God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America by Lyz Lenz (Indiana Univ., $22, ISBN 978-0-253-04153-1). 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.
Becoming Women of the Word: How to Answer God’s Call with Purpose and Joy by Sarah Christmyer (Ave Maria, $16.95 paper, 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 according to God’s calling.
Defined: Who God Says You Are by Alex and Stephen Kendrick (B&H, $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.
School of Prophets: A Bicentennial History of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School by John R. Tyson (Judson, $29.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-8170-1804-7). Released to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School’s founding, this book explores the organizational history of the theological seminary.
Traveling Home: Tracking Your Way Through the Spiritual Wilderness by Mark R. Kowalewski (Church, $18.95 paper, 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.
Zen: A Short Introduction with Illustrations by the Author by Alan Watts (New World Library, $16 paper, ISBN 978-1608685882) restores a rare early work by Watts, first published in 1948.
Jean Vanier: Portrait of a Free Man by Anne-Sophie Constant (Plough, $15 paper, 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.
First Down Devotions: Inspiration from the NFL’s Best by Del Duduit (Iron Stream, $12.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-56309-231-2). Using first-person interviews, Duduit highlights the role of faith in the lives of NFL players to provide inspiration for today’s believers.
Boss Up!: This Ain’t Your Mama’s Business Book by Lindsay Teague Moreno (W Publishing, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-7852-2441-9). Moreno, a stay at home mom turned successful entrepreneur, shares her business principles and philosophies such as “think long term,” “be unapologetically yourself,” and more, according to the publisher.
I Am Zion: Unleash the Power of God’s Glory in Your Life by John Eckhardt (Charisma, $16.99 paper, 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.
Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters Who Elected Donald Trump by Angela Denker (Fortress, $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.
Reappearing Church: The Hope for Renewal in the Rise of Our Post-Christian Culture by Mark Sayers (Moody, $13.99 paper, 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.
Finding God’s Life for My Will: His Presence Is the Plan by Mike Donehey (WaterBrook, $15.99 paper, 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.
What Really Matters: Faith. Hope. Love. by Our Daily Bread writers (Discovery House, $9.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-62707-946-4) comprises 365 daily devotional readings and meditations on faith, hope, and love based on Scripture.
Wicca: A Modern Practitioner’s Guide: Your Guide to Mastering the Craft by Arin Murphy-Hiscock (Adams Media, 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.
The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power over Christian Values by Ben Howe (Broadside, $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.
Slavery and Islam by Jonathan A.C. Brown (OneWorld, $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.
Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper by Lori Erickson (Westminster John Knox, $17 paper, 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.
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 (Liturgical, $19.95 paper, 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.
Job: A New Translation by Edward L. Greenstein (Yale Univ., $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.
Prophetic Community: God’s Call for All to Minister in His Gifts by Kim M. Maas (Chosen, $14.99 paper, 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.
Touched by the Light: Exploring Spiritually Transformative Experiences by Yvonne Kason (Dundurn, $26.99 paper, 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.
Faith and Science at Notre Dame: John Zahm, Evolution, and the Catholic Church by John P. Slattery (Univ. of Notre Dame, $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.
The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken (Barbour, $12.99 paper, 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 Healing Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Shiloh Run, $15.99 paper, 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.
The Loyal One by Shelley Shepard Gray (Gallery, $16 paper, 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.
Shades of Light by Sharon Garlough Brown (Formatio, $28 paper, ISBN 978-0-8308-4658-0). From the author of the Sensible Shoes series, this novel follows Wren Crawford, a social worker who struggles with anxiety and depression who finds solace in art and spiritual formation along with traditional therapeutic interventions. However, a relationship from her past threatens to undo her progress.