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Jesus of Nazareth

Paul Verhoeven

Seven Stories

140 Watts Street, New York, NY 10013

9781583229057, $23.95, www.sevenstories.com

Jesus was more than a figure who has attracted the worship of a billion people-he was a man. "Jesus of Nazareth" is a take on Jesus placing him in the shoes that everyone has walked, the shoes of a human being. Stating that Jesus, regardless of the spiritual connotations and miracles, was a man who wanted to change the world for the better, and through these desires acted not only as a spiritual leader, but a politician. "Jesus of Nazareth" is a compelling read that will grip readers regardless of their religious beliefs.

The Healing Christ

Robert Winterhalter

Ozark Mountain Publishing

PO Box 754, Huntsville, AR 72740

9781886940697, $14.00, www.ozarkmt.com

The acts of Christ are things of legend, but could these legends be true? "The Healing Christ" is a metaphysical look at the work of Chris, and how his acts all those acts in biblical times may be true when the ideas of metaphysics are applied. A fascinating and insightful approach to the life of Christ, "The Healing Christ" is a read that shouldn't be missed for Christians with an interest in the metaphysical.

The Naked Anabaptist

Stuart Murray

Herald Press

616 Walnut Avenue, Scottsdale, PA 15683-1999

9780836195170, $13.99, www.heraldpress.com

Anabaptism commonly finds itself among the culture of the Amish or Mennonites, leaving many spectators confused to its true nature. "The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith" discuss this tradition and its true values for the world to see and judge, and perhaps inspire others to follow. From history to modern practices and worship, "The Naked Anabaptist" is a fine addition to any religious studies collection.

Against All Gods

Phillip E. Johnson

Inter Varsity Press

PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426

9780830837380, $15.00, www.ivpress.com

In railing against faith, some atheists become the very thing they speak out against. "Against All Gods: What's Right and Wrong about the New Atheism" discusses the modern atheist movement, bringing forth a scholarly debate and how many atheists are hurting the cause arguing with weak or false information, putting religion to the stake a bit too harshly. "Against All Gods" is a fascinating read, and a top pick for any intrigued with the modern religious debate.

A 30 Day Retreat

William C. Mills

Paulist Press

997 Macarthur Blvd. Mahwah, NJ 07430

9780809146420, $16.95, www.paulistpress.com

The spirit isn't something of endless energy, it needs a rest now and again. "A 30 Day Retreat: A Personal Guide to Spiritual Renewal" helps readers embrace the scripture and how to use it to fully embrace one's faith and religion, allowing one to return to their every day lives with an increased sense of purpose and drive. "A 30 Day Retreat" may be the thing some Christians need to empower their lives.

Salvation and Sovereignty

Kenneth Keathley

B & H Publishing Group

127 Ninth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37234-0143

9780805431988, $24.99, www.BHacademic.com

Free will can have its place in God's world. "Salvation and Sovereignty: A Molinist Approach" is a discussion of faith as Kenneth Keathley places the Calvinist principles that state God has control of all things in the world, and discusses it against Molinism, a doctrine that believes God controls the world, but humanity has free will and control of their own destiny. Discussing faith from multiple directions and with much to think about, "Salvation and Sovereignty" is a top pick and very highly recommended read.

Grief

Melissa M. Kelley

Fortress Press

PO Box 59304, Minneapolis, MN 55459-0304

9780800696610, $20.00, www.fortresspress.com

Coping with loss is the challenge many ministers must help their congregation with. "Grief: Contemporary Theory and the Practice of Ministry" is a collection of thoughts and ideas on the role of the minister in helping grievers find hope and find God at the time they need him the most. Thoughtful and acknowledging of modern issues facing many worshipers, "Grief" is a choice pick for any minister who wants to improve their actions when dealing with these issues.

Heart of the Christian Life

Benedict XVI

Ignatius Press

PO Box 1339, Fort Collins, CO 80522

9781586174323, $14.95, www.ignatius.com

The Eucharist is a major aspect of Catholicism, and Pope Benedict XVI has written much on the matter regarding it. "Heart of the Christian Life: Thoughts on Holy Mass" is a collection of the Pope's writings on the subject, composed throughout his life as Joseph Ratzinger to his position as pope. High spirituality and very driven writing, Catholics who want their faith spurred by words would do well in acquiring "Heart of Christian Life", a solid addition to Catholic and Christian collections.

The Catholic Family Connections Bible

Saint Mary's Press

702 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN 55987-1318

9781599820882, $26.95, www.smp.org

Faith is not a solitary thing. "The Catholic Family Connections Bible: Pray It, Study It, Live It" is a guide for Christians who want to bring the word of God to their family. Saint Mary's Press brings this resource ton how to use the Bible to encourage faith in one's family every day, with plenty of activities that include the whole family and enlighten them on biblical history and virtues. "The Catholic Family Connections Bible" is a choice and enticing read that serves as a top notch reference for Catholic families.

Meeting God in Quiet Places

F. LaGard Smith

Vision Video

PO Box 540, Worcester, PA 19490-0540

$19.99 www.visionvideo.com 1-800-523-0226

Meeting God in Quiet Places is a beautiful DVD that pairs the reverent and tranquil narration of American author F. LaGard Smith with captivating glimpses of England's countryside and an evocative soundtrack. The result is a series of seven short films that bring to life the pleasant and fulfilling atmosphere of summer and winter England. The simple parables blend with the tranquil footage into a soulful whole. A truly spiritual experience, Meeting God in Quiet Places is an unforgettable island of peace amid the chaotic bedlam of day-to-day life. Also highly recommended from Vision Video are "Psalms Alive with Billy Angel: Part 1" ($19.99) and "Speaking the Truth in Love to Muslims: A Bible Study for Christians" ($19.99).
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