Wasn’t the boom era for religion supposed to be over? The category’s continuing strength confounds those who’ve said—for the past 15 years or so now—that it couldn’t last. It has, and it will, if the publishers whose books are listed in our Fall Religion Announcements pages have anything to say about it.
While the coming season brings the usual bumper of crop of books in the super-topics—spirituality, prayer, inspiration, Christian living, devotionals, history, theology, biblical studies—and from every faith tradition, there are some shifts. There seem to be fewer parenting books, and title output in evangelical fiction appears to have moderated after a notable spike this past spring. There are more books this season on biblical characters—several on Mary Magdalene alone—and more in the new subcategory of alternative/Gnostic Christianity. Both are signs of a continuing Da Vinci effect.
The Kabbalah craze still has legs—books about Judaism’s mystical tradition have formed a small but steady subcategory, and fall brings more titles, most of them not the pop Kabbalah or Kabbalah lite we’ve seen so much of in recent years. Among the more serious offerings are Stanford’s third volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Kabbalah’s seminal text, whose translation was underwritten by Chicago’s Pritzker family. Among other solid offerings are titles from Harmony/Bell Tower, Jewish Lights, Jossey-Bass, Duncan Baird, Rowman & Littlefield and Oxford University Press.
Anne Rice, better known for books on vampires and other creatures of the dark, turns her attention in a new direction this fall. Her Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (Knopf, Nov.) is an autobiography of Jesus at age 7. We’ll find out what motivated this surprising turn in the July 13 issue of our e-letter, Religion BookLine (subscribe for free at www.publishersweekly.com).
Also in November, the many fans of Jan Karon can look forward to—or mourn—the ninth and final volume in her Mitford Years series, arguably the first Christian fiction to successfully cross over to the general trade. The first book, At Home in Mitford, was published by evangelical house Lion in 1994, then picked up by Viking and re-released in 1996. Set in fictional Mitford, North Carolina, the books featured Episcopal priest Father Tom Cavanaugh and a cast of lovable and eccentric small-town characters that readers took to their hearts to the tune of 13 million for the first eight books currently in print (not counting the mass market editions that came out this year). After they devour Light from Heaven, many will be asking, what next for Jan Karon? The somewhat mysterious answer from Viking is that she will continue to write about Father Tim, but not in Mitford.
But above all, call this the season of C.S. Lewis. With the December theatrical release of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe film, plenty of publishers are hitching their wagons to the Narnia star. In 2000 HarperCollins bought the rights to The Chronicles of Narnia series (of which The Lion… is the signature volume) and to most of Lewis’s major nonfiction titles—perennial favorites like Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters, which it publishes in its Signature Classics line. This fall Harper San Francisco has a biography of Lewis (The Narnian, Oct.) and a companion book to the movie by Perry Moore (Nov.). Sister house Zonderkidz is bringing out an extensive line of Chronicles of Narnia products for children.
Lewis has been among the most popular Christian authors for more than 50 years, and lots of other publishers have books both by and about the prolific Oxford don, who produced works in children’s fiction, fantasy, theology and apologetics (defending the Christian faith), memoir, letters, essays, poetry and literary criticism. Among the offerings this fall are a memoir by Lewis’s stepson Douglas Gresham (Broadman & Holman), a biography from BlueBridge, an intellectual biography from Jossey-Bass, literary and theological explorations of Lewis’s Narnia (Warner Faith, InterVarsity Press, Baker), reminiscences of those who knew him (Ignatius), even inspirational titles based on his created worlds (W Publishing, NavPress).
With big religion books still dominating the bestsellers lists, and headline-grabbing boosts from current events—bringing lots of fall titles on church-state issues and other intersections of religion with politics and culture--the category’s fortunes are far from depleted.
Sanctuary: Unexpected Places Where God Found Me (Sept., $11 paper) by Becca Stevens shares the author's encounters with God.
Christianity and World Religions (Sept., $18) by Adam Hamilton aids in the understanding of varied faiths.
Momentum for Life (Sept., $17 paper) by Michael Slaughter contends that to lead others one must first lead oneself.
Running into the Arms of God: Stories of Prayer/Prayer as Stories (Sept., $15.95) by Patrick Hannon is the spiritual memoir of a high school teacher. Ad/promo.
ALLEN & UNWIN (dist. by ipg)
Buddhism for Busy People: Finding Happiness in an Uncertain World (Oct., $14.95 paper) by David Michie. A recent convert tells how to make Buddhism a daily practice.
AMERICAN UNIV. IN CAIRO PRESS (dist. by IPM)
The Treasures of Coptic Art and Architecture (Jan., $49.95)by Gawdat Gabra. The former director of the Coptic Museum celebrates Egypt's Coptic tradition.
Did Jesus Have a Last Name? (Sept., $12.99 paper) by Matthew Pinto and Jason Evert answers 200 actual questions from Catholic teens. Ad/promo.
Apocalypse Now?: Reflections on Faith in a Time of Terror (Nov.; $89.95, paper $29.95) by Duncan B. Forrester states that the age of terror bears uncanny similarities to the time of Christianity's birth.
What God Wants: A Compelling Answer to Humanity's Biggest Question (Feb., $14 paper) by Neale Donald Walsch provides a response that fits all religions and even transcends them. Publicity.
Ordinary Joy: Finding Fresh Promise in Routine Moments (Sept., $12.99) by Joe Campeau rejoices in the quotidian.
AUSTRALIAN THEOLOGICAL FORUM (dist. by IPM)
The Matrix Revealed: The Theology of the Matrix Trilogy (Sept., $18 paper) by Mark Worthing examines the underpinnings of this fantastic world from a Christian perspective.
Read the Bible for a Change: A Follower's Guide to Reading and Responding to the Bible ($19.99 paper) by Ray Lubeck. The theologian explicates biblical passages. Published with World Vision.
AVE MARIA PRESS
Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2006 (Sept., $12.95 paper) by the Jesuit Communications Centre is its second annual prayer guide inspired by www.sacredspace.ie. 15,000 first printing. Spiritual Book Associates selection.
Good Cooking Habits: Food for Your Body, Your Soul and Your Funnybone (Sept., $14.95 paper) by Sr. Karol Jackowski is a cookbook with divine recipes and humorous anecdotes. A Forest of Peace book.
Kabbalah Inspirations: Mystic Themes, Texts, and Symbols (Oct., $14.95) by Jeremy Rosen traces the themes of the Jewish mystical tradition.
Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures (Dec., $19.99 paper) by Eddie Gibbs and Ryan K. Bolger surveys the emerging church movement. Advertising.
Inside Narnia (Sept., $12.99 paper) by Devin Brown offers background commentary and notes on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and more.
Frequently Avoided Questions (Nov., $14.99 paper) by Chuck Smith Jr. and Matt Whitlock addresses such issues as "Are there gay Christians?" while providing both "old school" and "new school" interpretations.
Inheriting the Holy Land: An American's Search for Hope in the Middle East (Sept., $24.95) by Jennifer Miller. A young American finds optimism in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.
Food for the Soul: Recipes and Stories from the Congregation of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church (Oct., $27.95) by the Abyssinian Baptist Church collects recipes and the stories relating to them.
Adventures in Prayer: Praying Your Way to a God You Can Trust (Jan., $14 paper) by Sharon Connors is a guide for weathering daily ups and downs.
The Woman in the Shaman's Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine (Jan., $16 paper) by Barbara Tedlock argues that shamanism was first the domain of women.
God Is in the Hard Stuff (Sept., $14.97) by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz encourages turning to God for help when the going gets rough. 35,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
In the Kitchen with Mary & Martha (Oct., $14.97) by Mary & Martha begins a cookbook series that contains oodles of kitchen tips, recipes and inspiration. 35,000 first printing. Advertising. Publicity.
Washington's God: Religion, Liberty and the Father of Our Country (Feb., $26) by Michael Novak and Jana Novak delves into the religious life of the founding father. 40,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.
Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting and the Discovery of the New World (Feb., $26) by Brian Fagan theorizes that climate, technology and Christian church rituals motivated Europeans to set out for the New World. 35,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.
BAYLOR UNIV. PRESS
Uncovered: Morton Smith'sSecretand the Anatomy of an Academic Hoax (Nov., $19.95 paper) by Stephen C. Carlson claims to tell the tale of a real-life Da Vinci Code. Ad/promo.
Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously: Spiritual Politics on America's Sacred Ground (Nov., $34.95 paper) by Barbara A. McGraw and Jo Renee Formicola insists that religious pluralism is crucial for a good society. Ad/promo.
Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels (Nov., $24.95) by Hella Winston tells of Hasidim within the insular Satmar sect of Brooklyn who long for greater freedoms.
Father Albert's Rules for Relating (Jan., $23.95) by Father Albert Cutie offers insights for couples from a priest dubbed "Father Oprah" by Latino fans of his syndicated column and weekly radio shows.
What She Left for Me (Oct.; $19.99, paper $12.99) by Tracie Peterson. A mother and daughter struggle with grief and forgiveness. 70,000 first printing.
The Preacher's Daughter (Nov.; $19.99, paper $13.99) by Beverly Lewis begins a journey of heartache and happiness. 250,000 first printing.
The Hadassah Covenant (Nov., $19.99) by Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen is a sequel to Hadassah. 60,000 first printing.
The Secret Life of Water (Sept., $16.95) by Masaru Emoto tells how prayer has healing capabilities when combined with water. 25,000 first printing.
BLUE BRIDGE (dist. by IPG)
The C.S. Lewis Chronicles (Sept., $14.95 paper) by Colin Duriez profiles Narnia's creator. Advertising.5-city author tour.
BOYDELL & BREWER
The Church of England in the Twentieth Century (Nov., $70) by Andrew Chandler is an account of the colossal change and controversy that marked the period.
Talking the Walk: Letting Christian Language Live Again (Nov., $22.99) by Marva Dawn explores faith-driven words and phrases. Advertising. Publicity.
BROADMAN & HOLMAN
The ACLU vs. America: Exposing the Agenda to Redefine Moral Values (Sept., $14.99) by Alan Sears and Craig Osten charges the ACLU and its allies in the media with eliminating the freedoms of millions of Americans.
The Assassins (Oct., $24.99) by Oliver North and Joe Musser concludes the suspense trilogy that began with Mission Compromised,as Iranians plan to attack Washington.
Jack's Life: A Memoir of C.S. Lewis (Oct., $16.99) by Douglas Gresham is a look back by Lewis's stepson.
Narnia Beckons: C.S. Lewis'sThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—and Beyond (Oct., $24.99) by Theodore Baehr and James Baehr is a coffee-table book with stories, essays and articles by Lewis experts.
BROOKINGS INSTITUTION PRESS
Is There a Culture War? A Dialogue on Values and American Public Life (Jan., $18.95 paper) by James Davison Hunter and Alan Wolfe. First the authors debate the question from opposite viewpoints, and then commentators assess their arguments.
CAMBRIDGE UNIV. PRESS
The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion Seriously (Oct.; $55, paper $19.99) by Jack Berlinerblau offers biblical interpretations of issues ranging from Jewish identity to intermarriage and homosexuality.
CARROLL & GRAF
Thou Shalt Not Kill (Dec., $15.95 paper), edited by Ann Perry, is a collection of crime and mystery stories based on tales from the Bible.
CATHOLIC UNIV. OF AMERICA PRESS
The World Responds (Nov., $59.95) by the John Paul II Cultural Center is illustrated with 150 color pictures celebrating the late pontiff's vision.
Hallelujah (Sept., $19.95), edited by Anna Marlis Burgard, pairs 75 Christian classic hymns with illustrations.
Gifts ofGilead (Sept., $12.99 paper) by Amy Lignitz Harken and Lee Hull Moses considers biblical concepts found in the novel Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.
Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Michael Jordan has entries on more than 2,500 religious figures, including lesser-known divinities from diverse cultures.
Dreaming Sophia: Gnostic Vision and Recovery of the Earth Mysteries (Oct., $25) by John Lamb Nash examines the transition from paganism to Christianity.
The Way of the Warrior (Feb., $13.99 paper) by Harry Jackson Jr. views the life of David through seven aspects of Christ-like living.
Thomas Merton: Prophet of Renewal (Nov., $14.95 paper) by John Eudes Bamberger emphasizes the importance of the monastic life to Merton. Monastic Wisdom series. Advertising.
Praising the Gifts of God (Sept., $15.95) by Allan A. Swenson sees cause for celebration all around us.
The Solitary Druid: Walking the Path of Wisdom and Spirit (Oct., $12.95 paper) by Robert Lee Ellison is a primer of paganism.
COLUMBIA UNIV. PRESS
The Rise of Mormonism (Nov., $37.50) by Rodney Stark and Reid Neilson suggests that the Mormon Church could come to rival other major religions, including Christianity and Islam, in terms of numbers and global appeal.
Morning Notes: 365 Meditations to Wake You Up (Oct., $TBA paper) by Hugh Prather promotes an understanding of spiritual nutrition.
CONNECTIONS (dist. by Red Wheel/weiser/conari)
Serenity Runes: Five Runes for Spiritual Healing (Sept., $TBA) by Ralph Blum et al. is a kit containing five crafted stones accompanied by runic commentaries.
The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov (Oct., $49.95) by Yitzhak Buxbaum recalls the life of the rabbi who founded Hasidism. Publicity.
The Women in God's Kitchen (Oct., $24.95) by Cristina Mazzoni focuses on the food writings and images of Catholic saints and holy women, with recipes included.
Double Take: A Mike Connolly Story (Sept., $13.99) by Joe Hilley. The protagonist sees visions while handling a murder case.
99 Annoying Attributes of God: Why God Is God and You're Not (Oct., $6.99) is a humorous take on why God can be off-putting; "He thinks I should love my enemies" is one example.
Mistaken Identity: The Conspiracy to Reinvent Jesus (Feb., $16.99) by Peter Jones rejects the notion of a Gnostic Jesus.
COUNCIL OAK BOOKS
Prayers of Peace (Sept., $14.95) by Carrie Coco. The Quaker artist creates a photomontage for peace that combines prayers from around the world, words from diverse spiritual leaders, scriptures of many faiths and a range of graphics.
Jesus Land: A Memoir (Oct., $24) by Julia Scheeres tells how a white teenager and her adopted black brother landed in a Christian boot camp in the Dominican Republic. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living: A Loving Look at the Lighter Side of the Catholic Faith, with Recipes for Feast and Fun (Sept., $15.95 paper) by John Zmirak and Denise Matychowiak offers a new take on celebrating the feast days of the saints.
God Between the Covers: A Unique Postmodern Literary Guide to Christian Growth (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Marcia Ford surveys two millennia of spiritual writings.
God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God's Love as the Gift of Himself (Sept., $17.99) by John Piper declares that God enables us to draw upon eternal love.
The Three Wise Women: A Christmas Reflection (Sept., $10.99) by Christin Ditchfield relates the Christmas story through the eyes of Mary, Elizabeth and Anna.
Autobiography of a Yogi: Original 1946 Edition (Oct., $14 paper) by Paramhansa Yogananda reprints the spiritual classic with bonus material, including the eulogy written for Gandhi.
Hearts of the Children, Vol. 5: So Much of Life Ahead (Sept., $24.95) by Dean Hughes concludes the series about the Thomas family.
Joseph Smith's America: His Life and Times (Oct., $32.95) by William W. Slaughter and Chad M. Orton takes readers back to the frontier of Smith's time as the means to understanding the prophet more fully.
Infertility in the Bible: How the Matriarchs Changed Their Fate—How You Can Too (Oct.; $21.95, paper $14.95) by Jessie Fischbein. The author uses the experiences of Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel as a guide to her own struggles to conceive.
Off the Derech: Why Observant Jews Leave Judaism—How to Respond to the Challenge (Oct.; $21.95, paper $14.95) by Faranak Margolese proposes solutions for a growing problem.
My Utmost for His Highest (An Updated Edition in Today's Language): The Golden Book of Oswald Chambers (Sept., $19.95) is a redesigned duotone edition with expanded biographical material. 125,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
When Faith and Decisions Collide: Finding God's Will for Your Life (Sept., $9.95 paper) by Dan Schaeffer presents a prescription for spiritual growth.
Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve and a Network of Miracles (Sept., $23.95) by Raymond Arroyo limns the cloistered nun who founded Eternal Word Television Network. 35,000 first printing.
Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church (Oct., $24.95) by John L. Allen steps inside this highly secretive organization. 50,000 first printing.
Mary Magdalene: A Biography (Nov., $23.95) by Bruce Chilton clarifies this misunderstood figure. 25,000 first printing.
On a Wing and a Prayer (Sept., $11.95 paper) by Katherine Valentine is a new work set in the New England town of Dorsetville, where miracles are never far away. 15,000 first printing.
The Beliefnet Guide to Islam (Feb.) by Hesham A. Hassaballa and ...to Gnosticism and Other Vanished Christianities (Feb., $9.95 paper each) by Richard Valantasis are new volumes in the series that addresses a range of religious topics. 17,500 first printing each.
Heartbeat of the Seasons: Earth Rituals for the Celtic Year (Sept., $24.95 paper) by Kathleen Glennon offers a variety of resource material, including 29 chants plus a CD of music.
Truth Has No Secrets (Sept., $14) by Harold Klemp offers keys to living with purpose, freedom and love.
WM. B. EERDMANS
The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? (Sept., $14) by David Bentley Hart muses on how to reconcile a good and loving God with suffering.
Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ in a Postmodern World (Sept., $25) by David F. Wells warns the evangelical church against the culture of worldly success.
Making Wise the Simple: The Torah in Christian Faith and Practice (Sept., $20 paper) by Johanna W.H. van Wijk-Bos calls upon Christians to engage the Torah.
FAIR WINDS PRESS
Sacred Rituals Connecting with Spirit Through Labyrinths, Sand Paintings and Other Traditional Arts (Oct., $17.95 paper) by Eileen London and Belinda Recio aims to build bridges between our inner selves, others and the divine. Ad/promo.
FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
My Pilgrimage to Mecca (Jan., $25) by Abdellah Hammoudi. The anthropologist describes his journey's internal and external aspects.
A Private History of Awe (Feb., $TBA) by Scott Russell Sanders is a memoir that presents an archetypal American boyhood as the wellspring of personal spirituality.
FOCUS ON THE FAMILY/TYNDALE
Blue Genes (Sept., $22.99) by Paul Meier. A psychiatrist asserts that one's genetic makeup predisposes an individual to depression and other problems.
FONS VITAE (dist. by IPG)
A Return to the Spirit: Questions and Answers (Sept., $15.95 paper) by Martin Lings recounts lessons learned from a Sufi sage. Advertising.
FORDHAM UNIV. PRESS
Believing Scholars: Ten Catholic Intellectuals (Oct.; $45, paper $20), edited by James L. Heft. Leading figures explore the connections between their deep faith and their callings as teachers, scholars and intellectuals.
Paul: Fresh Perspectives (Oct., $25) by N.T. Wright extends a new view of Paul in relation to his Jewish roots and the way he reframed Jewish symbols. Publicity.
Religion, Politics and the Christian Right: Post 9/11 Powers in American Empire (Oct., $16) by Mark Lewis Taylor probes the right-wing Christian movement in the U.S.
David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible's Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition (Feb., $26) by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman draws on archeology to illuminate the first kings of Western civilization and the evolution of their biblical myth. Publicity.
GEORGETOWN UNIV. PRESS
Uncompromising Positions: God, Sex and the U.S. House of Representatives (Dec., $26.95) by Elizabeth Anne Oldmixon dissects the conflict between legislators who embrace religious traditionalism and those who favor progressive cultural norms.
Angels and Demons in Art (Nov., $24.95 paper) by Rosa Giorgi analyzes how artists' representations of angels and demons, heaven and hell, have evolved in the Judeo-Christian tradition.
GOLDEN SUFI CENTER
Spiritual Power: How It Works (Nov., $14.95 paper) by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee takes practical mysticism to a global level. Ad/promo.
Women of Purpose (Sept., $8.99 paper) by Gospel Light counsels women to allow God to search their hearts.
Original Christianity: A New Key to Understanding the Gospel of Thomas and Other Lost Scriptures (Oct., $16.95 paper) by Peter Novak maintains that the authors of early scriptural texts held a belief that affirmed both reincarnation and eternal afterlife.
Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living (Dec., $18.95) by Roger Housden discounts the Puritanical notion that life is too serious to be taken lightly.
Connecting to God: Ancient Kabbalah and Modern Psychology (Sept., $24) by Rabbi Abner Weiss describes how the psychologist and family therapist has drawn on the teachings of the Kabbalah to develop new diagnostic methods to attain spiritual empowerment.
HARPER SAN FRANCISCO
The Soul of Christianity (Sept., $22.95) by Huston Smith records the religious educator's profound faith and convictions. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
The Narnian (Oct., $25.95) by Alan Jacobs enters the imaginative life of C.S. Lewis. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Nov., $19.95 paper) by Perry Moore is a companion to the making of the fantasy film. 250,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author publicity.
Dying Declarations: Notes from a Hospice Volunteer (Sept., $14.95 paper) by David B. Resnik chronicles relationships with dying patients and their families.
Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer: The Hidden Power of Beauty, Blessing, Wisdom and Hurt (Jan., $14.95) by Gregg Braden shares case histories to depict an ancient form of prayer that has no words or outward expressions.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Book of Christmas Virtues: Inspirational Stories to Warm the Heart (Sept., $19.95) by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen with Carol Rehme is a gift book with an exclusive remixed classical Christmas CD by Mannheim Steamroller. 250,000 first printing.
Chicken Soup for the Latter-day Saint Soul: 101 Stories Celebrating the Faith and Family of Latter-day Saints (Sept.) by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Sherm and Peg Fugal and Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul 2: Stories of Faith, Hope and Healing (Jan., $12.95 paper each) by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and LeAnn Thieman are two more new collections. Latter-day Saint: 100,000 first printing; Christian: 150,000.
The Christian Life Hymnal (Jan., $9.95) assembles 600 classic hymns and gospel favorites from many denominations.
The Fisherman's Net (Sept., $16 paper) by Michael Collins notes how the papacy has influenced millions of people in the spheres of religion, politics, history and the arts. Advertising. Publicity.
Agony and Alchemy: Sacred Art and Tattoos (Sept., $24.95) by M. Young combines an essay and photography in praise of tattooing as an ancient art expressing the sacred.
The Best American Spiritual Writing 2005 (Oct.; $27.50, paper $14), edited by Philip Zaleski, is a collection of the finest published pieces about faith and spirituality.
Prayer: A History (Nov., $28) by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski reviews historical prayer from the sacred pipe to the rosary, Neanderthal funerals to Pentecostal revivals. Advertising. Author tour.
Fire (Sept., $12.99 paper) by Bill Bright and Jack Cavanaugh continues the fictional Great Awakening series that began with Proof.
Who Wants to Be a Champion? (Sept., $14.99) by Pat Williams. The cofounder of the Orlando Magic urges readers to become the champions God intended.
The Best of Guideposts: Christmas Edition (Sept., $19.95) collects more than 50 Christmas stories published over 60 years in the magazine. 40,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Seeds of Faith: Peace (Sept.) and ...Gratitude (Feb., $5.95 each) are two new volumes of excerpts from the sermons and writings of Norman Vincent Peale. Ad/promo.
C.S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table (Sept., $16.95 paper) by James T. Como collects insights and memories regarding Lewis from 22 who knew him. Ad/promo.
On the Way to Jesus Christ (Oct., $19.95) by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) presents his viewpoints on the "true Jesus, the Jesus of the Gospels." 100,000 first printing. $60,000 ad/promo.
John Paul II (Oct., $24.95) by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) is a photo-tribute to the late pope containing 100 original photos by Vatican photographer Giancarlo Giuliani and reminiscences by the new pope. 50,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.
INDIANA UNIV. PRESS
Rolling Away the Stone: Mary Baker Eddy's Challenge to Materialism (Nov., $35) by Stephen Gottschalk brings a new perspective to the life and thought of the founder of Christian Science.
Jesus the Rabbi Prophet: A New Light on the Gospel Message (Sept., $16.95 paper) emphasizes the Jewish nature of Christ's message.
INNER TRADITIONS/BEAR & CO.
Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile (Nov., $20 paper) by Margaret Starbird imparts fresh details of her life.
The Templar Meridians: The Secret Mapping of the New World (Feb., $18.95 paper) by William F. Mann unveils the secret science the Templars discovered in the Holy Land.
Rescue Your Love Life: Changing Those Dumb Attitudes & Behaviors That Will Sink Your Marriage (Sept., $21.99) by Henry Cloud and John Townsend shows readers how to reignite their marriages. 200,000 first printing. $300,000 ad/promo.
Facing Terror (Sept., $19.99) by Carrie McDonnall with Kristin Billerbeck tells the true story of married relief workers trapped amid insurgent gunfire in Iraq and the husband's will to see his critically injured wife to safety. 75,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.
Holding Heaven (Oct., $16.99) by Jerry Jenkins is a novella with two original paintings. Readers overhear two conversations, three decades apart, between Jesus and Joseph. 250,000 first printing. $125,000 ad/promo.
What Has Christianity Ever Done for Us? (Sept., $24) by Jonathan Hill tours regions of the globe shaped by Christian faith.
A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe (Sept., $13) by Leland Ryken and Marjorie Lamp Mead is an overview of the themes found in C.S. Lewis's Narnia.
The Dominance of Evangelicalism (Oct., $23) by David W. Bebbington is the second volume in a series charting English-speaking evangelicalism over the last three centuries.
C.S. Lewis's Case for Christ (Nov., $14) by Art Lindsley traces how Lewis came to affirm the truth of Christianity.
ISLAMIC SUPREME COUNCIL OF AMERICA
Pearls and Coral: Secrets of the Sufi Way, Vol. I (Nov., $15 paper) by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani contains a series of lectures on the disciplines of the Naqshbandi Sufi Masters.
The Promise: A Christmas Tale (Sept., $12.99 paper) by Ted Dekker is the tale of an abandoned mute boy who carries his dead mother's shawl and her promise that a king will give him a voice.
My Jesus Is Everything (Nov., $14.99) by Anne Graham Lotz offers encouragement in poetry and prose.
Yom Kippur Readings: Inspiration, Information and Contemplation (Sept., $24.99), edited by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins, compiles readings, prayers and insights to enter into the spirit of the Day of Atonement. $20,000 ad/promo. 10-city author tour.
Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy (Sept., $19.99) by Rabbi David A. Teutsch is a call to rebuild the organizations of Jewish spiritual life. $15,000 ad/promo. 12-city author tour.
Awakening to Kabbalah: The Guiding Light of Spiritual Fulfillment (Oct., $21.99) by Rabbi Michael Laitman demonstrates how these teachings contribute to spiritual fulfillment. $50,000 ad/promo. 15-city author tour.
JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY
Etz Hayim Study Companion (Sept., $22 paper), edited by Jacob Blumenthal and Janet Liss, is an aid to reading the Torah commentary publication of the Conservative movement.
Praise Her Works: Conversations with Biblical Women (Oct., $20 paper), edited by Penina Adelman, blends Jewish tradition with modernity through stories, commentary and discussion topics.
How to Read the Bible (Nov., $35) by Marc Zvi Brettler positions the Bible within its proper historical context.
Into the Wardrobe: C.S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles (Sept., $19.95) by David C. Downing is an appreciation of Lewis's intellect and imagination.
Deepening the American Dream: Reflections on the Inner Life and Spirit of Democracy (Sept., $24.95), edited by Mark Nepo, considers the spiritual meaning of being American.
Learning from the Tanya (Sept., $24.95) by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is the second volume demystifying the Kabbalah.
The Best Christian Writing 2006 (Oct., $17.95 paper), edited by John Wilson, collects the year's finest.
Celebrate Good Times! 26 Complete Parties (Sept., $14 paper) by Elizabeth Crisci is a resource to mark special themes, holidays and seasons.
Kabbalah on Love (Oct., $9.95) by Yehuda Berg. The Kabbalah Center's Berg plumbs ancient kabbalistic texts for advice on creating loving relationships (Technology for the Soul Gift Book Series). 20,000 first printing.KAZI PUBLICATIONS
The Bible: An Islamic Perspective: Paul and the Early Christian Era (Feb., $TBA) by Jay R. Crook presents the Islamic view of Paul in terms of various subjects, including the law, circumcision and the other apostles. Ad/promo.
The Tulip and the Pope (Sept., $24) by Deborah Larsen recounts how the author, in the summer of 1960, entered the hushed life of the convent to become a nun. Advertising. Publicity.
Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (Oct., $35) by Richard Lyman Bushman is a biography of the founder of Mormonism on the 200th anniversary of his birth, with emphasis on how he went against the grain of antebellum American culture. 30,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (Nov., $25.95) by Anne Rice is a novel based on the gospels and New Testament scholarship, with Jesus as the narrator. 500,000 first printing. Ad/promo. 10-city author tour.
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Gotama Buddha, Vol. 2 (Sept., $19.95) by Hajime Nakamura details the events of the Buddha's death and his subsequent deification.
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Messengers of Love, Light and Grace (Oct., $15.95 paper) by Terry Lynn Taylor discloses how angels change our lives. Ad/promo.
Do We Know Jesus? (Oct., $19.99 paper) by Adolf Schlatter is a new translation of 366 daily readings. Advertising. Publicity.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Meaning of Everything (Nov., $11.99 paper) by William Badke utilizes postmodern concepts to come to a biblically based conclusion about truth. Advertising. Publicity.
Opening the Mind's Eye: Clarity and Spaciousness in Buddhist Practice (Nov., $15 paper) by Hsing Yun invites readers to see life through the dharma.
Pope Benedict XVI: In My Own Words (Dec., $14.95), compiled by Daniel T. Michaels, selects writings and statements by the new pope for inclusion in this series.
Day by Day with Saint Benedict (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Terrence G. Kardong includes 366 meditations, along with wisdom and stories from the Benedictine monk and priest.
Praying with the Desert Mothers (Oct., $10.95 paper) by Mary Forman introduces the lives, sayings and stories of ammas (spiritual mothers) in the Mediterranean region, founders of the Christian community in the early church.
LITURGY TRAINING PUBLICATIONS
Heavenly City: The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago (Oct., $59.95t) by Denis McNamara and James Morris addresses the architectural and theological significance of noteworthy Catholic churches in the city.
Living Gnosis: A Practical Guide to Gnostic Christianity (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Tau Malachi is a spiritual introduction.
Pagan Spirituality: A Guide to Personal Transformation (Jan., $14.95 paper) by Joyce and River Higginbotham explains pagan faith, including spiritual evolution through magick.
The Catholic Passion (Sept., $19.95) by David Scott positions the Catholic Church as spiritually fulfilling and intellectually coherent. $30,000 ad/promo.
Facing Pain, Finding Hope: A Physician Examines Pain, Faith and the Healing Stories of Jesus (Oct., $22.95) by Daniel Hurly, M.D., proposes that sufferers and those living with them enter a dialogue with Jesus, the healer. $15,000 ad/promo.
Best Catholic Writing 2005 (Oct., $14.95 paper), edited by Brian Doyle, includes contributions from essayists, poets, novelists, scholars and journalists. Ad/promo.
Form of Beauty: The Krishna Art of B.G. Sharma, Second Edition (Sept., $65), text by Swami Tripurari, showcases the beauty of traditional Hindu art forms.
Mahavira: Prince of Peace (Oct., $55) by Ranchor Prime. This tale of the founder of the Jain religion is richly illustrated by B.G. Sharma.
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What Would Confucius Do? Wisdom and Advice on Achieving Success and Getting Along with Others (Oct., $14.95 paper) by E.N. Berthrong applies the tenets of Confucius to everyday conflicts and situations.
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Courage and Hope: The Stories of Ten Baptist Women Ministers (Sept., $18 paper) by Pamela R. Durso and Keith E. Durso gathers essays about Baptist women with over 30 years in their ministries.
Safe at Home: A Memoir of God, Baseball and Family (Oct., $20) by Marc A. Jolley tells how the three intersected in the author's life.
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The Sikh Heritage: A Search for Totality (Sept., $35) by Daljeet is a guide to the lives and achievements of 10 Sikh gurus.
Gateway to Judaism (Nov.; $23.99, paper $19.99) by Mordechai Becher is an accessible guide to Jewish beliefs and practices that rectifies common misconceptions. 25,000 first printing.
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John Crow Speaks: The Earth Teachings of the Jamaican Elders (Sept., $16.95 paper) by Chet Alexander deals with shamanism in the jungles of Jamaica. Advertising.
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A Spirited Romp Through the Hebrew Scriptures (Sept., $9.95 paper) by Jay Sidebotham includes cartoons and humorous verse.
Work and Prayer (Sept., $18.95) by Christopher Keating offers concise prayers for busy people.
A Labyrinth Year: Walking the Seasons of the Church (Oct., $13.95 paper) by Richard Kautz is a resource for the seasons of the church year.
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Inner Journeys: Views from the Buddhist Tradition (Nov., $22.50), edited by Philip Novak, selects the best Buddhist writings from Parabola magazine over the past 30 years. Advertising.
Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion (Sept., $26.95) by Bruce Feiler takes the author to biblical sites in Israel, Iraq and Iran to explore the question: Is religion just a source of war, or can it bring reconciliation? 200,000 first printing.Walking the Bible: A Photographic Journey (Oct., $32.50) by Bruce Feiler is an illustrated book based on his bestseller. 50,000 first printing.
A Purse-Driven Christmas (Oct., $12.99 paper) by Anita Renfroe wields a light touch to survey the insanity of this time of the year.
To Own a Dragon (Feb., $12.99 paper) by Don Miller deals poignantly with growing up without a father.
Living the Resurrection (Feb., $16.99) by Eugene Peterson submits that the resurrection of Jesus is the central core of spiritual formation.
The Lion, the Witch and the Bible (Feb., $9.99 paper) by Robert Velarde suggests that the "Golden Rules of Narnia" can provide guidance for the morally confused.
Healing Is a Choice (Sept., $22.99) by Stephen Arterburn identifies the 10 choices to be made to open the door to God's healing. 100,000 first printing.
The Ransomed Heart (Oct., $21.99) by John Eldredge presents a year's worth of daily inspiration from his writings. 200,000 first printing.
Living the Extraordinary Life (Oct., $19.99) by Charles F. Stanley insists that certain life principles are nonnegotiable.
When Wallflowers Dance (Oct., $19.99) by Angela Thomas advises that no female should be an "un-woman" but should "join the dance."
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Ultimate Cross-Reference Guide to the Bible (Oct., $29.99) offers quick and easy access.
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Words of Hope and Healing: 99 Sayings by Henri Nouwen (Sept., $14.95), edited by Jeff Imbach, delivers inspirational meditations. Ad/promo.
Thomas Merton: I Have Seen What I Was Looking For (Sept., $19.95 paper), edited by M. Basil Pennington. A fellow Trappist collects Merton's essential writings.
Fueled by Faith: Living Vibrantly in the Power of Prayer (Sept., $19.99) by Jennifer Kennedy Dean answers tough questions to unleash the power of prayer.
Silver Linings: Breaking Through the Clouds of Depression (Jan., $12.99 paper) by Florence Littauer is a revised edition written from the author's own experiences in surviving depression.
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Elemental Magick: Meditations, Exercises, Spells and Rituals to Help You Connect with Nature (Nov., $13.99 paper) by D.J. Conway outlines the energies and forces behind the five elements.
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Where God Happens (Sept., $19.95) by Rowan Williams. The Archbishop of Canterbury cites remedies to cure the modern sense of alienation. 40,000 first printing.
The Pocket Thomas Merton (Nov., $6.95 paper), edited by Robert Inchausti, excerpts his most popular works. 25,000 first printing.
God Is Not Reasonable (Feb., $10.95 paper) by Irma Zaleski. Parables convey timeless wisdom for Christians of all traditions.
NEW WORLD LIBRARY
101 Exercises for the Soul (Sept., $17.95) by Bernie S. Siegel is a regimen for spiritual sustenance and transformation. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo. Author publicity.
NEW YORK UNIV. PRESS
T.D. Jakes: America's New Preacher (Oct., $30) by Shayne Lee is a critical examination of the prolific spiritual leader.
The Rabbi's Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life (Jan., $35) by Shuly Rubin Schwartz traces the roles of rabbis' wives from the early 20th century to the present.
Dying to Be Alive: Death as Spiritual Healer (Nov., $TBA) by Linda Bonnington Vocatura stresses the importance of becoming reconciled to one's death.
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The Spirituality of Gardening (Sept., $40) by Donna Sinclair honors the spiritual lessons gardens teach.
Notable Muslims: Profiles of Muslim Builders of World Civilization and Culture (Nov. $50) by Natana DeLong-Bas limns 100 men and women who have contributed to the contemporary world in diverse fields, from sports and music to politics and human rights.
El-Hajj Bashir Agha by Jane Hathaway; Usama ibn Munqidh by Paul Cobb; and Ikhwan al-Safa (Feb., $40 each) by Godefroid de Callatay are three new volumes in the Makers of the Muslim World reference series, which has 55 volumes planned.
Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons from the Camino (Sept., $15 paper) by Joyce Rupp records the author's 450-mile trek along Spain's Camino de Santiago. 20,000 first printing. Advertising.
eucharist with a small "e" (Sept., $15 paper) by Miriam Therese Winter says we experience grace whenever we break bread or share our stories.
Henri Nouwen: His Life and Vision (Oct., $22) by Michael O'Laughlin. The author of God's Beloved: A Spiritual Biography of Henri Nouwen supplements his textual portrait of the subject with 150 photos, most never before published. 15,000 first printing.
OUR SUNDAY VISITOR
Catholicism,NowI Get It! (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Claire Furia Smith is a concise and encouraging explanation of the Catholic faith.
Why Do We Believe? (Sept., $10.95 paper) by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel counters the attacks facing people of faith today.
Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers (Sept., $6.95) by Donna Cooper O'Boyle contains prayers and quotations, including excerpts from 20 letters from Mother Teresa to the author.
2006 Catholic Almanac (Oct., $24.95 paper) by Matthew E. Bunson emphasizes orthodox Catholic teaching and information.
The Way of the White Clouds (Sept., $27.95) by Lama Anagarika Govinda is the classic account of one of the last foreigners to journey through Tibet before the Chinese invasion; with a new introduction by Robert Thurman.
OXFORD UNIV. PRESS
Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction (Sept., $17.95) by Joseph Dan looks at the history and character of different systems developed by adherents of the Kabbalah.
How to Read the Bible (Sept., $26) by Steven L. McKenzie cites several biblical genres often misunderstood, then offers careful readings to demonstrate how confusions arise.
The Birth of Satan (Dec., $24.95) by T.J. Wray and Gregory Mobley goes back to the Bible to discover the real story.
Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday? (Dec., $12.95 paper) by Michael P. Foley is a guide to the roots of Catholic practice. 40,000 first printing.
Meeting Islam: A Guide for Christians (Sept., $16.95 paper) by George Dardess aims to enhance an understanding of Muslims. Ad/promo.
Born Again and Again: Surprising Gifts of a Fundamentalist Childhood (Sept., $19.95) by Jon Sweeney is the author's affectionate backward glance at the faith he left behind. Ad/promo.
And a Child Shall Lead Them: Stories of Transformed Lives in Medjugorje (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Wayne Weible is a firsthand account of Marian apparitions. Ad/promo.
This Heavy Silence (Oct., $21.95) by Nicole Mazzarella is fiction dealing with the nature of forgiveness and grace. Ad/ promo.
Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us (Nov., $16.95 paper) by Scot McKnight imparts the message that the faithful should strive to form a society in union with God and in communion with others. Ad/promo.
Holistic Christianity: Experiencing Its Splendor (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Joseph Conti advocates spirituality that integrates mysticism and holistic experience.
Calming the Fearful Mind: A Zen Response to Terrorism (Oct., $12.95 paper) by Thich Nhat Hanh asserts that terrorism and fear can be overcome through compassion, deep listening and mindful communication. Ad/promo.Author tour.
Pope Benedict XVI—Successor to Peter (Sept., $8.95 paper) by Michael Collins places the former Cardinal Ratzinger in both his human and historical contexts. Advertising.
Pope John Paul II—Reflections on the Man (Sept., $14.95 paper) by Walter J. Ziemba portrays the pontiff as teacher-mystic.
Hail Mary and Rhythmic Breathing: A New Way to Pray the Rosary (Nov., $5.95 paper) by Richard Galentino presents the prayer with an ancient breathing method practiced in yoga.
The Passion: The True Story of an Event That Changed Human History (Feb., $13 paper) by Geza Vermes compares the actual story to the version presented in the film The Passion of Christ.
PENN STATE UNIV. PRESS
Catholic and French Forever: Religious and National Identity in Modern France (Dec., $50) by Joseph F. Byrnes tells of priests, legislators, intellectuals and pilgrims to illuminate the difficulty of being both Catholic and French. Advertising.
Confessions of a Jewish Priest: From Secular Jewish War Refugee to Physicist and Episcopal Clergy (Sept., $25) by Gabriel Weinreich is an autobiography highlighting his search for religious identity.
Krazy Kinfolk: Exploring Dysfunctional Families of the Bible (Sept., $16 paper) by Barbara J. Essex analyzes biblical families that struggled.
The Women of Azusa Street (Oct., $20 paper) by Estrelda Alexander pays homage to the women involved in the 1906 Azusa Street Revival, which brought prominence to the Pentecostal Movement.
PRINCETON UNIV. PRESS
America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity (Sept., $29.95) by Robert Wuthnow demonstrates that most Americans regard the nation as a Christian society despite the significant presence of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and adherents of other non-Western religions.
The Founders on Religion: A Book of Quotations (Nov., $19.95) by James H. Hutson collects thoughts from America's founders on a range of subjects, including the relationship between church and state.
The Da Vinci Fraud: Why the Truth Is Stranger than Fiction (Sept., $18 paper) by Robert M. Price contends that the fictional speculations in the novel don't measure up to the fascinating facts.
The Losing Battle with Islam (Oct., $28) by David Selbourne traces the complex causes behind the rise of Muslim fundamentalism and the West's incomprehension.
The Just War and Jihad: Violence in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Jan., $29), edited by R. Joseph Hoffmann, contemplates whether religions encourage violence in their theologies and if certain religions are more prone to violence than others.
Jesus Did It Anyway (Oct., $19.95) by Kent Keith, the author of Anyway, is a modern credo in the form of 10 Paradoxical Commandments based on the Bible. National print campaign, radio interviews.
War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation's Veterans and Their Families from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (Nov., $18.95 paper) by Edward Tick. The clinical psychotherapist exposes the characteristic harm to the soul that occurs in warfare. $15,000 ad/promo.
The Secret Gateway: Modern Theosophy and the Ancient Wisdom Tradition (Dec., $14.95 paper) by Edward Abdill elucidates the esoteric system.
The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism and Western Success (Dec., $25.95) by Rodney Stark sees Christianity as central to the ascendancy of the West.
Stop It! (Dec., $14.99) by Carole Lewis is a positive approach to weight loss from the national director of First Place.
Wired That Way (Jan., $16.99 paper) by Marita Littauer uses a profiling technique to determine personality types.
Changing Habits: The Total Caregiver's Workout (Sept., $12.95) by Debbie Mandel is packed with nutritional advice and self-care mantras.
A Party of One: Meditations for Those Who Live Alone (Sept., $5.95) by Joni Woelfel addresses the challenges and rewards of being by oneself.
Defending Traditional Marriage (Sept., $12.99 paper) by Willard F. Harley Jr. evaluates the state of marriage today.
Marriable (Oct., $14.99 paper) by Hayley and Michael DiMarco tells how to be and how to find a "marriable" person.
Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine (Oct., $24.95) by Harold Bloom is a provocative character study that challenges conventional understandings of the Judeo-Christian tradition. National advertising and publicity.
Light on Life (Oct., $24.95) by B.K.S. Iyengar is a means of placing yogic principles into all aspects of daily life. 150,000 first printing.
RODMELL PRESS (dist. by PGW)
Compassion (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Christina Feldman is the Buddhist teacher's course for personal assessment through meditation and awareness practices.
ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
The Knights Templars: God's Warriors, the Devil's Bankers (Oct., $16.95 paper) by Frank Sanello chronicles the French aristocrats who protected pilgrims visiting Jerusalem in the early 12th century.
Kabbalah: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism (Nov., $24.95) by David S. Ariel explains the teachings of medieval Jewish mystics for Jewish and non-Jewish readers.
God Doesn't Have Bad Hair Days: Ten Spiritual Challenges That Will Create More Abundance, Joy and Love in Your Life (Jan., $14.95) by Pam Grout teaches how to conduct a 48-hour "experiment" to prove the author's concepts. 15,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo. Author tour.
RUTGERS UNIV. PRESS
How the Other Half Worships (Sept., $49.95) by Camilo Jose Vergara gathers more than 300 color photographs to illustrate how the nation's poor are reinventing religion. Ad/promo.
ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
My Joy, My Sorrow (Sept., $14.95 paper) by Julia Duane Quinlan. A mother remembers her daughter's life and long death.
Apocalypse (Sept., $16.95 paper) by Stephen C. Doyle deciphers the Book of Revelation.
Vatican II Today (Sept., $10.95 paper), edited by Judy Ball, looks at the fundamental themes in the Council's documents.
ST. LYNN'S PRESS
Lost Star of Myth and Time (Oct., $19.95 paper) by Walter Cruttenden posits that our sun has a companion star affecting our spiritual evolution. 20,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.
The Genesis Prayer: The Rediscovered Ancient Biblical Secret That Brings Modern Miracles (Nov., $22.95) by Jeffrey Meiliken is a guide to a life-transforming prayer.
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Answering God's Call to Covenant: Which Way to the Rest of Your Life? (Sept., $9.95 paper) by Jerry Windley-Daoust assists older adolescents make life choices.
The Life of David (Sept., $19.95) by Robert Pinsky retells the life of the poet, warrior and king. Advertising. 8-city author tour.
To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility (Oct., $25) by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks pleads for the return of religion to a partnership with God for ethical and moral living. Advertising. Author publicity.
Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations (Sept., $20 paper) by Margaret Benefiel counsels those who choose to lead from the soul. Ad/promo.
In Times Like These: How We Pray (Oct., $20), edited by Malcolm Boyd and J. Jon Bruno, tells how assorted famous and not-so-famous individuals pray. $20,000 ad/promo.
Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang: Why I Do the Things I Do, by God (Oct., $15) by John Shore has God supplying answers about dung beetles, Christianity, monkeys with sharp sticks and more (not necessarily in order of significance). $15,000 ad/promo.
Marked (Nov., $20 paper) by Steve Ross retells the Gospel of Mark as a graphic novel. $25,000 ad/promo.
Spiritual Diary: An Inspirational Thought for Each Day of the Year (Sept., $9.50 paper) by Paramahansa Yogananda et al. covers more than 30 spiritual topics. Advertising. Publicity.
Vatican II (Sept., $20.99 paper) by Alan Schreck interprets key documents of the Council.
Dawn of the Messiah (Sept., $10.99 paper) by Edward Sri probes God's entry into the world as one of us.
Men and Women Are from Eden (Sept., $8.99 paper) by Mary Healy embraces a biblical understanding of God's original plan for men and women regarding sexuality and the body.
Stand Up Girl (Sept., $12.99 paper) by Becky Fraser with Linda Shands is advice for young women unexpectedly pregnant.
The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 (Oct., $15.95 paper), edited by Melvin McLeod, is an eclectic compilation of Buddhist-inspired writings. 30,000 first printing.
Tao Te Ching: A New Translation (Oct., $18.95) is Sam Hamill's poetic translation of the classic text presented in calligraphy by Kazuaki Tanahashi. 20,000 first printing.
No Time to Lose (Nov., $26.95) by Pema Chödrön is a guide to the bodhisattva by an American Buddhist nun. 75,000 first printing.
Wicca's Charm: Understanding the Spiritual Hunger Behind the Rise of Modern Witchcraft and Pagan Spirituality (Sept., $13.99 paper) by Catherine Edwards Sanders scrutinizes the allure of modern witchcraft.
Those Pearly Gates: A Homegrown Novel (Sept., $13 paper) by Julie Cannon is the third installment in the series featuring Imo Lavender's spirited family. 7-city author tour.
SKINNER HOUSE BOOKS
Bless This Child: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings to Celebrate Birth (Nov., $14 paper) and Beyond Absence: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings on Death and Remembrance (Nov., $15 paper), both edited by Edward Searl, are drawn from ancient and modern sources.
Healing the Jewish-Christian Rift: Growing Beyond Our Wounded History (Sept., $16.99 paper) by Ron Miller and Laura Bernstein finds the scriptural roots of the Jewish-Christian schism. $20,000 ad/promo. 6-city author tour.
Spiritual Quest and the Way of Yoga (Sept., $29.99) by Swami Adiswarananda is a prescription for overcoming obstacles on the spiritual path. $15,000 ad/promo.
Native American Stories of the Sacred: Annotated & Explained (Oct., $16.99 paper) by Evan T. Pritchard harvests wisdom of tribal elders. $25,000 ad/promo. 6-city author tour.
The Divine Feminine in Hebrew Scripture and Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated & Explained (Oct., $16.99 paper) by Rabbi Rami Shapiro clarifies who Wisdom is and what she teaches. $25,000 ad/promo. 6-city author tour.
Spring: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (Jan., $19.99), edited by Gary Schmidt and Susan M. Felch, shares reflections by various writers on the season of rebirth and renewal. $20,000 ad/promo.
SMYTH & HELWYS
Left Behind: What the Bible Really Says About the End Times (Sept., $15 paper) by James Efird studies the Antichrist, the Rapture and the Millennium.
The Exile and Beyond (Nov., $14 paper) by Wayne Ballard and God's Servants, The Prophets (Nov., $15 paper) by Bryan Bibb are additions to the All the Bible series promoting understanding of biblical writings.
Raising Cain, Fleeing Egypt and Fighting Philistines (Feb., $16 paper) by Mark McEntire and Joel Emerson analyzes Old Testament themes in contemporary music.
The Second Dalai Lama: His Life and Teachings (Sept., $16.95 paper) by Glenn H. Mullin is a biography enriched by selected writings of the second Dalai Lama. Advertising. 6-city author tour.
The Tibetan Treasure Literature: Revelation, Tradition and Accomplishment in Visionary Buddhism (Nov., $24.95) by Andreas Doctor. In Tibetan history, revelations—known as Treasures—are sources of wonder and controversy, and this looks at the tradition in the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. Advertising.
Yoga Tantra: Paths to Magical Feats (Nov., $18.95 paper) by the Dalai Lama et al. is a detailed teaching on the classic text. Advertising.
Riding the Dragon: Ten Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Robert Wicks issues instructions for everyday living.
The Force of Kindness (Sept., $19.95) by Sharon Salzberg declares that kindness should be harnessed as a force for change in the world and includes a CD of six guided meditations.
The Ecstatic Kabbalah (Sept., $19.95) by Rabbi David A. Cooper shares meditation techniques and has an instructional CD.
Yoga Nidra (Oct., $19.95) by Richard Miller is a program of deep relaxation, intensive self-inquiry and profound meditation with CD.
STATE UNIV. OF NEW YORK PRESS
Confession and Bookkeeping: The Religious, Moral and Rhetorical Roots of Modern Accounting (Sept., $40) by James Aho explores the interface between profit-making and morality.
Gurus in America (Oct., $24.95 paper), edited by Thomas A. Forsthoefel and Cynthia Ann Humes, notes Hindu gurus with significant followings in the U.S.
The Absence of Myth (Nov., $60) by Sophia Heller maintains that we live in an age without myth.
Million Dollar Dilemma (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Judy Baer. When $20 million falls into Cassia's lap, she sees her Midas touch as a cross to bear.
In Sheep's Clothing (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Susan May Warren is a thriller about missionary Gracie Benson, on the run from a murderer.
Once Upon a Christmas: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year & 'Twas the Week Before Christmas (Nov., $14.95) by Lauraine Snelling and Lonora Morth contains two novellas with Christmas themes.
Lilac Spring (Dec., $12.95 paper) by Ruth Axtell Morren is a romance set in Maine during the 19th century.
From Jesus to Christ (Feb., $22 paper) by Rudolf Steiner promises new understanding of the life, death and resurrection of Christ.
Holy Father: Pope Benedict XVI, Pontiff of the New Era (May, $14.95) by Greg Tobin traces his life and career.
STRANG COMMUNICATIONS/ CHARISMA HOUSE
The Threshing Floor (Sept., $19.99) by Juanita Bynum pledges a new pattern of effectual prayer for greater intimacy with God. 50,000 first printing.
The Fall of Lucifer (Oct., $12.99 paper) by Wendy Alec is a fictional account of the struggle among three angelic brothers: Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel. 30,000 first printing.
SWEDENBORG FOUNDATION PUBLISHERS
Scribe of Heaven: Swedenborg's Life, Work and Impact (Sept., $12 paper), edited by Jonathan Rose et al., is a collection of essays tracing Swedenborg's influence on England, America, Sweden and continental Europe. Ad/promo.
TEMPLETON FOUNDATION PRESS
Faith and Mental Health: Religious Resources for Healing (Sept., $29.95 paper) by Harold G. Koenig, M.D., looks at mental health services offered by world religions and recommends new programs. $30,000 ad/promo.
The Power of Forgiving (Oct., $12.95) by Everett L. Worthington Jr. treats forgiveness as a quest to restore relationships, personal peace and even health. 15,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo.
Mahamudra Tantra (Oct., $16.95 paper) by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso encourages the sublime union of bliss and emptiness. 20,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
How to Solve Our Human Problems (Nov., $24.95) by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso teaches the Four Noble Truths. Ad/promo.
THUNDER'S MOUTH PRESS
Inside the Hornet's Head: An Anthology of Jewish American Writing (Nov., $17.95 paper), edited by Jerome Charyne, includes Saul Bellow, Philip Roth and others.
The Way of the Champion (Jan., $16.95 paper) by Jerry Lynch and Chungliang Al Huang. Ancient Taoist books point the way to inner growth.
Healing Wounded Relationships (Jan., $12.95) by Martin Padovani focuses on marriage partnerships.
The Four Seasons of Marriage (Sept., $TBA) by Gary Chapman views seasons not as chronological stages but as passages of the mind.
The Last Sacrifice (Sept., $19.99) by Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer. Nero's reign of terror grows in this second novel in the Last Disciple series.
Out of Harm's Way (Oct., $19.99) by Jack Thompson. The attorney and commentator advises how to deal with negative media.
Regime (Nov., $25.99) by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. The second prequel to the Left Behind series continues the rise of the Antichrist. Promotion.
The Wisdom of Yo Meow Ma (Sept., $12.95) by Joanna Sandsmark. An ancient sage cat presents lessons told in allegorical tales.
UNIV. OF ALABAMA PRESS
Prophet, Pastor and Patriarch: The Rhetorical Leadership of Alexander Campbell (Nov., $37.50) by Peter A. Verkruyse revisits a key figure in the Restoration movement that gave rise to the Churches of Christ.
UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
A Seat at the Table: Huston Smith in Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom (Nov., $24.95) by Huston Smith engages in 10 conversations with American Indian leaders about the 500-year battle to practice their faith.
UNIV. OF ILLINOIS PRESS
The Soul of Abraham Lincoln (Dec.; $50, paper $21.95) by William E. Barton explores the president's religious passions.
Good Hearts: Catholic Sisters in Chicago's Past (Feb.; $50, paper $22) by Suellen Hoy assesses the critical roles of Catholic nuns in Chicago's development.
UNIV. OF IOWA PRESS
In Rare Form: A Pictorial History of Baseball Evangelist Billy Sunday (Oct., $19.95 paper) by W.A. Firstenberger. Photos and personal artifacts reveal the full story.
UNIV. OF NOTRE DAME PRESS
A Vision Quest (Jan., $25 paper) by John S. Dunne. Meditations are enriched by insights into theology, philosophy and literature.
UNIV. OF TENNESSEE PRESS
Exiled: Voices of the Southern Baptist Convention Holy War (Feb., $TBA), edited by Carl Kell. National and local voices speak of their newfound freedom from the conservative takeover of their church.
UNIV. OF TEXAS PRESS
The Religion of the Etruscans (Feb., $50), edited by Nancy Thomson De Grummond and Erika Simon, takes an overview of the ancient Italian civilization.
UNIV. OF WASHINGTON PRESS
Fire in the Ashes: God, Evil and the Holocaust (Dec., $45), edited by David Patterson and John K. Roth. This entry in the Pastora Goldner Series in Post-Holocaust Studies attempts to understand divine justice in the face of evil.
UNIV.PRESS OF KENTUCKY
Raccoon John Smith: Frontier Kentucky's Most Famous Preacher (Jan., $45) by John Sparks profiles the man who spread the nondenominational Christianity of the Disciples of Christ.
UPPER ROOM BOOKS
Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection (Sept., $15 paper) by Karla M. Kincannon. Creativity is seen as a metaphor for the spiritual journey. Ad/promo.Secrets of a Good Life: As Told by Saints and Sinners (Oct., $12 paper), compiled by Kathleen Stephens, distills wisdom into bite-sized chunks for busy people. Ad/promo.
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Around the Family Table: Songs and Prayers for the Jewish Home (Sept., $9.95 paper) by Shlomo Riskin presents them in Hebrew with English translation.
Crisis, Covenant and Creativity: Jewish Thoughts for a Complex World (Oct., $19.95) by Nathan Lopes Cardozo confronts such issues as identity, tolerance and belief.
The Rosary (Sept., $24.95) by Garry Wills serves as a reminder that the rosary is a "timely and timeless" way to reconnect with faith.
The Essential Dalai Lama: His Important Teachings (Sept., $24.95) by the Dalai Lama, edited by Rajiv Mehotra, represents a basic sourcebook for his wisdom.
Light from Heaven (Nov., $26.95) by Jan Karon. This concluding volume of the Mitford Years series ties up all the loose ends of Father Timothy Kavanaugh's life.
John Calvin: Steward of God's Covenant, Selected Writings (Dec., $13 paper), edited by John Thornton and Susan B. Varenne, showcases his role in shaping America's identity.
The Heart of the Chronicles of Narnia: Knowing God Here by Finding Him There (Sept., $13.99 paper) by Tom Williams shows how C.S. Lewis's tales reveal a joyful, loving God.
Great Lives: Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives (Oct., $22.99) by Charles Swindoll illuminates such figures as Lot, Abraham, Noah and Ruth.
The Cure for the Common Life (Jan., $22.99) by Max Lucado leads to the rich, satisfying life that God intended. 400,000 first printing.
WALK WORTHY PRESS
Just a Sister Away (Nov., $22.95) by Renita Weems makes connections between the pain and triumphs of women of the Bible and women today. National print publicity.
The Power of Simple Prayer (Sept., $22.99) by Joyce Meyer advocates a more interactive prayer relationship with God.
Hannah's Hope (Oct., $13.99) by Karen Kingsbury concludes the popular Red Gloves series.
Your Best Life Now Devotional (Oct., $9.99) by Joel Osteen aims to motivate further the readers of Osteen's bestseller.
Battlefield of the Mind Devotional (Oct., $15.99) by Joyce Meyer warns against the pitfalls of negative thinking.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask) (Oct., $14.99 paper) by Eric Metaxas avoids the theologically technical tone found in many books on apologetics.
BodyPrayer: The Posture of Intimacy with God (Nov., $15.99) by Doug Pagitt and Kathryn Prill moves prayer beyond words into physical expression.
Cracking the Symbol Code: The Hidden Message within Church and Renaissance Art (Nov., $24.95) by Tim Wallace-Murphy is a guide to heretical thoughts of the Knights Templar, Freemasons and Cathars concealed in Christian art and architecture. 30,000 first printing.
Jimmy (Sept., $19.99) by Robert Whitlow is a southern tale in the tradition of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Comes a Horseman (Nov., $21.99) by Robert Liparulo. Two FBI agents investigate a series of brutal murders.
Plague Maker (Jan., $19.99) by Davis Bunn is a bioterrorism thriller with a spiritual twist.
Showdown (Feb., $22.99) by Ted Dekker. The battle between good and evil is fought in the minds of small-town children.
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The Gospel According to Oprah (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Marcia Z. Nelson indicates how the TV personality interweaves Christian themes into her life and work. 100,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
Wesley for Armchair Theologians (Nov., $12.95 paper) by William J. Abraham outlines the life and teachings of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.
Finding Calm in the Chaos: Christian Devotions for the Busy Woman (Dec., $14.95 paper) by Kathleen Long Bostrom can be used during any month in the year.
WHITE STONE BOOKS
Encounters with Christ—See Jesus Through the Eyes of Those Who Were There—Experience the Miracles and Transforming Power of an Unexpected Savior (Sept., $12.99) by Richard Exley is a fresh look at the miracles. 25,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
In the Buddha's Words: A Selection of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Sept., $18.95 paper), edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi, annotates his teachings.
Bad Dog!: A Memoir of Love, Beauty and Redemption in Dark Places (Sept., $15.95 paper) by Lin Jensen is a memoir by a writer called a "Buddhist Steinbeck."
Mind Training: The Great Collection (Nov., $49.95), edited by Thupten Jinpa, represents the second volume in the Library of Tibetan Classics.
More Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations (Dec., $16.95 paper), edited by Josh Bartok. This is the second collection of sayings from the Wisdom catalogue.
WOOD LAKE BOOKS (dist. by Pilgrim Press)
Sanctuary: Where Heaven Touches Earth (Sept.; $19.95 paper, book and CD $37.95) by Gabrielle Lord and Trisha Watts assists those wishing to pray with their whole being.
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Hidden Heroes (Sept., $13.99 paper) by Larry Thompson. The southern Baptist pastor sheds light on little-known biblical figures.
Auden and Christianity (Oct., $30) by Arthur Kirsch analyzes the profound relationship between the poet's faith and his art.
Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion (Nov., $24) by John Polkinghorne integrates reality, insights drawn from physics and the significance of Jesus.
Last Light (Sept., $14.99 paper) by Terri Blackstock launches the Restoration series in which the world as we know it comes to an end.
The Case for Christmas (Oct., $9.99) by Lee Strobel reaffirms the faith of believers.
Jesus (Oct., $19.99) by Walter Wangerin Jr. looks at Jesus through the eyes of his apostle John and his mother Mary.
Even Now (Dec., $14.99 paper) by Karen Kingsbury. A young woman who was adopted meets her birth parents.