Soul Searching

Angry Conversations With God : a Snarky But Authentic Spiritual Memoir

By Susan Isaacs

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Isaacs reached bottom at age 40: no job, no boyfriend, no home. Of course, she blamed God. So off they went to counseling with the ever-patient therapist Rudy. (from Publishers Weekly)
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Believer, Beware : First-Person Dispatches From The Margins Of Faith

By Jeff Sharlet and Peter Manseau

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Collects ambivalent confessions, skeptical testimonies, and accounts of faith lost and found and lost again from Americans who have floundered in their search for an authentic spiritual life. (summary)
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Called Out Of Darkness : A Spiritual Confession

By Anne Rice

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An intimate memoir of (her)Catholic girlhood, her unmaking as a devout believer, and her return to the Church...and about how, after 38 years as an atheist, she once again came to believe in Christ. (from summary)
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Choosing To See : A Journey Of Struggle And Hope

By Mary Beth Chapman

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From the beginning, Mary Beth Chapman's life was not how she planned. All she wanted was a calm, peaceful life of stability and control. Instead, God gave her an award-winning singer/songwriter husband, crazy schedules, and a houseful of creatively rambunctious children. (from summary)
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Devotion: a Memoir

By Dani Shapiro

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Set adrift by loss...(Shaprio) had become edgy and uncertain. At the heart of this anxiety, she realized, was a challenge: What did she believe? Spurred on by the big questions...(she) embarked upon a surprisingly joyful quest to find meaning in a constantly changing world. (from summary)
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Every Other Monday : Twenty Years Of Life, Lunch, Faith, And Friendship

By John Kaisch

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Where do you go when the water rises? For more than twenty years, John Kasich has sought the answer to this question and many of life’s most fundamental challenges in an unlikely place: his twice-a-month lunches with an irreverent, thoughtful, and spirited circle of guys who are members of a Bible study group.
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Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience

By Sharon Salzberg

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Like the great teachers of Buddhism, Salzberg relies on her stories to make the teachings relevant...Through her insights, we come to understand faith as a verb. Faith means never giving up on the possibilities of each moment, always seeing "our own potential for happiness, for vibrant wisdom and sustained compassion--a potential that all beings share." (from Amazon.com)
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Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

By Anne Lamott

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With gentle wisdom refining her signature humor, Lamott explores helpfulness, decency, love and especially forgiveness. (from Publishers Weekly)
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In Buddha's Kitchen : Cooking, Being Cooked, And Other Adventures In A Meditation Center

By Kimberly Snow

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Kimberley Snow offers an outrageously funny and honest account of her adventures as head cook at a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center...We come away from our visit to this exotic realm having found it both extraordinary and surprisingly familiar. The neuroses, obsessions, and petty concerns exposed by Snow...prove to be grist for the mill for discovering the grace inherent in life just as it is. (book description)
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Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting On Religion In America – and Found Unexpected Peace

By William Lobdell

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(His) journey of faith – and doubt – is a book about life's deepest questions that speaks to everyone...the longings and satisfactions of the faithful, as well as the unrelenting power of doubt. How he faced that power, and wrestled with it, is must reading for people of faith and nonbelievers alike. (from summary)
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