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Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiser

Three religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam seen through the patriarch Abraham in this bestselling account.

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Essential Tibetan Buddhism by Robert Thurman

Thurman is the foremost western expert of Tibetan Buddhism cover


Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das

an American Lama, Surya Das, does a great job of explaining Tibetan Buddhism to westerners


The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the Tibetan community in exile, explains how people cause their own suffering and how they can live happy lives

General Works on World Religion

coverThe World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions by Huston Smith

Smith, the world renowned expert on religions, explains complex ideas clearly. A fascinating book and a good read

Illustrated World Religions
by Huston Smithcover

a somewhat abbreviated version of World Religions with pictures

Mystic Heart:
Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions

by Wayne Teasdale

coverTeasdale is a sannyasa, or Hindu monk, who also practices Roman Catholicism and serves on the board of trustees of the Parliament of the World's Religions. He argues that there is a new movement of "interspirituality," which finds common ground in spirituality (as opposed to religion) from all faiths.

Foreword by the Dalai Lama

The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong

coverArmstrong, an authority on comparative religion, tells how, in recent history, fundamentalism has taken root in all the world's major religions 

World Religions: A Voyage of Discovery
by Jeffrey Broddcover

intended for 11th and 12th grade students

coverReligion for Dummies
by Marc Gellman

A History of God
by Karen Armstrong


an excellent history of religion


Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus
by Thomas Cahill

coverCahill explores the world of Jesus and early Christianity - the context of the New Testament: the religious foundation of Judaism, the politics of the Roman Empire, and the important Greek cultural influence. Third in Cahill's Hinges of History Series. The first two are The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels, and How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe. The fourth bestselling book in the series is Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter.

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The Meanings of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Significance for Understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus, and Christianity
James C. VanderKam

By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture That Launched a New coverWorld Religion
Terry L. Givens

analysis of the impact of the Book of Mormon


Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church,a 2000-Year History  by H. W. Crocker IIIcover


Crocker, who converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism tells the long and fascinating story of the faith he clearly loves



coverHoly Blood, Holy Grail by Richard Leigh

 Some extraordinary conclusions about the lineage of Christ, based upon documents uncovered by BBC producers.


Sacred Texts

coverThe World's Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions
by Phillip Novak

Some of the most powerful words ever written. In one place the essential sacred readings from Buddhist, Hindu, Confucian, Taoist, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and primal religions.

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coverIslam: Religion, History, and Civilization
by Seyyed Hossein Nasr


a good clear introduction to Islam

The Essential Koran: The Heart of Islam
trans. by Thomas Cleary 


an introductory selection of texts chosen for greater accessibility for those who are not familiar with the faith


cover The Essential Tao: An Initiation into the Heart of Taoism through the Authentic Tao Te Ching and the Inner Teachings of Chuang-Tzu
trans. by Thomas Cleary


coverThe Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels
by Thomas Cahill

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coverThe Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis
by Leon R. Kass


coverWalking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses. by Bruce Feiler

coverKabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism
by David A. Cooper


a collection of ancient texts, teachings, methods, and stories on Jewish mysticism

coverGod in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism
by Abraham Joshua Joseph Heschel


a classic of Jewish theology

coverEssential Judaism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs and Rituals
by George Robinson