Morality: Does “God” Make a Difference? Wayne G. Johnson. Univ. Press of America, 2005; $35. Johnson agrees “with many religious as well as non-religious thinkers in maintaining that belief in God does make a difference. The question that remains is whether or not the difference that belief in God makes is constructive.” Johnson, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, is a member of the Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine, Wisc.
Ending Global Poverty: A Guide to What Works. Stephen C. Smith. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005; $26.95. This guide offers tools to determine what organizations are most effective in fighting poverty. Smith is a professor of economics at George Washington University and attends the UU Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, Va.
A Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder. Robert B. Oxnam. Hyperion, 2005; $23.95. Oxnam, a China scholar and president of the Asia Society, writes about his personal struggle with Multiple Personality Disorder and his work with a therapist to uncover his personalities and the childhood trauma that caused his condition. Oxnam attends the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City.
Pursuit of Passionate Purpose: Success Strategies for a Rewarding Personal and Business Life. Theresa Szczurek. Wiley, 2005; $24.95. Szczurek, a member of the UU Church of Boulder, Colo., draws on her senior management experience and five years studying 80 individuals from all walks of life in this guide to balancing work with meaning.
Circles of Hope. Karen Lynn Williams. Illus. by Linda Saport. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2005; $16. This picture book follows young Facile’s attempts to plant a tree for his new baby sister on the hills of their Haitian village. Along the way he encounters obstacles such as rain, fire, and a hungry goat, but perseveres to plant his message of hope. Williams is a member of First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh.
Humanism, What’s That? A Book for Curious Kids. Helen Bennett. Prometheus Books, 2005; $12. In three brief chapters, this didactic volume presents a dialogue about Humanism between a teacher and a small group of students. Includes activities and discussion questions for ages ten and up. Bennett, a former high school and university English teacher, children’s librarian, and editor, is a member of the UU Fellowship of Boca Raton, Fla.
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