Witches continue to rise, with many books on the list covering magical practices or Wicca. Richard Dawkins makes an appearance, as do a few books addressing his contentious views on religion. Also included are two memoirs from family members of famous evangelical pastors.
God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America
Lyz Lenz. Indiana Univ., Aug. 1
This incisive analysis from Lenz, a contributing writer for the Columbia Journalism Review, reports on her travels through the Midwest after the election of Donald Trump, recording tales of belonging and exclusion within Christian communities.
Here All Along: A Reintroduction to Judaism
Sarah Hurwitz. Random/Spiegel & Grau, Sept. 3
Hurwitz, a former speech writer for Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, rediscovers Judaism, finding insights and spiritual connection in its ancient practices and ethical traditions that resonated for her as a self-described lapsed Jew.
How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations
Max Lucado. Thomas Nelson, Sept. 17
Lucado, the teaching minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Tex., lends his uplifting tone to this combination of modern research and scriptural lessons based on principles of living a happy life.
Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion
Anne Graham Lotz. Multnomah, Oct. 1
The Bible teacher and daughter of Billy Graham unpacks key biblical lessons alongside personal insights to explore how she sees the Holy Spirit shaping her everyday life.
The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts
Karen Armstrong. Knopf, Nov. 5
Bestselling historian Armstrong argues against fundamentalist and literalist interpretations of sacred texts, suggesting instead that religions originally regarded texts as tools to enable individual connection with the divine and compassionate engagement with the world.
The Meaning of Marriage: A Couple’s Devotional: A Year of Daily Devotions
Timothy and Kathy Keller. Viking, Oct. 1
Pastor and bestselling author Timothy Keller and his wife, Kathy, combine efforts in this daily devotional that takes readers on a yearlong journey into the meaning of marriage.
The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities
Kate Bowler. Princeton Univ., Oct. 1
Historian Bowler examines the rise of Christian women celebrities (in particular, those in what she calls a “celebrity preacher’s wife” role, like Joyce Meyer, Beth Moore, and Victoria Osteen) to explore how they balance the demands of celebrity culture and a conservative, male-dominated faith.
River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey
Helen Prejean. Random House, Aug. 13
Prejean probes how years serving as a nun informed her social justice advocacy and formed the foundation of her 1982 bestseller, Dead Man Walking.
Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church
Megan Phelps-Roper. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Oct. 8
Phelps-Roper, a granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, provides a vivid account of her upbringing and explains her reasons for leaving the controversial church.
Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World
Pema Chödrön. Shambhala, Oct. 15
Chödrön, a Buddhist nun and internationally bestselling author and poet, asks readers to embrace suffering to cultivate courage, love, and connection in this collection of essays and meditations.
The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear (Dec. 1, trade paper, $12.99, ISBN 978-1-64352-240-1). In this novel set during the Civil War, quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse both sides’ wounded who seek refuge at her family’s farm.
The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken (Aug. 1, trade paper, $12.99, ISBN 978-1-64352-083-4). In 1820s Massachusetts, Dr. Chadwick’s morbid fascination drives him to break the law. He hires grave robbers to obtain corpses, and his assistant Josephine must pose as a spy for his grave robbers.
The Timepiece by Beverly Lewis (Sept. 17, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-3307-4). As the only daughter, Sylvia Miller has always held a special place in her Old Order family, one Adeline Pelham jeopardizes when she shows up at the Millers’ Hickory Hollow farm and reminds Sylvia of a long-buried secret.
What Comes My Way by Tracie Peterson (Oct. 1, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-1904-7). Ella Fleming, a member of the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, a wild west show comprising all-female performers, is on the run in the third installment of the Brookstone Brides series.
The Oracle by Jonathan Cahn (Sept. 3, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-62999-629-5), based on jubilean prophecies, follows a global mystery that will determine the rise and fall of empires, the true origins of two world wars, and the facts of end-time prophecy.
Shades of Light by Sharon Garlough Brown (Aug. 20, trade paper, $28, ISBN 978-0-8308-4658-0). Wren Crawford, a social worker who struggles with anxiety and depression, finds solace in art and spiritual formation along with traditional therapeutic interventions, but a relationship from her past threatens to undo her progress.
The Loyal One by Shelley Shepard Gray (Aug. 13, trade paper, $16, ISBN 978-1-982100-89-6). When Katie Steury hires her old friend Harley Lambright to remodel her rundown house into a bed and breakfast, she does so with trepidation. Both soon discover that clearing the debris in one old house also means having to do some cleanup in their lives.
The More the Merrier: An Amish Christmas Romance by Linda Byler (Oct. 1, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-68099-470-4). Set during the Great Depression, this romance centers on the Miller family and the death of patriarch Eli Miller, an event that rallies their Amish community around Eli’s wife and eight children, but only for a brief period.
An Amish Second Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray, Patricia Johns, and Virginia Wise. (Sept. 24, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-4967-1783-2). This suite of novellas follows three different Amish couples for whom the day after Christmas means the importance of family and the fulfillment of love.
A Cross to Kill by Andrew Huff (Oct. 14, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-2274-4). John Cross, a mild-mannered small-town pastor, used to be an assassin for the CIA—and his old life is coming back to haunt him in this first book of Huff’s Shepherd Suspense series.
The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts (Oct. 22, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-7180-7568-2). Brighton and her friend escape a rural Pennsylvania asylum, which has been the only home she’s ever known. With no real name or money, they embark upon a journey across 1940s Middle America in search of a new home.
Synapse by Steven James (Oct. 8, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-2525-6). Thirty years in the future, when Kestrel Hathaway, a pastor in Cincinnati, witnesses a terror attack, she’s drawn into a world of conspiracies and lies that she and Jordan, her cognizant robot, have to untangle before it’s too late.
The Girl behind the Red Rope by Ted and Rachelle Dekker (Sept. 3, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-3653-8). When an apocalyptic evil is unleashed on the world, Grace and her neighbors form a strict religious community hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee. Her older brother’s questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she’s seen in a decade set in motion events that will change everything.
Stitches in Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Oct. 1, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-2752-9). Horse trainer Sam Schrock feels a new lease on life when schoolteacher Mollie Graber moves to the Amish community of Stoney Ridge.
The Last Man at the Inn: A Novel of One Man’s Quest to Believe by
R. William Bennett (Oct. 8, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-62972-603-8) imagines how a contemporary of Jesus—Simon, an ordinary spice merchant—intersects with the Christian messiah at the major milestones of his life and ministry.
The Healing Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Aug. 6, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-62416-749-2). Lenore Lapp is an Amish schoolteacher in her late 20s who’s still living at home with her parents and grandparents. She thinks love has passed her by, until she meets Jesse Smucker, a widower with a baby daughter.
Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills (Sept. 3, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-2709-0). FBI agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down a killer on the loose in Galveston, Tex., who is
killing law enforcement officials using injections of snake venom.
Memories of Glass by Melanie Dobson (Sept. 3, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-3418-0). Inspired by a true story, this historical explores the Dutch men and women who helped rescue over 600 Jewish children from a Nazi deportation center and, almost 80 years later, Ava Drake’s discovery that her wealthy great-grandfather financed the Auschwitz camps.
A Christmas Haven: An Amish Christmas Romance by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall (Sept. 24, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-525-65329-5). Old Order Amish Ivy Zook is wrestling with her need to shed her community’s ways so she can grow the party planning business of her dreams. But if she leaves too soon, she’d cause trouble for her sister, Holly, who is planning her wedding.
Abraham by Jennifer Beckstrand (Nov. 26, mass market, $7.99, ISBN 978-1-4201-4772-8). This second novel in her series featuring Amish brothers Andrew, Abraham, and Austin Petersheim sees the brothers interested in finding romance after the success of their peanut butter business.
New Beginnings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard (Sept. 24, mass market, $7.99, ISBN 978-1-4201-4510-6). Recently widowed Frances Lehman is not ready to be pressured into marriage by her widowed brother-in-law, even if she and her daughter have no real means of support.
The Bake Shop by Amy Clipston (Nov. 5, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-310-35638-7). Christiana Kurtz loves to bake, but when she outgrows her small bake stand, she moves her business to the local market. The new shop becomes so busy it blocks the craft store next door, run by Jeffrey Stoltzfus, who Christiana begins to take a liking to.
Listening to Love by Beth Wiseman (Sept. 3, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-529-11871-4). Englischer Natalie Collins and Amish Lucas Shetler learn about one another’s faith and begin to question their own principles after lively dinner conversations at Lucas’s brother’s home.
7 Days of Christmas by Jen Hatmaker (Oct. 1, $21.99, ISBN 978-1-5018-8827-4) addresses seven key areas—food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste, stress—whose practices Christian readers can consider during Christmas for reducing consumption to bring more joy into one’s life.
Wicca: A Modern Practitioner’s Guide: Your Guide to Mastering the Craft by Arin Murphy-Hiscock (Aug. 13, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-5072-1074-1). Murphy-Hiscock, a Wicca instructor, guides readers in the basics of witchcraft through the rituals and practices of contemporary Wicca communities.
Near-Death Experiences: A Historical Exploration from the Ancient World to the Present Day by Marisa St. Clair (Sept. 3, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-78274-889-2) presents a wide range of case studies, encompassing people of all ages, beliefs, and time periods, to suggest that near-death experiences have always been a part of human spirituality.
The Little Book of Meditations by Gilly Pickup (Sept. 24, $12.99, ISBN 978-1-5248-5200-9) teaches about the history of meditation, as well as its physical and mental benefits. Included are many quotes from thinkers and spiritualists to motivate readers to practice relaxation and reflection.
Becoming Women of the Word: How to Answer God’s Call with Purpose and Joy by Sarah Christmyer (Aug. 2, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-59471-877-9). The cofounder of the Great Adventure Catholic Bible study program combines tales of women within the Old Testament with stories of women she has known to explore how to live into God’s calling.
Defined: Who God Says You Are
by Alex and Stephen Kendrick (Aug. 1, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-5359-4892-0). Inspired by their new movie Overcomer, the Kendrick brothers explain the wisdom that forms the foundation of their script, which is based on the book of Ephesians.
Counting Stars in an Empty Sky: Trusting God’s Promises for Your Impossibilities by Michael Youssef (Sept. 3, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-7787-6). The founding pastor of the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta uses the story of Abraham to encourage readers to trust God’s timing and plan, particularly during difficult times, and provides reflection questions for small group reflection.
Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon by David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock (Sept. 3, $21.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-1315-7). Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, and Matlock, an outreach consultant for churches, present research that reveals what people truly think about Jesus, as well as design strategies for effective evangelism and discipleship.
Bible Prophecy and You: Predictions, Fulfillments, and What to Watch for Next by Len Woods and Christopher D. Hudson (Oct. 1, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-64352-097-1) describes predictions about Israel, other biblical kingdoms, and Jesus, before detailing predictions about Israel and the end-times found in scripture.
Bear & Co.
The Evolutionary Empath: A Practical Guide for Heart-Centered Consciousness by Stephanie Red Feather (Nov. 5, trade paper, $18, ISBN 978-1-59143-350-7) lends advice on how to manage life’s difficulties as an empath (one who has preternatural emotional senses), including how to employ one’s gifts in a healthy way.
Encountering God’s Heart for You: 365 Devotions from Genesis Through Revelation by Diane Stortz (Sept. 3, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-3218-3) takes Christian readers on a daily journey through the full narrative of scripture within the course of a year.
Being Jewish Today: Confronting the Real Issues by Tony Bayfield (Dec. 17, $25, ISBN 978-1-4729-6208-9). Reform rabbi Bayfield offers his perspective on the impact of modernity on the Jewish community, particularly the rise of anti-Semitism and far-right governments.
With Him: Listening to the Reverse Side of the World by Bruno Cadore (Jan. 21, trade paper, $18, ISBN 978-1-4729-7015-2). A French Roman Catholic priest of the Dominican Order reflects on the role of the Dominican in the modern world and details his outreach to the poor, marginalized, and afflicted.
The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power over Christian Values by Ben Howe (Aug. 13, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-279711-7). Filmmaker Howe analyzes and debunks the intellectual rhetoric evangelical leaders used to convince Christians to toe the Republican Party line during the 2016 presidential election.
Ash and Starlight: Prayers for the Chaos and Grace of Daily Life by Arianne Braithwaite Lehn (Oct. 22, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-8272-0080-7). Pastor Braithwaite Lehn provides prayers for confession, transition, waiting, and struggle.
I Am Zion: Unleash the Power of God’s Glory in Your Life by John Eckhardt (Aug. 6, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-62999-621-9). Arguing that Zion is not just a place in Israel but a personal spiritual reality, Eckhardt applies the lessons in Isaiah 60 to promote healing and deliverance.
Prophetic Community: God’s Call for All to Minister in His Gifts by Kim M. Maas (Aug. 20, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-9931-1). Speaker Maas explores biblical prophecy through key misunderstandings and misconceptions about prophecy, arguing that God’s presence can be seen in contemporary events.
Traveling Home: Tracking Your Way Through the Spiritual Wilderness by Mark R. Kowalewski (Aug. 1, trade paper, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-64065-194-4). The dean and rector at St. John’s Cathedral in Los Angeles offers an invitation for those who feel on the margins of the church to join more fully.
A God Beyond Belief: Reclaiming Faith in a Quantum Age by Lance Moore (Jan. 1, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-78904-254-2). Minister Moore invites readers to embrace paradox in this reading of scripture that weds theology with modern science.
Saving God from Religion: A Minister’s Search for Faith in a Skeptical Age by Robin Meyers (Jan. 28, $25, ISBN 978-1-984822-
51-2). A minister and commentator for National Public Radio argues that Christians can rescue their faith from abstract doctrines and rigid morals, and instead recognize God within the joys and ambiguities of everyday life.
What It Means to Be Moral: Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life by Phil Zuckerman
(Sept. 10, $26, ISBN 978-1-64009-274-7). Sociologist Zuckerman examines the arguments for a morality informed by religion, urging that major challenges such as climate change and growing inequality are best approached from a framework of secular morality.
Becoming C. S. Lewis: A Biography of Young Jack Lewis (1898–1918) by Harry Lee Poe (Nov. 1, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-4335-6273-0) provides an account of C.S. Lewis’s adolescent years that explain how his youth shaped his later writing—tracing such themes as his delight in literature, his suffering and struggles, and his intense pursuit of joy.
What Really Matters: Faith. Hope. Love. by Our Daily Bread writers (Aug. 7, trade paper, $9.99, ISBN 978-1-62707-946-4) comprises 365 daily devotional readings and meditations on faith, hope, and love based on Scripture.
Touched by the Light: Exploring Spiritually Transformative Experiences by Yvonne Kason (Aug. 27, trade paper, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-4597-4551-3) describes Kason’s five near-death experiences and many case studies to suggest how near-death experiences affect the body, mind, and spirit.
We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel
by Daniel Gordis (Sept. 10, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-287369-9). National Jewish Book Award–winner Gordis evaluates the tensions between American and Israeli Jews and offers a vision of Jewish life in response to the pressures of this growing divide.
Your Meditation Journey: Over 30 Exercises and Visualizations to Guide You on the Path to Inner Peace and Self-Discovery by Charla Devereux (Sept. 1, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-85906-438-2). Covering the basics—such as posture, breathing, and other practical considerations—these exercises and techniques are aimed at improving novice meditators’ comfort on the mat.
Faithful Friendships: Embracing Diversity in Christian Community by Dana L. Robert (Sept. 10, trade paper, $19, ISBN 978-0-8028-2571-1) argues that good friendships are a vital and transformative part of the Christian life, and that Christians have the responsibility to make friends across cultural, racial, socioeconomic, and religious lines.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century by Sarah Abrevaya Stein (Nov. 19, $28, ISBN 978-0-374-18542-8). Sephardic historian Stein uses his family’s correspondence throughout WWI and WWII to tell the story of their journey from being Ottomans to becoming Greeks, and to examine the history of Sephardic Jews in the 20th century.
Focus on the Family
Men Are Clams, Women Are Crowbars: The Dos and Don’ts of Getting Your Man to Open Up by David Clarke (Sept. 3, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-58997-975-8). Christian family psychologist Clarke looks at the ways that men and women approach emotional issues and guides couples toward a faith-centered relationship.
The Little Book of Witchcraft: Explore the Ancient Practice of Natural Magic and Daily Ritual by Kitty Guilsborough (Sept. 3, trade paper, $8.99, ISBN 978-1-85675-395-1) explains the basics of beginning a witchcraft practice, including making a “witch kit,” understanding tarot, and growing a “witch kitchen garden.”
Truth Telling in a Post-truth World by Stephen Long (Sept. 1, trade paper, $28.99, ISBN 978-1-945935-50-3). Long, a professor of ethics at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, argues that truth promotes personal flourishing and that readers can practice truth telling as a principle of faith.
What They Meant for Evil by Rebecca Deng (Sept. 8, $22, ISBN 978-1-5460-1722-6). Deng, one of the first unaccompanied refugee children to enter the U.S. in 2000 after South Sudan’s second civil war, tells her journey of entering a refugee camp after her village was attacked when she was four years old.
Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters Who Elected Donald Trump by Angela Denker (Aug. 6, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-4908-1). Journalist Denker sets out to uncover why evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump, traveling the U.S. for a year, meeting the people who support him, and listening to their rationale.
Kahlil Gibran’s Little Book of Wisdom, edited by Neil Douglas-Klotz (Sept. 1, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-57174-835-5), collects Gibran’s views on government, organized religion, wealth, and commerce.
A Course in Meditation: A 21-Day Workout for Your Consciousness by Osho (Sept. 3, trade paper, $17, ISBN 978-1-984825-96-4). Mystic and meditation instructor Osho provides a 21-day experiential course designed to give readers a taste of meditation.
Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus by Jim Wallis (Sept. 3, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-06-291476-7). Christian social activist and preacher Wallis writes in response to what he identifies as the current “constitutional crisis,” urging readers to return to the tenets of Jesus as a means to save America from polarizing bitterness and anger.
Eat, Fast, Feast: A Christian Guide to Intermittent Fasting—Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul by Jay W. Richards (Jan. 28, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-290520-8). Richards, a senior fellow at Discovery Institute, argues that Christians should recover the fasting lifestyle to improve their bodies and bolster their spiritual health.
Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt by Alec Ryrie (Nov. 19, $27.95, ISBN 978-0-674-24182-4). Ryrie, a professor of the history of Christianity at Durham University, considers why societies that were once overwhelmingly Christian have become so secular, arguing that long before philosophers started to make the case for atheism, powerful cultural currents were challenging traditional faith.
Mary Magdalene Never Wore Blue Eye Shadow: How to Trust the Bible When Truth and Tradition Collide by Amanda Hope Haley (Oct. 15, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7369-7512-4) connects scripture to popular literature, providing Christian readers a reference point for its interpretations.
Speaking of God: An Essential Guide to Christian Thought by Anthony G. Siegrist (Oct. 29, trade paper, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-5138-0606-8). Pastor and theologian Siegrist aims to help readers recover a basic language around Christian theology, explaining concepts such as creation, sin, redemption, the church, and discipleship.
Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church by Austen Ivereigh (Nov. 5, $30, ISBN 978-1-250-11938-4). This biography from historian Ivereigh centers on the tensions generated by the pope’s attempt to turn the Catholic church away from power and tradition.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Bitchcraft: Simple Spells for Sweet Revenge and Everyday Annoyances by Kerry Colburn (Oct. 8, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-358-19698-3) provides spells to empower the modern woman to exact revenge and take charge.
Remarkable: Living a Faith Worth Talking About by Brady Boyd (Sept. 3, $26, ISBN 978-1-982101-37-4). Boyd, the senior pastor of New Life Church, draws parallels between the early church at Corinth and today’s culture to suggest how Christians can stay true to their beliefs and live a loving life.
The Will of God: Understanding and Pursuing His Ultimate Plan for Your Life by Charles F. Stanley (Oct. 15, $26, ISBN 978-1-982104-79-5). Pastor Stanley seeks to help readers discover God’s purpose in this guide to discovering how scripture addresses everyday decisions and challenges.
Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Unlocking the Jewish Roots of Christianity by John Bergsma (Sept. 10, $25, ISBN 978-1-984823-12-0). Scholar Bergsma aims to show how the mysterious and long-forgotten scrolls, discovered in an Egyptian cave in 1947, reveal more fully the Jewish roots of Christianity.
Breathing as Spiritual Practice: Experiencing the Presence of God by Will Johnson (Oct. 8, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-62055-687-0). Buddhist retreat leader Johnson offers a close look at the importance of breath in each major religion, including within the Jewish teachings of ruach and the Islamic poetry of Rumi.
A Theology of Love: Reimagining Christianity Through a Course in Miracles by Richard Smoley (Nov. 5, $18.99, trade paper, ISBN 978-1-62055-925-3) reframes Christian theology using teachings of unconditional love and forgiveness, drawing inspiration only from the Bible, Buddhism, Gnosticism, Hinduism, and mystical teachings such as A Course in Miracles.
Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation, edited by Carolyn L. Karcher (Oct. 1, trade paper, $20, ISBN 978-1-62371-914-2). Forty Jewish activists and scholars share autobiographical essays describing how they, as devout American Jews, disentangled themselves from Zionism.
First Down Devotions: Inspiration from the NFL’s Best by Del Duduit (Aug. 5, trade paper, $12.99, ISBN 978-1-56309-231-2). Using first-person interviews, Duduit highlights the role of faith in the lives of NFL players to give inspiration for today’s believers.
Revolution of Values: Reclaiming Public Faith for the Common Good by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Dec. 10, $22, ISBN 978-0-8308-4593-4) explores how religious culture wars have misrepresented Christianity at the expense of the poor, and how listening to marginalized communities can help Christians hear God’s call to love and justice in the world.
Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis: Nourishing Practices for Body, Mind, and Spirit by Mimi Kuo-Deemer (Oct. 16, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-486-83737-6). This introduction to qigong and the yin-yang balance of tai chi, the ancient Chinese art of movement meditation, offers insights into these practices’ benefits.
School of Prophets: A Bicentennial History of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School by John R. Tyson (Aug. 1, trade paper, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-8170-1804-7). Released to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School’s beginnings, this book explores the organizational history of the theological seminary.
Even Though I Walk: One Woman’s Journey of Prayer in the Shadow of Death by Magda Heras and Ignasi Fossas, trans. by Elaine M. Lilly (Aug. 15, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-0-8146-8800-7). Cardiologist Heras and Benedictine monk Fossas share their correspondence on dealing with death, praying with the psalms, and living a life of faith.
The Ancient Magick of Trees: Identify and Use Trees in Your Spiritual and Magickal Practice by Gregory Michael Brewer (Oct. 8, trade paper, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-7387-6162-6). Part field guide and part magical resource, this compendium seeks to help readers identify more than 100 common trees across North America and Europe, as well as discover their medicinal and magical properties.
Start with Jesus: How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church by Julianne Stanz (Oct. 15, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-0-8294-4884-9) aims to help Christians grows in relationship with Jesus through individual journaling and group exercises.
Reappearing Church: The Hope for Renewal in the Rise of Our Post-Christian Culture by Mark Sayers (Aug. 6, trade paper, $13.99, ISBN 978-0-8024-1913-2). Australian pastor and podcast host Sayers argues that the rise of secularism can actually be good news for the gospel and the church.
52 Promises from God: Reflections to Soothe Your Soul by Jessie Seneca (Oct. 1, trade paper, $15, ISBN 978-0-9844804-3-2) asks readers to jump-start their faith and assures them that God fulfills promises to those who follow his word.
Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need by David Platt (Sept. 17, $22, ISBN 978-0-7352-9141-6). The lead pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C., recounts his soul-searching journey through impoverished villages in the Himalayan mountains.
How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People by Pete Greig (Oct. 1, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-64158-188-2). Greig, cofounder of the 24-7 Prayer movement, urges readers to pray with passion, explaining to Christians how prayer is conversation with God.
Everywhere Holy: Seeing Beauty, Remembering Your Identity, and Finding God Right Where You Are by Kara Lawler (Dec. 3, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4002-1163-0). Christian blogger Lawler seeks to show women how to embrace the sacred in the everyday, such as in ordinary routines, the faces of our family and friends, and especially in nature.
The Good Name: The Power of Words to Hurt or Heal by Samuel T. Logan Jr. (Sept. 9, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-64507-028-3). Historian and minister Logan encourages readers to see the dangers of “false witness” among Christians, especially when dealing with disagreements.
New World Library
Zen: A Short Introduction with Illustrations by the Author by Alan Watts (Aug. 1, trade paper, $16, ISBN 978-1-60868-588-2) restores a rare early work by Watts, first published in 1948.
New York Univ.
Ecopiety: Green Media and the Dilemma of Environmental Virtue by Sarah McFarland Taylor (Nov. 12, trade paper, $30, ISBN 978-1-4798-9131-3). Taylor, associate professor in the department of Religious Studies at Northwestern, examines intersections of environmental sensibilities, contemporary expressions of piety and devotion, and American popular culture.
Modern Tantric Buddhism: Embodiment and Authenticity in Dharma Practice by Justin Von Bujdoss (Oct. 8, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-62317-395-1) is a guide for practitioners, dharma teachers, chaplains, and clergy who want to understand and apply Vajrayana (tantric) Buddhism in the context of contemporary life.
Believers: Faith in Human Nature by Melvin Konner (Sept. 10, $27.95, ISBN 978-0-393-65186-7). Anthropologist Konner examines the nature of religiosity and how it shapes and benefits humankind by answering attacks on faith by scientists and philosophers, such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.
Slavery and Islam by Jonathan A.C. Brown (Aug. 13, $40, ISBN 978-1-78607-635-9). Islamic scholar Brown details Islam’s views and tenets regarding slavery, as well as Islamic civilization’s history of practicing slavery.
Secularism: A Very Short Introduction by Andrew Copson (Sept. 11, trade paper, $11.95, ISBN 978-0-19-874722-2). The chief executive of the British Humanist Association explores secularism through accounts of momentous episodes in world history, such as the transition of Europe from religious orthodoxy to pluralism and the global struggle for human rights and democracy.
Domestic Monastery by Ronald Rolheiser (Oct. 8, $16, ISBN 978-1-64060-372-1). Friar Rolheiser examines how the life of the monastery can apply to those who don’t live inside the walls of the cloister.
Jean Vanier: Portrait of a Free Man by Anne-Sophie Constant (Aug. 4, trade paper, $15, ISBN 978-0-87486-140-2) recounts the life of Jean Vanier, founder of l’Arche, who changed the way the world views disability, as told by a close personal friend.
Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide to Atheism by Richard Dawkins (Sept. 17, $27, ISBN 978-1-984853-91-2). Atheist scholar Dawkins provides a brisk introduction to modern atheism and challenges some of the basic assumptions made by religions worldwide.
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Moon on Fire by Tenzin Priyadarshi (Nov. 19, $28, ISBN 978-1-984819-85-7). Buddhist monk Priyadarshi shares lessons about the power of mentorship and an open mind, explaining strategies for bridging the spiritual and secular worlds.
Strong, Brave, Loved: Empowering Reminders of Who You Really Are by Holley Gerth (Oct. 1, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-2955-4). Blogger and life coach Gerth offers 60 short devotions geared toward empowering women, as well as prompts for journaling and personal reflection.
Revolutionary Witchcraft: A Guide to Magical Activism by Sarah Lyons (Nov. 5, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-7624-9573-3) provides an introduction to the history and contemporary practice of feminist magic, mystical rituals, cleansing, power mapping, and casting spells.
Hexing the Patriarchy: 26 Potions, Spells, and Magical Elixirs to Embolden the Resistance by Ariel Gore (Oct. 15, $22, ISBN 978-1-58005-874-2) offers a blueprint for the feminist uprising, offering incantations, enchantments, rituals, and wisdom designed to protect women and bring down the patriarchy.
Wake Up to What Matters: A Guide to Tibetan Buddhism for the Next Generation by Avikrita Vajra Sakya (Dec. 3, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-61180-660-1). Tibetan lama Sakya seeks to introduce the dharma to millennial readers.
Obedience Over Hustle: The Surrender of the Striving Heart by Malinda Fuller (Sept. 1, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-64352-075-9). Blogger Fuller explores biblical narratives to encourage women to respond to God’s call.
After the Good News: Progressive Faith Beyond Optimism by Nancy McDonald Ladd (Sept. 1, trade paper, $16, ISBN 978-1-55896-828-8). The senior minister at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Maryland argues that religious life is not characterized by endless human advancement, calling on religious progressives to show greater authenticity rather than blind optimism.
Tilopa’s Wisdom: His Life and Teachings on the Ganges Mahamudra by Khenchen Thrangu
(Dec. 31, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-55939-487-1) compiles teachings on both the life of Tilopa, who founded the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and one of his most important texts on the practice of Mahamudra.
The Flowing Grace of Now: Encountering Wisdom Through the Weeks of the Year by Macrina Wiederkehr (Oct. 11, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-932057-18-8). Benedictine Wiederkehr offers weekly reflections in order to reveal the spirituality of everyday life, inviting readers to take in the quotes of renowned teachers and learn from their wisdom.
The Karma of Cats: Spiritual Wisdom from Our Feline Friends (Oct. 29, trade paper, 17.95, ISBN 978-1-68364-253-4). Spiritual teachers, writers, and animal experts share stories and reflections on lessons learned from their feline friends, exploring the unique ways cats embody core spiritual values.
Prosperity Magick: Spells for Wealth by Cassandra Eason (Oct. 1, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-4549-3678-7). Druid magical practitioner Eason describes spells intended to help readers get promotions, win the lottery, overcome debt, and avoid costly scams, among others.
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Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness: A Biblical Tale Retold by Stephen Mitchell (Sept. 17, $21.99, ISBN 978-1-250-23752-1) presents a novelistic version of the biblical tale in which Jacob’s favorite son is sold into slavery and eventually becomes viceroy of Egypt.
What Is a Girl Worth? by Rachael Denhollander (Sept. 1, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-4133-1) shares the author’s story as the first victim to publicly accuse Larry Nasser, the former U.S.A. Gymnastics team doctor who abused hundreds of young athletes, and details how she became an outspoken advocate for survivors.
A Theory of Everything (That Matters): A Brief Guide to Einstein, Relativity, and His Surprising Thoughts on God by Alister McGrath (Oct. 8, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-3807-2) examines the life and work of Einstein, explaining his scientific
significance and considering what he did and did not believe about science, religion, and the meaning of life.
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Faith and Science at Notre Dame: John Zahm, Evolution, and the Catholic Church by John P. Slattery (Aug. 31, $27, ISBN 978-0-268-10609-6). Historian Slattery charts the rise and fall of John Augustine Zahm (1851–1921), a Holy Cross priest, author, South American explorer, and science professor and vice president at the University of Notre Dame.
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The Godman and the Sea: The Empty Tomb, the Trauma of the Jews, and the Gospel of Mark by Michael J. Thate (Oct. 4, $79.95, ISBN 978-0-8122-5151-7). An associate research scholar at Princeton closely examines the Gospel of Mark, judging it an exemplary text that responds to and makes meaning of the trauma arising from the crucified and missing body of Jesus.
Everything You Need by David Jeremiah (Oct. 1, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-2393-1). Jeremiah, founder of the international ministry Turning Point, explores 2 Peter 1:5–10 to highlight seven critical tools: virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness, and love.
Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison (Oct. 15, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-525-65288-5). A community organizer and advocate for racial reconciliation offers a call for Christians to move toward deeper bonds of friendship and more empathetic understanding of others as a response to the current divisive culture.
Finding God’s Life for My Will: His Presence Is the Plan by Mike Donehey (Aug. 6, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-525-65281-6). Donehey, lead singer of the Christian band Tenth Avenue North, details his personal spiritual journey of discovering God’s purpose for his life.
The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magic and Might by Courtney Weber (Nov. 1, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-57863-663-1) explores Ireland’s ancient dark goddess—the beloved “phantom queen” of the Celtic world—with practices for modern-day devotees.
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Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper by Lori Erickson (Aug. 13, trade paper, $17, ISBN 978-0-664-26567-0). Erickson, a spiritual travel writer and Episcopal deacon, examines how she learned to face death head-on after her brother’s unexpected death and her mother’s moving to a dementia-care facility.
Sculpting the Buddha Within: The Life and Work of Shinjo Ito by Shuri Kido (Sept. 3, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-61429-619-5). Poet Kido describes the life of Shinjo Ito (1906–1989), founder of one of the main traditions of Buddhism, which has almost one million members worldwide.
Start Here, Start Now: A Short Guide to Mindfulness Meditation by Bhante Gunaratana (Nov. 5, trade paper, $9.95, ISBN 978-1-61429-627-0). Meditation teacher Gunaratana instructs readers on how to start and maintain a mindfulness meditation practice.
Job: A New Translation by Edward L. Greenstein (Aug. 20, $26, ISBN 978-0-300-16234-9). Historian and translator Greenstein presents a new perspective on the book of Job, arguing that Job was defiant of God until the end.
That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation by David Bentley Hart (Sept. 24, $26, ISBN 978-0-300-24622-3). Theologian Bentley Hart makes the case that nearly two millennia of dogmatic tradition have misled readers on the crucial matter of universal salvation.
Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose by Rebekah Lyons (Oct. 1, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-310-35614-1) details the four rhythms that she believes lead to a vibrant life: rest, renew, connect, and create.