New books publishing in November include a call for a core identity among Jews by Donniel Hartment, the president of the Shalom Hartman Institute, a study of feminist scholar bell hooks’ spirituality, and more.


Nov. 1

Who Are the Jews—and Who Can We Become? By Donniel Hartman (Jewish Publication Society, $29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8276-1561-8). The president of the Shalom Hartman Institute assesses the collective identity of Jewish people in a time of unprecedented denominational tribalism.

Nov. 7

bell hooks’ Spiritual Vision: Buddhist, Christian, and Feminist by Nadra Nittle (Fortress, $24 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5064-8836-3). The feminist scholar’s spiritual philosophy and its links to politics and social change are explored in this account from the author of Toni Morrison’s Spiritual Vision.

Incarnating Grace: A Theology of Healing from Sexual Trauma by Julia Feder (Fordham Univ., $30 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5315-0472-4) argues that the church has failed sexual abuse survivors by glorifying suffering, and proffers that Christian virtues of courage and hope can help with post-traumatic recovery.

Lowell L. Bennion: A Mormon Educator by George B. Handley (Univ. of Illinois, $14.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-252-08751-6) sketches the life and thought of the 20th-century theologian from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Envy: A Big Problem You Didn’t Know You Had by Mike Fabarez (Moody, Nov. 7, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8024-3175-2) tackles the green-eyed monster and its internal and relational costs, and outlines how readers can combat it through Christian worship.

Beyond Our Control: Let Go of Unmet Expectations, Overcome Anxiety, and Discover Intimacy with God by Michael McAfee and Lauren Green McAfee (Thomas Nelson, $28.99, ISBN 978-1-4002-3519-3) mines the married couple’s own experiences with infertility, illness, and loss to advocate for the value of releasing control and trusting in God’s providence.

Nov. 8

Mágia: Hungarian Myth, Magic, and Folklore by Margit Tóth (Llewellyn, $24.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7387-7427-5) dives deep into Hungarian paganism and its history, lore, and rituals, from divination to healing magic.

Nov. 14

Now I Lay Me Down to Fight: A Poet Writes Her Way Through Cancer by Katy Bowser Hutson (IVP, $16 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0799-0) recounts the author’s experience with breast cancer, detailing how her faith sustained her through chemotherapy, radiation, and a mastectomy.

Nov. 21

Rethinking the Police: An Officer’s Confession and Pathway to Reform by Daniel Reinhardt. (IVP, $18, ISBN 978-1-5140-0612-2). A former Ohio cop explains how he came to understand systemic police brutality and racism, and outlines an alternative policing model based in a culture of servant leadership.

Political Theology and Islam: From the Birth of Empire to the Modern State by Paul L. Heck (Univ. of Notre Dame, Nov. 15, $65, ISBN 978-0-268-20735-9) traces notions of Islamic sovereignty across history, framing a struggle between political rulers and religious leaders.


Nov. 7

A Million Little Choices by Tamera Alexander (Tyndale, ISBN: 978-1646070558, $15.99 paper) is a Southern historical following two women who share the same house and similar hardships, but live in two different centuries.

What a Wave Must Be by Angela Hunt (Focus on the Family, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64607-045-9). Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hunt grapples with the aftermath of her father’s suicide and tries to start anew by moving in with her grandparents.

The Warsaw Sisters: A Novel of WWII Poland by Amanda Barratt (Revell, ISBN: 9780800741716, $17.99 paper) follows sisters Antonina and Helena Dąbrowska who are forced to keep secrets that threaten to rip them apart.

Her Secret Hope by Shelley Shepard Gray (Revell, ISBN 9780800741693, $16.99 paper) features Lilly who is looking for peace in a new place where she can forget her past, but someone from her hometown forces her to reconsider her plans.