In this month’s roundup of the best-reviewed BookLife titles, we highlight a romance novel, a work of historical fiction, a parenting guide, an analysis of the book of Job, and more.
★ One Friday in Jerusalem by Andre Moubarak
Synopsis: Tour guide Moubarak’s engaging thoughts and observations about Christ’s journey to Calvary will make readers feel as though they are walking the streets of Jerusalem.
PW’s Takeaway: Anyone interested in the Christian heritage of Jerusalem will relish Moubarak’s tour.
Comparable Title: Tom Bissell’s Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve
Sample Line: “Walking the Via Dolorosa inside the ancient, walled Old City is an experience to treasure.”
★ The Joy of Job by Maribeth Vander Weele
Synopsis: For readers who have wondered why an uncaring God allowed faithful Job to lose everything, Vander Weele presents a refreshing work of trenchant analysis.
PW’s Takeaway: Vander Weele’s excellent exegesis offers refreshing insight into an oft-shrugged-off Old Testament classic.
Comparable Title: Debbie Blue’s Consider the Women
Sample Line: “For years, I had no way to resolve the incongruity between the harsh and distant God of the book of Job and the loving and trustworthy God I knew.”
★The Art of Three by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese
Synopsis: A triad romance for sophisticated but escapist polyamorous readers.
PW’s Takeaway: This feel-good story is a refreshing representation of ethical nonmonogamy.
Comparable Titles: Tiffany Reisz’s the Original Sinners series
★Queen of Zazzau by J.S. Emuakpor
Synopsis: Emuakpor celebrates a 16th-century West African queen in a splendid historical.
PW’s Takeaway: Emuakpor weaves fascinating characters, facts, and folklore together into a riveting adventure.
Comparable Title: Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone
Your Kid’s Gonna Be Okay by Michael Delman
Synopsis: A coherent approach to helping kids function in the “age of attention.”
PW’s Takeaway: Delman gives parents a toolbox of practical ideas to help their children.
Comparable Title: Peg Dawson & Richard Guarre’s Smart but Scattered