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Great New Books on Religion -- Reading List for 2009

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Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church
Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church
"Fascinating look at how Hollywood Christians manage the tensions of pursuing faith and fame. Includes background and reflection on love-hate relationship between Christianity and Hollywood."
A Secular Age
A Secular Age
"Grand discussion of meaning of secularism in a continuing religious age."
A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church
A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church
The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West
The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West
"Relationship between religion and politics from the Englightenment forward."
The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-first Century
The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-first Century
"How the success of evangelical megachurches is affecting the ministry approaches of mainline churches."
Beyond Megachurch Myths: What We Can Learn from America's Largest Churches
Beyond Megachurch Myths: What We Can Learn from America's Largest Churches
"Listing of wrong beliefs about megachurches -- and what it means for all of us."
Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite
Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite
"Comprehensive discussion of powerful evangelicals based on extensive interviews with today's power players.  Traces evangelicaism from being marginalized believers to becoming active participants in circles of American power."
Getting Saved in America: Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience
Getting Saved in America: Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience
"Taiwanese in Los Angeles -- and the religious transformation of their lives of faith through immigration."
Witnessing Suburbia: Conservatives and Christian Youth Culture
Witnessing Suburbia: Conservatives and Christian Youth Culture
"Historical analysis of conservative shift from critique to engagement of popular culture."