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Holloway, Richard

A Little History of Religion

256 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 40 b&w illustrations, $25.00 cloth, $15.00 paper, $25.00 ebook, CIP included

September 2016

Yale University Press

For curious readers of all ages and beliefs, this rich and colorful history explores religion from humanity's earliest days to our own contentious times. Richard Holloway illuminates the beliefs of major and minor religions, the sources of religiously motivated violence, the place of faith in a secular world, and much more. "In an age of religious tension, this is an important contribution to understanding religious beliefs."—Library Journal

LC 2016013232, ISBN 9780300208832 (c.), ISBN 9780300228816 (p.), ISBN 9780300222142 (e.)



Hanson, R. Scott

(Foreword by Martin E. Marty)

City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens

336 pp., 6" x 9", 15 color illustrations, 50 b&w illustrations, $135.00 cloth, $35.00 paper, $23.99 ebook, CIP included

July 2016

Fordham University Press

City of Gods is a history and ethnography of Flushing, Queens in New York City. An important site in colonial America for its place in the history of religious freedom, Flushing is now perhaps the most striking case of religious and ethnic pluralism in the world—and an ideal place to explore how America's long experiment with religious freedom, immigration, and religious pluralism began and continues.

LC 2015050569, ISBN 9780823271597 (c.), ISBN 9780823271603 (p.), ISBN 9780823271610 (e.)



Garrard-Burnett, Virginia, Paul Freston, and Stephen C. Dove (Editors)

The Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America

856 pp., 9 1/4" x 6", 1 b&w illustration, 2 tables, $250.00 cloth, $200.00 ebook, CIP included

April 2016

Cambridge University Press

The Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America covers religious history in Latin America from pre-Conquest times until the present. This timely publication is important, firstly, because of the historical and contemporary centrality of religion in the life of Latin America, a region which has been growing in global importance; secondly, for the rapid process of religious change which the region is undergoing; and thirdly, for the region's religious distinctiveness in global comparative terms, which contributes to its importance for debates over religion, globalization, and modernity, not least because Latin America now has more Catholics and more Pentecostals than any other region of the world.

LC 2015043645, ISBN 9780521767330 (c.), ISBN 9781316496602 (e.)



Halík, Tomáš

(Translated by Gerald Turner)

I Want You to Be: On the God of Love

200 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $25.00 cloth, $25.00 ebook, CIP included

August 2016

University of Notre Dame Press

"Seldom have I read a book that prompted me to think about the mystery of God's love in such surprising and delightful new ways. By turns profound, challenging, and unsettling, Tomáš Halík's new book is also a rarity in theological and spiritual discourse in that it is beautifully written, clearly articulated, and wonderfully inviting."—James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

LC 2016019554, ISBN 9780268100728 (c.), ISBN 9780268100759 (e.)



Plekon, Michael

Uncommon Prayer: Prayer in Everyday Experience

296 pp., 6" x 9", 16 halftones, $80.00 cloth, $30.00 paper, $30.00 ebook, CIP included

September 2016

University of Notre Dame Press

"Uncommon Prayer indeed! Only theologians as steeped in the mystical tradition of the Orthodox Church as Michael Plekon can write with theological depth and spiritual insight on how to pray uncommonly in common experiences of life. Whether you are a theologian, a hermit, a poet, a person going through the darkness of the soul, a teacher, or, listen to this, a pirogi-making cook—there is a prayer for you. This book is a gem of spirituality, and I wish that every believer and even nonbeliever can have the blessing of reading it or, better, praying with it."—Peter C. Phan, Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University

LC 2016023749, ISBN 9780268100001 (c.), ISBN 9780268100018 (p.), ISBN 9780268100032 (e.)



Hertzke, Allen D. and Timothy Samuel Shah (Editors)

Christianity and Freedom, Volume II: Contemporary Perspectives

518 pp., 9 1/4" x 6", 7 b&w illustrations, 1 map, 34 tables, $150.00 cloth, $39.99 paper, $120.00 ebook, CIP included

February 2016

Cambridge University Press

Volume 2 of Christianity and Freedom illuminates how Christian minorities and transnational Christian networks contribute to the freedom and flourishing of societies across the globe, even amidst pressure and violent persecution. Featuring unprecedented field research by some of the world's most distinguished scholars, it documents the outsized role of Christians in promoting human rights and religious freedom; fighting injustice; stimulating economic equality; providing education, social services, and health care; and nurturing democratic civil society. Readers will come away surprised and sobered to learn how this very Christian link to freedom often invites persecution.

LC 2015027373, ISBN 9781107124721 (c.), ISBN 9781107561885 (p.), ISBN 9781316566602 (e.)



Meilaender, Gilbert C.

Not by Nature but by Grace: Forming Families through Adoption

136 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $25.00 cloth, $25.00 ebook, CIP included

September 2016

University of Notre Dame Press

"One of the great theological ethicists of our generation, Gil Meilaender has gifted us with a book that is absolutely essential reading for anyone whose life is touched by adoption and wants to make moral sense of it. Meilaender's pithy, lucid style is perfect for conveying deep theological truths, and his arguments are consistently compelling and civil. Having lived a life with adopted children, Meilaender shows us deep and abiding wisdom on every page."—John Berkman, Regis College, University of Toronto

LC 2016655630, ISBN 9780268100681 (c.), ISBN 9780268100711 (e.)




Barber, II, William J.

(With Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove)

The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement

168 pp., 6" x 9", $24.95 cloth, $16.00 paper, $9.99 ebook, CIP included

January 2016

Beacon Press

Over the summer of 2013, the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, President of the North Carolina NAACP, led more than a hundred thousand people at rallies across North Carolina to protest restrictions to voting access and an extreme makeover of state government. These protests—the largest state government-focused civil disobedience campaign in American history—came to be known as Moral Mondays and have since blossomed in states as diverse as Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ohio, and New York. Rev. Barber has remained in the news and on the forefront of the struggle for democracy and social justice in North Carolina and across the nation.

LC 2015018604, ISBN 9780807083604 (c.), ISBN 9780807007419 (p.), ISBN 9780807083628 (e.)




Griffin, C.S.C., Robert F.

(Edited by J. Robert Baker and Dennis Wm. Moran)

The Pocket-Size God: Essays from Notre Dame Magazine

304 pp., 6" x 9", $25.00 paper, $25.00 ebook, CIP included

March 2016

University of Notre Dame Press

"In his lyrical and humble voice, Father Griffin reported from the world of the young and the lost. It was all fodder for his heart—faith, doubt, longing, Notre Dame's mystique, and the church's mystery. The shining essays of The Pocket-Size God are proof of Griffin's literary gifts, and will evoke for readers a time when they contended with the big questions. Griffin was a treasure, and so is this beautifully written book."—Kathryn Schwille, retired editor at The Charlotte Observer

LC 2015047534, ISBN 9780268029906 (p.), ISBN 9780268080822 (e.)




Abbott, Scott

Immortal for Quite Some Time

240 pp., 6" x 9", 55 illustrations, $24.95 paper, $20.00 ebook, CIP included

September 2016

The University of Utah Press

A creative narrative exploring how personal identity is inescapably bound to family relationships and religious upbringing.

LC 2016011034, ISBN 9781607815143 (p.), ISBN 9781607815150 (e.)



Walker, Jerald

The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult

208 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $24.95 cloth, $16.00 paper, $24.95 ebook, CIP included

September 2016

Beacon Press

A memoir about a boyhood in which the author was raised by two blind parents who fell prey to a religious cult's promise that their sight would be restored in the afterlife. The membership was ruled by fear, intimidation, and threats of hardship in this life, and eternal suffering in the next. The author at first accepts the church's tenets and prepares for the Great Tribulation but longs for a normal childhood in which he can enjoy Halloween with his friends. It's not until an exam reveals his promise and a guidance counselor asks about his plans that Jerry begins to see a future for himself.

LC 2015034830, ISBN 9780807027509 (c.), ISBN 9780807036082 (p.), ISBN 9780807027516 (e.)




Barzilai, Maya

Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters

288 pp., 6" x 9", 24 halftones, $35.00 cloth, $28.00 ebook, CIP included

October 2016

New York University Press

In the twentieth century the golem became a figure of war. It represented the chaos of warfare, the automation of war technologies, and the devastation wrought upon soldiers' bodies and psyches. Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters draws on some of the most popular and significant renditions of this story in order to unravel the paradoxical coincidence of wartime destruction and the fantasy of artificial creation.

LC 2016017269, ISBN 9781479889655 (c.), ISBN 9781479811557 (e.)




Munro, Patricia Keer

Coming of Age in Jewish America: Bar and Bat Mitzvah Reinterpreted

224 pp., 6" x 9", 5 tables, $90.00 cloth, $27.95 paper, $27.95 ebook, CIP included

May 2016

Rutgers University Press

The Jewish practice of bar mitzvah dates back to the twelfth century. Yet, as this new study reveals, the ritual has changed dramatically over time and now serves as a sometimes shaky bridge between the values of contemporary American culture and Judaic tradition. Interviewing over 200 individuals involved in bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies, from family members to religious educators to rabbis, Patricia Keer Munro presents a candid portrait of the conflicts that often emerge and the negotiations that ensue.

LC 2015032495, ISBN 9780813575940 (c.), ISBN 9780813575933 (p.), ISBN 9780813575957 (e.)



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