This season’s list includes many titles from big-name figures that address how spiritual thinking can help to bridge divides, be they personal, social, spiritual, or political.
A Call to Revolution
Dalai Lama with Sofia Stril-Rever. Morrow, Nov.
The Dalai Lama lays out his vision for the future in this manifesto for divided times.
God in the Qur’an
Jack Miles. Knopf, Nov.
Pulitzer Prize–winner Miles looks at the God of Islam, creating a character study similar to those he did on Christ and Yahweh.
God Is Young
Pope Francis. Random House, Oct.
Pope Francis calls for a “revolution of tenderness” in this direct appeal to millenials to get and stay engaged in the world.
The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary, Vol. 3
Robert Alter. Norton, Dec.
Completing his volumes on the Hebrew Bible, Alter lends his scholar’s attention and poetic ear to the ancient text.
Muhammad: Forty Introductions
Michael Muhammad Knight. Soft Skull, Jan.
Taking up a tradition of using 40 sayings of Muhammad to present a singular perspective on Islam, Knight offers up an extremely modern messiah.
The Politics of Love: A Spiritual Response to Hate
Marianne Williamson. HarperOne, Oct.
The bestselling author of Return to Love, Williamson asks readers to consider their commitment to love and to look inward in order to restore national unity.
The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Mercy
Timothy Keller. Viking, Oct.
Resuscitating the often-forgotten second half of the story of Jonah, Keller, the author of Making Sense of God, considers its antiracist lessons.
Rise of the Mystics
Ted Dekker. Revell, Oct.
Dekker completes his allegorical series of novels concerning mystics who can traverse multiple universes.
Nadia Bolz-Weber. Convergent, Jan.
Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, attempts to bring sex-positivity into Christianity.
When We Were Young
Karen Kingsbury. Howard, Oct.
Kingsbury’s latest novel about the Baxter family contemplates what would happen if a married couple were given the opportunity to go back into the past to resolve problems just before their relationship collapses.
The Hope Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Aug., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-62416-747-8). Homeless and hopeless, Michelle Taylor seizes an opportunity to pose as an Amish couple’s long-lost granddaughter.
The First Love by Beverly Lewis (Sept., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-1968-9). Lewis returns to Amish country with the story of a young woman seeking hope and healing.
The Cost of Betrayal by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason (Sept., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-3173-5). Three bestselling authors collaborate on a high-stakes romantic suspense novella collection.
When We Were Young by Karen Kingsbury (Oct., hardcover, $23.99, ISBN 978-1-5011-7001-0). Kingsbury returns to her Baxter family series with this story of a marriage that unravels after a lavish wedding.
The White Christmas Inn by Colleen Wright (Oct., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-5011-8060-6). A snowstorm brings together an eclectic group of travelers just in time for Christmas at a New England inn.
Swimming in the Deep End by Christina Suzann Nelson (Sept., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4557-6). An elite high school swimmer who is Christian becomes pregnant and must face the possibility of not swimming, as well as the gossip of her community.
Flame in the Night by Heather Munn (Oct., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4554-5). A young boy comes of age in Nazi-occupied France, putting all his father taught him about faith and morals into practice as he attempts to hide Jews in his small town.
A Widow’s Hope by Vannetta Chapman (Aug., trade paper, $9.99, ISBN 978-1-335-50964-2). Hannah King’s life is in disarray after her husband is injured and can no longer work. As debt mounts, a suitor offers to solve her financial trouble.
Hidden Peril by Irene Hannon (Oct., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-2769-7). When people who are connected to Kristin Dane’s fair trade store begin dying mysteriously, detective Luke Carter of the St. Louis PD steps in to investigate.
Rise of the Mystics by Ted Dekker (Oct., hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-2979-0) completes the Beyond the Circle series with Rachelle’s final quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity.
The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser (Aug., trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-68322-601-7). Annie Wood, a housemaid-turned-pattern designer, risks all her savings and joins with other aspiring designers to make functional yet fashionable clothes for women.
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (Oct., hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-2450-1) intimately explores the life of C.S. Lewis’s wife, Helen Joy Davidman Gresham in this fictionalized account—her brilliance, passion, and why she stole his heart.
Indivisible by Travish Thrasher (Oct., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-2405-1). A novelization of the film Indivisible releasing in October, based on the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather’s battle to restore their marriage.
Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd (Oct., hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-2682-6). With Miss Eleanor Sheffield’s father’s death and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family antiquities business is at risk.
Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson (Sept., hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-2829-5) is a time-slip novel about hidden treasure, a castle, and ordinary people who resisted evil in their own extraordinary way.
Ours for a Season by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Sept., trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7352-9008-2). An Old Order Mennonite couple’s vows and beliefs are challenged when a childhood friend resurfaces.
As the Tide Comes In by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall (Aug., trade paper, $14.99 ISBN 978-0-7352-9101-0). After a tragedy, Tara Abbott travels from North Carolina to Georgia’s St. Simons Island in order to reconnect with her past. There she meets an eclectic cast of characters.
An Amish Homecoming: Four Amish Stories by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, and Kathleen Fuller (Oct., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-1848-7). Seasoned authors of Amish-themed stories reunite for another medley of novellas.
Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple by Adam Hamilton (Dec., hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-5018-4598-7). The senior pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kans., offers a six-week Lenten program, taking an in-depth dive into the life, faith, and character of Saint Peter. [strong]
What Do You Want to Know?: A Pastor’s Response to the Most Challenging Questions About the Catholic Faith by Donald Wuerl (Oct., hardcover, $20, ISBN 978-1-59471-819-9). The sixth Archbishop of Washington addresses 26 common misconceptions of Catholicism and offers encouragement to Catholics for framing responses in a way that can be an invitation to friendship.
The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home by Russell Moore (Sept., hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-4627-9480-5). A well-known figure of the Southern Baptist Convention, Moore teaches readers that family is an echo of the Gospel, and they can always find a home in God’s family.
Faith for Exiles: 5 Proven Ways to Help a New Generation Follow Jesus and Thrive in Digital Babylon by David Kinnaman (Oct., hardcover, $21.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-1315-7). The founder of the youth ministry the Barna Group, Kinnaman investigates why young people are increasingly resisting and rejecting the church.
Odd(ly) Enough: Standing Out When the World Begs You to Fit In by Carolanne Miljavac (Nov., trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-68322-789-2). Social media star Miljavac aims to inspire women to become more courageous and confident about God’s purpose for their lives.
Reclaiming Joy: A Primer for Widows by Ella Wall Prichard (Sept., hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-4813-0848-9). explores the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians, a letter that features joy as a source of comfort and hope, as she grapples with the death of her husband.
Little Steps, Big Faith: How the Science of Early Childhood Development Can Help You Grow Your Child’s Faith by Dawn Rundman (Oct., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-4685-1). Rundman applies early childhood development research to arrive at surprising insights about how very young children experience God, and how parents can use science to teach faith.
The Hospitable Leader: Create Environments Where People and Dreams Flourish by Terry A. Smith (Oct., hardcover , $17.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-3214-5). Pastor Smith leads readers through the “five welcomes,” strategies that make for a flourishing church or organization.
Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love by Michelle LeClair, with Robin Gaby Fisher (Sept., hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1-101-99116-9). LeClair, former president of Scientology’s international humanitarian organization, writes about leaving the church, her newly accepted sexual identity, and the lengths to which Scientology went to silence it.
Open to God: Open to the World by Pope Francis, with Antonio Spadaro (Sept., trade paper, $16, ISBN 978-1-4729-5901-0). Over the course of 16 conversations with Jesuit priest Spadaro, Pope Francis presents his hopes and aspirations for the church in the future.
True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace by Brandan Robertson (Sept., trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8272-3718-6). Theologian and activist Robertson points to a clear biblical imperative for more inclusion in the sanctuary and public square, and shares practical steps for becoming a community of radical embrace.
Hallelujah, Anyhow! by Barbara Harris with Kelly Brown Douglas (Sept., trade paper, $14.95, 978-1-64065-089-3). Retired minister Harris, the first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion, presents the story of her life.
Pantheologies: Gods, Worlds, Monsters by Mary-Jane Rubenstein (Nov., hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0-231-18946-0). Taking the excommunication of Baruch Spinoza as a seminal point, Rubenstein seeks to diagnose Western religious repugnance with what is called “pantheism” through a conceptual genealogy.
Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing—And How We Can Revive Them by Jonathan Merritt (Aug., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-60142-930-8) rethinks the meanings of key Christian terms in light of how secular society sees the terms.
Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber (Jan., hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1-60142-758-8). Pastor Bolz-Weber delivers a body- and sex-positive reframing of faith.
Science and Spiritual Practices: Transformative Experiences and Their Effects on Our Bodies, Brains, and Health by Rupert Sheldrake (Aug., hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-64009-117-7). Biologist and parapsychologist Sheldrake shows how science helps validate seven practices on which many religions are built.
Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense by Paul David Tripp (Sept., hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-4335-5677-7). Pastor Tripp weaves together his personal story, years of counseling experience, and biblical insights to help readers in the midst of suffering.
David C. Cook
Letters to the Church by Francis Chan (Sept., trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8307-7658-0). Bestselling author and pastor Chan reminds readers how powerful the church can be and calls this generation to passionately pursue God’s vision.
Laughing at the Devil: Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich by Amy Laura Hall (Aug., trade paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-4780-0025-9). Historian Hall tells the story of a medieval visionary, now known as Julian of Norwich, believed to be the first woman to have written a book in English.
The Battle for Bonhoeffer by Stephen R. Haynes (Sept., trade paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-8028-7601-0). Author of several books on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Haynes examines “populist” readings of the theologian and includes an open letter pointedly addressing Christians who support Trump.
Being Human: Bodies, Minds, Persons by Rowan Williams (Sept., trade paper, $12, ISBN 978-0-8028-7656-0) addresses frequently asked questions on what it means to be human, with meditations that draw from findings in neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and literature.
Healing the Soul of a Woman: How to Overcome Your Emotional Wounds by Joyce Meyer (Sept., hardcover, $24, ISBN 978-1-4555-6024-0). Bible teacher Meyer draws on her own history of abuse to show women how Christ’s redeeming love heals emotional wounds and brings joy to life.
It Is Finished: Your New Life Starts Now by Joel Osteen (Oct., hardcover, $24, ISBN 978-1-5460-2596-2). The bestselling author and pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Tex., invites Christ followers to embrace God’s love.
Love Without Limits: Jesus’ Radical Vision for Love with No Exceptions by Jacqueline A. Bussie (Aug., hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-4688-2). A theology professor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., Bussie urges readers to love as God loves—without limits or exceptions.
Saint Óscar Romero: Pastor, Prophet, Martyr by Kerry Walters (Oct., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-63253-265-7) explores the Salvadoran archbishop’s journey from carpenter’s son through his early priesthood and selection as a “safe” bishop who wouldn’t rock the government boat.
Captive: A Mother’s Crusade to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult by Catherine Oxenberg (Aug., hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1-982100-65-0). Oxenberg lays bare NXIVM, a secretive cult that is holding her daughter hostage, and details her mission to save her.
C. S. Lewis’ Little Book of Wisdom: Meditations on Faith, Life, Love, and Literature by C.S. Lewis, compiled by Andrea Kirk Assaf and Kelly Anne Leahy (Sept., trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-57174-845-4). This concise volume holds Lewis’s thoughts on love, faith, ethics, morality, and myth.
The Politics of Love: A Spiritual Response to Hate by Marianne Williamson (Oct., hardcover, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-06-287393-4) confronts the politics of fear and divisiveness threatening the United States, urging all spiritually aware Americans to return to—and act out of—love.
Seeing Green: Don’t Let Envy Color Your Joy by Tilly Dillehay (Sept., trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7369-7494-3) uncovers seven common sources of envy and challenges readers to change the way they think about God’s glory.
The Heart of the Shaman: Stories and Practices of the Luminous Warrior by Alberto Villoldo (Aug., trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4019-5298-3). In stories, dreams, ancient rites, and ceremonies, Villoldo focuses on shamans of the Andes and Amazon, whose healing practices and visions changed his worldview.
Braving the Future: Christian Faith in a World of Limitless Tech by Douglas Estes (Oct., trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-5138-0325-8). Drawing on scripture, Christian tradition, and scientific literature, Estes aims to equip Christians to thoughtfully and prayerfully prepare for a future of rapidly evolving technology.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom by Ariel Burger (Nov., hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-328-80269-9). A protégé and friend of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, Burger chronicles the intimate conversations the two had over decades together as teaching colleagues.
The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation by Miles McPherson (Sept., hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5011-7219-9). McPherson, founder of the Rock Church in San Diego, speaks out about the pervasive racial divisions in today’s Christian church.
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Virgin Mary: Unveiling the Mother of the Messiah by Brant James Pitre (Oct., hardcover, $24, ISBN 978-0-525-57273-2) casts new light on the Virgin Mary, showing that she is an icon for women and men to emulate in contemporary society.
DMT Dialogues: Encounters with the Spirit Molecule, edited by David Luke and Rory Spowers (Aug., trade paper, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-62055-747-1) collects discussions on and experiences with DMT, a natural hallucinogenic, from such figures in the fields of psychedelic research and plant sentience as Rick Strassman, Rupert Sheldrake, Dennis McKenna, and Graham Hancock.
Last Call for Liberty: How America’s Genius for Freedom Has Become Its Greatest Threat by Os Guinness (Oct., hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-0-8308-4559-0). Historian Guinness argues that the American republic is suffering its gravest crisis since the Civil War.
The Jewish Publication Society
Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism by Malka Z. Simkovich (Nov., trade paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-8276-1265-5). Historian Simkovich explores the world of the Second Temple period (539 BCE–70 CE), in particular the vastly diverse stories, commentaries, and other documents written by Jews during the end of this period.
Teacher Training with Jesus: 10 Lessons from the Master by Susan O’Carroll Drake (Sept., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8170-1550-3) combines biblical study, inspirational anecdotes, and practical suggestions for Christian schoolteachers, as well as for teachers of Sunday school and church Bible study groups.
God in the Qur’an by Jack Miles (Nov., hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-307-26957-7). The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of God: A Biography offers a portrait of the God of Islam.
Mavericks, Messiahs and Mahloket: Episodes from the Margins of Jewish History by Pini Dunner (Sept., hardcover, $26.95, ISBN 978-1-59264-510-7) explores eccentric characters and strange incidents from the fringes of Jewish life from the 17th through the 20th centuries.
Missionary Mom: Embracing the Mission Field Right Under Your Roof by Shontell Brewer (Oct., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4538-5) teaches mothers how to embrace their own mission fields and lead their families to Christ.
God’s Good Earth: Praise and Prayer for Creation by Anne Rowthorn and Jeffrey Rowthorn (Sept., trade paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-8146-4412-6) offers Christians a resource to equip them as they seek to live faithful lives, serving God while caring for the Earth.
Magic for the Resistance: Rituals and Spells for Change by Michael Hughes (Sept., hardcover, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7387-5996-8). This book of spells against tyranny from activist and magician Hughes grew out of the author’s popular “Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him.”
Living the Sacraments: Finding God at the Intersection of Heaven and Earth by Joe Paprocki (Aug., trade paper, $11.95, ISBN 978-0-8294-4659-3) argues that the sacraments of the Catholic Church are not just rites of passage, but gateways to fulfilling lives centered on a transformational and spiritual relationship with God.
Lies Men Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free by Robert Wolgemuth (Sept., hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-8024-1489-2) exposes the lies that men most commonly believe and shows how to combat those lies with God’s truths.
A Call to Revolution by the Dalai Lama with Sofia Stril-Rever (Nov., hardcover, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-06-286645-5). This manifesto from the Dalai Lama 0ffers solutions for these chaotic, aggressive, divided times.
The Mountains Are Calling: Making the Climb for a Clearer View of God and Ourselves by Jarrett Stephens (Aug., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7352-9119-5). The teaching pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Tex., gives a call to action: study the mountains mentioned in scripture.
Museum of the Bible
This Book Changed Everything: The Bible’s Amazing Impact on Our World by Vishal Mangalwadi (Sept., hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-945470-70-7) details how the Bible has shaped many facets of world culture, including law, literature, languages, the arts, charity, medicine, human rights, and education.
Keep Christianity Weird: Embracing the Discipline of Being Different by Michael Frost (Sept., trade paper, $7.99, ISBN 978-1-63146-851-3) draws from movements—particularly “Keep Austin Weird” and “Keep Colorado Springs Lame”—to show the uniqueness of the Christian story to those outside the faith, explaining the originally unconventional ideas the religion proposed.
Alongside by Andrew Hill (Aug., trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-945270-89-5) unpacks the challenges teenagers face and how youth leaders and parents can share the Gospel with them.
The No-Self Help Book: 40 Reasons to Get Over Your Self & Find Peace of Mind by Kate Gustin (Dec., trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-68403-217-4). Clinical psychologist Gustin offers help to readers struggling with self-doubt, self-esteem questions, and self-defeating thoughts.
New York Univ.
Wanamaker’s Temple: The Business of Religion in an Iconic Department Store by Nicole C. Kirk (Oct., hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-1-4798-3593-5) is a portrait of John Wanamaker, who built one of the largest retailing businesses in the world and helped to define the American retail shopping experience with extravagant holiday decorations.
The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter (Dec., hardcover, $125, ISBN 978-0-393-29249-7). This book aims to be the definitive English-language edition of the Hebrew Bible.
Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide by Anthony Le Donne (Sept., trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78607-144-6). Separating fact from fiction, Le Donne places Jesus within the context of first-century Judaism and explores the debate about his status as “Son of God” among the early Christians.
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Clueless in Galilee: A Fresh Take on the Gospels by Mac Barron (Nov., trade paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-68192-234-8). This collection retells Gospel stories in a humorous way, offering an offbeat perspective on scripture as well as food for thought.
An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation by Martin Laird (Dec., hardcover, $18.95, ISBN 978-0-19-937994-1) guides readers through the challenges of contemplative life, such as dealing with old pain, transforming the isolation of loneliness, and confronting the danger of using a spiritual practice as a strategy to acquire and control.
Atheist Overreach: What Atheism Can’t Deliver by Christian Smith (Oct., hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-0-19-088092-7) looks at arguments about God and explains why readers ought to be skeptical of atheists’ claims about morality, science, and human nature.
We Need Each Other: Responding to God’s Call to Live Together by Jean Vanier (Aug., hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-64060-096-6). With frequent reference to the Gospel of John, this book comprises the talks that Vanier gave on a retreat in April 2008 in Nyahururu, Kenya.
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha!: What Fake Buddha Quotes Can Teach Us About Buddhism by Bodhipaksa (Nov., trade paper, $11.95, ISBN 978-1-946764-35-5). This humorous book takes fake Buddha quotes as a launching point for a discussion on what the Buddha really did say.
Lonely Mystic: A New Portrait of Henri J. M. Nouwen by Michael Ford (Sept., trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-0-8091-5397-8) contains Nouwen’s best writing.
The Penguin Book of Hell by Scott G. Bruce (Sept., trade paper, $17, ISBN 978-0-14-313162-5). From the Hebrew Bible’s shadowy realm of Sheol to 21st-century visions of Hell on Earth, Bruce’s book takes readers through 3,000 years of conceptions of eternal damnation.
The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers: Selections from Her Novels, Plays, Letters, and Essays, edited by Carole Vanderhoof (Sept., trade paper, $18, ISBN 978-0-87486-181-5). Vanderhoof collects writings about the themes of faith, doubt, and human nature as they appeared in the work of mystery novelist Doroty L. Sayers.
The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today by Jack Wertheimer (Aug., hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-691-18129-5). Wertheimer, professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary, sets out to discover how Jews of various orientations practice their religion in modern societies.
Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia by Paul L. Williams (Dec., trade paper, $18, ISBN 978-1-63388-478-6). This exposé describes a secret alliance forged at the end of WWII between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Sicilian and U.S. mafias to thwart the possibility of a Communist invasion of Europe.
God Is Young by Pope Francis (Oct., hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-984801-40-1) examines the role of millennials in the future of the Catholic Church and offers a call for believers of all ages to work together to build a better world.
Jesus Is Risen: Paul and the Early Church by David Limbaugh (Oct., hardcover, $28.99, ISBN 978-1-62157-704-1). Syndicated columnist (and brother of radio host Rush Limbaugh) Limbaugh explores the rise of early Christianity through the perspective of Paul.
Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive by Jessica N. Turner (Sept., hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-2349-1) aims to show the working mom how to work and parent guilt-free by establishing clear work boundaries, setting achievable goals, cultivating deeper friendships, deepening faith, and navigating all aspects of a life with many moving parts.
Rowman & Littlefield
God Is a Question, Not an Answer: Finding Common Ground in Our Uncertainty by William Irwin (Dec., hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-5381-1588-6) argues that since neither the existence of God nor the nonexistence of God can be proven, believers and nonbelievers can find common ground in uncertainty.
This Precarious Moment: Six Urgent Steps That Will Save You, Your Family, and Our Country by James Garlow and David Barton (Sept., hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-62157-790-4). Garlow, Skyline Church senior pastor, and Barton, Wallbuilders founder and president, look to the bible for solutions to problems facing contemporary American society.
Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind by Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric
Solomon (Oct., hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-61180-527-7). Solomon, a longtime meditator and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and Phakchok, a Tibetan Rinpoche, present a path to radical happiness through meditation and mindfulness.
The Bullying Breakthrough: Real Help for Parents and Teachers of the Bullied, Bystanders, and Bullies by Jonathan McKee (Nov., trade paper, $12.99, ISBN 978-1-68322-688-8). The author shares his own heartrending story and offers a sobering glimpse into what it is like to be bullied, providing helpful ways to connect with kids, open doors for dialogue, and give kids encouragement.
The Gospel in Miniature: Meditations for When You Have a Minute by Martin Copenhaver (Aug., trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-68336-719-2). Meditations on the New Testament from theologian Copenhaver are presented in concise form for readers with busy lives.
Muhammad: Forty Introductions by Michael Muhammad Knight (Jan., trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-59376-147-9) offers a distinct take on the life and teachings of Muhammad the prophet, using a traditional genre of Islamic literature called the 40 hadiths collection.
Anchors for the Soul: Daily Wisdom for Inspiration and Guidance by Joyce Rupp (Oct., trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-932057-12-6). Prayers, poems, blessings, and meditations from across Rupp’s writing career are brought together to offer daily wisdom that will keep readers anchored to God throughout the year.
Gradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human by Miles Neale (Sept., trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-68364-209-1) presents a Buddhist path dedicated to authentic personal growth and overcoming materialism, hedonism, and nihilism.
A Future of Faith: The Path of Change in Politics and Society by Pope Francis and Dominique Wolton (Aug., hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-250-20056-3). Pope Francis met with French reporter and sociologist Wolton for a series of 12 conversations—open dialogues on political, cultural, and religious issues—which are the basis of this work.
I Declare War: Four Keys to Winning the Battle with Yourself by Levi Lusko (Oct., trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-2086-2). Pastor Levi offers a practical guide for fighting the inner war, the struggle against sin that breaks one down and fills life with pain and suffering.
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa TerKeurst (Nov., hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-7180-3985-1). TerKeurst shares her personal troubles and shows readers how to live assured in God when life doesn’t turn out as they expected.
13 Days in Ferguson by Ron Johnson (Aug., hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-1657-5). Missouri Highway Patrol captain Johnson shares his view of what happened during the 13 turbulent days he spent stabilizing the city of Ferguson, and the extraordinary impact it had on his faith.
Christians in the Age of Outrage: How to Bring Our Best When the World Is at Its Worst by Ed Stetzer (Oct., hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-3361-9). Social commentator and speaker Stetzer describes the contours of the new “age of outrage” and a new way forward for Christians.
Univ. of North Carolina
Óscar Romero’s Theological Vision: Liberation and the Transfiguration of the Poor by Edgardo Colón-Emeric (Oct., hardcover, $39, ISBN 978-0-268-10473-3). This study of soon-to-be saint archbishop Óscar Romero from historian Colón-Emeric is intended as an exercise in what Latin theologians call “ressourcement from the margins,” or a return to theological foundations.
Univ. of Pennsylvania
Ancient Christian Ecopoetics: Cosmologies, Saints, Things by Virginia Burrus (Dec., hardcover, $65, ISBN 978-0-8122-5079-4). A professor of religion at Syracuse University, Burrus suggests that early Christianity might yield usable ideas for the current ecological crisis.
Univ. of Texas
Believing Women in Islam: A Brief Introduction by Asma Barlas and David Raeburn Finn (Jan., trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-4773-1588-0) argues that, far from supporting male privilege, the Qur’an actually encourages the full equality of women and men, exploring how a handful of verses have been incorrectly interpreted to favor men.
The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Mercy by Timothy Keller (Oct., hardcover, $20, ISBN 978-0-7352-2206-9). Pastor and bestselling author Keller uncovers the provocative message of antiracism and antinationalism within the book of Jonah and at the heart of the Christian faith.
The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy (Nov., trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-2084-8). Through books, television, music, and movies, digital media entrepreneur Knox found many of the answers he was searching for about God. Here he explores how pop culture has helped shape his life and carve out the foundation of his faith.
Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences by Carey Nieuwhof (Sept., hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-7352-9133-1). Pastor and podcaster Nieuwhof believes readers can overcome any struggle by avoiding seven obstacles: cynicism, compromise, disconnectedness, irrelevance, pride, burnout, and emptiness.
This Is the Day: Reclaim Your Dream. Ignite Your Passion. Live Your Purpose by Tim Tebow (Sept., hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-0-525-65030-0). The Heisman-winning quarterback tells readers to stop postponing dreams and start making them happen now.
Spiritual Science: Why Science Needs Spirituality to Make Sense of the World by Steve Taylor (Sept., trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-78678-158-1). Taylor, lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, compiles evidence for a spiritual view of reality, drawing on the insights of philosophers, physicists, mystics, spiritual traditions, and indigenous cultures.
The Circle of Nine: An Archetypal Journey to Awaken the Divine Feminine Within by Cherry Gilchrist (Sept., trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-57863-632-7) presents nine archetypes that represent different, but equally important aspects of the feminine psyche.
Westminster John Knox
A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World by Jonathan L. Walton (Oct., trade paper, $16, ISBN 978-0-664-26354-6). Pastor Walton helps Christians to read and interpret the Bible morally and confidently as they engage society’s pressing issues.
Love Again, Live Again: Restore Your Heart and Regain Your Health by Joan Hunter (Nov., trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-64123-154-1). Hunter reveals healing strategies for readers overcoming trauma from past relationship.
The Gift of Story by Ralph Milton (Aug., trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-77343-032-4) shares insights about storytelling related to mythology, human identity, and social justice for readers interested in the origins and nature of storytelling.
I Am Rahab: Touched by God, Fully Restored by Autumn Miles (Aug., trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-68397-269-3). Radio host and speaker Miles offers hope to readers who discount their worth and dismiss their participation in the kingdom of God because of sin or a troubled past.
God’s Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts by Brent Nongbri (Aug., hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0-300-21541-0) provides an up-to-date introduction to early Christian manuscripts and demonstrates that much of what is known about these books and fragments is mistaken.
Irresistible: Reclaiming the New That Jesus Unleashed for the World by Andy Stanley (Sept., hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-310-53697-0). Pastor Stanley shows how distortions of the Gospel have left many with an anemic version of Christianity that undermines credibility and evangelistic effectiveness.
Survival Guide for the Soul: How to Flourish Spiritually in a World That Pressures Us to Achieve by Ken Shigematsu (Aug., trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-310-53532-4). Drawing on church history, psychology, and neuroscience, Shigematsu demonstrates how the Gospel redeems desires and reorders lives, offering perspective on how the soul can flourish in the midst of a demanding, competitive society.
A Christmas Advent Story by Ivy Snow (Sept., hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-68119-851-4). This is the story of a girl, a boy, and their dog in an Advent countdown with 25 flaps, each introducing a new word. Ages 1–5.
Baptism Promises by Carol A. Wehrheim, illus. by Roz Fulcher (Sept., board book, $8, ISBN 978-1-947888-03-6) helps explain to children the significance of their baptism and features easy-to-follow language, bright and inclusive artwork, and four simple prayers. Ages 2–4.
When God Gave Us Words by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, illus. by Darcy Day Zoells (Sept., hardcover, $16, ISBN 978-1-947888-01-2). Children’s book author Sasso tells a creative tale about the origin of words and the power of language. Ages 3–7.
Let There Be Light: An Opposites Primer by Danielle Hitchen, illus. by Jessica Blanchard (Oct., board book, $12.99, ISBN 978-0-7369-7236-9). Against the backdrop of scripture chronicling God’s creation of Heaven and Earth, children will learn key opposites, including light/dark, quiet/loud, and above/below. Ages 2–4.
Who’s Got the Etrog? by Jane Kohuth, illus. by Elissambura (Aug., paper, $7.99, ISBN 978-1-5415-0967-2). An aunt and niece celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot in Uganda while animals like Warthog, Lion, and Giraffe quarrel. Ages 4–8.
Paul and His Friends by Rebekah McLeod Hutto, illus. by Jacob Popcak (Aug., trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-61261-945-3), introduces kids to the life of Saint Paul and his fellow apostles in the form of lovable animals, making the lessons of Jesus accessible and memorable for young readers. Ages 2–7.
You Are: Speaking God’s Word Over Your Children by Emily Assell, illus. by Lauren Copple (Oct., board book, $7.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-3619-1), includes terms of endearment and spiritual affirmations paired with verses from the Bible, along with four-color illustrations on every page. Ages up to 3.
First Christmas by Susana and Owen Gay (Oct., board book, $6.99, ISBN 978-0-8249-1679-4). The Christmas story is retold for babies with modern art and simple text. Ages up to 2.
Christmas Cookie Day! by Tara Knudson, illus. by Pauline Siewert (Oct. 9, board book, $9.99, ISBN 978-0-3107-6289-8), is an illustrated rhyming book about making Christmas treats that includes a Christmas cookie recipe. Ages up to 4.
Loved by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illus. by Jago (Sept. 4, board book, $9.99, ISBN 978-0-3107-5761-0). This illustrated version of the Lord’s Prayer is meant to teach children how to pray to God. Ages 4–8.