The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love by John Shelby Spong. The Bible contains many passages that believers and nonbelievers alike would recognize as appalling theology. Whether these texts are used to discriminate, oppress, or condemn, they distort the truth of Christianity and cast doubt upon the love of God.
Wicked Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler. The stories of these women of the Bible reveal a God who is not above it all but who stoops down to meet us where we are in order to extend his love and mercy. http://www.amazon.com/dp/031034168X/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_X6QMwb14DX88S
Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals by John Buehrens. A thoughtful, warm, and witty introduction Understanding the Bible is designed to help empower skeptics, seekers, nonbelievers, and those of a liberal and progressive outlook to reclaim the Bible from literalists.
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong. Traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present.
Don't Know Much About the Bible: Everything You Need to Know About the Good Book but Never Learned by Kenneth C. Davis, With wit, wisdom, and an extraordinary talent for turning dry, difficult reading into colorful and realistic accounts, the author brings the world of the Old and New testaments to life as no one else can. Relying on new research and improved translations, Davis uncovers some amazing questions and contradictions about what the Bible really says.
Reading the Bible Again For the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally by Marcus J. Borg. provides a much-needed solution to the problem of how to have a fully authentic yet contemporary understanding of the scriptures.
The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book by Timothy Beal. In this revelatory exploration, a noted religion scholar and former evangelical Christian takes us back to early Christianity to ask how a box of handwritten scrolls became the Bible, and forward to see how the multibillion-dollar business that has brought us Biblezines and manga Bibles is selling down the Bible’s sacred capital.
What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada by Walpola Rahula. This indispensable volume is a lucid and faithful account of the Buddha’s teachings. “For years,” says the Journal of the Buddhist Society, “the newcomer to Buddhism has lacked a simple and reliable introduction to the complexities of the subject. Dr. Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught fills the need as only could be done by one having a firm grasp of the vast material to be sifted".