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Tentative future monthly religious and spiritual book selections

2020-AUG to OCT

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Selection for 2020-AUG:

"Shameless: A Sexual Reformation"  by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $11.87 in Kindle format!, or
$16.04 in hardcover
plus postage, or
$12.63 in paperback plus postage
.
Also available in Audio CD.

Amazon book review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Raw, intimate, and timely—a no-holds-barred celebration of our bodies that flies in the face of antiquated ideas about sex and gender.
 
“A triumph.”—Glennon Doyle • “One of the most important, life-changing books I’ve ever read.”—Rachel Held Evans, author of Searching for Sunday and Inspired
 
Negative messages about sex come from all corners of society: from the church, from the media, from our own families. As a result, countless people have suffered pain, guilt, and judgment. In this instant bestseller, Nadia Bolz-Weber unleashes her critical eye and her vulnerable yet hopeful soul on the harmful conversations about sex that have fed our shame.
 
Bolz-Weber offers no simple amendments or polite compromises. Instead, this modern-day reverend calls for an inclusivity that empowers us to be loyal to people and, perhaps most important, ourselves. “Christianity is not a program for avoiding mistakes,” she writes. “It is a faith of the guilty.” With an alternative understanding of Scripture passages that have been weaponized against Christians for decades, Bolz-Weber reminds us that sexual flourishing can and should be for all genders, all bodies, and all humans. She shares stories, poetry, and Scripture that wage war on perpetual anxiety around sex by celebrating sexuality in all its forms and recognizing it for the gift that it is.
 
If you’ve been mistreated, confused, angered, and/or wounded by shaming sexual messages, this one is for you.

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Selection for 2020-SEP:

"Comparative Religion: Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition"  by Carla Mooneyy

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $11.87 in Kindle format!, or
$16.04 in hardcover
plus postage, or
$12.63 in paperback plus postage
.
Also available in Audio CD.

Amazon book review:

"Over 7 billion people live on the earth, and 84 percent of them describe themselves as being religious. Few topics incite such passion as religion. What does that mean? Why are humans invested in ideas that may never be proved? Why has religion played such an important role in history?

In Comparative Religion: Investigate the World through Religious Tradition, readers seek answers to these questions by comparing and contrasting the cultural, spiritual, and geographical underpinnings of five different religions. By developing a better understanding of the similarities and differences among religions of the world, readers gain a strong foothold in a dialogue that has continued for thousands of years.

Combining hands-on activities with theology, history, geography, world cultures, art, and architecture, Comparative Religion encourages deeper understanding of the world’s religions. Entertaining graphic art, fascinating sidebars, and links to primary sources bring the topic to life, while key questions reaffirm foundational concepts.

Activities include conducting an interview with a rabbi, comparing the story of Abraham and Isaac in three sacred texts, studying the architecture of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, studying the Hindu practice of yoga and meditation, and examining how religious doctrines shape the behavior of believers."

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Selection for 2020-OCT:

"A Documentary History of Religion in America"

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

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $11.87 in Kindle format!, or
$16.04 in hardcover
plus postage, or
$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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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 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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