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by Michael Coren

n March of 2013, as the world awaited the election of a new pope, many wondered if the new leader would bring change and flexibility to the church. Would this papacy begin to soften the stance on contraception, divorce, and celibate clergy? In The Future of Catholicism, bestselling author Michael Coren outlines the reasoning behind the church’s position on these pressing moral issues. He ultimately asserts that Catholicism is at a crossroads and the church’s response will have great implications for the future of the faith.
Signal • HC • 978-0-7710-2351-4 • 256pp. • $24.95/$26.95 Can. Exam Copy: $12.50 ———————————————————————

THE GLOBAL WAR ON CHRISTIANS Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution CATHOLICISM/CHRISTIANITY LUMEN FIDEI The Light of Faith
by Pope Francis


Foreword by Scott Hahn

umen Fidei, the first papal letter written by Pope Francis, was issued on June 29th, 2013. Released nearly four months after his election to the papacy, this defining encyclical letter is a monument to the Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI and seen through to completion by Pope Francis. Ultimately, it is a treatise on the nature of belief and calls for a renewal of faith to ensure a future rich with charity and love for all.
Image • TR • 978-0-8041-8585-1 • 96pp. • $9.99/$11.99 Can. Exam Copy: $3.00 For more books on or by Pope Francis, go to: http://tiny.cc/6g2cax ———————————————————————

n The Global War on Christians, John L. Allen, Jr., the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and a Vatican/Catholic analyst for CNN and Boston Globe, uses his unparalleled knowledge of world affairs and religious insight to investigate the troubling worldwide persecution of Christians. From Iraq and Egypt, Sudan and Nigeria, and Indonesia to the Indian subcontinent, according to Allen, Christians in the early twenty-first century are the world’s most persecuted religious group. In The Global War on Christians, Allen offers investigative insight into these atrocities.
Image • HC • 978-0-7704-3735-0 • 320pp. • $25.00/$28.00 Can. Exam Copy: $12.50 For more books by John L. Allen, Jr., go to: http://tiny.cc/22g59w ———————————————————————


by John L. Allen, Jr.

THE POPE AND MUSSOLINI The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe

PRAY FOR ME The Life and Spiritual Vision of Pope Francis, First Pope from the Americas
n March 13, 2013, history was made. One hunded fifteen Cardinals, for the first time in the annals of Catholicism, elected a pope from outside Europe. Beyond hailing from South America, Pope Francis would also become the first Jesuit to hold the Chair of Peter. Pray for Me, written by the founder and editor of Inside the Vatican magazine and a leading papal expert, serves as an introduction to Pope Francis and examines how his election ultimately signifies a new global vision for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
Image • HC • 978-0-307-59075-6 • 256pp. • $19.99/$22.95 Can. Exam Copy: $10.00 For more books by Robert Moynihan, go to: http://tiny.cc/0p967w


by David I. Kertzer


By Robert Moynihan

rom National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the compelling story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will forever change our understanding of the Vatican’s role in the rise of Fascism in Europe.
“Wholly deserving—even demanding—the adjectives ‘groundbreaking,’ ‘courageous,’ and ‘captivating,’ The Pope and Mussolini decisively challenges the received narrative about Pius XI and the Fascist leader. The relationship, in short, was one not of hostility but of mutual dependence. David Kertzer’s conclusions are unflinchingly and conclusively proven, thanks to his profound and thorough research, scholarly authority, and narrative panache. This is a meticulously researched and crafted book, exquisitely written, fresh, mesmerizing, and enlightening.” —K EVIN M ADIGAN, WINN P ROFESSOR OF ECCLESIASTICAL H ISTORY, H ARVARD UNIVERSITY

Random House • HC • 978-0-8129-9346-2 • 592pp. • $32.00/$38.00 Can. Exam Copy: $16.00 For more books by David I. Kertzer, go to: http://tiny.cc/5m967w

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NEW BOOKS for Religion Courses
ZEALOT The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth INDIA INDIA: A Sacred Geography
cclaimed Harvard scholar Diana L. Eck has spent more than a decade exploring India’s rich history and culture. India: A Sacred Geography is the culmination of her close examination of this endlessly fascinating and important land. The book introduces students to a large number of India’s hallowed spaces and places. Eck expertly uses these settings to provide an introduction to the Hindu belief system. She then deftly demonstrates how these beliefs shape our understanding of India as a nation.
“In this lucid, learned and luminous book, Diana Eck introduces the Western reader to the sacred landscape of India. She leads us into an unfamiliar world, with myths and symbols that seem initially strange, but by the end of this rich journey we find that we have encountered unexpected regions within ourselves.” —K AREN A RmSTRONG, AuThOR OF A H ISTOrY OF G OD AND T WELVE STEPS TO A C OMPASSIONATE L IFE


by Reza Aslan

rom the author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. This was the age of zealotry—a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews. And few figures better exemplified this principle than the charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy. Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth’s life and mission. The result is a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time, and the birth of a religion.
Random House • HC • 978-1-4000-6922-4 • 336pp. • $27.00/$32.00 Can. Exam Copy: $13.75 For more books by Reza Aslan, go to: http://tiny.cc/ok967w ———————————————————————


by Diana L. Eck

Harmony • TR • 978-0-385-53192-4 • 576pp. • $16.00/$19.00 Can. Exam Copy: $3.00 For more books by Diana L. Eck, go to: http://tiny.cc/yl967w

ISLAM/PLURALISM EARLY ISLAM A Critical Reconstruction Based on Contemporary Sources

CONSUMING THE WORD The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church


by Scott Hahn

n Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church, Dr. Scott Hahn undertakes an examination of some of Christianity’s most basic terms to discover what they meant to the sacred authors, the apostolic preachers, and their first hearers.


Edited by Karl-Heinz Ohlig

“In Consuming the Word , Scott Hahn brings his trilogy on the Bible and the Mass to a brilliant climax. In it, he serves up a veritable feast of insights into the real meaning of the ‘New Testament,’ the ancient Christian Eucharist, the Sacraments, the Canon of Scripture, the Lectionary, the truth of the Bible, the importance of tradition, and much, much more. If you want to deepen your hunger for the Word of God in Scripture and Word made flesh in the Eucharist, then this is the book for you.” —BRANT P ITRE, AuThOR OF JESUS AND THE JEWISH R OOTS OF THE EUCHArIST

arly Islam, the successor volume to The Hidden Origins of Islam, continues that pioneering research as it delves into the earliest developments of the faith. Five scholars attempt to reconstruct Islam in its formative stages by studying building inscriptions, coins and offering thorough linguistic analysis of the Koran as well as Persian and Christian literature from the seventh and eighth centuries. The book explores new discoveries and sheds new light on the beginnings of Islam.
Prometheus • HC • 978-1-61614-825-6 • 656pp. • $45.95/$48.50 Can. Exam Copy: $23.00 ———————————————————————

Image • HC • 978-0-307-59081-7 • 176pp. • $22.00/$25.00 Can. Exam Copy: $11.00 For more books by Scott Hahn, go to: http://tiny.cc/ei967w

SACRED GROUND: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America
n the aftermath of 9/11, animosity in the U.S. towards American Muslims has escalated. And even as the country gains more distance from that fateful day, hateful rhetoric still penetrates mainstream discussion and political discourse. Sacred Ground, written by renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel, argues that this prejudice both challenges and contradicts the very idea of America. Indeed, Patel demonstrates that the forces of American pluralism have continually helped to defeat bigotry.
Beacon Press • TR • 978-0-8070-7752-8 • 224pp. • $15.00/$17.00 Can. Exam Copy: $3.00 Also by Eboo Patel


By Eboo Patel

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ACTS OF FAITH: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
Beacon Press • TR • 978-0-8070-0622-1 • 192pp. $15.00/$17.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00
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