This season, religious publishers turn to the ways spirituality can uplift those suffering from depression or anxiety. They also continue to confront systemic issues at the heart of abuse scandals and propose grassroots strategies to overcome social inequalities.
Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams
Yvonne Orji. Worthy, May 25 ($26, ISBN 978-1-5460-1267-2)
Emmy-nominated comic actor Orji shares 25 life lessons infused with the wisdom of the Bible and aimed at helping readers pursue ambitious goals.
Checking In: How Getting Real about Depression Saved My Life—and Can Save Yours
Michelle Williams. Thomas Nelson, May 25 ($26.99, ISBN 978-1-4002-2333-6)
Williams, a member of Destiny’s Child, details her struggles with depression and her decision to check into a treatment facility in 2018. There, she found power in God’s unpredictable plan for her life.
Church, Interrupted: Havoc & Hope: The Tender Revolt of Pope Francis
John Cornwell. Chronicle Prism, Mar. 9 ($27.95, ISBN 978-1-7972-0201-3)
Vanity Fair contributor and papal biographer Cornwell delivers an insider story of Pope Francis’s attempts to bring renewal and hope to a Catholic Church roiled by controversy and infighting.
Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage
Anne Lamott. Riverhead, Mar. 2 ($20, ISBN 978-0-593-18969-6)
Spiritual writer Lamott considers faith by posing manageable questions for readers to ponder and explores how one can amplify small moments of joy by staying open to love and connection.
Every Thing Is Sacred: 40 Practical Reflections on the Universal Christ
Richard Rohr and Patrick Boland. Convergent, Feb. 9 ($22, ISBN 978-0-593-23878-3)
Franciscian friar Rohr and psychotherapist Boland offer 40 reflections on creating personal connections to the presence of the Christ, including prayers, journal prompts, and exercises.
Finding Sanctuary: How the Wild Work of Peace Restored the Heart of a Sandy Hook Mother
Jennifer Hubbard. Ave Maria, Apr. 23 ($15.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64680-061-2)
Hubbard, whose six-year-old daughter Catherine was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn., grapples with the question of God’s role in the suffering of innocent victims and tells of how she came to discover a redemptive suffering.
Trans. by Sarah Ruden. Modern Library, Mar. 16 ($28, ISBN 978-0-399-59294-2)
Ruden strips away additions of later theology in standard English editions of the Bible, presenting each Gospel as a narrative that can be read straight and understood on its own terms.
The Rational Bible: Deuteronomy
Dennis Prager. Regnery, June 8 ($39.99, ISBN 978-1-62157-900-7)
Radio talk show host Prager explains the lessons of the book of Deuteronomy, focusing on how the teachings remain relevant in contemporary society.
The Truth at the Heart of the Lie: How the Catholic Church Lost Its Soul
James Carroll. Random House, Mar. 23 ($28.99, ISBN 978-0-593-13470-2)
Carroll, a National Book Award winner and former priest, relates his crisis of faith and traces the roots of the Catholic sex abuse scandal back to the history and power structure of the church.
Woman Evolve: Break Up with Your Fears and Revolutionize Your Life
Sarah Jakes Roberts. Thomas Nelson, Apr. 6 ($26.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-3554-5)
Pastor Jakes Roberts draws lessons from scripture and from her own life to demonstrate how women can use past mistakes to overcome new challenges.
Religion and Spirituality Listings
Daniel: Prophet at the King’s Command by Terry Thompson (Mar. 30, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64960-085-1) brings the book of Daniel to life, following a captive of the Babylonians who ascends to the highest position in the king’s court.
Bridge of Gold by Kimberley Woodhouse (June 1, $12.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64352-957-8). When human remains are found during repairs to a tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, archaeologist Kayla Richardson investigates and finds gold from centuries before that might be worth killing for.
Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham (Apr. 1, $12.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64352-826-7). Reclusive bookstore owner Clara Blackwell travels from the Vanderbilts’ grand estate in North Carolina to Derbyshire, England, in pursuit of a century-old love story, after finding a lost letter in her archives.
All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese (Apr. 6, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3496-5). Social media influencer Molly McKenzie volunteers with a youth program and grows attached to the children and program director Silas Whittaker, causing her to question her formerly picture-perfect life.
Let It Be Me by Becky Wade (May 4, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3561-0). When high school math teacher Leah Montgomery receives surprising results from an ancestry test, she asks pediatric heart surgeon Sebastian Grant to help her comb through aged hospital records to learn more and romance ignites.
A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy (Mar. 6, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3564-1). When a stranger appears in India with news that Ottilie Russell’s brother must travel to England to take his place as a nobleman, Ottilie is shattered by the secrets that come to light.
At Lighthouse Point by Suzanne Woods Fisher (May 4, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3500-5). After graduating culinary school, Blaine Grayson returns to Three Sisters Island with plans to start a family and business. But both the island and her best friend, Artie, have changed, making her recalibrate what she really wants.
Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti (Mar. 2, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3729-0). Mara Jacobs struggles to find her footing after her humanitarian husband goes missing in Africa. But she discovers that even when hope is lost, faith can still be a guide.
When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin (Feb. 2, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3636-1). In 1938 Munich, American foreign correspondent Evelyn Brand, determined to expose the growing tyranny of Nazi Germany, receives information from an American graduate student that could change the course of history.
Jewel of the Nile by Tessa Afshar (June 1, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-2875-2) imagines the backstory of the Ethiopian Eunuch, who is mentioned in Acts 8.
The Orchard House by Heidi Chiavaroli (Feb. 9, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-3472-2). A woman living in present-day Massachusetts and another in Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House soon after the Civil War overcome their own personal demons and search for a place to belong.
From This Moment by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Feb. 23, $16 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-525-65368-4). A lost ring brings together a youth minister and a church custodian as they try to locate the owner and find that they have more in common than they thought.
The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby by Jennifer Beckstrand (Feb. 23, $8.99 mass market, ISBN 978-1-4201-5199-2). Amish quiltmaker Esther Zook moves from Pennsylvania to a new settlement in Colorado and finds romance with Levi Kiem, the young man who’s making repairs in her house.
The Preacher’s Daughter by Patricia Johns (May 25, $8.99 mass market, ISBN 978-1-4201-5237-1). After Elizabeth Yoder’s preacher father is imprisoned for fraud she moves in with an elderly neighbor and falls hard for her host’s recently returned grandson, Solomon, who struggles to adjust to Amish ways.
An Unexpected Amish Proposal by Rachel J. Good (Mar. 30, $8.99 mass market, ISBN 978-1-4201-5036-0). When Fern Blauch’s family baked goods stand is driven to the edge of eviction, a reprieve comes from an unexpected source: barbecued chicken stand owner, and Fern’s longtime crush, Gideon Hartzler.
Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy by Rachel Ricketts (Feb. 2, $27, ISBN 978-1-9821-5127-0). Activist Ricketts offers mindful and useful steps aimed toward helping readers dismantle white supremacy on a personal and collective level.
#Rules_of_Engagement: 8 Christian Habits for Being Good and Doing Good Online by Ann M. Garrido (Feb. 5, $13.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64680-059-9). Garrido, professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, shares eight healthy habits for Christians for aligning their digital activity with the call to live out the example of Christ.
Woven: Understanding the Bible as One Seamless Story by Angie Smith (Mar. 16, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4627-9660-1). Bible teacher Smith helps Christians process the narratives of the Old and New Testaments as one collective whole.
The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth by Beth Allison Barr (Apr. 20, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-58743-470-9). Barr, professor of women’s history at Baylor, argues against “Biblical womanhood”—the belief that God designed women to be only wives, mothers, and homemakers—casting it as the product of patriarchal structures and not based in scripture.
Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair by Duke L. Kwon and Gregory Thompson (Apr. 6, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-58743-450-1) makes the historical and theological case for the Christian church’s obligation to provide reparations for the oppression of African Americans.
A Bible Study Journal for Women, compiled by Barbour staff (June 1, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-64352-900-4), provides instruction and space for women to record reflections.
When God Says No: Facing Disappointment and Denial Without Losing Heart, Your Hope, or Your Head by Elizabeth Laing Thompson (May 1, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64352-361-3). Bible teacher Thompson provides biblical reflections on finding hope in seemingly hopeless times and discovering new dreams when old ones have died.
Being Jewish Today: Confronting the Real Issues by Tony Bayfield (July 13, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4729-8383-1). Rabbi Bayfield explores the meaning of Jewish identity and its relationship to Jewish tradition, as well as confronts widely evaded questions of universal suffering and divine inaction.
Journey to Freedom by Sergei Ovsiannikov (Apr. 20, $18, ISBN 978-1-4729-8390-9). Former Soviet soldier and orthodox priest Ovsiannikov recounts his personal quest for true freedom and his conversion to Christianity while imprisoned for acts of disobedience under military command in 1973.
In My Grandmother’s House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit by Yolanda Pierce (Feb. 16, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-6471-8). Pierce, dean of the Howard University School of Divinity, melds her own memoir with stories that center the experiences of those living on the underside of history, investigating the tensions of race, spirituality, trauma, freedom, resistance, and memory within American Christianity.
Midnight Meditations for Moms: Calming Comfort for the Wee Hours by Miranda Hersey (Apr. 6, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-250-27536-3) offers comforting meditations for mothers of children of any age, who find themselves awake in the middle of the night.
Blessed Union: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness & Marriage by Sarah Griffith Lund (Feb. 9, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8272-0314-3). Pastor Lund explores how mental illness impacts nearly a quarter of all marriages and what Christians can do to help break the stigma around this taboo topic and remind those struggling that they are not alone.
In Defense of Kindness: Why It Matters, How It Changes Our Lives, and How It Can Heal the World by Bruce Reyes-Chow (Mar. 9, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8272-1676-1). Pastor and leadership coach Reyes-Chow invites readers to explore the many ways in which kindness can bring healing, wholeness, and hope to one’s local and global community.
Take Back What the Devil Stole: An African American Prophet’s Encounters in the Spirit World by Onaje X.O. Woodbine (Apr. 6, $30, ISBN 978-0-231-19716-8). Woodbine, professor of history at American University, profiles Donna Haskins, an African American woman in Boston who says she wrestles with structural inequity by inhabiting an alternate “spirit realm” where she meets spirits of enslaved Africans, conducts spiritual warfare against sexual predators, and tends to the souls of murdered Black children.
The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-truth World by Brett McCracken (Feb. 9, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4335-6959-3) lays out a hierarchy of information sources for Christians, ranked in order of importance—the Bible, the church, nature, books, beauty, and lastly, the internet, and social media.
The Ancestral Power of Amulets, Talismans, and Mascots: Folk Magic in Witchcraft and Religion by Nigel Pennick (May 11, $22.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64411-220-5) examines the spiritual significance of amulets and talismans connected with plants, including four-leaf clovers and mistletoe, and animals, such as lucky rabbits’ feet and black cats.
What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid? Inspiring Jewish Ideas That Will Change Your Life by Michal Oshman (Mar. 2, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-7440-2910-9). Oshman, who works for Facebook Learning & Development, draws on her Jewish heritage and the Hebrew Bible to offer advice on modern concerns, such as recovering from a broken heart, overcoming setbacks, and living a fulfilling life.
The Politics of the Cross: A Christian Alternative to Partisanship by Daniel K. Williams (Mar. 2, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-8028-7851-9). Williams, professor of history at the University of West Georgia, argues both the Republican and Democratic parties are grounded in Christian principles, and explores how Christians can renounce partisanship and pursue policies that show love for one’s neighbor.
The Path of the Witch: Rituals & Practices for Discovering Which Witch You Are by Lidia Pradas (Apr. 13, $24.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-58923-983-8) presents the key practices of witchcraft, including the different types of witches, gifts and abilities, and their rituals for each type.
I Will Thrive: Find Your Fight to Claim True Freedom by Nicole Crank (Jun. 1, $26, ISBN 978-1-5460-3702-6). Crank, lead pastor of FaithChurch.com, aims to help readers transform fears into faith through dedication to God’s plan for their lives.
Heartwood: The Art of Living with the End in Mind by Barbara Becker (May 11, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-250-09598-5). Interfaith minister Becker urges readers to see grief not as a problem to be solved but a “sacred invitation” in this look into the different ways people find meaning at the end of life.
Focus on the Family
Beauty in the Browns: Walking with Christ in the Darkness of Depression by Paul Asay (Feb. 9, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64607-005-3). Journalist Asay shares his personal experience with depression and input from mental health professionals, seeking to offer hope to those suffering from mental illness that God has a plan for everyone.
The No-Nonsense Meditation Book by Steven Laureys (June 15, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4729-8049-6). Neurologist Laureys attempts to scientifically prove the positive impact meditation has on human brains, providing a mix of science, anecdotes, and practical exercises to get meditators started.
Rumi’s Little Book of Wisdom by Rumi, trans. by Maryam Mafi (Apr. 1, $15.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64297-025-8) selects quotations from 13th century Persian poet Rumi’s writings focused on his uplifting approach to life.
Cat Astrology: Decode Your Pet’s Personality with the Power of the Zodiac by Stella Andromeda (Mar. 2, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78488-387-4) shares insight into which breeds may best suit one’s personality, and seeks to help cat owners get to know their pet on a deeper level by harnessing the power of the zodiac.
Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by James Martin (Feb. 2, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-264323-0). Pastor Martin lays out different styles and traditions of prayer throughout Christian history and invites readers to experiment and discover which works best for them.
The Deepest Dye: Obeah, Hosay, and Race in the Atlantic World by Aisha Khan (July 13, $39.95 ISBN 978-0-674-98782-1). Khan, a professor of anthropology at NYU, tracks how colonial categories of race and religion created identities and hierarchies that are still used for multicultural nationalism and social critique in the Caribbean and its diasporas.
Are You Really OK? Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters by Debra Fileta (May 18, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-7369-8251-1). Counselor Fileta strives to help Christians take inventory of their spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health, with a focus on honest self-examination and intentional living.
Holy Experiment: The Warwick River Mennonite Colony, 1897–1970 by Jo Anne Kraus (Feb. 9, $34.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5138-0762-1). This history from independent scholar Kraus examines Mennonite and Amish families from northern and western states who relocated to former plantation land in Southeastern Virginia in 1897 to keep their church growing in a time of shrinking membership.
How to Pray the Shaman’s Way: Ancient Techniques for Extraordinary Results by José Luis Stevens (May 18, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-950253-12-8) aims to teach readers how to become attuned to the universe and communicate with spirit, including practices for gratitude, celebration, grief, guilt, and suffering.
Things Worth Dying For: Thoughts on a Life Worth Living by Charles J. Chaput (Mar. 16, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-250-23978-5). Chaput, prelate of the Catholic church and former archbishop of Philadelphia, looks to great writers and theologians for insight on yearning for God, love, honor, beauty, and truth
Contentment: The Sacred Path to Loving the Life You Have by Tracy Wilde-Pace (Jun. 8, $26, ISBN 978-1-5011-5631-1). Citing the biblical book of Philippians, fifth-generation preacher Wilde-Pace argues Christians should worry less about fleeting happiness and think more about contentment that comes from sustained, long-term commitments.
Ink & Willow
Hearing God Speak: A 52-Week Interactive Enneagram Devotional by Eve Annunziato and Jackie Brewster (Feb. 9, $25 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-593-23269-9). This interactive, yearlong devotional combines the enneagram system with biblical lessons in an effort to help Christians better understand their purpose and deepen their connection with Christ.
The Ancestral Power of Amulets, Talismans, and Mascots by Nigel Pennick (May 11, trade paper, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-64411-220-5) provides an illustrated exploration of the origins and history of amulets, lucky charms, talismans, and other objects of spiritual significance.
The King in Orange: The Magical and Occult Roots of Political Power by John Michael Greer (June 15, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64411-258-8). Occult historian Greer explores the role of magic in the rise of the ultra-conservative right and claims two competing schools of magic were led to contend for the presidency in 2016.
The Magna Carta of Humanity: Sinai’s Revolutionary Faith and the Future of Freedom by Os Guinness (Apr. 20, $25, ISBN 978-0-8308-4715-0). Guinness, senior fellow at the EastWest Institute, argues that the story of Exodus is the richest vision for freedom in human history as the first conception of a morally responsible society dedicated to justice, peace, stability, and the common good of the community.
The Ninefold Path of Jesus: Hidden Wisdom of the Beatitudes by Mark Scandrette (June 15, $16 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8308-4684-9). Activist Scandrette uses the Beatitudes to try and help Christians identify illusions and false beliefs and let go of striving, competition, and comparisons to embrace more radical love for others.
Dare to Be a Green Witch: The Grounded Goodwife’s Guide to Wellness & Holistic Healing by Ehris Urban and Velya Jancz-Urban (July 8, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7387-6545-7) explores herbal infusions, fermentation techniques, pantry essentials, and body care for those interested in holistic wellness.
Reiki: The Art of Healing Through Universal Energy by Carmen Fernandez (Mar. 15, $15, ISBN 978-0-7548-3514-1) brings together advice and guidance for those new to Reiki energy healing.
The Pilgrim’s Story: The Life and Spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola by Brendan Comerford (Feb. 1, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8294-5011-8). Jesuit Comerford offers a concise profile of 16th-century Spanish priest St. Ignatius, stressing the importance of the personal experience of God in Ignatius’s life.
Living the Faery Life: A Guide to Connecting with the Magic, Power and Joy of the Enchanted Realm by Kac Young (Feb. 16, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64250-061-5) teaches readers how to make a faery garden, including identifying trees and plants that attract faery folk and rituals one can perform to connect with the faery realms.
Radical Loving: One God, One World, One People by Wayne Dosick (Apr. 2, $24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-948626-27-9). Dosick, host of radio show SpiritTalk Live, charts a spiritual path aimed at helping readers heal divisions of class, race, and religion and confront societal problems of sexism, rigid fundamentalism, nationalism, and hatred.
Gospelbound: Living with Resolute Hope in an Anxious Age by Collin Hansen and Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra (Apr. 20, $16 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-593-19357-0). Hansen and Zylstra offer hope for discouraged Christians, encouraging them to take a principled and justice-oriented stance toward practicing and spreading Christianity.
Unhindered Abundance: Restoring Our Souls in a Fragmented World by Ken Baugh (Feb. 9, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-64158-194-3) aims to help Christians identify spiritual growth barriers and pursue a life characterized by love, joy, peace, and hope.
Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table: It’s Time to Win the Battle of Your Mind by Louie Giglio (May 11, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-4722-7). Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, outlines ways to overcome self-defeating mindsets and feelings of insecurity and temptation through a reading of Psalm 23: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
Mysteries of the Messiah: Unveiling Divine Connections from Genesis to Today by Jason Sobel (Mar. 23, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-4005-1). Rabbi Sobel charts connections between the Torah and New Testament, guiding readers from the story of creation through Revelation to explore the unified purpose of the Messiah and many patriarchs and prophets within the Torah.
New World Library
Becoming an Empowered Empath: How to Clear Energy, Set Boundaries & Embody Your Intuitive Powers by Wendy de Rosa (Mar. 30, $15.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-60868-719-0). De Rosa, founder of the School for Intuitive Insight for empaths, aims to teach readers how to stop taking on other people’s energy, create and maintain energetic boundaries, and reset one’s emotional center.
Far from This Land: A Memoir about Evolution, Love, and the Afterlife by Michael Gellert (June 1, $25.95, ISBN 978-0-89254-196-6). Inspired by dreams and visionary experiences in response to brain surgery, Gellert relays the dialogue between different parts of his personality and a spiritual dimension of climate change the experience revealed to him.
Missing Witches: Feminist Occult Histories, Rituals, and Invocations by Risa Dickens and Amy Torok (Mar. 23, $17.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-62317-572-6) details magical invocations, rituals, and histories informed by feminism and famous witches, such as Monica Sjoo, H.P. Blavatsky, Maria Sabina, and Enheduanna.
Islamophobia: What Christians Should Know (and Do) About Anti-Muslim Discrimination by Jordan Duffner (May 19, $22 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-62698-410-3). Duffner, an associate at the Bridge Initiative, provides an overview of Islamophobia, considers ways that Christians have contributed to it, and offers practical steps for standing in solidarity with Muslims.
Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval by Philip Jenkins (May 11, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-750621-9). Historian Jenkins parses the relationship between religion and climate change, asserting religious movements emerging from climate shocks often last for decades and become a part of the religious landscape.
The Passion of Anne Hutchinson: An Extraordinary Woman, the Puritan Patriarchs, and the World They Made and Lost by Marilyn Westerkamp (July 1, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-750690-5). Westerkamp, a professor of history at UC Santa Cruz, examines issues of gender, patriarchal order, and empowerment in Puritan society through the story of a woman preacher who unsettled Christianity in early America.
God Saw That It Was Good: A Safari Through Salvation History by Brant Law (Apr. 6, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64060-492-6) collects stories about animals in the Bible and the lives of Catholic saints.
The Luminous Landscape of the Afterlife: Jordan’s Message to the Living on What to Expect After Death by Matthew McKay (June 8, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64411-284-7). Psychologist McKay channels his late son, Jordan, offering a post-death guide for the living and revealing what to expect in the afterlife.
The Power Wish: Japan’s Leading Astrologer Reveals the Moon’s Secrets for Finding Success, Happiness, and the Favor of the Universe by Keiko, trans. by Rieko Yamanaka (Feb. 9, $20, ISBN 978-1-9848-8042-0). This million-copy bestseller in Japan aims to teach readers how to speak the language of the moon and the stars using words of high vibration. Keiko contends her methods help readers find love, happiness, and success.
Thunder in the Soul: To Be Known by God by Abraham Joshua Heschel, edited by Robert Erlewine (Mar. 2, $12 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-87486-351-2). These selections from the writing of rabbi and civil rights leader Heschel reveal his belief that only by rediscovering wonder and awe in mysteries that transcend knowledge can believers hope to find God.
Mazel Tov by J.S. Margot, trans. by Jane Hedley-Prole (Feb. 23, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-78227-528-2). Journalist Margot details years of navigating clashing cultures during her decades-long friendship with an Orthodox Jewish family.
Cosmic Power: Ignite Your Light—A Simple Guide to Sun Signs for the Modern Mystic by Vanessa Montgomery (Feb. 2, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-78713-575-8) shares wisdom of classic astrological signs, offering ways to use the stars to gain confidence and live a more fulfilled life.
The Devil and His Advocates by Erik Butler (Mar. 15, $27.5, ISBN 978-1-78914-373-7). Butler, a researcher at the Yale School of Drama, explores the character of the devil in literature, theology, visual art, and music from antiquity up to the present, discussing canonical authors such as Dante, Goethe, and Milton.
A Guide to Sky Monsters: Thunderbirds, the Jersey Devil, Mothman, and Other Flying Cryptids by T.S. Mart and Mel Cabre (May 4, $27, ISBN 978-1-68435-124-4) introduces 20 flying cryptids and legends from throughout the U.S., including the Native American Thunderbird; the Jersey Devil, said to roam the Pine Barrens of South Jersey; and more.
Billy Graham: The Man I Knew by Greg Laurie (Apr. 13, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-68451-059-7). Laurie, an evangelist and close friend of Billy Graham, recounts the life of Graham, who rose from a country preacher to become a national fixture who counseled presidents, world leaders, Hollywood stars, and the queen of England.
The Cost of My Faith: How a Decision in My Cake Shop Took Me to the Supreme Court by Jack Phillips (May 11, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-68451-080-1). Cake artist Phillips details how he became involved in one of the highest-profile religious freedom cases of the century and calls on readers to live out their faith when facing their own battles.
The Art of Listening: A Guide to the Early Teachings of Buddhism by Sarah Shaw (June 15, $20.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61180-885-8) offers historical and cultural background for key teachings in Buddhist philosophy, including meditation, ethics, meditative states, the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Path.
The Woman Who Raised the Buddha: The Extraordinary Life of Mahaprajapati by Wendy Garling (Mar. 23, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61180-669-4). Independent scholar Garling pieces together the first full biography of Mahaprajapati Gautami, Buddha’s adoptive mother, and her role in helping the Buddha establish an equal community of lay and monastic women and men.
Voices from Larung Gar: Shaping Tibetan Buddhism for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Holly Gayley (Apr. 6, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61180-894-0), collects speeches and writings by the monastic scholars of Larung Gar, the largest Buddhist institution on the Tibetan Plateau.
The Direct Way: Thirty Practices to Evoke Awakening by Adyashanti (Apr. 6, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-68364-614-3) offers a sequence of 30 practices intended to help readers foster awareness of the unseen dimensions of their life, including how to use transcendent experiences to understand personal goals and relationships.
St. Martin’s Essentials
Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance by Mustafa Akyol (Apr. 6, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-250-25606-5). Akyol, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and an opinion writer for the New York Times, diagnoses “the crisis of Islam” in the modern world and offers a way forward based on a simple reading of the Koran’s foundational message.
Thomas Merton: An Introduction to His Life, Teachings, and Practices by Jon M Sweeney (May 18, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-250-25048-3). Scholar Sweeney delves into Trappist monk Thomas Merton’s life and ideas, including his works on contemplation, monastic life, poetry, and social issues.
Christ Returns from the Jungle: Ayahuasca Religion as Mystical Healing by Marc G. Blainey (June 1, $95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4384-8313-9). Blainey, a faculty member in psychotherapy at Martin Luther University College in Waterloo, Ontario, offers an ethnographic study of Santo Daime, a mystical religious tradition organized around sacramental ingestion of ayahuasca.
Truth to Power
Solemn Reverence: The Separation of Church and State in American Life by Randall Balmer (Feb. 2, $12.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-58642-271-4) portrays the history of separation between church and state in America, including how special interests have sought to do away with that separation throughout history and into the present day.
The Well-Watered Woman: Rooted in Truth, Growing in Grace, Flourishing in Faith by Gretchen Saffles (Apr. 6, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-4545-2). Gretchen, founder of the online women’s ministry Well-Watered Women, mines scripture and her own story to offer Christian women tools geared toward coming to know Jesus better and finding greater joy in one’s faith life.
Univ. of North Carolina
White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America by Anthea Butler (Mar. 22, $24, ISBN 978-1-4696-6117-9). Butler, professor of religion at the University of Pennsylvania, argues that racism forms at the core of conservative evangelical power and that evangelical racism has played a provocative role in fracturing the electorate since the nation’s founding.
Univ. of Notre Dame
Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy by David M. Elcott et al. (May 1, $40, ISBN 978-0-268-20060-2) explores what constitutes constructive religious engagement in the political arena and offers solutions for supporting liberal democracy while protecting the religious, civil, and human rights of all.
Hope in a Time of Fear: The Lesson of Resurrection and the True Meaning of Easter by Timothy Keller (Mar. 9, $27, ISBN 978-0-525-56079-1). Theologian Keller considers the meaning of Jesus’s resurrection, arguing that the disciples’ failure to recognize Jesus until he invited them to contains the central message of the Christian faith.
Echoing Hope: How the Humanity of Jesus Redeems Our Pain by Kurt Willems (Mar. 16, $16 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-593-19350-1). Pastor and blogger Willems shares how despair can lead Christ-followers to discover a more resilient sense of hope and a deeper relationship with God.
Doctoring the Devil: Notebooks of an Appalachian Conjure Man by Jake Richards (Apr. 1, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-57863-733-1). Appalachian conjure man Richards shares root work practices and spells of traditional folk craft magic, including ones meant to root out spirits bringing bad luck or poor health.
Herbal Magic: A Handbook of Natural Spells, Charms, and Potions by Aurora Kane (May 25, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-57715-232-3) provides a directory of magical herbs alongside 50 spells for using herbs in rituals for attraction, trust, friendship, fortune, and success.
Westminster John Knox
The Flawed Family of God: Stories about the Imperfect Families in Genesis by Carolyn B. Helsel and Song-Mi Park (Feb. 9, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-664-26598-4) examines the families of Genesis, including the story of Adam and Eve; the complex relationships between Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and Ishmael; and the sibling rivalry of Cain and Abel.
Meditations on the Trail: A Guidebook for Self-Discovery by Christopher Ives (May 11, $14.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61429-752-9). Ives, professor of religious studies at Stonehill College, provides simple meditations for the hiking trail or anywhere readers wish to take in nature.
The Hope We Hold: Finding Peace in the Promises of God by Jeremy and Jinger Vuolo (May 4, $26 ISBN 978-1-5460-1585-7). The Vuolos, married stars of TLC’s Counting On, share their love story and shared belief that God will guide believers to love and happiness if they follow Christ’s example.
Divine Accounting: Theo-Economics in Early Christianity by Jennifer A. Quigley (June 8, $85, ISBN 978-0-300-25316-0). Quigley, professor at Drew University Theological School, investigates how the divine played an active role in the economic spheres of the ancient Mediterranean world, arguing Christ-followers used financial language to articulate and imagine their relationship to the divine.
The Gift of Letting Go: Give Yourself Grace. Dare to Live Free. by Chrystal Evans Hurst (July 13, $25.99, ISBN 978-0-310-35966-1). Christian speaker Hurst draws from her own past and struggles of learning to trust God to provide practical insights for Christian women looking to overcome numbness, pain, bitterness, or shame.