Each fall, religion and spirituality publishers bring out a bounty of books for gift giving, course adoption, and general reading pleasure, as days grow short and life moves indoors. This season sees the release of a bumper crop of books on a wide range of topics, including Islam, Mormon feminism, religious violence, the cult of capitalism, and more.

Religion & Spirituality Top 10

The Abbey: A Story of Discovery

James Martin. HarperOne, Oct. 13.

Martin is a popular nonfiction author and an exceptionally capable public face of Catholicism. His fiction debut will be closely watched.

At the Altar of Wall Street: The Rituals, Myths, Theologies, Sacraments, and Mission of the Religion Known as the Modern Global Economy

Scott W. Gustafson. Eerdmans, Oct. 1.

It’s time to call Mammon by its name and study the worship of this powerful entity.

American Qur’an

Sandow Birk. Norton/Liveright, Nov. 2.

Los Angeles artist Birk spent nine years creating a personal English-language Qur’an, following Islamic traditions for transcribing the text and using illustrations of scenes from American life. The stunning result will be a conversation starter.


Paul Young. Howard, Sept. 22.

It’s not like this story has never been written before. But look for an offbeat interpretation of a formative religious figure from the author of The Shack, which got millions of readers thinking and arguing about the everyday meaning of complicated Christian theology.

Hospitality and Islam: Welcoming in God’s Name

Mona Siddiqui. Yale Univ., Nov. 24.

This path to understanding the teachings and traditions within Islam is itself most welcome, and Siddiqui looks at this important practice that religions mandate through the lens of gender.

Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings

Edited by Joanna Brooks, Rachel Hunt Steenblik, and Hannah Wheelwright. Oxford Univ., Oct. 1.

As Mormonism continues its evolution as a force in American public religious life, this needed compendium will help characterize this uniquely American faith.

Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life

Harold S. Kushner. Knopf, Sept. 1.

The man who taught millions of people what to do and say when bad things happen to good people offers more distilled teachings that will likely also be encouraging, well seasoned, and understandable.

Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence

Jonathan Sacks. Schocken, Oct. 6.

Sacks, the former chief rabbi of Great Britain, will bring a much-needed global perspective to this knotty issue.

Salvation with a Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity

Phillip Luke Sinitiere. New York Univ., Nov. 13.

This is the book for people who ask ,“What is it about that smiley TV preacher?” And yes, Osteen himself has another book coming this fall.

Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond the Now

Billy Graham. Thomas Nelson, Sept. 29.

Publisher Thomas Nelson presents this as the final project from Graham. It’s safe to say that he had help in putting this together; it’s also safe to say that many will be interested in his unique perspective.

Religion & Spirituality Listings



Miracle Drug by Richard L. Mabry (Sept. 15, paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-63088-118-4). Josh Pearson discovers that his medical patients, including a former U.S. president, have been exposed to a universally fatal virus. The only chance for survival is treatment with an experimental drug. When Rachel Moore, a nurse Josh is falling in love with, becomes ill, Josh must pull off a miracle to save both a man who holds power and a woman who holds his heart.

Avon Inspire

A Son’s Vow: The Charmed Amish Life, Book One by Shelley Shepard Gray (Jan. 26, paper, $12.99, ISBN 978-0-06-233779-5). Set in the Amish village of Charm, Ohio, the first book of Gray’s Charmed Amish Life series tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings, who are struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.

Barbour/Shiloh Run

The Calico Spy by Margaret Brownley (Jan. 1, paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-62836-628-0). Pinkerton operative Katie Madison’s newest case takes her to Calico, Kans., where two Harvey House waitresses were murdered under mysterious circumstances. Calico’ s sheriff, Branch Whitman, has never met a Pink he liked, but when a tornado hits town, Branch has no choice but to work with Katie.

The Gift by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Aug. 1, paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-61626-082-8). Adam Beachy fears abandonment. Leah Mast has a gift he despises. Can this young Amish couple ever find peace and love in a modern-day marriage of convenience?

Bethany House

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis (Sept., paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-1247-5). Three Amish sisters follow different paths to find their place in the world. 152,000-copy announced first printing.

The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen (Dec., paper $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-1072-3). Sophie Dupont is in dire straits and must marry a stranger to secure her future. 33,000-copy announced first printing.

Good Books

Hester on the Run by Linda Byler (Nov. 3, paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-68099-058-4). In colonial America, a young childless Amish couple decide to raise an abandoned Native American infant as their own. As the child grows up, she recognizes that she belongs to two worlds, both intent on possessing her.


The Abbey: A Story of Discovery by James Martin (Oct. 13, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-06-240186-1). The debut novel from the popular Jesuit puts divorced single mom Anne, former architect Mark, and Father Paul into a Pennsylvania abbey for some soul searching.


Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury (Nov., hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-4516-8753-8) is the third novel in an series about divine intervention and the trials and triumphs of life for a group of friends whose lives could affect the future of the country.

Eve by Paul Young (Sept., hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1-5011-0137-3). The author of The Shack returns with an imaginative reinterpretation of the mother of humanity.


Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand (Nov. 24, mass market, $7.99, ISBN 978-1-4201-3653-1). If octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth have their way, Huckleberry Hill will become the most romantic spot in Wisconsin, as they start up their matchmaking shenanigans again in this new entry of Beckstrand’s Amish romance series.


The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry (Sept, paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4387-9). A WWII pilot who was shot down and captured by the Nazis navigates the mystery surrounding his immortality.

Lion Fiction

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The Body Under the Bridge: A Father Gilbert Mystery by Paul McCusker (Jan, $14.99, paper, ISBN 978-1-78264-107-0) is the first in a series of modern whodunits following Friar Gilbert, a character known to listeners of Focus on the Family radio dramas.


The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Oct. 6, paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-2320-0). A new series opens with this tale of Katrina Stoltzfus, who is shocked when the man she was to marry chooses another. When farm hand Andy Miller arrives on the scene, Katrina wonders if he is too good to be true.

The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick (Sept. 1, paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-2232-6). In 1847, the young Eliza Spalding Warren was taken captive by Cayuse Indians. Years later, after she is freed, marries, and becomes a mother, she must come to terms with her past when her husband, wanting to make a new start, proposes a move that will return her to the land of her childhood captivity.

Thomas Nelson

The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay (Nov. 3, paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-4016-8975-9). When rare book dealer Victoria Seward goes to England, she learns how to love and be loved in the modern world.

The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell (Jan. 26, paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7180-3762-8). Grief unravels a family, and when a missing child is found after six years, the road to healing is difficult.


War Room: Prayer Is a Powerful Weapon by Chris Fabry (Aug. 4, paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-0728-3). As tensions at home escalate, real estate agent and mother Elizabeth Jordan begins to realize that her family is worth fighting for. Stepping out in blind faith, putting her prayers for her family and their future in God’s hands, might be her only chance at regaining the life she was meant for.


Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall (Sept. 8, paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-60142-699-4). In the first book in a new series, an Old Order Amish woman and a college student uncover the life-changing consequences surrounding a fire the night they were both born in the same Amish birthing clinic.


Sid by Anita Feng (Sept. 8, paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-61429-227-2) weaves the traditional tale of Siddhartha, the Buddha-to-be, with the story of Sid, an everyman who finds himself waking up amid the reality of work and family life in the modern world.


An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti (Oct. 13, hardcover, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-61795-587-7). Dodie and Wilson Binder’s grandson, Micah, is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him for Christmas so they can celebrate with the whole family, but things go very wrong when she says no. 25,000-copy announced first printing.


The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston (Dec. 8, paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-310-34199-4). In the first novel in the new Amish Heirloom series, after losing her fiancé in a tragic accident, Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mother’s hope chest—and in a special visitor who comes to her bake stand.

The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck (Nov. 17, paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-310-34152-9) features a wedding chapel built in 1949 that becomes the present-day key to love and forgiveness for two couples.



The Holy Spirit by Stanley Hauerwas (Oct. 6, paper, $13.99, ISBN 978-1-4267-7863-6) will help people recover a sense of why the Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and how that reality makes possible inclusion in the body of Christ.

John: The Gospel of Light by Adam Hamilton (Dec. 15, hardcover, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-5018-0533-2) explores the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels.

Amazon/New Harvest

St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate by Karen Armstrong (Sept. 22, hardcover, $20, ISBN 978-0-544-61739-1). Armstrong brings her analytic lens to this examination of the man who transformed a minor sect into the most powerful religion in the West.


Congregational Hermeneutics: How Do We Read? by Andrew P. Rogers (Dec., paper, $39.95, ISBN 978-1-4094-4989-8). Based on ethnographic research in English churches, Rogers explores what churches actually do with the Bible and proposes ways of enriching hermeneutical practices in congregations.


Promised by Heaven: A Doctor’s Return from the Afterlife to a Destiny of Love and Healing by Mary Helen Hensley (Sept. 8, paper, $16, ISBN 978-1-4767-8620-9). In her memoir of love, loss, and renewal, Hensley recounts her near-death experience and glimpse of heaven following a car accident that led her to discover her gifts of healing.

Atria/Beyond Words

The Soul Searcher’s Handbook: A Modern Girl’s Guide to the New Age World by Emma Mildon (Oct. 27, paper, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-58270-524-8) shines light on everything your mom didn’t teach you about neo–New Age practices, from aromatherapy and numerology to healing crystals and meditation.


Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are by Deidra Riggs (Oct. 1, paper, $13.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-1842-8). Speaker and blogger Riggs calls women to accept God’s invitation to join God in making a difference right where they are.

If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities by Mark Batterson (Oct. 1, hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-1600-4). Batterson unpacks chapter eight of Paul’s Letter to the Romans to remind readers that God is for them, all the time and in every way imaginable, to inspire them to transform their regrets.

Baker Academic

From Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World by Norman Wirzba (Oct. 13, paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-9593-1). Theologian Wirzba critically examines the modern concept of nature, showing how understanding the world as creation can help heal human lands and communities.


Augustine: Conversions to Confessions by Robin Lane Fox (Nov. 3, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0-465-02227-4). Historian Fox re-creates Augustine’s early life, showing how the church father’s quest for knowledge and faith finally brought him to Christianity and a life of celibacy.

The Many Faces of Christ: The Thousand Year Story of the Survival and Influence of the Lost Gospels by Philip Jenkins (Oct. 13, hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-465-06692-6) argues that hundreds of alternative gospels were never lost, but survived and in many cases remained influential texts, both outside and within the official Church.

Baylor Univ.

Madness: American Protestant Responses to Mental Illness by Heather H. Vacek (Aug. 1, $39.95, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-4813-0057-5) traces the history of Protestant reactions to mental illness in America and explores how Christians should navigate the ever-shifting lines of cultural authority as they care for those who suffer.

The Paul Debate: Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle by N.T. Wright. (Nov. 1, $24.95, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-4813-0417-7) wades into scholarly debate about Paul offering clarification and new insights.


Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism by Deborah Jian Lee (Nov. 10, hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-8070-3347-0) looks at the young, diverse, progressive Christians who are transforming the evangelical movement.

Bethany House

Dear Mary by Sarah Jakes (Sept., hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-1212-3) shows modern mothers the important lessons they can learn from Mary, the mother of Jesus. 75,000-copy announced first printing.


The Battle Plan for Prayer by Alex and Stephen Kendrick (Aug. 1, paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4336-8866-9) shows how to use prayer as a powerful weapon in life; based on the movie War Room.

Onward by Russell Moore (Aug. 1, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4336-8617-7). The president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention explains how readers can engage with the culture without losing their faith.


Timeless Legacy: His Holiness the Dalai Lama by Vikas Khanna (Sept. 22, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-93-84898-80-9) marks the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday (which was on July 6, 2015) with hundreds of photographs set alongside 80 questions, one for each year.


America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis (Jan. 19, hardcover, $21.99, ISBN 978-1-58743-342-9). Author and activist Wallis shows how Christians can work together to overcome the destructive and pervasive nature of racism in American society.

To the Table: A Spirituality of Food, Farming, and Community by Lisa Grahahm McMinn (Jan. 5, paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-58743-370-2) offers practical guidance on what it means to eat alone or in community with more intention, compassion, humility, and gratitude.

Cedar Fort

More than the Tattooed Mormon: The Story of Al Carraway by Al Carraway (Dec., hardcover, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-4621-1720-8) is a memoir from the Mormon convert and blogger.


Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community by Leah Gunning Francis (Aug. 4, paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-8272-1105-6). Francis interviews more than two dozen St. Louis–area clergy to get behind the scenes of the Ferguson protests and look at the long reconciliation needed in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. This is the first book from the partnership of the Forum for Theological Exploration and Chalice Press.


The Power That Changes the World by Bill Johnson (Sept., paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-9686-0). Charismatic Christian pastor Johnson urges believers to embrace God’s power and wisdom.

Church Publishing/Morehouse

Sparrow: A Journey of Grace and Miracles While Battling ALS by Jennifer R. Durant, with Matthew P. Durant (Jan., paper, $18, ISBN 978-0-8192-3247-2) is a memoir written by Episcopal priest Durant, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.

Church Publishing/Seabury

Food Fight: Struggling for Justice in a Hungry World by Chris Herlinger and Paul Jeffrey (Sept., paper, $25, ISBN 978-1-59627-266-8) describes how the battle to end hunger is being won, bit by bit through the work of grassroots communities of faith. Includes a 72-page color insert.


Do You Know Your Guardian Angel? Unlock the Secrets to a Magical Life by Jacky Newcomb (Aug. 15, paper, $21.95, ISBN 978-1-78249-262-7) is an illustrated book designed to help readers tune in to and benefit from a relationship with their celestial messengers.

Columbia Univ.

Pope Francis Among the Wolves: The Inside Story of a Revolution by Marco Politi, trans. by William McCuaig (Sept. 15, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-0-231-17414-5). One of Italy’s leading Vatican watchers reports on the shakeup remaking the Catholic Church in our time.


The Best Angel Stories by the editors of Guideposts (Sept. 1, paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-57324-677-4). Published in association with Guideposts, this collection, featuring more than 80 stories, offers assurances that people are never alone.


Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber (Sept. 8, hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-60142-755-7) looks inside life at House for All Sinners and Saints, Bolz-Weber’s highly unusual church community in Denver.


The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung, illus. by Don Clark (Aug. 31, hardcover, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4335-4244-2), retells the Bible’s core message, featuring illustrations, in a book for the whole family.

David C. Cook

End of Me: Where Your Real Life in Jesus Begins by Kyle Idleman (Sept. 1, paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-4347-0707-9) invites readers to embrace the inside-out ways of Jesus.

Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn (Oct. 1, paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-4347-0953-0). As Tippetts suffered from cancer, she and her community discovered the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and the beauty of just showing up.

Divine Arts

The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning by Ralph White (Sept. 15, paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-61125-034-3) is a memoir from one of the pioneers of the global consciousness movement.


At the Altar of Wall Street: The Rituals, Myths, Theologies, Sacraments, and Mission of the Religion Known as the Modern Global Economy by Scott W. Gustafson (Oct. 1, paper, $22, ISBN 978-0-8028-7280-7) shows how economics functions as the dominant religion in America today.

A Long Letting Go: Meditations on Losing Someone You Love by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre (Aug. 1, paper, $15, ISBN 978-0-8028-7310-1) is a collection of meditations offering comfort, direction, hope, and respite for the family, friends, and caregivers of dying persons.

Elevate Faith

Naked Prayers by Mara Measor

(Nov. 3, paper, $13.95, ISBN 978-1-937498-30-6). Singer-songwriter Measor shares a series of prayers, through words, doodles, and songs.

Ensign Peak

Maybe Today: A Simple Approach to a Soul-Satisfying Life by David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman (Aug. 4, hardcover, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-62972-038-8) describes five holy patterns that, when lived daily, will lead to the soul-satisfying life.


The Power I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today by Joel Osteen (Oct. 15, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0-89296-996-8) reveals the importance of what you say about yourself.

The Mind Connection: How the Thoughts You Choose Affect Your Mood, Behavior, and Decisions by Joyce Meyer (Sept. 1, hardcover, $24, ISBN 978-1-4555-1727-5) expands on the teachings of Battlefield of the Mind and Power Thoughts, exploring the power of positive thinking and the connection between the mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes.


Life and Death: A Medium’s Messages to Help You Overcome Grief and Find Closure by Tim Braun (Dec. 15, paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-84409-678-7) offers a contemporary look into the life of international medium Braun and gives a step-by-step process on healing from grief, self-forgiving, and finding closure.

Fordham Univ.

Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax by Michael N. McGregor (Sept. 1, hardcover, $34.95, ISBN 978-0-8232-6801-6) is a biography of the minimalist poet Lax, who embraced simplicity, humility, and poverty and found the pure joy, peace, and love he had long sought.


Hoping Against Hope: Confessions of a Postmodern Pilgrim by John D. Caputo (Oct. 1, paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-4514-9915-5). The author reflects on his spiritual journey from his days as a Catholic altar boy in 1950s Philadelphia to his work as a philosopher after the death of God.

Paul and His Recent Interpreters by N.T. Wright (Sept. 1, paper, $39, ISBN 978-0-8006-9964-2) examines major contributors to Pauline studies in the last 50 years.


Witches of America by Alex Mar (Oct. 20, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0-374-29137-2) follows Mar’s trip into paganism, which he began in England in the 1950s and which took him to the Bay Area, where he lives today, and asks, why do we choose to believe in anything at all?

Golden Sufi Center

For Love of the Real: A Story of Life’s Mystical Secret by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (Nov. 1, hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-941394-11-3) provides a detailed description of the mystical journey to absolute truth and a guide for contemporary seekers.

Gospel Publishing/Salubris Resources

Let’s Do Family Together: 7 Keys for Generations of Love and Honor by Gary Smalley (Sept. 1, paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-68067-030-1) offers insights for family living.

Gospel Publishing/Vital Resources

The Silence Always Speaks: A Never-Ending Encounter with Jesus by Heath Adamson (Sept. 1, hardcover, $14.99,ISBN 978-1-68066-007-4) examines how Christ’s voice reverberates in the silence of circumstance, uncertainty, question, and perceived absence.

Go Tandem

Better Relationships, Better Life: Encouragement and Hope for Improving Every Relationship by Pam Ovwigho (Oct. 1, paper, $7.99, ISBN 978-1-63058-376-7) provides a step-by-step plan to let go of grievances, learn to forgive others, love, and improve relationships at home, at work, and at church

Hampton Roads

Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom: The Essential Teachings, edited by Andrea Kirk Assaf (Sept. 1, paper, $14, ISBN 978-1-57174-738-9), explores themes such as faith and prayer, love and family, peace and poverty in the writings of Pope Francis.


The Toltec Art of Life and Death: A Story of Discovery by Don Miguel Ruiz and Barbara Emrys (Oct. 27, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-06-239092-9). The spiritual teacher and author of the bestselling The Four Agreements takes readers on a mystical Toltec-inspired personal journey.


Grounded: Reconnecting the Kingdom of Heaven with Our Life on Earth by Diana Butler Bass (Oct. 6, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-232854-0) further explores our postreligion age.

The Study Qur’an: A New Translation and Commentary by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, editor-in-chief; general editors Caner K. Dagli, Maria Massi Dakake, and Joseph E.B. Lumbard; and assistant editor Mohammed Rustom (Nov. 17, hardcover, $59.99, ISBN 978-0-06-112586-7). Nearly 2,000 pages of sacred text, notes, essays, and commentary provide a comprehensive picture of how this sacred work has been read by Muslims for more than 1,400 years.

Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): A History of the Religious Battles That Define America from Jefferson’s Heresies to Gay Marriage Today by Stephen Prothero (Jan. 19, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-157129-9) reviews social history to show how competing religious beliefs have continually molded American political, economic, and sociological discourse and the by-product of the struggle to define “Americanness.”

Harvard Univ.

Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz (Oct. 6, hardcover, $17.95, ISBN 978-0-674-08870-2) is a dialogue between a famous atheist and a former radical who engage one of the most polarizing issues of our time.

Harvest House

The Inspired Room by Melissa Michaels (Oct., hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-7369-6309-7). The blogger and decorator offers a full-color tour of her home and favorite family spaces, with insights and doable tips.

Hay House

How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People): Spiritual Advice for Modern Relationships by Meggan Watterson and Lodro Rinzler (Sept. 15, paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4019-4669-2) is a hip guide from a Christian mystic and a Buddhist for spiritual seekers who want to experience more love and stability in all forms of relationships.


OMG! How Children See God by Monica Parker (Oct. 1, paper, $12.95, ISBN 978-0-7573-1864-1) opens a humorous window onto children’s views of God.


Reflecting the Eternal: Dante’s Divine Comedy in the Novels of C.S. Lewis by Marsha Daigle-Williamson (Oct., paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-61970-665-1) shows how Lewis drew on the structure, themes, and narrative details of Dante’s medieval epic to present his characters as spiritual pilgrims growing toward God.


Rewilding the Way: Break Free to Follow an Untamed God by Todd

Wynward (Sept. 1, paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8361-9948-2). Wilderness guide

Wynward “rewilds” the Jesus Way and offers a vision for the commonwealth of earth’s community.


Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome by Reba Riley (Aug., hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5011-2403-7). Written with humor and personality, Riley’s book tackles the universal struggle to heal what life has broken.

Fight for the Forgotten by Justin Wren (Sept., hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4767-6558-7). Mixed-martial-artist Wren sets out on an international mission to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.


Docat: Catholic Social Teaching for Youth (September, paper, $19.95, Illustrated, ISBN 978-1-62164-049-3) is the newest volume in the best-selling “Youcat” series for Catholic youth and young adults. 50,000-copy announced first printing.

Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.

The Anunnaki Chronicles: A Zecharia Sitchin Reader by Zecharia Sitchin, edited by Janet Sitchin (Sept. 25, hardcover, $24, ISBN 978-1-59143-229-6), looks at the decades of research behind Sitchin’s (1920–2010) complete works and provides an in-depth overview of his theories, as well as never-before-published letters, articles, and lectures.

The Art and Science of Hand Reading: Classical Methods for Self-Discovery through Palmistry by Ellen Goldberg and Dorian Bergen (Nov. 2, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-62055-108-0) is a comprehensive guide to the inner psychology revealed by the hand.


Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice by Brenda Salter McNeil

(Jan. 4, hardcover, $16, ISBN 978-0-8308-4442-5) shows that even in the midst of injustice and inequality, it is possible to take the next step into unity, wholeness, and justice.

IVP Academic

American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea by John D. Wilsey (Nov. 23, paper, $22, ISBN 978-0-8308-4094-6) traces the concept of exceptionalism, considering not only the abuses of the idea but the way it can also point to constructive civil engagement and human flourishing.

Jewish Lights

The Best Boy in the United States of America: A Memoir of Blessings and Kisses by Ron Wolfson (Sept., hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-58023-838-0). This memoir describes how Wolfson, a Hebrew school dropout, became a visionary leader of American Jewry.

Renewing the Process of Creation: A Jewish Integration of Science and Spirit by Bradley Shavit Artson (Oct., hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-58023-833-5) blends Jewish theology, science, and process thought in exploring Judaism and the sciences.


Here I Am: Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywomen edited by Grace Ji-Sun Kim (Oct. 20, paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8170-1763-7) compiles theological reflections and stories of faith from Korean American women in various forms of ministry.


Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life by Harold S. Kushner (Sept. 1, hardcover, $23.95, ISBN 978-0-385-35409-7). The bestselling author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People distills nine lessons from his teaching, study, and experience.


Ishtar’s Odyssey: A Storybook for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide (Sept., paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4393-0). The fourth in a set of Advent adventure family devotionals follows the 10-year-old son of a Persian wise man as their caravan follows a star across the desert.


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In the Oneness of Time: The Education of a Diviner by William Douglas Horden (Nov., paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-936012-76-3). A contemporary diviner explains how he discovered this mode of intuitive perception and was trained to develop and use it.


Family, the Church, and the Real World (Aug., paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7648-2620-7). Greg and Lisa Popcak, Christopher West, and other Catholic family-life experts contribute essays to this twenty-first century lived-faith, real-life strategy guide for navigating the messy holiness of family life.


Dorothy Day: Love in Action by Patrick Jordan (Aug., paperback, $12.95, ISBN 978-0-8146-3703-6) conveys some of the hallmarks of Day’s fascinating life and the spirit her adventure inspires, as seen by someone who knew her.


Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Chakras: Your Definitive Source of Energy Center Knowledge for Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Evolution by Cyndi Dale (Nov. 8, paper, $39.99, ISBN 978-0-7387-3962-5) is an encyclopedia with full-color illustrations and exercises for chakra healing and clearing.

Modern Tantra: Living One of the World’s Oldest, Continuously Practiced Forms of Pagan Spirituality in the New Millennium by Donald Michael Kraig (Dec. 8, paper, $34.99, ISBN 978-0-7387-4016-4) presents an ancient pagan spiritual system for people today, complete with its own myths, traditions, deities, astrology, divination systems, and rituals.


Stripped: At the Intersection of Cancer, Culture, and Christ by Heather King (Sept., paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-0-8294-4262-5) chronicles the author’s informed decision not to declare own war on her cancer, but to carefully examine all the medical evidence available, choosing instead to bring God into her decision making, and, ultimately, to accept her vulnerability.

Mercer Univ.

“Winning the Race?” Religion, Hope, and the Reshaping of the Athletic Enhancement Debate by Tracy J. Trothen (Nov. 2, paper, $30, ISBN 978-0-88146-543-3) examines the relationship between sport, religion, and spirituality, relating this to the complex ethical debate of the use of enhancements.


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The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist: Or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments by Andy Bannister (Aug., paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-85721-610-6) uses humor to help readers think a little more deeply about the popular claims of atheism.


Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places by Kate McCord (Sept. 1, paper, $12.99, ISBN 978-0-8024-1341-3). Weaving together Scripture, her story, and the stories of others, the author considers why God calls people to dangerous places and what it means for all involved.

National Geographic

Jesus: An Illustrated Life by Jean-Pierre Isbouts (Oct. 27, hardcover, $40, ISBN 978-1-4262-1568-1) brings readers into Jesus’ life journey on a deeply human level, using selected artwork by some of the great artists of the ages and National Geographic photography and maps.

New World Library

Secular Meditation: A Guide from the Humanist Community at Harvard: 32 Practices for Cultivating Inner Peace, Compassion, and Joy by Rick Heller (Dec. 15, paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-60868-369-7) contains step-by-step instructions, personal stories, and provocative questions that will teach empathy for others, stress reduction, and inner peace.

New york Univ.

Salvation with a Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity by Phillip Luke Sinitiere (Nov. 13, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0-8147-2388-3). The first book-length study devoted to Joel Osteen and the Lakewood Church offers a critical history of the congregation that links its origins to post–World War II neo-Pentecostalism and explains its popularity in relation to the prosperity gospel movement.


American Qur’an by Sandow Birk (Nov. 2, hardcover, $100, ISBN 978-1-63149-018-7) is a one-of-a-kind rendering of Islam’s sacred text for contemporary American Muslims, by acclaimed American artist Birk.


Empire of Fear: Inside the Islamic State by Andrew Hosken (Sept. 15, paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-78074-806-1). One of the BBC’s most senior correspondents takes an extensively reported look at how the Islamic State came to power, and how it can be defeated.


Phyllis Tickle: Essential Spiritual Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters series), edited by Jon M. Sweeney (August, paper, $22, ISBN 978-1-62698-137-9), compiles essays, poems, sermons, lectures, reflections, and other writings from every stage of Tickle’s varied career.

Morning Homilies II by Pope Francis (Oct., paper, $18, ISBN 978-1-62698-147-8) is a second collection of morning homilies preached by Pope Francis at his private morning masses at the Vatican.


Mindfulness Plain & Simple: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace by Oli Doyle (Sept. 1, paper, $13.95, ISBN 978-1-4091-5676-5) teaches mindfulness without religious jargon.


God is Watching You: How the Fear of God Makes Us Human by Dominic Johnson (Oct. 1, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-0-19-989563-2) uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the role played by fear of punishment in the evolution of human society and cooperation.

Inventing American Religion: Polls, Surveys, and the Tenuous Quest for a Nation’s Faith by Robert Wuthnow (Sept. 1, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-025890-0) argues that polls and surveys have shaped and distorted how religion is understood in America today.

Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings, edited by Joanna Brooks, Rachel Hunt Steenblik, and Hannah Wheelwright (Oct. 1, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-024803-1), compiles foundational essays, speeches, and poems of the Mormon feminist movement since 1970.


Nothing to It: Ten Ways to Be at Home with Yourself by Phap Hai (Oct. 6, paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-941529-00-3) explores the many different “gates”— teachings, practices, and ways of looking at things—to transformation offered by Buddhism.


Francis, Bishop of Rome: The Gospel for the Third Millennium by Allan Figueroa Deck (Feb., hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-8091-0622-6) argues that the election of Jorge Bergoglio as pope reflects a shift toward the global South, away from Western centralization in the Catholic Church.


Brand Luther: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe—and Started the Protestant Reformation by Andrew Pettegree (Oct. 27, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-59420-496-8) reexamines Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the birth of publishing, on the eve of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary.


The Book of Mastery: The Mastery Trilogy: Book I by Paul Selig (Jan. 5, paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-0-399-17570-1). The first book in the channeled Mastery Trilogy inaugurates self-development directed by unseen intellects called the Guides.


Everybody Is Wrong About God by James A. Lindsay (Dec. 1, paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-63431-036-9) calls for addressing people’s psychological and social motives for believing in God, instead of arguing with them.


Not Just Good, But Beautiful: The Complementary Relationship Between Man and Woman, edited by Helen Alvaré and Steven Lopes (Sept. 21, paper, $12, ISBN 978-0874866834), compiles

presentations made at Humanum, a 2014 Vatican colloquium about the relationship between man and woman in marriage.

Princeton Univ.

The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism by Jon D. Levenson (Oct. 27, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-691-16429-8) traces the origins of the concept of God’s love to the ancient institution of covenant, showing how covenantal love is a matter neither of sentiment nor of legalism.

What Is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic by Shahab Ahmed (Nov. 10, hardcover, $39.50, ISBN 978-0-691-16418-2) presents a new conceptualization of Islam that challenges dominant understandings grounded in the categories of religion and culture or that privilege law and scripture.

Prometheus Books

The Illusion of God’s Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing by John C. Wathey (Jan. 12, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-1-63388-074-0) analyzes spirituality and its associated emotions in terms of innate neonatal brain circuitry and the bonding between infant and mother.


The Presence of the Infinite: The Spiritual Experience of Beauty, Truth, and Goodness by Steve McIntosh (Nov. 1, paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-0-8356-0941-8) explores the nature of spiritual experience, how it works, and how to use it effectively to improve our lives and the world around us.

Rainbow Ridge

The Secret of Effortless Doing: Be...and It Will Be by Ronny Hatchwell and Zach Sivan (Aug. 1, paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-937907-35-8) teaches that happiness and serenity are actually humans’ default state of being.


Planet Middle School by Kevin Leman (Oct., hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-2305-7) equips parents of middle schoolers with the tools they need to handle conflicts, emotions, and other pitfalls of the middle school years.


Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth by Tommy Rosa and Stephen Sinatra (Nov. 17, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-62336-624-7) teaches eight lessons on health from a plumber’s near-death experience, corroborated by a physician.

Rowman & Littlefield

Catholic History for Today’s Church: How Our Past Illuminates Our Present by John W. O’Malley (Sept. 1, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-4422-5002-4) collects essays about some of the most contentious issues for Catholics today, from celibacy to the role of the pope.

Rutgers Univ.

A Year in White: Cultural Newcomers to Lukumí and Santería in the United States by C. Lynn Carr (Jan. 21, paper, $27.95, ISBN 978-0-8135-7119-5) draws on in-depth interviews and almost a decade of ethnographic fieldwork to examine religious transformation.


Abraham: The World’s First (but Certainly Not Last) Jewish Lawyer by Alan M. Dershowitz (Oct. 6, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0-8052-4293-5). One of the world’s best-known attorneys chronicles a history of Jewish lawyers from the biblical Abraham, who argued with God on behalf of Sodom, through modern-day advocates who have changed the world by challenging the status quo.

Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Jonathan Sacks (Oct. 6, hardcover, $28.95, ISBN 978-0-8052-4334-5) shows that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of the texts of the Bible that have influenced all three of the Abrahamic faiths.


Breathe Through This: Mindfulness for Parents of Teenagers by Eline Snel (Sept. 1, paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-61180-246-7) teaches simple mindfulness practices for parents of teenagers to help them stay present, positive, and open-hearted.

Seeds for a Boundless Life: Zen Teachings from the Heart by Blanche Hartman, edited by Earthlyn Manuel (Aug. 25, paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-61180-284-9). The first book from the respected Zen teacher is a collection of short teachings taken from her talks on the subject of boundlessness.

Shiloh Run

Your Best Happily Ever After:

Loving God’s Beautiful Story for Your Life by Ginger Kolbaba (Aug. 1, paper, $13.99, ISBN 978-1-63409-324-8) offers encouragement, challenges, insights from scripture, and a little humor on how God wants women to live and love their stories in the here and now.

Simon & Schuster

How’s Your Faith: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey by David Gregory (Sept. 15, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-4516-5160-7). The former NBC newsman examines various religious traditions to better understand his own faith and answer life’s most important questions: who do we want to be and what do we believe?


The Promise of Francis: The Man, the Pope, and the Challenge of Change by David Willey (Sept. 8, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-4767-8905-7). BBC Vatican correspondent Willey chronicles Francis’s first two years as pope and analyzes what could happen in the years to come.

Skylight Paths

The Golden Rule and the Games People Play: The Ultimate Strategy for a Meaning-Filled Life by Rami Shapiro (Oct., paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-59473-598-1) looks critically at the Golden Rule in the context of game theory and as the ultimate strategy for the game of life.

Sounds True

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better: Wise Advice for Leaning into the Unknown by Pema Chödrön (Sept. 1, hardcover, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-62203-531-1) offers honest and comforting advice for anyone facing a life transition.

Spiegel & Grau

The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible by Aviya Kushner (Aug. 18, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0-385-52082-9) explores the surprising experience of reading the Bible in English for the first time after growing up reading it in Hebrew, and examines the power of translation.

St. Martins/Thomas Dunne

Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World by David Silverman (Dec. 1, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-250-06484-4). One of the most recognizable faces of atheism presents a manifesto for the nonbeliever in a world dominated by faith.

Thomas Nelson

Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now by Max Lucado (Sept. 15, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-8499-4849-7) unpacks the Old Testament story of Joshua to show modern-day readers how to live a full life right now.

We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong by R. Albert Mohler Jr. (Oct. 27, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-7180-3248-7) examines the cultural shift around marriage and offers a framework for Christians to live amid the change.

Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond the Now by Billy Graham (Sept. 29, hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-7180-4222-6) is the final project from Graham, in which he reflects on eternity.


What Did Jesus Ask? Today’s Christian Leaders Illuminate the Words of Christ (Oct. 27, hardcover, $21.95, ISBN 978-1-61893-058-3) brings together prominent religious figures, scholars, and thought leaders to contemplate and interpret some of the most significant questions posed by Jesus.


Agents of Babylon: What the Prophecies of Daniel Tell Us About the End of Days by David Jeremiah (Oct. 6, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4143-8052-0) examines prophecy through the eyes of the characters in the book of Daniel.

Happiness by Randy Alcorn (Oct. 1, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4143-8934-9) argues that God not only wants us to be happy, God commands it.

Univ. of Kentucky

Sacred Mountains: A Christian Ethical Approach to Mountaintop Removal by Andrew R.H. Thompson (Dec. 29, hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-0-8131-6599-8) proposes a Christian ethical analysis of the controversial mining practice that looks past the traditionally conflicting stereotypes about religion and environmental consciousness in Appalachia.

Univ. of North Carolina

St. Francis of America: How a Thirteenth-Century Friar Became America’s Most Popular Saint by Patricia Appelbaum (Oct. 4, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-4696-2374-0) traces popular depictions and interpretations of St. Francis, from the time when non-Catholic Americans “discovered” him in the 19th century to the present.

Univ. of Notre Dame

The Letters of Robert Giroux and Thomas Merton, edited by Patrick Samway (Aug. 30, paper, $29, ISBN 978-0-268-01786-6), show how the noted editor helped the Trappist monk to become one of the greatest spiritual writers of the 20th century.

Univ. of Pennsylvania

The Death of a Prophet: The End of Muhammad’s Life and the Beginnings of Islam by Stephen J. Shoemaker (Oct. 8, paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-8122-2342-2) investigates contradictory traditions about the end of Muhammad’s life in the Islamic and non-Islamic sources of the seventh and eighth centuries.

Univ. of Virginia

Hope Without Optimism by Terry Eagleton (Aug. 1, hardcover, $22.95, ISBN 978-0-8139-3734-2) draws on theology, cultural and political theory, and both analytic and continental philosophy to investigate the question of hope and to distinguish it from callow optimism.


The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age by John Thavis (Sept. 15, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-0-525-42689-9) examines how the Catholic Church evaluates, judges, and controls miraculous events, offering a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes debate over their authenticity.


Women of Easter by Liz Curtis Higgs (Jan. 19, hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-60142-682-6) explores the stories of three women who played a vital role in the life and ministry of Jesus: Mary of Bethany, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene.


H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magickal Tradition: The Master of Horror’s Influence on Modern Occultism by John L. Steadman (Sept. 1, paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-1-57863-587-0) argues that Lovecraft’s works provide a legitimate basis for a working magickal system.

Westminster John Knox

The Year Without a Purchase: One Family’s Quest to Stop Shopping and Start Connecting by Scott Dannemiller (Aug., paper, $15, ISBN 978-0-664-26068-2) offers a humorous account of a family’s effort to go for a year without making any nonessential purchases.

Chosen? Reading the Bible amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Walter Brueggemann (August, paper, $14, ISBN 978-0-664-26154-2) takes a frank and thoughtful look at the situation in modern-day Israel and what the Bible says about God’s promises to the Israelites.

Whitaker House

Supernatural Deliverance: Freedom for Your Soul, Mind, and Emotions by Guillermo Maldonado (Jan., paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-62911-598-6) explains how spiritual deliverance is available to all believers in order to be released from oppression and bondage in the areas of life in which they experience persistent struggle. 30,000-copy announced first printing.


Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead’s Field Guide to Mindfulness by Gerry Stribling (Aug. 25, paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-61429-229-6). A former Marine answers questions on life and living with a healthy dose of Buddhist wisdom for the regular guy.

Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now by Arnie Kozak (Sept. 22, paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-61429-057-5) is a guide for building better mindfulness practices in daily life.

World Wisdom

A Treasury of Sufi Wisdom: The Path of Unity by Peter Samsel (Dec., paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-1-936597-46-8) collects short sayings from more than 100 great Sufi masters that illuminate the spiritual traveler’s return to God.


The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants Are Strengthening America’s Faith and Values by Joseph Castleberry (Sept. 15, paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-61795-602-7) compares today’s Hispanic immigrants to the pilgrims of Massachusetts and argues for their positive effects on morals, family values, and conservative politics.

Yale Univ.

Hospitality and Islam: Welcoming in God’s Name by Mona Siddiqui (Nov. 24, hardcover, $38, ISBN 978-0-300-21186-3) explores and compares teachings within the various Muslim traditions on hospitality.

Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives by David M. Levy (Jan. 12, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-300-20831-3) invites readers to observe their online behavior closely and discover healthier and more effective digital practices.


The Hard Way: Finding Success in a Culture of Entitlement by John Townsend (Sept. 8, hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-310-33052-3) provides principles and skills to help people become successful and to help others who are stuck in “easy way” living.

My Exodus: Leaving the Slavery of Religion, Loving the Image of God in Everyone by Alan Chambers, with Leslie Chambers (Sept. 29, paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-310-34248-9). The former president of Exodus International shares his own story of same-sex attraction his deepening understanding of God’s nature.


B&H Kids

Meet My Best Friend by Sheila Walsh, illus. by Sarah Horne (Oct. 1, Hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-4336-8805-8), offers an important message about how and why the Bible can be a child’s best friend).

Candle Books

(Dist. by Kregel)

99 Prayers for Children by Juliet David, illus. by Elina Ellis (Sept., hardcover, $9.99, ISBN 978-1-78128-191-8), combines traditional and modern prayers and introduces family prayer time with young children.

The Midnight Visitors by Juliet David, illus. by Jo Parry (Sept, hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78128-233-5), tells the story of the first Christmas through the viewpoint of the animals who witnessed it.

Cedar Fort

I Can Pray Every Day by Catherine Christensen and Corey Egbert (Aug., hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-4621-1646-1) features colorful illustrations, rhyming text, and simple prayers.

Harvest House

God Made Polliwogs and Puppy Dogs by Dandi Daley Mackall (Aug., hardcover, $12.99, ISBN 978-0-7369-5873-8) pairs snippets of rhyme with illustrations to give children a peek at baby animals.


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I Love You, God by P.K. Hallinan (Sept. 8, board, $7.99, ISBN 978-0-8249-1963-4) introduces the many ways in which children can honor God in word and deed.

Thank You, God, for Puppies by Mary Manz Simon, illus. by Tammie Lyon (Sept. 8, board, $6.99, ISBN 978-0-8249-1961-0), teaches unconditional love, responsibility, and empathy through rhyming verse and art about puppies.


The Mountain Jews and the Mirror by Ruchama Feuerman, illus. by Polona Kosec and Marcela Calde-ron (Aug., hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4677-3894-1). In this folktale-like story, Josef and Estrella face a strange new world when they move to the city.

My Name is Aviva by Lesléa Newman, illus. by Ag Jatkowska (Oct.1, hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4677-2654-2). Aviva is determined to change her name until she discovers where her name comes from and why her parents chose that name.


The First Good Shepherd: Psalm 23 for Children by Martina Steinkühler (Sept., hardcover, $12.95, ISBN 978-0-8091-6774-6) presents Psalm 23 for children.


The Prince Who Was Just Himself by Silke Schnee, illus. by Heike Sistig (Sept. 1, hardcover, $16, ISBN 978-0-87486-682-7). A young prince with Down syndrome saves the nation when he disarms the terrible knight Scarface with an act of compassion.

Tommy Nelson

Win or Lose, I Love You by Lysa TerKeurst (Sept. 29, hardcover, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-529-10400-7). Lulu and Max help their friends in field day contests.


God Gave Us Sleep by Lisa Tawn Bergren (Sept. 8, hardcover, $10.99, ISBN 978-1-60142-663-5) shows children that God designed sleep to be a part of everyday life.


The Prophecy of Three by Donita K. Paul (Jan. 5, paper, $13.99, ISBN 978-0-310-73582-3) concludes the Realm Walkers series as Cantor, Dukmee, and Bixby face their greatest challenge yet: rescuing the nine realms from the tyranny of Errd Tos.

The Story of God’s Love for You by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illus. by Jago (Oct. 6, paper, $10.99, ISBN 978-0-310-74746-8), explores how God’s story centers around the gift of Jesus.