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The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America

Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey (Univ. of North Carolina)

This model of academic inquiry and analysis is clearly written, deeply researched, socially engaged, ambitious in the intellectual scope of its questions about race and religion, and methodical in its answers.


Religion for Atheists

Alain de Botton (Pantheon)

The right book for the historical moment of the rapid growth of the religiously unaffiliated is written with clarity, wit, intellectual rigor, and generosity.


Man in the Blue Moon

Michael Morris (Tyndale)

Religion? No, really. Morris's novel about a mysterious man whose advent changes the straightened circumstances of a WWI-era family is everything faith fiction ought to be and usually isn't: a fabulous (as in fable) and subtle tale of love, loyalty, grit, and on-fire imagination, a Southern stew lightly seasoned with the mystery of faith.


Revelations: Visions, Prophecies, & Politics in the Book of Revelation

Elaine Pagels (Viking)

An academic in command of her field of early Christian studies and also of clear, nonacademic prose offers wise analysis of a puzzling biblical text that has prompted many a fevered preacher to pencil the end times onto a calendar.


Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

Lauren Winner (HarperOne)

Loss and failure season a life and challenge a faith. Winner's meditative writing is sadder, wiser, and more beautiful than be-fore.


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