Books to start with

What book would you recommend to someone eager to learn more about Christianity, someone who is just coming alive to the faith and to the power of the community of faiththe churchand who is full of questions about these matters?

A second time around

What books compel a second—or third or fourth—reading? How is the second reading different from the first, and what does the difference reveal about the book or the reader? We asked ten writers, including Margaret Miles, Gordon Atkinson, Mary Doria Russell, Diana Butler Bass and David Cunningham, to name a book that they chose to reread, and to share their reactions "the second time around."