"Three Testaments" represents, in the light of how far the Interfaith experience has come in many ways since 9/11, a constructive and daring step forward in the dialogue between these major faiths.
Amen is a response to this lovely, messy life that yields moment after moment of wows -- moments that Abraham Joshua Heschel described as "radical amazement."
It is an excellent read. More importantly for me, though, it is the kind of book that I have dreamed about having the world's prominent authors write about: with Sikh characters and references, but as a normal, ordinary part of the narrative, not in the form of lectures and essays.
Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart -- poisoned as it is with pride and pain -- and replacing it with his own. Rather than tell you to change, he creates the change.
It may take a village to raise a child. But it only takes one bold out-of-the box woman asking honest questions and sitting on her roof to raise a ruckus. Rachel Held Evans did exactly that.
Time is kept on our wrists and computer screens, on our cell phones and on the walls of our home, but Mitch Albom teaches us that being a time keeper is not the way to live.
If he does decide to reveal a bit more of his Mormon story, he will show by example that Mormons have nothing to be ashamed of in sharing our stories more openly, and nothing to fear.
Pagels attempts not only to explain the Bible's mysterious last book but also to place it in a narrative about conflict and suppression in early Christian history. The book features vivid historical imagination, along with helpful explanations and provocative, sometimes dubious, judgments.
Islam in America is not something new. Islam has been practiced in America for 14 generations, but our beliefs, our practices and even our daily lives remain woefully misunderstood.
Spiritual counterculture are harder to define, hosting a multidimensional mix of spiritual awakening, new media activism, visionary art, punk attitude, permaculture principles, Burning Man aesthetic and Occupy ideologies.
When I became a Christian, my devastated secular Muslim parents recruited one of Europe's best psychiatrists and 50 relatives to take their best shot at helping me get over my infatuation with God.
"The most eye-opening aspect of my year was experiencing just how detrimental the closet is. When I came out as gay, I was going into the closet as a straight man, and the repression and isolation I experienced was crushing."
The paratextual content in modern Bibles goes far beyond basic features, of course, and there appears to be no limit to the marketing creativity of publishers who continuously repackage the Scriptures.
As Becker's relationship with her daughter blossoms, she begins to discern that what our society labels dis-abled or broken, God labels as good, whole, and beautiful.
I travelled to Rome and walked in O'Flaherty's footsteps across the city to the safe houses he used. In Ireland, I visited the homes of O'Flaherty's friends and relatives and began to build up a picture of a man who was a lifesaver to thousands.
In the post-9-11 era, one has been able to interchange the words "Christian," "conservative," "religious," "right," and "Republican" in one sentence without necessarily changing the meaning of the sentence.