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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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