A look at women’s roles in the early Christian church, how the Enneagram can be applied to marriage, and more new books are coming from religion and spirituality publishers in March.
I’m a Christian—Now What? A Guide to Your New Life with Christ by Aaron Armstrong (Lexham, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68359-671-4) is geared toward adult converts to Christianity looking for answers to questions such as how to read the Bible, pray, and find the right church.
Meister Eckhart’s Book of Darkness & Light: Meditations on the Path of the Wayless Way by Jon M. Sweeney, Mark S. Burrows, and Meister Eckhart (Hampton Roads, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64297-045-6) highlights the spiritual insights of the Christian mystic and his comments on finding God through darkness.
Touch the Wounds: On Suffering, Trust, and Transformation by Tomáš Halík, trans. by Gerald Turner (Univ. of Notre Dame, $25, ISBN 978-0-268-20489-1) uses Jesus’s wounds as a metaphor to reflect on Christian concepts of suffering.
Finish Line: Dispelling Fear, Finding Peace, and Preparing for the End of Your Life by Robert Wolgemuth (Zondervan, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-310-36489-4) aims to comfort readers with biblical promises about heaven while offering tips for determining end-of-life preferences such as funeral planning, preparing a will, and decluttering.
My Body and Other Crumbling Empires: Lessons for Healing in a World That Is Sick by Lyndsey Medford (Broadleaf, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-8431-0) explores issues such as medical, environmental, and economic factors linked to statistics that indicate over 60% of adult Americans suffer from chronic illness, while arguing for a path to healing rooted in faith.
The Wonder Paradox: Embracing the Weirdness of Existence and the Poetry of Our Lives by Jennifer Michael Hecht (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $29, ISBN 978-0-374-29274-4). A poet and historian offers up poetry as a way to find meaning in a society that’s becoming more secular.
Living Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Every Day by Kaitlin B. Curtice (Brazos, $21.99, ISBN 978-1-58743-571-3) suggests methods of individual and communal resistance to build a more connected world.
Turning Words: Transformative Encounters with Buddhist Teachers by Hozan Alan Senauke (Shambhala, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64547-131-8). A Zen priest shares the life-changing phrases of friends and Buddhist teachers, including the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, to deliver insights into faith and social action.
God the Bestseller: How One Editor Transformed American Religion a Book at a Time by Stephen Prothero (HarperOne, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-06-246404-0) recounts Eugene Exman’s tenure at Harper, during which he published culture-shifting works by Harry Emerson Fosdick, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, and others. 35,000-copy announced first printing.
Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church by Nijay K. Gupta (IVP Academic, $24 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0074-8) looks at evidence in the New Testament that women were actively involved in the early Christian church’s ministries.
Don’t Hold Back: Leaving Behind the American Gospel to Follow Jesus Fully by David Platt (Multnomah, $25, ISBN 978-0-7352-9144-7) challenges Christians to take risks and love everyone around them rather than focusing on comfort, politics, and prosperity.
Sensual Faith: The Art of Coming Home to Your Body by Lyvonne Briggs (Convergent, $17, ISBN 978-0-593-44321-7) encourages women to develop sex-positive attitudes toward their bodies and fortify their spirituality in the process.
Armageddon by Bart D. Ehrman (S&S, $27.99, ISBN 978-198214-799-0) analyzes the Book of Revelations and critiques popular interpretations of the end times.
The Enneagram and Your Marriage: A 7-Week Guide to Better Understanding and Loving Your Spouse by Jackie Brewster (Baker, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5409-0257-3) applies the ancient personality typing system for increasing awareness to marriage in a seven-week workbook.
Safe All Along: Trading Our Fears and Anxieties for God’s Unshakable Peace by Katie Davis Majors (Multnomah, $25, ISBN 978-0-593-44511-2). A mother of 15 and wife of a missionary, Majors explores instability and difficult circumstances, revealing how she reached inner peace through a connection with God.
Letters of Trust (Friendship Letters #1) by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Barbour, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63609-334-5). Newlyweds Vic and Eleanor Lapp are blissfully happy on their Pennsylvania Amish farm until a family death drives Vic to alcohol, imperiling the marriage and prompting Eleanor to write to her friend Doretta seeking advice.
Code Name Edelweiss by Stephanie Landsem (Tyndale, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-6066-0) is set in 1933 and follows Jewish lawyer Leon Lewis who conscripts reluctant German-born Liesl Weiss as a spy to track a wave of Nazism spreading through Hollywood.
The Metropolitan Affair by Jocelyn Green (Bethany House, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3963-2). Childhood friends Laura Westlake, an Egyptology expert, and detective Joe Caravello reunite as adults to hunt down the culprit behind a spate of artifact forgeries in 1920s Manhattan.
After the Shadows by Amanda Cabot (Revell, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-4064-1). Shortly after Emily Leland returns to her Texas hometown, her father dies suspiciously. She and schoolteacher Craig Ferguson work to unravel the mystery, which may relate to a pattern of recent accidents around town.