An unstinting memoir by the pop artist and fashion icon traces the story of her life before and after fame, the role of faith in her achievements and her difficult decision to step out of the limelight. 500,000 first printing. Illustrations.
An investigation into the Word of Faith Fellowship cult traces its 1979 origins through its expansion across three continents, sharing insights into Jane Whaley's abusive and absolute control over her followers. 100,000 first printing.
Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East
Chronicles decades of rivalry between Saudia Arabia and Iran, linking the 1979 Iranian revolution, American policy changes, distortions in religious expression and the rise of sectarian violence to present-day perceptions about the Middle East. Maps.
The activist granddaughter of the founder of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church describes her work as their Twitter spokeswoman and how her dialogues with critics challenged her to question and eventually denounce the church's extreme views on homosexuality.
Thoroughly updated and revised, a new edition of the informal dictionary describes the history and folklore behind Yiddish and Hebrew words and provides literal translations, hundreds of new entries, pronunciation tips, Talmudic and biblical references, and an English-to-Yiddish index.
An activist nun known for campaigning to end the death penalty describes her spiritual journey from a person who prayed for God to solve the problems of the world to someone who works to transform social injustices herself.
A Muslim doctor recounts how his rural community targeted his family with racism in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election, describing his efforts with a local pastor to give talks raising awareness about the Muslim faith.
Draws on independent research in a controversial analysis of American perceptions about cults that argues that history's emblematic prophets and messianic figures gained power by exposing deep social injustices and tapping the human impulse to escape flawed cultural systems.
Recounting five centuries in the life of one copy of the extremely rare Gutenberg Bible, a never-before-told story reveals its impact on the lives of the fanatical few who were lucky enough to own it.
Chronicles the events behind the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis, tracing the lives of both men and discussing the consequences of having two living popes in residence at the Vatican.
Robert Alter's translation of the Hebrew Bible reanimates one of the formative works of our culture. Capturing its brilliantly compact poetry and finely wrought, purposeful prose, Alter renews the Old Testament as a source of literary power and spiritual inspiration. Featuring Alter's generous commentary, which quietly alerts readers to the literary and historical dimensions of the text, this is the definitive edition of the Hebrew Bible.
An insider's assessment of the devastating effects of evangelical Christianity on a generation of young woman describes the extreme, shame-oriented tactics of the religious "purity" cultures of the 1990s and her own subsequent journey of investigation and healing.
Chronicles the author's three years of captivity by Somali pirates, offering an exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival in the process.
The author recalls his life as a controversial leading evangelical minister, with a focus on three turning points in his life: his conversion to Christianity, his turn to a politicized faith, and his later return to the purity of the Gospel.
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Presents an investigation into the medical and scientific revolution currently taking place in the field of psychedelic drugs, tracing the criminalization of such substances as LSD and psychedelic mushrooms and how they may offer treatment options for difficult health challenges.