New religious and spiritual books publishing during November include a faith-based self-help book by Christian singer-songwriter Christy Nockels, a Black scholar’s personal and academic look at biblical translation, and more.
Making Peace with the Universe: Personal Crisis and Spiritual Healing by Michael Scott Alexander (Columbia Univ., $30, ISBN 978-0-231-19859-2). Alexander, professor of religious studies at University of California, Riverside, presents classic religious accounts as masterpieces of therapeutic insight that trace the steps from existential crisis to psychological health.
Life You Long for: Learning to Live from a Heart of Rest by Christy Nockels (Multnomah, $24, ISBN 978-0-593-19254-2). Musician and worship leader Nockels offers guidance for Christian women on letting go of the need for control and learning to trust God.
Benedict XVI the Biography, Vol. 1 by Peter Seewald (Bloomsbury Continuum, $35, ISBN 978-1-4729-7919-3). Seewald looks into the young life and rise through the church’s ranks of Joseph Ratzinger, covering his days growing up in Germany, his conscription into the Hitler Youth during WWII, and his career as an academic theologian.
Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope by Esau McCaulley (IVP Academic, $20, ISBN 978-0-8308-5486-8). New Testament scholar McCaulley provides a personal and scholarly testament to the power of Black biblical interpretation and calls the church toward a more dynamic engagement with scripture.
Early Martyr Narratives: Neither Authentic Accounts Nor Forgeries by Éric Rebillard (Univ. of Pennsylvania, $59.95, ISBN 978-0-8122-5260-6). Rebillard, a history professor at Cornell, examines chronicles of ancient martyrs—Christians supposed to have been executed during the third century and earlier.
The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution by Carl Trueman (Crossway, $34.99, ISBN 978-1-4335-5633-3). Historian Trueman traces the roots of political engagement with issues such as transgenderism and homosexuality, and offers biblical analysis of how the sexual revolution has affected modern human identity.