A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374236915
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 12th, 2013

"Dear God, please help me to be an artist. Please let it lead to you."
Recently discovered at her Georgia estate, this spiritual journal gives us a new window into the soul of one of America's most revered and talented writers. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


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ISBN: 9781400069224
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Published: Random House - July 16th, 2013

Zealot was carefully written and researched. It’s a biography of a place and culture and of Jesus of Nazareth - the historically documented person. It is not a revisionist tract but a well-crafted analysis of the 1rst century. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781455527076
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Published: Jericho Books - September 2nd, 2014

Pastor Nadia is as flawed as the rest of us and she's not ashamed to admit it. In her books she kicks the mainstream "holier than thou" attitude to the curb. And steps on it. Will you want to be a better person after reading her? Perhaps. But you will gain the knowledge that it's okay to be the imperfect human that you are. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Donner

The Year of Living Biblically

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ISBN: 9780743291484
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 9th, 2008

One man's journey to follow every rule of the Bible for a full year as literally as possible. Incredibly informative, insightful and hilarious! I really learned so much about religion and laughed out loud! ~ Reviewed by Jessica Elder

Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk by Shozan Jack Haubner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781611800333
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Published: Shambhala - May 14th, 2013

An edgy and irreverent look at the seedier side of spirituality. Haubner creates an atmosphere of folly and misguided antics within his greater search for self-knowledge. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell

Shackled by faith

“Probably no other member of the church derives as much material benefit from his religion as (Tom) Cruise does, and consequently none bears a greater moral responsibility for the indignities inflicted on members, sometimes directly because of his membership.” - Lawrence Wright

Religions are not so different from people. If you don’t look too deeply, they invariably seem quite well-intentioned. Lawrence Wright takes a long hard look at Scientology in Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief and what he reveals casts any positive aspects of this relatively new faith into very deep shadow. The prospect of a rainbow is little comfort to people whose lives have been destroyed by a devastating storm. Scientology has managed to position itself at the bull’s eye of the target for those who don’t have much use for religion in general, those who embrace a more traditional faith, and for many others who believe that just calling it a religion is as much an insult as it is a misnomer.

You will come away from this meticulously researched and disturbing book with a better understanding of L. Ron Hubbard’s complex legacy to mankind but, if you were attempting to find some rationale for its appeal to its members, you may be left floundering. Given the compulsive secrecy that enshrouds the religion (a validation that was conferred on it by no less an authority than the IRS), Mr. Wright did an admirable job of lifting some of the veils that preserve its mystery while he manages to wreak considerable havoc upon any of its pretenses towards meekness and modesty. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780307745309
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Published: Vintage - November 5th, 2013


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