The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

Author: Larry Alex Taunton
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 0718022181
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2016 Winner of the Gospel Coalition Book Awards At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens was the most notorious atheist in the world. And yet, all was not as it seemed. “Nobody is not a divided self, of course,” he once told an interviewer, “but I think it’s rather strong in my case.” Hitchens was a man of many contradictions: a Marxist in youth who longed for acceptance among the social elites; a peacenik who revered the military; a champion of the Left who was nonetheless pro-life, pro-war-on-terror, and after 9/11 something of a neocon; and while he railed against God on stage, he maintained meaningful—though largely hidden from public view—friendships with evangelical Christians like Francis Collins, Douglas Wilson, and the author Larry Alex Taunton. In The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, Taunton offers a very personal perspective of one of our most interesting and most misunderstood public figures. Writing with genuine compassion and without compromise, Taunton traces Hitchens’s spiritual and intellectual development from his decision as a teenager to reject belief in God to his rise to prominence as one of the so-called “Four Horsemen” of the New Atheism. While Hitchens was, in the minds of many Christians, Public Enemy Number One, away from the lights and the cameras a warm friendship flourished between Hitchens and the author; a friendship that culminated in not one, but two lengthy road trips where, after Hitchens’s diagnosis of esophageal cancer, they studied the Bible together. The Faith of Christopher Hitchens gives us a candid glimpse into the inner life of this intriguing, sometimes maddening, and unexpectedly vulnerable man. “If everyone in the United States had the same qualities of loyalty and care and concern for others that Larry Taunton had, we'd be living in a much better society than we do.” ~ Christopher Hitchens

The Rage Against God

Author: Peter Hitchens
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441195076
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In a fascinating account, Peter Hitchens describes his autobiographical and spiritual journey from atheism to faith in God through the power of reasoning.

Listening to Young Atheists

Author: Larry Taunton
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN: 9781414391571
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At a time when Christianity appears to be in full retreat in today’s culture, Larry Taunton, a regular contributor to USA Today, The Atlantic, and CNN.com, decided to listen to Christianity’s most vocal critics—the prominent leaders of secular humanist clubs at the top universities. What he learned was striking: Christianity’s most articulate despisers were once Christians themselves. They didn’t leave the church because the youth group wasn’t fun enough. Instead, these Christians on the way out the church door uniformly couldn’t find anyone who would both listen to their doubts and offer solid, biblically informed responses. Listening to Young Atheists chronicles what Larry learned from these interviews and how these insights can make Christianity stronger. A faith that won’t listen to doubts is destined for the dustbin of history. The good news is the reasonable arguments for Christianity are stronger than ever, if only we learn how to create a place for people to listen to them.

Letters to a Young Contrarian

Author: Christopher Hitchens
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780786739073
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In the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissidents. Who better to speak to that person who finds him or herself in a contrarian position than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways.This book explores the entire range of "contrary positions"-from noble dissident to gratuitous pain in the butt. In an age of overly polite debate bending over backward to reach a happy consensus within an increasingly centrist political dialogue, Hitchens pointedly pitches himself in contrast. He bemoans the loss of the skills of dialectical thinking evident in contemporary society. He understands the importance of disagreement-to personal integrity, to informed discussion, to true progress-heck, to democracy itself. Epigrammatic, spunky, witty, in your face, timeless and timely, this book is everything you would expect from a mentoring contrarian.

The Serenity Prayer Book

Author: William V. Pietsch
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062506374
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GOD grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, COURAGE to change the things I can, and WISDOM to know the difference. “A balanced and thoughtfully incisive exposition of the subtle wisdom conceale

Waking Up

Author: Sam Harris
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451636032
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For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

American Gospel

Author: Jon Meacham
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 0812976665
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The best-selling author of Franklin and Winston offers an incisive historical portrait of religion and politics in America, from the colonial period to the present day, and cites the need for contemporary society to embrace the principles of the Founding Fathers. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.

And Yet

Author: Christopher Hitchens
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476772061
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"This collection of essays brings together some of the finest pieces Hitchens published over the last two decades for the first time in one book, addressing with characteristic wit and erudition the subjects he is best known for, including: the case against God, faith and religious observance; the case for intervention in Iraq; indictments of towering political figures like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, and Henry Kissinger; and celebrations of the writers and thinkers whose work meant most to him" --

Choosing Donald Trump

Author: Stephen Mansfield
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1493412256
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The 2016 election of Donald J. Trump exposed a deep divide in American politics and culture, one that pollsters and pundits didn't seem to realize was there. But Trump did, and he used it to his advantage in ways that surprised nearly everyone, even those who voted for him. Perhaps the biggest question on many people's minds is how, exactly, did a crass, unrepentant reality TV star and cutthroat business tycoon secure the majority of the religious conservative vote? Now the New York Times bestselling author of The Faith of George W. Bush and The Faith of Barack Obama turns his pen toward the Trump phenomenon. Through meticulous research and personal interviews, Stephen Mansfield uncovers who Trump's spiritual influences have been and explains why Christian conservatives were attracted to this unlikely candidate. The book ends with a reflection on the vital role of prophetic distance, both historically and now.