And Social Justice for All: Empowering Families, Churches, and Schools to Make a Difference in God's World by Lisa Van Engen (Kregel, $17.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4506-4). Van Engen creates resources to help engage in understanding and responding to 14 issues such as clean water, creation care, immigration, and poverty.
Sick of Me: From Transparency to Transformation by Whitney Capps (B&H, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-4627-9288-7). Capps praises the virtues of vulnerability, accessibility, honesty, and humility that are necessary for faith-building communities.
Embracing the Journey: Learning to Love Life with an LGBTQ Child by Greg and Lynn McDonald (Howard, $25, ISBN 978-1-5011-9568-6). The McDonalds, founders of Christian ministry Embracing the Journey, which serves parents of LGBTQ children, offer tools for understanding emotional patterns and spiritual discussions that will arise when raising an LGBTQ child.
Your Life Is Worth Living: 50 Lessons to Deepen Your Faith by Fulton Sheen (Image, $17 paper, ISBN 978-1-984823-28-1). Catholic priest Sheen examines the sacred journey to God and seeks to answer some of life’s most profound questions.
Signs from the Other Side: Opening to the Spirit World by Bill Philipps (New World Library, $15.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-60868-552-3). Philipps, a medium, shares 20 inspiring stories of people receiving signs from “the other side” and provides his own steps for receiving afterlife communications.
Dare to Hope: Living Intentionally in an Unstable World by Melissa Spoelstra (Abingdon, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-5018-7965-4) lays out six practices for coping with worry, fear, and doubt that draw on the Book of Jeremiah.
Don't Give Up by Kyle Idleman (Baker Books, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-8010-1942-5). Idleman collects stories from the Bible as well as personal stories of perseverance in order to encourage readers to find a deeper relationship with God.
The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister (Convergent, $18, ISBN 978-1-984823-41-0). Nun and social activist Chittister explores examples of resistance of oppression and injustice in the Bible.
Miracle in the Mundane: Poems, Prompts, and Inspiration to Unlock Your Creativity and Unfiltered Joy by Tyler Knott Gregson (TarcherPerigee, $18; ISBN 978-0-525-53752-6) features poems and photography by Gregson that include exercises on mindfulness and self-expression.
170 Years of Persecution: A History of the Baha'is of Iran by Fereydun Vahman (Oneworld, $30, ISBN 978-1-78607-586-4) highlights the “youngest religion in the world and the second most widespread,” according to the publisher, including its core beliefs and its history of persecution.
Black and White: Disrupting Racism One Friendship at a Time by John Hambrick, Teesha Hadra (Abingdon, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-5018-7917-3). A young African-American woman and a sexagenarian white man team up to argue for how “racism can be disrupted by relationships,” according to the publisher.
War and Religion: Europe and the Mediterranean from the First Through the Twenty-First Centuries by Arnaud Blin (Univ. of California, $34.95, ISBN 978-0-520-28663-4). Historian Blin begins this chronicle of European history with the concurrent emergence of the Mediterranean empires and the great monotheistic faiths, moving through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and into the modern era.
Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World by Serene Jones (Viking, $26, ISBN 978-0-7352-2364-6). Reverend Jones, president of the Union Theological Seminary, draws on Hegel, Nietzsche, and other thinkers, as well as personal experiences, to consider divine nature.
Optimisfits: Igniting a Fierce Rebellion Against Hopelessness by Ben Courson (Harvest House, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-7369-7584-1). Millennial pastor Courson encourages readers to stand out and embrace adventure even amid difficult times.
A Brave Face: Two Cultures, Two Families, and the Iraqi Girl Who Bound Them Together by Barbara Marlowe and Teeba Furat Marlowe (W, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-2136-4). Barbara Marlowe, who moved to the mountains of Iraq to provide medical care for an Iraqi girl badly burned during a roadside attack, tells their story, along with the now-grown girl, Teeba Furat Marlowe
Falling Is Flying: The Dharma of Facing Adversity by Ajahn Brahm and Guo Jun (Wisdom, $15.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-61429-425-2). Brahm, a teacher in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, and Guo Jun, a teacher in the Chinese Zen tradition, share personal stories and anecdotes from their own experiences of dealing with life’s pitfalls.
Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians by Amber Cantorna (WJK, $16 paper, ISBN 978-0-664-26505-2). LGBTQ advocate Cantorna seeks to equip queer Christians for the coming-out process—especially those wounded by their faith.
Whence and Whither: On Lives and Living by Thomas Lynch (WJK, $18 paper, ISBN 978-0-664-26491-8). In this essay collection, funeral director and poet Lynch recounts his life’s work split between Ireland and Michigan and ponders his mortality.
The Art of Bible Translation by Robert Alter (Princeton Univ., $24.95, ISBN 978-0-691-18149-3). Biblical translator and literary critic Alter reflects on the art of capturing the literary power of the Bible in English in this personal account of what he learned about Bible translation over the two decades he spent completing his own English version of the Hebrew Bible.
Zen Beyond Mindfulness: Using Buddhist and Modern Psychology for Transformational Practice by Jules Shuzen Harris (Shambhala, $17.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-61180-662-5). Harris argues that contemporary American Buddhists face two primary challenges: “spiritual bypassing” or avoidance, and settling for secularized forms of Buddhism and mindfulness.
Reimagining Your Love Story: Biblical and Psychological Practices for Healthy Relationships by Andrea Gurney (Kregel, $15.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4562-0). Using practices from psychology, biblical truths, and lessons from relationship science, psychiatrist Gurney seeks to help readers discover authentic, long-lasting connections.
The White City by Grace Hitchcock (Barbour, $12.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-68322-868-4) is based on a crime at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and follows Winifred who goes undercover to find the murderer.
Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup (Shiloh Run, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-68322-788-5). Psychology professor Denilyn Rossi contends that the past is either a shadow that haunts us or a force that propels us. She doesn’t tell her students that her own past is a shadow she can’t seem to shake.
Little Faith by Nickolas Butler (Ecco, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-06-246971-7) follows a Wisconsin family as their beliefs are both formed and shaken after encountering an influential radical church.
Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy (Bethany, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-1931-3). City dweller John McCall never expected to be out in the High Sierras of 1868, but now he’s on a quest for a lost boy with wildcat Penny Scott as his guide.
A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller (Kregel, $15.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4589-7) follows a noble lady’s attempt at a new life with a fossil-hunting man of faith.