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Recommended religious/spiritual books

Past book
selections starting 2021-JAN

Previous months' recommendations

The current month's recommended book

Tentatively scheduled selections for future months

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Selection for 2021-JAN:

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"How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide " by Crystal Marie Fleming

Published by Beacon Press (2018)

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $7.08 in Kindle format!, or
$16.28 in hardcover
plus postage, or
$11.51 in paperback plus postage
.

" 'How to Be Less Stupid About Race' is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are kinda-sorta-maybe waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. But in the midst of this reckoning, widespread denial and misunderstandings about race persist, even as white supremacy and racial injustice are more visible than ever before. ..."

"Searing, sobering, and urgently needed, How to Be Less Stupid About Race is a truth bomb for your racist relative, friend, or boss, and a call to action for everyone who wants to challenge white supremacy and intersectional oppression. If you like Issa Rae, Justin Simien, Angela Davis, and Morgan Jerkins, then this deeply relevant, bold, and incisive book is for you."

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Sorry, but illness prevented me from adding books for February and March.

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Selection for 2021-APR:

"853 Hard To Believe Facts: Better Explained, Counterintuitive and Fun Trivia" by Crystal Marie Fleming

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $4.32 in Kindle format!, or
$9.49 in paperback plus postage.

Comment by the author:

"This book is full of fun and verified facts, presented in an accessible manner that I hope will provide you with hours of entertainment. My objective has been to provide you with a lifetime supply of icebreakers and points of discussion. Amaze your friends and family by telling them that pistachios can combust spontaneously or that the holes in pen caps are there to save people from choking to death!"

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Selection for 2021-May:

"Finding God Beyond Religion: A Guide for Skeptics, Agnostics & Unorthodox Believers Inside & Outside the Church" by Tom Stella

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $8.49 in Kindle format, or
$8.99 in paperback plus postage.

Amazon review:

"This accessible guide to a meaningful spiritual life is a salve for your soul. It reinterprets traditional religious teachings central to the Christian faith—God, Jesus, faith, prayer, morality and more—in ways that connect with people who have outgrown the beliefs and devotional practices that once made sense to them. It helps you find new ways to understand and relate to traditional, narrowly defined Christian “truths” that honor their full spiritual power and scope, and opens your mind and heart to the full impact of Christian teachings."

 

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2021-June's book selection:

"This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom" by Martin Hägglund"

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
U.S. $13.99 in Kindle format, or
$16.20 in paperback plus postage, or
$25.71 in Hardcover. or
Also available in Audiobook format.

Amazon review:

"Winner of the René Wellek Prize.

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Guardian, The Millions, and The Sydney Morning Herald.

A profound, original, and accessible book that offers a new secular vision of how we can lead our lives. Ranging from fundamental existential questions to the most pressing social issues of our time, This Life shows why our commitment to freedom and democracy should lead us beyond both religion and capitalism.

In this groundbreaking book, the philosopher Martin Hägglund challenges our received notions of faith and freedom. The faith we need to cultivate, he argues, is not a religious faith in eternity but a secular faith devoted to our finite life together. He shows that all spiritual questions of freedom are inseparable from economic and material conditions. What ultimately matters is how we treat one another in this life, and what we do with our time together."

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2021-July's book selection:

They Like Jesus but Not the Church: Responding to Culture's Objections to Christianity

Avalable in different formats

Amazon review:

Statistics reveal an unsettling exodus from the church by younger people who are 'spiritual but not religious.' This is no passing trend---but there is great hope. Led by author Dan Kimball, the six interactive sessions in this small group DVD with participant's guide will help you explore and respond truthfully, caringly, and engagingly to six of the most common objections and misunderstandings emerging generations have about the church and Christianity. Through interviews with emerging non-Christians and teaching by Dan Kimball, this video-based curriculum will help churches address these objections. Includes discussion questions and resource listings. The first three sessions consist of: 1. Why emerging generations are changing 2. Objection #1: The church is an 'organized religion' with a political agenda; Objection #2: The church is judgmental and negative 3. Objection #3: The church is male dominated and oppresses females 4.

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
Avalable in different formats

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 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 charge 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-JUL-02
Author: B.A. Robinson

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