Speaking of Faith
Why Religion Matters - and How to Talk About It
Paperback ISBN: 0143113186
The host of public radio's Speaking of Faith explores the role of faith in today's world, drawing on her life experiences and her in-depth conversations with such figures as Elie Wiesel, Karen Armstrong, and Thich Nhat Hanh. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
What Every American Needs to Know--and Doesn't
Paperback ISBN: 0060859520
A religious primer serves as an argument for why the author believes that religion should become a mandatory subject in American public schools, contending that most Americans are not able to identify basic tenets of their faith and that key political challenges can be better met with faith-based resolutions. Reprint.
Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
Hardcover ISBN: 1594486298
"Anne Lamott writes about community, family and faith in essays that are wise, irreverent, funny and poignant - a style that has become her trademark. Now in Small Victories, Lamott has once again written a brilliant and insightful book that offers a message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardships and pain may be small, they may be infrequent, but they keep us going and they often come from the most unexpected places: within ourselves. Lamott shows how we can forgive thoughtless family members; spotlights the value of turning toward love even in the most hopeless situations (the death of a loved one, a cancer diagnosis), and shows how to find the joy in getting lost in traffic while racingto the aid of a sick friend. Insightful and irreverent, the stories in Small Victories are proof that the human spirit is resilient and irrepressible"--
The Givenness of Things
Paperback ISBN: 1250097312
WITH A TWO-PART INTERVIEW BETWEEN MARILYNNE ROBINSON AND PRESIDENT OBAMA THAT FIRST APPEARED IN THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS A Finalist for the 2016 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay One of TIME magazine's Best Nonfiction Books of the Year The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind, and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope. In The Givenness of Things, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations. Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her novels, including the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, and in her new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern predicament and the mysteries of faith. These seventeen essays examine the ideas that have inspired and provoked one of our finest writers throughout her life. Whether she is investigating how the work of the great thinkers of the past, Calvin, Locke, Bonhoeffer--and Shakespeare--can infuse our lives, or calling attention to the rise of the self-declared elite in American religious and political life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on display. Exquisite and bold, The Givenness of Things is a necessary call for us to find wisdom and guidance in our cultural heritage, and to offer grace to one another.
The Spiral Staircase
My Climb Out Of Darkness
Paperback ISBN: 0385721277
The author of Holy War relates her decision to leave her convent after failing to find religious fulfillment, her subsequent struggles with depression and epilepsy, her realization of her calling, and her spiritual career working with sacred texts. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.
Breaking the Spell
Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
Paperback ISBN: 0143038338
A Tufts University professor explores the nature of faith and how religion shapes everyday life and the future, addressing controversial issues about the relevance and rational qualities of faith while tracing the history of organized religion from its roots in folk beliefs to its key role in modern issues. By the author of Darwin's Dangerous Idea. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
Paperback ISBN: 0061628352
Settling into the responsibilities and routines of adulthood, Dani Shapiro found herself with more questions than answers. Was this all life wasa hodgepodge of errands, dinner dates, e-mails, meetings, to-do lists? What did it all mean? Having grown up in a deeply religious and traditional family, Shapiro had no personal sense of faith, despite her repeated attempts to create a connection to something greater. Set adrift by lossher father's early death, the life-threatening illness of her infant son, her troubled relationship with her mothershe recognized the challenge at the heart of her anxiety: What did she believe? Devotion is a spiritual detective story, a literary excavation to the core of a life. At once poignant, funny, intensely personal, and completely universal, it is the story of a woman whose search for meaning in a constantly changing world ultimately leads her home.
The Religion of Tomorrow
A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions--More Inclusive, More Comprehensive, More Complete
Hardcover ISBN: 1611803004
A provocative examination of how the great religious traditions can remain relevant in modern times by incorporating scientific truths learned about human nature over the last century. A single purpose lies at the heart of all the great religious traditions: awakening to the astonishing reality of the true nature of ourselves and the universe. At the same time, through centuries of cultural accretion and focus on myth and ritual as ends in themselves, this core insight has become obscured. Here Ken Wilber provides a path for reenvisioning a religion of the future that acknowledges the evolution of humanity in every realm while remaining faithful to that original spiritual vision. For the traditions to attract modern men and women, Wilber asserts, they must incorporate the extraordinary number of scientific truths learned about human nature in just the past hundred years—for example, about the mind and brain, emotions, and the growth of consciousness—that the ancients were simply unaware of and thus were unable to include in their meditative systems. Taking Buddhism as an example, Wilber demonstrates how his comprehensive Integral Approach—which is already being applied to several world religions by some of their adherents—can avert a “cultural disaster of unparalleled proportions”: the utter neglect of the glorious upper reaches of human potential by the materialistic postmodern worldview. Moreover, he shows how we can apply this approach to our own spiritual practice. This, his most sweeping work since Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, is a thrilling call for wholeness, inclusiveness, and unity in the religions of tomorrow.
The Givenness of Things
Hardcover ISBN: 0374298475
A profound new essay collection from the beloved author of Gilead, Houskeeping, and Lila Grace, our redemption in this fallen world, the unexpected and unconditional forgiveness that God bestows on us and that we struggle to bestow on each other, is at the heart of Marilynne Robinson'sThe Givenness of Things. Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit both in her novels, including the bestsellingLila and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, and in her moving and insightful essay collectionsWhen I Was a Child I Read Books and The Death of Adam. In The Givenness of Things, she brings a profound sense of awe and an incisive mind to the essential questions of contemporary faith. Through fourteen essays of remarkable depth and insight, Robinson explores the dilemmas of our modern predicament and the mysteries of Christianity. How has our so-called Christian nation strayed from so many of the teachings of Christ? How could the great minds of the past, Calvin and Locke--and Shakespeare--guide our lives? And what might the world look like if we could see the sacredness in each other, how the kingdom of God is actually among us? Exquisite and bold, these essays are a necessary call for us to find wisdom and guidance in the life of Christ and in Scripture itself, to seek humanity and compassion in each other.The Givenness of Things is a reminder of what a marvel our existence is in its grandeur--and its humility.
All Who Go Do Not Return
Paperback ISBN: 1555977057
A moving and revealing exploration of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and one man's loss of faith Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world—only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow. Deen’s first transgression—turning on the radio—is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the Internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely. Now a heretic, he fears being discovered and ostracized from the only world he knows. His relationship with his family at stake, he is forced into a life of deception, and begins a long struggle to hold on to those he loves most: his five children. In All Who Go Do Not Return, Deen bravely traces his harrowing loss of faith, while offering an illuminating look at a highly secretive world.