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  • Soul Snatchersby Jean-Marie Abgrall

    Algora Publishing 2007; US$ 28.95

    Abgrall, a practicing psychiatrist and professional criminologist who won a case against the Scientologists in Europe, has spent 15 years researching cult phenomena. Well organized and readable. This book is recommended for public and academic libraries. more...

  • Death by Suburbby Dave L. Goetz

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 14.99

    A great number of seekers find themselves in the seemingly unreal world of the suburbs. They read spirituality books but find themselves in carpools and coaching soccer, not in monasteries. Dave Goetz, a former pastor, shows that the suburbs are a real world, but a spiritually corrosive one. The land of SUVs and soccer leagues can truly be toxic to... more...

  • Beyond Revengeby Michael McCullough

    Wiley 2008; US$ 24.95

    Why is revenge such a pervasive and destructive problem? How can we create a future in which revenge is less common and forgiveness is more common? Psychologist Michael McCullough argues that the key to a more forgiving, less vengeful world is to understand the evolutionary forces that gave rise to these intimately human instincts and the social forces... more...

  • Spiritual Evolutionby George Vaillant

    Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony 2008; US$ 15.99

    In our current era of holy terror, passionate faith has come to seem like a present danger. Writers such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens have been happy to throw the baby out with the bathwater and declare that the danger is in religion itself. God, Hitchens writes, is not great. But man, according to George E. Vaillant, M.D.,... more...

  • The Sabbath Worldby Judith Shulevitz

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00

    BONUS: This edition contains a The Sabbath World  discussion guide. What is the Sabbath, anyway? The holy day of rest? The first effort to protect the rights of workers? A smart way to manage stress in a world in which computers never get turned off and work never comes to an end? Or simply an oppressive, outmoded rite? In  The Sabbath World, Judith... more...

  • Why God Won't Go Awayby Andrew Md Newberg; Eugene G. D'Aquili

    Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    Why have we humans always longed to connect with something larger than ourselves? Why does consciousness inevitably involve us in a spiritual quest? Why, in short, won't God go away? Theologians, philosophers, and psychologists have debated this question through the ages, arriving at a range of contradictory and ultimately unprovable answers. But in... more...

  • “God” Part of the Brainby Matthew Alper

    Sourcebooks, Inc. 2006; US$ 12.95

    Acclaimed by a wide range of experts, The "God" Part of the Brain is a classic. Matthew Alper presents a stunning argument: that our brain is hardwired to believe in a God. more...

  • On Behalf of the Mystical Foolby John P. Dourley

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 45.95

    Jung's explanation of the religious tendency of the psyche addresses many sides of the contemporary debate on religion and the role that it has in individual and social life. This book discusses the emergence of a new mythic consciousness and details ways in which this consciousness supersedes traditional concepts of religion to provide a spirituality... more...

  • Why Gods Persistby Robert A. Hinde; Robert Hinde

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 40.95

    What is it about religion that appeals to people? Why do religions and religious beliefs persist in the face of increasing secularisation, harsh criticism and even political persecution? Robert Hinde argues that it is not enough simply to criticize religion, we must understand it - not only how it causes so much conflict, but also how it brings comfort... more...

  • Religion and Spirituality in Psychotherapyby Psy.D Dr. Thor A. Johansen

    Springer Publishing Company 2009; US$ 74.99

    This book offers new possibilities for mental health professionals who are looking for ways to adapt traditional therapy and counseling techniques to address the spiritual and psychological issues their clients face. The author utilizes an Adlerian Individual Psychology perspective, which rejects biological determinism and focuses on the influence... more...