July 2

God and the Brain by Kelly James Clark (Eerdmans, $25 paper, ISBN 978-0802876911) combines science and philosophy to examine some questions about humanity, the nature of belief, and the human mind.

How to Human: An Incomplete Manual for Living in a Messed-Up World by Alice Connor (Fortress, ISBN 978-1-5064-4910-4). Pastor Connor takes on one of life’s most fundamental quandaries: how to be a better human.

July 9

Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues by Joshua D. Chatraw and Karen Swallow Prior (Zondervan, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-310-53457-0). Pastor and scholar Chatraw and writer Prior offer a broad framework for cultural engagement and then explore specific hot topics in current Western culture.

God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel by Costi W. Hinn (Zondervan, $17.99 paper, ISBN 978-0310355274). The nephew of televangelist Benny Hinn reflects on prosperity teachings and deceptions from his past to examine what he calls the true gospel.

Memory Palaces and Masonic Lodges: Esoteric Secrets of the Art of Memory by Charles Jameux (Inner Traditions, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-62055-788-4). Jameux, chief editor of Initiatory Perspectives, the Masonic journal of the Grand Lodge of France, argues that the art of memory is the origin of the Masonic method.

No More Holding Back by Kat Armstrong (Thomas Nelson, $17.99, ISBN 978-0785223467). A Bible teacher and founder of Polished Ministries for young professionals, Armstrong addresses myths about women that can prevent finding their purpose.

Tea and Cake with Demons: A Buddhist Guide to Feeling Worthy by Adreanna Limbach (Sounds True, $17.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-68364-122-3). Using the four noble truths as a guide, Limbach, a meditation instructor, shares meditation practices, personal anecdotes, and traditional Buddhist tales.

When Islam Is Not a Religion by Asma Uddin (Pegasus, $27.95, ISBN 978-1643131313). Uddin, a lawyer, examines faith in America while also sharing her experiences as an American Muslim.

July 16

Four Men Shaking by Lawrence Shainberg (Shambhala, $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-1611807295). This memoir from Pushcart Prize winner Shainberg explores Zen practices as well as his friendships with writers such as Norman Mailer and Samuel Beckett.

Why Do They Hate Us? by Steve Slocum (Top Reads, $18.99 paper, ISBN 978-0998683867). Slocum, who founded Salaam, a non-religious, non-partisan nonprofit organization aimed at improving inter-faith relations, shares his experiences as a Christian missionary in Kazakhstan as well as stories from the lives of everyday Muslims.

July 23

The Middle Matters by Lisa Jo Baker (WaterBrook, $22.99, ISBN 978-0525652847). The author of Never Unfriended reflects on mid-life through personal stories about motherhood, marriage, and failure.

July 30

The Reluctant Witness by Don Everts (IVP, $17, ISBN 978-0830845675) addresses research indicating that Christians are less inclined to have conversations about spirituality than they were 25 years ago, and why the practice should be revived.


July 16

The String by Caleb Breakey (Revell, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-80073-5074). From debut novelist Breakey, a deadly social experiment conducted by a sociopath reveals disturbing threats and twisted moral dilemmas to unsuspecting students and staff.