This season, religion and spirituality publishers are exploring political issues such as gun control and immigration as well as ways to recover from loss and trauma. Check out the full announcements listing below, and view the top 10 here.
The Alamo by Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo (Feb. 1, trade paper, $12.99, ISBN 978-1-68322-820-2). In 1836, Ellis Dumont finds a man in a fever state, muttering strange things. Either Claiborne Gentry has lost his mind or he’s a spy for the American president—or worse, for the Mexican enemy that threatens their very lives.
The White City by Grace Hitchcock (Mar. 1, trade paper, $12.99, ISBN 978-1-68322-868-4). While attending the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped. Inspector Wylde tries to dismiss her claims at first, but eventually he concedes to letting her go undercover.
Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy (Mar. 5, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-1931-3). City dweller John McCall never expected to be out in the High Sierras of 1868, but now he’s on a quest for a lost boy with wildcat Penny Scott as his guide.
When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson (Mar. 5, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-1902-3). After her father’s death, Lizzy Brookstone, the star trick rider of the all-female Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, loses interest in performing.
One Thing I Know by Kara Isaac (Feb. 19, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-982103-34-7). In Isaac’s inspirational romance, Rachel Somers is almost done ghostwriting for America’s favorite relationship expert, but the man determined to uncover her true identity holds the key to her success and her heart.
Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury (Apr. 2, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1-4767-0743-3). This story of redemption set in the Baxter Family series centers on a couple who are desperately waiting to bring their adopted child home and a young mother about to make the biggest decision of her life.
The Dark Young Man by Jacob Dinezon, trans. by Tina Lunson (Feb. 5, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-0-9798156-5-2). Dinezon’s novel relates the tale of a ruthless brother-in-law who’s determined to protect his position of power in a wealthy family by destroying the reputation of a prospective bridegroom.
Daughter’s Truth by Laura Bradford (May 28, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-4967-1648-4). Emma Lapp, who was born on the day her aunt died, tries to be the perfect daughter, but she can’t quite win her mother’s smile—or her forgiveness for a transgression Emma can’t quite place.
A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller (Mar. 19, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4589-7). In the latest from bestselling Regency author Miller, a noble lady attempts a new life with a fossil-hunting man of faith.
My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love by Amanda Barratt (June 9, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4605-4). Based on historical research, this is a fictionalization of the famous theologian Bonhoeffer, who stood proudly against the Nazi regime, and the woman who changed his life.
Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher (June 25, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-2314-6). Ashley Showalter and Ben Henning, who both work with horses in the Idaho valley, each struggle with addiction in their pasts and must put aside their fears and rely on God to grow their relationship.
Over the Line by Kelly Irvin (June 11, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-2314-6). Gabriella must face her former fiancé, homicide detective Eli Cavazos, after a man she’s never met shows up at her door with a bullet in his chest and her brother’s name on his lips.
The Heart of a King by Jill Eileen Smith (Apr. 30, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-2240-1). Smith’s biblical novel takes readers to ancient Israel, centering on four women close to King Solomon: Naamah, the desert princess; Abishag, the shepherdess; Siti, the daughter of a pharaoh; and Nicaula, the queen of Sheba.
The Refuge by Ann H. Gabhart (Apr. 30, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-2927-1). When Darcie and Walter Goodwin hear of a new cholera epidemic sweeping the area near Harmony Hill, they join the Shakers, whose villages seem immune to the disease.
Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup (Mar. 1, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-68322-788-5). Psychology professor Denilyn Rossi contends that the past is either a shadow that haunts us or a force that propels us. She doesn’t tell her students that her own past is a shadow she can’t seem to shake.
The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Feb. 5, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-62416-748-5). Sara Murray has never met her mother’s parents. After her mother’s death, she is surprised to learn that they are living an Amish life in Pennsylvania.
Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews (Mar. 5, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7352-9186-7). The Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life in this novel about Belili, Daniel’s wife.
Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Apr. 2, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7352-9012-9). Laurel Millard, the youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home. But operating a silk loom at the International Cotton Exposition at the Atlanta Exposition might change her fortunes.
Conversations with the One Made Flesh by Robert Benson (Apr. 2, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4267-4959-9) provides a 30-day sequence of Gospel lessons created by grouping and paraphrasing the words of Jesus into 30 readings for prayer and reflection.
Sin-a-Gogue: Sin & Failure in Jewish Thought by David Bashevkin (Mar. 1, trade paper, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-61811-797-7). Bashevkin, an instructor at Yeshiva University, weaves together biblical and rabbinic studies to reveal a holistic portrait of the notion of sin and failure within Jewish thought.
Ghost Sightings: Eyewitness Accounts of Paranormal Activity by Brian Innes (Feb. 5, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-78274-735-2). This guide to exploring paranormal locations from biochemical researcher and forensic science journalist Innes includes haunted houses and phantom ships.
Dangerous Illusions: How Religion Deprives Us of Happiness by Vitaly Malkin (Apr. 11, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-1-911350-28-6). Russian billionaire Malkin sets out to explore the irrational demands of religion, scrutinizing such topics as asceticism, celibacy, evil, pleasure, sex, and suffering.
Energy Codes: The 7-Step System to Awaken Your Spirit, Heal Your Body, and Live Your Best Life by Sue Morter (Mar. 19, hardcover, $27, ISBN 978-1-5011-6930-4). Grounded in energy medicine, neurobiology, and quantum physics, this plan from energy health practitioner Morter aims to help readers with pain, fatigue, anxiety, and depression, as well as to awaken creativity.
Forgiveness Makes You Free: A Dramatic Story of Healing and Reconciliation from the Heart of Rwanda by Ubald Rugirangoga (Mar. 1, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-59471-871-7). On the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, friar Rugirangoga tells the dramatic story of how he survived while losing 80 of his family members.
Sick of Me: From Transparency to Transformation by Whitney Capps (Mar. 4, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4627-9288-7). Capps, national speaker for Proverbs 31, praises the virtues of vulnerability, accessibility, honesty, and humility.
Don’t Give Up: Faith That Gives You the Confidence to Keep Believing and the Courage to Keep Going by Kyle Idleman (Mar. 5, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-1942-5). Drawing from inspiring biblical stories and first-person testimonies of perseverance, pastor Idleman encourages readers to trust in God’s love and provides prayers for patience and strength.
Loving My Actual Neighbor: 7 Practices to Treasure the People Right in Front of You by Alexandra Kuykendall (Apr. 2, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-7537-7). Kuykendall, speaker and cohost of The Open Door Sisterhood podcast, follows practices outlined in the first chapter of 2 Peter in this guide for loving one’s neighbor.
The Gospel of Our King: Bible, Worldview, and the Mission of Every Christian by Bruce Riley Ashford and Heath A. Thomas (Apr. 16, trade paper, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-4903-3). This overview from two professors of theology aims to show how the Bible provides an overarching story about God “the King” and explain how the Christian mission addresses the totality of human life.
The No-Stress Bible Guide by George W. Knight (June 1, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-64352-018-6). Combining a flexible reading plan with notes on major sections of the Bible, this illustrated guide seeks to allow readers to study the Scriptures at their own pace.
God’s Favorites: Judaism, Christianity, and the Myth of Divine Chosenness by Michael Coogan (Apr. 2, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-8070-0194-3). Coogan, lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, explores how the claim of divine choice has been used, from ancient times to the present, to justify territorial expansion and prejudice.
Bear & Company
Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna: Chants, Music, and Sacred Practices of the Great Goddess by Alessandra Belloni (Mar. 26, trade paper, $24, ISBN 978-1-59143-342-2). Percussionist Belloni writes of the sacred sites and practices of the living cult of the Black Madonna in the remote villages of Southern Italy, drawing connections between them and Isis, Aphrodite, Cybele, and the Orisha Yemanja and Ochun.
Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge by Jeffrey J. Kripal (Mar. 12, trade paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-942658-52-8). Kripal, chairman of philosophy and religious thought at Rice University, lays out an ambitious program that aims to unify the sciences and the humanities to expand minds, open hearts, and negotiate a peaceful resolution to the culture wars.
Kabbalah: Secrecy, Scandal and the Soul by Harry Freedman (May 14, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-1-4729-5098-7) explores the mysterious Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah, going back to the Hebrew Bible and Ezekiel’s vision of the heavenly throne, perceived as a chariot.
Power and Corruption: Inside the Vatican by Frederic Martel (Mar. 7, hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-1-4729-6614-8). Martel, journalist at NPR, gives a startling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican. The book includes 23 interviews with current cardinals.
Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence by Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin (Mar. 5, trade paper, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-58743-413-6). Inspired by the prophetic image of beating swords into plows, activists Claiborne and Martin seek to arm readers who want to forge a new, peaceful world with strategies geared toward bringing about greater gun control in America.
Religion in the Modern World: Celebrating Pluralism and Diversity Written by Keith Ward (Apr. 30, trade paper, $28.99, ISBN 978-1-108-49249-2). Ward, professor of religious studies at University of Roehampton, examines how religions have evolved over time, and how they are reacting to the challenges posed by new scientific and moral beliefs.
America’s Holy Ground: 60 Faithful Reflections on Our National Parks by Brad Lyons and Bruce Barkhauer (Apr. 30, trade paper, $21.99, ISBN 978-0-8272-0075-3). Journalist Lyons and pastor Barkhauer share spiritual reflections and more than 160 color photos from each of the 60 American national parks.
I Choose Honor: The Key to Relationships, Faith, and Life by Rich Wilkerson (Apr. 2, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-62999-569-4). Through biblical examples and personal stories, pastor Wilkerson aims to help readers grow closer in their relationships with Jesus in order to better appreciate the people around them.
Christ Walk Crushed: A 40-Day Journey toward Reconciliation by Anna Fitch Courie, with David W. Peters (Apr. 17, trade paper, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-64065-115-9). Nurse and Army wife Courie provides a 40-day course that aims to bring God into the healing process for readers suffering from moral injury, illness, or emotional trauma.
David C. Cook
So the Next Generation Will Know: Training Young Christians in a Challenging World by Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace (May 1, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4347-1228-8). Two professors of apologetics aim to equip parents, youth leaders, and Christian teachers with practical strategies to train students to understand and defend the Christian faith.
Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister (Mar. 5, hardcover, $18, ISBN 978-1-984823-41-0). Chittister, a nun and social activist, uses the wisdom of prophets—ancient and modern—in an effort to help readers confront the societal forces that oppress and silence.
Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe by Richard Rohr (Mar. 5, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-1-5247-6209-4). Drawing on history, theology, and psychology, historian Rohr articulates a view of Jesus Christ as a “portrait,” or example, of how God works.
Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion by Rebecca McLaughlin (Apr. 30, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4335-6423-9). Addressing 12 controversial issues about Christianity, McLaughlin, cofounder of Vocable Communications, seeks to show how current psychological and scientific research aligns with teachings from the Bible.
Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament by Mark Vroegop (Mar. 31, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-4335-6148-1). Vroegop aims to restore the lost art of lament, in order to help readers discover the power of honest wrestling with the questions that come with grief.
On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer by Antonin Scalia (Apr. 9, hardcover, $22, ISBN 978-1-984823-31-1). This is a collection of the late Supreme Court justice’s reflections on his own faith, on the challenges that religious believers face in modern America, and on the religious freedoms protected by the Constitution.
Human Rites: The Power of Rituals, Habits, and Sacraments by Dru Johnson (Feb. 21, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-8028-7600-3). Johnson, professor of biblical and theological studies at King’s College in New York City, considers the concept of ritual as seen in Christian scripture, to illustrate both the mundane and sacred rituals that fill life.
Focus on the Family
Desperate Forgiveness by Al and Lisa Robertson (June 4, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-58997-031-1). Duck Dynasty stars Al and Lisa Robertson share a passionate message of forgiveness in hopes of helping readers seeking to heal broken relationships
The Gift of Wonder: Creative Practices for Delighting in God by Christine Aroney-Sine (Mar. 26, trade paper, $16, ISBN 978-0-8308-4653-5). Aroney-Sine invites readers to pay attention to the childlike characteristics of the imagination and their power to reshape. She recommends spiritual practices that engage all the senses, proposing that they will help readers embrace the joy of God.
How to Human: An Incomplete Manual for Living in a Messed-Up World by Alice Connor (July 2, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-4910-4). Pastor Connor takes on one of life’s most fundamental quandaries: how to be a better human.
Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do About It by David Zahl (Apr. 2, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-4943-2). Zahl, founder of Mockingbird Ministries, provides readers with strategies geared toward bringing back the meaning once provided on Sunday morning.
America’s Fatal Flaw: The Real Cultural Threat No One Talks About by Alex McFarland (June 4, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-62999-559-5). McFarland rails against secular culture, which he believes has redefined truth and dismantled the Judeo-Christian foundation of America, in an effort to explain why moral absolutes matter.
Kahlil Gibran’s Little Book of Secrets by Kahil Gibran, edited by Neil Douglas-Klotz (Apr. 1, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-57174-834-8). This bite-size volume of wisdom is a collection of Gibran’s words on life’s big questions and the mysteries of the spiritual path.
How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How an Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather than Answers by Peter Enns (Feb. 19, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-268674-9). Evangelical Bible scholar Enns argues that the Bible is not an instruction manual but a powerful learning tool that nurtures spiritual growth by refusing to provide easy answers.
Sacred Liberty: America’s Long, Bloody, and Ongoing Struggle for Religious Freedom by Steven Waldman (May 7, hardcover, $28.99, ISBN 978-0-06-274314-5). Waldman, founder of Beliefnet, examines how the principles of religious liberty became America’s “greatest invention” and explains why he believes these principles are under threat today.
Church in the Wild: Evangelicals in Antebellum America by Brett Malcolm Grainger (May 13, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-0-674-91937-2). Grainger, professor of theology at Villanova University, argues that in antebellum America, Evangelicals, not Transcendentalists, connected ordinary Americans with their spiritual roots in the natural world.
Dwelling: Simple Ways to Nourish Your Home, Body, and Soul by Melissa Michaels (Apr. 2, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7369-6319-0). Blogger Michaels posits that, by making a series of small, intentional choices—including food and cleaning products, but also attitudes and ideas—readers can create a nourishing home life.
Crystal Blueprint: Reconnect with Your Authentic Self Through the Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science of Quartz Crystals by Beatriz Singer (Feb. 5, trade paper, $16.99 ISBN 978-1-4019-5485-7). A guide to quartz crystals from both an ancestral and scientific point of view that seeks to help readers identify their mind patterns and wounds in order to reconnect with their authentic selves.
Hodder & Stoughton
Let Me Tell You a Story by Rob Parsons (May 14, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-4736-7096-9). Parsons, founder of Christian charity Care for the Family, shares stories from speaking around the world in this compendium of insights on faith, family, love, loss, money, and priorities.
Embracing the Journey: Learning to Love Life with an LGBTQ Child by Greg and Lynn McDonald (Mar. 5, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1-5011-9568-6). The McDonalds, founders of Christian ministry Embracing the Journey, which serves parents of LGBTQ children, offer tools for understanding emotional patterns and spiritual discussions that will arise when raising an LGBTQ child.
Your Life Is Worth Living: 50 Lessons to Deepen Your Faith by Fulton Sheen (Mar. 5, trade paper, $17, ISBN 978-1-984823-28-1). Catholic priest Sheen, bestselling author of Life of Christ, examines the sacred journey to God and seeks to answer some of life’s most profound questions.
Memory Palaces and Masonic Lodges: Esoteric Secrets of the Art of Memory by Charles Jameux (July 9, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-62055-788-4). Jameux, chief editor of Initiatory Perspectives, the Masonic journal of the Grand Lodge of France, argues that the art of memory is the origin of the Masonic method.
In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World by Jake Meador (June 25, hardcover, $23, ISBN 978-0-8308-4554-5). Meador, editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy, seeks to reclaim a vision of common life for our fractured times: a vision that doesn’t depend on the destinies of economies or political institutions, but on our citizenship in a heavenly city.
Surprised by Paradox: The Promise of “And” in an Either-Or World by Jen Pollock Michel (May 14, trade paper, $16, ISBN 978-0-8308-4564-4). Michel, contributor to Christianity Today, aims to help readers imagine a Christian faith open to mystery. Though there are certainties in Christian faith, she argues that the heart of the Christian story is also paradox.
The Jewish Publication Society
A Year with the Sages: Wisdom on the Weekly Torah Portion by Reuven Hammer (May 1, trade paper, $28.95, ISBN 978-0-8276-1311-9). Rabbi Hammer endeavors to relate how each Torah portion applies to everyday life based on the writings of the sages (scholars who lived during the period from the fifth century BCE to the fifth century CE).
And Social Justice for All: Empowering Families, Churches, and Schools to Make a Difference in God’s World by Lisa Van Engen (Mar. 1, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4506-4). Van Engen creates resources that aim to help engage in understanding and responding to 14 justice issues such as clean water, creation care, immigration, and poverty.
Reimagining Your Love Story: Biblical and Psychological Practices for Healthy Relationships by Andrea Gurney (Mar. 26, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4562-0). Using practices from psychology, biblical truths, and lessons from relationship science, psychiatrist Gurney seeks to help readers discover authentic, long-lasting connections.
Wait: Thoughts and Practice in Waiting on God by Rebecca Brewster Stevenson (June 4, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-61153-274-6). Blogger Stevenson explores what it means to wait on God, encouraging readers to see that time of waiting as a gift, not a punishment.
Llewellyn’s Little Book of Tarot by Barbara Moore (May 8, hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7387-5997-5). Tarot expert Moore aims to provide a thorough interpretation of each tarot card, explaining the most important elements and providing sample cards from a variety of decks in an effort to help readers understand tarot symbols and imagery.
Moon Spell Magic for Love: Charms, Invocations, Passion Potions and Rituals for Romance by Cerridwen Greenleaf (Feb. 14, trade paper, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-63353-872-6). Greenleaf, a witch, offers a spell book for romantics, including moon spells, crystals, potions, herbal recipes, and astrological signs that she says can be used for spiritual power.
An Uncommon Guide to Retirement: Finding God’s Purpose for the Next Season of Life by Jeff Haanen (May 7, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8024-1892-0). Haanen, founder and executive director of educational nonprofit Denver Institute for Faith & Work, seeks to provide a new way of looking at retirement, targeting baby boomers who are considering retirement, planning for their retirement, or recently retired.
9 Common Lies Christians Believe: And Why God’s Truth Is Infinitely Better by Shane Pruitt (Feb. 19, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7352-9157-7). Pastor and speaker Pruitt aims to guide readers in identifying the Christian clichés that are actually lies, then counters with the truths about God as presented in the Bible.
Fish Sandwiches: The Delight of Receiving God’s Promises by Troy Schmidt (Apr. 1, trade paper, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-63146-841-4). Schmidt, former writer on The Mickey Mouse Club, strives to reveal the life lessons within one miraculous moment in the Bible, when Jesus takes a few fish and loaves of bread and feeds an entire village.
Theft of America’s Soul: Blowing the Lid off the Lies That Are Destroying Our Country by Phil Robertson (Feb. 5, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4002-1004-6). Robertson, star of TV show Duck Dynasty, aims to expose the 10 lies that he believes the devil has used to destroy America’s soul and offers 10 countertruths to put God back into culture and turn the country around.
What’s Next? The Journey to Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference by Chris Hodges (Apr. 16, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-7180-9156-9). Pastor Hodges offers Christians four steps to spiritual maturity: knowing God, finding freedom, discovering purpose, and making a difference.
New World Library
Signs from the Other Side: Opening to the Spirit World by Bill Philipps (Mar. 5, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-60868-552-3). Philipps, a medium, shares 20 inspiring stories of people receiving signs from “the other side” and provides his own steps for receiving afterlife communications.
Roar: Sulak Sivaraksa and the Path of Socially Engaged Buddhism by Matteo Pistono (Feb. 19, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-62317-332-6). Pistono aims to give a full biography of Siviraksa, a household name in Thailand but still relatively unknown in the U.S., who founded the International Network of Engaged Buddhists.
Cyber-Sufis by Robert Rozehnal (May 14, trade paper, $30, ISBN 978-1-78074-758-3). With a particular focus on the Inayati order in North America, a branch of the oldest and most prominent Sufi order in the West, Rozehnal, a professor of religion at Lehigh University, examines the wider trends emerging where digital and religious worlds meet.
The Buddha in Jail: Restoring Lives, Finding Hope and Freedom by Cuong Lu (Apr. 2, hardcover, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-949017-13-7). Cuong, a prison chaplain, describes speaking to inmates about faith and shares his strategies for transforming an inmate’s sense of self.
Black Samson: The Untold Story of an American Icon by Jeremy Schipper and Nyasha Junior (May 1, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-068978-0). Historians Schipper and Junior tell the story of how Samson became an icon of African-American literature.
Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church by Jana Riess (Mar. 1, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-088520-5). Riess, a columnist for Religion News Service, draws on a large-scale national study of four generations of current and former Mormons, as well as dozens of in-depth interviews, to explore the religious beliefs and behaviors of young adult Mormons.
15 Spirituals That Will Change Your Life by Henry L. Carrigan Jr. (May 14, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-64060-086-7). Music critic Carrigan focuses on Gospel songs with an enduring power, including lyrics and personal stories about songs such as “Amazing Grace” and “Precious Lord.”
Mindapps: Multistate Theory and Tools for Mind Design by Thomas B. Roberts (June 18, trade paper, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-62055-818-8). Roberts, a professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University, explores practices that purportedly boost intellectual capacity and enable new ways of thought, including microdosing with psychedelics, yoga, martial arts, hypnosis, breathing techniques, and lucid dreaming.
The 21: A Journey Into the Land of Coptic Martyrs by Martin Mosebach (Feb. 15, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0-87486-839-5). Novelist Mosebach tells the gruesome story behind an ISIS beheading video, exploring the lives of the Christian men who were executed and the faith community that formed these unlikely modern-day martyrs.
The Art of Bible Translation by Robert Alter (Mar. 19, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-691-18149-3). Biblical translator and literary critic Alter reflects on the art of capturing the literary power of the Bible in English in this personal account of what he learned about Bible translation over the two decades he spent completing his own English version of the Hebrew Bible.
Faces of Muhammad: Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to Today by John Tolan (June 11, hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-691-16706-0). Tolan, professor of history at the University of Nantes, aims to provide a comprehensive history of the changing, complex, and contradictory visions Muhammad around the world.
Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman (Apr. 2, hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-8007-3652-1). Freeman asks readers to “simply do the next right thing.” With practical advice, she aims to help readers with making decisions and finding the courage to stop second-guessing.
Bold and Broken: Becoming the Bridge Between Heaven and Earth by David and Jason Benham (Feb. 12, hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-62157-916-8). Motivational speakers David and Jason Benham demonstrate to readers the ways God asks believers to use both boldness and brokenness to accomplish His purposes.
Deep Hope: Guidance from the Zen Paramitas on Staying Steadfast When the World Seems Hopeless by Diane Eshin Rizzetto (June 4, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-61180-477-5). Zen teacher Rizzetto seeks to provide a contemporary take on the paramitas, six traditional practices for cultivating compassion and wisdom.
Zen Beyond Mindfulness: Using Buddhist and Modern Psychology for Transformational Practice by Jules Shuzen Harris (Mar. 26, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-61180-662-5). Harris argues that contemporary American Buddhists face two primary challenges: “spiritual bypassing” or avoidance, and settling for secularized forms of Buddhism and mindfulness.
The God Dare by Kate Battistelli (June 1, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-68322-985-8). Battistelli argues that God has designed a role for everyone to play in a cosmic plan.
Most Important Point: Zen Teachings by Edward Espe Brown (Apr. 2, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-68364-160-5). Baker, a cook, and Zen priest Brown offer essays on Zen, food, and living a good life.
Tea and Cake with Demons: A Buddhist Guide to Feeling Worthy by Adreanna Limbach (July 9, trade paper, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-68364-122-3). Using the four noble truths as a guide, Limbach, a meditation instructor, shares meditation practices, personal anecdotes, and traditional Buddhist tales.
St. Martin’s Essentials
Buddhism: An Introduction to the Buddha’s Life, Teachings, and Practices by Joan Duncan Oliver (Apr. 30, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-250-31368-3). Oliver, editor at Buddhist magazine Tricycle, aims to provide a modern guide to the essential teachings of Buddhism, with overviews of central teachings including the four noble truths, the eightfold path, and the role of meditation and mindfulness.
Surrender: The Sacred Art by Rami Shapiro (Jul. 23, trade paper, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-59473-643-8). Rabbi Rami examines the first three steps of 12-step recovery in an effort to help readers cut through the denial, illusions, and falsehoods that addiction can cause.
Ripple Effects: Discover the Miraculous Motivating Power of a Woman’s Influence by Pam Tebow (May 7, hardcover, $25.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-3131-8). Tebow, missionary and mother of former quarterback Tim Tebow, encourages readers to maximize opportunities for influence.
Univ. of California
War and Religion: Europe and the Mediterranean from the First Through the Twenty-First Centuries by Arnaud Blin (Mar. 19, hardcover, $34.95, ISBN 978-0-520-28663-4). Historian Blin begins this chronicle of European history with the concurrent emergence of the Mediterranean empires and the great monotheistic faiths, moving through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and into the modern era.
Univ. of North Carolina
In a Pure Muslim Land: Shi’ism between Pakistan and the Middle East by Simon Wolfgang Fuchs (Apr. 22, trade paper, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-4696-4979-5). Centering Pakistan in a story of transnational Islam stretching from South Asia to the Middle East, Wolfgang Fuchs offers an in-depth ethnographic history of the intellectual production of Shi’is and their religious competitors.
A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American by Kathleen Sprows Cummings (Apr. 8, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-1-4696-4947-4). Though canonization may be fundamentally about holiness, it is never only about holiness, argues historian Cummings in this chronicle of American sanctity.
Univ. of Pennsylvania
Gospel for the Poor: Global Social Christianity and the Latin American Evangelical Left by David C. Kirkpatrick (Apr. 26, hardcover, $55, ISBN 978-0-8122-5094-7). Kirkpatrick makes the case that the Lausanne Congress was influential because, for the first time, theologians from the global South gained a place at the table of the world’s evangelical leadership.
Univ. of Virginia
Black Cosmopolitans: Race, Religion, and Republicanism in an Age of Revolution by Christine Levecq (June 18, hardcover, $45, ISBN 978-0-8139-4218-6) examines the life and intellectual contributions of three extraordinary black men—Jacobus Capitein, Jean-Baptiste Belley, and John Marrant—whose experiences and writing helped shape racial, social, political, and religious thought.
Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World by Serene Jones (Mar. 19, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0-7352-2364-6). Reverand Jones, president of the Union Theological Seminary, draws on Hegel, Nietzsche, and other thinkers, as well as personal experiences, to consider divine nature.
History of the Bible: The Story of the World’s Most Influential Book by John Barton (June 4, hardcover, $35, ISBN 978-0-525-42877-0). Barton, a scholar researching at Oxford University and Anglican priest, argues that the Bible is not a prescription to a complete, fixed religious system, but rather a product of a long and intriguing process.
A Brave Face: Two Cultures, Two Families, and the Iraqi Girl Who Bound Them Together by Barbara Marlowe and Teeba Furat Marlowe (Mar. 12, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-2136-4). Barbara Marlowe, who moved to the mountains of Iraq to provide medical care for an Iraqi girl badly burned during a roadside attack, tells their story, along with the now-grown girl, Teeba Furat Marlowe.
Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us by Matthew Sleeth (Apr. 16, hardcover, $21.99, ISBN 978-0-7352-9175-1). Sleeth suggests inspirational and practical ways to express love for God and one’s neighbors by planting physical trees and spiritual roots in every community.
Becoming Dangerous: Witchy Femmes, Queer Conjurers, and Magical Rebels, edited by Katie West and Jasmine Elliott (Apr. 1, trade paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-57863-670-9). This is a collection of personal essays from 21 authors that delve into the rituals they use to bring themselves power in a world that threatens them.
Westminster John Knox
Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians by Amber Cantorna (Mar. 12, trade paper, $16, ISBN 978-0-664-26505-2). LGBTQ advocate Cantorna seeks to equip queer Christians for the coming-out process—especially those wounded by their faith.
Whence and Whither: On Lives and Living by Thomas Lynch (Mar. 12, trade paper, $18, ISBN 978-0-664-26491-8). In this essay collection, funeral director and poet Lynch recounts his life’s work split between Ireland and Michigan and ponders his mortality.
Falling Is Flying: The Dharma of Facing Adversity by Ajahn Brahm and Guo Jun (Mar. 19, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-61429-425-2). Brahm, a teacher in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, and Guo Jun, a teacher in the Chinese Zen tradition, share personal stories and anecdotes from their own experiences of dealing with life’s pitfalls.
Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom by Robert Louis Wilken (May 21, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0-300-22663-8). Historian Wilken argues that the origins of freedom and liberty of conscience are religious, not political, in origin, taking form long before the Enlightenment.
Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues[/strong] by Joshua D. Chatraw and Karen Swallow Prior (July 9, hardcover, $29.99, ISBN 978-0-310-53457-0). Pastor and scholar Chatraw and writer Prior offer a broad framework for cultural engagement and then explore specific hot topics in current Western culture.
A Love Letter Life: Pursue Creatively, Date Intentionally, Love Faithfully by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff (Apr. 2, hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-310-35362-1). Jeremy and Audrey Roloff, stars of TV’s Little People, Big World, share what they learned from their dating journey in an effort to better equip readers to build faith-filled relationships.
Sitting Still Like a Frog Activity Book: 75 Mindfulness Games for Kids by Eline Snel, illus. by Marc Boutavant (Apr. 9, paper, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-61180-588-8), includes 75 mindfulness activities that aim to help children calm themselves down. Ages 4–8.
Be Like Jesus: 180 Devotions and Prayers for Kids by MariLee Parrish (Apr. 1, paper, $7.99, ISBN 978-1-68322-884-4) is a devotional that strives to encourage kids to be more like Jesus in their words, thoughts, and actions. Ages 8–12.
Brown Books Kids
Alphascripts: The 1-2-3’s of the Bible by Crystal Wimbrey, illus. by Izabela Ciesinka (Apr. 2, hardcover, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-61254-293-5). Wimbrey endeavors to teach children about the truths and stories of the Bible while counting to 10 and learning the corresponding hand signs to each number. Ages 3–6
My Very First Bible by Diana Mayo (Feb. 5, hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-4654-8133-7) is an illustrated book of 25 Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments. Ages 7–9.
Focus on the Family
Young Whit and the Shroud of Secrecy by Dave Arnold and Phil Lollar (Apr. 9, hardcover, $12.99, ISBN 978-1-58997-585-9). Johnny must investigate the meaning behind an old journal bequeathed to him by his grandfather and a coffin hidden in an old, supposedly haunted mansion. Ages 7–12.
101 Bible Bedtime Stories by Janice Emmerson (Mar. 5, hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-7369-7659-6). Bright, cheerful pictures accompany classic Biblical stories, such as those of Noah’s Ark and David and Goliath. Ages 3–7.
Hoopoe Says Oop! Animals of Israel by Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh, illus. by Ivana Kuman (Mar. 1, board book, $5.99, ISBN 978-1-5415-0049-5), is a rhyming introduction to some of Israel’s unique animals, such as the hoopoe, hyrax, and sand cats. Ages 1–4.
Listen! Israel’s All Around by Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh, illus. by Steve Mack (Mar. 1, board book, $5.99, ISBN 978-1-5415-0969-6). In this rhyming tribute to the sounds of Israel, readers can tour Israel’s most fun places—kibbutzes, beaches, markets, and more—and discover each spot’s special sound. Ages 1–4.
Margaret’s First Holy Week by Jon M. Sweeney, illus. by Roy DeLeon (Feb. 5, paper, $9.99, ISBN 978-1-61261-937-8). Margaret the cat is back to help introduce young Catholics to yet another potentially mysterious element of the faith: Holy Week inside the Vatican. Ages 6–12
First Easter by Susana and Owen Gay (Feb. 12, board book, $6.99, ISBN 978-0-8249-1685-5). This addition to the Baby Bible Books series gives a fresh introduction to the Easter story. Ages 1–3.
Arcade and the Triple T Token by Rashad Jennings (Feb. 11, board book, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-310-76741-1). Former NFL running back and Dancing with the Stars winner Jennings explores the power of friendship and imagination, as well as the challenges in finding one’s place in the world and missing home. Ages 8–up.■