This season’s offerings tackle religious trauma, meditate on mental health, and dig deep into such social issues as police brutality and political polarization.
Becoming Gandhi: Living the Mahatma’s 6 Moral Truths in Immoral Times
Perry Garfinkel. Sounds True, Jan. 30 ($27.99, ISBN 978-1-68364-692-1)
Garfinkel chronicles how he adopted Gandhi’s six main principles—truth, nonviolence, vegetarianism, simplicity, faith, and celibacy—in a quest for self-transformation that took him around the world. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
bell hooks’ Spiritual Vision: Buddhist, Christian, and Feminist
Nadra Nittle. Fortress, Nov. 7 ($24 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5064-8836-3)
The feminist scholar’s spiritual philosophy and its links to politics and social change are explored in this account from the author of Toni Morrison’s Spiritual Vision.
The God of Monkey Science: People of Faith in a Modern Scientific World
Janet Kellogg Ray. Eerdmans, Oct. 10 ($19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8028-8319-3)
From the Scopes “monkey trial” to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ray probes the seemingly antithetical relationship between evangelicalism and science, but argues that believers can embrace both.
I Am Asking in the Name of God: Ten Prayers for a Future of Hope
Pope Francis. Image, Oct. 3 ($22, ISBN 978-0-593-72752-2)
The pope meditates on 10 pressing issues facing today’s world, including war, rampant fake news, and a culture of abuse within the Catholic church.
Like a River: Finding the Faith and Strength to Move Forward After Loss and Heartache
Granger Smith. W, Aug. 1 ($29.99, ISBN 978-1-4003-3436-0)
The country music singer shares a “sensitive and moving recollection of his path through grief recovery after his three-year-old son, River, accidentally drowned in 2019,” per PW’s review.
Loving Our Own Bones: Disability Wisdom and the Spiritual Subversiveness of Knowing Ourselves Whole
Julia Watts Belser. Beacon, Sept. 12 ($29.95, ISBN 978-0-8070-0675-7)
Belser, a rabbi and professor of Jewish studies at Georgetown, challenges the perception of disability as an obstacle to surmount or a mark of spiritual disfavor.
The Mystic Jesus: The Mind of Love
Marianne Williamson. HarperOne, Sept. 12 ($28.99, ISBN 978-0-06-220547-6)
Bestseller Williamson frames Jesus as an embodiment of radical love and a savior from a society steeped in fear. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
The Niqab in France: Between Piety and Subversion
Agnès De Féo, trans. by Lindsay Turner. Fordham Univ., Jan. 2 ($29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5315-0464-9)
Drawing from more than 200 interviews, De Féo discusses the reasons French women give for wearing the niqab, which range from religious devotion to a desire to challenge social norms.
Rethinking the Police: An Officer’s Confession and Pathway to Reform
Daniel Reinhardt. IVP, Nov. 21 ($18, ISBN 978-1-5140-0612-2)
A former Ohio cop explains how he came to understand systemic police brutality and racism, and outlines an alternative policing model based in a culture of servant leadership.
Who Are the Jews—and Who Can We Become?
Donniel Hartman. Jewish Publication Society, Nov. 1 ($29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8276-1561-8)
The president of the Shalom Hartman Institute assesses the collective identity of Jewish people in a time of unprecedented denominational tribalism.
Religion & Spirituality
Him by Geoff Ryman (Dec. 5, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-915202-67-3). This sci-fi retelling of Jesus’s birth features a girl named Avigayil in Nazareth who declares that she’s a man named Yeshu, works miracles, and speaks for God.
Capturing Hope by Angela K. Couch (Nov. 1, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63609-691-9). After Nadia Roenne’s beloved Poland falls
to the Nazis, she teams up with an American photographer to help save Jewish families through an underground aid network.
Calling on the Matchmaker by Jody Hedlund (Dec. 12, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-4196-3). Finola Shanahan negotiates the advances of a successful wagonmaker with mayoral aspirations in 19th-century St. Louis, Mo.
Julia Monroe Begins Again by Rebekah Millet (Oct. 24, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-4095-9) offers a “sweet second-chance romance between a disillusioned widow and a former flame who’s determined to prove he’s changed,” according
to PW’s review.
Focus on the Family
What a Wave Must Be by Angela Hunt (Nov. 7, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64607-045-9). Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hunt grapples with the aftermath of her father’s suicide and tries to start anew by moving in with her grandparents.
Children of the Shadows by Erica Vetsch (Oct. 10, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4715-0). This Regency historical finds a detective and a debutante teaming up to solve the mystery behind the disappearances of a spate of London “street urchin” children.
Positively, Penelope by Pepper Basham (Aug. 1, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8407-1520-3). On the small island of Skymar, relentlessly upbeat Penelope helps to revive a local theater and bring some much-needed cheer to its grief-stricken owners.
Countdown by Lynette Eason (Aug. 1, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3736-8). Paramedic Raina Price sacrifices her own safety to protect her stalker ex’s son in the “pulse-pounding” finale to the Extreme Measures series, per PW’s review.
He Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda Cox (Aug. 29, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-4273-7). After beekeeper Beckett Walsh’s father dies, she learns that a share of the family apiary has been bequeathed to a stranger.
Until Then by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall (Sept. 5, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-8326-3). In this Amish historical, Vin Lantz falls down a mountain after an argument with his wife and finds himself in 1822 Ohio, where he struggles to survive and prays for God to reunite him with his family.
My Life of Grace: How I Found Hope and Purpose in Suffering by Peter Le (Sept. 22, $14.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64680-257-9). From fleeing war-torn Vietnam in the 1980s to being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2018, the author details how pain has deepened his understanding of Christ, hope, and redemption.
Questioning God by Timothy Radcliffe and Lukasz Popko (Sept. 5, $20 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-399-40925-4) argues that humanity is engaged in an ongoing dialogue with God.
American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church by Andrew L. Whitehead (Aug. 15, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-58743-576-8) asserts that racism and xenophobia violate core Christian beliefs and explains how believers can challenge them in a charged political climate.
The Ballot and the Bible: How Scripture Has Been Used and Abused in American Politics and Where We Go from Here by Kaitlyn Schiess (Aug. 22, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-58743-596-6) presents an “erudite history of both America’s ‘proper application’ and ‘deep misuse’ of scripture during pivotal events,” from the Revolutionary War to 9/11, per PW’s review.
The Evangelical Imagination: How Stories, Images, and Metaphors Created a Culture in Crisis by Karen Swallow Prior (Aug. 8, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-58743-575-1) illuminates the literature, art, and ideas that have shaped perceptions of the evangelical movement and helped engender its current identity crisis.
Holy Runaways: Rediscovering Faith After Being Burned by Religion by Matthias Roberts (Oct. 3, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-8565-2) probes the causes of distrust in religious institutions and investigates how believers can rebuild their faith on sturdier foundations.
Mind Shift: It Doesn’t Take a Genius to Think Like One by Erwin Raphael McManus (Sept. 19, $23, ISBN 978-0-593-13741-3). The leadership coach outlines 12 mental frameworks that he argues have helped entrepreneurs succeed, including valuing discipline over talent and eschewing the need for external affirmation.
A Christian’s Guide to Mental Illness: Answers to 30 Common Questions by David Murray and Tom Karel Jr. (Sept. 5, $21.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4335-8727-6) provides caregivers with tools and spiritual wisdom to care for those suffering from psychiatric illnesses.
Digital Liturgies: Rediscovering Christian Wisdom in an Online Age by Samuel James (Sept. 5, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4335-8713-9) posits that internet technologies can impede believers’ relationships with Christ and recommends they seek wisdom in scripture.
Help for the Hungry Soul: Eight Encouragements to Grow Your Appetite for God’s Word by Kristen Wetherell (Aug. 29, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-4335-8861-7) urges readers to bring a genuine desire to grow closer to God to their Bible study.
Remaking the World: How 1776 Created the Post-Christian West by Andrew Wilson (Sept. 5, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4335-8053-6) contends that forces such as globalization and romanticism helped create an industrialized, “ex-Christian” culture in the year of America’s founding.
The Sacred Herbs of Yule and Christmas: Remedies, Recipes, Magic, and Brews for the Winter Season by Ellen Evert Hopman (Sept. 12, $29.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64411-780-4) explores medicinal and magical uses for herbs, barks, and trees associated with the winter season.
Defending Democracy from Its Christian Enemies by David P. Gushee (Oct. 3, $21.99, ISBN 978-0-8028-8293-6) denounces the Christian nationalism that fueled the January 6 Capitol insurrection and outlines a model of political engagement based in covenantal theology, congregational democracy, and dissident Black Christian politics.
Unexpected Abundance: The Fruitful Lives of Women Without Children by Elizabeth Felicetti (Aug. 22, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8028-8234-9) suggests that childless women can lead rich Christian lives, using figures such as Rosa Parks and medieval mystic Julian of Norwich as examples.
Women Who Do: Female Disciples in the Gospels by Holly J. Carey (Oct. 24, $29.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8028-7915-8) makes the case that Jesus’s often-unnamed female followers embody the true principles of discipleship.
15 Ways to Live Longer and Healthier: Life Changing Strategies for More Energy, Vitality, and Happiness by Joel Osteen (Oct. 10, $28, ISBN 978-1-5460-0508-7) shares ways for the burnt-out to replenish their mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Mind Games: Winning the Battle for Your Mental and Emotional Health by Paul Daugherty (Sept. 19, $27, ISBN 978-1-5460-0383-0) mines scripture and the author’s own pastoral experience for tools to fight depression, anxiety, and the aftereffects of trauma.
Focus on the Family
Kingdom Focus by Tony Evans (Sept. 5, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-58997-952-9) elucidates how readers can adopt God’s scriptural priorities to develop a deeper faith.
Incarnating Grace: A Theology of Healing from Sexual Trauma by Julia Feder (Nov. 7, $30 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5315-0472-4) argues that the church has failed sexual abuse survivors by glorifying suffering, and proffers that Christian virtues of courage and hope can help with post-traumatic recovery.
American Heresy: The Roots and Reach of White Christian Nationalism by John Fanestil (Sept. 26, $24 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5064-8923-0) posits that America’s founding principles, such as progress and virtue, have also fostered conditions for white Christian nationalism to grow.
The Bible with and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler (Sept. 19, $21.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-06-256016-2) draws on historical, literary, and theological context to analyze how and why Jews and Christians interpret biblical passages in unique ways.
Come Forth: The Promise of Jesus’s Greatest Miracle by James Martin (Sept. 5, $32.99, ISBN 978-0-06-269438-6) examines the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead and extracts lessons for today’s believers. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
Sacred Self-Care: Daily Practices for Nurturing Our Whole Selves by Chanequa Walker-Barnes (Aug. 15, $21.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-06-328713-6) urges readers to look after their “spiritual selves” by practicing self-compassion, drawing boundaries, and identifying personal priorities.
The Hundred Remedies of the Tao by Gregory Ripley (Dec. 5, $24.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64411-899-3). This new translation of the sixth-century Taoist text provides ethical, moral, and practical guidelines geared toward living an enlightened life, along with the
Buddhism: A Journey Through Art by Rose M. Woodward (Dec. 19, $59.95, ISBN 978-1-62371-716-2) traces the history of Buddhist sculpture, iconography, and artifacts throughout Asia from the first century BCE to the present.
Everything Is (Not) Fine: Finding Strength When Life Gets Annoyingly Difficult by Katie Schnack (Sept. 26, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0614-6) provides a “heartfelt manual for meeting life’s challenges,” according to PW’s review.
Faithful Work: In the Daily Grind with God and for Others by Ross Chapman and Ryan Tafilowski (Dec. 12, $15 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0791-4) explains how readers can use their professional lives to glorify God and serve their neighbors.
Now I Lay Me Down to Fight: A Poet Writes Her Way Through Cancer by Katy Bowser Hutson (Nov. 14, $16 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0799-0) recounts the author’s experience with breast cancer, detailing how her faith sustained her through chemotherapy, radiation, and a mastectomy.
The Spiritual Art of Business: Connecting the Daily with the Divine by Barry L. Rowan (Sept. 5, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0762-4) sets out a professional approach that centers Christian priorities of humility, faith, and generosity.
World Religions in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic by Douglas Groothuis (Sept. 5, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0582-8) strives to pinpoint the fundamental beliefs for each of seven global faiths—including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism—in a single sentence.
Hopeful Lament: Tending Our Grief Through Spiritual Practices by Terra McDaniel (Oct. 10, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0310-7) delineates a process of personal and communal mourning geared toward helping readers heal from suffering while growing closer to God.
Church for Everyone: Building a Multi-inclusive Community for Emerging Generations by Daniel Kreiss and Efrem Smith (Nov. 21, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0550-7). Pastors Kreiss and Smith draw on their own experiences to champion the need for ethnic, socioeconomic, and political diversity in today’s churches
Coming to Faith Through Dawkins: 12 Essays on the Pathway from New Atheism to Christianity by Denis Alexander and Alister McGrath (Aug. 29, $21.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4822-5) compiles essays from scientists, theologians, and philosophers who found faith after buying into and then becoming disillusioned with the arguments of Richard Dawkins and his fellow “new atheists.”
Persuasive Apologetics: The Art of Handling Tough Questions Without Pushing People Away by Jeffrey M. Robinson (Sept. 19, $21.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4830-0) offers Christians strategies for engaging skeptics and debunking intellectualized critiques of Christianity.
In the Arms of Compassion: A Spiritual Journey from Trauma to Recovery by Frank Rogers Jr. (Sept. 5, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-957687-20-9) chronicles the author’s quest to find meaning while dealing with the damage wrought by childhood sexual abuse.
Church Music: For the Care of Souls by Phillip Magness (Oct. 25, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-68359-710-0) seeks to show pastors, lay leaders, and musicians how they can use the power of music to invigorate church worship experiences.
A Quiet Mind to Suffer with: Mental Illness, Trauma, and the Death of Christ by John Andrew Bryant (Sept. 13, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68359-704-9) recounts the author’s mental breakdown, psych ward stay, and eventual recovery, and reflects on how the process deepened his faith.
Groaning in Labor, Growing in Hope by Jessica Mannen Kimmet (Oct. 15, $14.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8146-6916-7). The mother of three shares how she found solace in prayer during early parenthood and offers scripture readings as a means to help other struggling moms do the same.
Mágia: Hungarian Myth, Magic, and Folklore by Margit Tóth (Nov. 8, $24.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7387-7427-5) dives deep into Hungarian paganism and its history, lore, and rituals, from divination to healing magic.
Called to Cultivate: A Gospel Vision for Women and Work by Chelsea Patterson Sobolik (Oct. 3, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8024-2807-3) explores how women can find their calling and honor God through their work, be it childcare or corporate finance.
Envy: A Big Problem You Didn’t Know You Had by Mike Fabarez (Nov. 7, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8024-3175-2) tackles the green-eyed monster and its internal and relational costs, and outlines how readers can combat it through Christian worship.
No Greater Love: A Biblical Vision for Friendship by Rebecca McLaughlin (Sept. 5, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8024-2892-9) collects Jesus’s wisdom on friendship and dispenses advice for navigating its highs and lows.
The Party Crasher: How Jesus Disrupts Politics as Usual and Redeems Our Partisan Divide by Joshua Ryan Butler and James Delano Mullins (Oct. 17, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-593-60067-2) aims to prove that partisanship can interfere with faith, and prescribes 10 “commandments” for responsibly engaging in the political sphere.
Loving Disagreement: Fighting for Community Through the Fruit of the Spirit by Matt Mikalatos and Kathy Khang (Oct. 17, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64158-615-3) posits that such values as love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, and self-control can help believers connect to those with whom they disagree.
Beyond Our Control: Let Go of Unmet Expectations, Overcome Anxiety, and Discover Intimacy with God by Michael McAfee and Lauren Green McAfee (Nov. 7, $28.99, ISBN 978-1-4002-3519-3) mines the married couple’s own experiences with infertility, illness, and loss to advocate for the value of releasing control and trusting in God’s providence.
How to Put Love First by Sadie Robertson Huff and Christian Huff Thomas Nelson (Oct. 3, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-4002-2864-5) outlines a 90-day program to help believers strengthen their connections to God and thereby enrich relationships in all areas of their lives.
Finding God in Suffering by Christopher M. Mahar (Nov. 1, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8198-2756-2) breaks down the idea that pain can bring the faithful closer to God.
This Is Christmas, Song by Song: The Stories Behind 100 Holiday Hits by Annie Zaleski (Oct. 17, $27, ISBN 978-0-7624-8272-6) shares what went into the making of the most celebrated Christmas tunes, from Bing Crosby’s White Christmas to Taylor Swift’s Christmas Tree Farm.
Embodying Tara: Twenty-One Manifestations to Awaken Your Innate Wisdom by Chandra Easton (Dec. 12, $22.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64547-114-1) encourages readers to invoke the power of Tara, the Buddhist goddess of compassion, through such practices as meditation.
Illumination: A Guide to the Buddhist Method of No-Method by Rebecca Li (Oct. 31, $21.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64547-089-2) introduces Li’s “silent illumination” program, in which one uses deep self-inquiry as a means to reconnect with their true nature.
Throw Yourself into the House of Buddha: The Life and Zen Teachings of Tangen Harada Roshi by Tangen Harada, trans. by Belenda Attaway Yamakawa, edited by Kogen Czarnik (Aug. 8, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64547-136-3) compiles the “dharma talks” of the late Zen master.
Tibetan Buddhism: A Guide to Contemplation, Meditation, and Transforming Your Mind by Khenpo Sodargye (Jan. 16, $21.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64547-224-7) overviews the religious tradition and sketches the basics of the Mahayana path to enlightenment.
The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God: Why New Atheism Grew Old and Secular Thinkers Are Considering Christianity Again by Justin Brierley (Sept. 12, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4964-6677-8) predicts that a broad cultural return to Christianity is on the horizon, based on interviews with secular thinkers from the author’s podcast, Unbelievable?
Money in the Light of Eternity: What the Bible Says about Your Financial Purpose by Art Rainer, edited by Thom S. Rainer (Sept. 5, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-7376-9) advises Christians to eschew empty materialism and use money to help others and live a godlier life.
Univ. of Illinois
Lowell L. Bennion: A Mormon Educator by George B. Handley (Nov. 7, $14.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-252-08751-6) sketches the life and thought of the 20th-century theologian from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Univ. of Notre Dame
Five Biblical Portraits (Expanded) by Elie Wiesel (Oct. 15, $35, ISBN 978-0-268-20731-1). The late Nobel Peace Prize winner’s analysis of five key prophets—Elijah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Joshua, and Saul—is accompanied by a new introduction from Ariel Burger, cofounder of the Witness Institute, a project dedicated to continuing Wiesel’s work.
Political Theology and Islam: From the Birth of Empire to the Modern State by Paul L. Heck (Nov. 15, $65, ISBN 978-0-268-20735-9) traces notions of Islamic sovereignty across history, framing a struggle between political rulers and religious leaders.
Univ. of Pennsylvania
God’s Country: Christian Zionism in America by Samuel Goldman (Aug. 15, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5128-2547-3) uncovers the roots of Christian support for the Jewish state, from shared cultural values to biblical predictions of Jesus’s return to Israel.
Experiencing Friendship with God: How the Wilderness Draws Us to His Presence by Faith Eury Cho (Oct. 17, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-593-44557-0) aims to assure that an authentic relationship with Jesus can carry the faithful through even the most trying times, using the Israelites’ journey through the desert and Paul’s time in prison as proof.
Westminster John Knox
Life After God: Finding Faith When You Can’t Believe Anymore by Mark Feldmeir (Aug. 22, $20 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-664-26840-4) seeks to debunk all-or-nothing notions of Christian faith, and describes a version of Christ who cares for even the flawed and imperfect.
This Dream Is Not for You: Learn to Live by Letting Go by Wade Joye (Sept. 12, $27, ISBN 978-1-5460-0479-0) encourages readers to release unattainable goals and trust in God’s plan.
The Science of the Good Samaritan: Thinking Bigger About Loving Our Neighbors by Emily Smith (Oct. 24, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-310-36669-0). The author, a Duke University epidemiologist, urges the faithful to connect with those whose beliefs differ from theirs.