Find information about a new installment to Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter Family series and more titles slated for publication in May.


May 5

The Minister’s Wife: A Story for All of Us Trying to Live Faithfully in a Complicated World by Karen Stiller (Tyndale Momentum, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-4121-8). Stiller, senior editor of Faith Today, explores many classic Christian virtues through the prism of being a minister’s wife.

Fight to Flourish: Engaging in the Struggle to Cultivate the Life You Were Born to Live by Jennie Lusko (Thomas Nelson, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-3214-8). Lusko, coleader of Fresh Life Church in Montana, uses the backdrop of the 2012 death of her daughter to consider how God’s love can see one through pain and uncertainty.

Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams (and Twenty Lessons I Learned Along the Way) by Yvonne Orji (Flatiron, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-250-24703-2). Orji interprets biblical metaphors to fit current times and provides 20 life lessons based in scripture on topics including saving money and opening up to humility.

Gideon’s Bible by Rick and Gideon Salutin, illus. by Dusan Petricˇic (ECW, $24.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-77041-485-3). Novelist Rick Salutin, in a conversation with his son Gideon, explores the origins and lessons of the Hebrew Bible.

Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin B. Curtice (Brazos, $17.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-58743-431-0). Curtice, drawing on her Native American heritage, shares her journey toward a better self-understanding, showing how her sense of nativeness both informs and challenges her Christian faith.

May 12

Demystifying Shariah: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It’s Not Taking Over Our Country by Sumbul Ali-Karamali (Beacon, $22.95, ISBN 978-0-8070-3800-0). Lawyer and Islamic law specialist Ali-Karamali explains sharia in an effort to dispel the notion it is a set of punitive rules or laws, arguing it is rather a collection of religious rules and recommendations that provide Muslims with guidance in various aspects of daily life.

King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch by Miles Harvey (Little, Brown, $29, ISBN 978-0-316-46359-1). Journalist Harvey tells the little-known story of James Strang, self-proclaimed divine king of heaven and Earth who, armed with a letter from Joseph Smith, convinced hundreds of Mormons to follow him to an island in Lake Michigan during the mid-19th century.

Henri Nouwen and ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’: The Making of a Spiritual Classic by Gabrielle Earnshaw (Paraclete, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-64060-169-7). Earnshaw, founding archivist of the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives in Toronto, analyzes Nouwen’s most famous book, The Return of the Prodigal Son.

Broth from the Cauldron: A Wisdom Journey Through Everyday Magic by Cerridwen Fallingstar (She Writes, $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-63152-699-2). Wiccan Fallingstar collects “teaching stories” and chronicles her life story of being raised in a conservative household, then pursuing shamanic and wiccan practices in her adulthood.

Emanated Scripture of Manjushri: Shabkar’s Essential Meditation Instructions by Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol, trans. from Tibetan by Sean Price (Snow Lion, $24.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-55939-498-7) collects instructions for embarking along the Vajrayana path to enlightenment from Rangdrol (1781–1851), one of Tibet’s most famous wandering yogis.


May 5

Someone Like You by Karen Kingsbury (Atria, $26, ISBN 978-1-982104-31-3). Maddie Baxter West is shaken when she finds out she was adopted. Betrayed and confused, Maddie leaves her new job and fiancé, rejects her family’s requests for forgiveness, and moves to Portland to find out who she really is.

A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberley Duffy (Bethany, $15.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3563-4). When Nora Shipley joins an entomology research expedition to India, she never anticipated the impossible choices she’d face—including choosing between saving a young Indian girl and saving her career.

Unyielding Hope by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan (Bethany, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3567-2). In this companion story to the Hallmark TV series When Hope Calls, Lillian Walsh rushes to a reunion after discovering the sister she believed dead is likely alive.

The Best We’ve Been by Beth K. Vogt (Tyndale, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-2733-5). The third book in the Thatcher Sisters series provides a conclusion to the travails and successes of Payton, Jillian, and Johanna as they reunite as a family.

May 12

Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay (Thomas Nelson, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-7852-2204-0). In Winsome, Ill., former tech worker Alyssa Harrison and Jeremy Mitchell, a single father and local coffee shop owner, work together to save his struggling coffee shop and in the process develop a complicated bond.