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Commonweal Confronts the Century : Liberal Convictions, Catholic Traditions
by Patrick Jordan(Editor), et al

Touchstone Books
Paperback - 400 pages
(November 1999)


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THE BEST OF THE CATHOLIC INTELLECTUAL TRADITION

For 75 years, Commonweal magazine has sought to bring Catholic faith and modern life -- especially the experience of American freedom and diversity -- into fruitful contact. Now Commonweal Confronts the Century not only marks the anniversary of this... Read more

 


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Joan of Arc : Her Story
by Regine Pernoud, et al

St. Martin's Press
Paperback - 330 pages
(November 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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The peasant girl who led an army against the English and placed Charles VII on the French throne has inspired countless books since her death at age 19. While others have claimed Joan the Maid (as she called herself) for every cause from feminism to working-class radicalism, this meticulous volume... Read more

 


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Book of Shadows : A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess
by Phyllis Curott

Broadway Books
Paperback - 320 pages
Reprint edition (November 1999)
(September 14, 1999)

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5 out of 5 stars
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A "book of shadows" is a witch's journal, her diary of spells and rituals, and a record of her discoveries as she travels the Wiccan path. Book of Shadows is an apt title for Curott's novel, which chronicles her journey from the lawyer's world of facts and physical evidence to the witch's world of... Read more

 


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The Life of Thomas More
by Peter Ackroyd

Anchor Books
Paperback - 480 pages
(December 1999)
(November 9, 1999)

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5 out of 5 stars
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The Life of Thomas More is Peter Ackroyd's biography--from baptism to beheading--of the lawyer who became a saint. More, a noted humanist whose friendship with Erasmus and authorship of Utopia earned him great fame in Europe, succeeded Cardinal Wolsey as Lord Chancellor of London at the time of the... Read more

 


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The Way of the Saints : Prayers, Practices and Meditations
by Tom Cowan

Perigee
Paperback - 480 pages
(November 1999)


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The timeless example of the saints can lead us to new understanding today...

The compassion of St. Francis. The ardor of St. Catherine. The strength of St. Sebastian. Their stories are unique yet profoundly universal, capturing not only a wide range of human experience but also a wealth of timeless... Read more

 


6.   The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls
by Hershel Shanks

Vintage Books
Paperback - 272 pages
(November 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Since 1947, scholars from all over the world have hotly debated the meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The 200 biblical manuscripts found hidden in the caves of Qumran contain esoteric biblical commentaries, calendrical texts, and apocalyptic manuscripts similar to what can be found in the last pages... Read more

 


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Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
by Jacob Neusner

Anchor Bible Reference Library
Paperback - 752 pages
(December 1999)
(November 9, 1999)

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The achievement of a lifetime from one of today's most eminent Judaic scholars--a landmark commentary on the history of rabbinical teachings in the Christian era: the Mishnah, the Tosefta, the Talmuds, and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more

 


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Things Seen and Unseen : A Year Lived in Faith
by Nora Gallagher

Vintage Books
Paperback - 256 pages
(December 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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"I came to this church five years ago as a tourist and ended up a pilgrim," writes Nora Gallagher, speaking of her year at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara. It started with an occasional Sunday visit, a shy toe dip into the Episcopal Church. Eventually she delved into a yearlong journey to... Read more

 


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Twas the Night Before : A Love Story
by Jerry B. Jenkins

Penguin USA (Paper)
Paperback - 224 pages
(November 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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When it comes to Christmas, there are two categories of people in the world: believers and non-believers. Although non-believers will probably never get around to reading this love story by Jerry Jenkins (bestselling co-author of Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days), believers will... Read more

 


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With Roots in Heaven : One Woman's Passionate Journey into the Heart of Her Faith
by Rabbi Tirzah Fireston, Tirzah Firestone

Plume
Paperback - 368 pages
(November 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Candid, intense, and compulsively readable, this is spiritual biography at its very best."--Letty Cottin Pogrebin

At age seventeen, Tirzah Firestone left the oppressive home of her Orthodox Jewish parents and set off on a spiritual odyssey. With Roots in Heaven is the story of that journey, a... Read more

 


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In the House of Memory : Ancient Celtic Wisdom for Everyday Life
by Steve Rabey

Plume
Paperback - 304 pages
(November 1999)


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From the land of the ancient Celts--an inspiring collection of teachings, traditions, and eternal wisdom that is as true today as it was thousands of years ago

In this uplifting book, Steve Rabey shows us how the vibrant culture and timeless spirituality of the ancient Celts can enrich our everyday... Read more

 


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The Power of Prayer
by Dale Salwak(Editor), Neale Walsch (Introduction)

New World Library
Paperback - 240 pages
(November 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Testimony to the power of prayer comes from every era, every belief system, every walk of life. Often, however, people have never learned how to put prayer to work. This book will help show them the way. Dale Salwak solicited the thoughts of a wide range of contributors including former president... Read more

 


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God's Breath : Sacred Scriptures of the World
by John Miller(Editor), et al

Marlowe & Co
Hardcover - 560 pages
(November 1999)


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A valuable compendium of sacred texts... This is an essential companion for students of world religions. Read more

 


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Prayers on My Pillow : Inspiration for Girls on the Threshold of Change
by Celia Straus

Ballantine Books (T)
Hardcover - 224 pages
(September 1999)
(October 5, 1999)

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5 out of 5 stars
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"Before I go to sleep each nightBefore I turn off every lightLet me put away my fearsLet me brush away the tears"

The heartfelt prayers in this luminous volume were originally written for the comfort and inspiration of a twelve-year-old girl named Julia. The author of these prayers is Julia's mother,... Read more

 


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The Complete Astrological Handbook for the 21st Century
by Anistatia R. Miller, et al

Schocken Books
Paperback - 612 pages
(October 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Astrologer Anistatia Miller's textbook, subtitled "Understanding and Combining the Wisdom of Chinese, Tibetan, Vedic, Arabian, Judaic, and Western Astrology," is the first to cover and interrelate the six major world astrological systems. Eminently scholarly though necessarily cryptic, The Complete... Read more

 


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Precious Solitude : Finding Peace and Serenity in a Hectic World
by Ruth Fishel

Adams Media Corporation
Paperback - 256 pages
1st edition (September 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Precious Solitude, an intimate little book for women, begins with a letter to its readers from the author, personally inviting us to "go within"; granting us the permission we need to seek sanctuary from a world that is crushing with the pressures of responsibility. Therapist and retreat and... Read more

 


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The Gifts of the Jews : How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels
by Thomas Cahill

Anchor Books
Paperback - 291 pages
(September 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Thomas Cahill, author of the bestselling How the Irish Saved Civilization, continues his Hinges of History series with The Gifts of the Jews, a light-handed, popular account of ancient Jewish culture, the culture of the Bible. The book is written from a decidedly modern point of view. Cahill notes,... Read more

 


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Magick Made Easy : Charms, Spells, Potions, and Power
by Patricia Telesco

Harper San Francisco
Paperback - 269 pages
(October 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
-- Francesca De Grandis, author of Be A Goddess! A Guide to Celtic Spells and Wisdom for Self-Healing, Prosperity, and Great Sex
"Magick Made Easy provides a simple, direct, first step into the world of Wicca for those who are curious about witchcraft but unsure where to start. A well stocked reference text and an introduction to spellcrafting basics that is easy to relate to." Read more

 


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The Tarantula Whisperer : A Celebrity Vet Shares Her Secrets to Communicating With Animals
by Laura Pasten

Conari Pr
Paperback - 200 pages
(August 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Veterinarian Laura Pasten is the Tarantula Whisperer, known for her ability to communicate with the most hard-to-reach creatures. She maintains that through humor, compassion, and an open mind, we can all "talk to the animals" just as easily. Through anecdotes Pasten shows readers how to relate on a... Read more

 


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Teachings of Sufism
by Carl W. Ernst(Editor)

Shambhala Pubns
Paperback - 224 pages
(December 1999)


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In Carl Ernst's well-received Shambhala Guide to Sufism, he laments the scarcity of traditional Sufi texts in English. In Teachings of Sufism, Ernst sets out to make amends. His reach is broad, spanning three languages, 10 centuries, and numerous countries and cultures. He divides his brief texts... Read more

 


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Gandhi : A Life
by Yogesh Chadha

John Wiley & Sons
Paperback - 576 pages
(October 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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If we think about those people of the 20th century whose influence will reach far beyond their lifetimes, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi should be near the top of the list. A shy schoolboy, a foreign law student, an indifferent barrister, Gandhi's firsthand experience with racist degradation in South... Read more

 


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The 10 Commandments : The Significance of God's Laws in Everyday Life
by Laura Schlessinger(Preface), Stewart Vogel (Introduction)

HarperCollins (paper)
Paperback - 319 pages
(September 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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When it comes to the Ten Commandments, many theologians and spiritual leaders agree: the classic golden rules remain the best guiding principles available. Syndicated radio psychologist Dr. Laura Schlessinger utilizes these sacred Commandments to speak from her favorite pulpit of "do the right... Read more

 


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A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits
by Carol K. MacK, Dinah MacK

Henry Holt (Paper)
Paperback - 296 pages
1 Owl book edition (October 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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The Macks divert our gaze from our contemporary red-faced, cloven-hoofed misrepresentation of demons to remind us of the ancient roles demons were originally assigned to play. From the Tommyknockers of North American mountain mines to the South African Mbulu that waits in the river for lone... Read more

 


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Divine Guidance
by Doreen Virtue, Nick Bunick (Introduction)

Renaissance Books
Paperback - 288 pages
(October 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Readers learn how to access divine guidance to answer everyday life questions by tapping into what everyone calls either the conscience, that "little voice", a guardian angel, or the voice of God. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title Read more

 


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Art of Hand Reading (DK Living)
by Lori Reid

Dk Pub Merchandise
Paperback - 120 pages
1 Amer Ed edition (September 1999)


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Two thumbs up for this fascinating guide to palmistry. It's a clear, concise, wonderfully designed, simple yet exhaustive examination of the self-knowledge to be found in the palm of your hand. A greater portion of the brain is dedicated to the functioning of the hands than any other part of the... Read more

 


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Christian Acts of Kindness
by Barbara Johnson, Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Conari Pr
Paperback - 160 pages
(September 1999)


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This book features shining examples of people around the world living the Christian credo to "love thy neighbor as thyself." From the church group that shovels driveways for strangers, to the woman who opened her home to shelter a group from a hurricane, to the church fund collected to pay for a... Read more

 


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How to Meditate : A Guide to Self-Discovery
by Lawrence Leshan

Little Brown & Co (Pap)
Paperback - 192 pages
(September 1999)


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Meditation "is an ageless human experience that has been discovered and explored and used in every period and every culture that we know about," writes Lawrence LeShan, a psychotherapist and scholar. LeShan discusses the psychological and physiological effects of meditation, why meditation has these... Read more

 


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The Analects of Confucius : A Philosophical Translation
by Roger Ames(Translator), Henry Jr Rosemont (Translator)

Ballantine Books (Trd Pap)
Paperback - 352 pages
(October 1999)
(August 31, 1999)

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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There are more translations of Confucius' Analects than you can shake a stick at, but until now none have plumbed the depths of Confucius' thinking with such a keen sensitivity to philosophical and linguistic underpinnings. Following up on his groundbreaking work with David Hall in Thinking Through... Read more

 


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Cave in the Snow : A Western Woman's Quest for Enlightenment
by Vicki MacKenzie

Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA
Paperback - 224 pages
(September 1999)


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This is the incredible story of Tenzin Palmo, a remarkable woman who spent 12 years alone in a cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas.

At the age of 20, Diane Perry, looking to fill a void in her life, entered a monastery in India--the only woman amongst hundreds of monks---and began her battle against... Read more

 


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Healing Mantras : Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing
by Thomas Ashley-Farrand

Wellspring
Paperback - 240 pages
1 Ed edition (September 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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"Sound is more than simply a medium of artistic expression. Sound has practical and powerful applications in the real world."

Mantras, or simple chants, are short phrases packed with energy and intention--specifically designed to generate powerful sound waves that promote healing, insight,... Read more

 


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Secrets of the Talking Jaguar : Memoirs from the Living Heart of a Mayan Village
by Martin Prechtel, Robert Bly

J P Tarcher
Paperback - 283 pages
1st Trade edition (August 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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This powerful memoir of an American who was adopted by a shaman and allowed to study the secrets of a Tzutujil Mayan village in deepest Guatemala "offers readers a privileged and rare glimpse into [the village's] complex and spiritually rich life." (Rocky Mountain News)

Twenty-five years ago, a... Read more

 


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More Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul : 101 True Stories of Angels, Miracles, and Healings
by Arielle Ford

Plume
Paperback - 352 pages
(October 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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From visitations to transcendent journeys of the soul, from miracles to personal transformations, here are 101 real-life stories that bridge the gap between heaven and earth

More Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul brings together more true accounts of the magical, the mystical, and the miraculous.... Read more

 


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Ships of Song, A Parable of Ascension
by Particia Walsh-Haluska, et al

Destiny Press, Inc.
Paperback - 247 pages
(October 19, 1999)



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5 out of 5 stars
James Redfield, author of Celestine Prophecy, The Secret of Shambhala
"A powerful message of love and hope." Read more

 


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The Complete Astrological Handbook for the 21st Century
by Anistatia R. Miller, et al

Schocken Books
Paperback - 612 pages
(October 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Astrologer Anistatia Miller's textbook, subtitled "Understanding and Combining the Wisdom of Chinese, Tibetan, Vedic, Arabian, Judaic, and Western Astrology," is the first to cover and interrelate the six major world astrological systems. Eminently scholarly though necessarily cryptic, The Complete... Read more

 


35.   Transitions : Prayers and Declarations for a Changing Life
by Julia Cameron

J P Tarcher
Paperback - 160 pages
(October 1999)


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Through her revolutionary books and workshops,Julia Cameron has inspired thousands to pursue their creative dreams.

A heartfelt book of empowering prayers and reflections for the soul in times of crisis and transformation.

In this gift-sized book, Cameron shares beautiful prayers of empowerment... Read more

 


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Son of Man : The Mystical Path to Christ
by Andrew Harvey

J P Tarcher
Paperback
(October 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Andrew Harvey's Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ is a strange and wonderful book about learning to become like Jesus. Harvey, a scholar, poet, novelist, and translator (he's perhaps best known for helping incite a resurgence of interest in the 12th-century Turkish poet Rumi), draws on his... Read more

 


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A Portrait of Jesus
by Joseph F. Girzone

Image Books
Paperback - 192 pages
1st Image edition (October 1999)
(September 14, 1999)

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Girzone's popular inspirational novels often feature an elusive spiritual counselor, Joshua, who is rather a revenant Jesus. In this nonfiction book, Girzone at last weighs in on the real Jesus. His portrait comes straight out of the synoptic Gospels, and when given a choice of accounts, as between... Read more

 


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The Left Hand of God : A Biography of the Holy Spirit
by Adolf Holl, John Cullen (Translator)

Image Books
Paperback - 352 pages
(December 1999)
(November 9, 1999)

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5 out of 5 stars
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As Jack Miles is to God, Adolf Holl is to the Holy Spirit. Like Miles's God: A Biography, Holls's The Left Hand of God: A Biography of the Holy Spirit deftly weaves scholarly reflections on religion, myth, and culture into a compelling story about the life of a divinity. Holls casts his net wide,... Read more

 


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Ashes and Lace (Song of Erin #2)
by B. J. Hoff

Tyndale House Pub
Paperback - 432 pages
(September 1, 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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B. J. Hoff, the best-selling author of the highly acclaimed Emerald Ballad series, continues her inspiring new Irish-American saga begun in Cloth of Heaven with this epic sequel--a story of two unlikely families joined by suffering and secrets, virtue and violence, courage, faith . . . and the... Read more

 



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