November has a wide variety of offerings of books publishing in the religion and spirituality category, from a collection of interviews about Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis to a look at religion’s sometimes violent past in The Murderous History of Bible Translations.
Drawing Your Own Path: 33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation by John F. Simon Jr. (Parallax, $24.95 paper, 978-1-9415-2936-2). Multi-media artist Simon shares his story of how a daily drawing routine turned into a meditation practice before guiding readers toward alternate ways to practice mindfulness.
After Awareness by Greg Goode (New Harbinger, $16.95 paper, 978-1-6262-5809-9) examines often-overlooked topics associated with a set of liberating spiritual teachings called the Direct Path, including the importance of ethics, the role of the guru, and more.
The Grace in Living: Recognize It, Trust It, Abide in It by Kathleen Dowling Singh (Wisdom, $17.95 paper, 978-1-6142-9285-2). Singh, the author of The Grace in Dying, offers reflections on and practices for entering an awakened relationship with life that can lead to a heightened awareness of grace.
Thinking About the Torah: A Philosopher Reads the Bible by Kenneth Seeskin (Jewish Publication Society, $21.95 paper, ISBN 978-0-827612-62-4) takes a look at 10 biblical verses that address questions central to the human existence. Topics covered include love, ethics, and the meaning of holiness.
Light When It Comes: Trusting Joy, Facing Darkness, and Seeing God in Everything by Chris Anderson (Eerdmans, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-802873-99-6). By drawing on an ancient prayer tradition and sharing personal anecdotes, Anderson encourages readers to take stock of their own experiences.
The Missing Matisse: A Memoir by Pierre H. Matisse (Tyndale Momentum, $22.99, 978-1-4964-1383-3). Henri Matisse’s grandson tells his life story, including his struggles with identity, faith, war, and art.
Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk? by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien (InterVarsity Press/IVP Books, $16 paper; ISBN 978-0-8308-4472-2) sheds new light on the teachings and persona of Paul by studying the apostle’s personal history in a cultural context.
How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White (W Publishing Group, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7180-7995-6) blends humor and empathy with a new take on decluttering that starts with daily habits as well as realistic cleaning and organizing methods.
The Awakened Psychic: What You Need to Know to Develop Your Psychic Abilities by Kala Ambrose (Llewellyn, $15.99 paper, 978-0-7387-4901-3) features exercises, ideas, and techniques for how to develop psychic abilities and tune into intuitive wisdom.
The Murderous History of Bible Translations by Harry Freedman (Bloomsbury, $28, 978-1-6328-6601-1) looks at the violence that came to Bible translators throughout history, including William Tyndale, the first man to produce a printed English-language version of the Bible and who was subsequently strangled and burned at the stake.
When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel According to Paul by Beverly Roberts Gaventa (Baker Academic, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-9738-6) makes a plea to readers to linger in the Epistle to the Romans, instead of focusing briefly on quotes, in order to gain a better understanding of the gospels.
How’s Your Soul by Judah Smith (Thomas Nelson, $22.99; 978-0-7180-3917-2) invites readers to give up busyness and pause to look inward in search of stability, peace, hope, and love.
The I Factor: How Building a Great Relationship with Yourself Is the Key to a Happy, Successful Life by Van Moody (Thomas Nelson Nov. 22, $16.9 paper, ISBN 978-0-7180-7756-3). Pastor Moody argues that mastering three factors—identity, significance, and perspective—can eliminate destructive thinking and lead to personal wholeness, security, and success.
The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason by Ali A. Rizvi (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99; ISBN 978-1-250-09444-5) gives voice to a population of Muslims who have lost their faith and faced exclusion and marginalization by their families, communities, and countries.
Visits from Heaven by Pete Deison (W Publishing Group, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-7180-8360-1). Deison’s story of life after his wife’s suicide includes answered prayers, dreams, and visions argue for the continued existence loved ones can have on earth after they have died.
Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis by Mark Shriver (Random House, $28, ISBN 978-0-812998-02-3) uses interviews with men and women who knew Pope Francis as Jorge Mario Bergoglio to reveal an intimate portrait of the Holy Father and his faith.
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay (Thomas Nelson, $15.99 paper, 978-0-7180-7791-4) follows art restoration specialist Emily who discovers a life of freedom and grace after following her new husband to Italy, until long-buried family secrets threaten to tear them apart.
Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl (Bethany, $14.99 paper, 978-0-7642-1777-7). Policewoman Mercy Brennan is reunited with not only her father but with her ex-boyfriend when she’s assigned to a joint task force working with the most dangerous gang in St. Louis.
Barefoot: A Story of Surrendering to God by Sharon Garlough Brown (InterVarsity Press/Crescendo, $18 paper; ISBN 978-0-8308-4321-3). The third book in the Sensible Shoes Series follows the diverse lives of four female characters who find joy in giving their lives to God.
The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston (Zondervan, $15.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-3103-4196-3). A quilt made in friendship helps to bring two young hearts together in a search for true love.