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JesusJesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews : A Jewish Life and the Emergence of Christianity **
By Paula Fredriksen, Paula Fredericksen
Paperback / Dec 2000

 "At the center of her book she brings us to the questions raised by the least disputed fact about Jesus' life: his death."-- "Why was crucifixion chosen as the means of execution? If Jesus was executed as a political insurrectionist, why were none of his followers executed or even arrested?"-- "The author's quest in search of the answers takes us through the religious world - Jewish and pagan - of Mediterranean antiquity, through the tangle of Judean and Galilean politics, and through the surprisingly intimate social interactions of Jewish and gentile communities in the ancient city. And it is through the Gospel of John -- a text out of favor in most academic reconstructions -- that she finds the answer to the interpretive dilemma posed by Jesus' execution and his disciples' survival." -- Book jacket of hard cover edition.

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Rabbi Jesus : An Intimate Biography *
by Bruce Chilton / Paperback / Feb 2002

Chilton (a professor of religion at Bard College and an Episcopal priest) argues that Jesus was "an inspired rabbi with an exclusively Jewish agenda." Thus, "everything Jesus did was as a Jew, for Jews, and about Jews." Rabbi Jesus patiently explores these notions in a straightforward, accessible style, drawing on a wealth of Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Coptic, and Syriac texts. Readers find the book readable; enlightening say some; speculative say others.

Why Forgive?Why Forgive? *
by Johann Christoph Arnold, Steve Chalke (Foreword)
Hardcover / March 2000

Arnold ventures beyond biblical cliches to delve into the hearts and minds of victims of unforgivable acts. Readers ache with pain, seethe with rage, and yearn for retribution only to watch in stunned disbelief as victims extend the hand of forgiveness to the enemy. As poignant and unique as each story is, their common bond is the revelation that the only way to move beyond the pain is to let go of the anger. / Top Amazon.com reader reviews.

Road  to ForgivenessThe Road to Forgiveness
By Bill Griffiths, Cindy Griffiths / Hardcover / May 2001

This is the story of how Cindy and Bill Griffiths came to forgive -- and eventually befriend -- the woman who, while driving drunk, killed their daughter, Robyn, and Cindy's mother, Janice, in a horrible automobile accident in June 1996. It is a moving, first-person account of the transforming work God can do in the midst of tragedy.

Help My UnbeliefHelp My Unbelief
by Fleming Rutledge / Hardcover / August 2000)

Fleming Rutledge's first book, The Bible and the New York Times, has been hailed for its up-to-the-minute relevance to contemporary life. With this new volume Rutledge speaks directly to readers who are plagued by doubts and uncertainties about Christian faith. Provocative, learned, and displaying the elegance of expression for which Rutledge is well known.

Paul: PaulA Novel *
by Walter Wangerin , Jr. / Hardcover / July 2000

Walter Wangerin, the highly acclaimed scholar and writer, has breathed new life into this fiery, enigmatic, and passionate figure in what should be celebrated as a seriously good work of literature.

The novel, which combines expert knowledge and prophetic imagination, charts the first exhilarating and dangerous years of the church after the death of Christ. It is seen through the eyes of the witnesses--Priscilla, who meets Paul in Corinth; Barnabus, Timothy, and Titus, his companions; James and Simon Peter, the "pillar" of the first Christians; and Seneca, the great Roman writer, statesman, and adviser to Nero.

Post Modern PilgramsPost-Modern Pilgrims:
First Century Passion for the 21st Century Church
by Leonard Ira Sweet / Hardcover / July 2000

Postmodern pilgrims must strive to keep the past and the future in perpetual conversation so every generation will find a fresh expression of the Gospel that is anchored solidly to "the faith that was once for all delivered." By the author of Aqua Church, also listed on this page.

Papel SinPapal Sin : Structures of Deceit **
by Garry Wills / Hardcover / June 2000

Wills says that today Roman Catholics are hung up on the idea that the Vatican can do no wrong--and that idea, he says, may destroy the Church. In his briskly written polemic, he argues that the Vatican is out of touch. He traces the rise of the papacy's stubborn resistance to the truth, beginning with the challenges posed in the nineteenth century by science, democracy, scriptural scholarship, and rigorous history. The legacy of that resistance, despite the brief flare of John XXIII's papacy and some good initiatives in the 1960s by the Second Vatican Council (later baffled), is still strong in the Vatican, he writes.

This book is not just for Roman Catholics. Many will find it interesting, for when the Pope speaks, people listen. What the book seems to say is that with growing frequency listeners disregard what they hear.

Garry Wills has had a distinguished career as an author, with books such as Lincoln at Gettysburg (for which he received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction), John Wayne's America, a biography of St. Augustine, and A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Governmentt.

ADAD:2,000 Years of Christianity
Edited by Christopher Howse / hardcover / Jan 2000

The story of Christianity is told through the people who made things happen. Each page is illustrated with wonderful color pictures, reproductions of the finest achievements of Christian art, newsreel shots and timelines. The succinct, journalistic style of writing gives a clear and informed overview of Christian history. Published by SPCK, it originally ran as a glossy 6-part serial in The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph review


 Case for ChristThe Case for Christ : A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus *
By Lee Strobel / Paperback / Sept 1998

Not too many years ago, I was an atheist. My agnostic wife's conversion to Christianity prompted me to use my legal training (M.S.L., Yale Law School) and journalism experience (I was the legal editor of "The Chicago Tribune") to systematically investigate whether there's any credible evidence that Jesus is the unique Son of God. "The Case for Christ" retraces the two-year quest that rocked my world. But instead of me merely describing the evidence that convinced me Christianity is true, I interviewed thirteen leading scholars and experts, posing to them the tough questions I had when I was a skeptic. -- Lee Strobel

Case for FaithThe Case for Faith : A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity *
By Lee Strobel / Paperback / Oct 2000

Award-winning reporter and author Lee Strobel once again uses his investigative skills to address the primary objections to Christianity. As a former atheist, Strobel understands the rational resistance to faith. He even names the eight most convincing arguments against Christian faith.



Aqua Church: Essential Leadership Arts for Piloting Your Church in Today's Fluid Culture
by Leonard Ira Sweet

This the book that Bishop Cronberger once spoke of at the Diocese of Newark's Convention. The Drew University professor presents a creative approach to those who are seeking to be post modern Christians in a post modern church. He provides the convinced, the seeker and the hesitant with a new way of looking at the Christian faith, the church and the future.

Stealing Jesus

Stealing Jesus: *
How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity
by Bruce Bawer

The author points out that the supposedly "traditional" beliefs of American fundamentalism--about which most mainstream Christians, clergy included, know shockingly little--are in fact of relatively recent origin, are distinctively American in many ways, and are dramatically at odds with the values that Jesus actually spread. (Paperback)
NY Times review

Meeting Jesus

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time *by Marcus J. Borg *

New Testament scholar Marcus Borg attempts to understand how popular images of Jesus connect Christians to their savior and isolate them from him. (Paperback)


The heart of Christianity

The Heart of Christianity:
Rediscovering a Life of Faith
by Marcus J. Borg

For the millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith, Borg shows why the Christian life can remain a transforming relationship with God.



The Great Unfrocked:
Two Thousand Years of Church Scandal
by Matthew Parris, Nick Angel

"An immensely enjoyable intellectual romp though centuries of clerical misdemeanour" - Matthew D'Ancona in The Sunday Telegraph

"This delightful romp through two thousand years of church scandal ... This is a hoot of a book" - Michael Brown in The Yorkshire Post


No Future without Forgiveness *
Desmond Mpilo Tutu

The story of South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a meditation on evil and forgiveness.
This is an incredible, disturbing, and ultimately uplifting testament to the power of faith and forgiveness.


Friendship with God: An Uncommon Dialogue **
by Neale Donald Walsch

The author of the bestselling Conversations with God urges each of us to forge our own unique relationship with God, a God who is everywhere and speaks to us in all we do. It is up to us to stop and listen. It is up to us to respond . . . to begin the conversation.

Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity: Comprising the Case for Christianity, Christian Behaviour, and Beyond Personality **
by C. S. Lewis
Paperback / newly released Feb 2001

This twentieth-century masterpiece provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike hear a powerful, rational case for the Chrisitan faith.

About C.S. Lewis by Michael Ward
Readers Guide and Questions for Discussion

Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters: Also Includes 'Screwtape Proposes a Toast' *
by C. S. Lewis
Paperback / newly released Feb 2001

A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below."
About C.S. Lewis by Michael Ward
Readers Guide and Questions for Discussion

C S Lewis

C. S. Lewis Signature Classics
By C. S. Lewis
6 paperbacks in slip case
Paperback / newly released Feb 2001

Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, A Grief Observed, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, and Miracles in new 2001 publisher's editions attractively packaged in slip case.
About C.S. Lewis by Michael Ward

C.S. C. S. LewisLewis: Images of His World
By Douglas Gilbert and Clyde S. Kilby. / Hardcover / Oct 2005

This classic 1973 book, re-issued to coincide with HollywoodÕs attention to C.S. LewisÕs Narnia series, offers readers a Òpersonal introductionÓ to Lewis through photo and text. Kilby, an English professor who died in 1986, was a friend of LewisÕs, and strikes an admiring tone in an opening essay on the great writerÕs spiritual evolution from atheist to Christian. Then LewisÕs early life is presented in the usual sepia manner: we see the expected photos from his boyhood in Belfast, but we also glimpse facsimiles of some of the child prodigyÕs illustrated stories about ÒAnimal-Land.Ó That approach is followed in the rest of the book as well, which is not a simple photo-biography so much as a generous homage to the places Lewis lived and loved. GilbertÕs photos&emdash;of Magdalen Tower in Oxford, of the pub where the Inklings read their work aloud, of beloved landscapes in England, Ireland, and Scotland&emdash;blend with historical images of Lewis and his companions. Although some of GilbertÕs own photos of people and urban scenes seem dated, the landscapes are timeless and gorgeous. The book closes with a helpful chronology of LewisÕs life. - Publishers Weekly

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An interesting link for suggestions for further reading:

The 100 Best Spiritual Books of the 20th Century

Compiled by Philip Zaleski, editor of The Best Spiritual Writing series.





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