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All My Bones Shake

All My Bones Shake Robert Jensen Robert Jensen, a life-long activist fighting for women’s rights, racial equality, and global justice, reveals with this book the emotional journey that brought him back to the church after an entire adulthood of religious indifference. Our world is perched on the verge of chaos, he warns. As political, economic, cultural, and ecological crises peak, the decisions we make are...

Blue-Eyed Devil

Blue-Eyed Devil: A Road Odyssey Through Islamic America Michael Muhammad Knight In his quest for an indigenous American Islam, Michael Muhammad Knight embarks on a series of interstate odysseys. Traveling 20,000 miles by Greyhound in sixty days, he squats in run-down mosques, pursues Muslim romance, is detained at the U.S.-Canadian border with a trunkload of Shia literature, crashes Islamic Society of North America...

Choir Boy

Choir Boy Charlie Anders A gonzo Confederacy of Dunces mixed with Sarah, Choir Boy combines off-kilter humor and its own brand of modern day magic in a rollicking, bittersweet story about growing up different. Twelve year old Berry wants nothing more than to remain a choir boy. Choral music and the prospect of divinity thrill him. His fellow humans-from his feuding parents to the teenage transsexual prostitute who...

Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk

Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk Tony DuShane Gabe is a teenage Jehovah’s Witness convinced God is going to kill him at Armageddon for masturbating.But Gabe’s not alone: there’s his best friend Peter, who writes swear words in the margins of his Watchtower during Kingdom Hall meetings; Jin, the Korean kid in the congregation, who subsists on Ho Hos and Doritos; and Camille, who follows Gabe...

Going to Heaven

Going to Heaven Elizabeth Adams It may be a uniquely American success story: not long ago, who would have thought that the son of tobacco sharecroppers in Kentucky could become an Episcopal bishop? No one could have predicted that this boy, born poor, ill, and given little chance of survival, would in fact be elected and ordained 56 years later as the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Church, finding himself...

Half/Life

Half/Life Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes Laurel Snyder Half/Lifecreates and brands a community that has, until now, not even recognized itself as such. This book takes a disconnected group of people, a Diaspora of artists, and turns the group into a community with a common bond.Half/Life is an anthology of personal stories, written by authors who have all shared the experience of being raised in a half-Jewish...

I, Judas

I, Judas James Reich Judas Iscariot is the historical symbol of betrayal. But what really happened at the Garden of Gethsemane? What really compelled Judas to hang himself from a tree? I, Judas reimagines Iscariot’s relationship to Jesus Christ and explores Judas’s orchestration of the elaborate con of the divinity of Jesus Christ, subverting the legend of Judas as he inhabits some of our most notorious...

Journey to the End of Islam

Journey to the End of Islam Michael Muhammad Knight In Journey to the End of Islam, Michael Muhammad Knight—whose work has led to him being hailed as both the Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson of American Islam—wanders through Muslim countries, navigating between conflicting visions of his religion. Visiting holy sites in Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, and Ethiopia, Knight engages both the puritanical Islam promoted by...

Love, InshAllah

Love, InshAllah The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women Ayesha Mattu and Nurya Maznavi Full of warmth and wit, real-life love stories by American Muslim women whose romances are as individual as they are In this groundbreaking collection, American Muslim women writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their real-life tales of flirting, dating, longing, and sex. Their stories show just how varied the search...

Secrets and Wives

Secrets and Wives The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy Sanjiv Bhattacharya There are some 40,000 Mormon fundamentalists in America today, all of whom cleave to the doctrine of polygamy. But how much do we really know about them? Outside of HBO’s Big Love, or the TLC reality show Sister Wives, we’re left with the occasional news story when a scandal breaks. And even the big stories barely scratch the surface. The...

The After-Death Room

The After-Death Room Journey in Spiritual Activism Michael McColly The After-Death Room offers an insider’s urgent quest for a more global understanding of the psycho-spiritual challenges that people face who wake up each morning inside the AIDS epidemic and have to act, to learn, to hope from there.McColly’s is an odyssey that leads him to search out African-American preachers on the Southside of...

The Fan Who Knew Too Much

Comprised of eight essays that range from art to obsession, Heilbut explores the roles of gays in the gospel church, profiles the life and work of Aretha Franklin, discusses the rise of the soap opera and Irna Phillips, its most influential figure, detours to an expose on male sopranos, and explores the roles of émigrés from Hitler’s Germany to America.

The Intelligent Design Coloring Book

The Intelligent Design Coloring Book Pastor Brett Pirkle A child’s life is full of both joys and challenges—the infinite wonder of learning, the literal and figurative scraped knees of everyday life, and, of course, deep, penetrating theological terror.  That’s why Pastor Brett of the Mega-Pheasant Heights Assembly Church has created an activity book that will divert those long lazy hours of idle youth into a...

The Monk and the Skeptic

Browning examines the intersection of sexuality and religion through the framework of conversations between the author and a gay priest to discuss the nature of secular and spiritual friendship; religious thought on same-sex marriage; the relation of the body to God; the mission of charity enacted by the drag troop Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; the biblical prohibitions on improper pleasures of the body; and the history of how the church has viewed the body and desire.

Tripping with Allah

If Tripping with Allah is a road book, it’s a road book in the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey, rather than On the Road. Amazonian shamanism meets Christianity meets West African religion meets Islam in this work of reflection and inward adventure. Knight, the “Hunter S. Thompson of Islamic literature” seeks reconciliation between his Muslim identity and his drinking of ayahuasca, a psychedelic tea that has been used in the Amazon for centuries.

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