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Tentative future monthly religious and spiritual book selections

2020-OCT to 2021-FEB

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Selection for 2020-OCT:

"A Documentary History of Religion in America"

by Edwin S. GaustadMark A. Noll, et al.

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U.S. $11.87 in Kindle format!, or
$16.04 in hardcover
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$12.63 in paperback plus postage
.
Also available in Audio CD.

Reviews collected by Amazon.com. on this book:

-- Choice
"A richly variegated selection of short documents illustrative of the history of religion in America. . . . The best sourcebook available to contemporary students and general readers."

-- Religious Studies Review
"A treasure chest containing varied essentials of our country's past."

-- Library Journal
"Covers the entire spectrum of the American religious experience. . . . The short chapter introductions and bibliographic essays are uniformly excellent."

-- George M. Marsden
University of Notre Dame
"A classic is now even better. One could hardly imagine a combination better suited than Mark Noll and Heath Carter to update Edwin Gaustad's much admired collection. Noll brings his unsurpassed knowledge of the field and Carter adds perspectives that are engaging a younger generation of historians. Many of the new additions are fascinating reading just in themselves. Teachers of American religious history will find this text ideally suited to their needs."

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Selection for 2020-NOV:

"AYOUB: A Unifying Philosophy For All"
by R. Andrew

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U.S. $7.53 in Kindle format!, or
$7.61 in Paperback
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Amazon book review:

"THE PHILOSOPHY OF AYOUB logically and skillfully unifies various religious doctrines. It is an all-inclusive and peaceful philosophy that takes the hate out of religion and frees you to be your unique best.

Throughout the philosophy, Ayoub bravely asks and answers important questions such as: Would God help you if doing so would harm someone else? Will God grant prayers that ask for an advantage over others? Would God grant you material things?"

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Selection for 2020-DEC:

"Religious Tolerance: A History" by Prof. Arvind Sharma

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U.S. $9.12 in Kindle format!, or
$19.75 in hardcover
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Amazon book review:

Prof. Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

The profile of religion in the public sphere is increasing around the world. Few believe any more that religion as a feature of human existence will fade away in due course, to be replaced by a purely rational approach to life. In a multi-religious country such as India, faith was hardly thought of as a private matter. But it was hoped that it would at least be possible to exclude it from public life in a secular state that it would become primarily a matter of personal concern, like one s interest in art or music. But this has not happened. Religion has become a vital element in identity politics globally after the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States of America. And so the question of how religious tolerance may be secured in the modern world can no longer be avoided. Can religious tolerance be placed on a firmer footing by finding grounds for it within the different faiths themselves? This book addresses that question. In Religious Tolerance: A History, Arvind Sharma examines Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism and Shinto whose followers together cover over two-thirds of the globe to identify instances of tolerance in the history of each of these to help the discussion proceed on the basis of historical facts. This is a timely book the first of its kind in scope and ambition.

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Selection for 2020-JAN:

"The Power of Christian Contentment: Finding Deeper, Richer, Christ-Centered Joy,"
by Andrew M. Davis.

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U.S. $1.99 in Kindle format!, or
$22.86 in paperback
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Amazon book review:

It may surprise modern Christians that our current problems with discontentedness are anything but new. In 1643, Puritan pastor Jeremiah Burroughs wrote a work titled "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment" that has as much resonance in our day as it did in his. Now pastor and author Andrew M. Davis helps contemporary Christians rediscover the remarkable truths found in this largely forgotten work.

With powerful new illustrations and a keen sense of all that makes modern Christians restless, Davis challenges readers to confront the sources of discontent in their lives and embrace Paul's teaching on contentment in all circumstances. He gives special attention to maintaining contentment through poverty and prosperity, as well as in our marriages, and offers tips on teaching children how to be content in an age of smartphones and social media.

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Selection for 2021-FEB:

"How to Argue With a Racist: What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say About Human Difference,"
by Adam Rutherford

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U.S. $13.17 in Kindle format!, or
$24.86 in hardcover
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Amazon book review:

Racist pseudoscience has become so commonplace that it can be hard to spot. But its toxic effects on society are plain to see—feeding nationalism, fueling hatred, endangering lives, and corroding our discourse on everything from sports to intelligence. Even well-intentioned people repeat stereotypes based on “science,” because cutting-edge genetics are hard to grasp—and all too easy to distort. Paradoxically, these misconceptions are multiplying even as scientists make unprecedented discoveries in human genetics—findings that, when accurately understood, are powerful evidence against racism. We’ve never had clearer answers about who we are and where we come from, but this knowledge is sorely needed in our casual conversations about race.

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Selection for 2021-MAR:

"Christianity for People Who Aren't Christian, by James Emery White

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U.S. $7.58 in Kindle format!, or
U.S. $14.46 in Paperback
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Amazon book review:

By Lee Strobel, former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and bestselling author of more than twenty books:

"I wish this book had been around when I was an atheist and started to seek God. It's a no-nonsense, practical, and insightful guide that will help all those on a quest for spiritual truth. If you're investigating whether there's any substance to the Christian faith, you must read this important book."

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Amazon supplies a freeKindle reader app that can be dowloaded for free from their web site. Versions are available for Windows, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Android Phones, Android Tablets, iPhone. iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, PC, Cloud Reader, and by now, probably more devices.

For Android phones, PCs, Macs, tablets, etc.:

  • Go to the Amazon web site at: https://www.amazon.com/

  • Go to the search bar at the top of that screen. Enter free reading app

  • There should be a "Free Kindle Reading App" link as the top selection for the device you are currently using.

Benefits of using Kindle books:

  • Once you download the app, you can read ebooks from Amazon which are usually significantly cheaper than paperback or hardcover versions.

  • If you download the app to your tablet or phone, you will be able to carry dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of books with you!

  • There is no need for you to build additional book shelves!

  • You can join Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program. It enables you to explore over 1 million titles, thousands of audioooks, and many current magazines on any device. The first month is free, and subsequent months cost $9.99 in the U.S.

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