Bestselling author and Bible teacher Joyce Meyers offers The Answer to Anxiety, a fresh look at singleness in the church, and Touched by an Angel star Roma Downey’s guide to kindness are among new books coming from religion and spirituality publishers in February.


Feb. 1

A Jewish History and Judaism, An Illustrated Encyclopedia by Lawrence Joffe and Dan Cohn-Sherbok (Lorenz, $40, ISBN 978-0-7548-3544-8) explores the 4,000-year history of the Jewish people, with two volumes covering their religion and philosophy, traditions, practices, and more.

Feb. 3

Holy Grit: A Saintly Guide to Becoming a Man of Virtue by Paul George (Ave Maria, $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-64680-198-5). George, a Catholic life coach, examines the lives of 10 male saints for examples of what he calls “pursuing holiness.”

Feb. 7

The Answer to Anxiety: How to Break Free from the Tyranny of Anxious Thoughts and Worry by Joyce Meyer (FaithWords, $26, ISBN 978-1-5460-2917-5) addresses stress, weariness, and anxiety with words from scripture that aim to point readers toward “a God-centered, peace-filled life,” according to the publisher.

Curveball: When Your Faith Takes Turns You Never Saw Coming (or How I Stumbled and Tripped My Way to Finding a Bigger God) by Peter Enns (HarperOne, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-309347-8). Biblical scholar Enns reframes devastating losses and world tragedies as opportunities to better understand the Bible and God’s plan.

Feb. 14

A Single Life to Live: Stop Waiting for Your Life to Begin and Thrive Where God Has You Today by Hannah Schermerhorn (Baker, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5409-0273-3) looks at the lives and purposes of single characters in the Bible in an effort to encourage today’s unmarried Christians.

8 Steps to Energize Your Faith by Joe Paprocki (Loyola, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8294-5449-9), a spiritual teacher, offers advice intended to motivate readers to put their trust in God.

Noble Truths, Noble Path: The Heart Essence of the Buddha’s Original Teachings by Bhikkhu Bodhi (Wisdom, $44.95, ISBN 978-1-61429-798-7). From translator Bodhi comes an anthology of suttas from the Samyutta Nikaya on the mainstays of Buddhist doctrine: the four noble truths and the eightfold path of the Buddha.

The Power to Change: Mastering the Habits That Matter Most by Craig Groeschel (Zondervan, $28.99, ISBN 978-0-310-36277-7) features Groeschel’s personal story, including lessons about creating big changes by establishing small habits.

Feb. 15

Pierced by Love: Divine Reading with the Christian Tradition by Hans Boersma (Lexham, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-68359-677-6) incorporates the four movements of lectio divina—attentive reading, extended meditation, prayerful reflection, and silent resting—into the teachings of Augustine, Anselm of Canterbury, Bernard of Clairvaux, and others.

Feb. 21

Dear Revolutionaries: A Field Guide for a World Beyond the Church by Lenny Duncan (Broadleaf, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5064-7906-4) calls on Christians to build, guide, and care for a spiritual community that goes beyond the church, according to the publisher.

Be an Angel: Devotions to Inspire and Encourage Love and Light Along the Way by Roma Downey (Convergent, $22, ISBN 978-0-593-44402-3). Touched by an Angel star Downey collects quotes and reflections centered on kindness that are intended to speak “words of hope to a hurting world,” she writes in the book.

Finding Our Way Forward: When the Children We Love Become Adults by Melanie Springer Mock (Herald, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5138-1059-1) draws on the author’s experiences as a college professor and mother of four to explore the parent-child relationship and how to develop a greater understanding of what God calls on each to do.

Recalibrate Your Life: Navigating Transitions with Purpose and Hope by Kenneth Boa, Jenny M Abel (IVP, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0072-4) examines times of transition, including midlife, as opportunities for forming new habits and priorities.

He Called Me Sister: A True Story of Finding Humanity on Death Row by Suzanne Craig Robertson (Morehouse, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-64065-595-9) tells the story of a friendship between “a white middle-class woman and a Black man who grew up devoid of advantage” that resulted in lessons on joy and hope.

Feb. 28

Stumbling Toward Eternity: Losing and Finding Ourselves in the Cross of Jesus by Josh White (Multnomah, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-593-19393-8). White, a preacher and musician, examines the cross and is symbolization of “the counterintuitive way to the abundant life we all desire,” according to the publisher.

By Bread Alone: A Baker’s Reflections on Hunger, Longing, and the Goodness of God by Kendall Vanderslice (Tyndale Momentum, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4964-6134-6) draws comparisons between the hunger for food and for community while exploring the spiritual significance of bread.


Feb. 7

Della and Darby: A Novel of Sisters by Susannah B. Lewis (Thomas Nelson, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7852-4828-6). Twin sisters learn who they really are when love interests threaten to come between them.

Double the Lies by Patricia Raybon (Tyndale, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-5842-1) is the second installment of Raybon’s mystery series following amateur detective Annalee Spain whose life and potential love is threatened after she is framed for murder.

Cold Light of Day by Elizabeth Goddard (Revell, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-4204-1). Set in Shadow Gap, Alaska, police chief Autumn Long seeks help as she faces a threat to the community, and must learn to trust an outsider.

Feb. 14

Counterfeit Hope by Crystal Caudill (Kregel, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4741-9). Secret Service operative Andrew Darlington is investigating counterfeiters in rural Indiana when he meets widow Lightning Lu who is tethered to her felonious family.

The Last Chance Cowboy by Jody Hedlund (Bethany, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3643-3). A midwife honors the dying wish of her patient, delivering a son to an unknowing father, but she is soon unable to part with either the infant or the troubled man.

Feb. 14

Daughter of Eden: Eve’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith (Revell, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3764-1) follows the life of the first woman to ever live, including the pure joy of Eden, remorse, love, and redemption.

Feb. 21

The Maid of Ballymacool by Jennifer Deibel (Revell, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-4174-7) is a spin on the Cinderella story featuring Brianna Kelly who was abandoned as an infant but grows up to discover romance and redemption.

Feb. 28

Forged in Love by Mary Connealy (Bethany, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-4113-0). Mariah Stover tries to rebuild her life after surviving a murder/robbery that killed her father and brother when she meets a newcomer facing his own battles.