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Learning to Walk in the Dark

Barbara Brown Taylor (HarperOne)

At home on a page or at a podium, Taylor always offers eloquent provocation to thought. The title conceit exemplifies how the Episcopal priest and theologian develops insights from unusual perspectives that lead to more enlightened living.

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The Age of Atheists

Peter Watson (Simon & Schuster)

Watson offers a history of atheism to show that the topic du jour does in fact have a heritage. His tour of modern thought in a variety of disciplines offers exhilarating and unexpected connections.

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Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions

Phil Zuckerman (Penguin Press)

Zuckerman is a sociologist who in this groundbreaking book writes clearly, offers unobtrusive statistical support, and provides a persuasive and comprehensive look at the growing contemporary phenomenon of people who choose to live without religion, but with ethics and meaning in their lives.

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The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage

Rob and Kristen Bell (HarperOne)

The subtitle suggests this is a marriage book, but it’s really about those often problematic but necessary human staples: love and relationship. Iconoclastic pastor Bell writes with his wife in ways that are anchored in ancient sacred wisdom, but ever timely and even playful.

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Rare Bird

Anna Whiston-Donaldson (Convergent)

Donaldson writes about the death of her young son with raw honesty in this memoir, avoiding the sentimental, acting as guide on the ragged terrain of grief.

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