Sales of religious books are very good due to the continued need for new books on classical themes. Sales increased 26.6% in the first three quarters of 1996. Popular subjects include individualistic takes on religion, spiritual journeys, biographies, and monasticism.
Spring’s vigor is matched by healthy sales, as classic topics maintain their vitality
IT’S BECOME A FAMILIAR refrain over the past four or five years: the vigor of religion book sales continues unabated. The latest AAP numbers show religion far and away the fastest-growing category–at an increase of 26.6% for the first three quarters of 1996. Compare that to a decrease of 7.7% in adult hardcovers overall (and 4.4% for paperbacks), and those who publish and sell religion can afford to be especially ebullient this season.
- Perhaps the most significant factor in this fascination with things spiritual is the entrepreneurial nature of religion in America today. Fewer of us are closely affiliated with a traditional or denominational church or synagogue, and even those who are expect, more than ever before, to be affiliated on our own terms—accepting some teachings, rejecting others and frequently making our own decisions about ethical issues and spiritual practices. We are also more open than ever to dipping into traditions not our own and appropriating what we find useful. Why does this individualistic, eclectic approach lead people to buy more religion books? It’s no great mystery: Spiritual travelers need guidebooks. Pilgrims and pioneers need maps. Entrepreneurs need how-to manuals.
- Each publishing season brings clues as to how those searching readers might plan their spiritual itineraries in the coming months, with new releases that both reflect and shape those journeys. Some topics are classic in religion, and they remain well-published. Books on spirituality and prayer, as well as inspirational and devotional materials, all yield a rich new growth of titles. Dealing as they do with how a person’s beliefs play out in daily life, inspirational and spiritual topics are mainstays–the only changes are the approaches taken by authors and publishers.
As it has for the past few seasons, the wealth of the contemplative traditions continues to fascinate many Christians, with many titles offered on monasticism and the lives of medieval mystics. And after fading a bit last year, the topic of meditation is back, no doubt reflecting a longing for quietude in the midst of a too-busy world. Forgiveness is evident once again, and there are more than the usual number of books on abortion, as well as titles on racism and the death penalty. Conflicts over sexuality threaten to tear some churches apart these days, and several new titles this spring deal with homosexuality and religion.
One of the most consistently interesting subcategories in religion is biography, autobiography and memoir. This season brings three Billy Graham titles-as he approaches the twilight of a long and illustrious career–including his long-awaited autobiography from Harper San Francisco/Zondervan. We can hardly remember a religion season without Pope John Paul II being represented somehow, and this spring it is through Holt’s biography, Man of the Century by Jonathon Kwitny (Aug.). Mother Teresa, too, is still with us via Ballantine’s paperback edition of the bestselling A Simple Path as well as The Joy in Living, a devotional from Viking, and the inspirational No Greater Love from New World Library.. Another example is the autobiography of Bill Hitsman, CEO & Co-founder of Press My Air, is really interesting to read, especially for entrepreneurs. There are two biographies (from Eerdmans and Bethany House) of 18th-century mathematician Blaise Pascal, whose famous “wager” about the existence of God has long delighted seminarians and lay seekers. This year brings the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Viking’s July release of The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English. Many other subjects are well represented: dealing with grief and the issues surrounding death and dying; spirituality and aging; religion and psychology; and many books on religion’s interplay with practical aspects of life–work, parenting, marriage, friendship and health. Along with angels, ebbing topics seem to indude politics and Christian guides to finances. Fading somewhat is men’s spirituality, with two-thirds the number of titles there were in the fall. Most of the religious fiction is still evangelical Christian, but Catholic publishers have begun to dabble in what has been a very profitable area for some publishers. (Even Norman Mailer wants to get into the act–his next novel, due from Random House in May, will be a fictionalized life of Jesus based on the gospels.)
Jewish readers will enjoy a crop of thoughtful books on Jewish spirituality and religious practice and Buddhist readers are also well served, with many new titles, new translations and reprints of classics. There are several new books about Islam, but not as many yet in English for Muslims, a situation that is changing gradually as Islamic publishing solidifies its foothold.
In short, religion as a category offers something for just about everyone in this nation of free-market seekers. Readers who head to the bookstore with their spiritual longings, their ethical questions and their desire for inspiring models won’t be disappointed.
The Right Choice (Mar., $14.95 paper), ed. by Paul T. Stallsworth, gathers pro-life sermons from an ecumenical group of contributors.
Winds of Fury, Circles of Grace: Life After the Palm Sunday Tornadoes (Apr., $10.95 paper) by Dale Clems narrates what happened when tornadoes struck a church in 1994, killing 19 members including the author’s daughter.
The Bliss of Freedom (Mar., $14.95) by Master Charles recalls the modern mystic’s early years in India. 30,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.
Art of Spiritual Healing (Mar., $18.95 by Joel S. Goldsmith demonstrates that physical well-being springs from attaining a oneness with God. Advertising.
Rebirth of the Goddess: Finding Meaning in Feminist Spirituality (June, $23) by Carol P. Christ explains the movement that embraces the divine as female.
Pathways: Jews Who Return (Mar., $30) by Richard H. Greenberg bears witness to Jews who have gone back to a religious lifestyle.
American Torah Toons: 54 Illustrated Commentaries (Apr., $24.95) by Lawrence
Compiled by Robert Dahlin
Bush reprints collages to illuminate aspects of the Torah.
Sefer Chasidim (Apr., $40) by Yehudah HeChasid, annotated by Avraham Yaakov Finkel, is the first English translation of this work dealing with practical and spiritual concerns.
Do We Still Need the Ten Commandments? A Fresh Look at God’s Laws of Love (Mar., $11.99 paper) by John H. Timmerman affirms the laws’ application to daily life.
Moving into a New Now: Faith for the Later Years (Apr., $12.99 paper) by Mildred Tengbom empathizes with challenges confronting older adults.
The Balanced Life: Succeeding in Work and Love (June, $tba paper) by Alan Loy McGinnis suggests how to enjoy life with zest.
AVE MARIA PRESS
Springs of Contemplation: A Retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani (Mar., $9.95 paper) by Thomas Merton covers such topics as monastic renewal and the feminine mystique. Advertising.
Let There Be Light: Based on the Visionary Spirituality of Hildegard of Bingen (Mar., $6.95 paper) by John Kirvan. The ninth book in the 30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher series offers a path out of darkness. 15,000 first printing. Advertising.
BAKER BOOK HOUSE
Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology (Mar., $16.99) by R.C. Sproul explains more than the five points of Reformed theology. Advertising.
Praise Jerusalem! (Apr., $19.99) by Augusta Trobaugh. In this novel, three southern women journey to Jerusalem, Ga., and overcome economic and racial barriers. Advertising. Author Wur.
Welcome All Wonders: A Composer’s Journey (May, $17.99) by J.A.C. Redford. The man who scored A Trip to Bountiful and other films describes his life in the Mormon Church and his embrace of Christianity.
The Art of Prayer: A Simple Guide (Apr., $10 paper) by Timothy Jones stresses the basics of talking to God. The Harlot by the Side of the Road (May, $27) by Jonathan Kirsch revisits biblical tales banned, suppressed or mistranslated for political or sexual reasons. Advertising. Author tour.
Stranger in the Midst: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery (Mar., $23) by Nan Fink. A woman defies her upbringing in a quest to become Jewish. 20,000 first printing.
After God: The Future of Religion (May, $20) by Don Cupitt counters jaded skepticism with a faith in postmodern culture. 15,000 first printing.
Gospel Choirs: Psalms of Survival in an Alien Land Called Home (June, $13 paper) by Derrick Bell concludes the trilogy facing life in a racist world. 40,000firstprinting.
Questions of Heaven: The Chinese Journeys of an American Buddhist (Apr., $20) by Gretel Ehrlich tracks a pilgrimage climb up a sacred mountain. QPBC and One Spirit Book Club selection. Advertising. Author tour.
The Blooming of the Lotus: Guided Meditation Exercises for Healing and Transformation (May, $10 paper) by Thich Nhat Hanh mirrors a Buddhist meditation retreat. Advertising.
Sex and the Church: Gender, Homosexuality and the Transformation of Christian Ethics (June, $24) by Kathy Rudy clarifies discussions of sexual matters.
BEAR & COMPANY
Starwalking: Shamanic Practices for Traveling into the Night Sky (May, $18.95 paper) by Page Bryant reclaims a spiritual connection to the stars. $20,000 ad/promo.
The Hidden Maya (June, $20 paper) by Martin Brennan decodes the missing link in deciphering Mayan glyphs. $25,000 ad/promo.
Raising Spiritual Children in a Material World: Introducing Spirituality into Family Life (Apr., $12 paper) by Phil Catalfo seeks a modern spiritual framework
Weave a Garment of Brightness: A Gathering of Prayers from Around the World (May, $10 paper) by Wayne Lee Jones collects life-affirming worship.
Healing Ceremonies: Creating Personal Rituals for Spiritual, Emotional, Physical and Mental Health (June, $13 Perigee paper) by Carl A. Hammerschlag, M.D., and Howard D. Silverman, M.D., adopts a mind-body-spirit approach to wellness.
Another Homecoming (Mar., $15.99; paper $8.99) by Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn. A society woman is shocked to discover she was adopted. 250,000 first printing.
Silver Star (Mar., $9.99 paper) by Gilbert Morris. Hollywood tempts the wife of a successful pastor. 25,000 first printing. The Shunning (Apr., $8.99 paper) by Beverly Lewis sets its story in Pennsylvania Amish country. 20,000 first printing.
The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity 2OO-1OOO AD (Mar., $19.95 paper) by Peter Brown chronicles struggles, defeats and victories.
An Introduction to Christianity (Mar., $59.95; paper $24.95) by Alister E. McGrath studies the religion’s dynamics.
BROADMAN & HOLMAN
Letters to Baby (Apr., $18.99) by Chaz Corzine contains letters by Amy Grant, Billy Graham and others.
The Case for Christianity (July, $18.99) by Rabbi Daniel Lapin attributes America’s nobility to the presence of Christianity. 20,000 first printing.
The Complete Book of Christian Parenting and Child Care: A Medical and Moral Guide to Raising Happy, Healthy Children (July, $19.99 paper) by William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears emphasizes such issues as two-income families and dating.
CATHOLIC BOOK PUBLISHING
Confessions of St. Augustine (Mar., $7.75 paper) is a new translation in prayerbook format.
CATHOLIC UNIV. OF AMERICA PRESS
Christian Marriage Today (Apr., $13.95 paper), ed. by Klaus Demmer and Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn, discusses what the Church can do to prevent marital breakdowns.
The Educated Person’s Thumbnail introduction to the Bible (Mar., $15.99) by Lowell K. Handy tours various versions of the Bible.
The Jesus Connection: A Christian Spirituality (Mar., $11.99) by Jan G. Linn tells how to be faithful in today’s world.
Abandoned: What is God’s Will for the Jewish People and the Church? (Mar., $10.99) by Stan Telchin urges the church to reach out to receive Jewish people.
Angels: Friends in High Places (Apr., $10.99 paper) by Jerry Orthner separates fact from fantasy with 40 contemporary stories of angelic intervention.
Out of the Locker Room of the Male Soul (Apr., $10.99 paper) by Steve Masterson with George McPeek underscores the legacy of sin and the potential of redemption.
Daily Bread: Reflections and Recipes for Quick and Healthy Eating (June, $18.95) by M.J. Smith combines Bible verses with practical menus. Advertising. Author publicity.
The Call of Wild Geese: Monastic Homilies (Mar., $21.95; paper $11.95) by Matthew Kelty collects homilies blending humor and seriousness.
Stone Laid Before the Lord (Apr., $38.95t; paper $18.95) by Anselme Dimier illustrates architecture created by monks throughout the world.
COLUMBIA UNIV. PRESS
Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition (May, $24.50) by Rebecca Alpert analyzes what it means to be both Jewish and lesbian.
Interreligious Dialogue (May, $15.95) by Thomas Keating positions prayer in everyday life and between faiths.
Spiritual Journals: Genesee Diary, Gracias, The Road to Daybreak (May, $29) by Henri J.M. Nouwen is a three-book omnibus.
Worldwide Laws of Life: Two Hundred Eternal Spiritual Principles (June, $29.95) by John Marks Templeton presents a manual for everyday use. 50,000 first printing. $200,000 ad/promo.
My Soul is a Woman: The Feminine in Islam (Aug., $19.95) by Annemarie Schimmel argues for the original equality between women and men.
CORNELL UNIV. PRESS
The Occult in Russian and Soviet Culture (June, $59.95; paper $24.95), ed. by Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal, probes the influence of occult beliefs on life in 20th-century Russia.
Catholic Converts: British and American Intellectuals Turn to Rome (June, $35) by Patrick Allitt views the religious impact of Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day and others.
CORNERSTONE PRESS CHICAGO
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christian (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Kathryn Lindskoog surveys Lewis’s views on a number of topics including God, pain, love, miracles and more. Advertising.
CROSS CULTURAL PUBLICATIONS
Our Racist Legacy: Will the Church Resolve the Conflict? (Apr., $21.95 paper) by Ivan A. Beals brings historical and moral perspectives to a social evil.
The Gospel According to Us (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Duncan Holcomb sees Jesus through the gospel taken as personalized stories.
Harvard Diary II: Essays on the Sacred and the Secular (Apr., $19.95) by Robert Coles details intimate thoughts on matters of common concern.
God-Talk In America (May, $19.95) by Phyllis A. Tickle demonstrates how today’s spiritual revolution promises an unprecedented religious reformation. $20,000 ad/promo.
Romancing the Holy (May, $13.95 paper) by Debra Farrington identifies online prayer groups and other paths to modern Christian experience. $20,000 ad/promo.
I Am Your Brother Joseph: Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago (June, $11.95 paper) by Tim Unsworth portrays the late church leader.
Billy (Mar., $17.99 paper) by Sherwood Eliot Wirt affords a loving, insider’s perspective of Billy Graham and his ministry. Advertising.
The Power of integrity (Mar., $9.99 paper) by John F. MacArthur advises an internal and external commitment to God. Promotion.
The War Within (Apr., $11.99 paper) by Robert Daniels helps men overcome lust, pornography and other temptations.
The Ten Challenges: Spiritual Lessons from the Ten Commandments for Creating Meaning, Growth and Richness Every Day of Your Life (Mar., $25) by Leonard Felder transforms the precepts into straightforward rules. A Harmony Book. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Bringing Out the Winner in Your Child (Apr., $22.95) by John Croyle with Ken Abraham is by a man who has raised over 1300 abandoned and abused children. 100,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.
Daily Word: Love, Inspiration and Guidance for Everyone (May, $17.95), ed. by Colleen Zuck and Christopher Jackson, forewords by Fannie Flagg and Bernie Siegel, M.D., draws from the magazine to show how rewarding it is to live conscientiously. 75,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo. BOMC and One Spirit Book Club selection.
The 12 Lessons on Life I Learned from My Garden: Spiritual Wisdom from the Vegetable Patch (May, $14.95) by Vivian Elisabeth Glyck uses the garden as an inspirational metaphor. 35,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Author publicity.
Gift of Life: A Spiritual Companion for the Mother-to-Be (May, $18.95) by Joan Swirsky looks at pregnancy from a psycho/spiritual point of view. 25,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo.
Children of the Promise: Rumors of War (Mar., $16.95) by Dean Hughes launches a historical fiction series set during WW II.
What’s a Parent to Do? Becoming a Christlike Mom or Dad (Apr., $15.95) by Glenn Latham combines Christ-like principles with studies of human behavior to achieve non-punitive practices.
DIMENSIONS FOR LIVING
Friends in Deed: Stories About Acts of Kindness (Mar., $10 paper). This Guidepost Book depicts ordinary people who have made a big difference in their worlds.
Whom God Has Joined Together (Mar., $15) by Helen Caswell rejoices in marriage with scripture, poetry and art.
World Religions (Mar., $34.95) by John Bowker is a visual exposition of 10 fundamental faiths.
The Weigh Down Diet (Mar., $21) by Gwen Shamblin supplies an inspirational way to lose weight and stay slim. IO0,000 first printing. $97,000 ad/promo. LG selection.
Joey (Apr., $18.95) by Joseph Gitzone limns a boy’s relationship with God. 100,000 first printing. $40,500 ad/promo.
Yes, Lord, I’m Coming Home! (Apr., $19.95) by Lesley Sussman. Country music stars relate their struggles to find God. 50,000 first printing. $23,000 ad/promo.
Who Are the Promise Keepers? (June, $19.95) by Ken Abraham explains the Christian Men’s Movement. 50,000 first printing. $IZ500 ad/promo. courage to Love (June, $21.95) by William Leckie and Barry Stopfel. A gay priest stands up for his beliefs. 45,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Turtle Was Gone a Long Time, Vol. I: Crossing the Kedron (Apr., $39) by John Moriarty traces a mystical quest and a lifetime’s meditation. A Lilliput Book.
WM. B. EERDMANS
The Crucified Jew: Twenty Centuries of Christian Anti-Semitism (Mar., $18 paper) by Dan Cohn-Sherbok chronicles this bigotry from New Testament times to the present.
A Cry of Absence: Reflections for the Winter of the Heart (Apr., $12 paper) by Martin E. Marty. A new foreword introduces a redesigned reflection on grief.
Praying with St. Teresa of Avila (Apr., $10 paper), compiled by Battistina Capalbo, intro. by Elaine Storkey, collects prayers from the saint’s writings.
Praying with the Jewish Tradition (Apr., $10 paper), compiled by Elias Kopciowski, intro. by Lionel Blue, taps the Bible, the Talmud and Jewish festival liturgies.
The Stone of the Plough: The Search for the Secret of Giza (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Ann Walker recounts an Egyptian visit and discoveries about biblical figures and Atlantis.
The Call of the Sun: A Woman’s Journey to the Heart of Wisdom (Mar., $15.95 paper) by Surya Green. A western woman encounters the Dalai Lama and Krishnamurti.
Beyond the Lodge of the Sun: Inner Mysteries of the Native American Way (July, $15.95 paper) by Chokecherry Gall Eagle reveals authentic spiritual secrets. Advertising.
FOCUS ON THE FAMILY
Surprised by God (Mar., $16.99) by Stephen Arterburn directs the reader to spiritual roads of fulfillment. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Then God Created Woman (Apr., $10.99 paper) by Deborah Newman teaches that women’s true identity and value are found in their relationship with God. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Raising a Modern-Day Knight (May, $16.99) by Robert Lewis tells how to raise a child to be a chivalrous and godly man. Ad/promo. Author tour.
FORDHAM UNIV. PRESS
Seeing into the Life of Things: Essays on Religion in Literature (June, $35; paper $17) by John L. Mahoney regards how faith is represented.
The Inner Eye of Love (Apr., $17 paper) by William Johnson is a revised guide to meditation.
Super, Natural Christians: How We Should Love Nature (Apr., $15 paper) by Sallie McFague crafts a Christian spirituality with nature as the focus.
Women and Goddess Traditions: Studies in Antiquity and Today (May, $45 paper), ed. by Karen L. King, examines the role of the feminine deity in religious piety.
Hillel and Jesus: Comparisons of Two Major Religious Leaders (June, $50), ed. by James H. Charlesworth and Loren L. Johns, records a 1992 meeting of international scholars in Jerusalem.
No Outcasts: The Public Witness of Edmond L. Browning, XXIVth Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church (Mar., $8.95), ed. by Brian J. Grieves, excerpts the bishop’s writings and speeches.
400 Years: The Anglican/Episcopal Mission Among American Indians (May, $12.95) by Owanah Anderson is a comprehensive history.
Loving Your City into the Kingdom (Mar., $18.99), ed. by Jack Hayford and Ted Haggard, introduces local pastors seeking to take their communities for God.
Praying with Power (June, $17.99) by C. Peter Wagner is the latest entry in the Prayer Warrior series.
Revival (July, $17.99) by Nell T. Anderson and Elmer Towns charts the history and heart of revival.
HARPER SAN FRANCISCO
If it’s Going to Be, It’s Up to Me: The Eight Proven Principles of Possibility Thinking (Mar., $22) by Robert Schuller distills a lifetime of motivational thinking. $150,000 ad/promo.
The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace: Core Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism (Mar., $16) by the Dalai Lama conducts the way to a meaningful life. 40,000first printing.
Just as I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham (Apr., $30) by Billy Graham recalls a life of faith. Co-published with Zondervan. l-million first printing. $500,000 ad/promo.
The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Authentic Faith (May, $18) by Marcus J. Borg reconciles God with science, critical thinking and religious pluralism. Ad/promo.
Dancing with God: Everyday Steps to Jewish Renewal (May, $22) by Rabbi Wayne Dosick renews spiritual practices to make life holy.
The Soul of Cyberspace (July, $22) by Jeff Zaleski. PW’s editor-at-large scouts faith’s new frontier where traditional religions are reinvented and new ones created. $20,000 ad/promo.
HARVARD UNIV. PRESS
The Channeling Zone: American Spirituality in an Anxious Age (Mar., $22) by Michael F. Brown visits those who have abandoned mainstream religion to seek direct contact with spiritual beings.
The One and the Many: America’s Struggle for the Common Good (Apr., $24.95) by Martin E. Marty aims to unite ethnic, religious and economic movements.
Imagined Worlds (Apr., $22) by Freeman Dyson asserts that scientific advances will cause misery if there is no progress in ethics.
Is Religion Good for Your Health? The Effects of Religion on Physical and Mental Health (May, $39.95; paper $19.95) by Harold G. Koenig. Research suggests the answer can be either yes or no.
Reclaiming the Sacred: The Bible in Gay and Lesbian Culture (Aug., $29.95), ed. by Raymond-Jean Frontain, contemplates faith in a gay context.
A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 More Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit (Apr., $24; paper $12.95) by Jack Canfield et al. covers parenting, teaching, death and dying. 500,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit (May, $24; paper $12.95) by Jack Canfield et al. includes contributions from Montel Williams, Jennie Garth and others. 100,009 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.
Cities of the Biblical World: An introduction to the Archaeology, Geography and History of Biblical Sites (Apr., $34.95) by LaMoine F. DeVries tracks the evolution of significant sites from villages to centers of trade and religious activity.
Healing Through the Centuries: Models for Understanding (Apr., $14.95 paper) by Ronald N.A. Kydd studies the role of healing in the life of the church.
Theology in Rabbinic Stories (June, $12.95 paper) by Chaim Pearl. Folkloric tales acquaint the reader with sage theological and ethical thought.
Little Foxes That Spoil the Vines (Mar., $6.95) by W. Barry Miller ponders the forces of life that ruin relationships with God. Ad/promo.
Prayer Book for Earnest Christians (Mar., $8.95) assembles prayers for many occasions. Ad/promo.
A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue (Mar., $14.95) by Badru Kateregga and David W. Shenk records the interaction of two friends of different faiths. Ad/promo.
HOLMES & MEIER
From Congregation to Community: The Jews of Hartford, 1843-1993 (May, $30) by David G. Dalin and Jonathan Rosenbaum places the history of Hartford Jews within larger American contexts.
Sacred Journeys: An Illustrated Guide to Pilgrimages Around the World (Mar., $35) by Jennifer Westwood features 50 routes and hundreds of sites. 20,000 first printing.
Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II (Aug., $30) by Jonathan Kwitny is a sympathetic account by an investigative reporter. A John Macrae Book. 75,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
Journey into Narnia (June, $11.95 paper) by Kathryn Lindskoog updates the C.S. Lewis scholar’s study of the seven books.
Seeds from a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey (July, $19.95) by Clark Strand presents haiku as a writing mediation. One Spirit Book Club selection. Advertising.
Jesus in Blue Jeans: A Practical Guide to Everyday Spirituality (Aug., $18.95) by Laurie Beth Jones establishes contemporary relevance in New Testament wisdom. Also set is a reprint of Jones’s earlier The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life (Aug., $10.95 paper). 80,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Strangers and Sojourners (Mar., $24.95) by Michael O’Brien begins a trilogy tracing four generations of exiles through the entire 20th century.
The Heart of Newman (Mar., $14.95), ed. by Erich Przywara, S.J., anthologizes the thought of John Henry Newman.
Hallowed Ground: Rediscovering Our Spiritual Roots (May, $25.95) by Stephen Burgard maintains that religion can be a unifying force in a democratic society. Advertising. Publicity.
The Loom of God: Mathematical Tapestries at the Edge of Time (May, $27.95) by Clifford Pickover maps the convergence of science and religion. A Plenum Book. Advertising. Publicity.
To Forgive Is Human: How to Put Your Past in the Past (Mar., $12.99 paper) by Everett L. Worthington Jr. et al. reveals how to forgive and repair broken relationships. Ad/promo.
The 77 Habits of Highly ineffective Christians (May, $10.99) by Chris Fabry. Habit #7 is “Make Prayer Occasional.” 15,000first printing.
A Little Handbook on Having a Soul (July, $9.99 paper) by David Hansen tells how to cultivate the soul.
Defeating Darwinism: The Case Against Evolution Made Easy (July, $9.99 paper) by Phillip Johnson simplifies the creation-evolution debate. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.
Israel: An Echo of Eternity (Mar., $18.95 paper) by Abraham Joshua Heschel, intro. by Susannah Heschel, determines the country’s meaning in our time. A Jewish Lights Classic Reprint. Ad/promo.
The Death of Death: Resurrection and immortality in Jewish Thought (May, $23,95) by Nell Gillman outlines concepts of death and the afterlife. $20,000 ad/promo.
A Heart of Wisdom: Making the Jewish Journey from Mid-Life Through the Elder Years (July, $24.95), ed. by Susan Berrin, shares the insights of rabbis, social workers and psychologists. Ad/promo.
JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY
Haggadah & History (Mar., $75) by Yosef Hayim Yerushami returns the Pulitzer Prize-nominee to print after 20 years.
The Zionist idea: A Historical Analysis and Reader (Mar., $24.95) by Arthur Hertzberg draws on writings from 37 thinkers of the Zionist movement.
Honoring African American Eiders (Mar., $20.95) by Anne Streaty Wimberly weighs the difficulties facing churches ministering to aging members.
Losing Your Job, Reclaiming Your Soul (July, $25) by Mary Lynn Pulley redefines the meaning of work.
Rethinking intermarriage (Aug., $25) by Gary Tobin and Katherine Simon examines the effect that marriage between Jews and non-Jews has on Judaism as a faith.
Turning Points: Moments of Grace, Steps Toward Wholeness (Mar., $12 paper) by Myrlene L.J. Hamilton speaks to Christians who don’t know or deny they need recovery.
Sit Down, God… I’m Angry (Mar., $10 paper) by R.F. Smith Jr. resolves the anger that arises after the death of a loved one.
The Household of God: Changing Roles of Church and Family (May, $15 paper) by Janet Fishburn proposes a new agenda embracing traditional and non-traditional families.
A Family Haggadah II (Mar., $4.95 paper) by Shoshana Silberman, illus. by Katherine Janus Kahn, offers an all-new commentary geared to older children and adults.
Love, Commandments and Values: An interfaith Perspective (May, $14.95 paper) by Sajjad Haider locates parallel values in the world’s most popular religions. Ad/promo.
Sufi Book of Virtue (June, $24.95 paper) by Abul Qasim Qushayri describes such attributes as repentance, forgiveness and sincerity. Ad/promo.
Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt (Apr., $27.50) by Christine Leigh Heyrman, ed. by Jane Garrett, reveals the paradox of how current conservative religious groups evolved from an evangelical Protestantism.
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (May, $26) by David I. Kertzer investigates the kidnapping that led to a unified Italian state and the collapse of papal power in Italy. Three-city author tour.
Understanding Jewish History: Text and Commentaries (May, $39.50; paper $24.95) by Steven Bayme endorses personal encounters with Jewish teachings and traditions.
Exploring the Thought of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (May, $39.50; paper $24.95), ed. by Marc D. Angel, collects scholarly articles about the articulator of traditional Orthodox concepts in 20thcentury terms.
Hasidic Religious Thought: Sources and Commentary (June, $39.50; paper $24.95), ed. by Norman Lamm, sketches early historical background to place central ideas in an intellectual context.
Putting Buddhism to Work: A New Approach to Management and Business (July, $22) by Shinichi Inoue supplies an altruistic alternative to both the free-market system and socialism.
The Christian and American Law: Christianity’s Impact on America’s Founding Documents and Future Directions (Apr., $14.99 paper) by H. Wayne House reflects on the past significance and uncertainty to come.
Dictionary of the Occult and New Age (May, $19.99; paper $14.99) by Debra Lardie. More than 700 entries cover people, practices and symbols.
Paths of a Prodigal: Exploring the Deeper Regions of Spiritual Living (Apr., $15.95 paper) by Richard G. Young. This journey of spiritual awakening employs exercises from varied religious traditions.
The Essential Catholic Handbook: A Summary of Beliefs, Practices and Prayers (Apr., $9.95 paper) is an expanded edition with a glossary of key terms and cross-references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Ad/promo.
The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ (May, $11 paper) by Saint Alphonsus Liguori is a needy translated work explaining how to live a holy life.
The Vanishing American Jew: Is There a Future for Us? (Mar., $24.95) by Alan Dershowitz spells out what Jews must do to ensure cultural and religious identity. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Christian Worship in North America: A Retrospective, 1955-1995 (Mar., $29.95 paper) by James E White. The scholar and activist reviews developments coloring today’s liturgy.
Liturgy and the Arts (Apr., $19.95 paper) by Albert Rouet emphasizes that the role of the arts in Christian life is to illustrate God’s presence.
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God’s Mafia (June, $23.95) by Alfred Fortino is a fictional courtroom drama about a perhaps corrupt ecumenical society helping ex-cons. Advertising. Author publicity.
The Turned Card (Apr., $22.95) by Desmond O’Grady outlines the impact of Christianity on the communist world prior to its collapse.
The Seeker’s Guide to Being Catholic (Apr., $10.95 paper) by Mitch Finley handles such topics as work, relationships, prayer and morality.
Bio-Spirituality (May, $9.95 paper) by McMahon and Campbell focuses on a sort of western “yoga” based on neglected aspects of Judeo-Christian religion.
MARQUETTE UNIV. PRESS
Joan of Arc in a New Vision (Mar., $25 paper), ed. by Mary Beth Tallon. Essays take many approaches to the saint.
On Homicide and Commentary on Thomas Aquinas (Mar., $35 paper) by Francisco De Vitoria, ed. by John Doyle, studies the moral issues surrounding euthanasia, assisted suicide and abortion.
Break Down the Walls Workbook (Apr., $12.99) by Raleigh Washington and Glen Kehrein with Claude King outlines eight steps to racial reconciliation. 30,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Quest for the Promised Land (Apr., $10.99) by Jack Cavanaugh is the second book of the African Covenant series featuring the van der Kemps. Ad/promo.
Jesus Beyond 2000 (Mar., $12.95 paper), Jesus 2000 (Mar., $6.95 leatherette) and Easter to Pentecost 2000 (Mar., $l.95 paper) by Mark Link offer meditations in the Vision 2000 series. 20,000 first printing of Jesus 2000.
Angel and Me (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Sara Maitland uses 20 works of fiction to look at women from a feminist Christian viewpoint.
The Spirituality of St. Patrick (Mar., $7.95 paper) by Lesley Whiteside introduces Ireland’s patron saint.
Spiritual Care of the Dying and Bereaved (Apr., $9.95 paper) by Penelope Wilcock enables anyone to comfort those in need.
Outside In: What Your Relationships Tell You About Yourself (Apr., $9 paper) by Larry Crabb scrutinizes how people react within relationships. Ad/promo.
Dangers Men Face: Overcoming the Five Greatest Threats to Living Life Well (June, $14 paper) by Jerry, E. White intends to help men free themselves from sin. 15,000 first printing. $18,000 ad/promo.
Why Beauty Matters (Aug., $14 paper) by Karen Lee-Thorp and Cynthia Hicks suggests how to deal with longings to look good. 15,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo.
The God You’re Looking For (Mar., $21.99) by Bill Hybels satisfies a hunger in the soul for a loving God. 125,000 first printing.
Let Faith Change Your Life (Mar., $17.99) by Becky Tirabassi indicates how real faith can revolutionize one’s being.
The Melody and the Word (May, $19.99)
by Shirley Caesar interprets the life of the gospel musician and her career as a full-time pastor.
Delta Passage (May, $12.99 paper) by Brock Thoene is historical fiction of danger, heartache and courage.
The Reason for My Hope (July, $19.99) by Charles Stanley informs how God uses circumstances in life to break, mold and refine people into the image of Jesus. 75,000 first printing.
NEW WORLD LIBRARY
No Greater Love (Mar., $21) by Mother Teresa, foreword by Thomas Moore, is arranged thematically under such topics as prayer, love and forgiveness.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS Genesis: World of Myths and Patriarchs (Mar., $55.95) by Ada Feyerick illumines
Genesis with 241 photographs and a text by biblical scholars.
Lifting the Taboo: Women, Death and Dying (Mar., $18.95 paper) by Sally Cline comments on women of many cultures, their attitudes toward loss and their customary role as primary caregivers.
Sophia: Aspects of the Divine Feminine Past and Present (Aug., $16.95 paper) by Susanne Schaup uncovers existing feminine roots within the Judeo-Christian tradition. Ad/promo.
Gandhi the Man: The Story of His Transformation (May, $22; paper $13.95) by Eknath Easwaran tells how a shy man became the leader of 400 million Indians.
The Book of Enlightened Masters: Western Teachers in Eastern Traditions (May, $29.95 paper) by Andrew Rawlinson is both a guide and a biographical dictionary. Promotion.
Life After Death in World Religions (Mar., $15), ed. by Harold Coward, conveys the approaches, rituals and philosophies of many traditions.
Praying with Icons (Mar., $16) by Jim Forest analyzes the use of icons as spiritual tools.
Guadalupe: Mother of the New Creation (Mar., $14) by Virgil Elizondo considers the maternal figure.
OUR SUNDAY VISITOR
The Heart of Catholicism: Essential Writings of the Church from St. Paul to John Paul II (Mar., $49.95) by Theodore E. James anthologizes works in historical order.
Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women’s Religious Communities (Mar., $19.95) by Ann Carey demonstrates how a renewal was co-opted by activists influenced by the feminist movement.
Embraced by Mary: Marian Devotions and Prayers Throughout the Year (Mar., $10.95 paper) by Rawley Myers is a new book of reflections.
OXFORD UNIV. PRESS
The Crisis in the Churches: Spiritual Malaise, Fiscal Woe (Mar., $27.50) by Robert Wuthnow identifies a worsening financial crisis and spiritual vacuum in Protestant and Catholic congregations.
The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions (Apr., $45), ed. by John Bowker, contains 8200 alphabetical entries by some 80 contributors.
Fenelon–Meditations on the Heart of God (Apr., $9.95 paper) and Fenelon– Talking with God (May, $10.95 paper) by Francois Fenelon retrieves counsel for today from a priest in Louis XIV’s court.
Towards Evening–Reflections on Aging, Illness and the Soul’s Union with God (Apr., $9.95 paper) by Mary Hope, ed. by LaVonne Neff, exposes the shallowness of attempts to deny the aging process.
Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Buddhist Novice Monastic Practice (June, $18 paper) by Thich Nhat Hanh includes mindfulness poems, novice precepts and recitation texts. Advertising.
What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop (June, $15 paper), ed. by Gary Gach, assembles work by Peter Coyote, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jack Kerouac and others. Advertising.
After 50: Spiritually Embracing Your Own Wisdom Years (Mar., $12.95) by Robert J. Wicks stresses that spiritual preparation is as necessary for retirement as financial readiness. Spiritual Book Associates selection. Ad/promo. Author tour.
Don’t Forgive Too Soon: Extending the Two Hands That Heal (May, $9.95 paper) by Dennis Linnet et al., illus. by Francisco Miranda, provides a road through five stages that renounce vengeance.
The Death Penalty: An Historical and Theological Survey (July, $21.95) by James J. Megivern assesses past and present attitudes of the western Christian church toward capital punishment.
Responses to 101 Questions on Death and Eternal Life (July, $9.95 paper) by Peter C. Phan takes on both apocalyptic and popular questions such as, “Is there sex in heaven?”
Portraits of Extraordinary Women (July, $19.95) by William F. Maestri, illus. by Marilyn Carter Rougelot, presents 24 biblical women from a contemporary perspective.
Treasures from Heaven: The Gift of Children (May, $14.95) by Sister Carol Ann Nawracas, photos by Monica Rich Kosann, pairs 50 quadra-tone photographs with Old and New Testament verses. Promotion. Publicity.
PENN STATE PRESS
Stories of the Rose: The Making of the Rosary in the Middle Ages (May, $28.50) by Anne Winston-Allen depicts the medieval origins of the rosary.
The Holy War Idea in Western Islamic Tradition (June, $45; paper $16.95) by James Turner Johnson compares customs of Islam and Christianity that concern religious pursuit of war.
Defying the Darkness: Gay Theology in the Shadows (Mar., $12.95 paper) by J. Michael Clark states that one must acknowledge and yet defy tragedy.
The Feminine Mystic: Readings from Early Spiritual Writers (Apr., $14.95 paper) collects extracts remaining from ancient thinkers.
The Miracle of Change: The Path to Self-Discovery and Spiritual Growth (Aug., $24) by Dennis Wholey includes contributions by Marianne Williamson, Thomas Moore and others. Ad/promo. Author tour.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS Religions of Tibet in Practice (Mar., $60; paper $22.50), ed. by Donald S. Lopez Jr., is a large and practical sourcebook.
A History of Heaven: The Singing Silence (Apr., $24.95) by Jeffrey Burton Russell dispenses with cliches to depict heaven as an imminent reality. Catholic Book Club and Religious Book Club selection.
The Millennium Myth: Love and Death at the End of Time (Apr., $16 paper) by Michael Grosso tracks millennial thought from the time of Revelation to the New Age. One Spirit Book Club selection.
Luminous Essence: New Light on the Healing Body: An Alternative Healer’s Story (May, $14 paper) by Daniel Santos sets out Asian and Native American methods of healing. One Spirit Book Club selection.
Medicine Women: A Pictorial History of Women Healers (June, $20 paper) by Elisabeth Brooke journeys from ancient temple priestesses to alternative practitioners of today. 15,000 first printing.
The Miracles of Jesus and The Wisdom of Jesus (Mar., $14.95 each) by James Harpur and Rev. Marcus Braybrooke, which launch the Bible Wisdom for Today series, underscore contemporary relevance found in Jesus’s life and words.
FLEMING H. REVELL
Those Who Knew Him: Inspirational Verse (Mar., $13.99) by Gilbert Morris, illus. by Stan Myers, retells the life of Jesus through poetry. Advertising.
Our Values: Stories and Wisdom (Mar., $12.99) by Dale Evans Rogers with Carole C. Carlson advises how America can return to historic family values.
The Rapture Question Answered: Plain and Simple (Apr., $10.99) by Robert Van Kampen explains the timing and the rapture of the church at the second coming of Christ. 25,000 first printing.
In Search of Morality (July, $16.99) by Robert A. Schuller declares that morality comes from the inside out, not the outside in. 40,000first printing. Advertising. Author tour.
Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening (Apr., $21.95) by Stephen Batchelor explains awakening and how to practice it in the Buddhist faith.
The Cloister Walk (Apr., $12 paper) by Kathleen Norris takes a new look at family, community and spirituality.
The Book of Tibetan Eiders: The Life Stories and Wisdom of the Great Spiritual Masters (July, $14 paper) by Sandy Johnson, foreword by the Dalai Lama, documents teachers on the brink of extinction.
ROMAN CATHOLIC BOOKS
The Parables of Christ (June, $35.95) by Leopold Fonck explains the parables from a historic, literary, mystic, moral and controversial point of view.
SAINT BEDE’S PUBLICATIONS
The Crescent and the Cross: The Monks of Atlas (Apr., $7.95) contains the story and writings of Trappist monks murdered in Algeria last April by Muslim extremists.
ST. MARY’S PRESS
Friends (July, $6.95 paper), ed. by Carl Koch. Stories by teens honor friendship. Ad/promo.
Stories of Our Lives (Aug., $12.95 paper) by Peter Gilmour finds art and spirituality in recalling memories of the past. Ad/promo.
Praying with John Cardinal Newman (Aug., $7.95 paper) by Halbert Wiedner is the latest entry in the Companions for the Journey series. Ad/promo.
Awakening to Zen: The Teachings of Roshi Philip Kapleau (Mar., $22) is by Kapleau, author of The Three Pillars of Zen.
Reformations: A Radical Interpretation of Christianity and the World, 1500-2000 (Apr., $30) by Derek Wilson and Felipe
Fernandez-Armesto looks at the Protestant Reformation for roots to Christianity’s current resurgence.
The Book of Eulogies: A Collection of Memorial Tributes, Poetry, Essays and Letters of Condolence (May, $25), ed. by Phyllis Theroux, commemorates notable lives in a sourcebook for the grieving.
Great Grace (May, $9.99 paper) by J.I. Packer. Thirty-one devotions shed light on many facets of grace.
The Women’s Guide to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (May, $10.99 paper) by Susan Muto and Adrian van Kaam emphasizes themes particularly pertinent to women.
Praying for Your Unbelieving Husband (July, $9.99 paper) by Michael Fanstone supports wives whose spouses don’t share their faith.
Coffee and Conversation with Ruth Bell Graham and Gigi Tchividjian (Aug., $14.99) by Ruth Bell Graham and Gigi Tchividjian. The mother/daughter writing team offers comfort and inspiration.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Mar., $20) by Pema Chodron. An American Buddhist reveals the secret to happiness. One Spirit Book Club selection. Advertising.
The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara (Mar., $14 paper) by Shantideva promotes the ideal of compassion and methods for attaining it. Advertising.
The Kabbalah of Envy: Transforming Hatred, Anger and Other Negative Emotions (May, $18) by Rabbi Nilton Bonder resolves conflict peacefully by drawing on Jewish tradition. Advertising. Author tour.
An Owner’s Manual for the Unfinished Soul (Mar., $17.99) by Calvin Miller fosters an admiration for all moments of life. $35,000 ad/promo.
Spiritual Nightlights: Meditations for the Middle of the Night (Mar., $14.99) by Linda Devries furnishes insomniacs with biblical solace. $45,000 ad/promo.
Mothers & Daughters (Apr., $17.99) by Madeleine L’Engle and Maria Rooney. Mother and daughter distinguish what makes this relationship special. $35,000 ad/promo.
Your Baby’s First Year: Spiritual Reflections on Infant Development (Apr., $11.99) by Ruth Ann Parish, M.D., melds practical information and insights into God’s grace. Ad/promo.
SHEED & WARD
From One Medium to Another: Communicating the Bible Through Multimedia (Apr., $19.95 paper), ed. by Bob Hodgson and Paul Soukup, assembles 18 essays by experts in multimedia, including the booming electronic culture.
New Image of Religious Film (Apr., $19.95 paper) by John May documents an international symposium on interactions between cinema, theology and religious culture.
Imaging the Divine: Jesus and Christ Figures in Film (June, $19.95 paper) by Lloyd Baugh offers a more specific focus.
Vatican Star, Star of David: The Untold Story of Jewish/Catholic Relations and the Second Vatican Council (June, $24.95 paper) by Mark J. Hurley recounts the unfolding of a new starting point in interfaith cooperation.
Embraced by Angels: How to Get in Touch with Your Own Guardian Angel (Mar., $5.99 paper) by William A. Burt collects stories of those who have done it.
The Directory of Saints: A Concise Guide to Patron Saints (May, $5.99 paper) by Annette Sardoval lists saints alphabetically according to need or situation.
Spirit Guides: Angels in the Army of God (July, $5.99 paper) by Norma Kalina describes her communication with guides through automatic writing.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Spiritual Serendipity: Cultivating and Celebrating the Art of the Unexpected (Apr., $20) by Richard Eyre opens the mind and accesses divine guidance.
Seeds of Light: Healing Meditations for Body and Soul (Apr., $20) by Elizabeth K. Stratton. The founder of the Touching Spirit Training Program unlocks potential wellness.
Spiritual Simplicity: Simplify Your Life and Enrich Your Soul (July, $22) by David Yount is by the religion columnist for the Scripps-Howard News Service.
SMYTH & HELWYS
Change Happens: Finding Your Way Through Life’s Transitions (Mar., $19.95) by C.W. Brister uses testimonies by various people to show how to manage change.
Go to Work and Take Your Faith Too! (Mar., $13.95 paper) by Ross West approaches work from a Christian point of view.
From Our Christian Heritage: Hundreds of Ways to Add Christian History to Teaching, Preaching and Writing (Mar., $29.95), ed. by C. Douglas Weaver, retrieves Christian tradition from obscurity.
Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective (Apr., $12.95 paper) by the Dalai Lama opposes the forces of hatred with the practice of tolerance. Promotion.
A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Vesna A. Wallace and B. Alan Wallace is a primary source for Tibetan Buddhist literature on altruism and the spirit of awakening. Promotion.
The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Geshe Sonam Rinchen, ed. by Ruth Sonam, summarizes the Mahayana Buddhist path to perfection. Promotion.
SOPHIA INSTITUTE PRESS Holiness for Housewives (and Other Working Women) (Mar., $12.95 paper) by Dom Hubert van Zeller includes prayers to help housewives become holy.
God Is! (Mar., $14.95) by Mark R. Littleton marks God’s greatness with stories, poems, quotes and illustrations. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo. God’s Vitamin “C” for the Spirit of Women (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Kathy Collard Miller gathers stories and poetry by and for women. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
STATE UNIV. OF NEW YORK
Dying the Good Death: The Pilgrimage to Die in india’s Holy City (Apr., $19.95t) by Christopher Justice follows those who travel to the city of Kashi (Benares) to die.
SUMMIT UNIV. PRESS
Reincarnation: The Missing Link in Christianity (Mar., $14.95) by Elizabeth Clare Prophet relies on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic texts to show that Jesus was a mystic teaching reincarnation. Advertising.
Return to the Promised Land: The Story of Our Spiritual Recovery (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Grant R. Schnarr. The 12-step program combines with stories from Exodus and Joshua. Ad/promo.
JEREMY P. TARCHER
The Science of Mind (Mar., $25.95) by Ernest Holmes is a new edition of a classic text published on the 70th anniversary of the United Church of Religious Science. The same month brings Holmes’s This Thing Called You, This Thing Called Life and Creative Mind and Success ($16.95 each) 15,000first printing of The Science of Mind. Ad/promo.
Cultivating Inner Peace (May, $21.95) by Paul Fleischman is a psychiatrist’s way to serenity. 25,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.
Spiritual Passages (June, $15.95) by Drew Leder observes that time brings renewed possibilities to achieve wholeness. 20,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
A Sense of the Sacred: Finding Our Spiritual Lives (Apr., $19.95) by Adele Getty injects spirituality into life through ceremony.
THAMES & HUDSON
The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya: An Illustrated Dictionary of Mesoamerican Religion (Apr., $16.95 paper) by Mary Miller and Karl Taube is reportedly the first English-language dictionary on the subject. Advertising.
Sacred Sex and Christian Mysteries (May, $10 each) are new volumes in the Sacred Symbols series on ancient wisdoms. Ad/promo.
TRINITY PRESS INTERNATIONAL
The Lost Gospel Q: The Original Sayings of Jesus (Mar., $15), by Marcus Borg, consulting editor, foreword by Thomas Moore, was written in the 50s of the first century, predating the New Testament. Published by Ulysses Press.
Liturgical Spirituality (Apr., $22 paper) by Philip H. Pfatteicher examines how spiritual life is formed by the ordered form of Christian worship, east and west, Catholic and Protestant.
Jesus: An Unconventional Biography (Mar., $24) by Jacques Duquesne determines what is certain, probable, improbable and symbolic within the gospels. Ad/promo.
From a Monastery Kitchen: The Classic Natural Foods Cookbook (May, $24) by Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila Latourrette is a newly revised and expanded edition. 15,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
A Human Search: Father Bede Griffiths Reflects on His Life (May, $]5 paper), ed. by John Swindells. An oral history profiles a mystic and thinker who reconciled eastern and western philosophies.
The Spiritual Genius of Saint Therese of Lisieux (June, $12 paper) by Jean Guitton is published for the centennial of the saint’s death.
Buddhism in America: A Record of the Landmark Conference on the Future of Buddhist Meditative Practices in the West (May, $21.95 paper) features excerpts from more than 50 workshops and lectures. Advertising.
Zen Around the World: A 2SO. Year Journey from the Buddha to You (July, $21.95 paper) by C. Alexander Simpkins and Annellen M. Simpkins chronicles the development of Zen from the Buddhas original enlightenment experience. Advertising. Author tour.
The Buddhist Directory: The Total Buddhist Resource Guide (July, $24.95 paper), compiled by Peter Lorie and Hilary Foakes, identifies facilities, teachers and retail outlets in North America. 15,000 first printing. Advertising.
Dolores Curran on Family Prayer (Apr., $9.95 paper) by Dolores Curran. The syndicated columnist responds to those yearning for meaning. Ad/promo.
The Parish of the Next Millennium (May, $9.95 paper) by William J. Bausch pinpoints problems plaguing society and the signs of a moral turnaround. Ad/promo.
The Power of Personal Integrity (Mar., $9.99) by Charles Dyer interprets the components of integrity with biblical examples and recommends how to develop each quality.
The Atonement Child (Apr., $19.99; sale price $16.97) by Francine Rivers. A story with a contemporary message deals with the abortion issue.
Vote of intolerance (July, $19.99; sale price $16.97) by Josh McDowell is a novel showing how Christians can impact society by remaining moral.
Questions & Answers for Today’s Family (July, $19.99) by James Dobson ushers the family safely into the next century.
An Invitation to Shabbat (Mar., $12.95) by Ruth Perelson et al. and A Shabbat Reader: Universe of Cosmic Joy (May, $12) by Dov Peretz Elkins celebrate Shabbat observances. Ad/promo.
Talmud Torah (Apr., $12) by Jacob Neusner is the third in a series on the relevance of primary text study to daily life. Ad/promo.
Where We Stand: Jewish Consciousness on College Campuses (Apr., $8.95), ed. by Alan J. Smith. Essays by Reform Jewish leaders discuss issues faced by Jewish students. Ad/promo.
UNITED CHURCH PRESS
Writing with Light: Meditations for Caregivers in Word and Image (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Robert Merrill Eddy and Kathy Wonson Eddy, foreword by Henri J.M. Nouwen, is intended to strengthen, comfort and motivate those caring for others.
My Rose: An African American Mother’s Story of AIDS (Apr., $12.95 paper) by Geneva Bell tells of a woman overcoming shame and anger at God brought on by her gay son’s illness.
Setting a Trap for God: The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus (Mar., $10.95 paper) by Rocco Errico takes its rifle from the Aramaic meaning of the word “prayer” Promotion.
UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man (Apr., $50; paper $18.95) by Daniel Boyarin recovers the Jewish ideal of the gentle, receptive male.
Early Daoist Scriptures (Aug., $50) by Stephen R. Bokenkamp introduces scriptures never before published in the west.
UNIV. OF CHICAGO PRESS
The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism (May, $22.95) by Regina M. Schwartz contends that the biblical concept of monotheism has been misused as a justification for violence against outsiders.
Redeeming Culture: American Religion in an Age of Science, 1925-1962 (May, $28.95) by James Gilbert assesses the confrontation between science and religion.
The Antigay Agenda: Orthodox Vision and the Christian Right (May, $24.95) by Didi Herman probes how and why the antigay movement has become a top priority.
UNIV. OF ILLINOIS PRESS
What Is a Person? An Ethical Exploration (Mar., $23.95) by James W. Walters seeks to determine what constitutes personhood.
Houses of God: Region, Religion and Architecture in the United States (June, $34.95) by Peter W. Williams surveys American places of worship.
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
Redeeming the South: Religious Cultures and Racial Identities Among Southern Baptists, 1865-1925 (Apr., $49.95; paper $17.95) by Paul Harvey recalls what blacks and whites accomplished together and separately.
America’s Communal Utopias (May, $60; paper $24.95), ed. by Donald E. Pitzer, covers everything from the Shakers to the Branch Davidians.
UNIV. OF NOTRE DAME PRESS
Christians Among the Virtues: Theological Conversations with Ancient and Modern Ethics (Mar., $29.95; paper $16.95) by Stanley Hauerwas and Charles Pinches calls upon non-Christian accounts of virtue to create a Christian rendering of hope, courage and patience.
The Longing for Home (Apr., $34), ed. by Leroy S. Rouner, judges that the home is both a place and a condition of the spirit.
Thomas Aquinas Theologian (Apr., $36; paper $16.95) by Thomas F. O’Meara indicates how Aquinas’s theology mirrored his personality and his times.
Dimensions of Prayer: Cultivating a Relationship with God (May, $12.95) by Douglas Steere underscores the life-changing possibilities of prayer.
Called by a New Name: Becoming What God Has Promised (Mar., $9.95 paper) by Gerrit Scott Dawson invites those with negatively impacting names to receive new ones from scripture.
Children & Prayer: A Shared Pilgrimage (Mar., $10.95 paper) by Betty Shannon Cloyd includes rituals and other activities to enrich parental efforts in building spiritual awareness in children.
CHARIOT VICTOR PUBLISHING
The Bible: What’s in It for Me? (Apr., $16.99) by J. Stephen Lang opens the Bible for everyone.
The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted (July, $16.99), ed. by Ron R. Lee, represents the thinking of over 25 marriage experts and several high-profile Christian couples.
Billy Graham: Personal Thoughts of a Public Man (Aug., $12.99 paper) by David Frost with Fred Bauer recaptures TV interviews between Frost and Graham that began in 1964.
The Joy in Living: A Guide to Daily Living with Mother Teresa (Mar., $19.95), compiled by Java Chalina and Edward Lejoly, is a treasury of 365 meditations, prayers and reflections.
The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (July, $34.95), ed. by Geza Vermes, appears on the 50th anniversary of the artifacts’ discovery. Published by Viking/Allen Lane. Advertising.
WAYNE STATE UNIV. PRESS
Saint Veneration Among the Jews in Morocco (June, $49.95) by Issachar Ben-Amj selects material from over 1200 testimonies to describe historical and legendary saints.
Rebecca Gratz: Women’s Judaism in America (July, $39.95) by Diane Ashton profiles the 19th-century woman who founded America’s first Jewish Sunday school and the first American Jewish foster home.
The Sathya Sai Baba Compendium (Apr., $19.95 paper) by Brian Steel provides data about Sai Baba, a man revered for building modern schools and hospitals throughout India. Ad/promo.
Sefer Yetzirah (Apr., $22.95 paper) by Aryeh Kaplan translates mysterious kabballstic texts to reveal theoretical, meditative and magical implications. Ad/promo.
Reclaiming the Church (Mar., $12 paper) by John B. Cobb Jr. decries the professionalization of theological education and advocates a resumption of passionate commitment.
The Unholy in Holy Scripture: The Dark Side of the Bible (Apr., $14 paper) by Gerd Ludemann looks at difficult passages such as God’s command to exterminate entire peoples.
All God’s Children: A Biblical Critique of Racism (Apr., $12 paper) by Steven L. McKenzie urges a reading of the Bible that encourages inclusion.
Soul Survivors: An African American Spirituality (June, $15 paper) by Carlyle Fielding Stewart III maintains that at the root of African American Christian life is a force for joy and hope that nourishes survival.
The Fallowland (Mar., $15.95) by Constancio Virgil is the first American printing of this work by the religious philosopher. $20,000 ad/promo.
Ethiopian Tewahedo Church: An integrally African Church (Mar., $16.95) by Archbishop Yesehaq conveys the principles, theology and liturgy of the Oriental Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Ad/promo.
Buddhist Ethics (May, $14.95 paper) by Hammalawa Saddhatissa addresses all fackets of ethics from a Buddhist point of view. Ad/promo.
Sleeping, Dreaming & Dying (June, $16.95 paper) by the Dalai Lama issues a dialogue on the nature of consciousness between western scientists and the Dalai Lama. $20,000 ad/ promo.
Their Blood Cries Out (Mar., $]2.99 paper) by Paul Marshall denounces current persecution of Christians around the world. Publicity.
Great Souls (Apr., $22.99) by David Askman depicts six influential figures from Billy Graham to ElSe Weisel.
Counterfeit Revival (Apr., $19.99) by Hank Hanegraaff unmasks fraudulent movements. 50,000 first printing. Advertising. Publicity.
Improving Your Serve (Apr., $16.99) by Charles Swindoll offers practical lessons on Christian servanthood.
Experiencing Forgiveness (June, $18.99) by Greg Laurie declares that, regardless of the past, anyone can have a new beginning. Advertising. Publicity.
A Mother’s Bible and Dad’s Bible (Mar., $16.99 each) are in the easy-to-read God’s Word translation. 20,000 first printing of Mother’s, 15,000 of Dad’s. $200,000 ad/promo.
YALE UNIV. PRESS
Reflections on Jesus and Socrates: Word and Silence (Mar., $30) by Paul W. Gooch ponders themes arising from the two men’s lives: death and witness, and silence as the limit of the language and love.
Men, Religion and Melancholia: James, Otto, Jung and Erikson (Apr., $27.50) by Donald Capps charts psychological origins of the four figures’ religious visions and their battles with melancholy.
On Toleration (May, $16.50) by Michael Walzer shows how power, class and gender interact with religion, race and ethnicity.
The Joyful Journey (Mar., $16.99) by Barba Johnson et al. is aimed at helping women renew their passion for Jesus. 100,000 first printing.
God’s Outrageous Claims (Mar., $18.99) by Lee Strobel. Understanding the incredible claims can lead to an authentic Christian life. 60,000 first printing. $60,000 ad/promo.
Streams in the Desert (Apr., $14.99) by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, ed. by James Reimann, introduces this devotional book to contemporary readers in a modernized version. 200,000 first printing. $60,000 ad/promo.
The End (July, $10.99 paper) by Ed Dobson answers the millennium-inspired question: Is the end in sight? 50,000first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
For Those Who Are Broken (Aug., $13.99) by Charles Stanley comforts those experiencing hard times by revealing why God allows them to happen. 60,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.
Give Me That Online Religion
Amid much ado about sexually explicit materials available in cyberspace, the easy access to spiritual resources via the Net is often overlooked. One who has looked is Debra Farrington, whose Romancing the Holy (Crossroad, May) provides a “seeker’s guide” to a variety of spiritual practices and experiences including online religious communities.
Another exploration of “faith’s new frontier” is The Soul of Cyberspace (Harper San Francisco, July) by PW editor-at-large Jeff Zaleski–not to be confused with Douglas Groothius’s The Soul in Cyberspace, out this month from Baker Books. Both titles view the implications of online spirituality; after sex, religion may be the hottest topic on the Web.
Mending Broken Kids
How can you tell when a publisher really believes in a new title? Consider Nashville-based Cumberland House, started in 1995 by Ron Pitkin, former Word sales rep, Thomas Nelson editor and Rutledge Hill Press partner. Pitkin is demonstrating his faith in Bringing Out the Winner in Your Child (Apr.) with a massive 100,000-copy first printing and a $100,000 ad budget–an impressive commitment from a small, new publisher. The $22.95 hardcover tells the story of former All-American football star John Croyle and the 1300 neglected, abused and abandoned children who’ve lived and been loved to success at his Big Oak Ranch Home in Alabama since the ministry’s work began in 1974.
And will Pitkin’s commitment pay off?. Well, you might remember a title by an unknown author Pitkin discovered and published while at Rutledge– something called Life’s Little Instruction Book.
Getting Older, Getting Better
With the first crop of baby boomers hitting their 50s, publishers are exploring ways to turn these graying readers’ attention to matters of the spirit, and almost a dozen new titles are on the way from a variety of religious perspectives. Augsburg weighs in with two titles including Welcoming Change: Discovering Hope in Life’s Transitions by James Miller. Paraclete also has two this season including the second volume of Anchors of Hope: Words of Life for the Soul by Hal Helms. From Bethany House comes I’m Too Young to Be This Old! by Patricia “Poppy” Smith. All three will be released in May, which has been designated Older Americans Month.
Jewish readers can glean insights from the more than 50 contributors to A Heart of Wisdom: Making the Jewish Journey from Mid-Life Through the Elder Years, edited by Susan Berrin (Jewish Lights, July). Getting older doesn’t always seem funny, but the humor of aging is captured in Forty Reasons Why Life Is More Fun After the Big 4-0 by Liz Curtis Higgs (Thomas Nelson, Apr.). Readers a decade ahead of Higgs may prefer to consider Robert Wicks’s more sedate After 50: Spiritually Embracing Your Own Wisdom Years from Paulist Press. Most sober of all may be Toward Evening: Reflections on Aging, Illness, and the Soul’s Union with God (Paraclete, Apr.) by Mary Hope, a meditative approach to the challenges of growing older.
Billy Graham–The Summing Up
Channel surfers will find Billy Graham, the most popular evangelist of the 20th century, popping up on their screens frequently these days, even though the Inauguration and his eloquent prayer for the occasion has passed. Most of the hubbub now centers on his much-awaited (10 years in the writing) autobiography, Just as I Am, due in April from Harper San Francisco, copublished and offered to the CBA trade by Zondervan. Graham’s book will be launched with a $500,000 national marketing campaign; the announced first printing is one million copies.
An insider’s look at the great man is offered by 40-year Graham associate Sherwood Wirt in Billy (Crossway, Mar.). Wirt was founding editor of Graham’s popular Decision magazine and has traveled with Graham on many of his crusades.
A third Graham book in the pipeline is Billy Graham: Personal Thoughts of a Public Man (Chariot-Victor, Aug.), based on TV interviews David Frost conducted with Graham that began in 1964.
Graham will also be featured in Great Souls (Word, Mar.), in which David Aikman profiles six of this century’s most influential figures; also included are Mother Teresa, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and Elie Wiesel. Not bad company for a preacher from the mountains of North Carolina.