PW's starred reviews and other noteworthy religion books publishing in November:

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
Gerard Russell. Basic, $28.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-465-03056-9
Russell provides a valuable briefing on the ancient and medieval history of the region. He also muses on the immediate future of each community, particularly with respect to political instability and immigration, and his cheerfully personal tone makes all this information lively. An important and enjoyable glimpse into little-considered religious dynamics of the Middle East.

The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage
Rob and Kristen Bell. HarperOne, $24.99 (160p) ISBN 978-0-06-219424-4
In a thought-provoking dialog, pastor-at-large Rob Bell and his wife Kristen Bell approach marriage as a reflection of the divine love that flows through creation.

America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation
Grant Wacker. Belknap, $27.95 (408p) ISBN 978-0-674-05218-5
Wacker, the eminent professor of Christian history, offers an elegantly written and compulsively readable account of the life and influence of the evangelist who touched millions of lives and advised American presidents.

Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought
Terryl Givens. Oxford Univ., $34.95 (416p) ISBN 978-0-19-979492-8
A pre-eminent voice in the field of Mormon studies, Givens tackles Mormon theology, sketching a complex and nuanced picture of a growing faith.