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Editor's Picks of 1999

Although it was tough, we chose our 10 favorites out of all the great titles released in 1999. Here are our picks for the best religion and spirituality books of the year.

 

 
1.
Traveling Mercies : Some Thoughts on Faith
by Anne Lamott

Pantheon Books
Hardcover - 275 pages
(January 1999)

$23.00
$16.10
$6.90
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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For most writers, the greatest challenge of spiritual writing is to keep it grounded in concrete language. The temptation is to wander off into the clouds of ethereal epiphanies, only to lose readers with woo-woo thinking and sacred-laced clichés. Thankfully, Anne Lamott (Operating Instructions, ... Read more

 


2.
Ethics for the New Millennium
by Dalai Lama

Riverhead Books
Hardcover - 237 pages
(August 1999)


$17.47
$7.48
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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In a modern society characterized by insensitivity to violence, ambivalence to the suffering of others, and a high-octane profit motive, is talk of ethics anything more than a temporary salve for our collective conscience? The Dalai Lama thinks so. In his Ethics for the New Millennium, the exiled... Read more

 


3.
Generation J
by Lisa Schiffman

Harper San Francisco
Hardcover - 166 pages
1st edition (September 1999)


$12.60
$5.40
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Generation J is a beautifully written, constantly courageous, hip, wise memoir by a young woman determined to figure out what it means to be Jewish. Lisa Schiffman, who grew up in the mostly Christian community of Levittown, New Jersey, writes of her own alienated adolescence: "We were a generation... Read more

 


4.
Desire of the Everlasting Hills : The World Before and After Jesus (Hinges of History, Vol 3)
by Thomas Cahill

Doubleday
Hardcover - 353 pages
(December 1999)
(November 2, 1999)

$14.97
(40%)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Desire of the Everlasting Hills is another present from the pen of Thomas Cahill, author of How the Irish Saved Civilization and The Gifts of the Jews. In this third volume of the bestselling Hinges of History series, he knits together history, politics, sociology, and faith with contemporary... Read more

 


5.
The Holocaust in American Life
by Peter Novick

Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)
Hardcover - 320 pages
(June 1, 1999)

$27.00
$18.90
$8.10
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In the first decades following World War II, Americans rarely discussed the Holocaust. Now, remembering the Holocaust has become a fundamental part of Jewish identity; gentiles, too, view the Holocaust as a touchstone of moral solemnity. In The Holocaust and American Life, Peter Novick asks why, and... Read more

 


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Reason for Hope : A Spiritual Journey
by Jane Goodall, Phillip Berman (Contributor)

Warner Books
Hardcover - 282 pages
(September 1999)

$26.95
$18.87
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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As a young woman, Jane Goodall was best known for her groundbreaking fieldwork with the chimpanzees of Gombe, Africa. Goodall's work has always been controversial, mostly because she broke the mold of research scientist by developing meaningful relationships with her "specimens" and honoring their... Read more

 


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Fresh Faith : What Happens When Real Faith Ignites God's People
by Jim Cymbala, Dean Merrill (Contributor)

Zondervan Publishing House
Hardcover - 219 pages
(September 1999)


$10.79
$7.20 (40%)
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5 out of 5 stars
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According to Jim Cymbala, Satan is the "master thief" of our day, robbing us of faith. In Fresh Faith, the inner-city pastor and author of the bestselling Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, challenges despair with the sword of Christian belief. In the wake of Satan's crime wave, Cymbala sees an overriding... Read more

 


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Meeting God : Elements of Hindu Devotion
by Stephen P. Huyler

Yale Univ Pr
Hardcover - 268 pages
(September 1999)


$24.50
$10.50
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An anthropologist-turned-believer, Stephen Huyler has dared to cross the line of objectivity and produce an introduction to Hindu religion that combines first-person detail with reverential admiration. Ten years in the making, Meeting God is the culmination of Huyler's travels throughout the Indian... Read more

 


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The Tao of Abundance
by Laurence G. Boldt

Penguin USA (Paper)
Paperback - 320 pages
(November 1999)


$11.17
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Not since Alan Watts has there been a lay expert with the erudition and insight to so expertly pack a difficult package of unfamiliar notions into a book of immediate relevance. What is consumerism to me? and sex? and money? How do they relate to my goals and aspirations? Laurence Boldt, a career... Read more

 


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The Invitation
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Harpercollins
Hardcover - 136 pages
1 Ed edition (May 1999)


$11.20
$4.80
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One night, after an unsatisfying evening at a party, author Oriah Mountain Dreamer wrote the start of The Invitation. By the light of her streetlight, she began, "It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's... Read more

 



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