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Believe It: Books on Faith

Interested in how different people express religious beliefs, or the lack thereof? The books on this list can get you started.

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Book Cover Beck, Martha
Leaving the Saints
BX8678.B43 A3 2005
Beck, a columnist for O: The Oprah Magazine, describes growing up in, engaging with, and leaving the Church of Latter-Day Saints.
Book Cover Bortolin, Matthew
The Dharma of Star Wars
BQ5405.B67 2005
The teachings of the Buddha, wrapped in an extended Star Wars metaphor.
Book Cover Claiborne, Shane
The Irresistible Revolution
BR1725.C473 A3 2006
Claiborne explains how he came to be living in progressive evangelical community in inner-city Philadelphia.
Book Cover Dawkins, Richard
The God Delusion
BL2775.3 D39 2006
The world’s best-known atheist argues that religion does society more harm than good.
Book Cover Goldstein, Niles Elliot
Gonzo Judaism
BM723.G66 2006
The author, a rabbi, argues that the Jewish faith should return to its radical roots in order to move forward.
Hammoudi, Abdellah
A Season in Mecca
BP187.3 H2713 2006
An award-winning account of a devout Muslim’s obligatory pilgrimage.
Book Cover Idilby, Ranya, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner
The Faith Club
BL410.I35 2006
Three women from three different faith traditions strike up a friendship in an attempt to create common ground for honest discussion of their differences.
Book Cover Kidd, Sue Monk
BV4515.3 K53 2006
Early essays from an established religious writer, best known for her breakout novel, The Secret Life of Bees.
Book Cover Toropov, Brandon and Father Luke Buckles
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to World Religions
BL80.2 T627 2004x
Concise summaries of various faith traditions, designed for seekers who want just the basic facts in an easy-to-read format.
Book Cover Wicker, Christine
Not in Kansas Anymore
BF1622.U6 W53 2005
Wicker travels cross-country, speaking with practitioners of various alternative religions.

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