An insider's assessment of the devastating effects of evangelical Christianity on a generation of young woman describes the extreme, shame-oriented tactics of the religious "purity" cultures of the 1990s and her own subsequent journey of investigation and healing.
Chronicles the author's three years of captivity by Somali pirates, offering an exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival in the process.
The author recalls his life as a controversial leading evangelical minister, with a focus on three turning points in his life: his conversion to Christianity, his turn to a politicized faith, and his later return to the purity of the Gospel.
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Presents an investigation into the medical and scientific revolution currently taking place in the field of psychedelic drugs, tracing the criminalization of such substances as LSD and psychedelic mushrooms and how they may offer treatment options for difficult health challenges.
A detailed, thoughtful journey into the necessity of daydreaming and leisure in our continually overbooked lives by making pilgrimages to places of repose and seclusion, including a Benedictine monastery and a trip floating down the Mississippi River in an old cabin cruiser.
Offers a selection of the humorous, heartfelt, profound, and simply silly typed messages left at a public typewriter in an Ann Arbor, Michigan, bookstore, as well as essays from the compiler and owner of the bookshop.
A book of inspirational and spiritual life lessons from the star of NBC's This Is Us. Examines the role of authenticity and sincerity in her successes, encouraging readers to claim their rightful places in a world that constantly undermines individuals.
Presents an exploration of addiction that blends memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage to analyze the role of stories in conveying the addiction experience, sharing insights based on the lives of artists whose achievements were shaped by addiction.
An immunologist at Tokyo's Nippon Medical School offers this guide to the therapeutic Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, which promotes healing the mind, body and spirit through spending mindful, intentional time around trees.
Describes the development of Christian rock in the late 1960s by Larry Norman, who wanted to create popular music for Christians and was met with friction from religious conservatives.
The best-selling author of Misquoting Jesus traces the history of how Christianity evolved from the faith of a handful of peasants in rural Galilee to a dominant Western religion in less than four centuries, exploring how it was nearly fated to become an obscure sect of Judaism and how it has revolutionized culture, economics and law.
A divinity professor and young mother with Stage IV cancer shares her perspectives on friendship, love and death while describing her efforts to remain true to her faith in spite of impossible hardships. By the author of Blessed.
A Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries traces his experiences of working with gangs in Los Angeles for three decades, sharing what his efforts have taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of radical kinship.
The 2016 election of Donald J. Trump exposed a deep divide in American politics and culture, one that pollsters and pundits didn't seem to realize was there. Perhaps the biggest question on many people's minds is how, exactly, did a crass, unrepentant reality TV star and cutthroat business tycoon secure the majority of the religious conservative vote?
The best-selling author of The Evolution of God philosophically explains how the human mind evolved to channel anxiety, depression, anger and greed and how a healthy practice of Buddhist meditation can promote clarity and alleviate suffering.
The National Book Award-winning author of The Swerve investigates the enduring story of humanity's biblical first parents, examining the tale's indelible influence as well as the considerable theological, artistic and cultural investments of centuries that have made Adam and Eve profoundly resonant in all major world religions.
A young Muslim leader shares his quest to forge a unique American Muslim identity that reflected his beliefs and personality in a post-9/11 world where he, in a society that fears Muslims, struggled with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears, as well as suffered with the onset of bipolar disorder. Original.