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KATRINA: AFTER THE FLOOD
By Gary Rivlin
Published by Simon and Schuster, $27
AUGUSTINE: CONVERSIONS TO CONFESSIONS
By Robin Lane Fox
Published by Basic Books, $35
Augustine: Conversions to Confessions may be informative to the nth degree, but it's not dense. Robin Lane Fox says he wrote this biography for all readers -- even those in a post-Christian age who do not share Augustine's religious beliefs.
TWO DOGS AND A PARROT: WHAT OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS CAN TEACH US ABOUT LIFE
By Joan Chittister
Published by Bluebridge, $18.95
"As far back as I can remember," says hoodlum Henry Hill at the beginning of "Goodfellas," "I always wanted to be a gangster."
"All my life," writes Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister, "I wanted a dog."
THE NEW MONASTICISM: AN INTERSPIRITUAL MANIFESTO FOR CONTEMPLATIVE LIVING
By Rory McEntee and Adam Bucko
Published by Orbis Books
INVENTING A CHRISTIAN AMERICA: THE MYTH OF THE RELIGIOUS FOUNDING
By Steven K. Green
Published by Oxford University Press, $29.95
CHANGE OF HEART: JUSTICE, MERCY, AND MAKING PEACE WITH MY SISTER'S KILLER
By Jeanne Bishop
Published by Westminster John Knox Press, $16
Lauren F. Winner asks, "What pictures, what images and metaphors does the Bible give us for who God is, and what ways of being with God might those pictures invite?"
THE TASTE OF SILENCE: HOW I CAME TO BE AT HOME WITH MYSELF
By Bieke Vandekerckhove
Published by Liturgical Press, $17.95
At the age of 19, Bieke Vandekerckhove was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Learning that the progressive neurodegenerative disease would end with her death in two to five years, Vandekerckhove tried to make peace with herself and her God.