It was probably inevitable. After the super-soaking of American politics and culture with religion in recent years, a new subcategory rises up—the anti-religion books. Following the success of Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell (Viking, 2006) and Sam Harris’s The End of Faith (Norton, 2004), this fall brings a striking number of impassioned critiques of religion—any religion, but Christianity in particular—and calls for a return to reason rather than faith as a guiding principle. Chief among these is a new book from Harris, added to Knopf’s fall list at the last minute, after its catalogue had gone to press. Harris returns with Letter to a Christian Nation (Sept.), a response, Knopf says, to the thousands of critical letters he received from Christians after the first book. It doesn’t look like his Letter will make them very happy either.
Several other books this season assert that religion is not only unnecessary but negative. Arcade offers Michel Onfray’s Atheist Manifesto (Jan. 2007), which accuses Judaism, Islam and Christianity of a multitude of sins against humanity. More books in this vein come from Tarcher, Prometheus, Ulysses and others. And these won’t be the last—as we reported in Religion BookLine (Apr. 19), Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are rumored to be working on their own books on the subject.
Other voices call not for an end to faith but for a more measured and examined one, and for greater understanding and respect across faith lines. Among the most accessible urging dialogue and engagement might be The Faith Club (Free Press, Oct.), the story of three women—a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian—who transcend religious boundaries in friendship.
Within Christianity the soul-searching continues, with more evidence in books this season of evangelicalism’s identity crisis and increasing fragmentation. Along with thoughtful critiques of the current state of evangelicalism—from within and without the movement—there are two sweeping looks at this influential segment of Christianity: Believers: A Journey into Evangelical America (Viking, Oct.), by former U.S News & World Report religion writer Jeffrey Sheler; and God and Country: How Evangelicals Have become America’s New Mainstream (Bloomsbury, Sept.), by journalist Monique El-Faizy. Both are former evangelicals who bring an insider’s knowledge to the task of examining evangelical culture, which is more nuanced and varied than many imagine. Reinforcing that fact is The Truth About Conservative Christians (Univ. of Chicago, Oct.), a sociological study by Andrew Greeley and Michael Hout that reveals the range of viewpoints within evangelicalism.
One central stream within evangelicalism has been End Times prophecy. It produced the phenomenally successful Left Behind fiction series and has had a notable effect on American culture and politics. A History of the End of World (Harper SF, Sept.; starred PW review May 29), the newest book from Jonathan Kirsch, offers a centuries-long view of how readings of the biblical book of Revelation have shaped Western civilization, up to and including the thinking and rhetoric of our current president.
Title output across the major topics, genres and faith groups looks remarkably stable compared to last season, except in the case of Buddhism, where there appears to once again be a surge of publishing activity. And although books on meditation make up a small subcategory within religion, for fall there are more of them, several in the book/CD combo that is growing in popularity.
Last season many wondered whether the Da Vinci effect would ever end. Blessedly, for fall the tidal wave of Da Vinci Code responses has subsided, though there are still books on the Grail, the Templers, Mary Magdalene and the Freemasons, these last no doubt planned to coincide with the hoped-for publication of Dan Brown’s next novel on that topic. That book is now long-delayed—maybe even Dan Brown doesn’t want to follow Dan Brown.
Nothing is likely to match the size of the Da Vinci phenomenon, but in the wake of the authentication and unveiling of the long-rumored Gospel of Judas, books will begin to look at the implications of that discovery. Baker has Judas and the Gospel of Jesus (Oct.) from respected biblical scholar N.T. Wright. The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot (Oxford, Oct.) is by Bart Ehrman, the University of North Carolina professor who became something of a media star this year, with appearances on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and other more serious media outlets to promote his bestselling Misquoting Jesus (Harper SF). And—who knew—Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have become the go-to guys for funny yet intelligent coverage of religion. Could there be a religion book from one of them someday?
This season, readers can expect the unexpected in this rich and vital category.
Fall 2006 Religion Titles: A-M
Please click here for Publishers N-Z ABINGDON PRESS
What I Learned When I Was Ten (Sept., $13.50 paper) by J. Ellsworth Kalas relates how the author’s faith was shaped as a 10-year-old.
Markings on the Windowsill (Sept., $8 paper) by Ronald J. Greer offers help for persons who grieve.
Starlight: Beholding the Christmas Miracle All Year Long (Sept.; $18.95, paper $14.95) by John Shea. In this revised edition, the theologian explores various aspects of the spiritual life. Ad/promo.
Prayers for the Newly Married (Sept., $14.95) by Kathleen Finley aims to center newlyweds’ relationships in God. Ad/promo.
A Light Will Rise in Darkness: Growing Up Black and Catholic in New Orleans (Sept., $9.95 paper) by Jo Anne Tardy recounts her experiences during the 1940s and 1950s, then describes how Hurricane Katrina affected her old neighborhood. Ad/promo.
God to Go: Delivering a Portable Celebration of Faith, Inspiration, and Grace (Sept., $9.95 paper) by James Stuart Bell and Tracy Macon Sumner offers inspiration around 16 spiritual themes.
The Everything Mary Book: The Life and Legacy of the Blessed Mother (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Jenny Schroedel and John Schroedel is a complete reference about Mary and her influence.
The Buddha and the Terrorist (Sept.; $14.95) by peace activist Satish Kumar retells a famous Buddhist parable.
Fleeing Fundamentalism: A Minister’s Wife Examines Faith (Oct.; $23.95) by Carlene Cross tells her story of escape and forgiveness.
The World at Worship: A Celebration (Sept., $24.95) by Connie Smith affirms the universality of religious experience through photography.
Atheist Manifesto (Jan., $25) by Michel Onfray asserts that Christianity, Judaism and Islam have all attempted to suppress knowledge, science, pleasure and desire.
Christ and Human Rights: The Transformative Engagement (Sept., $29.95 paper) by George Newlands finds a geopolitical connection between Christology and human rights.
ATF PRESS (dist. by IPM)
A Thoughtful Life: Essays in Philosophical Theology (Sept., $31.95 paper), edited by Ian Weeks and Duncan Weeks, gathers essays to honor theologian Harry Wardlaw.
Why Do Muslims Participate in Jihad?: An Empirical Survey on Muslims in Indonesia and Iran (Oct., $18.95 paper) by Dicky Sofjan explores the idea of “holy war.”
Jesus, Mantra of God: An Exploration of Mantra Meditation (Oct., $14.95 paper) by John Dupuche reflects upon the year’s liturgical cycle.
The Cross of the Savior: From the Perspective of Jesus and Those Around the Cross (Sept., $13.95 paper) by Mark Templer looks at the redemptive ordeal of the crucifixion.
Jesus the Man: Decoding the Real Story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene (Nov., TBA) by Barbara Thiering is a reinterpretation of the life of Jesus.
Walking Together Through Illness: Twelve Steps for Caregivers and Care Receivers (Sept., $11.99 paper) by Wanda Scott Bledsoe and Milt Bledsoe tells the true story of what unfolded when a husband returned from church work in Mexico with a mysterious weakness that grew steadily worse.
I Will to You: Leaving a Legacy for Those You Love (Oct., $11.99 paper) by Herbert Brokering reveals the author’s desire to leave behind a spiritual legacy.
Married for Life: Growing Together Through the Differences and Surprises of Life (Sept., $12.99 paper) by Stuart and Jill Briscoe describes nearly five decades of a loving marriage.
A Guide to Acting on AIDS (Dec., $9.99 paper) by World Vision Resources takes a faith-based view of the global AIDS pandemic. Ad/promo.
All About Jesus (Jan., $14.99 paper) by Roger Quy integrates the four gospel accounts of Christ’s life into a single, chronological narrative. 25,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
AVE MARIA PRESS
Questions from Seventh Period: Doc Pennock Answers Teens’ Questions on Life, Love and the Catholic Faith (Sept., $15.95 paper) by Michael Francis Pennock revises a guide for Catholic teens.
Abide in Love: The Gospel Spirituality of John the Evangelist (Sept., $8.95 paper) by John Kirvan is the latest title in the 30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher series.
Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2007 (Oct., $14.95 paper) by the Jesuit Communications Centre, Ireland. This prayer guide was inspired by the Web site.
(dist. by Sterling)
Good Karma: How to Find It and Keep It (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Joan Duncan Oliver advises how to take responsibility for one’s words and deeds. One Spirit Book Club selection.
Treasures of the Buddha: The Glories of Sacred Asia (Oct., $35) by Tom Lowenstein celebrates Buddhist art and monuments through photography. One Spirit Book Club selection.
Reading Scripture with the Church: Toward a Hermeneutic for Theological Interpretation (Oct., $17.99 paper) by A.K.M. Adam et al. explicates the approaches to biblical interpretation employed by the four scholars. Advertising.
Judas and the Gospel of Jesus: Confronting the Quest for an Alternative Christianity (Oct., $18.99) by N.T. Wright responds to the discovery of the Gospel of Judas. 75,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Desperate Women of the Bible: Lessons on Passion from the Gospels (Oct., $12.99 paper) by Jo Kadlecek studies eight unnamed women mentioned in the Gospels.
The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life (Oct., $16.99 paper) by Robert E. Webber advocates an alternative Christian spirituality.
DarwinStrikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design (Nov., $14.99 paper) by Thomas Woodward anticipates the next step in the public debate about the ID movement.
Everyday Encouragement (Sept., $7.97 paper) by Pamela McQuade extends more than 200 daily messages to nourish women.
Lanterns & Lace (Sept., $9.97 paper) by DiAnn Mills. Unexpected evils bring two hearts together in this novel.
500 Questions & Answers from the Bible (Oct., $9.97 paper), edited by Mark Fackler, gives biblical information in a q&a format.
The 21 Most Amazing Truths About Heaven (Oct., $8.97 paper) by Dave Earley contemplates the Christian believer’s eternal home.
The Book of Courage (Oct., $14.99) by Hans Wilhelm injects hope when the world threatens.
Letters to a Young Evangelical (Nov., $23) by Tony Campolo is an activist’s vision about what it means to be truly an evangelical. Advertising. Author tour.
BAYLOR UNIV. PRESS
Gospel of the Living Dead: George A. Romero’s Vision of Hell on Earth (Sept., $19.95) by Kim Paffenroth details the religious and social meaning in the filmmaker’s zombie movies.
Rhetoric, Religion and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954—1965 (Oct., $44.95 paper), edited by Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon, seeks a broader understanding of the American experiment.
Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth Century Women Writing on Women in Genesis (Nov., $44.95 paper), edited by Marion Ann Taylor and Heather E. Weir, probes the way 19th-century females interpreted biblical women.
Expecting the End: Millennialism in Social and Historical Context (Nov., $34.95 paper), edited by Kenneth Newport and Crawford Gribben, scrutinizes contemporary millennial movements.
The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World (Oct., $16 paper) by Donald Rothberg yokes personal and social transformation.
A Rare and Precious Thing: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Working with a Spiritual Teacher (Sept., $23) by John Kain ponders the necessity of practicing with a guru versus forging one’s own spiritual path.
Don’t Chew Jesus: A Collection of Memorable Nun Stories (Nov., $27) by Danielle Schaaf and Michael Prendergast is a collection of fond and humorous anecdotes.
Outrageous, Contagious Joy: Five Big Questions to Help You Discover One Great Life (Jan., $TBA) by Ed Young Jr. directs readers to move beyond transient happiness.
T.D. and Serita Ann Jakes Speak to Women (Sept., $16.99) by T.D. Jakes and Serita Ann Jakes combines three books that address women’s concerns. 20,000 first printing.
It’s Always Darkest Before the Fridge Door Opens (Oct., $12.99 paper) by Martha Bolton and Phil Callaway finds humor in a trouble-filled world. 25,000 first printing.
Making Peace with Your Mom (Jan., $12.99 paper) by H. Norman Wright has insights into restoring the mother-daughter relationship.
Roll Away Your Stone (Feb., $19.99) by Dutch Sheets proposes action to overcome the lies that keep Christians defeated. 20,000 first printing.
Sounds Like Om (Sept., $21.95) by Dick de Ruiter et al. A book and CD provide lessons about the Sri Yantra symbol and the OM mantra to facilitate concentration and meditation.
God and Country: How Evangelicals Have Become America’s New Mainstream (Sept., $24.95) by Monique El-Faizy traces the influence of evangelical Christianity. 50,000 first printing.
BLUEBRIDGE (dist. by IPG)
Cluny: In Search of God’s Lost Empire (Sept., $24.95) by Edwin Mullins is a popular history of the Benedictine monastery in Burgundy, France.
What About Hitler?: Wrestling with Jesus’s Call to Nonviolence in an Evil World (Oct., $19.99 paper) by Robert W. Brimlow muses whether it is ever justifiable for Christians to retaliate. Advertising. Publicity.
Conversations with Poppi About God: An Eight-Year-Old and Her Theologian Grandfather Trade Questions (Nov., $18.99) by Robert W. Jenson and Solveig Lucia Gold records unscripted talks that touch upon the Trinity and what God looks like. Advertising. Publicity.
Living the Sabbath: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight (Dec., $19.99 paper) by Norman Wirzba calls for a holistic understanding of Sabbath-keeping. Advertising.
How to Become a Saint: A Beginner’s Guide (Feb., $14.99 paper) by Jack Bernard offers a simplified approach to holiness. Advertising. Publicity.
BROADMAN & HOLMAN
A Threat to Justice (Sept., $15.99 paper) by Chuck Norris et al. is the second title in the Justice Riders western series featuring Ezra Justice. Advertising. Author tour.
Better Love—Now (Jan., $19.99) by Tommy Nelson centers on intimacy for couples. Advertising. Publicity.
Now You’re Speaking My Language (Jan., $12.99 paper) by Gary Chapman counsels on developing communication skills between the sexes. Advertising. Publicity.
A Winter of Wonders (Jan., $14.99 paper) by Jennifer O’Neill is the second novel in a series featuring seven women of faith. Advertising. Publicity.
Spirit Warriors #3 (Feb., $9.99 paper) by Stephen Baldwin concludes the trilogy about six teens battling the forces of evil.
Kid Concoctions of Biblical Proportions (Feb., $14.99 paper) by John and Danita Thomas devises projects that promote family interaction. Author publicity.
BROOKINGS INSTITUTION PRESS
Integrating Islam: Political and Religious Challenges in Contemporary France (Sept.; $52.95, paper $22.95) by Jonathan Laurence and Justin Vaisse takes an overview of the current situation.
CAMBRIDGE UNIV. PRESS
The Cambridge Companion to the Qur’an (Oct., $26.99 paper), edited by Jane Dammen McAuliffe, devotes 14 chapters to discussions of topical importance.
The Cambridge Companion to Atheism (Oct., $27.99 paper), edited by Michael Martin, examines atheism amid a range of disciplines, including philosophy and psychology.
The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels (Nov., $27.99 paper), edited by Stephen C. Barton, treats the canon as witness to who God is.
An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought (Dec., $29.99 paper) by Michael P. Hornsby-Smith focuses on social activism in recent decades.
Spiritually Dysfunctional (Sept., $18.95 paper) by Fred Singer is the true story of a Jewish atheist and his Catholic wife. Photos.
CATHOLIC UNIV. OF AMERICA PRESS
Freedom and Necessity: St. Augustine’s Teaching on Divine Power and Human Freedom (Feb., $24.95 paper) by Gerald Bonner interprets the doctrine of divine predestination.
Divine Fruitfulness: A Guide to Balthasar’s Theology Beyond the Trilogy (Feb., $39.95 paper) by Aidan Nichols is the fifth and final volume covering Balthasar’s thought and influence.
Fire and Light: An Off-Road Search for the Spirit of God (Oct., $15.95 paper) by Jon Robertson is a nondenominational means of tapping the power of the Spirit.
Illuminations: Expressions of the Personal Spiritual Experience (Oct., $18.95), edited by Mark L. Tompkins and Jennifer McMahon, contains 180 contributions addressing spiritual perspectives.
Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology and the Future of Belief (Nov., $20 paper) by John Lamb Lash visits the spiritual world of pre-Christian classical Europe.
The Afterlife: A Guided Tour of Heaven and Its Wonders (Sept., $12.95 paper) by Emanuel Swedenborg, edited by Don Rose, abridges Heaven and Hell, about the pleasures of heaven and the threats of hell. Ad/promo.
Life on Other Planets (Sept., $10.95 paper) by Emanuel Swedenborg is a new edition of his conversations in the afterlife with spirits from other planets. Ad/promo.
The Breath of God, Third Edition (Sept., $12 paper) by Nancy Roth instructs on basic Christian prayer forms.
Follow Me: Christian Growth on the Pilgrim’s Way (Sept., $16 paper) by Brett Webb-Mitchell recounts the author’s pilgrimages.
Traces of God, 25th Anniversary Edition (Sept., $16 paper) by Diogenes Allen affords readers an understanding of life’s inevitable sufferings.
Good News: Best Religion Writing in North America (Sept., $14 paper), edited by Debra Wagner, gathers the best religious news writing of the year chosen by the Associated Church Press.
COLUMBIA UNIV. PRESS
Creating Judaism (Nov., $24.50 paper) by Michael L. Satlow offers portraits of Jewish communities around the world and throughout history.
Luminous Mind (Sept., $11.95 paper) by Joel and Michelle Levey is a mental fitness manual from the founders of InnerWork Technologies.
Open Mind, Open Heart, 20thAnniversary Edition (Sept., $29.95 paper) by Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O., includes a new preface, an expanded glossary and other changes. Advertising.
God’s Troublemakers: How Progressive Women of Faith Are Changing the World (Sept., $24.95) by Katharine Rhodes Henderson cites influential women. Advertising.
Disguised as Clark Kent (Oct., $24.95) by Danny Fingeroth considers the Jewish consciousness among the creators of such superheroes as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman. Advertising.
Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness, 10th Anniversary Edition (Oct., $17.95 paper) by Nan C. Merrill recasts the Book of Psalms in terms of continuing revelation and evolution of the Scriptures. Advertising.
Mary Magdalene Understood (Oct., $12.95 paper) by Jane Schaberg and Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre. The epilogue deals with the phenomenon of The Da Vinci Code. Advertising.
Heartwarming Christmas Stories, Vol. 1: A Cozy Collection of Fiction for the Holidays (Sept., $14.99) anthologizes original tales by major Christian fiction authors.
The Gospel According to Dan Brown: The Real Message Behind the Mysteries (Oct., $19.99) by Jeff Dunn and Craig Bubeck investigates the worldview preached in Brown’s novels.
Jack Bauer’s Having a Bad Day: An Unauthorized Investigation of Faith in 24, Season 1 (Oct., $19.99) by Tim Wesemann analyzes, episode by episode, the faith truths presented in the first season of the TV series, 24.
The Inspirational Christmas Almanac: Heartwarming Traditions, Trivia, Stories and Recipes for the Holidays (Oct., $14.99 paper) compiles materials from around the world.
COPPERHOUSE (dist. by Pilgrim Press)
Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Amir Hussain notes the differences and similarities between Christianity and Islam.
CORNELL UNIV. PRESS
Eating Beauty: The Eucharist and the Spiritual Arts of the Middle Ages (Sept., $39.95) by Ann W. Astell sees a relationship between the Eucharist and aesthetics.
Reprint: Prophetic Politics: Christian Social Movements and American Democracy (Sept., $18.95 paper) by David S. Gutterman.
Engaging News Media: A Practical Guide for People of Faith (Sept., $14.95 paper) by Mark Kelley examines issues of truth and trustworthiness in the media.
Take God to Work (Sept., $13.95 paper) by Gary Moreau offers Christian solutions to job challenges.
A Morning Cup of Prayer for Friends ...Mothers ...Teachers ...Women (Nov., $12.95 each) by John Bright-Fey is a series of book/CD guides.
Women Saints: 365 Devotions and Prayers (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Madonna Sophia Compton et al. assembles a year’s worth of readings from women saints, with special attention to Marian feast days.
Holy Land USA: A Catholic Ride Through America’s Evangelical Landscape (Sept., $16.95 paper) by Peter Feuerherd contrasts evangelicals and Catholics.
CROSSROAD/HERDER & HERDER
Handing on the Faith: The Church’s Mission and Challenge (Sept., $24.95 paper) by Robert Imbelli et al. launches the Church in the 21st Century series sponsored by Boston College, bringing together voices in Catholic life and thought.
What Jesus Demands from the World (Sept., $19.99) by John Piper identifies Jesus’ demands in the four Gospels. 30,000 first printing.
Redemptive Suffering: Lessons Learned from the Garden of Gethsemane (Sept., $11.99 paper) by Leslie Montgomery delves into the relationship between human suffering and God’s love.
Truth with Love (Sept., $15.99 paper) by Bryan A. Follis mines the theology of Francis Schaeffer.
Overcoming Sin and Temptation (Oct., $19.99 paper) by John Owen, edited by Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor, updates and footnotes three of Owen’s classic works.
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, as Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda (Sept., $24.95) serves as a new commentary for a modern audience. 20,000 first printing. $250,000 ad/promo.
IVAN R. DEE
A Secular Faith (Sept., $26.95) by Darryl Hart announces that to enlist faith for political purposes is to trivialize Christianity’s most important claims.
Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament (Sept., $39.95) by Richard Holzapfel et al. is an illustrated reference guide to New Testament culture, language, history and teachings.
The Healer’s Art: Faith and the Healing Power of Jesus Christ (Sept., $16.95) by Lloyd D. Newell and Don H. Staheli uses the painting Christ Healing at the Well of Bethesda to illuminate challenges on the path to healing.
From Persecutor to Apostle: A Biography of Paul (Sept., $19.95) by Thomas A. Wayment emphasizes Paul’s personal life.
The Ten Virgins: Ten Women, Ten Stories, Ten Lessons for Our Day (Oct., $18.95) by Emily Freeman expands upon the parable of the 10 virgins by providing each with an identity and individual story.
The Innkeeper’s Wife: The Rest of the Christmas Story (Oct., $12.95) by Lynda M. Wilson views the nativity through the eyes of the supposed midwife to Mary.
Beyond the Tears: Helping Jewish Kids Cope with Death (Sept.; $18.95, paper $12.95) by Rabbi Eugene I. Kwalwasser counsels young adults regarding the acceptance of death.
Solomon the Accountant (Sept., $16.95 paper) by Edward M. Krauss spins fiction about Jewish baby boomers.
A Widow’s Tale (Oct.; $21.95, paper $16.95) by Dina Bar-Tov relates how the widow of a rabbi struggles in the Orthodox world.
Eretz Yisrael in the Parashah: The Centrality of the Land of Israel in the Torah (Dec., $21.95) by Moshe Lichtman probes every reference to the Land of Israel in the five books of Moses.
Be Still and Know (Sept., $15.95 paper) by Mara Marin is a mystical guide to becoming one with your spiritual essence.
The Africana Worship Book (Sept., $32) by Valerie Bridgeman. A bound-in CD adds to the multi-contributor collection of prayers, litanies and other materials designed to unite African-American communities.
God Alone (Sept., $11.99 paper) by Joanie Yoder shares heartfelt devotionals.
Who Has Your Heart? (Oct., $11.99 paper) by Emily Ryan invites single women to find self-discovery through Christ.
Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men and Devil-Worshippers Who Became Saints (Sept., $15.95) by Thomas J. Craughwell presents portraits of sanctified individuals with unsaintly backgrounds. 20,000 first printing.
Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace: My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei (Sept., $19.95) by Scott Hahn depicts how membership in Opus Dei affected every aspect of the author’s life. 25,000 first printing.
Notre Dame Inspirations: The University’s Most Successful Alumni Talk About Life, Spirituality, Football—and Everything Else Under the Dome (Sept., $29.95) by Hannah Storm amasses stories by the college’s graduates. 45,000 first printing.
Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic (Jan., $14.95) by Mayank Chhaya represents an authorized biography. 25,000 first printing.
Grace Under Fire: Letters of Faith in Times of War (Feb., $16.95), compiled by Andrew Carroll, collects letters and e-mails composed by U.S. soldiers and their families during every major conflict in American history. 75,000 first printing.
Parallel Empires: The Vatican and the United States—Two Centuries of Alliance and Conflict (Feb., $26.95) by Massimo Franco discloses details of U.S.-Vatican diplomatic relations from 1788 onward. 40,000 first printing.
A Space for Belief: The Place of Theology in Faith (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Stephen R. White makes a case for the relevance of theology.
DUKE UNIV. PRESS
The Robert Bellah Reader (Nov., $27.95 paper) by Robert N. Bellah, edited by Robert N. Bellah and Steven M. Tipton, brings together 28 essays by the author of Habits of the Heart.
WM. B. EERDMANS
A Short History of Christianity (Sept., $15 paper) by Stephen Tomkins chronicles the church’s past.
A Time to Embrace: Same-Gender Relationships in Religion, Law and Politics (Sept., $25) by William Stacy Johnson addresses the legitimacy of same-gender covenants.
The Luminous Dusk: Finding God in the Deep, Still Places (Sept., $14 paper) by Dale C. Allison Jr. advocates seeking the serenity of God in a busy world.
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony (Sept., $32) by Richard Bauckham draws on new evidence to review biblical experiences.
Accompanied by Angels: Poems of the Incarnation (Sept., $15 paper) by Luci Shaw dispenses poetic musings on the word made flesh.
EMERALD POINTE BOOKS
The Alabaster Cross (Sept., $14.99 paper) by Richard Exley pictures revenge and redemption in the Amazon rain forest. 55,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Luke’s Passage (Sept., $14.99 paper) by Max Davis concerns the ultimate transformation of God’s mercy. 40,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
FAIR WINDS PRESS
Turning the Solomon Key (Sept., $27.95) by Robert Lomas highlights the Masonic experience of the founding fathers.
Full of Grace (Oct., $26.95 paper) by Lisa Haddock is a boxed kit that contains a statue of the Virgin Mary with a short book on her life.
The Quest for the Holy Grail (Oct., $26.95 paper) by Eric Schmitz boxes together 22 full-color cards, a book about the bloodline of Jesus, a genealogical chart and a chalice.
The Secrets of Solomon’s Temple (Feb., $24.99 paper) by Kevin L. Gest surveys Freemasonry and reveals the identity of King Solomon.
Mitzvah Chic (Oct., $18 paper) by Gail Anthony Greenberg is a guide to planning a bar or bat mitzvah.
The Gospel According to Walt Baby Love (Feb. 2007, $21) by Walt Baby Love is the story of the radio personality’s road from gospel and R&B musician to ordained minister.
FOCUS ON THE FAMILY/TYNDALE HOUSE
Effective Parenting in a Defective World (Oct., $19.99) by Chip Ingram proposes practical guidelines for child-rearing.
In Quest of God: Maneri’s Second Collection of 150 Letters (Sept., $17.95), trans. and notes by Paul Frederick Jackson, S.J., captures the voice of the Sufi master Sharafuddin Maneri (c. 1290—1381).
Hinduism and Its Spiritual Masters (Oct., $14.95 paper) by William Stoddart is an illustrated guide to Hindu mythology, metaphysics and spirituality.
FORDHAM UNIV. PRESS
Thoughts for Every Day of the Year: St. Ignatius Loyola (Sept., $19.95). Alan G. McDougall’s translation gathers 365 maxims from the saint’s writings.
The Land, the Bible and History: Toward the Land That I Will Show You (Nov., $40) by Alain Marchadour and David Neuhaus presents a Catholic view of the Holy Land.
Passing on the Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews (Nov., $22 paper), edited by James L. Heft. A collection of thematically grouped essays view the impact of religion.
A Plausible God: Secular Reflections on Liberal Jewish Theology (Nov., $22 paper) by Mitchell Silver analyzes the theology of three Jewish thinkers who discuss the relationship between science and religion.
Sharing Food: Christian Practices for Enjoyment (Sept., $15 paper) by L. Shannon Jung claims that everyday communal eating can make us more mindful of God’s presence.
The Unfolding Drama of the Bible, Fourth Edition (Sept., $13 paper) by Bernhard W. Anderson revises eight study sessions about the Bible.
Great Women of the Bible: In Art and Literature, Abridged Edition (Oct., $29) by Dorothee Soelle and Joe H. Kirchberger blends the stories of 15 biblical characters with more than 200 images of them.
Encountering Jesus & Buddha: Their Lives and Teachings (Nov.; $22, paper $16) by Ulrich Luz and Axel Michaels plumbs the contemporary significance of the two figures.
The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding (Oct., $25) by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Pricilla Warner interweaves the stories of three Americans and their religions. Publicity.
GEORGETOWN UNIV. PRESS
The Values Campaign? The Christian Right and the 2004 Elections (Sept.; $44.95, paper $26.95), edited by John C. Green et al., maintains that moral traditionalism will continue to be a major force. Advertising. Publicity.
Medical Care at the End of Life: A Catholic Perspective (Oct., $16.95 paper) by David Kelly guides life’s final decisions. Advertising. Publicity.
Holy Images, Hallowed Space: Icons from Sinai (Nov.; $75, paper $50), edited by Robert S. Nelson and Kristen M. Collins, illustrates the icon in Byzantine religious practices.
Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd (Oct., $19.95) by Sue Monk Kidd gathers personal reflections about the author’s spiritual awakening. 250,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo.
Praying for My Life (Oct., $17.95) by Marion Bond West recounts a changed life. 50,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.
A Simple Christmas: A Faith-Filled Guide to a Meaningful and Stress-Free Christmas (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Sharon Hanby-Robie shares tips for handling the Christmas rush. 50,000 first printing. Advertising.
Meditations from Conversations with God (Sept., $7.95 paper) by Neale Donald Walsch. This repackaged gift edition pairs color photography with inspirational prose.
For Those I Loved (Oct., $17.95 paper) by Martin Gray is a new edition of the Holocaust survivor’s memoir originally published in 1972, now with a new opening and a photo-essay about his family and work. 50,000 first printing.
Thus Saith the Lord (Nov., $25) by Richard E. Rubenstein examines the moral codes that developed from the words of Jeremiah and Isaiah.
Life After Death: The Burden of Proof (Oct., $24) by Deepak Chopra declares that our most essential self uses the end of life to “pass over” into the next lifetime. 200,000 first printing.
A Match Made in Heaven (Jan., $24.95) by Zev Chafets examines the confluence of Jews and evangelical Christians in the U.S.
HARPER SAN FRANCISCO
A History of the End of the World (Sept., $25.95) by Jonathan Kirsch notes how the Book of Revelation has been used and abused ever since Roman times. 50,000 first printing.
The Rule of Benedict: Pope Benedict XVI and His Clash with the Modern World (Sept., $24.95) by David Gibson predicts an alarming direction for the new papacy and its impact on the church in America.
Jesus: Uncovering the Life, the Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (Oct., $24.95) by Marcus Borg paints Jesus as a charismatic healer, sage and prophet. 75,000 first printing.
Words to Live By (Feb., $21.95) by C.S. Lewis dispenses practical wisdom in succinct inspirational entries. 75,000 first printing.
Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know (Feb., $24.95) by Stephen Prothero contends that religion should become the fourth “R” of American education. 50,000 first printing.
HARVARD UNIV. PRESS
God’s Universe (Sept., $16.95) by Owen Gingerich cites Johannes Kepler while asserting that a creative scientist can also be a believer in divine design.
The Dalai Lama at MIT (Sept., $24.95), edited by Anne Harrington and Arthur Zajonc, collects papers presented at the conference, plus writings on the discussion and debate that followed.
Religious Freedom and the Constitution (Jan., $28.95) by Christopher L. Eisgruber and Lawrence G. Sager proposes cooperation within a diverse religious populace.
101 Most Puzzling Bible Verses: Insight into Frequently Misunderstood Scriptures (Sept., $11.99 paper) by Tim Demy and Gary Stewart clarifies confusing passages.
Sex, Food and God: Breaking Free from Temptations, Compulsions and Addictions (Sept., $12.99 paper) by David Eckman submits that commitment to prayer and confession protects from temptation.
The Bare Bones Bible Handbook: 10 Minutes to Understanding Each Book of the Bible (Sept., $12.99 paper) by Jim George serves as a quick overview.
The Truth Behind Ghosts, Mediums & Psychic Phenomena (Sept., $9.99 paper) by Ron Rhodes advises Christians on the paranormal.
Jewish Relational Care A-Z: We Are Our Other’s Keeper (Sept.; $69.95, paper $39.95), edited by Jack H. Bloom, covers issues relevant to all denominations.
Spiritual Wisdom for Successful Retirement: Living Forward (Nov.; $39.95, paper $16.95) by C.W. Brister guides through the “third stage” of life.
Your Immortal Reality: How to Break the Cycle of Birth and Death (Sept., $24.95) by Gary R. Renard tells how to integrate advanced spiritual principles into daily life to stop the need to reincarnate.
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Sept., $16.95 paper), edited by Jonathan Edwards, relates how the early missionaries presented the gospel to American Indians.
Meet the Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and Literature in the Time of Jesus (Oct., $19.95 paper) by Brad H. Young explains the pertinence of rabbinic thought to Jesus and to the New Testament.
A Practical View of Christianity (Oct., $9.95) by William Wilberforce. This updated new title in the Hendrickson Christian Classic series contains explanatory notes, scripture references, translation of Latin phrases and more.
Stories: How Mennonites Came to Be (Sept., $9.99 paper) by John D. Roth links the life of Dirk Willems with the present.
Blessed Are the Pacifists (Sept., $11.99 paper) by Thomas Tryzna views pacifism as a way of life grounded in scripture.
Empowering the Soul: A Collection of Essays Exploring Global Healing and Spiritual Well-Being (Sept., $12.95 paper). This compilation of essays gathered from talks at the Sacred Link Conference in 2004 is introduced by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.
Zen, Simply Sitting (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Philippe Coupey offers commentary on Fukanzazengi (Universal Guide to the Practice of Zazen), written by Master Dogen in 1227.
The Best American Spiritual Writing 2006 (Oct., $28; $14 paper), edited by Philip Zaleski, includes contributiond from Michael Chabon, Malcolm Gladwell and John Updike.
Fury (Sept., $12.99 paper) by Bill Bright and Jack Cavanaugh completes the Great Awakenings series with a young man who witnessed a murder.
It’s a Dog Eat Dog World and Cats Are Waiting Tables (Oct., $12.99 paper) by Martin Babb addresses quotidian matters whimsically.
Laughing in the Dark (Feb., $17.99) by Chonda Pierce chronicles the comedienne’s battle with depression.
Maybe Life’s Just Not That into You (Feb., $16.99) by Martha Bolton satirizes self-help books.
Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life (Sept., $23.95) by Rabbi Irwin Kula with Linda Loewenthal perceives yearning as the defining emotional experience of our time. 50,000 first printing.
Seeds of Faith Library (Oct., $19.95) by Norman Vincent Peale combines five books in a slipcase to create a minilibrary.
The Wonder of Christmas (Oct., $19.95) marks the holiday in word, song and picture.
Ideals Christmas (Oct., $6.95 paper), edited by Marjorie Lloyd, honors the traditions of Christmas in stories, poems and devotions.
Miracles of John Paul II (Sept., $20) by Pawel Zuchniewicz testifies to healings during the late pope’s lifetime. 20,000 first printing.$20,000 ad/promo.
Hell and Other Destinations: A Novelist’s Reflections on This World and the Next (Sept., $15.95 paper) by Piers Paul Read contemplates assorted topics in relation to Catholic faith.
What It Means to Be a Christian (Sept., $14.95) by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) describes Christian living in the modern world. 15,000 first printing.
Pope Benedict XVI: Servant of the Truth (Oct., $24.95) by Peter Seewald follows the pope in a photo-biography from infancy to papacy. 40,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
The Song of Bernadette (Oct., $18.95 paper) by Franz Werfel. George Weigel contributes a foreword to this new edition.
From Slave to Priest: The True Story of Fr. Augustine Tolton (Oct., $17.95) by Caroline Hemesath portrays the first black American priest.
INDIANA UNIV. PRESS
Domenico Tiepolo: A New Testament (Oct., $75) by Adelheid M. Gealt and George Knox recaptures the 18th-century Venetian artist’s drawings for the New Testament.
A Reader in Pentecostal Theology: Voices from the First Generation (Oct.; $50, paper $22.95), edited by Douglas Jacobsen, collects foundational texts of early Pentecostal theology.
Seeking a Sanctuary: Seventh-Day Adventism and the American Dream, Second Edition (Dec.; $75, paper $29.95) by Malcolm Bull and Keith Lockhart demystifies the Protestant denomination.
INNER OCEAN PUBLISHING
Deeksha: The Fire from Heaven (Sept., $15.95 paper) by Kiara Windrider with Grace Sears clarifies the spiritual force behind the Oneness Movement founded by Sri Bhagavan and Sri Amma.
Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, Revised Edition (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Martin Lings represents the final updates before the author’s death in 2005.
Crusade Against the Grail: The Struggle Between the Cathars, the Templars and the Church of Rome (Oct., $16.95 paper) by Otto Rahan is the first English translation of a book published in Germany in 1933 that popularized the legend of the Cathars and the Holy Grail.
Mozart the Freemason: The Masonic Influence on His Musical Genius (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Jacques Henry articulates Mozart’s strong ties to Freemasonry.
INNER TRADITIONS/BEAR & CO.
Forbidden Religion: Suppressed Heresies of the West (Nov., $18 paper), edited by J. Douglas Kenyon, detects a thread uniting so-called heretical religions banned by the orthodox church over the centuries.
An Illustrated History of the Knights Templar (Nov., $19.95 paper) by James Wasserman retells myths and historical truths about the warriors destroyed as heretics 700 years ago.
The Haitian Vodou Handbook: Protocols for Riding with the Lwa (Jan., $16.95 paper) by Kevin Filan builds respectful relationships with the Vodou pantheon.
I Promise (Sept., $22.99) by Gary Smalley specifies five promises to build trust between husband and wife. 150,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.
Forgive to Live (Sept., $22.99) by Dick Tibbits and Steve Halliday asserts that forgiveness yields a happier, longer life. 50,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo.
The Secrets Men Keep (Oct., $22.99) by Stephen Arterburn identifies the inner fears of men. 75,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
My Favorite Christmas (Oct., $14.99), compiled by Amy Hagberg. Christian personalities share warm holiday tales. 50,000 first printing.
It’s Not My Fault (Jan., $22.99) by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. The psychologists contend that people’s most common excuse is life’s most dangerous. 100,000 first printing. $80,000 ad/promo.
Why Politics Needs Religion (Sept., $19 paper) by Brendan Sweetman rejects the charge that religion should not be mixed with politics.
Evil and the Justice of God (Nov., $18) by N.T. Wright comments on how evil presents itself in society today.
The New Friars (Nov., $15 paper) by Scott A. Bessenecker looks at young people who serve the poor.
Fabricating Jesus (Dec., $19) by Craig Alan Evans notes there are many sources for understanding the historical Jesus.
Reconciliation Blues (Dec., $20) by Edward Gilbreath gives a black perspective on living in a mostly white Christian culture.
Evolution and Christian Faith (Aug., $14) by Joan Roughgarden discusses what Jesus and Darwin have in common.
God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness and Embodied Spirituality (Sept., $16.99 paper) by Jay Michaelson envisions the body as an essential guide to the sacred.
Moses and the Journey to Leadership: Timeless Lessons of Effective Management from the Bible and Today’s Leaders (Sept., $21.99) by Norman J. Cohen cites Moses as the paradigm for a successful leader.
Kabbalah: A Brief Introduction for Christians (Sept., $16.99 paper) by Tamar Frankiel opens the door to Jewish mysticism.
God’s To-Do List: 103 Ways to Live Your Purpose for Doing God’s Work on Earth (Oct., $15.99 paper) by Ron Wolfson encourages readers to make a difference in the lives of others.
Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World (Oct., $24.99) by Rabbi Sidney Schwarz urges a renewed spirit of social justice in Jewish identity; foreword by Elie Wiesel.
Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed (Oct., $16.99 paper) by Joanne Doades assists in navigating a child into adulthood.
Finding Hope: Cultivating God’s Gift of a Hopeful Spirit (Oct., $16.99 paper) by Marcia Ford states that a hopeful spirit is key to fulfillment.
JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY
The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons (Oct., $30) by Jill Hammer contains daily readings that link sacred stories with the natural world. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Dictionary of Jewish Words: A JPS Guide (Nov., $18 paper) has been updated and expanded with definitions of Jewish words from Yiddish, Hebrew, Aramaic and Ladino. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Folktales of the Jews, Vol. 1: Tales from the Sephardic Dispersion (Nov., $75), edited by Dan Ben-Amos, begins a projected five-volume series of stories from the Israel Folktale Archives. Ad/promo.
The Lost Apostle: Searching for the Truth About Junia (Sept., $21.95) by Rena Pederson tells of the quest to learn more about the woman some claim to have been the first female apostle.
Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman’s Guide to Recovering Balance and Meaning in Everyday Life (Sept., $22.95) by Abby Seixas suggests a step-by-step regimen for women to slow down and to reconnect with their spiritual lives.
On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz: 25 Years of Pre-Dawn Car Trips, Mind Blowing Encounters and Inspiring Conversations with a Man of Wisdom (Sept., $24.95) by Arthur Kurzweil spins tales of a charismatic holy man.
In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice (Oct., $21.95) by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore says that parenting can nourish heart and soul—as well as family.
The Blogging Church: Sharing the Story of Your Church Through Blogs (Jan., $19.95 paper) by Brian Bailey and Terry Storch explains how to spread the word more forcefully.
Speak Until Justice Wakes: Prophetic Reflections from J. Alfred Smith Sr. (Sept., $11 paper) by J. Alfred Smith Sr. distills the church leader’s insights.
A Guide to Black Family Ministry (Nov., $16 paper), compiled by Sammie Dortch et al. follows Church and Family Together: A Congregational Manual for Black Family Ministry.
Letter to a Christian Nation (Nov., $16.95) by Sam Harris challenges the legitimacy of fundamentalist Christian faith. Ad/promo. 5-city author tour.
The Jade Bracelet (Sept., $13.99 paper) by Wilma Wall. In this novel, three women bound by family are torn by conflict. Ad/promo.
Raising Children in Blended Families: Helpful Insights, Expert Opinions and True Stories (Sept., $11.99 paper) by Maxine Marsolini teaches the art of stepparenting. Ad/promo.
The Costly Call, Book 2: The Untold Story (Oct., $11.99 paper) by Emir Fethi Caner and H. Edward Pruitt. This sequel tells more stories about Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and secularists who sacrificed all to follow Christ. Ad/promo.
Celebrate Simply: Your Guide to Simpler, More Meaningful Holidays and Special Occasions (Oct., $10.99 paper) by Nancy Twigg. The manual on celebrating joyfully on a budget has been revised and expanded. Ad/promo.
Hazardous Duty (Oct., $11.99 paper) by Christy Barritt. Gabby St. Claire has her own crime-scene cleaning business, and she discovers a weapon the police overlooked. Ad/promo.
Questions Christians Ask the Rabbi (Sept., $22.95) by Rabbi Ron Isaacs pulls together questions and answers from the Web site, www.rabbiron.com.
LIBRARY OF AMERICA
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Oct., $40), edited by Harold Bloom and Jesse Zuba, contains hundreds of poems by more than 200 poets. 20,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo.
LIFT EVERY VOICE
Can I Call You Soldier? (Sept., $9.99 paper) by Harold Davis provides practical solutions to problems facing black men today. Ad/promo.
Freeing Celibacy (Sept., $16.95) by Donald Cozzens sees priestly celibacy as a source of power and a gift of the Spirit. Ad/promo.
Being Catholic in a Culture of Choice (Oct., $19.95 paper) by Thomas P. Rausch, S.J., analyzes recent studies of young adult Catholics. Ad/promo.
Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life (Nov., $19.95) by Abbot Christopher Jamison comes from the host of a BBC television series in which five nonmonks lived the monastic life for 40 days.
LITURGY TRAINING PUBLICATIONS
Creative Praying in Groups (Oct., $15 paper) by Julia McGuinness proposes fresh ways to pray together.
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic & Mysticism (Jan., $24.95 paper) by Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis is a one-volume reference guide.
The Shoemaker’s Gospel: A Fable (Sept., $16.95) by Daniel Brent is the press’s first original work of fiction, about Jesus and his friends. Ad/promo.
Guardian Angels: True Stories of Answered Prayers (Sept., $14.95 paper) by Joan Wester Anderson collects actual stories of faith and reward. Advertising.
Movies That Matter: Reading Film Through the Lens of Faith (Sept., $14.95 paper) by Richard Leonard, S.J., finds beauty and truth in the cinema. Advertising.
The Best Catholic Writing 2006 (Oct., $14.95 paper), edited by Brian Doyle, anthologizes the most thoughtful writing of the year. Advertising.
Goddesses of the Celestial Gallery (Oct., $75) by Romio Shrestha is a two-feet-tall collection of original paintings reinterpreting the sacred traditions of Tibetan thankas.
The Yoga of Sound: Kirtans from the Sacred Forest (Oct., $19.95) by Patrick Bernard is the third volume in the Traditional Chants CD/Book series featuring inspirational music based on traditional Vedic chants.
MCGILL—QUEEN’S UNIV. PRESS
Satanic Purses: Money, Myth and Misinformation in the War on Terror (Sept., $29.95) by R.T. Naylor accuses the American government of basing its war on Islamic terror on misguided notions about the nature of terrorist financing and the structure and organization of terrorist groups.
MERCER UNIV. PRESS
The Baptist River: Essays on Many Tributaries of a Diverse Tradition (Nov., $35 paper), edited by W. Glenn Jonas Jr. Essays highlight theological and social differences between Baptist groups in North America.
The New Brothers Grimm and Their Left Behind Fairy Tales (Dec., $20 paper) by David T. Morgan responds to the Left Behind series by challenging the theological arguments it puts forth.
Church Music in America (Jan., $49.95) by John Ogasapian tracks the musical practices of a variety of religious groups.
Life Is a Test (Nov., $20.99) by Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis blends advice, uplift and inspiration.
Nachmanides on Exodus, Vol. II (Hebrew: Ramban on Chumash/Bereishis) (Dec., $28.99) is the fourth book in an eight-volume translation and explanation of Bible commentary by a 13th-century Jewish scholar from Spain.
Yerushalmi Bikkurim—Schottenstein Edition (Jan., $34.99) is the fourth volume of the Jerusalem Talmud series.
Buddhism for You: Prayer (Sept.), ...Love (Sept.), ...Courage (Sept.) and ...Determination (Sept., $7.95 each) by Daisaku Ikeda demystify the essence of Buddhist scriptures.
Buddhism Day by Day: Wisdom for Modern Life (Oct., $15.95 paper) by Daisaku Ikeda interprets the precepts of Nichiren Buddhism in brief entries on a wide range of topics.
God and the Welfare State (Oct., $14.95) by Lew Daly explores the underpinnings of the faith-based social services initiative.
The Five Languages of Apology: How to Experience Healing in All Your Relationships (Sept., $18.97 intro. price) by Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas itemizes proven techniques for giving and receiving apologies. 200,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.
Your Money Map (Dec., $19.99 paper) by Howard Dayton adds up to biblically based financial freedom. 100,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.
God’s Top 10: Blowing the Lid Off the Commandments (Sept., $19.95 paper) by Anne Robertson contemplates the moral issues of our day through the lens of each of the commandments. Ad/promo.
The Magdalene Mystique (Oct., $13.95 paper) by Betty Conrad Adam enters an actual community that celebrates Mary Magdalene as a mystic and visionary. Ad/promo.
Pilgrim Road: A Benedictine Journey Through Lent (Oct., $9.95 paper) by Albert Holtz, O.S.B., preserves Lent as a positive, meaningful experience. Ad/promo.
Ask the Animals: Spiritual Wisdom from All God’s Creatures (Oct., $14.95 paper) by Elizabeth Canham calls the animal kingdom a treasure trove of images of our creator. Ad/promo.
Inner Journey: Views from the Christian Tradition (Sept., $22.50), edited by Lorraine Kisly, anthologizes such writers as Thomas Merton, Elaine Pagels and Philip Zaleski, who have appeared in Parabola magazine. Ad/promo.
The Spiritual Roots of Yoga (Oct., $15.95) by Ravi Ravindra outlines the origins of yoga and its underlying philosophy. Ad/promo.
Bridge Called Hope (Sept., $13.99 paper) by Kim Meeder. More than 20 true stories illustrate the depth of God’s love in the midst of pain.
Preparing Him for the Other Woman (Sept., $14.99 paper) by Sheri Rose Shepherd tells how to raise a son into a godly husband.
Desperate House Lies (Sept., $13.99 paper) by Sally Marcey confronts eight common, destructive myths that women believe.
Faith in the Fog of War (Sept., $12.99 paper) by Chris Plekenpol. Devotions take the reader who is on a war-torn battlefield to the heart of God.
Deception (Oct., $19.99) by Randy Alcorn. Ollie Chandler investigates a perplexing murder mystery amid a jumble of lies and secrets.