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    Love & Death: My Journey through the Valley of the Shadow (Complete Works of Forrest Church) by Forrest Church, Church has been justly celebrated as a writer of American history, but his works of spiritual guidance have been especially valued for their insight and inspiration. As a minister, Church defined religion as "our human response to the dual reality of being alive and having to die." The goal of life, he tells us "is to live in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for."

    Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. Digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women.

    The Separation of Church and State: Writings on a Fundamental Freedom by America's Founders by Forrest Church. a primer of essential writings about one of the cornerstones of our democracy by the original authors of the Constitution, edited by preeminant liberal theologian Forrest Church. Americans will never stop debating the question of church-state separation, and such debates invariably lead back to the nation’s beginnings and the founders’ intent.

    Is God A White Racist?: A Preamble to Black Theology by William R. Jones. A landmark critique of the black church's treatment of evil and the nature of suffering. In this powerful examination of the early liberation methodology.

    The Larger Hope: The Second Century of the Universalist Church in America, 1870-1970 by Russell E. Miller. The definitive work on the denomination. Volume I.

    Step Off the Sidewalk by Carolyn Owen-Towle. Sermons from the Voices of Liberal Religion series. www.amazon.com/...

    A Short History of Christianity, Revised Edition by Martin E. Marty. Traces the church's quest through twenty centuries for unity, sanctity, universality, and authentic witness. Delves into the disparity between the ideals of the church and historical realty in order to provide a brilliant, instructive, and eminently fair statement of the history of Christianity from its founding to the present day.

    A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker J. Palmer, Mapping an inner journey that we take in solitude and in the company of others, Palmer describes a form of community that fits the limits of our active lives. Defining a “circle of trust” as “a space between us that honors the soul,” he shows how people in settings ranging from friendship to organizational life can support each other on the journey toward living “divided no more.”

    Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer. With wisdom, compassion, and gentle humor, Parker J. Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose. Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek.

    Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown. Fear often stops us. Our vulnerability remains hidden in inaction; the judgments we carry about ourselves serve no purpose other than to add to our beliefs of “not being good enough.” Reminds us that we can dare to be vulnerable in our live, whatever “hat” we wear. We discover not only greater courage but a wholehearted way to embrace life.

    Freedom from Fear: Finding the Courage to Act, Love, and Be by Forrest Church. Distills a lifetime of wisdom gleaned from helping others into a plan of action for all of us who live in fear. Fear prevents us from living life to its fullest, and now, more than ever before, fear's grip seems to be tightening. In order to overcome fear, we must first recognize it and then foster the courage necessary to defeat it. www.amazon.com/...

    Pride and Prejudice (Puffin Classics) by Jane Austen. $4.99. Edition - Abridged. Reading level: Ages 12 and up. Publisher: Puffin; Abridged edition (October 1, 1995)