New adult Non-Fiction 200’s

May 23, 2011

May 23, 2011
Annotations from Baker & Taylor or Ingram
 
Augustine’s Confessions: A Biography
Wills, Garry
Understandably fascinated by the story of Augustine’s life, modern readers have largely succumbed to the temptation to read the “Confessions” as autobiography. But, Wills argues, this is a mistake. The book is not autobiography but rather a long prayer, suffused with the language of Scripture and addressed to God, not man. Augustine tells the story of his life not for its own significance but in order to discern how, as a drama of sin and salvation leading to God, it fits into sacred history.
 
Christianity: How a Despised Sect from a Minority Religion Came to Dominate the Roman Empire
Hill, Jonathan (EDT)
Explores the early development of Christianity after Jesus’s death, discussing such topics as leaders and opponents, ideas that survived persecutions, and how the average Christian worshipped.
 
Futurecast: What Today’s Trends Mean for Tomorrow’s World
Barna, George
A bestselling author and renowned researcher presents a timely look at the world we’re creating every day, and offers solid data to show the path our country is on and the emerging trends that will shape our world–and change each of our lives.
 
 
Into the Depths: A Journey of Loss and Vocation
Funk, Mary Margaret
On what should have been a routine trip to the local town for a convocation ceremony, a flash flood swept away the jeep in which Sr. Meg, three nuns, a priest, and a disabled boy they had adopted were traveling. Only she and the priest survived. In the great tradition of spiritual confessions, Into the Depths is an account of one woman’s struggle to engage with the most profound questions of faith.
 
Love Written in Stone
Carlson, Philip M.
A medical doctor and pastor reveals how God’s commands are an expression of His love for us, showing how following them increases health and well-being.
 
The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life
Boyce, Barry (EDT) / Shambhala Sun (EDT)
“The Mindfulness Revolution” is a collection of the best writing on mindfulness from leading figures in the field, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh, Daniel Siegel, Daniel Goleman, and others.
 
Restored! God’s Salvage Plan for Broken Lives
Schaeffer, Dan
Discover God’s blueprint for restoration in the book of Ruth. If distress is your story…and restoration your hope…this book is for you.
 
 
The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Biography
Lopez, Donald S., Jr.
A scholarly and informative short read, very useful as a reminder that religious books are not necessarily fixed entities. — James F. DeRoche, Library Journal
 
Unstuff: Making Room in Your Life for What Really Matters
Dimarco, Hayley / Dimarco, Michael
The DiMarcos reveal the pleasures and perils of stuff–and the joy, peace, and freedom that come from learning to live with less. With their insights, readers will learn to de-clutter their lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually to focus on what really matters.
 
 
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