Mitri Raheb

Augsburg Fortress, 2004

Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethelehem, Palestine, presents powerful testimonies of Christian Palestinians whose daily hardship is endured by their faith.  The church endured occupation by Israeli forces in 2002.

 

 Coleman Barks

HarperOne, 2006  

A book of a year's poetry by the most popular poet in America, the 13th century Sufi mystic, Jelauddin Rumi. Barks, his best-known translator and editor, offers a wide selection of favorites for daily inspiration.

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David L. Balch, editor

Wipf and Stock, 2007

Ten different points of view are represented in this study by ten authors who are either scholars, clergy, or theologians writing on the biblical interpretation of homosexuality in which, in a rare format, they respond to one another in a lively, open discussion. 

Daniel Ladinsky, translator

Penguin Compass, 2002

Here is a selection of divine poetry by Christian and Muslim mystics: Rumi, St. Francis of Assisi, Hafiz, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and others.

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Martin Palmer

Nigel Palmer

HiddenSpring, 2000

For those who love the British Isles and are enthralled by the mystery of its sacred sites, here is a wonderful guide for you!

Rachel Barenblat

Phoenicia Publishing, 2011

 

Rachel Barenblat is a Jewish Renewal rabbi, poet, and blogger whose poetry has been published in various periodicals and her own books. 70 Faces: Torah Poems is a reference to "There are seventy faces to Torah" from Bamidbar Rabbah 13:15, a midrash on the Book of Numbers.

David Grossman

Knopf Doubleday, 2010

"[Grossman] weaves the essences of private life into the tapestry of history with deliberate and delicate skill...

Kay Ryan

Grove Press, 2011

Pulitizer prize winner and former American Poet Laureate  (2008-2010) Ryan offers a collection of her poems, which are not merely "accessible," but real.  They are often compared to haikus, but they are in a longer version.

 

Mitri Raheb

Augsburg Fortress, 1995

 

As a Lutheran pastor in Bethlehem, Raheb is living amid the conflict around him as part of the growing Christian minority. He presents a plea for reconciliation within the context of his Christian biblical theology and personal experience.

 

Karen Armstrong

Random House, 1996

Karen Armstrong traces the birth of Jerusalem and takes the reader up to the present day of her writing. She deftly narrates the long history of the passion of three major faiths  for their holy city. Amongst all that it includes, what may be most educational for Christians is the description of the worst consequence of our own zealotry, the Crusades.