Leymah Gbowee

with Carol Mithers

Beast Books, 2011

A 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner,  Gbowee was instrumental bringing to an end in Libera the presidency of Charles Taylor and long civil war through the peace movement she initiated which united Christian and Muslim women: Liberian Mass Action for Peace.  The reader follows her own gripping and painful life story  alongside that of her country in a well-told narrative of lost dreams finally realized in unimagined ways.

 

Annemarie Schimmel

Shambhala Publications, 2001

Schimmel, internationally renowned Sufism scholar and Harvard professor emerita, takes the reader on a journey of Rumi's life and his spiritual path along with knowledgeable perspective on his poetry.

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Martin E. Marty

Princeton University Press, 2011 

 

Theologian and author Marty considers the history of Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison, from the beginnings of the book itself to its continuing influence for the remaining 20th century on the theology and social action.

 

Mirabai Starr, translator

New Seeds/Shambhala, 2007

Starr, who also translated The Interior Castle, presents a new translation of Teresa of Avila's autobiography about her spiritual struggles leading to conversion and then to her profound encounters with God. 

Rachel Held Evans 

Thomas Nelson, 2012   

 

Evans, an award-winning blogger and author (Evolving in Monkey Town), challenges herself to follow the biblical precepts to women in the First and Second Testament. She cooks, cleans, dresses, acts--and also becomes the model wife--according to twelve womanly virtues, one for each month of the year.

William Strauss and Neil Howe

Broadway Books, 1997

Although written more than a decade ago, historians Strauss and Howe predicted the next Crisis period, or Fourth Turning, we are living in today of global terrorism, financial collapse, and worldwide economic crisis. They also predicted transformations in spirituality and religion and Boomers' ways of coping with aging and the excitement of Millenials to take on the world and act for real change.

Karen Armstrong

Random House, 2009

In another brilliant study, Armstrong looks at the attempt of all religions, but especially Christianity, to express the reality of God and the changes through many millennia in human ideas about God.

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Viking Press, 2010

The latest book of the highly-acclaimed and awarded author of The Reformation, MacCulloch takes on the history of Christianity and all its passion, contradictions, and politics.

E. A. Livingstone

Oxford University Press, 2006

Revised Second Edition

This abridged dictionary is an excellent resource for lay and clergy, covering all areas of Christianity, including the Bible, church history, theology,  global churches and denominations, and the religious arts.

 

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Roberta C. Bondi

Fortress Press, 1987

 

Roberta Bondi, scholar and retired professor of church history, brings her intimate knowledge of the desert mothers and fathers and shares their experience with God's divine love at the heart of Christian faith. By their contemplative life, these men and women followed the path of love which brought them not only the humility to confront their own shortcomings, but a deep peace of union with God.

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