July 1

Turning Points in Jewish History by Rabbi Marc Rosenstein (Jewish Publication Society, $29.95 paper, ISBN 978-0827612631) examines 30 pivotal moments in the Jewish people’s experience from biblical times to the present.

July 2

Skepticism and American Faith by Christopher Grasso (Oxford, $35, ISBN 978-0190494377). Grasso, a history professor, argues that religious skepticism played a pivotal role in the shaping of American politics during the formative years between the American Revolution and the Civil War.

July 3

Born to Wander by Michelle Von Loon (Moody, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-8024-1812-8) draws parallels between wanderlust and restlessness to biblical themes of pilgrimage and exile.

The Magic of Meditation: Stories and Practices to Develop Gratitude and Empathy with Your Child by Marie-Christine Champeaux-Cunin and Dominique Butet (Shambhala, $16.95, ISBN: 978-1-6118-0529-1) is a mindfulness meditation program for children as young as three years old and their parents, designed to encourage kindness and empathy.

July 10

The Holy No by Adam Hearlson (Eerdmans, $24 paper; ISBN 978-0-8028-7385-9) encourages Christians to use the church’s worship practices—preaching, music, sacrament, and art—to say no to oppression and injustice.

Made Like Martha by Katie Reid (WaterBrook, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7352-9126-3). Based on the biblical character Martha, sister of Mary and Lazarus, this book addresses “overachievers” with a message to rest and "spiritually sit down," according to the publisher.

Stop Biting the Tail You’re Chasing by Rimpoche Anyen (Shambhala, $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-6118-0571-0) explores the Buddhist practice of lojong, which trains the mind to be content in any circumstance.

Sacred Signposts by Benjamin Dueholm (Eerdmans, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-0802-8-7417-7) identifies practices central to Christianity and why they are still relevant today.

July 17

Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble (IVP, $16 paper, ISBN 978-0-8308-4483-8) looks at technological distractions and the growth of secularism, which he says disrupts Christians’ spiritual formation.

Sacred Messengers of Shamanic Africa by Carley Mattimore and Linda Star Wolf (Inner Traditions, $20 paper, 978-1-5914-3291-3) traces the roots of mankind to Africa and features shamanic journeys and teachings that point toward “a sacred contract to protect the natural world,” according to the publisher.

Finding Purpose in a Godless World: Why We Care Even If the Universe Doesn’t by Ralph Lewis (Prometheus, $26, 978-1-6338-8385-7). Lewis, a psychiatrist, draws on scientific research to critique theistic arguments for what he calls a "purposeful universe," making a case for an "unguided, bottom-up, spontaneous universe" instead.

July 21

The Four Noble Truths by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Wisdom, $17.95 paper, 978-1-6142-9394-1) features the Buddha’s teachings on the four noble truths about suffering and how the spiritual life can lead to liberation.

July 24

Rethinking Sexuality by Juli Slattery (Multnomah, $15.99 paper, ISBN 978-0735291478) clinical psychologist Slattery addresses sexuality issues including sex abuse, gender confusion, and shame by drawing on compassion and love taught in the Bible.

July 31

Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up by Kathy Khang (IVP, $16 paper, 978-0-8308-4540-8) combines insight from faith leaders who have spoken out on behalf of others with steps readers can take to follow their examples.


July 3

When Through Deep Waters by Rachelle Dekker (Tyndale, $15.99 paper, 978-1-4964-1713-8). After experiencing a tragedy for which she feels responsible, Alicen McCaffrey returns to a familiar place in search of a fresh start.

The Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof (Thomas Nelson, $15.99 paper, ISBN 978-0718099107). Set in 19th century Appalachia, Aven Norgaard forges a new life among her late husband’s three brothers.

July 17

Heart Land by Kimberly Stuart (Howard, $15.99 paper, 978-1501180569) follows Grace Klaren who is forced to move back home after losing her dream job in New York City.