Jan. 15

Muhammad: Forty Introductions by Michael Muhammad Knight (Soft Skull, $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-593-76147-9). Taking up a tradition of using 40 sayings of Muhammad to present a singular perspective on Islam, Knight presents an extremely modern messiah.

You Can’t Go Wrong Doing Right by Robert J. Brown (Convergent Books, $26; ISBN 978-1-5247-6278-0). A power broker turned counselor tells his life story, including details of his involvement with the Civil Rights movement. 75,000-copy initial printing.

Jan. 16

Believing Women in Islam: A Brief Introduction by Asma Barlas and David Raeburn Finn (Univ. of Texas, $19.95 paper, 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.

Jan. 22

Taste and See by Margaret Feinberg (Zondervan, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-310-35486-4) features recipes and anecdotes that highlight the relationship between food and spirituality as well as foods from the Bible.

Irresistible Faith by Scott Sauls (Thomas Nelson, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-4002-0179-2). Presbyterian pastor Sauls calls on believers to become “advertisements for Jesus” by showing kindness, empathy, and love to all others, according to publisher.

Jan. 29

Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber (Convergent, $25, 978-1-60142-758-8). Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, attempts to bring sex-positivity into Christianity.

Make It Work by Tony A. Gaskins (Howard Books, $26; ISBN 978-1-5011-9932-5). The life coach and relationship counselor draws on the Bible to collect lessons for obtaining healthy and long-lasting relationships. 75,000-copy initial printing.

What If It’s True?: A Storyteller’s Journey with Jesus by Charles Martin (W Publishing, $24.99; ISBN 978-0-7852-2132-6) takes a literal approach to the Bible, including walking readers through emotions of forgiveness, and each chapter ends with a prayer.

Brave Love by Lisa Leonard (Zondervan, $22.99; ISBN 978-0-310-35230-3). Leonard, a successful designer as well as the mother of a special needs child, details her struggles with identity and the competing demands of life.

Healing Racial Divides by Terrell Carter (Chalice, $19.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-8272-1512-2). Carter, a pastor and former police officer from St. Louis, examines the roots of racism in America before laying out ways to engage with minorities and their perceptions.

Jan. 31

Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 Reasons by John Piper (Crossway, $14.99 paper, 978-1-4335-6504-5). John Piper (Desiring God) reflects on the ministry of Paul, including his "unwavering confidence in God’s grace and love toward others," according to the publisher.


Jan. 1

Code of Valor by Lynette Eason (Revell, $15.99 paper, 978-0-8007-2704-8). While on vacation on Lake Henley, Detective Brady St. John saves a woman from her would-be killer before realizing that his work is far from over.

Jan. 29

The Line Between by Tosca Lee (Howard Books, $26; ISBN 978-1-4767-9862-2) follows Wynter Roth who holds the key to understanding a madness-inducing disease that threatens the entire population. 50,000-copy initial printing.