This spring, publishers continue to grapple with the roots and trajectory of Christian evangelicalism in America. Many books also reckon with the legacy of white supremacy within church communities and how to proactively change course.
7 Days of Simplicity: A Season of Living Lightly
Jen Hatmaker. Abingdon, Sept. 15 ($21.99, ISBN 978-1-5018-8830-4)
Bestseller Hatmaker explores the spirituality of living a simpler life, focusing on how small choices can affect one’s spirit, community, and the Earth.
Becoming Elisabeth Elliot
Ellen Vaughn. B&H, Sept. 1 ($24.99, ISBN 978-1-5359-1093-4)
Vaughn uses missionary Elisabeth Elliot’s private journals and interviews with family and friends to tell the story of her mission to the Waorani tribe of Ecuador, among whom her husband had been killed.
Being Ram Dass
Ram Dass. SoundsTrue, Jan. 12 ($29.99, ISBN 978-1-68364-628-0)
Dass (formerly Richard Alpert) tracks his life and spiritual evolution: being fired by Harvard because of his experimental use of psychedelics with students, his travels to India, and his spiritual awakening at Neem Karoli Baba’s ashram. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Benedict XVI the Biography, Vol. 1
Peter Seewald. Bloomsbury Continuum, Nov. 17 ($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.
Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century
Adam Kirsch. Norton, Oct. 6 ($40, ISBN 978-0-393-65240-6)
Kirsch, an editor at the Wall Street Journal, follows up his 2016 The People and the Books with this exploration of works of 20th-century literature by renowned authors including Saul Bellow, Martin Buber, Franz Kafka, and Elie Wiesel.
Everything Is Spiritual: Who We Are and What We’re Doing Here
Rob Bell. St. Martin’s Essentials, Sept. 15 ($27.99, ISBN 978-1-250-62056-9)
These explorations from Bell, a controversial pastor, center on finding one’s purpose within the “one connected whole,” which sees past divisions, differences, and polarization.
I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion but Found My Faith
Lecrae Moore. Zondervan, Oct. 13 ($26.99, ISBN 978-0-310-35803-9)
Two-time Grammy winner Lecrae shares his personal story of abuse, physical trauma, addiction, and depression, and the strong (though not always assured) faith that guides his life.
The Light of His Presence: Prayers to Draw You Near to the Heart of God
Anne Graham Lotz. Multnomah, Oct. 6 ($15.99, ISBN 978-0-525-65117-8)
Graham Lotz, a Bible teacher and daughter of Billy Graham, shares her personal prayers for fostering more intimate conversations with God.
Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope
Esau McCaulley. IVP Academic, Nov. 17 ($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.
Reflections on the Sunday Gospel
Pope Francis. Random House, Oct. 27 ($21, ISBN 978-0-593-23815-8)
This collection offers meditative reflections from the Pope aimed at helping readers live more purposeful lives.
Truly, Madly, Deeply by Karen Kingsbury (Oct. 27, $26, ISBN 978-1-982104-38-2). Eighteen-year-olds Tommy Baxter and Annalee Miller’s plans to marry are put on hold when Annalee falls ill. Tommy also struggles to reconcile his desires to become a police officer with his mother’s wishes for him.
The Heart of the Midwife: 4 Historical Stories by Darlene Franklin et al. (Oct. 1, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64352-665-2). Four midwives in the late 19th century overcome prejudices and superstitions of their profession while finding a love.
The Soldier’s Lady: 4 Stories of Frontier Adventures by Susanne Dietze et al. (Aug. 1, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64352-605-8) features four stories of women on America’s frontier forts trying to bring civility and order to stubborn men.
Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray (Aug. 8, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3795-9). When skeptic January takes a job at her aunt’s church, it’s a minor deception—until she meets the church’s guitarist and sparks fly.
The Stone Wall by Beverly Lewis (Sept. 8, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3308-1). Lancaster County tour guide Anna searches for answers regarding her grandmother’s past and an old stone wall, both a mystery due to the elderly woman’s Alzheimer’s.
Nine by Rachelle Dekker (Sept. 1, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-3596-8). Zoe Johnson takes a leap of faith when a disarranged teenager with nearly no memory asks for help getting to a woman in Corpus Christi, Tex., who can help before government agents searching for her catch up.
Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick (Sept. 1, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3611-8). When an injury forces Abigail Scott’s husband to stop working, Abigail starts working and discovers the appalling working conditions for women, inspiring her to support women’s suffrage.
Mountain Laurel by Lori Benton (Sept. 1, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-4431-8). In 1793 North Carolina, Boston-born Ian Cameron leaves for Mountain Laurel hoping to become his planter uncle’s heir. There, he falls in love with Seona, a slave with a hidden talent for drawing.
Sea Glass Castle by T.I. Lowe (Aug. 1, $7.99, mass market, ISBN 978-1-4964-4050-1). Single mother Sophia Prescott, still mending from the embarrassment of a highly publicized divorce, returns to her support network in Sunset Cove, S.C.
Librarian of Boone’s Hollow by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Sept. 15, $16 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-525-65372-1). Addie Cowherd, a traveling librarian, ventures into the mining towns of Kentucky and sets up a library program for residents steeped in superstitions and deeply suspicious of outsiders.
Amish Husband for Tillie by Amy Lillard (Sept. 29, $7.99, mass market, ISBN 978-1-4201-5172-5). Tillie Gingerich returns to the Amish community of Pontotoc, where she grew up, pregnant and unmarried after a failed relationship. There, she struggles for acceptance from the community, until she meets widower Levi Yoder.
Jeb’s Wife by Patricia Johns (Aug. 25, $7.99, mass market, ISBN 978-1-4201-4913-5). An Amish woman, who was unable to give her ex-husband the children he desires, embarks on a marriage with the gruff farmer next door.
Grimoire: A Personal—and Magical—Record of Spells, Rituals, and Divinations by Arin Murphy-Hiscock (Oct. 13, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-5072-1424-4) offers a place for readers to keep their witchcraft knowledge, secrets, new spells, and divinations, including design-based lunar phases and popular herbs and crystals.
Awaken My Heart: 52 Weeks of Giving Thanks and Loving Abundantly: A Yearly Devotional for Women by Emily Wilson Hussem (Oct. 2, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64680-021-6). YouTuber Hussem leads readers on a yearlong plan with 52 reflections about noticing God, practicing gratitude, and serving others.
The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear without Losing Your Soul by Russell Moore (Oct. 6, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-5359-9853-6). Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, explores the role of courage in Christianity.
World Changers: How God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things by Greg Laurie (Sept. 1, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-7595-7). Laurie, a pastor, shares stories of Jesus from the Gospel of John, woven with personal anecdotes, in this 90-day devotional.
The Prayer Map for a Less Stressed Life (Jan. 1, $7.99 spiral, ISBN 978-1-64352-716-1) guides busy women to write out specific thoughts, ideas, and lists to create a “map” for praying and speaking to God.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John... and Me: Growing Up Jewish in a Christian World by Arthur Ullian (Sept. 20, $24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-87233-324-6). Ullian combines personal experience with an exploration of the roots of ethnic stereotypes and anti-Semitism, with hopes of stymieing Jewish-Christian enmities.
Bear & Co.
Without Reservation: Awakening to Native American Spirituality and the Ways of Our Ancestors by Randy Kritkausky (Sept. 1, $20 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-59143-384-2). Kritkausky, a tribal member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, shares his experiences with the realm of ancestral Native American connections and communications with nature.
God in Gotham: The Miracle of Religion in Modern Manhattan by Jon Butler (Sept. 29, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-674-04568-2). Historian Butler describes the flourishing of organized religion in Manhattan between the 1880s and the 1960s, showing how many faiths adapted to American secularism
Reach Out, Gather In: 40 Days to Opening Your Heart and Home by Karen Ehman (Oct. 27, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-3795-9) is part-devotional, part-plan for Christians seeking to make their homes welcoming, hospitable places.
Talking Until Nightfall: Remembering Jewish Salonica, 1941–44 by Isaac Matarasso, trans. by Pauline Matarasso (Aug. 25, $28, ISBN 978-1-4729-7588-1) provides a multi-generational account of the Nazi occupation of Salonica, shedding light on the little-known story of the Holocaust in Northern Greece.
End of the Christian Life: How Embracing Our Mortality Frees Us to Truly Live by J. Todd Billings (Sept. 15, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-58743-420-4). Billings, a theologian and cancer patient, invites readers to embrace your mortality in order to enliven their faith.
Just Faith: Reclaiming Progressive Christianity by Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons (Sept. 15, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-6252-3). Progressive Christian activist Graves-Fitzsimmons explains how a strong religious left has accompanied many progressive advances in society and makes the moral case for pluralism.
Joy of Hex: Modern Spells Without All the Bullsh*t by Nina Kahn (Dec. 15, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-250-27123-5) introduces Generation Z readers to witchcraft, with many suggestions tailored for posting with the #WitchesOfInstagram hashtag.
A House Divided: Engaging the Issues Through the Politics of Compassion by Mark Feldmeir (Sept. 8, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8272-0096-8). Feldmeir, a pastor, offers biblically centered ways of engaging and responding to divisive political issues.
When Rabbis Bless Congress: The Great American Story of Jewish Prayers on Capitol Hill by Howard Mortman (Oct. 20, $28 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64469-344-5) examines Jewish prayers delivered to Congress at the opening of sessions over the past 160 years, including more than 400 rabbis giving more than 600 prayers.
Power of Hex: Spells, Incantations, and Rituals by Shawn Engel (Oct. 6, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-64160-448-2) encourages witches to use their power in inclusive ways as a catalyst for social change.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Is in the Air: 101 Stories about the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Amy Newmark (Oct. 13, $14.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61159-070-8) delivers 101 real-life stories to help readers get into the holiday spirit, including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas tales and miracles.
Discover Your Dharma: A Vedic Guide to Finding Your Purpose by Sahara Rose Ketabi (Jan. 5, $25.95, ISBN 978-1-79720-206-8). Rose, host of the Highest Self podcast, offers a how-to for readers seeking to gain self-awareness and live out their own personal dharma.
In Conversation: Samuel Wells and Stanley Hauerwas by Stanley Hauerwas (Oct. 17, $14.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64065-277-4). Christian thinkers Wells and Hauerwas share thoughts on the Trinity, parish ministry, nonviolence, marriage, family, and even baseball.
Making Peace with the Universe: Personal Crisis and Spiritual Healing by Michael Scott Alexander (Nov. 3, $30 trade paper, 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.
Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal, edited by Sarah Bessey (Sept. 29, $20, ISBN 978-0-593-13721-5), collects prayers from Barbara Brown Taylor, Amena Brown, Nadia Bolz-Weber, and other artists and thinkers, for women who feel overworked or on the edge of burnout.
Discovering the True Self: Kodo Sawaki’s Art of Zen Meditation by Kodo Sawaki, trans. by Arthur Braverman (Oct. 20, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64009-377-5), compiles the writings and sayings of Kodo Sawaki (1880–1965), a Zen master whose life bracketed the most influential period of Zen practice in Japan and America.
The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution by Carl Trueman (Nov. 24, $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.
Chakra Healing Therapy: Awaken Spiritual Energies and Heal Emotional Wounds by Glen Park (Oct. 6, $24.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64411-049-2) seeks to teach readers to work with the chakras to heal emotional wounds, release physical tensions, explore psychic abilities, and awaken spiritual energies.
Clean Mind, Clean Body: A 28-Day Plan for Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Self-Care by Tara Stiles (Dec. 29, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-06-294731-4). Stiles, creator of Strala Yoga, describes a four-week detox intended to help readers unplug and embrace the power of rest.
I Understand: Pain, Love, and Healing After Suicide by Vonnie Woodrick (Sept. 15, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8028-7804-5) explores the pain and healing following Woodrick’s husband’s death by suicide in 2003, and calls for change in the way society thinks about mental illness and suicide.
Buddha’s Path of Peace: A Step-by-Step Guide by Geoffrey Hunt (Aug. 1, $32 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-78179-963-5). Hunt, Buddhist chaplain at the University of Surrey, presents a scheme of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path teaching tailored for restless modern times.
Plant Spirit Reiki: Energy Healing with the Elements of Nature by Fay Johnstone (Oct. 13, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64411-104-8) explores ways of channeling Reiki energy for connecting with plants and the natural world, including simple exercises and meditations.
Focus on the Family
Aftershock: Overcoming His Secret Life with Pornography: A Plan for Recovery by Joann Condie (Oct. 6, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-58997-697-9). Therapist Condie uses biblical principles to help women heal and receive restoration for themselves, their husbands, and their marriages after porn addiction or other sexual infidelities.
The Kingdom Began in Puerto Rico: Neil Connolly’s Priesthood in the South Bronx by Angel Garcia (Dec. 1, $34.95, ISBN 978-0-8232-8926-4) follows Friar Connolly’s career within the South Bronx, which began with a special church program to address the postwar Great Puerto Rican Migration.
Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren (Jan. 26, $22, ISBN 978-0-8308-4679-5). Anglican priest Warren explores themes of human vulnerability, suffering, and God’s seeming absence framed around the nighttime prayer of Compline
Biblical Hospitality: Design, Organize, and Decorate Your Home for Gospel-Centered Community by Victoria Duerstock (Sept. 1, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-68099-618-0). Interior designer Duerstock offers simple, faith-filled ways to prepare one’s home to be open to friends, neighbors, and strangers.
Saint Makers: Inside the Catholic Church and How a War Hero Inspired a Journey of Faith by Joe Drape (Dec. 1, $28, ISBN 978-0-316-26881-3). New York Times journalist Drape explains the modern-day process of the making of a saint through the story of a long-dead Korean War hero and military chaplain’s case for eternal divinity.
Shaman Box: Tools for Healing, Protection, and Good Fortune by Nicholas Wood, illus. by Sarah Bartlett (Sept. 1, $24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64297-024-1), discusses shamanistic ethics and the tools of shamanistic healing, including medicine wheels, the shaman’s drum, altars and shrines, psychoactive plants, and the shaman’s rattle.
Good Mourning by Theresa Caputo (Oct. 6, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-301456-5). Caputo, star of TLC’s Long Island Medium, seeks to teach readers how to make use of daily losses, create mourning rituals, move through the pain, and begin to heal.
Is God Speaking to Me? How to Discern His Voice and Direction by Lysa TerKeurst (Sept. 1, $2.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7369-8262-7). Bestseller TerKeurst shares her wrestling with questions of faith and how she’s learned to discern God’s direction in her everyday life.
It’s All About Jesus: A Treasury of Insights on Our Savior, Lord, and Friend by Randy Alcorn (Sept. 1, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7369-7995-5) brings together quotes from Bible scholars, teachers, and writers about Jesus, including Augustine, Francis Chan, Joni Eareckson Tada, Martin Luther, Trillia Newbell, and Charles Spurgeon.
Who Will Be a Witness: Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance by Drew G.I. Hart (Sept. 1, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5138-0658-7). Hart uses scripture and history, along with personal stories, to help readers identify how church hierarchies have become distorted by white supremacy and religious nationalism.
Born to Fly by Sara Evans (Sept. 8, $27, ISBN 978-1-5011-6258-9). Country music star Evans tracks her rise to stardom, her circuitous path to love, and the ways her faith brings daily joy.
Hurst & Co.
Invisible Muslim: Journeys Through Whiteness and Islam by Medina Tenour Whiteman (Dec. 1, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-78738-302-9). Whiteman, an American born to Sufi converts, shares feelings of dislocation during global travels and examines the effects of white Muslim privilege and what Muslim identity means around the world.
The Lost Pillars of Enoch: When Science and Religion Were One by Tobias Churton (Jan. 5, $24.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64411-043-0). British scholar Churton explores the unified science-religion of early humanity.
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography by Tenzin Geyche Tethong (Oct. 15, $35, ISBN 978-1-62371-877-0). Tethong, a close aid to the Dalai Lama, offers readers unprecedented access to Tibetan Buddhism’s leader.
The Liturgy of Politics: Spiritual Formation for the Sake of Our Neighbor by Kaitlyn Schiess (Sept. 8, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8308-4830-0). Schiess, staff writer at Christ and Pop Culture, argues that the church’s politics are shaped by habits and practices and insists the way out of partisan division is to recover historic Christian practices.
Jewish Publication Society
Thinking about the Prophets: A Philosopher Reads the Bible by Kenneth Seeskin (Sept. 1, $21.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8276-1505-2) examines the thinking of great literary prophets whose ministry ran from the eighth to the sixth centuries BCE, including the books of Amos, Ezekiel, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Job.
With Liberty & Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America by Susan K. Williams Smith (Sept. 8, $23.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8170-1813-9). Smith, a pastor, examines truths presumed to be self-evident in the U.S. Constitution and Bible, arguing that the two texts have been used to support and sustain white supremacy.
Dual Citizens: Politics and American Evangelicalism edited by Timothy Padgett (Sept. 8, $28.99, ISBN 978-1-68359-407-9) collects articles from Christianity Today originally published between 1956 and 2016 to trace evangelical engagement with politics.
Meditations for the Soul by Neale Lundgren (Dec. 8, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7387-6430-6). Therapist and former Benedictine monk Lundgren shares awakening exercises intended to help readers activate the soul’s senses and become more present.
Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul: Sustainable Well-Being Through the Ancient Power of Ayurveda Panchakarma Therapy by Judith E Pentz (Aug. 11, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64250-378-4). Psychiatrist Pentz details her travels to Nagpur, India, and what she learned of Ayurvedic Panchakarma detoxicification and rejuvenation therapy.
Practical Witch’s Almanac 2021: Crafting Your Magic by Friday Gladheart (Sept. 8, $13.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-62106-655-2) provides magic-based planner pages, worksheets, and articles intended to help readers discover hidden talents, explore the beauty of nature, and hone their witchery.
Recovering Benedict: Twelve-Step Living and the Rule of Benedict by John Edward Crean (Oct. 16, $14.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64065-326-9) compiles daily meditations inspired by the wisdom of the Rule of Saint Benedict and Alcoholics Anonymous’s template for sobriety and humbleness.
Life You Long for: Learning to Live from a Heart of Rest by Christy Nockels (Nov. 10, $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.
108 Teachings: The Path to the True Self by Keiko Aikawa Yogmata (Oct. 19, $13.99, ISBN 978-1-58177-180-0) provides an introduction to the Himalayan wisdom tradition with concise lessons and daily meditations.
Sensing God: Experiencing the Divine in Nature, Food, Music, and Beauty by Joel Clarkson (Jan. 12, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64158-208-7). Composer Clarkson describes ways to find the truth of scripture in the world, including seeking the imprint of the divine in nature and encountering Christ in art.
Angels and Saints by Eliot Weinberger (Sept. 1, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-8112-2986-9). Essayist Weinberger meditates on the nature of angels and saints alongside reproductions of the works of ninth-century German Benedictine monk Hrabanus Maurus.
War of the Gods: Alien Skulls, Underground Cities, and Fire from the Sky by Erich Von Däniken (Sept. 1, $17.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63265-171-6). Bestseller von Däniken, a popular advocate of the theory of ancient aliens visiting Earth, explores what drove ancient humans to build city-size places underground and considers possible connections to aliens.
New World Library
Clear Light: Spiritual Reflections and Meditations by Steve Taylor (Sept. 29, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-60868-712-1). Taylor, senior
lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, offers poetic reflections as a guide to spiritual awakening, including ruminations on empathy, acceptance, and love.
New York Univ.
Fear in Our Hearts: What Islamophobia Tells Us About America by Caleb Iyer Elfenbein (Jan. 5, $28, ISBN 978-1-4798-0458-0). Elfenbein, history professor at Grinnell College, examines Islamophobia in the United States, positing that anti-Muslim activity grows out of an innate American fear of difference.
Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists by Chenxing Han (Jan. 26, $17.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-62317-523-8). Han calls out erasure and whitewashing of Asian American Buddhists and strives to uplift the complexity of their stories through 89 in-depth interviews with a pan-ethnic, pan-Buddhist group.
The Autobiography of Daniel Parker, Frontier Universalist by Daniel Parker (Dec. 15, $36.95, ISBN 978-0-8214-2429-2). In this previously unpublished memoir, Universalist Daniel Parker (1781–1861) recorded the details of everyday life and the extraordinary
historical events he witnessed west of the Appalachian Mountains between 1790 and 1840.
Hunger for Hope: Prophetic Communities, Contemplation, and the Common Good by Simone Campbell (Sept. 16, $16 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-62698-378-6). Sister Campbell, an organizer of the Nuns on the Bus social justice campaigns, provides spiritual practice and awareness intended as an antidote to individualism.
Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience: The Radical Significance of the Free Exercise of Religion by Jack N. Rakove (Aug. 1, $22.95, ISBN 978-0-19-530581-4). Pulitzer winner Rakove explains why American ideas of religious freedom are more constitutionally significant than many modern commentators understand.
Religion: A Very Short Introduction by Thomas A Tweed (Sept. 1, $11.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-19-006467-9). Beginning with the first signs of religion among ancient humans and concluding with a look at modern trends, scholar Tweed examines religious impulse throughout history.
Clare of Assisi: Gentle Warrior by Wendy Murray (Sept. 22, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64060-183-3). Journalist Murray digs into the life of Francis of Assisi’s female friend Clare, who abandoned her rank and wealth for a life of devotion to Christ.
Searching for the Messiah: Unlocking the “Psalms of Solomon” and Humanity’s Quest for a Savior by Barrie Wilson (Aug. 4, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-64313-450-5). Religious scholar Wilson examines the role a “messiah” plays in Western culture, tracing it from pre-Christian roots through to modern interpretations of a savior.
The Penguin Book of Exorcisms by Joseph P. Laycock (Sept. 8, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-14-313547-0) provides accounts of real-life exorcisms through the centuries and around the world, including stories from ancient Egypt, the biblical Middle East, colonial America, and 20th-century South Africa.
The Gospel in Dickens: Selections from His Works, edited by Gina Dalfonzo (Sept. 22, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-87486-841-8), provides short excerpts from Dickens’s works that reveal the Christian vision and values within his writing.
Jefferson Bible: A Biography by Peter Manseau (Sept. 15, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-691-20569-4). Manseau, curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, tells the story of the Jefferson Bible, which Thomas Jefferson edited by removing all mention of miracles and other supernatural events in an effort to reconcile Christian tradition with reason.
Like Streams to the Ocean by Jedidiah Jenkins (Sept. 15, $26, ISBN 978-0-593-13723-9). Travel writer Jenkins follows up his bestseller To Shake the Sleeping Self with these reflections on difficult topics such as ego, love, family, and work.
RedFeather Mind Body Spirit
Original Frontier: A Serious Seeker’s Guide to Zen by Michael Elliston (Jan. 28, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-7643-6088-6). Based on principles of direct sensory immersion, this guide from ordained Zen priest Elliston presents step by step instructions for designing a contemporary Zen life.
Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You by Holley Gerth (Sept. 15, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-2291-3). Counselor Gerth explores the brain science behind introversion in an effort to help readers understand the psychological, relational, and spiritual aspects of being an introvert.
Rowman & Littlefield
How Millennials Can Lead Us Out of the Mess We’re In: A Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian Share Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses by Iqbal Unus, Mordecai Schreiber, and Ian Case Punnett (Oct. 20, $21.95, ISBN 978-1-5381-3410-8). An Israeli-born rabbi, a Pakistani-born Muslim scholar, and an ordained Midwestern American tell the story of the prophet Moses and offer lessons for readers of any faith.
Calming Magic: Enchanted Rituals for Peace, Clarity, and Creativity by Nikki Van De Car (Sept. 8, $18, ISBN 978-0-7624-7046-4) seeks to educate readers about the healing energy of mystical practices, aromatherapy blends, crystal rituals, yoga, tarot readings, and other rituals.
50 Bible Stories Everyone Should Know: An Illustrated Book of Bible Stories for Adults by Matthew Lockhart (Sept. 15, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-68451-001-6) retells Old Testament stories—such as those of Adam and Eve, Moses, and King David—alongside full-color illustrations, brief introductions, and postscripts of how lessons are applicable to everyday life.
When Love Comes to Light: Bringing Wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita to Modern Life by Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor (Sept. 22, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61180-817-9). Yoga teachers Freeman and Taylor look at lessons from the Bhagavad Gita, a text essential to Hinduism and Yoga, and assess how they can be applied to life today.
Well, Girl: An Inside-Out Journey to Wellness by Jami Amerine (Aug. 1, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64352-558-7). Blogger Amerine shares her own wellness routine intended to help Christian women gain confidence in their physical appearance and welcome the love of God.
Simon & Schuster
White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert P. Jones (Aug. 18, $28, ISBN 978-1-982122-86-7). Jones, a columnist for the Atlantic, examines the relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy, and issues a call for white Christians to reckon with this legacy.
Modern Witch’s Handbook to Magickal Self-Care: 36 Sustainable Rituals for Nourishing Your Mind, Body, and Intuition by Tenae Stewart (Oct. 6, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5107-5431-7). Stewart guides readers through witchy self-care practices, including a bewitching bubble bath, a hex on the patriarchy, and
rituals based in astrology.
A Guide to the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva by Ngawang Tenzin Norbu, trans. by Christopher Stagg (Aug. 11, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-55939-491-8), is a new translation and commentary to the central Mahayana text The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas.
Way of the Monk: How to Find Purpose, Balance, and Lasting Happiness by Gaur Gopal Das (Aug. 4, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68364-662-4). Das, a monk in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, aims to teach readers fundamental skills of mindfulness, self-inquiry, and positive communication.
Crystal Craft: How to Choose, Use, and Boost Your Crystals, with 25 Creative Projects to Display and Wear by Nicole Spink (Oct. 20, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4549-4177-4) teaches readers how to craft crystal-adorned home décor and jewelry, including a dream catcher, terrarium, trinket box, key ring, aura wand, and crystal elixir.
What I Wish My Christian Friends Knew about Judaism by Robert Schoen (Oct. 13, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61172-065-5) introduces readers to Judaism and Jewish life, especially Christian readers interested in the connections and differences between their faith and Judaism.
Cosmic Calendar: Using Astrology to Get in Sync with Your Best Life by Christopher Renstrom (Oct. 20, $20 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-525-54108-0). Renstrom, horoscope columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, explains the “time stamp” the stars give everyone when they are born and provides insights to help readers work with the stars.
Forward: Discovering God’s Presence and Purpose in Your Tomorrow by David Jeremiah (Oct. 6, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-2402-0). Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point ministry, warns Christians against relying on virtuous deeds and achievements or dwelling on past sins and failures.
Jesus Politics: How to Win Back the Soul of America by Phil Robertson (Aug. 4, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-4002-1006-0). Duck Dynasty star Robertson calls on Christians to use their resources and votes to protect American religious freedoms from socialist policies.
Take Back Your Life: A 40-Day Interactive Journey to Thinking Right So You Can Live Right by Levi Lusko (Aug. 4, $28.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-3276-6). Lusko, a pastor, explores ways to overcome personal challenges and mental loops of anxiety and fear, including an action plan, journaling space, and Bible teachings.
The Post-Quarantine Church: Six Urgent Challenges and Opportunities That Will Determine the Future of Your Congregation by Thom S. Rainer (Sept. 8, $12.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-5275-7), seeks to provide encouragement and vision to pastors, highlighting challenges and opportunities that the Covid-19 crisis creates for local churches.
Born to Wonder: Exploring Our Deepest Questions—Why Are We Here and Why Does It Matter? by Alister McGrath (Aug. 4, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4964-3620-7). Theologian McGrath explores how a sense of wonder fuels much of humanity’s creativity and search for understanding.
Univ. of California
Republican Jesus: How the Right Has Rewritten the Gospels by Tony Keddie (Oct. 6, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-520-35623-8). Keddie, professor of religious studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, explains right-wing distortions of Christ’s message, where they came from, what Jesus really stands for, and why the Republican cherry-picked version of Jesus is a fraud.
Univ. of North Carolina
Muhammad’s Body: Baraka Networks and the Prophetic Assemblage by Michael Muhammad Knight (Sept. 28, $24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-46965-891-9). Novelist and essayist Knight lays out how early believers of Islam imagined Muhammad’s relationship to beneficent energy, which was used to legitimize or marginalize groups or
Univ. of Notre Dame
Antoine Frédéric Ozanam by Raymond L Sickinger (Aug. 15, $38 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-268-10143-5). Sickinger, professor of history at Providence College, details the life of Antoine Frédéric Ozanam (1813–1853), founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Univ. of Pennsylvania
Early Martyr Narratives: Neither Authentic Accounts Nor Forgeries by Éric Rebillard (Nov. 20, $59.95, ISBN 978-0-8122-5260-6). Rebillard, a history professor at Cornell, considers chronicles of ancient martyrs—Christians supposed to have been executed during the third century and earlier.
Faith, Farming, and Family: Cultivating Hope and Harvesting Joy Wherever You Are by Caitlin Henderson (Oct. 13, $22, ISBN 978-0-525-65418-6). Henderson, who is married to a farmer, writes of her life raising a family on a farm and how she’s learned to recognize God’s beauty.
Witch Hunt: A Traveler’s Guide to the Power and Persecution of the Witch by Kristen Sollee (Oct. 1, $21.95, ISBN 978-1-57863-699-0). Sollee combines history, travelogue, and memoir in this guide to the historic witch hunts, including sites in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the U.K., and the U.S.
Westminster John Knox
Always a Guest: Speaking of Faith Far from Home by Barbara Brown Taylor (Jan. 3, $25, ISBN 978-0-664-26170-2). Theologian and Episcopal priest Taylor collects stories and sermons about faith, grace, and hope.
Who Is an Evangelical? The History of a Movement in Crisis by Thomas S. Kidd (Sept. 8, $20 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-300-25533-1). Kidd, history professor at Baylor, narrates the arc of American evangelicalism.
Dear God: Honest Prayers to a God Who Listens by Bunmi Laditan (Jan. 26, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-310-35916-6) shares a collection of letters to God exploring feelings of anger, desperation, doubts, gratefulness, joy, and loneliness.