Reza Aslan http://nwpr.org en Book News: The Smell Of Chocolate Boosts Book Sales, Study Says http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-smell-chocolate-boosts-book-sales-study-says <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The smell of chocolate boosts book sales, according to a <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494413000467" target="_blank">study</a> by Belgian researchers published in the <em>Journal of Environmental Psychology. </em>The researchers, led by Lieve Douce of Belgium's Hasselt University, spent 10 days observing customers in a Belgian bookstore. For part of each day, a subtle chocolate scent was released into the air. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:41:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 31858 at http://nwpr.org 'Zealot' Tells The Story Of Jesus The Man, Not The Messiah http://nwpr.org/post/zealot-tells-story-jesus-man-not-messiah When religious scholar Reza Aslan was 15, he went to an evangelical Christian camp. For the first time, he heard the gospel story — the story of Jesus. It was a profound experience for him, and he immediately converted. But later, when Aslan went to college and began working toward a degree in the New Testament, he found he had doubts.<p>"The more I started studying the historical Jesus, the man who lived 2,000 years ago ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:11:00 +0000 editor 30994 at http://nwpr.org 'Zealot' Tells The Story Of Jesus The Man, Not The Messiah Christ In Context: 'Zealot' Explores The Life Of Jesus http://nwpr.org/post/christ-context-zealot-explores-life-jesus Writer and scholar Reza Aslan was 15 years old when he found Jesus. His secular Muslim family had fled to the U.S. from Iran, and Aslan's conversion was, in a sense, an adolescent's attempt to fit into American life and culture. "My parents were certainly surprised," Aslan tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross.<p>As Aslan got older, he began his studies in the history of Christianity, and he started to lose faith. He came to the realization that Jesus of Nazareth was quite different from the Messiah he'd been introduced to at church. "I became very angry," he says. "I became resentful. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:04:00 +0000 editor 30986 at http://nwpr.org Christ In Context: 'Zealot' Explores The Life Of Jesus