 paper) by Ted Haggard advocates impacting communities through prayer walking.
How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization (May, $29.95) by Thomas E. Woods Jr. attests to the church's innumerable contributions.
Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual for the End of the World (Mar., $9.99 paper) by Jason Boyette is a humorous take on "End Times."
The Naked Christian: Taking Off Religion to Find True Relationship (May, $12.99 paper) by Craig Borlase tells how to be unafraid of being naked before God.
Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2 (June, $13.99 paper) by Steve Stockman is a revised edition updated to include insights into the band's album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
Perspectives: A Life Guide for Twentysomethings (June, $12.99 paper) by Colin Creel is a life manual for searching Christians.
Adventures in Holy Matrimony: For Better or the Absolute Worst (June, $12.99 paper) by Julie Ann Fidler recounts her first four years of marriage.
The Potluck Club (Apr., $12.99 paper) by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson is a novel about six Colorado women who cook and pray together.
Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture (June, $12.99 paper) by Donna Partow exhorts women to laugh and to draw closer to God.
Mean Girls All Grown Up (July, $14.99 paper) by Hayley DiMarco stresses positive friendship between women.
Rorey's Secret (Aug., $12.99 paper) by Leisha Kelly continues the Wortham family saga set in 1940.
Hello God: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice (Mar., $23.95) by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi with Joel Segel could be described as "the Jewish art of happiness."
Field Notes on the Compassionate Life (Mar., $24.95) by Marc Ian Barasch suggests that a simple shift in consciousness can deeply affect our psyches, relationships and health.
Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains (June, $14.95 paper) by Reb Anderson is a third revised edition. Advertising.
ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
Echoes from Calvary: Meditations on Franz Joseph Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ (Mar., $24.95 paper), edited by Richard Young, includes the thoughts of Martin Luther King, Martin Marty and others.
Back to Earth: Backpacker's Journey into Self and Spirit (July, $16.95 paper) by Kerry Temple. Hiking allows a reconnection with nature, God and spirituality.
RUTGERS UNIV. PRESS
Sacred Work: Planned Parenthood and Its Clergy Alliances (Mar., $24.95) by Tom Davis notes that the relationship between the reproductive rights organization and the clergy is not incongruent.
ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
God, I Have Issues (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Mark E. Thibodeaux sends a gentle call to prayer in the midst of good and bad times.
Here on the Way to There (Mar., $12.95 paper) by William H. Shannon details what Catholics believe about life after death.
Healing Troubled Hearts (Mar., $13.95 paper) by Lyn Holley Doucet outlines a 15-week program to renew an embrace of life.
Until the Trumpet Sounds (Mar., $13.95 paper) by Zachary Grant claims that it is within reach of everyone to become a saint.
SAINT MARY'S PRESS
John Paul II, We Love You: World Youth Day Reflections 1984—2005 (Mar., $9.95 paper), edited by Barbara A. Murray, is an illustrated tribute to these gatherings.
What Do You Mean, You Can't Eat in My Home?: A Guide to How Newly Observant Jews and Their Less Observant Relatives Can Still Get Along (Aug., $23) by Azriela Jaffe offers many workable, sensible solutions. Author publicity.
SEABURY BOOKS/CHURCH PUBLISHING
Spiritual Exercises: Joining Body and Spirit in Prayer (Mar., $15 paper) by Nancy Roth. Pilates, Tai Chi, yoga and dance provide a metaphor for the spiritual journey.
Belonging (May, $12 paper) by Lucinda Mosher launches the Faith in the Neighborhood series, books about interfaith understanding.
What's Next After Now? Post-Spirituality and the Creative Life (Aug., $14.95 paper) by Steven Harrison declares that the present is a place of creativity in which we can be constantly inspired to fulfill human potential.
John Paul II (Mar., $14.99 paper) by Renzo Allegri sees the Pope as a poet, mystic, philosopher, theoretician and man of God.
The Truth About Trouble (Mar., $11.99 paper) by Michael Scanlan teaches that life's trials can lead to greater maturity and closer intimacy with God.
God's Mercy Revealed (May, $10.99 paper) by Msgr. Peter Magee reverses the human willingness to seek distance from the Divine.
Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Ajahn Chah. The Thai Buddhist master tells how to embrace meditation as a path to freedom. 15,000 first printing.
Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth (Apr., $22.95) by Tulku Thondup concerns facing death without fear. 15,000 first printing.
Waking Up to What You Do (May, $21.95) by Diane Eshin Rizzetto utilizes Zen precepts to enhance clarity and awareness. 20,000 first printing.
It's Up to You (June, $19.95) by Dzigar Kongtrül brings honest self-reflection into daily life. 20,000 first printing.
SHEED & WARD
Becoming Fully Human: The Greatest Glory of God (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Joan D. Chittister develops a spirituality that understands what it means to be human and to see others as sacred.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Beware of God (Apr., $19.95) by Shalom Auslander highlights what he sees as the absurdity of organized religion.
Grown Folks Business (June, $14 paper) by Victoria Christopher Murray. A husband announces to his wife that he is in love with another man. 10-city author tour.
Those Pearly Gates: A Homegrown Novel (July, $13 paper) by Julie Cannon is the third installment in the series set in Georgia. Author tour.
SKINNER HOUSE BOOKS
Faith Without Certainty: Liberal Theology in the 21st Century (Apr., $18 paper) by Paul Rasor explicates a religious tradition rooted not in authority, but in experience and conscience.
The Secret Book of John: The Gnostic Gospel—Annotated & Explained (Mar., $16.99 paper) by Stevan Davies tells the story of the devolution of God from perfect oneness to imprisonment in the material world. $20,000 ad/promo. 10-city author tour.
The Knitting Way: A Guide to Spiritual Self-Discovery (Mar., $16.99 paper) by Linda T. Skolnik and Janice MacDaniels. A simple craft can apply to the larger scheme of life and spirituality. $15,000 ad/promo. 12-city author tour.
Women of Color Pray: A Journey of Strength, Faith, Hope and Courage (May, $15.99 paper), edited by Christal M. Jackson, heeds women from around the world. $15,000 ad/promo. 12-city author tour.
Spiritual Texts on Mary: Annotated & Explained (June, $16.99 paper) by Mary Ford-Grabowsky opens up the words, letting readers experience the beauty and mystery surrounding Mary. $15,000 ad/promo. 6-city author tour.
The Book of Mormon: Selections Annotated & Explained (July, $16.99 paper) by Jana Riess provides an accessible commentary.6-city author tour.
SMYTH & HELWYS
17 Roadblocks on the Highway of Life (Mar., $15 paper) by Brian Harbour adds to the Smyth & Helwys Choice Select Group Studies series.
God's Call to Be: When Being Precedes Doing (Mar., $15 paper) by Al Cadenhead. Readers can look through the layers of their lives to see their identities as creatures of God.
Lingering Grief (Aug., $12 paper) by Charles Bugg was prompted by his son's brain cancer.
Echoes from an Empty Sky: The Origins of the Buddhist Doctrine of the Two Truths (Mar., $18.95 paper) by John B. Buescher deals with the two truths: conventional and ultimate.
Wisdom Nectar: Dudjom Rinpoché's Heart Advice (Mar., $29.95) by Dudjom Rinpoché. Ron Garry translates key writings into English.
Lighting the Way (Apr., $15.95 paper) by the Dalai Lama contains three fundamental Buddhist teachings given by the author to Western students.
Balancing the Mind: A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Refining Attention (June, $18.95 paper) by B. Alan Wallace encourages exceptionally high degrees of attentional stability and clarity.
The Circle of Life: The Heart's Journey Through the Seasons (Mar., $19.95 paper) by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr connects the year's seasons with the seasons of our lives. 20,000 first printing. Spiritual Book Associates selection.
In the Beginning... There Were No Diapers: Laughing and Learning in the First Years of Fatherhood (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Tim Bete advises to parent more and worry less.
The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom (Apr., $21.95) by Angeles Arrien. Changing at midlife returns the soul to its deepest values.
The Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance (May, $22.95) by Gangaji. The search for enlightenment can be realized within.
Finding God Through Sex: Awakening the One of Spirit Through the Two of Flesh (May, $16.95 paper) by David Deida sees sex as an act of devotional surrender to the Divine.
Natural Radiance (June, $19.95) by Lama Surya Das is a tool for the daily practice of Dzogchen.
STANFORD UNIV. PRESS
Chinese Poetry and Prophecy (June; $24.95, cloth $60) by Michel Strickmann compares the role of divination in Chinese culture to its practice in other Asian religions.
Dostoevsky's Religion (Aug., $49.50) by Steven Cassedy reassesses the novelist's portrayal of the nature of Christianity.
STATE UNIV. OF NEW YORK PRESS
The Deities Are Many: A Polytheistic Theology (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Jordan Paper finds examples in a wide range of world religions.
Gandhi's Pilgrimage of Faith: From Darkness to Light (Apr., $21.95 paper) by Uma Majmudar documents the leader's lifelong path.
STEEPLE HILL BOOKS
Mother of Prevention (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Lori Copeland. A young widow moves her family to San Francisco for a fresh start.
The Road to Home (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Vanessa Del Fabbro. The friendship between two women has a profound impact on both their lives.
Love the Sinner (May, $12.95 paper) by Lynn Bullock. In this cozy, a woman tries to learn who killed her husband.
Last Resort (June, $12.95 paper) by Hannah Alexander is the next entry in the Hideaway series.
The Occult Significance of Forgiveness (Mar., $20 paper) by Sergei O. Prokofieff encourages those forces that lead to forgiveness.
STEWART, TABORI & CHANG
Passover Splendor: Cherished Objects for the Seder Table (Apr., $19.95) by Barbara Rush showcases over 60 ritual artifacts from museums and private collections.
Best Bar/Bat Mitzvah: Planning the Perfect Party (June, $25) by Amy Nebens suggests options for menus, entertainment, decorations and activities.
STRANG COMMUNICATIONS/CHARISMA HOUSE
The Faith of the American Soldier (Apr., $19.99) by Stephen Mansfield reproduces personal testimonies of soldiers from the American Revolution to the war on terror. 30,000 first printing.
Silent No More (Apr., $19.99) by Rod Parsley states that the issues plaguing American society will not change unless Christians take a stand. 30,000 first printing.
Reaching Your Dreams (Apr., $13.99 paper) by Tommy Barnett defines passions that bring glory to God. 20,000 first printing.
Intelligence in Nature (Mar., $23.95) by Jeremy Narby ventures into traditional cultures to determine nature's secret way of knowing.
The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues: Finding the Way Home (May, $24.95) by Sandra Maitri uses the nine-pointed symbol to illuminate the worst pitfalls and highest virtues of personality types.
The Art of Amazement (May, $12.95 paper) by Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld. The spirituality of Judaism can lead to true happiness.
TEMPLETON FOUNDATION PRESS
Equipping the Saints: A Guide for Giving to Faith-Based Organizations (Mar., $15.95 paper) by Barbara J. Elliott makes the case for supporting causes motivated by faith.
Time and Eternity: The Question of Time in Church, Natural Science and Theology (May, $29.95 paper) by Antje Jackelén explores the problem and the concept of time.
Spiritual Information: 100 Perspectives on Science and Religion (May, $39.95 paper), edited by Charles L. Harper Jr. contains 100 essays on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of science and religion.
THAMES & HUDSON
The Quest for the Shaman: Shape-Shifters, Sorcerers and Spirit Healers in Ancient Europe (June, $34.95) by Miranda and Steven Aldhouse-Green pictures ritual behavior.
Making Peace: A Catholic Guide to Turning Conflict into Grace (Apr., $12.95) by Ed Gaffney and Terri Sortor formulates methods of negotiating resolution.
What Do I Own & What Owns Me?: A Spirituality of Stewardship (Apr., $12.95) by Daniel Conway incorporates stewardship practices into all aspects of contemporary life.
Lies That Go Unchallenged (May, $12.99 paper) by Charles Colson encourages all to counter falsehoods spread by today's culture.
Left Behind: The Rising (Mar., $25.99) by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins introduces characters before they were "left behind."
I Told the Mountain to Move (Mar., $19.99) by Patricia Raybon shares how a determination to practice the discipline of prayer changed her life.
To Fly Again (Apr., $19.99) by Gracia Burnham with Dean Merrill advises how to survive life's tailspins.
The North Face of God (May, $19.99) by Ken Gire. The metaphor of climbing mountains and facing adversity brings hope for times when God seems silent.
Journey to Tibet's Lost Lama: A Woman's Pilgrimage, the Karmapa in Exile, and the Fate of Modern Tibet (July, $12.95 paper) by Gaby Naher combines personal, spiritual and historical perspectives on Tibetan culture and its Lama heritage.
UNION OF REFORM JUDAISM
Torah: A Modern Commentary, Revised Edition (Mar., $60), edited by Gunther Plaut, brings new features, such as gender-neutrality, to the work first published in 1981. 15,000 first printing.
The Jewish Home, Revised Edition (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Daniel Syme explains Jewish ritual and observance.
Choosing Judaism, Revised Edition (Apr., $10.95 paper) by Lydia Kukoff delves into issues that affect converts to Judaism.
A Vision of Holiness: The Future of Reform Judaism (June, $15.95 paper) by Richard Levy assesses the forces facing the Reform Movement.
Angels Sing in Me: The James Dillet Freeman Memorial Book (Sept., $24.95), edited by Michael A. Maday and Phil White, offers a selection of the storyteller's poetry and prose.
UNIV. OF ALABAMA PRESS
Women with a Mission: Religion, Gender and the Politics of Women in Clergy (June, $37.50) by Laura R. Solson et al. moves beyond stereotypes of women as a silent, oppressed minority.
UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History (May, $27.50) by Rosemary Radford Ruether examines sacred female imagery in Western culture from prehistory to the present.
UNIV. OF CHICAGO PRESS
Blessing Same-Sex Unions: The Perils of Queer Romance and the Confusions of Christian Marriage (May, $29) by Mark D. Jordan looks at selected ideals of Christian marriage in terms of the debates over same-sex unions.
Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism (May, $19 paper) by Donald S. Lopez Jr. is an introduction to the faith.
UNIV. OF ILLINOIS PRESS
Peter Cartwright: Legendary Frontier Preacher (July, $35) by Robert Bray presents the cantankerous western frontiersman.
UNIV. OF NEW MEXICO PRESS
The Alabados of New Mexico (July, $49.95) by Thomas J. Steele focuses on the sacred Spanish-language hymns that originated in 18th-century New Spain.
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
Freedom's Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War Through the Civil Rights Era (Mar., $34.95) by Paul Harvey chronicles the relationship between religion and race in the South.
UNIV. OF NOTRE DAME PRESS
Christianity in the United States: A Historical Survey and Interpretation (Mar., $13 paper) by David W. Wills presents a comprehensive overview.
Ambrose's Patriarchs: Ethics for the Common Man (Mar.; $15, cloth $35) by Marcia L. Colish studies the patriarch treatises of Ambrose of Milan.
The Church and Galileo (Mar.; $30, cloth $60), edited by Ernan McMullin, gathers scholarly essays regarding Galileo's turbulent relationship with the Catholic Church.
UNIV. OF TEXAS PRESS
Padres: The National Chicano PriestMovement (May, $19.95 paper) by Richard Edward Martinez recounts the organization's defense of Mexican American rights within and outside the U.S. Catholic Church.
UNIV. PRESS OF KENTUCKY
Thomas Merton's Gethsemani: Landscapes of Paradise (May, $29.95). More than 100 of Harry L. Hinkle's photographs that testify to the beauty of Merton's beloved monastery at Gethsemani accompany quotations from the Roman Catholic convert.
UPPER ROOM BOOKS
Living Your Heart's Desire: God's Call and Your Vocation (Apr., $12 paper) by Gregory S. Clapper uses contemporary films to illustrate how to lead a fulfilled and joyful Christian life.
Journeying Through the Days 2006: A Calendar & Journal for Personal Reflection (May, $15 paper) combines inspiring quotations with images by the nature photographer Susan Ruach.
Forgiving Your Family: A Journey to Healing (June, $12 paper) by Kathleen Fischer applies New Testament ideals to family conflicts.
A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life (Mar., $24.95) by Deena R. Zimmerman, M.D., describes Jewish laws covering marital activities.
Losing the Rat Race, Winning at Life (Apr., $19.95) by Marc D. Angel is a prescription for peace of heart in pressured times.
Dignity Beyond Death: The Jewish Preparation for Burial (May, $24.95) by Rochel U. Berman looks at the volunteers who undertake to prepare the dead for burial.
Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages (Mar., $24.95) by Jaroslav Pelikan takes readers step by step through the evolution of the Bible.
A Continual Feast: Words of Comfort and Celebration, Collected by Father Tim (Mar., $24.95) by Jan Karon compiles observations culled from the journals of Mitford's Father Tim Kavanagh.
The Supplicating Voice: The Writings of Samuel Johnson (Apr., $13 paper), edited by John F. Thornton and Susan B. Varenne. Selections from Johnson's oeuvre portray the man.
Teaching True Love to a Sex-at-13 Generation (Mar., $13.99 paper) by Eric and Leslie Ludy contains advice for parents of adolescents.
So You Want to Be More Like Christ: Eight Essentials to Get You There (Apr., $22.99) by Charles R. Swindoll is a guide to understanding the pillars of prayer, humility, self-control, sacrifice, submission, solitude, silence and hope.
God and the Oval Office (Apr., $13.99 paper) by John C. McCollister researches the religious faith of each U.S. president.
Daughters Gone Wild, Dads Gone Crazy (Apr., $13.99 paper) by Charles and Heather Stone. The father-and-daughter writing team relate the real-life drama of her adolescence, which included 15 psychologists, four expulsions and four rehabs.
The Unauthorized Guide to Sex and the Church (Aug., $17.99 paper) by Carmen Renee Berry surveys Christian views on sex and sexuality.
Plenty Good Room (Apr., $23.95) by Cheri Paris Edwards is a debut novel about a child care worker who agrees to take an outspoken, church-going teenager into her home. Author publicity.
Heaven Sent (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Montré Bible. The descendant of a fallen half-angel and a human discovers his heritage in this first novel.
Choose Me (June, $23.95) by Xenia Ruiz. Now a celibate Christian, Latina Eva meets Adam, an African-American cancer survivor.
Approval Addiction: Overcoming Your Need to Please Everyone (Apr., $22.99) by Joyce Meyercontends that God provides all the security one needs. 6-city author tour.
The Art of Creative Living: Making Every Day a Radiant Masterpiece (Apr., $19.99) by Thomas Kinkade recommends the creative process as the path to increased spiritual awareness.
A Treasury of Adoption Miracles: True Stories of God's Presence Today (Apr., $12.99) by Karen Kingsbury. The adoptive mother shares uplifting firsthand stories.
Why the Ten Commandments Matter (May, $17.99) by D. James Kennedy advocates a return to these fundamental laws.
Losers and Winners, Saints and Sinners: How to Finish Strong in the Spiritual Race (June, $18.99) by Greg Laurie makes the point that winners do not quit when they stumble.
Chloe (June, $10.99 paper) by Lyn Cote begins the author's Women of Ivy Manor series about four generations of 20th century women.
Whence Came a Prince (Mar., $13.99 paper) by Liz Curtis Higgs concludes her saga set in 18th-century Scotland.
To Be Told (Mar., $11.99) by Dan B. Allender proposes that reading one's past leads to a more fulfilling future.
Preparing Your Daughter for Every Young Woman's Battle (June, $13.99 paper) by Shannon Ethridge counsels parents how to talk to their daughters about God's standards for sexuality, purity and dating.
Foolish No More! (July, $16.99) by Ted Haggard finds a message of liberating faith in the book of Galatians.
Custodians of Truth (June, $22.95 paper) by Tim Wallace-Murphy and Marilyn Hopkins illuminates the purpose and secrets of the Rex Deus lineage.
The Lazarus Trap (Mar., $14.99 paper) by David Bunn. In this novel, the protagonist wonders whether waking up dead is the chance of a lifetime.
Wrapped in Rain (Mar., $13.99 paper) by Charles Martin is a Southern novel in which Miss Ella Rain influences two young boys.
Monster (Apr., $24.99) by Frank Peretti. This time the monsters aren't make-believe. 250,000 first printing.
Unspoken (May, $14.99 paper) by Angela Hunt ponders what animals would say if they could speak.
WESTMINSTER/JOHN KNOX PRESS
The Gospel According to America: A Meditation on a God-blessed, Christ-haunted Idea (Mar., $14.95 paper) by David Dark finds common ground in popular culture for discussion among American Christians. 25,000 first printing.
The Reformation for Armchair Theologians (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Glenn S. Sunshine. Humorous illustrations punctuate the guide to this period of church history.
Reflections over the Long Haul: A Memoir (June, $24.95) by Robert McAfee Brown assembles the late theologian's reminiscences.
WHITE CLOUD PRESS
The Master: Parables for Enlightenment (Mar., $15.95) by Kevin Edwards integrates wisdom from the Bible, the Gita, Buddha and Jesus. Author tour.
WHITE STONE BOOKS
Little Blessings from a Big God: Finding More of God Through the Lives of Your Children (Mar., $10.99 paper) by Michelle Medlock Adams submits first-person stories of life-changing lessons gleaned through the eyes of children. 35,000 first printing.
Instant Messages from God for Teens: Girls Only and ...Guys Only (both May, $9.99 each paper) by Margaret Feinberg and Natalie Nichols have a tech-friendly design to appeal to teens. 15,000 first printing each.
Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment (Apr., $24.95) by B. Alan Wallace is a practical guide.
Mormonism for Dummies (Mar., $19.99 paper) by Jana Riess describes the denomination's beliefs and rituals.
Women in the Bible for Dummies (May, $21.99 paper) by Rev. John Trigilio discusses famous and infamous females found in the Old and New Testaments.
The Dharma of Star Wars (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Matthew Bortolin is a take on the spiritual training of the Jedi. 20,000 first printing.
The Four Noble Truths: The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Vol. 1 (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Geshe Tashi Tsering summarizes the Buddhist worldview.
Waking Up Together: Intimate Partnership on the Spiritual Path (May, $16.95 paper) by Ellen and Charles Birx says that spiritual and romantic lives can be integrated.
YALE UNIV. PRESS
Preaching in the New Millennium: Celebrating the Tercentennial of Yale University (Mar., $38) by Frederick J. Streets collects sermons from 15 religious leaders to highlight Yale's religious history.
Methodism: Empire of the Spirit (Apr., $30) by David Hempton shows how Methodism reshaped British and American culture during the age of industrialization.
Before Darwin: Reconciling God and Nature (Apr., $25) by Keith Thomson traces the multiple historic conflicts and accommodations within religion and the emerging sciences predating Charles Darwin.
The Ancient Synagogue: The First Thousand Years, Second Edition (July, $45) by Lee I. Levine tracks the origins and development of the synagogue from the Hellenist period through Late Antiquity.
Breaker's Reef (Mar., $12.99 paper) by Terri Blackstock. In book #4 in the Cape Refuge series, the murder scene of a teenage girl matches one in a book by the famous mystery writer who has just moved to the island.
Pathway to Purpose for Women (Apr., $18.99) by Katie Brazelton is a how-do guide filled with true personal stories.
God Is Closer than You Think (Apr., $18.99) by John Ortberg demonstrates how daily life is sometimes like a Where's Waldo puzzle.
Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham (Aug., $24.99) by Harold Myra and Marshall Shelley enumerates 20 key principles exemplified by the life of the evangelist.
Velvet Elvis (Aug., $18.99) by Rob Bell urges readers to consider God beyond the picture concocted by others.