October will see the release of Karen Kingsbury’s latest Baxter family drama, a collection of stories based on Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling The Secret, and Jesus Always, the follow-up devotional to Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.


Oct. 1

The Top 100 Women of the Bible Devotional Journal: Who They Are and What They Mean to You Today by Pamela L. McQuade (Barbour, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-634098-71-7) is a devotional journal with 100 short biographies of influential women from the Bible, including Eve, Jezebel, and Mary.

Hearing the Voice of God: He Knows You, He Loves You, He’s Always with You by David Chadwick (Harvest House, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-736967-29-7). This devotional, based on the Gospel of John, makes a case for God’s desire to have a relationship with readers.

Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints, and Sages by Carl McColman (Hampton Roads, $19.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-571747-30-3) highlights teachings from mystics, visionaries, wisdom keepers, and nondualists of the Christian tradition.

From Depths We Rise: A Journey of Beauty from Ashes by Sarah Rodriguez (Shiloh Run, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-634098-62-5). Rodriguez tells her story of infertility, a miscarriage, her husband’s cancer diagnosis, and an enduring faith.

Oct. 3

From Classism to Community: A Challenge for the Church by Jini Kilgore Cockroft (Judson, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-817017-73-6). Cockroft argues that all Christians should be seen as equals, despite backgrounds, drawing from the biblical idea that all persons are made in the image of God.

Oct. 4

How The Secret Changed My Life by Rhonda Byrne (Atria, $22.95, ISBN 978-1-5011-3826-3) collects real-life stories of transformation from readers of Byrne’s The Secret.

The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature by Adam Kirsch (Norton, $28.95, ISBN 978-0-393241-76-1) explores classic texts, including the biblical book of Deuteronomy and Esther, to show how central questions and themes of Jewish history and culture are reflected in them.

Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson (Moody, $12.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-802414-59-5). Anderson details her interpretation of the Gospels and nature as a means for finding peace, rest, and contentment.

Is This the End?: Signs of God’s Providence in a Disturbing New World by David Jeremiah (W Publishing Group, $24.99; ISBN 978-0-7180-7986-4) compares modern culture to Scriptural passages, making a case that God is still at work on a plan for mankind. 250,000 copies.

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile (Intervarsity, $24, ISBN 978-0-8308-4619-1) explores the connection between Christian spirituality and the enneagram, an ancient personality type system.

My Teenage Zombie by David L. Henderson, M.D., (W Publishing Group, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7180-3124-4) is a guide to interacting with adolescents targeted toward parents and grandparents who want to love, support, and motivate them.

Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower: Finding Answers in Jesus for Those Who Don’t Believe by Tom Krattenmaker (Convergent, $25, ISBN 978-1-101906-42-2) follows a search for inspiration in a post-religious America that leads to Jesus’ wisdom, humanity, and peacefulness.

She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That’s Passing Away by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams (B&H, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-4336-8898-0). Myers and Williams, founders of the online devotional blog that has attracted thousands, share some of their experiences with readers.

She Believes: Embracing the Life You Were Created to Live by Debbie Lindell (Revell, $15.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-800724-42-9) attempts to redefine gender roles, and argues that women’s lives have value and meaning purposely designed by God.

Jesus Always: Embracing Joy in His Presence by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-718039-50-9) is a 365-day devotional from the bestselling author of Jesus Calling that features uplifting messages about joy and passages of scripture. 1,000,000 initial print run.

Oct. 11

Bartholomew: Apostle & Visionary by John Chryssavgis (W Publishing Group, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-7180-8689-3). Using church files and contributions from world dignitaries, influencers, and religious leaders, Chryssavgis sheds new light on Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople of the Eastern Orthodox Church, 25 years after he accepted the position.

Oct. 13

I Believe: The Promise of the Creed by Pope Francis (Orbis, $20, ISBN 978-1-62698-188-1) draws on Francis’s writings, interviews, and homilies to show his personal faith and introduce the Apostle’s Creed.

Oct. 18

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino (W Publishing Group, $24.99; ISBN 978-0-7180-7918-5). Stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper offer their life stories, from childhood to their first renovation project together. 500,000 copies.

Pope Francis: The Story of the Holy Father by Marie Duhamel (Black Dog & Leventhal, $50, ISBN 978-0-316317-75-7). This is the only illustrated biography of Francis sanctioned by the Vatican, and it features rarely seen photographs and other documents from different parts of the pope’s life. 45,000-copy announced first printing.

Biblical Authority after Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity by Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Brazos, $21.99, ISBN 978-1-58743-393-1). As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches, Vanhoozer defends its core principles against recent criticism.

Dirty Glory: Go Where Your Best Prayers Take You by Pete Greig (NavPress, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-631466-15-1) presents stories from the 24/7 prayer movement, detailing ways that God’s interaction has changed lives and cultures.

What’s Wrong with Mindfulness (and What Isn’t): Zen Perspectives, edited by Robert Rosenbaum and Barry Magid (Wisdom, $15.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-614292-83-8) looks at the pros and cons that come with the rising popularity of mindfulness.

Oct. 25

Archaeology of the Bible: The Greatest Discoveries from Genesis to the Roman Era by Jean-Pierre Isbouts (National Geographic, $40, ISBN 978-1-426217-04-3) takes a non-denominational approach to historical and archaeological discoveries from the Bible.

The Jews of Harlem: The Rise, Decline, and Revival of a Jewish Community by Jeffrey S. Gurock (New York Univ., $35, ISBN 978-1-4798-0116-9) traces the history of Jews living in Harlem, New York, from the 1920’s to today.

On Living: Lessons in Living from the Dying by Kerry Egan (Riverhead, $24, ISBN 978-1-594634-81-9) collects a hospice chaplain’s experience with the dying and their lessons on the meaning of life.

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms by Tim Tebow, with A.J. Gregory (WaterBrook, $25, ISBN 978-0-735289-86-4). The former NFL quarterback draws on his personal experiences to offer guidance on how to maintain self-worth "when your dreams do not go as planned,” according to the publisher.

Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan by Anthony T. Kronman (Yale Univ., $50, ISBN 978-0-300208-53-5) offers a new theology in which God is compatible with modern ideals.

The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp (Zondervan, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-310318-58-3). A follow up to the bestselling One Thousand Gifts, this book makes a case that brokenness can lead to “good brokenness,” according to the author.


Oct. 4

From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling (Bethany House, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-764211-07-2) is a matchmaking drama that leaves Deborah MacCallister at a crossroads between two men and a career opportunity far from home.

Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon (Revell, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-800724-54-2). Former Army Ranger Finn McGregor finds himself in action once again after meeting Dana Lewis, who is surrounded by danger.

The Angel of Forest Hill: An Amish Christmas Romance by Cindy Woodsmall (WaterBrook, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-601427-05-2). This novella combines Old Order Amish ways with romance, faith, and holiday-season family drama.

Oct. 25

Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury (Howard, $19.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-4516-8756-9). The latest by bestselling author Kingsbury follows the Baxter family as they recover from the loss of their daughter Erin.