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Tentative future monthly religious and spiritual book selections

2019-May to August

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2019-May's selection

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"The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World" by Bart D. Ehrman


Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $10.15 in Kindle format.
15.53 in hardcover, or U.S. $17.00 in paperback,
plus postage.

Book reviews:

  • “How did a small, provincial Jewish sect called Christianity convert the mighty pagan Roman Empire? Bart Ehrman answers this baffling question with the same wit, passion, and rigorous scholarship that have made him one of the most popular religion writers in the world today. The Triumph of Christianity is a marvelous book.â€Â
    Reza Aslan, New York Times bestselling author of Zealot

  • “The great appeal of Ehrman’s approach to Christian history has always been his steadfast humanizing impulse... Ehrman always thinks hard about history’s winners and losers without valorizing the losers or demonizing the winners… Reading about how an entire culture’s precepts and traditions can be overthrown without anyone being able to stop it may not be heartening at this particular historical moment. All the more reason to spend time in the company of such a humane, thoughtful and intelligent historian.â€
    The New York Times Book Review

  • “Drawing on a wealth of ancient sources and contemporary historical research, Bart Ehrman weaves complex questions into a vivid, nuanced, and enormously readable narrative.â€
    Elaine Pagels, National Book Award-winning author of The Gnostic Gospels

  • “Like a good college lecture class, [Ehrman’s] book offers both a wealth of historical information and, to make sense of it all, a few plausible theories â€" including his own. He doesn’t tell us what to think. He gives us a lot to think about.â€
    â€" NewsdayÂ

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2019-June's selection

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"What Would a Muslim Say: Conversations, Questions, and Answers About Islam," by Ahmed Lotfy Rashed

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U.S. $5.01 in Kindle format.
U.S. $10.95 plus postage in paperback.

Author's book review:

"Why This Matters NOW

  • "Why do you Muslims pray five times a day?"
  • "What happens to people who do not believe in God?"
  • "Why are so many Muslims quoting their holy book in the name of violence?"
  • "What are the authoritative sources of knowledge in Islam?"
  • "Why do your clerics condemn Judaism and Christian traditions?"

These days, Islam is no stranger to controversy. There are many questions, fears, and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. I believe these books can answer questions, build bridges, and promote understanding.

Since 2009, I have facilitated interfaith dialogues with many different people. The conversations in these books are real. Some are curious, some are concerned, some are hostile, some are academic, and some are soul-searching. My hope is that this can be a small step towards better understanding and harmony."

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2019-July's selection

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"The Book of Forgiving" by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu


Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $1.53 in Kindle format!
19.33 in hardcover, or U.S. $13.59 in paperback,
plus postage.
Also available in Audiobook and Audio CD

Book review:

"Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chair of The Elders, and Chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, along with his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, offer a manual on the art of forgiveness -- helping us to realize that we are all capable of healing and transformation.

Tutu's role as the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission taught him much about forgiveness. If you asked anyone what they thought was going to happen to South Africa after apartheid, almost universally it was predicted that the country would be devastated by a comprehensive bloodbath. Yet, instead of revenge and retribution, this new nation chose to tread the difficult path of confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

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2019-August's selection

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"Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth," by Mark Hertsgaard


Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $13.99 in Kindle format!
$10.72 in hardcover, or U.S. $12.18 in paperback,
plus postage.

Book reviews:

  • " 'Hot' bravely takes aim at perhaps the greatest climate threat of all: apathy." - Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation

  • "Hertsgaard's answers . . . are lucid, realistic, and offer reason for hope." - Christian Science Monitor

  • "For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard has investigated global warming as a journalist, but the full truth did not hit home until he became a father and, soon thereafter, learned that climate change was bound to worsen for decades to come. Hertsgaard's daughter is part of what he has dubbed 'Generation Hot' -- the two billion young people worldwide who will spend the rest of their lives coping with climate disruption. Drawing on reporting from around the world, 'Hot' is a call to action that injects hope and solutions into a debate characterized by doom and gloom and offers a blueprint for how all of us -- parents, communities, countries -- can navigate an unavoidable new era.

    "[ Hot 's] urgent message is one that citizens and governments cannot afford to ignore." -- Boston Globe

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star Note to those without a Kindle reader:

Amazon supplies a free Kindle 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 the 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 buy ebooks from Amazon which are usually significantly cheaper than paperback or hardcover versons.

  • 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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