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  • Short Takes: Religion Publishing News Briefs, August 13, 2014

    A signing with singing; astronomer/priest honored with Carl Sagan Medal; romance writers recognize winners; a book tour in Amish country; Christian fiction conference coming up.

  • LifeWay Pulls Mark Driscoll’s Books from Shelves

    In a move that had been rumored for some time, LifeWay Christian Resources has suspended sales of Mark Driscoll’s books, pulling them from its website and from the shelves of its 180 Christian bookstores.

  • Reviews of New and Forthcoming Religion and Spirituality Books, August 13, 2014

    Molly Phinney Baskette tells the story of her congregation's revival; the message of Jesus has been diluted, argues Benjamin L. Corey.

  • Religion Books of Note: August 2014

    Significant August releases include the newest from popular women's author Lysa TerKeurst; also, Amish romance novelist Wanda Brunstetter sends newlyweds Emma and Lamar Miller to Florida for the winter and another unlikely quilting class.

  • Catholic Marketing Network: A Trade Show that’s Thriving

    There was no missing the life-size photo of Pope Francis near one of the entrances to the 18th annual Catholic Marketing Network trade show July 29-Aug. 1. He was there in spirit, perhaps, and certainly adorned many a book cover at a show publishers said brought robust sales and many opportunities to meet new retailers.

  • Abingdon Pulls Back in Fiction, Christian Living

    Abingdon Press is “reassessing and realigning” its Abingdon Fiction and Christian Living programs and has “paused” acquisitions.

  • Yoga Meets Religion, Spirituality in Four New Books

    Some people of faith worry that yoga’s philosophical and spiritual aspects might conflict with their personal beliefs. Others find that faith can interact with yoga practice in a way that makes it far more meaningful than “a good stretch.” Four new books examine the intersections of religion and spirituality with yoga practice.

  • Bill Hybels: To-Do List as a ‘Holy Endeavor’

    Technology and modern conveniences have made life easier, right? Not so much. The mental flotsam and frenzied busyness have actually made life more stressful and demanding, according to Willow Creek founding pastor Bill Hybels, whose new book offers practices to find freedom from “soul clutter.”

  • Short Takes: Religion Publishing News Briefs, July 23, 2014

    New partnership for a new house; book award nominations open; indie honors for two publishers.

  • Film About ‘Son of Hamas’ Who Spied for Israel Coming to Theaters

    'The Green Prince,' a documentary based on Mosab Hassan Yousef’s bestselling memoir ‘Son of Hamas’ previews in July and opens in New York and Los Angeles in September, followed by a nationwide roll out. The film--which tells the story of a Palestinian activist who became a spy for Israel--won an Audience Award when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

  • Reviews of New and Forthcoming Religion and Spirituality Books, July 23, 2014

    A starred review for Rowan Williams' exploration of Christian essentials; Lysa TerKeurst offers advice on making decisions.

  • Leonardo Boff: From One Francis to Another

    In his new book, renowned liberation theologian Leonardo Boff explores the ways that Pope Francis reflects, and does not reflect, his namesake, Francis of Assisi, and illustrates how the new Pope is breathing fresh air into today’s Catholic Church.

  • Welcoming the Stranger? New Books Tackle Immigration Struggle

    With tens of thousands of children attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in what Pope Francis has called a humanitarian emergency, illegal immigration has become a more divisive topic than ever, even within Christian churches. Now several new books tackle the issue.

  • Colleen Coble: The Secrets Come Out

    Colleen Coble knows cell memory is real--she watched a friend's personality change after a transplant. Her new novel features a heart transplant recipient who has violent flashbacks that are memories of her donor’s murder.

  • Short Takes: Religion Publishing News Briefs, July 9, 2014

    Evangelizing strippers; new fiction line; tweetable e-books; awards and honors.

  • Carlton Garborg Launches New Publishing House

    Carlton Garborg, former president of Summerside Press and Ellie Claire, has launched a new venture, Broadstreet Publishing. The house is also developing a new Bible translation.

  • Frank Schaeffer Goes It Alone with New Book

    Frank Schaeffer is an atheist who prays every day. After 22 books with traditional publishers--some of them bestsellers--he's decided to self-publish. The new book will stir up controversy, but that's nothing new for him.

  • Religion On-Sale Calendar: July 2014

    July releases include a starred-reviewed opener to a fiction trilogy set in a small-town church; Spanish-language editions of Rhonda Byrne's popular books.

  • Woman Writer Examines Proverbs 31 By Living It For a Year

    Rachel Held Evans has an issue with the typical evangelical Christian interpretation of Proverbs 31, believing it has reduced generations of Christian women to shame, despair, and fatigue. But instead of trying to fight that biblical ideal of womanhood, she decided to roll with it.

  • Reviews of New and Forthcoming Religion and Spirituality Books, July 9, 2014

    Alejandro Jodorowsky's film 'The Dance of Reality' is based on his unorthodox autobiography; Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham offer imperfectly wise stories and parables

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