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Book by UU author: Unplugged: Ella gets her family back

Unplugged: Ella gets her family back. Written by Laura Pedersen, illustrated by Penny Weber. Tilbury House, 2011. Laura Pedersen is a member of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, N.Y. and eaches at the Booker T. Washington Learning Center in East Harlem. This book is about Ella, a young girl whose family is too busy with their electronics to spend time with her. So she hatches a plan to get her family back, which catches their attention in a big way. Will they all agree that it’s time to make some changes?

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Book by UU author: Bridging: A handbook for congregations

Bridging: A handbook for congregations. By Gail Forsyth-Vail and Jessica York. UUA of Congregations. Boston, 2012. Gail Forsyth-Vail is a member of the The North Parish of North Andover in Mass. The Bridging ceremony is an important milestone in the life of a young UU, as well as the life of their family and faith community. This book offers a blueprint for a year-long program and ceremony marking the transition from youth to young adult.

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Book by UU author: Fluent in faith: A Unitarian Universalist embrace of religious language

Fluent in faith: A Unitarian Universalist embrace of religious language. By Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar. Skinner House Books, 2012. The Rev. Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar was the minister of the First Unitarian Society of Wilton Center in N.H. from 2008 to 2009. Discussion about a “Language of Reverence” in the UU community was propelled into energy and creativity in 2002, following a sermon by Rev. William Sinkford, then president of the UUA. This book continues that conversation, calling us to embrace our religious language in all its diversity and wide range of meaning.

Hard copies of this book can be found at the UUA bookstore online.

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Book by UU author: The Van Gogh affair

The Van Gogh affair. By Alan S. Mosier. Lulu.com, 2012. Al Mosier is a member of the UU Church of Reading, Mass. and is a former music teacher in Reading, Mass. This is his third published book and combines the worlds of Mystery and Art, two of his favorite things. When a priceless Van Gogh painting, the Femme a une Table avec des Fluers, goes missing, insurance investigator Alexander Dean is assigned to retrieve it. Dean is put into an uneasy partnership with the museum’s head of security, Lindsey Derringer, a move he finds frustrating and challenging. As the case progresses, the two develop mutual respect as they battle numerous twists and turns as they hunt down the historic painting.

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Book by UU author: Bring your own God: The spirituality of Woody Guthrie

Bring your own God: The spirituality of Woody Guthrie. By Rev. Stephen Edington and Woody Guthrie. Trafford Publishing, 2012. The Rev. Steve Edington is currently the Interim Minister at the UU Church of Manchester, N.H. served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua for twenty-four years. Woody Guthrie was a musician whose best known song was “This Land is Your Land.” This book follows Woody’s life, bringing particular focus to the singer’s spiritual beliefs, showing he was a man on love, compassion, and creativity in spite of hardship, tragedy, sadness, and other emotional obstacles.

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eBook by UU author: Now playing in Cana: A Mary Alice Tate Southern mystery

Now playing in Cana: A Mary Alice Tate Southern mystery. By Dinah Swan. Dinah Swan, 2012. Dinah Leavitt Swan is a member of the UU Congregation of Oxford in Miss. and has written 18 plays, all of them produced. This is the second book of her Mary Alice Tate Southern Mystery Series. On a cold, sleety night in Cana, Miss., socialite Mary Alice Tate and her dog, Boon, discover the dead body of a visiting playwright. The director, her close friend Chase Minor, is arrested for the murder, and while she knows the dark secret that brought contention between the two, she is convinced he is innocent. To clear his name, she must use every resource she has: her family’s status, the help of her hot police officer friend, Tom, and her insider knowledge of small-town ways.

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eBook by UU author: Cana rising: A Mary Alice Tate Southern Mystery

Cana rising: A Mary Alice Tate Southern Mystery. By Dinah Swan. Dinah Swan, 2012. Dinah Leavitt Swan is a member of the UU Congregation of Oxford in Miss. and has written 18 plays, all of them produced. This is the first book of her Mary Alice Tate Southern Mystery Series. Having divorced her Dallas physician husband, socialite Mary Alice Tate returns home to her prominent family in Cana, Mississippi. Imersing herself in volunteer work at the local Women’s Center, she befriends Sheree Delio, a white-trash, ex-stripper drug addict. When Sheree is arrested for killing a cop, Mary Alice becomes determined to prove her innocence.

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Book by UU author: Swami Vivekananda: Essential writings

Swami Vivekananda: Essential writings. By Victor M. Parachin. Orbis Books, 2012. Victor Parachin is a member of the All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Okla. He is the co-founder of the Yoga Spirit Academy and is an ordained yoga and meditation instructor. Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), a learned scholar and wandering monk from India, was a pioneer in introducing yoga and the wisdom of Hinduism to the West. This book is a collection of his teachings, quotes, and messages.

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Book by UU author: Soul repair: Recovering from moral injury after war

Soul repair: Recovering from moral injury after war. By Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini. Beacon Press Books, 2012. Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock is a professor and co-director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth, Tex. Rev. Dr. Gabriella Lettini is dean of faculty and the Aurelia Henry Reinhart Professor of Theological Ethics and studies in Public Ministry at Starr King School in Berkely, Calif. Veterans make up only about 7% of the total U.S. population, but they account for at least 20% of all suicides, and that number is still rising. Though treatment for PTSD has helped alleviate veteran’s sufferings, there may be another, untreated cause: moral injury. Soul Repair will help veterans, their families, communities, and chaplains understand the impact of war on the moral conscience. Available Veteran’s Day.

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Book by UU author: hallucination

hallucination. By Kim Green. BookLogix Publishing Services, 2012. Kim Green is a member of the UU Congregation of Atlanta and is a leader of the UUCA Women Writers group. hallucinaton is a story about the unexpected and how it can change your life, ready or not. It’s about sudden illness, but it is not a story about getting ill; it’s about getting well, both inside and out.

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