American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell (Simon & Schuster)
In a sweeping analysis, Harvard political scientist Putnam and his colleague Campbell measure America's religious landscape. Among their findings: America is a religiously diverse and-contra the currently popular perception-religiously tolerant nation.
Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference
Desmond M. Tutu and Mpho A. Tutu (HarperOne)
The South African religious leader retired from public life this year, and this book, written with his daughter, is a lovely swan song in a life of faith that has prevailed in the face of the enormity of evil, faith learned as a child and strengthened through love, sacrifice, and failure.
Fishers of Men: The Gospel of an Ayahuasca Vision Quest
Adam Elenbaas (Penguin/Tarcher)
Elenbaas writes with bravery, candor, and humility about mistakes, redemption, and growing up, sounding familiar and universal themes of families and striving and shortsightedness woven into a narrative about an exotic and unfamiliar quest.
The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam
Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
Griswold's on-the-ground reporting ranges from Africa to Asia as she offers poetic and closely observed portraits of people who coexist in varied ways in the geographic area of the world where Christianity and Islam make headlines when they collide.
The provocative theologian casts a characteristically thoughtful look back in an uncharacteristically self-revelatory way in a memoir that fulfills his mother's powerfully formative intention for her child to do service to God.