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Recommended religious/spiritual books

Past book selections
for the second half of 2020

Previous months' recommendations

The current month's recommended book

Tentatively scheduled selections for future months

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2020-SEP Selection

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

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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2020-AUG Selection


"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.

Some book reviews:

"I think this is one of the most passionate, honest and compassionate books on faith and sex that I have ever read."

"I am old; I just wish this kind of honesty and compassion had been around fifty years ago."

"These days it is rare for me to read a book from cover to cover; to find the time, effort and energy to give a book the attention it deserves. But this book; wow. A thoughtful, engaging, heartfelt read. I am not sure if I agree 100% with all her theological beliefs but I find myself drawn to the warmth and heartfelt conviction of her writing. I will certainly read her other books ..."

"In the blurb on the back, one of the peer-reviews says '..... this will heal many' and Shameless certainly did that for me. Many within me are now whole and if you know what that means then PLEASE read it for yourself. This book will remain in my top three of all time."

"I gave this rating because reading this book is like receiving a hug from God if you happen to have grown up in a church culture which was all about don't & gave you an unhealthy view of sex and sexuality. This book isn't saying anything goes but it is saying a whole lot of stuff is healthy & normal."

"There's a lot of great storytelling in this book which seems more mature & settled than some of her earlier writing. This is a pastoral resource rather than 'an aim to shock' book. As a church based community worker with young adults I can't recommend this highly enough."

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2020-JUL Selection

"Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" Signal (2016) by Yuval Noah Harari

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $16.99 in Kindle format!, or
$47.24 in hardcover
plus postage, or
$14.85 in paperback plus postage
.
$24.01 in Audio CD plus postage.

Some book reviews:

“Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international best-seller. It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language. You will love it!”
—Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and SteelCollapse, and The World until Yesterday

"I have just read Yuval Noah Harari's book Sapiens. It is brilliant. Most likely the best – and I have read very many –on the history of humankind. I have never read anything better. I think it is sad to think of all the people that will not get to read it.”
—Henning Mankell

"Sapiens is the sort of book that sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain. Its author, Yuval Noah Harari, is a young Israeli academic and an intellectual acrobat whose logical leaps have you gasping with admiration...Harari's writing radiates power and clarity."
The Sunday Times

"Sapiens is packed with heretical thinking and surprising facts. This riveting, myth-busting book cannot be summarised in any detail; you will simply have to read it."
—Financial Times

"Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating."
Sunday Express
 
"Sapiens is a fast-paced, witty and challenging romp through 70,000 years of human history...I did love it, and if you are interested in the whole story of humankind, I'm confident that you will love it too."
—Literary Review
 
“Not only is Harari eloquent and humane, he is often wonderfully, mordantly funny…. Sapiens is a brave and bracing look at a species that is mostly in denial about … the crossroads it is rapidly approaching.”
—The Independent

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Amazon.com has many millions of movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, and audiobooks available for download into their Kindle eBook reader or Kindle app. In addition, Kindle allows anyone to download the first portion of Kindle-format books for FREE. As of 2015-MAY, stand-alone readers cost from $79 and up. FREE versons of the Kindle reader app are available for Ipads, PC's, Mac computers, etc.

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You might consider getting a Kindle ebook reader app for your PC, Mac computer, Ipad, etc.:

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Amazon.com has many millions of movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, and audiobooks available for download into their Kindle eBook reader or Kindle app. In addition, Kindle allows anyone to download the first portion of Kindle-format books for FREE. As of 2015-MAY, stand-alone readers cost from $79 and up. FREE versons of the Kindle app are available for Ipads, PC's, Mac computers, etc.

Benefits to the Kindle:

  • Amazon provides FREE reader apps that you can dowload to your PC, tablet, and many other devices.

  • Various models of Kindles can store from 1,000 to 3,500 books and are more more portable than lugging thousands of books with you.

  • Ebooks can save a lot of money, because eBook versions generally cost significantly less than print versions.

  • Amazon makes a suprisingly large number of books available at low or no cost. Over a million cost $4.99 or less.

  • Delivery of the books over the Internet is free and almost instantaneous.

  • You don't need to build or expand bookshelves!

  • You don't need to dust off Kindle book copies!

  • Think of all the trees that would be saved if more people abandoned printed copies!

  • They have a built-in dictionary.

  • They are very light and thinner than a pencil.

  • Many books can be loaned to other Kindle or Kindle app users.

  • Battery life if you use a kindle for 30 minutes a day is 4 weeks.

  • Ebooks have a search function. You can select passages from books and store them in a text file for use by an editor program on a PC or Mac. They have a built-in dictionary to find the meanings of words.

However, beware that some publishers take advantage of buyers, and chare more for the digital versions than for the print versions. We have a policy of not buying such copies.

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Copyright © 2020 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2020-JAN-01
Latest update: 2020-SEP-14
Author: B.A. Robinson

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