Now in Paperback

Now in Paperback

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[Prices, stock levels and estimated delivery time for titles on this page were last updated on 4 January 2018]

A Little History of Religion.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Richard Holloway.
Pbk, 244pp. ISBN 9780300228816.
Yale Univ Press. (2017).
$31.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote.

Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion—from the dawn of religious belief to the 21st century—with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy.

Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young readers who might be making their minds up, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery, and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.

Ranging far beyond the major world religions of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism, the author also examines where religious belief comes from, the search for meaning throughout history, today’s fascinations with Scientology and creationism, religiously motivated violence, hostilities between religious people and secularists, and more.

Holloway proves an empathetic yet discerning guide to the enduring significance of faith and its power from ancient times to our own.

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The Divine Dance:
The Trinity and Your Transformation.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Richard Rohr.
Pbk, 224pp. ISBN 9780281078158.
SPCK Publishing (2017).
$33.50.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

God is not what most people think.

The Divine Dance explores the early Christian image of the Trinity: perichoresis, a circle dance. The unending flow of giving and receiving between Father, Son, and Spirit is the pattern of reality. God is not only a dancer, but the Dance itself! We’re all invited to participate into the rhythms of New Creation.

Visions of an angry, distant moral scorekeeper or a supernatural santa claus handing out cosmic lottery tickets to those who attend the right church or say the right prayer, dominate our culture. For many others, God has become irrelevant or simply unbelievable.

 

This book is a welcome meditation for long-time followers of Father Richard and a perfect introduction to his life and work for new readers. Drawing from familiar themes and introducing hands-on practices, Richard Rohr (with Mike Morrell) provides a new lens for transformative experiences with God.

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The Great Spiritual Migration:
How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Brian D McLaren.
Pbk, 288pp. ISBN 9781601427922.
Convergent (2017).
$31.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

With his trademark brilliance and compassion, McLaren invites readers to seize the moment and set out on the most significant spiritual pilgrimage of our time: to help Christianity become more Christian.

Drawing from his work as global activist, pastor, and public theologian, McLaren challenges readers to stop worrying, waiting, and indulging in nostalgia, and instead, to embrace the powerful new understandings that are reshaping the church. He explores three profound shifts that define the change:

  • Spiritually, growing numbers of Christians are moving away from defining themselves by lists of beliefs and toward a way of life defined by love
  • Theologically, believers are increasingly rejecting the image of God as a violent Supreme Being and embracing the image of God as the renewing Spirit at work in our world for the common good
  • Missionally, the faithful are identifying less with organized religion and more with organizing religion—spiritual activists dedicated to healing the planet, building peace, overcoming poverty and injustice, and collaborating with other faiths to ensure a better future for all of us

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Study guides based on The Great Spiritual Migration also now available:

Way of Life Participant Guide:
A Study Based on the Great Spiritual Migration.
Brian D McLaren.
Pbk 80pp. ISBN 9781501847691.
Abingdon (2017).
$28.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

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Way of Life Leader Guide:
A Study Based on the Great Spiritual Migration.
Brian D McLaren.
Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781501847714.
Abingdon (2017)
$28.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

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Jesus Before the Gospels:
How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Bart D Ehrman.
Pbk, 326pp. ISBN 9780062285225.
Harperone (2017).
$34.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Explaining how oral tradition evolves based on the latest scientific research, Ehrman demonstrates how the act of telling and retelling impacts the story, the storyteller, and the listener—crucial insights that challenge our typical historical understanding of the silent period between when Jesus lived and died and when his stories began to be written down.

A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman draws on a range of disciplines, including psychology and anthropology, to examine the role of memory in the creation of the Gospels.

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Lies We Believe About God.
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WM Paul Young.

Pbk, 258pp. ISBN 9781501128967.
Atria Books (2018).
$31.00.
[Publishing 27 March 2018].

In precise and simple language, Lies We Believe About God encourages you to evaluate and examine your own thoughts about important issues such as sin, heaven, hell, identity, sanctification, and human rights, and helps you rediscover God’s deep and abiding love for humankind and His high view of what it means to be human.

Wm. Paul Young has faced accusations of heresy for the ways he’s vividly portrayed God’s love through his novels. Often accused of “putting words in God’s mouth,” Young takes the opportunity to do the opposite by challenging the existing paradigms about the Word of God and the statements we often believe He has said.

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Healing Spiritual Wounds:
Reconnecting With a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Carol Howard Merritt.
Pbk, 256pp. ISBN 9780062392305.
Harperone (2018).
$31.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

An effective plan to help those suffering from wounds inflicted by the church find spiritual healing and a renewed sense of faith.

Raised as a conservative Christian, minister and author Carol Howard Merritt discovered that the traditional institutions she grew up in inflicted great pain and suffering on others. Though she loved the spirituality the church provided, she knew that, because of sexism, homophobia, and manipulative religious politics, established religious institutions weren’t always holy or safe. Instead of offering refuge, these institutions have betrayed people’s hearts and souls. People have suffered religious abuse, she writes, which can be different from physical injury or psychological trauma.

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Black Sheep and Prodigals:
An Antidote to Black and White Religion.
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Dave Tomlinson.

Pbk, 256pp. ISBN 9781473611047.
Hodder & Stoughton (2018).
$32.50.
[Publishing 12 June 2018].

Tomlinson writes for people who are on the edges or outside of mainstream religion – those who reject, question, or have little interest in the tenets of traditional faith. He sets out a contemporary and humane approach to faith, drawing on honest doubt, common sense and spiritual experience.

Using no religious jargon, chapter by chapter, it opens up fresh discussion about the meaning of faith in today’s world, inviting readers to arrive at their own conclusions.

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Grounded:
Finding God in the World: A Spiritual Revolution.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Diana Butler Bass.
Pbk, 369pp.ISBN 9780062328564.
Harperone (2017).
$31.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community. 

Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighbourhoods, and in the global commons.

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God and the Afterlife:
The Groundbreaking New Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Jeffrey Long; Paul Perry.
Pbk, 213pp. ISBN 9780062279552.
Harperone (2016).
$33.00.
[1 in stock, |
then allow 2-3 weeks].

God and the Afterlife is the first intensive exploration of the people who have reported going to the frontier of heaven, met God, and have returned to share their journey.

Ground breaking and profound, it provides new insight into the human experience and expands our notions of mortality, offering possibility, hope, and comfort.

Based on the largest near-death experience study in history, involving 3,000 people from diverse backgrounds and religious traditions, including non-believers. 

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St. Paul:
The Apostle We Love to Hate
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Karen Armstrong.
Pbk, 143pp.
ISBN 9781782398158.
Atlantic (2016).
$29.99.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Armstrong demonstrates that St Paul exerted a more significant influence on the spread of Christianity throughout the world than any other figure in history.

It was Paul who established the first Christian churches in Europe and Asia in the first century, Paul who transformed a minor sect into the largest religion produced by Western civilization, and Paul who advanced the revolutionary idea that Christ could serve as a model for the possibility of transcendence.

While we know little about some aspects of the life of St. Paul—his upbringing, the details of his death—his dramatic vision of God on the road to Damascus is one of the most powerful stories in the history of Christianity, and the life that followed forever changed the course of history.

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Grace Without God:
The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Katherine Ozment.
Pbk, 300pp. ISBN 9780062305138.
Harperwave (2017).
$33.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Studies show that religion makes us happier, healthier and more giving, connecting us to our past and creating tight communal bonds. So how do non-religious people fill their need for ritual, story, community, purpose and meaning without the one-stop shop of religion?

Insightful, surprising, and compelling, Grace Without God is both a personal and critical exploration of the many ways nonreligious Americans create their own meaning and purpose in an increasingly secular age.

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The Very Good Gospel:
How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Lisa Sharon Harper.
Pbk, 224pp. ISBN 9781601428585.
Waterbrook Press (2017).
$32.50.
[Allow 4 weeks].

“…Lisa’s clear, evocative prose blends scholarly theological insights with moving life experiences to show the clear applications of the gospel to our cross-gender relationships, our struggle against racism, how we care for the environment, our relationships with ourselves, and much more.

For many decades, both mainline Christianity and the evangelical church have been captive to competing, shallow, and thin understandings of what the good news of the gospel really is. In The Very Good Gospel, Lisa Sharon Harper masterfully presents the case that the very good news God brings to us is about the restoration of shalom that is to say peace, well-being, wholeness, and abundance which conquers the false dichotomy between social justice and personal salvation. Lisa shows us that God s creation is emphatically, even forcefully, good, and it is the duty of every human being to responsibly steward God s creation.

… I strongly recommend this book to anyone who seeks to understand God’s true purpose for the world and for our lives.” Jim Wallis, editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine

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Days of Awe and Wonder:
How to Be a Christian in the Twenty-first Century.
PRE-ORDER PAPERBACK.
Marcus J Borg.
Pbk, 288pp. ISBN 9780062457349.
Harperone. (2018).
$31.00.
[Publishing 6 March 2018]. 

“In these pages, Borg’s deepest wisdom shines through—framed in the best of biblical scholarship, Jesus shines forth as a ‘spirit person’ who invites all people into lives of awe and wonder for the sake of the world. Read and meet Jesus again and fall into God’s all-encompassing love.” — Diana Butler Bass, author.

This concise and illuminating introduction to Marcus J. Borg, the late spokesman for progressive Christianity and one of the most revered and influential theologians of our time, showcases some of his most enduring and insightful writings, including many previously unpublished works.

 

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Pilgrimage:
My Search for the Real Pope Francis.
NOW IN PAPERBACK

Mark K Shriver.

Pbk, 320pp.ISBN 9780812987553.
Random House (2017).
$36.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

In a down-to-earth and deeply intimate portrait of Pope Francis, children’s advocate Shriver embarks upon a personal quest to understand the Pope’s humble origins as a Jesuit priest in Argentina and his emergence as a transformative world leader—an extraordinary figure who has renewed the author’s own faith in the Catholic Church.

Shriver draws on interviews with the men and women who knew him as a child, before he became a priest or during his years as a bishop, sharing additional insights into the individuals who helped shape his beliefs.

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The One Life We’re Given:
Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Mark Nepo.
Pbk, 300pp. ISBN 9781501116339.
Atria Books (2017).
$34.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Beloved spiritual teacher, poet, and philosopher Nepo maps an insightful and resilient path for inhabiting the soul by engaging in the world. His personal stories, questions, and meditations take us on a deep and uplifting journey to know our own hearts and enliven our souls.

By illuminating the art of finding and restoring what matters and exploring the craft of awakening, he affirms our purpose as not just to stay alive but to stay in our aliveness.

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The Day the Revolution Began:
Rethinking The Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion.

PRE-ORDER PAPERBACK.
N T (Tom) Wright.
Pbk, 448pp. ISBN 9780062334398.
Harperone (2018).
$37.00.
[Publishing 27 Feb 2018].

Tom Wright once again challenges commonly held beliefs, this time arguing that the Protestant Reformation did not go far enough in reshaping our understanding of the Cross. He invites you to consider the full meaning of the event at the heart of the Christian faith – Jesus’ crucifixion.

With his characteristic rigour and incisiveness, he goes back to the New Testament to show that Jesus’ death not only releases us from the guilt and power of sin, but is nothing less than the beginning of a world-wide revolution that continues to this day – a revolution that creates and energizes a movement responsible for restoring and reconciling the whole of God’s creation.

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Simply Good News:
Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good.

NOW IN PAPERBACK.
N T (Tom) Wright.
Pbk, 211pp. ISBN 9780062334350.
Harperone (2017).
$34.00.
[Allow 4 weeks].

Noted Bible scholar N.T. Wright shows us how Christians today have lost sight of what the “good news” of the gospel really is. In Simply Good News, he takes us back in time to reveal how the people of the first-century—the gospel’s original audience—would have received Jesus’ message.

He offers a clear and thoughtful analysis of what the “good news” really is, and applies it to our lives today, revealing its power to transform us.

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Finding God in the Waves:
How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Mike Mchargue.
Pbk, 228pp. ISBN 9781101906064.
Convergent (2017).
$29.99.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

For the faithful and sceptic alike, Finding God in the Waves is a winsome, lucid, page-turning read about belonging, life’s biggest questions, and the hope of knowing God in an age of science.

Mike McHargue understands the pain of unravelling belief. He tells the story of how his Evangelical faith dissolved into atheism as he studied the Bible, a crisis that threatened his life, his friendships, and even his marriage. Years later, Mike was standing on the shores of the Pacific Ocean when a bewildering, seemingly mystical moment motivated him to take another look. But this time, it wasn’t theology or scripture that led him back to God—it was science.

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The Sin of Certainty:
Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our Correct Beliefs.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Peter Enns. Pbk,
256pp. ISBN 9780062272096.
Harperone (2017).
$33.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Enns offers a model of vibrant faith that views scepticism not as a loss of belief, but as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. This is not just an intellectual conviction, he contends, but a more profound kind of knowing that only true faith can provide.

Combining Enns’ reflections of his own spiritual journey with an examination of Scripture, The Sin of Certainty models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow and why God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God. It gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, uncertain, yet heartfelt, terms.

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How to Be Here:
A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Rob Bell.
Pbk, 210pp. ISBN 9780062356307.
Harperone (2017).
$31.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Interweaving engaging stories; lessons from Biblical figures; science, art, and business; honest personal experience; and practical advice, Bell offers invaluable insight on how to silence our critics, move from idea to action, take the first step, find joy in the work, persevere through hard times, and surrender the outcome.

Rob Bell believes that each of us has a path, a calling—whether it’s writing a novel, starting a business, joining a band, or simply becoming a volunteer. But many people are afraid to start on that path. Who are we to do that? Bell counters, Why not you? We need to learn to turn off the internal and external critics and leap. The universe is alive to help us. And we can only discover passion and joy after we take off.

 

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What Is the Bible?:
How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything.
PRE-ORDER PAPERBACK.
Rob Bell.
Pbk, 336pp. ISBN 9780062194275. Harperone (2017).
$31.00.
[Publishing 15 May 2018].

Rob Bell, the beloved author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God, goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined – and offers a cogent argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way.

Rob takes us deep into actual passages to reveal the humanity behind the Scriptures. You cannot get to the holy without going through the human, Rob tells us. When considering a passage, we shouldn’t ask, “Why did God say…?”

To get to the heart of the Bible’s meaning, we should be asking:

  • What’s the story that’s unfolding here and why did people find it important to tell it?
  • What was it that moved them to record these words?
  • What was happening in the world at that time?
  • What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God was at that time?

In asking these questions, Rob goes beyond the one-dimensional question of “is it true?” to reveal the Bible’s authentic transformative power.

Rob addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God’s Word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. With What Is the Bible?, he recaptures the Good Book’s magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today.

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The People and the Books:
18 Classics of Jewish Literature.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Adam Kirsch.
Pbk, 407pp. ISBN 9780393354782.
W W Norton & Co (2017).
$35.50.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

Jews have long embraced their identity as “the people of the book.” But outside of the Bible, much of the Jewish literary tradition remains little known.

Kirsch shows how central questions and themes of our history and culture are reflected in the Jewish literary canon

Covers:

  • the nature of God
  • the right way to understand the Bible
  • the relationship of the Jews to their Promised Land, and
  • the challenges of living as a minority in Diaspora.

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Protestants:
The Faith That Made the Modern World.
PRE-ORDER PAPERBACK.
Alec Ryrie.
Pbk, 464pp. ISBN 9780735222823.
Viking Press (2018).
$42.00.
[Publishing 3 April 2018].

Protestant Christianity began with one stubborn monk in 1517. Now it covers the globe and includes almost a billion people.

Protestants introduces us to the men and women who defined and redefined this quarrelsome faith.

Some turned to their newly accessible bibles to justify bold acts of political opposition, others to support a new understanding of who they were and what they could and should do. Above all, they were willing to fight for their beliefs.

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The Cities That Built the Bible.
NOW IN PAPERBACK.
Robert R Cargill.
Pbk, 336pp.ISBN 9780062366764.
Harperone (2017).
$38.50.
[Allow 4 weeks].

An exciting adventure through time, The Cities That Built the Bible is a fresh, fascinating study that sheds new light on the Bible, including how these cities actually play a role in the creation of the sacred text we read today, and offers important insights for historians, archeologists, and all curious people of faith.

Accessible, engaging, and erudite, yet told in Cargill’s compelling, humorous voice, The Cities That Built the Bible is a colourful tour through cities in the Holy Land, including Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Qumran, and Samaria. Along this fascinating journey, Cargill shares a host of surprising facts: there is no archaeological evidence for the biblical Exodus or the existence of Jesus—and no literary evidence from the first century outside of the Bible that mentions Jesus.

 

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