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    The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics by Elaine Pagels. A dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition.

    In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins by Elisabeth Fiorenza. This brilliant scholarly treatise succeeds in bringing to our consciousness women who played an important role in the origins of Christianity.

    What We See When We Read (Vintage Original) by Peter Mendelsund

    The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity by Cynthia Bourgeault. Shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus’s original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.

    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood,

    My Education by Susan Choi,

    Skellig by David Almond,

    The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison

    Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

    On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield,

    The Shining by Stephen King

    The Kingdom of God Is Within You by Leo Tolstoy. The Kingdom of God Is Within You is the non-fiction magnum opus of Leo Tolstoy and was initially banned in his home country of Russia. It is the culmination of thirty years of Tolstoy's Christian thinking, and lays out a new organization for society based on a literal Christian interpretation of the Bible. Here Tolstoy introduces the world to the concept of Christian non-violent resistance. A classic in modern Christian and Western thinking.

    The Birth of Christianity : Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus by John Dominic. Reveals how Christianity emerged in the period following Jesus'; death; shines new light on the theological and cultural contexts from which the Christian church arose.

    Christian Mystics by Matthew Fox. As Matthew Fox notes, when an aging Albert Einstein was asked if he had any regrets, he replied, “I wish I had read more of the mystics earlier in my life.” The 365 writings in Christian Mystics represent a wide-ranging sampling of these readings for modern-day seekers of all faiths — or no faith.

    This Hebrew Lord by John Shelby Spong. Behind supernatural framework, "Illuminating the figure who stands at the center of all the Christian Church is," Spong explores Jesus under the light of the Hebrew tradition into which he was born. Candid, personal, and soundly argued, this is Spong's spiritual and intellectual pilgrimaged to the Christ he discovered in Jesus of Nazareth.

    Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals by John BuehrensA 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. In making accessible some of the best contemporary historical, literary, political, and feminist readings of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    FASHION ME A PEOPLE: CURRICULUM IN THE CHURCH by Maria Harris is a must-read for anyone planning a Christian education program and choosing curriculum.

    One of my favorite Christian writers

    To Do Justice: A Guide for Progressive Christians: Rebecca Todd Peters, Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty (2013 APTS MidWinters Currie Lecturer)

    "Satanism: A Guide to the Awesome Power of Satan" - Wade Baskin