Theologians and historians continue to rethink the lives and legacies of Biblical figures, including Moses and the women of the Bible. And many authors recommend an inward turn, closer listening, and a more open spirituality in response to worries about partisanship. Check out the full announcements listing below, and view the top 10 here.
Someone Like You by Karen Kingsbury (May 5, $26, ISBN 978-1-982104-31-3). Maddie Baxter West is shaken when she finds out she was adopted. Betrayed and confused, Maddie leaves her new job and fiancé, rejects her family’s requests for forgiveness, and moves to Portland to find out who she really is.
Colonial Fort Brides: 4 Stories of Love on the Edge of the Frontier by Kimberley Woodhouse et al. (Mar. 1, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64352-311-8). In these four novellas, brave women play pivotal roles at Colonial forts.
A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberley Duffy (May 5, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3563-4). When Nora Shipley joins an entomology research expedition to India, she never anticipated the impossible choices she’d face—including choosing between saving a young Indian girl and saving her career.
Unyielding Hope by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan (May 5, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3567-2). In this companion story to the Hallmark TV series When Hope Calls, Lillian Walsh rushes to a reunion after discovering the sister she believed dead is likely alive.
Time of Jacob’s Trouble by Donna Vanliere (Mar. 17, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7369-7875-0). Physical therapist Emma Grady is going through a normal day when her favorite patient vanishes in front of her. Wondering if this is the predicted end-times, she begins a desperate search for answers.
Being Known by Robin Jones Gunn (Apr. 28, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7352-9077-8). Jennalyn begins to doubt her marriage and all her other life choices after her mother dies. She must ask hard questions of herself and God to find answers.
Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck (Feb. 3, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-310-35092-7). Five New Yorkers receive mysterious invitations to the Fifth Avenue Story Society. As they try to figure out who sent them and why, they begin to share stories and discover unexpected friendship, healing, and love.
Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay (May 12, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7852-2204-0). In Winsome, Ill., former tech worker Alyssa Harrison and Jeremy Mitchell, a single father and local coffee shop owner, work together to save his struggling coffee shop and in the process develop a complicated bond.
Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin (Feb. 4, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-2799-4). In 1943, Pvt. Clay Paxton trains hard with the U.S. Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tenn., determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France, and develops a strong connection to librarian Leah Jones.
Starfish Pier: A Hope Harbor Novel by Irene Hannon (Mar. 31, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3614-9). Ex-Delta Force operator Steven Roark and first-grade teacher Holly Miller form an unlikely relationship based on arguments over a public momument in their coastal town.
The Crow’s Call (Amish Greehouse Mystery) by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Mar. 3, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64352-021-6). In an Amish town in Pennsylvania, Vernon King, his son, and son-in-law die in an accident, leaving three women to cope with their deaths and become the sole providers of the family they have left.
The Best We’ve Been by Beth K. Vogt (May 5, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-2733-5). The third book in the Thatcher Sisters series provides a conclusion to the travails and successes of Payton, Jillian, and Johanna as they reunite as a family.
If I Were You by Lynn Austin (June 2, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-3729-7). Christy Award–winner Austin tells the story of two women from different social classes surviving WWII in London who grow close after they both become ambulance drivers.
Englisch Daughter by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall (Apr. 21, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7352-9102-7). A marriage is tested in this Old Order Amish novel featuring a dedicated wife who realizes her husband has squandered their savings and has been hiding a child with another woman.
Isaiah’s Legacy: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by Mesu Andrews (Feb. 18, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7352-9188-1) centers on the rise of Judah’s most notorious king, Isaiah; his relationship to the god Yahweh; and the woman who guides him.
Loving Jenna by Amy Lillard (Feb. 25, $7.99 mass market, ISBN 978-1-4201-4956-2). In a new series set in the Oklahoma Amish community of Wells Landing, three generations of women challenge themselves and each other to make a fresh start.
Promise at Pebble Creek by Lisa Jones Baker (Apr. 28, $7.99 mass market, ISBN 978-1-4201-4748-3). Amish Hannah Lapp dreams about a different life and secretly writes novels about the Englisch world. When Chicagoan Marcus Jackson visits her family’s store, Hannah’s world is changed by their friendship.
Long Bridge Home by Kelly Irvin (Feb. 11, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-310-35673-8). After Christine Mast’s Amish community is consumed by a wildfire, she moves to a new town where she’s introduced to the Native culture of the Kootenai people, causing her to question her life plan.
Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life by Susie Davis (Apr. 21, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-5018-9842-6). Davis presents a spiritual guide for women designed as biblically grounded reflections on memories both good and bad, including challenges such as writing a letter to one’s younger self.
Teachings for an Unbelieving World: Newly Discovered Reflections on Paul’s Sermon at the Areopagus by St. John Paul II (Mar. 20, $20, ISBN 978-1-59471-985-1) is a newly discovered work written by Archbishop Karol Wojtyla of Krakow just after Vatican II, before he became pope, concerning faith in a culture of skepticism and unbelief.
The Good Life by Derwin Gray (June 2, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5359-9571-9). Gray, a former NFL player and the lead pastor at Transformation Church in South Carolina, bases this book-length sermon about happiness on the teachings of Jesus in the Beatitudes.
Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say by Sheila Walsh (Feb. 4, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-8010-7802-6). Bible teacher Walsh asks women to experience the power of prayer through conversation with God by inspiring them to develop a lifestyle of prayer.
In Stone and Story: Early Christianity in the Roman World by Bruce W. Longenecker (Feb. 18, $32.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5409-6067-2). This full-color textbook introduces readers to the life and culture of the first-century towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which demonstrate how the early Christian movement spread.
Peace in the Storms of Life: Devotional Encouragement for Women by Julie Rayburn (Mar. 1, $12.99, ISBN 978-1-64352-321-7). Christian speaker Rayburn provides 125 devotional readings to challenge readers to investigate God’s words in order to find strength and peace during hard times.
Demystifying Shariah: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It’s Not Taking Over Our Country by Sumbul Ali-Karamali (May 12, $22.95, ISBN 978-0-8070-3800-0). Lawyer and Islamic law specialist Ali-Karamali explains sharia in an effort to dispel the notion it is a set of punitive rules or laws, arguing it is rather a collection of religious rules and recommendations that provide Muslims with guidance in various aspects of daily life.
Alive in God: A Christian Imagination by Timothy Radcliffe (Feb. 4, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4729-7020-6). Radcliffe, former master of the Dominican Order in Rome, considers the strength of the Christian imagination in its ability to inspire others.
Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin B. Curtice (May 5, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-58743-431-0). Curtice, drawing on her Native American heritage, shares her journey toward a better self-understanding, showing how her sense of nativeness both informs and challenges her Christian faith.
Acting on Faith: Stories of Courage, Activism, and Hope Across Religions, edited by Daine Faires Beadle and Jamie Lynn Haskins (Mar. 17, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8272-0089-0). In 30 first-person stories from eight different faith traditions, contributors share how faith has inspired courageous acts of justice and love.
Love Them Anyway by Choco De Jesús (June 2, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-62999-715-5). Pastor De Jesús speaks of his struggles on the gang-ridden streets of Chicago and calls Christians to confront their prejudices, remove fences, and get the gospel to the marginalized.
Reed of God by Caryll Houselander (Apr. 2, $13.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-87061-240-4). British Catholic writer and artist Houselander explores the humanity of Mary, Mother of God.
Citizen: Faithful Discipleship in a Partisan World by C. Andrew Doyle (Feb. 17, $22.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64065-201-9). Doyle, ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, explores how Christian principles of citizenship apply to the current hyperpolarized political environment.
Words of Life: Seeing the Ten Commandments Through the Eyes of Jesus by Adam Hamilton (June 9, $26, ISBN 978-1-5247-6054-0). Hamilton, senior pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, considers the Ten Commandments in their historical context, looking at the meaning of each commandment in Hebrew and unpacking how Jesus reinterpreted them.
Enough About Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self by Jen Oshman (Mar. 3, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4335-6599-1). Oshman, coplanter of Redemption Parker, an Acts29 church in Colorado, asks Christian women to look away from self-improvement in their search for life and joy, instead providing a path that leads back to Jesus.
The Lonely Letters by Ashon T. Crawley (Apr. 17, $24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4780-0824-8) is an epistolary critique of current society through a black, queer lens. Crawley meditates on the interrelation of black and queer life with the black church, theology, and mysticism.
Gideon’s Bible by Rick and Gideon Salutin, illus. by Dusan Petricˇic (May 5, $24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-77041-485-3). Novelist Rick Salutin, in a conversation with his son Gideon, explores the origins and lessons of the Hebrew Bible.
Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us About Freedom by Kelley Nikondeha (Mar. 24, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8028-6429-1). Nikondeha, codirector of the Communities of Hope community development enterprise in Burundi, considers the women of the Old Testament, including the mothers of Moses, Miriam, and Zipporah, and connects their struggle against the oppressive regime of the Pharaoh with injustices in modern times.
Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams (and Twenty Lessons I Learned Along the Way) by Yvonne Orji (May 5, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-250-24703-2). Orji interprets biblical metaphors to fit current times and provides 20 life lessons based in scripture on topics including saving money and opening up to humility.
Focus on the Family
No Such Thing as Can’t: A Triumphant Story of Faith and Perseverance by Lisa and Tyler Sexton (Mar. 3, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-58997-973-4). Tyler Sexton, a physician with cerebral palsy, shares his story of becoming a role model for others facing adversity, and discusses how his faith and training have led him to work with children.
Longing for an Absent God: Faith and Doubt in Great American Fiction by Nick Ripatrazone (Mar. 3, $27.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-5195-4). Ripatrazone, culture editor for Image Journal, explores the writings of devout American Catholic writers in the years before the Second Vatican Council, including Andre Dubus, Flannery O’Connor, and Walker Percy.
Church of Cowards: A Wake-Up Call to Complacent Christians by Matt Walsh (Feb. 25, $28.99, ISBN 978-1-62157-920-5). Daily Wire writer Walsh confronts fellow Christians in this book, which aims to shake readers into more closely following Jesus’s example.
And the Prophet Said: Kahlil Gibran’s Classic Text with Newly Discovered Writings, edited by Dalton Hilu Einhorn (Apr. 1, $14.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64297-016-6). Kahlil Gibran scholar Einhorn introduces the spiritualist’s classic The Prophet alongside 150 previously unpublished poems, aphorisms, and sayings.
Broken Faith: Inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, One of America’s Most Dangerous Cults by Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr (Feb. 18, $28.99, ISBN 978-1-335-14523-9). Investigative journalists Weiss and Mohr pull back the curtain on the Word of Faith Fellowship, a secretive evangelical cult whose charismatic leader, Jane Whaley, has been accused of harassment.
Coming Home to Yourself: A Meditator’s Guide to Blissful Living by Osho (Apr. 28, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-984826-81-7). Spiritual teacher Osho collects mindfulness exercises for relaxation and finding inner peace.
Madame Clairevoyant’s Guide to the Stars: Astrology, Our Icons, and Our Selves by Claire Comstock-Gay (Apr. 21, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-06-291333-3). New York magazine columnist Comstock-Gay explores how the 12 astrological signs are embodied by celebrities, including Aretha Franklin and Fred Rogers, to reveal what the sky has to teach about being human.
American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country by Jack Jenkins (Apr. 7, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-293598-4). Religion reporter Jenkins explores the foundations and evolution of progressive faith-based activism in the U.S.
Christianity: A Historical Atlas, edited by Alec Ryrie, maps by Malcolm Swanston (Apr. 14, $35, ISBN 978-0-674-24235-7). Historian Ryrie and cartographer Swanston depict the rise and spread of Christianity from its origins to the present day through more than 100 color maps.
In Unison: The Unfinished Story of Jeremy and Adrienne Camp by Jeremy and Adrienne Camp (Apr. 7, $20 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7369-8068-5). Grammy-nominated singer Camp and his wife, Adrienne, share biblically infused lessons from their years together.
Speak Your Peace: What the Bible Says about Loving Our Enemies by Ronald J. Sider (Feb., $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5138-0625-9). Sider, founder and president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action, presents a biblical case for nonviolence.
How to Meditate Like a Buddhist by Cynthia Kane (Apr. 21, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-950253-00-5). Meditation instructor Kane guides readers through aspects of meditation technique, including posture, breathing, and mind-set.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Crystal Zodiac: An Astrological Guide to Enhancing Your Life with Crystals by Katie Huang (Apr. 14, $20, ISBN 978-0-358-21304-8) breaks down the benefits of crystal healing and astrology, showing how the two can work together to prioritize mindfulness.
The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power by D.L. Mayfield (Apr. 4, $22, ISBN 978-0-8308-4598-9). In essays grouped around affluence, autonomy, safety, and power, activist Mayfield questions if the American dream lives up to Jesus’s command to love one’s neighbor.
Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says about the Environment and Why It Matters by Sandra L. Richter (Feb. 25, $22 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8308-4926-0). Biblical scholar Richter investigates scriptural passages to show how environmental theology can be found within the Bible and calls Christians to apply those lessons to today’s environmental concerns.
Jewish Publication Society
The Biblical Hero: Portraits in Nobility and Fallibility by Elliott Rabin (Mar. 1, $29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8276-1324-9). Rabin, editor of HaYidion, a publication for Jewish day schools, addresses core biblical questions, such as, “What does the Bible say about what it means to be a hero?” and “Why do people need heroes?”
Crossing the Lines We Draw: Faithful Responses to a Polarized America by Matthew Tennant (Mar. 2, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8170-1812-2). Primarily addressing ministers, pastor and scholar Tennant provides insights gleaned from scripture to inspire dialogue within congregations and in communities.
King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch by Miles Harvey (May 12, $29, ISBN 978-0-316-46359-1). Journalist Harvey tells the little-known story of James Strang, self-proclaimed diving king of heaven and Earth who, armed with a letter from Joseph Smith, convinced hundreds of Mormons to follow him to an island in Lake Michigan during the mid-19th century.
Stirring Waters: Feminist Liturgies for Justice by DiAnn L. Neu (Feb. 15, $39.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8146-6472-8) collects 52 liturgical essays from the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual that aim to help communities venerate women of faith, develop deeper connections to spirituality, and spur action for justice.
God Is Dead, Long Live the Gods: A Case for Polytheism by Gus diZerega (June 8, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7387-6272-2). Wiccan diZerega argues that polytheism comports with the revolutionary ideas found in quantum physics, biology, and ecology.
On Love by Pope Francis (Feb. 18, $12.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8294-4869-6) gathers passages from Pope Francis’s public addresses, homilies, and documents, centered on the virtue of love.
Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time by Krishna Dharma (Mar. 3, $34.99, ISBN 978-1-68383-920-0). Hindu priest Krishna Dharma introduces and translates the Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata for a modern audience.
Lead Me: Finding Courage to Fight for Your Marriage, Children, and Faith by Matt Hammitt (Feb. 11, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-525-65331-8). Hammitt, former singer of Christian music group Sanctus Real, speaks about the toll of touring on his family life, and how his faith has guided him.
Your Story Matters: Finding, Writing, and Living the Truth of Your Life by Leslie Leyland Fields (Apr. 7, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64158-219-3). Christian author Fields presents her spiritually focused writing techniques for processing one’s past in order to live a more fulfilling life in the present.
Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad by John Eldredge (Feb. 11, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4002-0866-1). Pastor Eldredge provides a blueprint for retaking control of one’s life, distilling wisdom about healing into a series of practices such as benevolent detachment, practicing kindness, and stepping back from technology.
New World Library
Seasons of Moon and Flame: The Wild Dreamer’s Epic Journey of Becoming by Danielle Dulsky (Mar. 10, $17.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-60868-642-1). Witchcraft practitioner Dulsky seeks to help readers return to the Earth as a respite from work and technology-driven lives, and shares information on a number of rituals and ceremonies.
Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism by Pamela Weiss (June 9, $17.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-62317-475-0). Mixing memoir and Buddhist practice, meditation teacher Weiss shares how feminine approaches to Buddhist thought and teachings can be applied to spiritual practice and relationships.
White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America by Khyati Y. Joshi (June 16, $28, ISBN 978-1-4798-4023-6). Joshi, professor of education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, explores how Christian privilege can disadvantage minorities in America.
Back Pocket God: Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults by Melinda Lundquist Denton and Richard Flory (Apr. 1, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-006478-5). A massive research project tracking the religious inclinations of young people over the course of a decade concludes with this third volume.
Plant Magic for the Beginner Witch: An Herbalist’s Guide to Heal, Protect and Manifest by Ally Sands (Mar. 17, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-64567-003-2). Herbalist Sands teaches readers how to practice self-love with herbs that can tap into love, healing, protection, and prosperity.
Henri Nouwen and ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’: The Making of a Spiritual Classic by Gabrielle Earnshaw (May 12, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64060-169-7). Earnshaw, founding archivist of the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives in Toronto, analyzes Nouwen’s most famous book, The Return of the Prodigal Son.
How to Connect by Thich Nhat Hanh (June 30, $9.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-946764-54-6). With the world experiencing what the author identifies as the deep effects of loneliness, environmental detachment, and digital overload, spiritual teacher Hanh reminds readers of the crucial need to connect to one’s ancestors and the Earth.
Voting and Faithfulness: Catholic Perspectives on Politics, edited by Nicholas P. Cafardi (Feb. 28, $39.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8091-5490-6). Fifteen essays explore a variety of topics, including faithful citizenship, how Catholics perceive and talk about war, and how bishops teach.
On Marriage by Timothy and Kathy Keller (Mar. 3, $10 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-14-313536-4). The Kellers, who have been married for 45 years and cofounded Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, consider the spiritual meaning of marriage.
Another Life Is Possible: Insights from 100 Years of Life Together by Clare Stober (June 16, $40, ISBN 978-0-87486-316-1). This photo essay, paired with 100 stories of Bruderhof community members, gives a rare glimpse into an Anabaptist community.
Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World by Tara Isabella Burton (Apr. 28, $28, ISBN 978-1-5417-6253-4). Burton, a columnist at Religion News Service, tours contemporary forms of American spirituality by looking at personal faiths that mix ritualistic, personal, and political practices.
The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross by John Meacham (Feb. 18, $22, ISBN 978-0-593-23666-6). Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Meacham explores the seven last sayings of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels, combining historical and theological insights to reflect on the heart of the Christian story.
Drinking with Your Patron Saints: A Sinner’s Guide to Who They Were and What to Drink in Their Honor by Michael P. Foley (Mar. 17, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-68451-047-4). Foley follows up Drinking with Saint Nick to provide cocktails and stories in honor of different patron saints, including Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Boniface, St. Florian, St. Jude, and St. Patrick.
Guiding the Next Great Generation: Rethinking How Teens Become Confident and Capable Adults by Jonathan Catherman (Mar. 17, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3657-6). Catherman looks to guide adult Christians on how to instruct 21st-century youth on becoming confident and capable adults.
Rowman & Littlefield
Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World by Roberta Rosenthal Kwall (Feb. 25, $30, ISBN 978-1-5381-2955-5). Kwall sets out a process of selection, rejection, and modification of rituals that allows for a focus on Jewish tradition rather than on the technicalities of Jewish law.
Once a Shooter: Redemption of a High School Gunman by T.J. Stevens (Apr. 14, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-68451-019-1). Stevens, who walked into a high school in Burke, Va., with a rifle in 1982, explores the epiphanic transformation that stopped him from carrying out his planned execution of nine hostages and then himself. Book royalties will be donated to a charity that hosts events for troubled teens.
Jews and Power by Ruth R. Wisse (Feb. 4, $16 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8052-1174-0). Wisse, a professor of comparative literature at Harvard, argues that Jewish political weakness has increased Jewish vulnerability to scapegoating and violence, and has led power-seeking nations to perpetually cast Jews as targets.
How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Life by Craig Hase and Devon Hase (Apr. 21, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-61180-798-1) offers Buddhist-inspired advice for staying grounded in a chaotic world, from a candid husband-and-wife team.
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: 50th Anniversary Edition by Shunryu Suzuki (June 2, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61180-841-4). This new edition of an American Zen classic covers Suzuki’s insights on meditation, such as posture and breathing in zazen, as well as his thoughts on the perception of nonduality.
Broth from the Cauldron: A Wisdom Journey Through Everyday Magic by Cerridwen Fallingstar (May 12, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63152-699-2). Wiccan Fallingstar collects “teaching stories” and chronicles her life story of being raised in a conservative household, then pursuing shamanic and wiccan practices in her adulthood.
Holy Guacamole: A Glorious Discovery of Your Undeniable Worth by Carrie Stephens (Feb. 1, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64352-299-9). Christian speaker Stephens shares stories of her messy journey of learning to accept herself as God made her.
Simon & Schuster
Buddhist on Death Row: How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place by David Sheff (May 5, $27, ISBN 978-1-982128-45-6). Journalist Sheff describes the transformation of Jarvis Jay Masters, who was convicted of the murder of a prison guard and has become a Buddhist practitioner while on death row.
Emanated Scripture of Manjushri: Shabkar’s Essential Meditation Instructions by Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol, trans. from Tibetan by Sean Price (May 12, $24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-55939-498-7) collects instructions for embarking along the Vajrayana path to enlightenment from Rangdrol (1781–1851), one of Tibet’s most famous wandering yogis.
Earth, Our Original Monastery: Cultivating Wonder and Gratitude through Intimacy with Nature by Christine Valters Paintner (Apr. 2, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-932057-20-1). Paintner, abbess for Abbey of the Arts, shares how an appreciation for the natural world can make one more aware of the presence of God.
Tara: The Liberating Power of the Female Buddha by Rachael Wooten (Apr. 28, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68364-388-3). Psychologist Wooten presents a guide for channeling the power of Tara, the female Buddhist deity of Tibet. Included are meditation instructions and Tibetan Buddhist teachings.
The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History by Andrew T. and Maureen H. Walther (Mar. 10, $34.95, ISBN 978-0-7570-0308-0) explores the 1882 founding of the Catholic organization in New Haven and how it has grown to nearly two million members across the world.
Wiccan Kitchen: A Guide to Magical Cooking & Recipes by Lisa Chamberlain (Apr. 7, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4549-3470-7) collects Wiccan recipes, menus, and ideas for incorporating magical practices into cooking.
Bewitching the Elements: A Guide to Empowering Yourself Through Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit by Gabriela Herstik (Apr. 14, $15 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-593-08621-6). Nylon columnist Herstik aims to empower readers by connecting to the five elements through meditation, breath work, tarot, crystals, rituals, and journaling.
Fight to Flourish: Engaging in the Struggle to Cultivate the Life You Were Born to Live by Jennie Lusko (May 5, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-3214-8). Lusko, coleader of Fresh Life Church in Montana, uses the backdrop of the 2012 death of her daughter to consider how God’s love can see one through pain and uncertainty.
American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God & Public Lands in the West by Betsy Gaines Quammen (Mar. 25, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-948814-14-0). Historian Quammen tells the story of the Bundy family, who are famed for their armed conflicts in the West dating back to the very first Mormons who fled the Midwest for the Great Basin.
In Pursuit of Godliness and a Living Judaism: The Life and Thought of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis by Edward Feinstein (Feb. 4, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68442-434-4) presents a comprehensive biography of Rabbi Harold Shulweis, an essential figure in postwar American Jewish life.
When Did We Start Forgetting God?: The Root of the Evangelical Crisis and Hope for the Future by Mark Galli (Apr. 7, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4143-7361-4). Galli, former editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, analyzes the state of evangelicalism and encourages readers to turn their attention away from the politics of the moment to instead consider what has changed in contemporary spirituality.
The Minister’s Wife: A Story for All of Us Trying to Live Faithfully in a Complicated World by Karen Stiller (May 5, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-4121-8). Stiller, senior editor of Faith Today, explores many classic Christian virtues through the prism of being a minister’s wife.
Univ. of Iowa
Confessions of a Gay Priest: A Memoir of Sex, Love, Abuse, and Scandal in the Catholic by Tom Rastrelli (Apr. 15, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-60938-709-9). Rastrelli, a survivor of clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse, explores the secretive inner workings of the seminary, providing an intimate and unapologetic look into the dynamics of celibacy and the cycle of abuse and cover-up.
Univ. of North Carolina
Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation’s Capital and Redeem a Christian America by Lauren R. Kerby (Apr. 13, $22 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4696-5877-3). Kerby, education specialist at Harvard Divinity School, tells of her trips on tour buses through Washington, D.C., alongside white evangelicals searching for evidence that America was founded as a Christian nation.
Univ. of Pennsylvania
Missionaries, Converts, and Rabbis: The Evangelical Alexander McCaul and Jewish-Christian Debate in the Nineteenth Century by David B. Ruderman (Apr. 10, $55, ISBN 978-0-8122-5214-9). Ruderman, professor of modern Jewish History at the University of Pennsylvania, details the life and work of evangelical missionary Alexander McCaul (1799–1863), who was sent to Warsaw by the London Society for the Promotion of Christianity Amongst the Jews.
Univ. of Texas
Ancient Roman Afterlife: Di Manes, Belief, and the Cult of the Dead by Charles King (Mar. 10, $55, ISBN 978-1-4773-2020-4). King, professor of history at the University of Nebraska–Omaha, details Roman beliefs about the power of the Manes (deified deceased members of one’s family) to sustain life and bring death, and explains the rituals the Romans performed.
Woman Named Moses: A Prophet for Our Time by Jean-Christophe Attias (Apr. 7, $26.95, ISBN 978-1-78873-639-8). Attias, a professor at the Sorbonne in Paris, follows the metamorphoses of Moses through ages and cultures and draws on rabbinical sources, as well as the Bible itself, to examine what he calls “a fragile prophet.”
All Things Reconsidered: How Rethinking What We Know Helps Us Know What We Believe by Knox McCoy (May 6, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7852-2092-3). Podcaster McCoy offers a blend of humor, Bible stories, pop culture references, and personal anecdotes to demonstrate how asking tough questions and reconsidering ideas can allow faith to grow.
Enter Wild: Exchange a Mild and Mundane Faith for Life with an Unpredictable God by Carlos Whittaker (June 16, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-525-65400-1). Speaker Whittaker shares his personal struggle with anxiety, and how the key to his freedom was rediscovering a more energetic faith.
21 Divisions: Mysteries and Magic of Dominican Voodoo by Hector Salva (May 1, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-57863-681-5). Dominican voodoo practitioner Salva explores the 21 Divisions tradition of Dominican shamanism, which purports to help one achieve success, resolve love issues, and heal illness.
Westminster John Knox
Part-Time Is Plenty: Thriving Without Full-Time Clergy by G. Jeffrey MacDonald (Apr. 7, $22 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-664-26599-1). Journalist and part-time pastor MacDonald considers how to run effective ministries with just half- or quarter-time professional ministers.
The Grand Delusion: What We Know But Don’t Believe by Steve Hagen (Jul. 28, $16.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61429-678-2). Using a mix of examples from physics, philosophy, religion, myth, neuroscience, and mathematics, Zen teacher Hagen uses a question-and-response style to analyze core human questions such as “What is consciousness?”
Dangerous Prayers: Because Following Jesus Was Never Meant to Be Safe by Craig Groeschel (Feb. 2, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-310-34312-7). Groeschel, senior pastor of Life.Church, helps readers to unlock their potential and tackle fears through prayer.