New religion and spirituality titles are pushing back against racism, addressing climate change, and exploring eternal questions about finding identity, meaning, purpose, and faith, even in challenging times. Noted theologians delve into scripture, and scholars examine history, literature, and contemporary issues through the lenses of religion and spirituality. Also among the top 10 is a novel laced with the longing for love and the need for forgiveness, from God and from each other.
Discovery and Revelation: Religion, Science, and Making Sense of Things
Peter Manseau and Andrew Ali Aghapour. Smithsonian, Feb. 22 ($29.95, ISBN 978-1-5883-4701-5)
Manseau, curator for religious history at the National Museum of American History, and religion scholar Aghapour use 40 objects from the museum to illuminate the interplay of faith and scientific knowledge in shaping American society.
The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy
Philip S. Gorski and Samuel L. Perry. Oxford Univ., Apr. 1 ($22.95, ISBN 978-0-1976-1868-4)
Sociologists Gorski and Perry take a critical look at the mixture of Christian imagery with what they call antidemocratic actions, from the earliest days of American history up to, and beyond, the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened
Bill McKibben. Holt, May 31 ($27.99, ISBN 978-1-2508-2360-1)
McKibben, founder of the climate activism nonprofit 350.org and one of the earlier voices in Christian environmentalism, looks at the nation’s trends toward overconsumption, racism, and religious conflicts. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
The Forbidden Body: Sex, Horror, and the Religious Imagination
Douglas E. Cowan. NYU, May 17 ($30 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4798-0311-8)
Cowan, a religious studies professor, argues that horror—portrayed in fiction, film, and culture—confronts religious readers with questions about identity, sexuality, and suffering. He sees a religious imagination threading through the frightening stories that faith and theology can’t always address.
Fortune: My Journey to Understand How Race Broke My Family and the World—and How to Repair It All
Lisa Sharon Harper. Brazos, Feb. 8 ($24.99, ISBN 978-1-5874-3527-0)
Harper explores how racist laws, customs, and practices in society, government, and the church have impacted people of color—including 10 generations of her own family. The book is named for Fortune, Harper’s first non-Indigenous ancestor born on American soil, who encountered much of the worst of national and religious history.
Good Enough: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection
Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie. Convergent, Feb. 15 ($21, ISBN 978-0-5931-9368-6)
Bowler, author of Everything Happens for a Reason, teams with podcast producer Richie for a collection of reflections on living with truth and beauty in a self-help-centered world when some things can’t be helped.
The Hidden Order of Intimacy: Reflections on the Book of Leviticus
Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. Schocken, Mar. 29 ($30, ISBN 978-0-8052-4357-4).
Examining the story of the idolatrous golden calf, Zornberg, a Torah scholar and National Jewish Book Award winner, follows traumatic traces of sin, drawing on analysis by rabbis, theologians, psychologists, and literary writers.
The Lady’s Mine
Francine Rivers. Tyndale, Feb. 8 ($27.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-4757-9)
The newest frontier romance from the bestselling author of Redeeming Love follows a New England suffragette who inherits a relative’s defunct newspaper in a California mining town in 1875. She meets a Civil War veteran with his own struggles, and together they confront exploitative mine owners—and find strength in love. 150,000-copy announced first printing.
On Earth as in Heaven
N.T. Wright. HarperOne, Mar. 1 ($29.99, ISBN 978-0-0632-1089-9)
Wright, an acclaimed Bible scholar and Anglican bishop, collects meditations and short selections from his decades of scholarship and his earlier books, writing on themes of faith, mission, and God’s work in the world.
WayMaker: Finding the Way to the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of
Ann Voskamp. W, Mar. 1 ($26.99, ISBN 978-0-3103-5219-8)
Voskamp, a farm wife, mother, and a survivor of many family tragedies, shares how turning to God and scripture pulled her through deep grief following the accidental deaths of her father and baby sister.
The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham, (July 1, 15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-6360-9325-3). In the aftermath of WWI, an Englishwoman and an alcoholic veteran face their broken lives during a time when Appalachian culture and traditions are challenged.
The Sugarcreek Surprise by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Mar. 1, 16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-6435-2922-6). In the latest entry in Amish fiction writer Brunstetter’s Creektown Discoveries series, the owners of an antique store give romantic advice to Paul, a newcomer in town.
Along the Rio Grande by Tracie Peterson (Mar. 1, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3729-4). A widow struggling with her family’s financial mistakes and a workman with painful memories must set aside their pasts to find a fresh start in life and love.
Unfailing Love by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan (June 7, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3515-3). In this conclusion to the Hallmark Channel’s When Hope Calls series, sisters Lillian Walsh and Grace Bennett face a crisis when three children run away from their children’s home.
Collective Book Studio
Malkah’s Notebook: A Journey into the Mystical Aleph-Bet by Mira Z. Amiras, illus. by Josh Baum (Mar. 1, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-9514-1234-0). An illustrated book of verse portrays a girl’s journey to a mystical understanding of the Hebrew alphabet and Judaism.
Maxine Justice: Galactic Attorney by Daniel Schwabauer (Mar. 8, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-6218-4222-4). Schwabauer’s Christian worldview permeates this speculative fiction tale of an attorney caught between clients from another planet and Earth’s biggest medical corporations—all with sinister motives.
Feathers of Hope by Sharon Garlough Brown (Apr. 5, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0062-5). Brown, a spiritual director, speaker, and the author of several bestselling series, offers a new installment in her Shades of Light series, this time following retreat center director Katherine Rhodes and her great-niece, Wren Crawford, as they endure sorrow and search for hope.
The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon by Linda MacKillop (May 17, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4732-7). An elderly woman whose memory is fading reluctantly moves in with her granddaughter’s family on a rundown farm where everyone tries to break through her shell.
Shadows in the Mind’s Eye by Janyre Tromp (April 19, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4739-6). Tromp’s debut novel is a suspenseful tale of a troubled veteran who sees visions and his worried wife, who misses the loving, responsible husband he once was.
Brisbane by Eugene Vodolazkin, trans. by Marian Schwartz (May 3, $26.95, ISBN 978-1-6360-8045-1). A disabled guitarist finds purpose in mentoring a teen musician who has cancer.
Sea Glass Cottage by Irene Hanon (Apr. 5, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3616-3). Forgiveness is in question when Christi Reece comes to Hope Harbor—the Oregon coast setting of many of Hanon’s books—looking for help from Jack Colby, who believes she once betrayed him.
The Sweet Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher (May 3, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3947-8). Fisher launches a new series, set in Cape Cod, in this story of a jilted bride and her mother, a woman with her own woes, who open an ice cream shop that requires the assistance of the should-have-been groom.
The Postmodern Pilgrim’s Progress by Kyle Mann and Joel Berry (June 7, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-6845-1275-1). Mann and Berry, editors of the Christian satire magazine the Babylon Bee, update the classic Christian allegory with a saga of an agnostic man’s quest for faith.
Dark Angel by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson (Apr. 5, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-5139-2). This second book in the authors’ Shepherds series features a former Navy SEAL who joins the elite Shepherd warriors and is afraid a former Shepherd has joined the enemy.
Potiphar’s Wife by Mesu Andrews (May 24, $16 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-5931-9376-1). Andrews turns to the Genesis story in which Joseph is imprisoned on false charges after he spurns the advances of his master’s wife. When Joseph is ultimately rewarded by God for his faithfulness, it inspires a change of heart in her, as well.
What Remains True by Nancy Naigle (May 3, $16 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-5931-9361-7). Two people with secrets—a divorcée and a rodeo star—each try to make peace with the past as they restart their lives in a quaint North Carolina town.
Living Gratitude: 28 Days of Prayer and Thanksgiving (May 3, $9.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-7910-2406-2). Pastors, business and church leaders, authors, speakers, and other contributors offer devotions on Christian themes such as gratitude, generosity, and prayer.
Jane Austen’s Genius Guide to Life: On Love, Friendship, and Becoming the Person God Created You to Be by Haley Stewart (Mar. 25, $17.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-6468-0139-8). Catholic podcaster Stewart presents Jane Austen as a spiritual life coach, drawing connections between the English writer’s six novels and lessons about compassion, God, society, and more.
The Men We Need: God’s Purpose for the Manly Man, the Avid Indoorsman, or Any Man Willing to Show Up by Brant Hansen (Mar. 29, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8010-9452-1). In this critique of toxic masculinity, Hansen argues that men of all kinds can become protectors and defenders of others.
Tradition and Apocalypse: An Essay on the Future of Christian Belief by David Bentley Hart (Feb. 8, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-3938-6). Theologian Hart outlines a vision of Christianity as upheld by an apocalyptic promise that all things will be transformed in God.
The Scarlet Letter: A Guide to Reading and Reflecting by Nathaniel Hawthorne, with commentary by Karen Swallow Prior (Apr. 5, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4627-9668-7). English professor Prior examines Hawthorne’s work through a gospel lens, adding footnotes, reflection questions, and more alongside the full original text.
Buddhish: A Guide to the 20 Most Important Buddhist Ideas for the Curious and Skeptical by C. Pierce Salguero (Mar. 8, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8070-6456-6). Humanities scholar Salguero streamlines key concepts in Buddhism, drawing from philosophy, medicine, and meditation.
Two Billion Caliphs: A Vision of a Muslim Future by Haroon Moghul (Apr. 4, $25.95, ISBN 978-0-8070-2465-2). Muslim professor and essayist Moghul reflects on Muslim theology and looks forward to suggest how followers can reclaim their faith with a new interpretation of Islam.
Worried About Everything Because I Pray About Nothing by Chad Veach (Aug. 2, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-4018-8). Veach, a pastor, lays out ways for making prayer a simple, practical, vital part of daily life. 25,000-copy announced first printing.
Present Evil, Active God: Can This World’s Evil Ever Be Resolved? by Jered Gritters (Apr. 5, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-0941-4948-6). Drawing on theology and philosophy, Gritters argues that God is always working to resolve humankind’s struggle with evil.
Hope and the Nearness of God: The 2022 Lent Book by Teresa White (Feb. 1, $20 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4729-8419-7). White examines the virtue of hope in the light of scripture, literature, and theology to detail ways it can spur courage and discernment in difficult times.
A Complicated Choice: Making Space for Grief and Healing in the Pro-Choice Movement by Katey Zeh (Feb. 15, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-7349-9). Zeh, a Baptist minister, collects stories dealing with abortion, adding insights rooted in psychology, theology, and public policy.
All the Ways the Dead Still Speak by Caleb Wilde (May 24, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-7161-7). Wilde, a sixth-generation funeral director, reflects on grief, the afterlife, the expectations and hopes people have when facing the death of loved ones, and how the living can stay connected to those they’ve lost.
Magic in Merlin’s Realm: A History of Occult Politics in Britain by Francis Young (Apr. 30, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-3165-1240-1). Young argues that monarchs throughout British history feared hostile sorcery and yet were drawn to astrology, alchemy, and spellcraft.
Dear Son: Raising Faithful, Just, and Compassionate Men by Jonathan B. Hall and Beau T. Underwood (Mar. 29, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8272-0678-6). Through letters to their sons, the authors seek to model values of faithful fatherhood, emotional connection, and service to others.
Rajneeshpuram: Inside the Cult of Bhagwan and Its Failed American Utopia by Russell King (Mar. 8, $30, ISBN 978-1-6416-0472-7). King examines records from and interviews survivors of Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s Oregon commune, which collapsed into avarice and criminality in the 1980s.
Soul Cure by Gregory Dickow (May 3, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-6245-2). Pastor and talk show host Dickow focuses on God’s love as a force for overcoming emotional pain, suffering, and fear.
Becoming the One: Heal Your Past, Transform Your Relationship Patterns, and Come Home to Yourself by Sheleana Aiyana (Apr. 12, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-7972-1167-1). Aiyana aims to teach women a holistic, spiritual approach to all relationships, based on their essential, divine qualities.
Lord of Legends: Jesus’ Redemption Quest by Eric Eichinger (Feb. 1, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7586-6990-2). Lutheran pastor Eichinger presents Jesus and the Bible as a superhero action-adventure story.
Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution by Carl R. Trueman (Mar. 22, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4335-7930-1). Trueman, a church historian, implores readers to spurn identity politics and see life’s meaning through a biblical lens.
Shakti: An Exploration of the Divine Feminine by Nilima Chitgopekar (Mar. 8, $35, ISBN 978-0-7440-5455-2). Chitgopekar introduces the development, richness, and rituals of goddess worship in India.
Gaslighted by God: Reconstructing a Disillusioned Faith by Tiffany Yecke Brooks (May 3, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-8028-7868-7). Brooks addresses readers who feel damaged by fundamentalist Christianity, highlighting ways scripture shows the complexity of God and how faith can withstand doubt.
Humbler Faith, Bigger God: Finding a Story to Live by Samuel Wells (Mar. 29, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-8028-7931-8). Wells, a theologian, examines 10 challenging issues in Christianity, contrasting traditional answers and modern skepticism.
Rule Your Day: 6 Keys to Maximizing Your Success and Accelerating Your Dreams by Joel Osteen (Mar. 8, $24, ISBN 978-1-5460-4185-6). Megachurch pastor Osteen’s latest spiritual growth book addresses refocusing on God and regaining control when facing setbacks and challenges.
Focus on the Family
Signals: How Brain Science and the Bible Help Parents Raise Resilient Children by Cherilyn Orr (May 5, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-6460-7065-7). Orr uses a traffic light concept to help families green-light the right mental, emotional, and spiritual approaches to helping kids.
20 Myths About Religion and Politics in America by Ryan P. Burge (Mar. 1, $23.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-8201-9). Political scientist and pastor Burge compares empirical data with ideas people hold about religion and politics in an effort to create space for common understanding.
Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration by Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts (Feb. 1, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-9821-7655-6). Lewis-Giggetts, who writes on the intersection of race and faith, presents joy as a weapon in a spiritual arsenal for overcoming suffering and a way of celebrating that one is made in the image of God.
No Escape: A Uyghur’s Story of Oppression, Genocide, and China’s Digital Dictatorship by Nury Turkel (May 10, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-3354-6956-4). A human rights activist, who was born in a Chinese “reeducation camp” for Uyghurs, uses his life story to raise alarm over the plight of Chinese Muslims.
Render unto Caesar: The Battle over Christ and Culture in the New Testament by John Dominic Crossan (Mar. 29, $28.99, ISBN 978-0-0629-6493-9). Crossan, author of The Historical Jesus, traces Christian debates over church-and-state clashes from the New Testament to modern times.
To Be Made Well: An Invitation to Wholeness, Healing, and Hope by Amy Julia Becker (Mar. 15, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5138-0971-7). Becker points to Jesus’s healing work to guide readers facing physical and emotional pain and suffering.
The Kabbalah of Light: Ancient Practices to Ignite the Imagination and Illuminate the Soul by Catherine Shainberg (June 21, $24.99 trade paper,ISBN 978-1-6441-1474-2). Shainberg draws from ancient Jewish mystic tradition to try and help readers find their inner light.
Analog Christian: Cultivating Contentment, Resilience, and Wisdom in the Digital Age by Jay Y. Kim (July 26, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0316-9). Kim’s first book addressed the impact of technology on Christians’ views of the church, and here he examines its effects on discipleship in the church.
The Good and Beautiful You: Discovering the Person Jesus Created You to Be by James Bryan Smith (May 17, $25, ISBN 978-0-8308-4694-8) aims to dismantle toxic self-narratives that hinder people from growing spiritually and offers practices mean to help readers redirect their soul toward Christ.
Next Sunday: An Honest Dialogue About the Future of the Church by Nancy Beach and Samantha Beach Kiley (June 14, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0302-2). Leadership coach Nancy Beach and her artist daughter Samantha offer a generation-spanning perspective on how local churches can thrive.
Jewish Publication Society
Modern Musar: Contested Virtues in Jewish Thought by Geoffrey D. Claussen (Apr. 1, $35 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8276-1350-8). Eight Jewish thinkers—including men, women, rabbis, activists, and more—offer differing ideas on 10 virtues, among them love, truth, and justice.
Church at the Wall: Stories of Hope Along the San Diego–Tijuana Border by Seth David Clark (Feb. 28, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8170-1830-6). Clark recounts how a pastor founded an open-air church straddling the U.S.-Mexico border to serve Americans and migrants.
Jesus and Gender: Living as Sisters and Brothers in Christ by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher (Apr. 6, $24.99, 978-1-6835-9587-8). In contrast to today’s culture wars over gender roles, the authors cite Jesus’s model of service with love and humility for both men and women.
Out of the Dark: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God’s Joy by Mandisa with Suzanne Gosselin (Mar. 3, $26.95, ISBN 978-1-9542-0100-2). Grammy-winning gospel singer Mandisa describes how faith helped her survive depression. 35,000-copy announced first printing.
Christianity and Modern Medicine: Foundations for Bioethics by Mark Wesley Foreman and Lindsay C. Leonard (May 10, $29.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4756-3). Two bioethics experts address contemporary moral challenges, offering principles and guidelines for ethical decision-making from a Christian perspective.
The Qur’an and the Christian: An In-depth Look into the Book of Islam for Followers of Jesus by Matthew Aaron Bennett (May 10, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4708-2). Baptist scholar Bennett aims to help mission-minded Christians understand Islam and communicate the gospel to Muslims.
Around the Bible in 80 Days: The Story of God from Creation to New Creation by John Mark Hicks (Apr. 12, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-6842-6461-2). Theologian Hicks highlights points in the Bible that trace the story of redemption.
Loki and Sigyn: Lessons on Chaos, Laughter & Loyalty from the Norse Gods by Lea Svendsen (Feb. 8, $16.99 ISBN 978-0-7387-6931-8). Svendsen, a Heathen nun and priestess, takes a fresh look at two Norse deities, trickster Loki and compassionate Sigyn.
Prayer 101: Foundation for Faith and Formation by Theresa Jones (Mar. 1, $11.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0764-8-2859-1). Part of the Catholic publisher’s 101 Series of courses, Jones details ways to call on God’s mercy and strength.
A Hit of Hope (for When It Gets Really Bad) by Betsy Johnson (Mar. 15, $14.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8146-6771-2). Johnson, who relied on yoga and Buddhism when she faced breast cancer and divorce, offers meditations to soothe suffering and spark hope.
Buddha and the Bard by Lauren Shufran (Apr. 5, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-6472-2456-1) fosters a dialogue between Western and Eastern ideas of the human condition by pairing Shakespeare’s views with the Buddha’s philosophy.
Heretic: Savior, Lover, Killer—The Many Lives and Deaths of Jesus Christ by Catherine Nixey (Apr. 5, $28, ISBN 978-0-3586-5291-5) examines many diverse versions of Jesus from early Christian traditions and how they were wiped out by fourth-century Christian orthodoxy’s vision of Christ.
Virtually Amish: Preserving Community at the Internet’s Margins by Lindsay Ems (June 7, $35 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-2625-4363-7) makes a case for how a technology-driven society and economy can learn from Old Order Amish about how to adapt and work within the digital world without sacrificing one’s values.
Reconciliation, Healing, and Hope: Sermons from Washington National Cathedral, edited by Jan Naylor Cope (Feb. 22, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-6406-5484-6), collects sermons delivered during times of pandemic and political upheaval, by luminaries such as Episcopal presiding bishop Michael B. Curry and historian Jon Meacham, who wrote a foreword for the book.
Stumbling Toward Eternity: Losing and Finding Ourselves in the Cross of Jesus by Josh White (June 28, $16 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-5931-9393-8). Pastor and songwriter White considers the message of the cross as an open door to a life of meaning and joy.
How to Save the World by Alice Matagora (June 7, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-6415-8465-4). Matagora offers guidance based on research and scripture for Christians who seek to evangelize to others in their neighborhood or workplace.
Uncanceled: Finding Meaning and Peace in a Culture of Accusations, Shame, and Condemnation by Phil Robertson (Feb. 8, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-4002-3017-4). The Duck Dynasty star, who claims the television series was halted after he condemned “homosexual behavior” in an interview, calls on Christians to fight “strategic campaigns to get Bible-believing employees fired.”
Undistracted: Capture Your Purpose. Rediscover Your Joy by Bob Goff (Mar. 8, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-4002-2697-9). Goff explores how authentic love and connection with Jesus can serve as a road map to meaning and joy.
New World Library
The Other Side of Nothing: Why Ethics Matter in a Nondualistic Universe by Brad Warner (May 10, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-6086-8804-3). Zen Buddhist teacher Warner strives to explain in plain language a fundamental principle of Zen: that everything in the universe is interrelated.
Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Made a Home in the American Midwest by Edward E. Curtis IV (Feb. 15, $30, ISBN 978-1-4798-1256-1). Curtis, a descendent of Syrian American Midwesterners, tells often-overlooked stories of Arabs in the Midwest, from the early 20th century through WWII, who were able to build lives as Muslim Americans.
Soul Doctoring by Gayle Madeleine Randall (May, $20 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-9568-9705-0). Physician and shaman Randall draws on Western and Eastern medicine to discuss healthcare in today’s environmental conditions.
A New Heaven: Death, HumanDestiny, and the Kingdom of God by Harvey Cox (Apr. 1, $28, ISBN 978-1-6269-8458-5). Theologian Cox looks to the Bible and to his own life while exploring ideas of heaven, the afterlife, and Jesus’s concern for love and justice.
How Religion Evolved: And Why It Endures by Robin Dunbar (Apr. 1, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-1976-3182-9). A scholar of evolution explores how spiritual thinking and rituals emerged and diverged in human society, why some are more inclined than others to be religious, and the impact of this impulse to believe.
Domestic Monastery by Ronald Rolheiser (Mar. 8, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-6406-0670-8). Rolheiser explores how people can achieve the benefits of reflection and contemplation in their daily lives without moving into a cloister.
Finding the Heart Sutra: Guided by a Magician, an Art Collector and Buddhist Sages from Tibet to Japan by Alex Kerr (Apr. 26, $17.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-1419-9420-8). Kerr consulted widely in his quest to understand an ancient Buddhist scripture extolling the idea of emptiness.
With or Without Me: A Memoir of Losing and Finding by Esther Maria Magnis (Mar. 22, $17.99 trade paper, 978-1-6360-8026-0). German journalist Magnis offers a critique of religion and shares a journey toward faith in the face of painful personal losses.
Sonorous Desert: What Deep Listening Taught Early Christian Monks—And What It Can Teach Us by Kim Haines-Eitzen (June 21, $19.95, ISBN 978-0-6912-3289-8). Haines-Eitzen explores how deserts resonate with natural sound, offering lessons in contemplation.
A Confident Mom: Simple Ways to Give Your Child What They Need Most by Renee Swope (Feb. 15, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3885-3). Author and speaker Swope provides God-centered parenting advice for connecting with a child’s heart and character.
Lennon, Dylan, Alice, and Jesus by Greg Laurie (May 17, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-6845-1295-9). Megachurch pastor Laurie traces music legends’ struggles with the excesses of fame and offers their testimonies of finding redemption.
The Heroic Heart: Awakening Unbound Compassion by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (July 5, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-6454-7055-7). Palmo, a Buddhist nun, explores the road to compassion found in classic Buddhism. [strong]
The Sakya Jetsunmas: The Hidden World of Tibetan Female Lamas by Elisabeth A. Benard (Mar. 1, $24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-6454-7091-5) offers a look at religious women who are meditation masters in a centuries-old school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Ritual: An Essential Grimoire by Damien Echols and Lorri Davis (Mar. 22, $24.99; ISBN 978-1-6836-4820-8.). The married couple present magick practices they say helped them survive traumas such as Echols’s years in prison for a crime he did not commit. 35,000-copy announced first printing.
St. Martin’s Essentials
Do I Stay Christian? A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned by Brian McLaren (May 24, $27.99 ISBN 978-1-2502-6279-0). McLaren says many people, including religious leaders and clergy, ask themselves this question, and he suggests several ways to determine one’s religious identity.
What Is Home, Mum? by Sabba Khan (Apr. $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-9514-9117-8). In her graphic novel memoir, Khan addresses what it means to be a young Muslim woman today.
How to Heal Our Racial Divide by Derwin L. Gray (Apr. 5, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-5880-3). Pastor Gray posits that God desires a multiethnic, loving Christian community, and looks to the Bible for instruction.
Shukr: An Inspirational Dua and Gratitude Journal for Women by Gabrielle Deonath (Feb. 1, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-6460-4328-6). Deonath draws from Islamic scripture to offer women prayers and wisdom for reflection and worship.
Univ. of Illinois
Revising Eternity: 27 Latter-Day Saint Men Reflect on Modern Relationships by edited by Holly Welker (Apr. 19, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-2520-8642-7). A series of essays by men in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints offer insights on the beauties and challenges of marriage today.
Univ. North Carolina
Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care in the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction, edited by Wendy Cadge and Shelly Rambo (May 17, $24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4696-6760-7). In response to the changing landscape of American religion and spirituality, Cadge and Rambo offer a religious studies course suitable for training more religiously and demographically diverse chaplains.
Univ. of Notre Dame
You Are Gods: On Nature and Supernature by David Bentley
Hart (Apr. 1, 2022, $25 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-2682-0194-4). Eastern Orthodox theologian and author Hart presents metaphysical meditations on his idea that nature and the supernatural are a unified whole.
Univ. of Pennsylvania
Anxious Experts: Disaster Response and Spiritual Care from 9/11 to the Climate Crisis by Joshua Moses (Apr. 8, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-8122-2513-6). An anthropologist tracks the rise of spiritual expertise—ranging from meditation to activism for social justice—in dealing with trauma over the past two decades.
Univ. of Wisconsin
Russia’s Social Gospel: The Orthodox Pastoral Movement in Famine, War, and Revolution by Daniel Scarborough (May 24, $79.95, ISBN 978-0-2993-3720-9). Historian Scarborough traces the ways that Orthodox church pastors’ roles shifted with the end of the czars, the rise of communism, and the modernization of Russia.
Find Your People: Building Deep Community in a Lonely World by Jennie Allen (Feb. 22, $25, ISBN 978-0-5931-9338-9. Allen, founder of IF: Gathering, a national ministry for evangelical women, spells out how to make new friends and share life and the Bible with them.
Mission Possible: Go Create a Life That Counts by Tim Tebow (Mar. 8, $26, ISBN 978-0-5931-9400-3). Former NFL player, broadcaster, and author Tebow, who has been involved in mission work all his life, shares how seekers can determine the purpose God has in mind for them.
The Light Within the Human Heart: The Book of Asaph by Lars Muhl (Feb. 8, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-7867-8616-6). A Danish spiritual teacher explores what he calls the “inner senses” in order to help readers find their inner light and live calmly through difficulties.
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Wait—Is This Racist?: A Guide to Becoming an Anti-racist Church by Kerry Connelly with Bryana Clover and Josh Riddick (Mar. 1, $22, ISBN 978-0-6642-6750-6). Anti-racism consultants lay out steps churches can take to uproot implicit bias and engage in social justice work.
Searching for the Self by the Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron (May 17, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-6142-9795-6). The seventh volume of the Library of Wisdom and Compassion series delves into the concept of emptiness—a key to the Buddhist view of reality.
No Crowns in the Castle: Building a Strong Relationship and a Harmonious Life by Fantasia Barrino Taylor and Kendall Taylor, with Hilary Beard (Apr. 26, $27, ISBN 978-1-5460-1263-4). The American Idol– and Grammy-winning singer and her businessman husband describe the challenges that came with fame, financial pressures, and their daughter’s premature birth in order to share what they’ve learned about faith, marriage, and family.
Journeys to Heaven and Hell: Tours of the Afterlife in the Early Christian Tradition by Bart D. Ehrman (Apr. 5, $32.50, ISBN 978-0-3002-5700-7). Ehrman traces current ideas about ethics, faith, life’s meaning, heaven, and hell back to Greek and Roman poetry, early Jewish writings, and Christian apocryphal texts on the afterlife.
This Earthly Frame: The Making of American Secularism by David Sehat (Feb. 22, $30, ISBN 978-0-3002-4421-2). Historian Sehat contends that the roots of modern American secularism go as far back as the U.S. Constitution and tell a great deal about today’s religious conflicts.
The 2% Way: How a Philosophy of Small Improvements Took Me to Oxford, the NFL, and Neurosurgery by Myron L. Rolle (May 17, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-3103-6365-1). A Rhodes Scholar turned footballer turned physician, Rolle shares the advice on living a life of faith and service that drove him to reach his goals.
I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet: Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working by Shauna Niequist (Apr. 12, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-3103-5556-4). In her new memoir, Niequist describes coming to grips with chronic pain by engaging curiosity, cultivating acceptance, and relying on Jesus.
Not in It to Win It: Why Choosing Sides Sidelines the Church by Andy Stanley (May 10, $22.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-3101-3892-1). Pastor Stanley calls on Christians to quit the culture wars and instead focus on Jesus’s priorities, including loving others.
Rembrandt Is in the Wind: Learning to Love Art through the Eyes of Faith by Russ Ramsey (Mar. 22, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-3101-2972-1). Ramsey draws on art history, scripture, philosophy, and human stories to show how art points to redemption in Jesus.