Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future by Pope FrancisWhat's inside: a concise and accessible call to reckon with the most pressing problems facing the world and to resist the urge to "return to the false securities of the political and economic systems we had before the crisis."
Why you might like it: Thoughtfully organized into digestible parts, Let Us Dream maintains an attitude that the world's seemingly insurmountable problems can be approached as opportunities to grow and change as individuals and as a whole.
Reviewers say: "Informed by spiritual sources and the thinking of some of the world's foremost scientists, economists, and activists, Pope Francis offers tools for creating a better, more just world" (Library Journal).
Faith in American Public Life
by Melissa Rogers
Rogers warns of current threats to religious freedom and pluralism in America, the most serious of which are rising hostility toward and attacks on religious minorities. Fearmongering regarding certain religions, races, and ethnicities and the use of violent imagery and dehumanizing language amount to throwing a match on dry kindling. Americans, Rogers argues, must take action to counter these threats. She also warns about efforts to shrink the constitutional bar on governmental establishment of religion and upset a balanced approach to free exercise issues. Faith in American Public Life offers suggestions for confronting these and other challenges.
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.What it's about: This compelling history of the Black church in America looks at its central role in Black cultural life, including the ways it has helped (and sometimes hindered) social progress and political resistance.
Media buzz: The Black Church has been adapted by PBS into a documentary miniseries of the same name.
About the author: scholar, journalist, and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has published books such as Life Upon These Shores and The Trials of Phyllis Wheatley. He also hosts the PBS family history series Finding Your Roots.
Benedict XVI: A Life. Volume 1, Youth in Nazi Germany to the Second Vatican Council... by Peter SeewaldWhat it is: the engaging and well-researched 1st entry in a multi-volume biography of pope emeritus Benedict XVI (born Joseph Ratzinger).
You might also like: Absolute Monarchs by John Julius Norwich, which covers the history of each pope, from St. Peter up to the election of Benedict XVI.
Reviewers say: Author Peter Seewald "artfully weaves together politics, church history, philosophy, and theology to show how these influenced and shaped the man who would become Pope Benedict XVI" (Library Journal).
Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good by Tina TurnerWhat it's about: the personal philosophy and life advice of legendary artist Tina Turner, informed by her nearly 50 years of practicing Buddhism.
Why you might like it: Happiness Becomes You is more than just another celebrity memoir. Although Turner does reflect on the way her practice has supported her through personal struggles, readers will also find an accessible guide to Buddhist practice and terminology with relevant inspirational quotes inside.
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