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Bookmarks: Recently released books with religious, inspirational themes

Published: Sunday, May 6 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Here are some religious and inspirational-themed books that have crossed our desks recently.

HARDBACK

"THE MESSAGE & THE BOOK: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions," by John Bowker, Yale University Press, $30, 416 pages (nf)

John Bowker, a religious scholar, explores the key texts of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi, Confucian, Daoist and Shinto traditions, including some 400 books, from the Bible and Quran to spiritual writings by theologians, philosophers and poets.

"THE POEMS OF JESUS CHRIST," translated by Willis Barnstone, W.W. Norton and Company, $26.95, 247 pages (nf)

This re-translation of the teachings of Jesus Christ in the New Testament casts them in prose form.

More hardback books recently released:

"SAINTS AND THEIR SYMBOLS," by Rosa Giorgi (nf): Includes more than 120 saints of Christianity with details of their feast day, patronage, appearance biography and symbols along with more 200 images.

"THE ART OF CONFESSION: Renewing Yourself Through the Practice of Honesty," by Paul Wilkes (nf): Looking back on the tradition of confession and drawing from modern practices in religion, it includes techniques and a five-step examination process for renew and restore.

"THE SIGN: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection," by Thomas de Wesselow (nf): Using his skills as an art historian and employing scientific research, the author explores how the Shroud of Turin is indeed the key to Christianity continuing after Jesus Christ's death and resurrection.

"LOSING OUT RELIGION: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity," by S.E. Cupp (nf): As a regular guest commentator on MSNBC, CNN, C-Span and Fox, S.E. Cupp looks at how the media handles Christianity and the religious culture war dividing the country.

PAPERBACK

"CHASING THE SUN: Land of the Lone Star 1," by Tracie Peterson, Bethany House, $14.99, 368 pages (f)

Hannah Dandridge finds herself caring for her two young siblings on their newly acquired Texas ranch when their father heads back to Mississippi to take care of some family business during the Civil War. As a wounded soldier, William Barnett hopes to return home to the ranch his family had, but finds that it's been seized. As other pressures mount against Hannah and William, they form an uneasy truce and try to work out their faith in God as their paths seem unclear.

More paperback books recently released:

"SIGNS & SHRINES: Spiritual Journeys Across New Mexico," by Sharon Niederman (nf): From Spanish mission churches and Native American kivas to places in nature like Chaco Canyon, this guide helps those interested in the spiritual diversity in New Mexico. It also includes listings of nearby attractions, festivals, meditation centers and dining.

"THE JOURNEY OF BEING HUMAN: Is It Possible to Find Real Happiness in Ordinary Life?" Osho Life Essentials (nf): Looks as how one can embrace and accept the apparent contradictions in life, rather than choosing between them.

"BELIEF, DOUBT AND FANATICISM: Is It Essential to Have Something to Believe In?" Osho Life Essentials (nf): A different perspective to the religious, social and economic perspectives that drive people to opposing camps.

"FROM CHAOS TO CLARITY: The Simplest Story Ever Told," by Wayne C. Kellis (nf): This 65-page book helps to clarify Bible language.

REPRINTS

"AMERICAN GRACE: How Religion Divides and Unites Us," by Robert D. Putman and David E. Campbell (nf); "PEOPLE OF PARADOX: A History of Mormon Culture," by Terryl L. Givens (nf)

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