Fall 2022 Announcements: Religion & spirituality – Publishers Weekly

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Forthcoming titles explore the benefits of forgiveness, chronicle the lives of religious luminaries, opine on the political consequences of Christian conservatism, and dig into the theology of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Top 10
Beyond Welcome: Centering Immigrants in Our Christian Response to Immigration
Karen González. Brazos, Oct. 18 ($18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-58743-560-7)
González reflects on immigrating to the U.S. from Guatemala and offers guidance on how Christians can fight xenophobia and better serve immigrants in churches.
The Book of Revolutions: The Battles of Priests, Prophets, and Kings That Birthed the Torah
Edward Feld. Jewish Publication Society, Sept. 1 ($29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8276-1522-9)
Rabbi Feld explores the impact of three biblical-era revolutions on the development of legal codes in the Torah and their significance to contemporary Judaism.
By Way of the Moonlight
Elizabeth Musser. Bethany House, Aug. 2 ($16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3880-2)
A surprise in the will of Allie Massey’s grandmother sends Allie on a quest for answers that points to a tragic night during WWII.
Catholicism: A Global History from the French Revolution to Pope Francis
John T. McGreevy. Norton, Sept. 6 ($35, ISBN 978-1-324-00388-5)
Historian McGreevy chronicles the halting efforts of reform within the Catholic church over the last 250 years.
Grace Can Lead Us Home: A Christian Call to End Homelessness
Kevin Nye. Herald, Aug. 9 ($18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5138-1051-5)
Minister Nye digs into the reasons behind the housing crisis and outlines a Christian approach to ending it.
How We Live Is How We Die
Pema Chödrön. Shambhala, Oct. 4 ($24.95, ISBN 978-1-61180-924-4)
Buddhist nun Chödrön considers how Tibetan teachings on life and death can inform one’s day-to-day decisions. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
In the Margins: A Transgender Man’s Journey with Scripture
Shannon T.L. Kearns. Eerdmans, Aug. 9 ($19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8028-7948-6)
Priest Kearns muses on how his perspective as a trans man opens novel ways of interpreting the Bible.
Sacred Nature: Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World
Karen Armstrong. Knopf, Sept. 6 ($28, ISBN 978-0-593-31943-7)
Religion historian Armstrong looks at how religious traditions across history have found the divine in the natural world. 50,000-copy announced first printing.
To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II
George Weigel. Basic, Oct. 4 ($30, ISBN 978-0-465-09431-8)
Weigel, a distinguished senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, examines the importance and legacy of the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s.
Wild Ride: A Memoir of I.V. Drips and Rocket Ships
Hayley Arceneaux. Convergent, Sept. 6 ($26, ISBN 978-0-593-44384-2)
Arceneaux details how her faith supported her as she overcame bone cancer and became the youngest American to go to space.

Religion & spirituality listing
BARBOUR
Beneath His Silence by Hannah Linder (Nov. 11, $15.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63609-436-6). Ella Pemberton goes undercover to reveal the truth about the lord who killed her sister in this Regency romance.
Bethany House
The Premonition at Withers Farm by Jaime Jo Wright (Oct. 11, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-3833-8). A backwoods healer makes an unlikely alliance with the local doctor after she’s targeted by a murderer.
Griffin
Christmas at the Ranch by Anita Hughes (Sept. 27, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-250-81858-4). Spy novel author Samantha Morgan falls for a man she later discovers to be her publisher’s son while visiting Jackson Hole, Wyo.
KENSINGTON
Happily Ever Amish by Shelley Shepard Gray (Oct. 25, $26, ISBN 978-1-4967-3982-7). This series launch set
in the Apple Creek Amish community follows shy Addie Byler as she develops a courtship through letters with a secret admirer.
Kregel
Venus Sings the Blues by Buck Storm (Sept. 13, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4687-0). Fifteen-year-old Bones feels stuck in his job at the Venus Motel until a charismatic biker checks in, shaking things up with his otherworldly presence and magical box capable of making anything disappear.
Thomas Nelson
Authentically, Izzy by Pepper Basham (Nov. 15, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8407-1498-5). Bookworm Izzy Edgewood struggles to find a partner until her cousin creates an online dating profile for her without her knowledge, kick-starting a long-distance romance.
Within These Gilded Halls: A Regency Romance by Abigail Wilson (Oct. 4, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7852-5330-3). Phoebe Radcliff apprentices for esteemed painter Miss Drake and helps her renovate a storied ballroom until Miss Drake’s murder leads Phoebe on an unexpected hunt for a fabled treasure.
Revell
Beneath the Bending Skies by Jane Kirkpatrick (Sept. 6, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3612-5). When Mollie Sheehan meets Peter Ronan, she thinks she’s found the love of her life, but she must overcome her father’s wishes and move across the country if she wants to be with him.
Tyndale
Come Down Somewhere by Jennifer L. Wright (Sept. 6, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-7167-3). In this WWII-era historical, the U.S. government takes Olive Alexander’s family’s New Mexico ranch and establishes an Army base there. Olive forms a fraught friendship with the daughter of an Army sergeant while struggling to make sense of the worrying rumors about the base’s purpose.
Yesterday’s Gone by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall (Sept. 6, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-4964-7256-4). Eliza Bontrager ignores the warnings of her Amish community that she’ll be unable to have children if she marries into the Ebersol family. After the death of her third child, she regrets marrying and decides to see if her great-aunt’s quilt can grant wishes like she claimed.
WaterBrook
Still My Forever by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Sept. 6, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-593-19436-2). Gilbert Baty returns to Kansas after failing to launch a career as a composer in New York City, but when his new music project takes off, he’ll have to decide if it’s worth leaving behind the woman he loves.
Worthy
Dead Sea Conspiracy by Jerry B. Jenkins (Sept. 27, $25, ISBN 978-1-5460-1422-5). After an archaeologist makes a game-changing discovery, she must combat a nefarious enemy to bring her findings to light in the second entry in Jenkins’s Dead Sea Chronicles series.
Zebra
The Amish Matchmaker by Amy Lillard (Sept. 27, $8.99 mass market, ISBN 978-1-4201-5176-3). Astrid Kauffman, an Amish romance novelist, offers to help Imogene, a widowed mother, find a new husband, but problems arise after Astrid falls in love with the suitor she found for Imogene.
Nonfiction
Amber
Buddhist Myths: Cosmology, Tales and Legends by Amber Books (Nov. 15, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-83886-226-8) chronicles the history and lore of the Buddhist tradition, including legends around the Buddha and later spiritual teachers.
APOLLO
Why Not? Lessons on Comedy, Courage, and Chutzpah by Mark Schiff (Nov. 1, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-954641-16-7). Comedian Schiff proffers life lessons drawn from his years in the entertainment industry, including his friendship with Jerry Seinfeld, who pens the foreword.
Ave Maria
The Church and the Age of Enlightenment (1648–1848): Faith, Science, and the Challenge of Secularism by Dominic A. Aquila (Nov. 25, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64680-031-5) details Catholic contributions to scientific and mathematical advancements during the Enlightenment.
Balance
Untangled: Walking the Eightfold Path to Clarity, Courage, and Compassion by Koshin Paley Ellison (Nov. 8, $28, ISBN 978-1-5387-0830-9). Zen teacher Paley shares lessons on how readers can follow Buddhism’s core teachings to achieve greater happiness, connection, and fulfillment. 45,000-copy announced first printing.
BALLANTINE
You’ve Been Chosen: Thriving Through the Unexpected by Cynt Marshall (Sept. 13, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-593-35941-9). Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, recounts her trajectory from growing up with an abusive father to achieving success as an executive at AT&T to her struggles following a stage 3 colon cancer diagnosis.
BETHANY HOUSE
See the Good: Finding Grace, Gratitude, and Optimism in Every Day by Zach Windahl (Nov. 15, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7642-4100-0) makes the case that Christians should focus on the positive aspects of life.
BRAZOS
Celebrities for Jesus: How Personas, Platforms, and Profits Are Hurting the Church by Katelyn Beaty (Aug. 16, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-58743-518-8). Journalist Beaty compiles case studies of disgraced celebrity pastors to argue that celebrity worship has taken over the evangelical church.
Broadleaf
A Brown Girl’s Epiphany: Reclaim Your Intuition and Step into Your Power by Aurelia Dávila Pratt (Sept. 13, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-8060-2) offers advice on fighting oppression and finding one’s inner strength through the power of God.
The First Advent in Palestine: Reversals, Resistance, and the Ongoing Complexity of Hope by Kelley Nikondeha (Oct. 4, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-7479-3) examines the gospels of Luke and Matthew and proffers historical contextualization for Jesus’s birth in Palestine.
Cambridge Univ.
Does Scripture Speak for Itself? The Museum of the Bible and the Politics of Interpretation by Jill Hicks-Keeton and Cavan Concannon (Oct. 6, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-108-49331-4) probes the intersection of scripture and politics by arguing that the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., promotes white evangelicalism.
Mary Magdalene: A Cultural Biography by Philip C. Almond (Jan. 31, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-009-22169-6) dives into the literature around the saint to examine how her legacy has morphed throughout history.
CHALICE
Are You Still Watching? Using Pop Culture to Tune In, Find God, and Get Renewed for Another Season by Stephanie Kendell and Arthur Stewart (Oct. 25, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8272-0106-4) aims to reveal how TV shows, movies, and other pop culture can be read as parables and deepen one’s faith.
CHOSEN
Hope for Ukraine: Stories of Grit and Grace from the Frontlines of War by Kyle Duncan and Esther Fedorkevich (Nov. 8, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-6323-7) shares optimistic stories from the war in Ukraine and considers what role the Christian church and faith should play in the conflict.
Columbia Univ.
The Dalai Lama’s Special Envoy: Memoirs of a Lifetime in Pursuit of a Reunited Tibet by Lodi G. Gyari (Nov. 15, $40, ISBN 978-0-231-20648-8). Gyari, the Dalai Lama’s special envoy, pulls back the curtain on his years of service and provides a firsthand account of representing Tibet in diplomatic talks with China.
Ethics in Action for Sustainable Development, edited by Jeffrey D. Sachs et al. (Aug. 30, $40 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-231-20287-9), surveys theological considerations around fulfilling the United Nations’ 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
Compassion
Uncommon Influence: Saying Yes to a Purposeful Life by Tony and Lauren Dungy (Aug. 9, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4964-5889-6). The former NFL coach and his wife recount raising adopted and foster children, and muse about what it means to live out one’s Christian ideals.
Crossway
Confronting Jesus: 9 Encounters with the Hero of the Gospels by Rebecca McLaughlin (Sept. 20, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4335-8113-7). The companion to McLaughlin’s Confronting Christianity suggests that the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John constitute legitimate historical documents.
Eerdmans
Care: How People of Faith Can Respond to Our Broken Health System by G. Scott Morris (Oct. 27, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8028-8237-0) outlines how faith-based organizing can meet the needs of people underserved or shut out of the U.S. healthcare system.
Race and Rhyme: Rereading the New Testament by Love Lazarus Sechrest (Aug. 23, $39.99, ISBN 978-0-8028-6713-1) examines what the New Testament’s teachings on ethnic conflict and systems of oppression mean for contemporary anti-racist activists.
FAIR WINDS
The Untamed Witch: Reclaim Your Instincts. Rewild Your Craft. Create Your Most Powerful Magick. by Lidia Pradas
(Oct. 4, $24.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7603-7663-8) outlines how to customize one’s witchcraft practice and get creative with its applications.
FORWARD MOVEMENT
The Unjust Steward: Wealth, Poverty, and the Church Today by Miguel Escobar (Sept. 15, $25 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-880-28511-7) advocates for Christians to reconsider how they view wealth inequality and to renew their commitment to Jesus’s teachings about valuing the poor and downtrodden.
Harvard Univ.
Stealing My Religion: Not Just Any Cultural Appropriation by Liz Bucar (Sept. 13, $27.95, ISBN 978-0-674-98703-6) contemplates the ethics of the appropriation of religious symbols and activities, including the secularization of yoga and the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes.
Herald
Expecting Emmanuel: Eight Women Who Prepared the Way by Joanna Harader (Sept. 6, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5138-1055-3) examines the lives of Jesus’s female ancestors Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary, as well as three other women who played significant roles in his early life.
HODDER FAITH
The Power of Ideas: Words of Faith and Wisdom by Jonathan Sacks (Oct. 4, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-3998-0001-3). This collects the radio broadcasts and articles of the late Sacks, an Orthodox rabbi in the U.K. from 1991 to 2013.
INTERLINK
The Dalai Lama: Leadership and the Power of Compassion by Ginger Chih (Sept. 13, $35, ISBN 978-1-62371-814-5) uses the Dalai Lama’s biography as a lens through which to explore the Tibetan diaspora in India and Nepal; accompanied by the author’s photos.
IVP
Learning Our Names: Asian American Christians on Identity, Relationships, and Vocation by Sabrina Chan et al. (Aug. 30, $20 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8308-4774-7) probes into how migration, faith, and race interact in the experiences of Asian American Christians.
Wandering Toward God: Finding Faith Amid Doubts and Big Questions by Travis Dickinson (Oct. 18, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8308-4717-4). Professor Dickinson suggests that doubt can lead to a stronger, more sincere faith by confronting difficult questions.
IVP Academic
The Wonders of Creation: Learning Stewardship from Narnia and Middle-Earth by Kristen Page (Nov. 29, $22 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5140-0435-7) distills lessons on stewardship from the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
IVP Formation
Hold That Thought: Sorting Through the Voices in Our Heads by Gem Fadling (Sept. 20, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8308-3169-2) provides guidance for quieting negative self-talk and focusing on the voice of God.
Jewish Publication Society
The Messiah Confrontation: Pharisees Versus Sadducees and the Death of Jesus by Israel Knohl, trans. by David Maisel (Nov. 1, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-8276-1553-3) argues that the trial of Jesus represented the culmination of a schism in Judaism over differing conceptions of messianism.
JUDSON
Sympathy, Solidarity, and Silence: Three European Baptist Responses to the Holocaust by Lee Spitzer (Oct. 31, $29.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8170-1835-1) details how theology led Baptists in France, Germany, and the U.K. to adopt divergent reactions to the horrors of Nazi Europe.
Kregel
40 Questions about Women in Ministry by Kelley Mathews and Sue Edwards (Oct. 25, $23.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4725-9) uses a question-and-answer format to grapple with the roles women play in Christian institutions.
LAKE DRIVE
Intersexion: A Story of Faith, Identity, and Authenticity by Cynthia Vacca Davis (Aug. 2, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-957687-06-3) tells the story of an intersex young man whose gender identity alienates him from his conservative evangelical family and community.
LEXHAM
Tolkien Dogmatics: Theology Through Mythology in Middle Earth by Austin M. Freeman (Nov. 1, $23.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68359-667-7) analyzes what the fiction of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien reveals about his theology.
LITTLE, BROWN SPARK
The Book of Seances: A Guide to Divination and Speaking to Spirits by Claire Goodchild (Oct. 18, $27,
ISBN 978-0-316-35334-2) dishes on supernatural encounters and how to safely commune with the dead.
Ritual: How Seemingly Senseless Acts Make Life Worth Living by Dimitris Xygalatas (Sept. 13, $30,
ISBN 978-0-316-46240-2) digs into the enduring appeal of ceremonies, using science to explain what birthday parties have in common with coronations and silent prayer.
LITURGICAL
Teresa of Calcutta: Dark Night, Active Love by Jon M. Sweeney (Sept. 15, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8146-6615-9) recounts the deeds that led to Mother Teresa’s canonization and looks at how she differs from previous saints.
LORENZ
An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Judaism: A History of the Jewish People, Their Religion and Philosophy, Traditions and Practices by Lawrence Joffe and Dan Cohn-Sherbok (Sept. 30, $50.95, ISBN 978-0-7548-3544-8) chronicles the history of Judaism from ancient times through to the modern era.
MALCOLM DOWN
Shame and the Gospel: Transforming Our View of the Good News and Our Christian Communities by Trevor Withers (Aug. 1, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-912863-89-1) contemplates the role of shame in Christianity and what lessons the symbol of the cross has for modern Christians.
Melville House
Transcendent: Art and Dharma in a Time of Collapse by Curtis White (Jan. 3, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61219-994-8) criticizes the Western strains of Buddhism that lean toward the corporate and scientific realms and argues that the faith movement should retain its focus on the intangible and transcendent.
MESSENGER
Disciples of Courage: Ten Christian Lives that Inspire by Brendan Comerford (Sept. 19, $25.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-78812-567-3) looks at how 10 Christians from the last hundred years embodied their faith, including Dorothy Day, Óscar Romero, and Edith Stein.
Moody
Earth Filled with Heaven: Finding Life in Liturgy, Sacraments, and Other Ancient Practices of the Church by Aaron Damiani (Aug. 2, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8024-2536-2). Damiani, and evangelical Christian, explains and defends such sacraments as the church calendar, the Eucharist, and baptism to Protestant nonliturgists.
Reading the Bible, Missing the Gospel: Recovering from (Shockingly Common) Ways We Get the Bible Wrong in Our Everyday Lives by Ben Connelly (Sept. 6, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8024-2849-3) unpacks prevalent misreadings of the Bible and explores what the story of Jesus’s life has to teach Christians about day-to-day life.
MOREHOUSE
Hearts Ablaze: Parables for the Queer Soul by Rolf Nolasco Jr. (Oct. 18, $15.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64065-365-8) offers a queer-positive analysis of 10 parables that highlight Jesus’s commitment to welcoming all followers.
Multnomah
Stumbling Toward Eternity: Losing and Finding Ourselves in the Cross of Jesus by Josh White (Jan. 31, $17 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-593-19393-8). Musician White considers what the symbol of the cross can teach contemporary Christians about leading a fulfilling life.
NavPress
Restore My Soul: Reimagining Self-Care for a Sustainable Life by Janice McWilliams (Nov. 8, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64158-461-6). Therapist McWilliams proffers daily self-care rituals gleaned from Jesus’s life and wisdom.
Thomas Nelson
Godly Dating 101: Discovering the Truth about Relationships in a World That Constantly Lies by Tovares and Safa Grey (Sept. 13, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-7852-9301-9) dispenses advice for how Christians can stay true to their faith while navigating the dating world.
The God of the Way: A Journey Into the Stories, People, and Faith That Changed the World Forever by Kathie Lee Gifford and Jason Sobel (Aug. 30, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-9043-8). TV personality Gifford and rabbi Sobel explore the lives of key biblical figures in their follow-up to The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi.
Oxford Univ.
Our Hearts Are Restless: The Art of Spiritual Memoir by Richard Lischer (Dec. 1, $34.95, ISBN 978-0-19-764904-6) surveys the craft and aesthetics of spiritual autobiographies from Augustine to Anne Lamott.
Pen & Sword
The Death of Christ: The Bible and Popular Culture vs. Archaeological and Historical Evidence by Steven Rutledge (Oct. 30, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-399-08877-0) situates Jesus’s life within the historical and political context of the Roman Empire.
Penn State Univ.
The Kabbalistic Tree by J.H. Chajes (Oct. 28, $99.95, ISBN 978-0-271-09345-1) presents an illustrated exploration of ilanot, or the parchment sheets used by ancient Jewish practitioners to visualize the divine with treelike drawings.
Princeton Univ.
Christianity’s American Fate: How Religion Became More Conservative and Society More Secular by David A. Hollinger (Oct. 11, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-691-23388-8). History professor Hollinger chronicles the surging popularity of conservative evangelicalism since the 1960s.
Prometheus
Navigating Grief and Loss: 25 Buddhist Practices to Keep Your Heart Open to Yourself and Others by Kimberly Brown (Nov. 1, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63388-819-7) pairs reflections on different forms of grief with Buddhism-inspired meditations for navigating sorrow.
The Phantom God: What Neuroscience Reveals about the Compulsion to Believe by John C. Wathey (Oct. 15, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-63388-806-7). Computational biologist Wathey explores the behavioral and evolutionary mechanisms that give rise to perceptions of and belief in the divine.
Rowman & Littlefield
The Seven Deadly Sins of White Christian Nationalism: A Call to Action by Carter Heyward (Sept. 15, $34, ISBN 978-1-5381-6789-2) critiques the white supremacy, misogyny, and violence that the author argues is ascendant among the nationalist wing of conservative Christianity.
SALEM
Fit God’s Way: Your Bible-Based Guide to Food, Fitness, and Wholeness by Kim Dolan Leto (Jan. 17, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68451-264-5) lays out scripturally influenced tips and strategies aimed at helping Christian women get fit and gain confidence.
Shambhala
Jhana Consciousness: Buddhist Meditation in the Age of Neuroscience by Paul Dennison (Sept. 27, $24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64547-080-9) looks at the Buddhist jhana meditation from a scientific perspective and argues that the practice is ripe for a revival.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
To Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa by Jim Towey (Sept. 6, $27, ISBN 978-1-9821-9562-5). Towey, a former adviser to Teresa of Calcutta, shares an insider account of her life and his work with her.
Snow Lion
Red Tara: The Female Buddha of Power and Magnetism by Rachael Stevens (Aug. 16, $29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61180-969-5) digs into the red form of the Buddhist goddess Tara, including her history and association with the powers of magnetization and subjugation.
Sounds True
Roar Like a Goddess: Every Woman’s Guide to Becoming Unapologetically Powerful, Prosperous, and Peaceful by Acharya Shunya (Sept. 6, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68364-882-6) outlines how women can find empowerment by following the examples set by Hindu goddesses. 35,000-copy announced first printing.
Tyndale Momentum
Confessions of a Crappy Christian: Real-Life Talk About All the Things Christians Aren’t Sure We’re Supposed to Say—and Why They Matter to God by Blake Guichet
(Oct. 11, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4964-5704-2) offers guidance to Christians who feel unsure about how to fulfill God’s vision for them.
Univ. of California
Cult of the Dead: A Brief History of Christianity by Kyle Smith (Nov. 8, $34.95, ISBN 978-0-520-34516-4) analyzes the centrality of martyrs to Christian tradition and belief, including the roles of relics and shrines.
In Praise of Polytheism by Maurizio Bettini, translated by Douglas Grant Heise (Jan. 31, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-520-34224-8). Classicist Bettini argues that polytheistic religions bear important lessons for modern monotheists about inclusivity, pluralism, and diversity.
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA
The End of Public Execution: Race, Religion, and Punishment in the American South by Michael Ayers Trotti (Dec. 6, $32.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4696-7041-6) studies the religious undercurrents of the lynchings of Black Americans.
Global Faith, Worldly Power: Evangelical Internationalism and U.S. Empire, edited by John Corrigan, Melani McAlister, and Axel R. Schäfer (Oct. 18, $29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4696-7059-1), lays out how missionary objectives overlapped with the expansion of American imperialism from the 19th century to today.
Univ. of Notre Dame
Agrarian Spirit: Cultivating Faith, Community, and the Land by Norman Wirzba (Aug. 1, $29, ISBN 978-0-268-20309-2) transforms agrarianism into a spiritual and political program focused on harmony with one’s environment and dedication to ensuring that others thrive.
Univ. of Pennsylvania
Ceremonial Splendor: Performing Priesthood in Early Modern France by Joy Palacios (Aug. 30, $54.95, ISBN 978-1-5128-2278-6) offers a sociological perspective on how seminaries in 17th- and 18th-century France instilled norms and expectations in aspiring clergy.
Viking
Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I? by Timothy Keller (Nov. 1, $27, ISBN 978-0-525-56074-6). Pastor Keller opines on the philosophical merit of practicing forgiveness and tells how readers can go about doing so in an ethical manner.
WaterBrook
Color-Courageous Discipleship: Follow Jesus, Dismantle Racism, and Build Beloved Community by Michelle T. Sanchez (Nov. 1, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-593-19384-6) outlines how to nurture one’s connection with God while fighting racism.
WATKINS
Holy Waters: Searching for the Sacred in a Glass by Tom Morton (Nov. 8, $18.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-78678-656-2) looks at how alcohol has been integrated into religious traditions throughout history.
Westminster John Knox
What Kind of Christianity: A History of Slavery and Anti-Black Racism in the Presbyterian Church by William Yoo (Aug. 30, $30 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-664-26467-3) lays out the Presbyterian Church’s complicity in slavery and details how modern Presbyterians can promote anti-racism.
Worship in the Early Church by Justo L. González and Catherine Gunsalus González (Sept. 13, $35 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-664-26782-7) studies how Christian liturgies and practices calcified from the first through fifth centuries.
WISDOM
Realizing the Profound View by the Dalai Lama, with Thubten Chodron (Dec. 20, $39.95, ISBN 978-1-61429-840-3) The eighth volume of the Library of Wisdom and Compassion series continues the previous entry’s examination of emptiness.
Worthy
A Gift of Joy and Hope by Pope Francis (Sept. 27, $27, ISBN 978-1-5460-0369-4) collects the Pope’s thoughts on how to maintain a steadfast faith and a sense of hope during difficult times.
Yale Univ.
Forgiveness: An Alternative Account by Matthew Ichihashi Potts (Nov. 22, $30, ISBN 978-0-300-25985-8) analyzes the role and purposes of forgiveness in literature and scripture and attempts to outline an understanding of forgiveness as the decision to refrain from violent revenge.
Zondervan
Your Purpose Is Calling: Your Difference Is Your Destiny by Dharius Daniels (Sept. 20, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-310-36479-5) offers Christian guidance on getting in touch with oneself and fulfilling God’s purpose for one’s life.
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