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So we’re not big on holiday themed lists at KtB, but we promise this one’s for a worthy cause: our contributors! Many of the excellent writers who have published here also came out with books this year, and we think they all make excellent gifts. But, as they used to say on Reading Rainbow, you don’t have to take our word for it:

god in proofGod In Proof: The Story of A Search From the Ancients to the Internet by Nathan Schneider

“A book that starts attractively and gets more enjoyable by the page.” —Booklist starred review
“Schneider has given us a means of clearly seeing the intimate relationship between a religious way of being in the world and the expression of this life in the rational language of proofs.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

thank you anarchyThank You Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse

“Schneider’s panoptic reporting in Thank You, Anarchy brings to mind the work of George Orwell in Down and Out in Paris and London, the books of Robert Coles on his experiences as a psychiatrist in the South, and Norman Mailer’s The Armies of the Night on the 1967 anti-war march in Washington.”
National Catholic Reporter

child catchersThe Child-Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption by Kathryn Joyce

“Kathryn Joyce’s investigation into the rise of the Christian adoption movement is both fascinating and disturbing. In chronicling this mission to ‘save’ children from their home countries and perceived hardships, Joyce moves beyond the feel-good headlines to reveal a truth that most American media seems to have missed. The Child Catchers fills an important gap in the national conversation not just about adoption—but about imperialism and feminism as well.” —Jessica Valenti, founder of

radical reinventionRadical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church by Kaya Oakes

“Oakes not only treats readers to gorgeous prose, but manages to provide an overview and history of the best of the Catholic faith, without losing momentum.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Her eventual belief in a church that meets the needs of everyone, sinners and skeptics alike, is palpable –and perhaps enough to get other disenfranchised believers to look twice.” —Bitch Magazine

spiritual american trashSpiritual American Trash: Portraits from the Margins of Art and Faith by Greg Bottoms

In Spiritual American Trash, Greg Bottoms goes beyond the examination of eight “outsider artists” and inhabits the spirit of their work and stories in engaging vignettes. From the janitor who created a holy throne room out of scraps in a garage, to the lonely wartime mother who filled her home with driftwood replicas of Bible scenes, Bottoms illustrates the peculiar grace in madness.

lives of the apostatesThe Lives of The Apostates by Eric O. Scott

“[Eric Scott’s nonfiction stories] are so smart, so well told, I was surprised to learn that he would be publishing a novella. Now, having read it in one sitting, I’m glad Scott’s writing “pagan fiction,” too. Only, The Lives of the Apostates is more than “pagan fiction”– at its best, it’s a complication of belief and beliefs, the story of a clash between a student and a professor, between religion and reality, between a young man’s faith and his circumstances.” —Jeff Sharlet

good adjunctivitisAdjunctivitis by Gordon Haber (e-book)

“Anyone who has ever had a dead-end job should be able to appreciate the honesty and wit of Gordon Haber’s Adjunctivitis.” –Amazon reviewer

good false economiesFalse Economies by Gordon Haber (e-book)

“I put my pants on backwards and went to the store this afternoon. I felt like a complete idiot when my wallet was lost for twenty minutes only to be found in my new front pocket. Gordon Haber must know this feeling, or at least one of his characters must.” –anonymous Amazon reviewer

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In this age of horizontal social media, Becky Garrison sees hope in the rise of the “nones” for a new conversation. Like her 12th-great-grandfather, the religious liberty pioneer Roger Williams, these seekers follow their own spiritual path and create spaces that embrace all including women, people of color, LGBT folks and others marginalized by the institutional church.

pback 7739Can’t decide? There’s always our anthology, Believer, Beware!: First-person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith, or the book that started it all, Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible by Jeff Sharlet & Peter Manseau, or more Buddha-killers books here.