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2018 Catalog

New & Noteworthy.............1–5, inside back cover

Biography & Memoir ................................... 30–33

Racial Equality ................................................. 6–9

Spiritual Growth........................................... 34–39

Social Justice ............................................... 10–12

Prayer & Devotion ....................................... 40–41

Church & Culture ......................................... 13–21

Grief & Loss ................................................. 42–44

Women & Faith............................................ 22–24

Leadership ................................................... 45–46

Christian Living ............................................ 25–29

Theology ..................................................... 47–48

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New & Noteworthy Support the work God does through women every day

new WE PRAY WITH HER: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead Emily Peck-McClain, Danyelle Trexler, Jen Tyler, J. Paige Boyer, and Shannon Sullivan, editors

As female leaders, our journeys are littered with obstacles and pitfalls unique to our gender. But we do not need to walk through life alone; we need to support and encourage our fellow women as we forge ahead in our work to leave a positive mark on the world. We Pray with Her is a collection of 100 inspiring devotionals written by the women who formed the grassroots movement of the same name. Whether you’re a woman leader or an aspiring leader looking for personal inspiration, in a supportive role to a leader, or a woman who wants to support her sisters in Christ, you’ll find a home within these pages. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. 9781501869709. $16.99; $11.49

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Contributors include nearly 100 clergy women (elders and deacons) under the age of 40. These women serve all over the country in a variety of ministerial roles in the local church, chaplaincy, academia, and more. They invite you to join them in supporting women who lead in all walks of life – with your prayers, through mentoring, and through daily acts of solidarity with the women in your life and community.

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New & Noteworthy Is the Bible relevant to modern people of faith?

Rachel Held Evans new INSPIRED: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving

the Bible Again Rachel Held Evans

If the Bible isn’t a science book, instruction manual, or position paper, then what is it? New York Times best-selling author Rachel Held Evans invites readers on a journey of rediscovery as she explores the magic of the Bible, engaging the old, familiar stories in new ways that honor the past and enlighten the present. Drawing upon recent scholarship and literary analysis, Evans creatively retells our favorite Bible stories, explaining their contexts and possible interpretations, and then connects these ancient stories to our presentday ones. Using her well-honed literary instincts and experience in both evangelical and mainline Protestant traditions, Evans discovers a way of understanding that avoids noncommittal liberalism on one hand and strident literalism on the other. Readers are invited to fall in love with Scripture all over again without checking their intellect—or their imaginations—at the door. HarperCollins. Coming in June. 9780718022310. $16.99; $10.99

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Faith Unraveled. 9780310339168. $15.99; $10.49 Searching for Sunday. 9780718022129. $16.99; $9.49 A Year of Biblical Womanhood. 9781595553676. Hardcover. $16.99; $9.79

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about the author Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author. Hailing from Dayton, Tennessee—home of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925— she writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Rachel has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Christianity Today, Slate, The Huffington Post, The CNN Belief Blog, and on NPR, The BBC, The Today Show, and The View. She served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and keeps a busy schedule speaking at churches, conferences, and colleges and universities around the country.

God is still breathing. The Bible is both inspired and inspiring. Our job is to ready the sails and gather the embers, to discuss and debate, and like the biblical character Jacob, to wrestle with the mystery until God gives us a blessing.

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New & Noteworthy Are we in danger of experiencing another Holocaust?

Evan Moffic new FIRST THE JEWS: Combatting the World’s Longest-Running Hate Campaign Evan Moffic

Why have Jews been the object of universal hatred throughout history? Why has there been a rise in reports of defaced synagogues and death threats against Jewish community centers in our lifetime? Is there a difference between anti-Semitism in the past versus what we see in today’s culture? What can we do about it? First the Jews offers new insights and unparalleled perspectives on some of the most recent, pressing developments since 9/11. Author Rabbi Evan Moffic helps us recognize anti-Semitism, shares insights from a Jewish perspective, and outlines the role Christians can play in encouraging positive change in interfaith relations. Abingdon Press. Coming in January. 9781501870835. $18.99; $12.79

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Shalom for the Heart. 9781501827372. $9.99; $6.79 What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Jewishness of Jesus. 9781426791581. $16.99; $11.49 What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover. 9781426791567. $16.99; $11.49

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Anti-Semitism is not just a Jewish problem. It affects all of us. And it threatens not only physical safety and security. Anti-Semitism is a litmus test of the social fabric.

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about the author Rabbi Evan Moffic is a guide to Jewish wisdom for people of all faiths. A graduate of Stanford University, he is the spiritual leader of Congregation Solel on the North Shore of Chicago. He has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Forward, and Christianity Today, and appears regularly as a religious commentator on Fox News and CNN. He is an active blogger/vlogger who has contributed to Beliefnet.com, MichaelHyatt.com, and and Huffingtonpost.com. You can learn more and see dozens of videos unpacking biblical texts and Jewish insight at www.rabbi.me.

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New & Noteworthy Engaging in the shared spiritual practice of gratitude

Diana Butler Bass new

GRATEFUL: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

Diana Butler Bass

The award-winning author and leading trend spotter in contemporary Christianity explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls. There is a gap, Bass argues, between our desire to be grateful and our ability to behave gratefully—a divide that influences our understanding of morality, worship, and institutional religion itself. Gratitude is partially an individual, emotional response, but what we often miss is how much more it is a communal, actionable response. Bass examines this communal experience and reveals how people and communities can practice it and thrive. She encourages readers to make gratitude a “difficult and much-needed spiritual practice for our personal lives and to make a better world,” whether or not they are part of a traditional religious community. HarperCollins. 9780062659477. Hardcover. $26.99; $18.49

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Strength for the Journey, Second Edition. 9780898692525. $22.95; $16.79 Grounded: Finding God in the World. 9780062328564. $14.99; $9.49 Christianity After Religion. 9780062003744. $15.99; $8.99

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More and more people are finding God beyond the walls of traditional religious institutions, but these seekers often miss the church community itself, including its shared spiritual practices such as gratitude. While four out of five Americans have told pollsters they feel gratitude in their daily lives, cultural commentator and religion expert Diana Butler Bass finds that claim to be at odds with the discontent that permeates modern society.

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of eight books on American religion. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University, has taught at the college and graduate level, and is currently an independent scholar. She was a columnist for the New York Times Syndicate, and blogs for the Huffington Post and the Washington Post on issues of religion, spirituality, and culture. Bass is a popular speaker at conferences, colleges and universities, and churches across North America.

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New & Noteworthy Explore how Jesus coninues to shape ethics and civilization

Amy-Jill Levine

new JESUS FOR ATHEISTS: Why He Still Matters in Our Secular World Amy-Jill Levine

The renowned biblical scholar, Vanderbilt University Divinity School Professor, and author argues that Jesus’s historic and cultural influence make him fascinating, provocative, and relevant for everyone, not only faithful Christians but nonbelievers as well. Two thousand years after his birth and death, Jesus of Nazareth continues to be of vital interest. Yet much of the scholarship around Jesus focuses on his religious significance. Jesus for Atheists examines his most famous teachings from a fresh perspective, exploring how they have continued to shape ethics and civilization in the West for two millennia. Placing Jesus of Nazareth within his historical context, Levine brings him vividly into focus and invites agnostics and the most committed nonbelievers to appreciate his lasting impact on the modern world. HarperCollins. 9780062216724. $26.99; $16.99

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Short Stories by Jesus. 9780061561030. Hardcover. $15.99; $10.49 The Misunderstood Jew. 9780061137785. $15.99; $10.99

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Even for those who reject faith, Jesus’ life and his philosophy are important to study, because of the insights they hold for us today. Poring through Scripture, analyzing what historical scholarship has revealed about Jesus’ views on a number of subjects—including women— reveals surprising messages sure to be fascinating for all readers.

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Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science; she is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK. Her numerous publications on Christian origins, Jewish/Christian relations, and the biblical views of gender and sexuality include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus, Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi; Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins and 2 Sons (a children’s book co-authored with Sandy Sasso), and the Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Z. Brettler).

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Racial Equality Helping children function well in a diverse nation

Jennifer Harvey RAISING WHITE KIDS: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America Jennifer Harvey

Like many in the white community, you may be under the impression that with today’s more racially diverse families, racial tension in our country has eased…that we are more tolerant, more accepting. Events over the past few years have shown us we are wrong. Our nation remains racially unjust and deeply segregated. How are we supposed to talk to children about these issues? Should we teach children to be “colorblind”? Or, should we teach them to notice race? How do we equip them to address racism when they encounter it? Raising White Kids helps parents, teachers, and churches enter into a dialogue about the impact of racism on our children and offers guidance for sharing our commitment to equity and justice. Abingdon Press. 9781501856426. Hardcover. $22.99; $15.49

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about the author Jennifer Harvey is a writer, speaker, and professor at Drake University. Her work focuses on racial justice and white antiracism. Dr. Harvey’s most recent books include Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America (Abingdon Press) and Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation (Wm. B. Eerdmans). Dr. Harvey also contributes to The New York Times and Huffington Post and is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (U.S.A.). She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

Required reading. This astounding book has a real shot of changing the conversation on race in America. If you’re white and have a kid (or have ever been a kid), please read this book. —Saira Rao, co-founder, In This Together Media

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Racial Equality Joining the conversation about racism

Carolyn B. Helsel ANXIOUS TO TALK ABOUT IT: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism Carolyn B. Helsel “Wait... We’re talking about what? I’m not so sure I want to do that.” When it comes to discussing racism, many white people are overwhelmed with anxiety, leading to a fight-or-flight response. In Anxious to Talk About It, pastor and professor Carolyn B. Helsel draws on her successful experiences with white congregations to offer us tools to embrace and explore these anxious feelings. Through the sharing of our stories, new insights on racial identity, and spiritual practices to help you engage racial justice concerns prayerfully, you’ll begin to overcome your anxiety and learn to join conversations with less fear, more compassion, and more knowledge of self, others, and the important issues at stake. Helsel’s words and guidance will inspire you to receive the gifts that come through these difficult conversations and point to how you can get further involved in the important work around race relations. While the book can be read alone, reading it with a group is strongly recommended to help deepen and broaden the discussion, integrate the material, and practice with others.

about the author Carolyn B. Helsel teaches preaching at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She holds a PhD from Emory University and MDiv and ThM degrees from Princeton Seminary.

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Unearthing & healing structural racism in the church

Jeannine Hill Fletcher THE SIN OF WHITE SUPREMACY: Christianity, Racism, and Religious Diversity in America Jeannine Hill Fletcher

How have Christian theologies of religious superiority underwritten ideologies of white supremacy in the United States? According to Hill Fletcher, the tendency of Christians to view themselves as the “chosen ones” has often been translated into racial categories as well. In other words, Christian supremacy has historically lent itself to white supremacy, with disastrous consequences. How might we start to disentangle the two? Hill Fletcher proposes strategies that will help foster racial healing in America, the first of which is to demand of white Christians that they accept their responsibility for racist policies and structural discrimination in America. Orbis Books. 9781626982376. $28.00; $19.99

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Monopoly on Salvation? 9780826417237. $39.95 Motherhood As Metaphor. 9780823251186. $31.00

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about the author Jeannine Hill Fletcher is a professor at Fordham University and a constructive theologian whose research is at the intersection of systematic theology and issues of diversity (including gender, race, and religious diversity).

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Racial Equality Exploring the role of literature in the history of race

Toni Morrison THE ORIGIN OF OTHERS: Charles Eliot Norton Lectures #56 Toni Morrison

What is race and why does it matter? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? America’s foremost novelist reflects on themes that preoccupy her work and dominate politics: race, fear, borders, mass movement of peoples, desire for belonging. Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin of Others. In her search for answers, the novelist considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and especially literature. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and Camara Laye are among the authors she examines. Readers of Morrison’s fiction will welcome her discussions of some of her most celebrated books—Beloved, Paradise, and A Mercy. Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a foreword to Toni Morrison’s most personal work of nonfiction to date. Harvard University Press. 9780674976450. Hardcover. $22.95

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Beloved. 9781400033416. $16.00; $11.79 The Bluest Eye. 9780307278449. $14.95; $10.79 Sula. 9781400033430. $15.00; $10.99

about the author Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, exquisite language, and richly detailed AfricanAmerican characters. She has earned a plethora of book-world accolades and honorary degrees, also receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Athletic profiles in courage

James Blake new WAYS OF GRACE: Stories of Activism, Adversity, and How Sports Can Bring Us Together James Blake (with Carol Taylor)

This book is inspired by Arthur Ashe’s best-selling memoir Days of Grace, a collection of positive, uplifting stories of seemingly small acts of grace from across the sports world that have helped to bridge cultural and racial divides. Like many people of color, James Blake has experienced the effects of racism firsthand. In Ways of Grace he reflects on his experiences and explores those of other sports stars and public figures who have not only overcome adversity, but have used them to unite rather than divide. Weaving together these poignant and unforgettable stories, Blake reveals how, through seemingly small acts of grace, we can confront hatred, bigotry, and injustice with virtue—and use it to propel ourselves to greater heights. Amistad. Coming in July. 9780062354532. $16.99; $12.49

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about the author James Blake is a retired American professional tennis player known for his speed and his powerful, flat forehand. His careerhigh singles ranking was World No. 4. In 2008 he was named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year. He is the author of Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life. CV18

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Racial Equality A powerful story of hope, love, & justice

Anthony Ray Hinton THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and

Freedom on Death Row Anthony Ray Hinton (with Lara Love Hardin)

In 1985, when Hinton was only 29 years old, he was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned and confused, he believed his innocence would be proven and he’d be set free. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death. He spent his first three years on Death Row in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger. But as he realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live. For the next 27 years he transformed not only his own spirit, but those of fellow inmates. With the help of civil rights attorney and best-selling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015. This book, destined to be a classic, shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but not his imagination, humor, or joy. St. Martin’s Press. 9781250124715. Hardcover. $26.99; $17.79

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about the author Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on Death Row in Alabama for a crime he didn’t commit before being exonerated. Now that he is free, he wants to share his experience and, hopefully, save others from death row.

Reimagining Christian ideals to fight racial injustice

Vincent W. Lloyd Andrew Prevot

ANTI-BLACKNESS AND CHRISTIAN ETHICS Vincent W. Lloyd and Andrew Prevot, editors

From police violence to mass incarceration, from environmental racism to micro-aggressions, the moral gravity of anti-black racism is attracting broad attention. How do Christian ideas, practices, and institutions contribute to today’s struggle for racial justice? And how do they need to be reimagined in light of the challenges to white supremacy posed by today’s movements for racial justice?

about the editor Vincent W. Lloyd is assistant professor of religion at Syracuse University. His most recent book is Black Natural Law (Oxford).

With contributions by leading experts such as Katie Grimes, Steven Battin, Santiago Slabodsky, M. Shawn Copeland, Kelly Brown Douglas, Elias Ortega-Aponte, Ashon Crawley, Eboni Marshall Turman, and Bryan Massingale, this collection speaks to scholars, students, activists, and Christians of all races who believe that black lives matter. Orbis Books. 9781626982512. $26.00; $18.79

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Social Just ice Faithfully extending understanding to all who are misunderstood

Tex Sample

new WORKING CLASS RAGE: A Field Guide to White Anger

and Pain Tex Sample

They are identified as the voting block that decided the 2016 presidential election: white, working-class people. Tex Sample, author of Working Class Rage, says that when we fail to look past the stereotypes of this demographic as unintelligent, self-destructive, and all things racist, we neglect to understand the nuances of this group, which means that we, as pastors and church leaders, cannot be effective when communicating the Good News of Jesus. Sample provides a reliable and reader-friendly guide that drills deeper into the realities of a group of people who feel their suffering and anger has been denied, ignored, and misunderstood, and offers a way forward for partnerships that will enhance the lives of white (and black) working-class America. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. 9781501868139. $17.99; $11.99

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR A Christian Justice for the Common Good. 9781501814266. $17.99; $11.99 Earthy Mysticism. 9780687649891. $17.99; $11.99 White Soul. 9780687032938. $19.99; $13.49

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These are times for significant new efforts and for strategies that are sensitive to the identity, the dignity, the moralities, the approaches to life, the ways of thinking, the culture, and the practices of working-class life.

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Social Just ice A groundbreaking vision for uniting the dispossessed across dividing lines

William J. Barber II new REVIVE US AGAIN: Vision and Action in

Moral Organizing William J. Barber II (with Liz Theoharis and Rick Lowery) Rev. Barber is the architect and leader of the Moral Mondays movement, which arose in 2013 in opposition to policies that have restricted voting rights and blocked health care expansion. The movement has since expanded to cities across the country and Rev. Barber’s message is more necessary than ever. This volume features his most stirring sermons and speeches, with response essays by prominent public intellectuals, activists, and faith leaders. Drawing from the history of social movements in the US, Rev. Barber and the contributors to this volume speak to the most pressing issues of our time. Grounded in the fundamental biblical theme of poor and oppressed people taking action together, the book suggests ways to effectively build a fusion movement to make America fair and just for everyone. Beacon Press. Coming in December. 9780807025604. $18.00; $12.99

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Forward Together. 9780827244948. $19.99; $14.49 The Third Reconstruction. 9780807007419. $16.00; $11.79

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The fundamental values of our deepest moral and religious traditions are love, truth, grace, justice, care of family, community, and shared prosperity. But these values are under assault.… The only remedy for our moral crisis is a transformed national heart, a moral movement for families and communities rooted in constitutional and sacred values of compassion, empathy, and courageous dedication to the common good.

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The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is author, lecturer, and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, NC, president of the North Carolina NAACP, and a member of the National NAACP Board. It is his conviction that there is no real worship without a commitment to justice and social change. He has been called “the closest person we have to Martin Luther King Jr. in our midst” (Cornel West) and “one of the most gifted organizers and orators in the country today” (Ari Berman).

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Social Just ice How social justice, equality, and the foundation of society rest on the Ten Commandments

Ana Levy-Lyons NO OTHER GODS: The Politics of the Ten Commandments Ana Levy-Lyons

The Ten Commandments are a resource for everyone, from the spiritual-but-not-religious to the deeply observant, who wants to resist injustice, heal our earth, and find personal dignity amid the free-for-alls of modern life. In this insightful and fresh perspective, each commandment is expanded beyond interpersonal morality to encompass the global economy and our hyper-connected age. Stealing, for example, is recast as the difference between the fair trade price of a commodity and what we pay. Keeping the Sabbath is recast as resistance to consumer culture, having enough. Levy-Lyons shows us how this ancient text can meaningfully integrate our spirituality and politics. Center Street Publishing. 9781478977216. Hardcover. $26.00; $18.79

about the author Ana Levy-Lyons is a writer and preacher serving as senior minister of First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, a quickly growing urban congregation.

Undoing past injustices begins with facing them

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove new RECONSTRUCTING THE GOSPEL: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Wilson-Hartgrove grew up in the Bible Belt as a faithful church-going Christian. But he gradually came to realize that the gospel his Christianity proclaimed was not good news for everybody. It also perpetuated racial injustice and white supremacy in the name of Jesus. Just as Reconstruction after the Civil War worked to repair a broken society, our compromised Christianity requires a spiritual reconstruction that undoes the injustices of the past. Wilson-Hartgrove traces his journey from the religion of the slaveholder to the Christianity of Christ. Reconstructing the gospel requires facing the pain of the past and present, from racial blindness to systemic abuses of power. IVP Books. 9780830845347. Hardcover. $20.00; $14.49

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Church & Culture Getting empowered to speak out & act in troubled times

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli new SACRED RESISTANCE: A Practical Guide to Christian

Witness and Dissent Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

Our flocks are more divided and polarized on a number of issues than ever before. Well, it seems that way, but of course all generations have faced fears and troubles. As church leaders who shepherd our congregations, how do we begin to relate to concerns about the “wrongs” happening in the world today? Sacred Resistance helps us respond to questions about speaking out against injustice and taking appropriate action. Author Ginger GainesCirelli, who pastors a church located adjacent to the White House in Washington D.C., provides a theologically sound framework for congregations to discern what to do—and when to do it as well. With warmth and compassion she offers practical advice on how to lead others through troubled times. Abingdon Press. 9781501856853. $14.99; $9.99

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My hope is that Sacred Resistance provides a biblical and theological foundation for people of faith to challenge and mend the injustice, dehumanization, and violence in our culture and world. For persons and congregations who are uncertain or afraid about engaging the issues of the day, this book seeks to offer encouragement, practical guidance, and a reminder that God has engaged the political world—how we live with and for others—from the beginning. Through prophets, teachers, and faithful disciples, God’s wisdom and way take root. The invitation is to trust God enough to take our place in that work.

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Senior Pastor at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. She previously served as pastor at two other beltway area United Methodist Churches, St. Matthew’s and Capitol Hill. She earned a M.Div. at Yale Divinity School and was a Princeton Theological Fellow. She served as a general editor for the CEB Women’s Bible.

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Church & Culture Takes a front row seat in the U.S. Supreme Court battle for marriage equality

Phillip F. Cramer William L. Harbison

new THE FIGHT FOR MARRIAGE: Church Conflicts and

Courtroom Contests Phillip F. Cramer and William L. Harbison

Same-gender couples now have the federal civil right to marry. Even though 62 percent of Americans approve of same-gender marriage, according to June 2017 Pew Research, churches are having to come to terms with whether to recognize and affirm these faithful partnerships as sacred covenants. Attorneys Harbison and Cramer, faithful and active members of a United Methodist congregation, brought one of the cases to the US Supreme Court, which resulted in the 2015 landmark decision that permits persons of the same gender to marry. They bring a unique legal and cultural perspective to the controversy. With a first-hand account of the courtroom drama concerning marriage in American communities and states, the authors show why states care about marriage, why the church got involved in marriage more than a thousand years after Jesus’s earthly ministry, and how the church and the state function in partnership to foster the purposes and social benefits of marriage. From the Faultlines collection, resources intended to inform conversations around human sexuality and the church. Abingdon Press. 9781501858932. $14.99; $9.99

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Our journey as storytellers is deeply rooted in our faith. A faith that compelled us to action and action that required our faith. It is a faith grounded in the kingdom of God, experienced right here and right now. This faith has confidence in both the church and the law. And it is a faith exercised through the power of the narrative.

about the authors Phillip F. Cramer graduated with highest honors from the Vanderbilt University Law School. He represents clients in high-profile civil rights cases. He is an active member of Nashville’s Belmont United Methodist Church where he serves as chair of the Administrative Board. William L. Harbison graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. He served as President of the Tennessee Bar Association and Nashville Bar Association. He is a Member of the Tennessee Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Harbison is an active member of Nashville’s Belmont United Methodist Church.

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Church & Culture A book from our Faultlines collection to help inform conversations on the church & human sexuality

Karen P. Oliveto

new OUR STRANGELY WARMED HEARTS: Coming Out into God’s Call Karen P. Oliveto

As John Wesley discovered his true spiritual identity, he experienced a strangely warmed heart. Through poignant stories and well-reasoned principles, Karen Oliveto discloses why and how spiritual renewal and a personal call to ministry emerge in the strangely warmed hearts of lesbian and gay Christians. In The United Methodist Church (and other Christian denominations), it is difficult or impossible for lesbian, gay, transsexual, and bisexual clergy or laity to become a visible and outward channel for God’s saving grace. This book traces the history of the church’s struggle with homosexuality, highlighting critical incidents in the culture and church polity which shape the church’s response. The controversy is deeply rooted in how God’s people are searching the Scriptures, which are interpreted as a means of grace for some and as a rulebook for others. This book includes firstperson narratives of LGBTQ persons faithfully serving in a denomination that denies their calls and—in some cases—their presence. These stories will show how the coming out process is deeply spiritual as one grows into an authentic, God-created and graced self. Abingdon Press. 9781501858918. $17.99; $11.99

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[Bishop Karen Oliveto] is sharing the love of Jesus, and meeting people where they are, no matter who they are, and no matter what they think about her. She loves them. —Kent Ingram, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Karen P. Oliveto is bishop of the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area (Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and a small portion of Idaho) for The United Methodist Church. Previously for eight years, she served as senior pastor of the 12,000-member Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. She is the first woman to serve as senior pastor at Glide, the fifth largest United Methodist congregation in the U.S., as well as the first woman to serve as senior pastor in one of the denomination’s 100 largest U.S. congregations. Karen is the first openly lesbian bishop in The United Methodist Church. Her wife Robin, a nurse anesthetist, is a deaconess in The United Methodist Church.

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A moving example of unconditional love

Gregory Boyle BARKING TO THE CHOIR: The Power of Radical Kinship Gregory Boyle

In his first book, the New York Times bestseller, Tattoos on the Heart, Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest gangintervention program in the world. Now, after the successful expansion of Homeboy Industries, Boyle returns with Barking to the Choir to reveal how compassion is transforming the lives of gang members. In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, Barking to the Choir offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. The stories of former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness. This book is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers. Gently and humorously, it invites us to find kinship with one another and reconvinces us all of our own goodness. Simon & Schuster. 9781476726151. Hardcover. $26.00; $16.99

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Tattoos on the Heart. 9781439153154. $16.00; $8.99

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about the author Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest with advanced degrees in English and theology, is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA. Now in its 30th year, Homeboy has become the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world. Father Boyle has received the California Peace Prize, the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, and the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal. He was inducted into the California Hall of Fame and named a 2014 Champion of Change by the White House.

If you’re in the market for genuine inspiration, I urge you to read Barking to the Choir. —Ann Patchett

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Church & Culture Finding God in the context of a flawed humanity

Lillian Daniel TIRED OF APOLOGIZING FOR A CHURCH I DON’T BELONG TO: Spirituality Without Stereotypes, Religion Without

Ranting

After the publication of her much-talked about book, When Spiritual But Not Religious Is Not Enough: Seeing God In Surprising Places, Even the Church, Lillian Daniel heard from many SBNRs as well as practicing Christians. It was the Christians who scolded her for her forthright, unapologetic stand as one who believes that religious community matters. The Christians ranted that Christians, by definition, tend to be judgmental, condemning hypocrites, which is why people hate them. By saying religion matters, she was judging those who disagree, they said, proving the stereotype of Christians. Better to acknowledge all that’s wrong with Christianity and its history, then apologize. In this book, Daniel argues that it’s time for Christians to stop apologizing and realize that how we talk about Christian community matters. With disarming candor laced with just the right amount of humor, Daniel shows why it matters how we talk about Christian community while urging open-minded Christians to learn better ways to talk about their faith. FaithWords. 9781455595884. $14.99; $9.99

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR When “Spiritual but Not Religious” Is Not Enough. 9781455523092. $16.00; $11.79

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about the author Lillian Daniel’s work, featured in The New York Times and on PBS, has been described as biting, hilarious, pitch perfect, tender, and often stunningly beautiful. She has taught preaching at Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School and at her alma mater, Yale Divinity School. She writes for a wide audience in the Huffington Post, Christian Century, Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, and Books and Culture, but on Sundays you can find her preaching at First Congregational Church in Dubuque, Iowa, where she serves as Senior Minister.

I’ve gotten tired of apologizing for a church I’m not a member of. I’m tired of giving the conversation about faith over to the extremists, and letting them define me. I believe you can be an open-minded Christian, who thinks God can work out everyone’s salvation. We human beings don’t need to get all worked up on God’s behalf, God has this covered. Walk your path and enjoy the view.

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Church & Culture Exploring four major world religions

Adam Hamilton new

CHRISTIANITY AND WORLD RELIGIONS, REVISED EDITION Adam Hamilton

If there ever were a time when Christians needed to build bridges with others, seeking peace in our world, loving our neighbors, and finding positive ways to share the gospel, it is now. In Christianity and World Religions, Revised Edition, Adam Hamilton deals with questions so many of us have about the four major world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism—and compares the beliefs of each with those of Christianity. In his trademark honest and open writing style, Hamilton helps answer questions such as: Why are there so many different religions? How should we view their beliefs? What is the fate of those who have these beliefs? Although the book is a stand-alone resource, combined with the additional study materials, it becomes an especially relevant study for Christians at all stages in their spiritual journey. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. 9781501873331. $16.99; $11.49

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Enough, Revised Edition. 9781501857881. $14.99; $9.99 Final Words From the Cross. 9781501858475. $14.99; $9.99 Why? Making Sense of God’s Will. 9781501858284. $12.99; $8.79 Forgiveness. 9781501858499. $14.99; $9.99

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about the author Adam Hamilton is Senior Pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton’s congregation the most influential mainline church in America. He preached at the National Prayer Service as part of the presidential inauguration festivities in 2013 and was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He is the bestselling and award-winning author of numerous books. Learn more about Hamilton at AdamHamilton.org.

According to the latest Pew Research Center numbers, when it comes to religion, here is what the world looks like today. About one in three people in the world claim a Christian faith. Nearly one in four are Muslim. One in six is Hindu. One in sixteen is Buddhist. One in five hundred is Jewish. So, though Christianity is the largest religion in the world, two thirds of the world’s population are not Christians. My aim, in the end, is that you understand your neighbors and are better able to love them, while at the same time that you better understand your own faith.

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Church & Culture Exploring the Christian vision of what it means to be good

Benjamin J. Dueholm new SACRED SIGNPOSTS: Words, Water, and Other Acts of Resistance Benjamin J. Dueholm

The church isn’t a building or an institution. The church is what it does. At the very heart of Christianity are its central, sacred, subversive practices—the sacred signposts that have always shown the way to practice Christian faith, even when the terrain around it changes. In this book Dueholm unpacks Christianity’s seven “holy possessions,” which function as signposts—words, water, bread and wine, confession and forgiveness, ministry, worship, and suffering—and he offers a visionary account of the critical, radical, life-affirming role that faith can play in a secular, post-Christian world. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. Coming in July. 9780802874177. $16.99; $10.49

about the author Benjamin J. Dueholm is pastor of worship and education at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wauconda, Illinois. His writing on culture, religion, and politics has appeared in The Christian Century, The Washington Monthly, Aeon, The Pacific Standard, and Religion Dispatches.

The amazing story of the spread of Christianity

Bart D. Ehrman THE TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World Bart D. Ehrman

From the New York Times best-selling authority on early Christianity comes the story of how Christianity grew from a religion of twenty or so illiterate peasants in a remote part of the Roman empire to became the official religion in the West, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries. In The Triumph of Christianity, Bart Ehrman, a master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, combines deep knowledge and meticulous research in an eye-opening, immensely readable narrative that upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law. Simon & Schuster. 9781501136702. Hardcover. $28.00; $18.49

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR How Jesus Became God (Hardcover). 9780061778186. $27.99; $19.99 Jesus Before the Gospels. 9780062285225. $16.99; $12.49 Misquoting Jesus. 9780060859510. $16.99; $12.29 CV18

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Church & Culture A look at what might be the best hope for the world

Annie Lowrey new GIVE PEOPLE MONEY: How a Universal

Basic Income Would End Poverty, Rovolutionize Work, And Remake The World Annie Lowery A new industrial revolution is coming. Advances in artificial intelligence are about to cause the greatest social upheaval we’ve seen in centuries: self-driving trucks, robots replacing factory workers, even many white-collar professionals. What will we do for work? Doing nothing is not an option. An idea first championed by Thomas Paine has been revived. It can be summed up in three words: give people money. In this sparkling and informative book, economics writer Annie Lowrey gives us the first thoroughly reported, global investigation of universal basic income (UBI), which many economists believe could end decades of income inequality and restore social stability and mobility. Random House. 9781524758769. Hardcover. $26.00; $18.79

about the author Annie Lowrey reports on politics and economic policy for New York magazine. Previously, she covered economic policy for The New York Times and was the Moneybox columnist for Slate.

Can poverty be solved once and for all?

Kenneth R. Himes Conor M. Kelly new POVERTY: What Did Jesus Teach?

Kenneth R. Himes and Conor M. Kelly, editors The poor will always be with you, Jesus said—but that doesn’t mean Christians have ever figured out how to be with the poor. Pope Francis has emphasized a vision of a “Church that is poor and for the poor.” But growing economic inequality continues to spread across the globe. This book takes a fresh look at the role of churches, and individual Christians, in relating to poverty and the poor among them. A strong focus is placed on the biblical and theological roots of the Church’s commitment to care for the poor. At times praised as a virtue and blessed as a condition, poverty easily confuses us, and we are often left doing little to nothing to make a difference with and for the poor. As a social evil and a burden, poverty has elicited many kinds of reactions among the followers of Christ. It is time for Christians to figure out what to do about it. Contributors include Pope Francis, Pheme Perkins, Sandra M. Schneider, and Thomas Massaro SJ. Paraclete Press. 9781612616827. $16.99; $12.49

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about the editor Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M. is an Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College. He is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

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Church & Culture Learning how to live as faithful kingdom citizens in today’s world

David Crump

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE: A Believer’s Guide to Kingdom Citizenship in Twenty-First-Century America David Crump Bitter partisan conflict. State-sanctioned torture. Economic injustice. Ethical corruption. Even a cursory glance over daily news headlines shows a stark contrast between the American political state and the kingdom of heaven. Where, then, does the Christian’s ultimate allegiance lie? In I Pledge Allegiance, David Crump issues a clarion call to Jesus’ twenty-first-century disciples, stirring them up to heed God’s word and live out their kingdom citizenship here on earth. Closely examining the ethical teachings of Jesus and his apostles in the New Testament and using real-world examples to illustrate the vital issues at stake, Crump challenges Christians to embrace the radical, counterintuitive, upsidedown way of Jesus—a way of living and thinking that turns the world’s values on their head, smashes through stale political and cultural conventions, and welcomes God’s kingdom into the very heart of our shared society. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 9780802871749. $24.99; $17.99

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about the author David Crump is a retired professor of New Testament at Calvin College and a former pastor, with more than 30 years of combined experience in the pulpit and the classroom. He is also the author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door: A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer.

Encountering Jesus, Encountering Scripture. 9780802864666. $20.00; $16.99

Exploring the century of religious conflict that produced our culture wars

R. Marie Griffit h

MORAL COMBAT: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics R. Marie Griffith Gay marriage, transgender rights, birth control—sex is at the heart of many of the most divisive political issues of our age. The origins of these conflicts, esteemed historian R. Marie Griffith argues, lie in sharp disagreements that emerged among American Christians a century ago. From the 1920s onward, a once-solid Christian consensus regarding gender roles and sexual morality began to crumble, as liberal Protestants sparred with fundamentalists and Catholics over questions of obscenity, sex education, and abortion. Both sides turned to politics to pursue their moral visions for the nation. Moral Combat is a history of how the Christian consensus on sex unraveled, and how this unraveling has made our political battles over sex so ferocious and so intractable. Basic Books. 9780465094752. Hardcover. $32.00; $17.49

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about the author R. Marie Griffith is the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, where she directs the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Women & Fait h Reconciling women’s equality and Christianity

Erin Wathen new

RESIST AND PERSIST: Faith and the Fight for Equality

Erin Wathen

Over the past few decades, the roles women play in public life have evolved significantly, as have the pressures that come with needing to do it all, have it all, and be all things to all people. And with this progress, misogyny has evolved as well. Patriarchy is still sanctioned by every institution: capitalism, government, and even—maybe especially—the church itself. This is perhaps the ultimate irony—that a religion based on the radical justice and liberation of Jesus’ teachings has been the most complicit part of the narrative against women’s equality. If we are going to dial back the harmful rhetoric against women, the community of faith is going to have to be a big part of the solution. Resist and Persist reframes the challenges to women’s equality in light of our current culture and political climate, providing a new language of resistance that can free women and men from the pernicious power of patriarchy. Westminster John Knox Press. 9780664263904. $16.00; $11.79

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR More Than Words. 9780664262945. $16.00; $11.49

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about the author Erin Wathen serves as the Senior Pastor at Saint Andrew Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Kansas City suburbs and writes the popular blog Irreverin on the Patheos network. Erin is the 2010 recipient of the Fred Craddock Award for Excellence in Preaching. She’s also been recognized for gifts of congregational transformation, creative stewardship, and an evolving approach to worship and community life. Read more at http://www.patheos.com/ blogs/irreverin/

Wathen is frank in her assessments of the deep-set problems that she sees patriarchy causing in women’s lives— pitting women against women, creating “pink ghettos” (isolated women’s groups) within church communities, and combining with racism to further divide women who should be relying on one another. Wathen looks at society and Christianity through a feminist and antiracist lens, mounting powerful arguments about why it’s essential to raise boys as feminists and how social media can be especially dangerous for women. This trenchant book is a muchneeded manifesto for 21st-century Christian feminism. —Publishers Weekly 22

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Women & Fait h Soulful sustenance for mothers & mother figures

Barbara Mahany THE BLESSINGS OF MOTHERPRAYER: Sacred Whispers of Mothering Barbara Mahany

Mothers live extraordinary lives, but amid the cacophony of the daily bustle, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of just how amazing motherhood is. The Blessings of Motherprayer, a lovely devotional gift book inspired by Barbara Mahany’s book Motherprayer: Lessons in Loving, reminds mothers to savor the blessings of every hour of every season. Powerful quotes, heartfelt prayers, and relatable stories invite mothers to pay attention, to cradle loved ones in prayer, and to probe the nooks and crannies of the everyday to discover opportunities to infuse and focus on the holy in the ordinary day-to-day. The book makes a lovely gift for mothers and mother figures of all ages. Abingdon Press. 9781501857829. Hardcover. $16.99; $11.49

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Motherprayer. 9781501827273. Hardcover. $18.99; $12.79 Slowing Time. 9781426776427. $15.99; $10.79

about the author Barbara Mahany—the revered Chicago Tribune columnist—has opened her heart and told her stories that have drawn in thousands of readers for decades. She is also a sought-after speaker, retreat leader, and writing teacher. Learn more about Barbara at BarbaraMahany.com.

Highlights African-American women working for environmental justice

Melanie L. Harris

ECOWOMANISM: African American Women and

Earth-Honoring Faiths Melanie L. Harris

Scholarship on African American history and culture has often neglected the tradition of African American women who engage in theological and religious reflection on their ethical and moral responsibility to care for the earth. Melanie Harris argues that African American women make distinctive contributions to the environmental justice movement in the ways that they theologize, theorize, practice spiritual activism, and come into religious understandings about our relationship with the earth. Incorporating elements of her family history to set the stage for her argument, Harris intersperses her academic reflections with her own personal stories and anecdotes. This unique text stands at the intersection of several academic disciplines: womanist theology, eco-theology, spirituality, and theological aesthetics. Orbis Books. 9781626982017. $27.00; $18.79

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Women & Fait h Powerful meditations for women with busy lives

Martha Johnson Bourlakas new OUR ONE WORD: Creating Spiritual Joy

and Depth Martha Johnson Bourlakas

Women live uniquely demanding lives as providers, managers, caretakers, and, amidst those many roles, both chosen and cast upon them, the individual spirit sometimes loses her voice. To awaken this voice, the author began a group for women in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia called “Our One Word” to pray about and observe the secular, holy, and personal significance of one word each week. This simple goal affects participants in profound ways, and now she shares their practice with the rest of us, providing a structure and resource for those who want to start a group, as well as meditation for anyone who wants to expand her or his own spiritual horizons. The book encompasses words Bourlakas has offered to groups in the weekly format and at weekend retreats. Each chapter focuses on a different word, such as Joy, Heart, Change. There are brief quotations from religious texts, literature, and music that explicate the word, combined with her own perspective. Our One Word offers a way for individuals or groups to cultivate a hospitable, constant presence, modeling the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives—a way to celebrate, pray, just be.

about the author Martha Johnson Bourlakas has a master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Spalding University, Louisville, KY. She is the author of the best-selling book, Love Feast: Together at the Table.

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Does “hotness” really equal female empowerment?

Lauren Shields new

THE BEAUTY SUIT: How My Year of Religious Modesty Made Me a Better Feminist Lauren Shields Looking good feels good. But in a society where looking good is posited as being strong, is it fair to say that wicked eyeliner, weekly blowouts, and a polished Instagram feed are the keys to our liberation? Is “hot” really a good synonym for “empowered”? Is the sexy-as-strong model just a distraction? Is “pretty” still the closest to power women can get? Inspired in seminary by American Muslimahs who wear the hijab for feminist reasons, Shields took off what she calls the Beauty Suit—the “done” hair, the carefully applied makeup, the tight clothes and foot-binding shoes—for nine months. She’d really only wanted to do an experiment. Instead, her life—especially her views on what constitutes “liberation”—changed forever. Rooted in feminist theory and religious history, The Beauty Suit unpacks modern American womanhood with humor and an eye to separating the facts from the propaganda. Beacon Press.

about the author Lauren Shields is a Licensed Minister in the United Church of Christ. She is seeking ordination after serving as pastor of a small church in Campbell, CA. She lives in San Jose with her husband. This is her first book.

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Christian Living Feeding political activism by feeding the activists

Julia Turshen FEED THE RESISTANCE: Recipes and Ideas for Getting Involved

Julia Turshen

From favorite cookbook author Julia Turshen comes this practical and inspiring handbook for political activism—with recipes. As the millions who marched in January 2017 demonstrated, activism is the new normal. When people search for ways to resist injustice and express support for civil rights, environmental protections, and more, they begin by gathering around the table to talk and plan. These dishes foster community and provide sustenance for the mind and soul, including a dozen of the healthy, affordable recipes Turshen is known for, plus over 15 more recipes from a diverse range of celebrated chefs. With stimulating lists, extensive resources, and essays from activists in the worlds of food, politics, and social causes, Feed the Resistance is a must-have handbook for anyone hoping to make a difference. Chronicle Books. 9781452168388. Hardcover. $14.95; $10.79

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As a food writer, you’re often told to ‘stick to food.’ Julia Turshen knows better. She knows food *is* politics, from the diverse array of people who cook it to those who work so hard to grow it. And if you want to get optimistic about it—and hey, why not?—it’s the one thing that unites us all. —Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief, Bon Appétit

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Julia Turshen is the author of Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs and the coauthor of numerous cookbooks including It’s All Good with Gwyneth Paltrow. She hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, T Magazine, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Saveur, and SELF. Epicurious has called her one of the 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time.

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Christian Living Learn what it means to be a mystic

Bruce G. Epperly THE MYSTIC IN YOU: Discovering a God-Filled World Bruce G. Epperly

What is a mystic? Bruce Epperly defines mystics as people who see holiness in everyday life. God comes to us in the moment-by-moment adventures of daily living, he says. We can be mystics without leaving our families, disengaging from daily responsibilities, becoming a priest, or joining a monastic order. Epperly shows how we can experience the living God in the midst of daily life. He introduces readers to 12 individuals or groups of mystics through the ages, including St. Francis of Assisi, the desert mothers and fathers, Benedict of Nursia, the Celtic mystics, the Baal Shem Tov, Etty Hillesum, Rumi, and more. Each chapter describes each mystic’s life, spiritual experiences and worldview, and provides spiritual exercises to help us experience the mystic firsthand. Through his conversational, down-to-earth approach, Epperly inspires us to realize that we can encounter God wherever we are, whatever we are doing. Upper Room Books. 9780835817608. $13.99; $9.79

about the author Bruce G. Epperly is director of the Alliance for the Renewal of Ministry and Continuing Education and associate professor of practical theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, he is the author of several books on Christian theology.

Being authentic with God can help you heal

Romal Tune

new LOVE IS AN INSIDE JOB: Getting Vulnerable with God Romal Tune

Public relations expert and business consultant, Romal Tune, provides insights on how authenticity with God will help you heal your past, love yourself, and equip you for the future. Tune, the son of a drug-addicted single mother, found his way out of poverty and graduated from Howard University and Duke School of Divinity. He was a minister, a soughtafter speaker, and social entrepreneur. Outwardly, he was successful, yet, his past, hidden childhood trauma would sometimes revolt, causing self-sabotage that threatened to destroy his life. He worked hard to keep his brokenness carefully hidden—especially from the church. Feeling like a failure—questioning his faith and will to live—he made a choice to not to give up, but to examine his life and seek counseling. In this book, he shares his process of applying therapy and faith to anger, shame, self-doubt and plaguing memories. FaithWords. 9781478992608. $14.99; $10.79

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Christian Living A powerful message of hope

Mike Foster

new YOU RISE GLORIOUS: A Wild Invitation

to Live Fierce, Free, and Unstoppable in a World That Tries to Break You, Shame You, and Tell You That You’re Not Enough Mike Foster Now in paperback and featuring a bonus section for guided reflection, this retitled edition of People of the Second Chance centers on hope. Every fierce and free life starts with that at the core. We all long for a passionate and unstoppable spirit. This book will equip you to fight for hope and victory for others and also for yourself. Foster’s examination of hope is one part challenge, two parts encouragement. He forces you to ask the following questions: How did I lose it? How do I get? How do I give it? Each question is broken down into core concepts that are essential to a life devoted to the power of fierce and free living: awareness, discovery, ownership, forgiveness, acceptance, and freedom. WaterBrook. 9781601428554. $14.99; $10.79

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR People of the Second Chance. Hardcover. 9781601428547. $21.99; $15.99

about the author Mike Foster is an author, speaker, and counselor. He is the Chief Chance Officer at People of the Second Chance. He has dedicated his life to helping people relaunch their lives with a sense of hope and purpose. He has been featured on Good Morning America, The 700 Club, and in The New York Times.

Learning to overcome doubt & follow Jesus

Jay Parini

new THE WAY OF JESUS: Living a Spiritual and

Ethical Life Jay Parini

This is a book for progressive Christians and spiritual seekers who struggle, as Parini does, with some of the basic questions about human existence: its limits and sadnesses, and its possibilities for awareness and understanding. Part guide to Christian living, part spiritual autobiography, The Way of Jesus is Jay Parini’s exploration of what Jesus really meant, his effort to put love first in our daily lives. A lifelong Christian who has at times wavered and questioned his beliefs, Parini recounts his own efforts to follow Jesus’ example, examines the contours of Christian thinking, and describes the solace and structure one can find in the rhythms of the church calendar. Parini’s refreshingly undogmatic approach to Christian thinking incorporates teachings from other religions, as well as from poets and other writers who have helped Parini along his path to understanding. Beacon Press. 9780807047248. Hardcover. $24.95; $17.99 CV18

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Christian Living Change the world one trip at a time

Rick Ste ves TRAVEL AS A POLITICAL ACT: How to Leave Your

Baggage Behind Rick Steves

With the world facing divisive and often frightening events, there’s never been a more important time to travel. After years of living out of a suitcase, the author still marvels at how different cultures find different truths to be self-evident. By sharing his experiences from Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, Rick shows how we can learn more about own country by viewing it from afar. With gripping stories from Rick’s decades of exploration, this fully revised edition of Travel as a Political Act is an antidote to the current climate of xenophobia. When we travel thoughtfully, we bring back the most beautiful souvenir of all: a broader perspective on the world that we all call home. All royalties from this book go to support the work of Bread for the World, a non-partisan organization working to end hunger at home and abroad.

about the author Rick Steves, guidebook author and travel TV host, is America’s most respected authority on European travel. Steves lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington.

Avalon Travel Publishing. 9781631217630. $19.99; $13.49

Travelling can be truly life-changing

Craig Storti WHY TRAVEL MATTERS: A Guide to the LifeChanging Effects of Travel Craig Storti

Explores the profound life lessons that await anyone who wishes to learn what travel has to teach. With engaging prose, delightful wit, and a distinctive style, Craig Storti infuses his own experiences traveling the world for 30+ years with quotations, insights, reflections, and commentary from famous travelers, great travel writers, historians, and literary masters. Storti’s vast knowledge of the literature makes him an expert curator of astute gems from the likes of: St. Augustine, Mark Twain, Somerset Maugham, D. H. Lawrence, Bruce Chatwin, Aldous Huxley, and more. Nicholas Brealey Publishing. 9781473670280. Hardcover. $24.95; $17.99

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Christian Living Learn to strengthen your bonds with others

David Rakel THE COMPASSIONATE CONNECTION:

The Healing Power of Empathy and Mindful Listening David Rakel All of us have an innate capacity for compassion. We recognize when others are hurting, and we want to help, but we’re not always good at it. As founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine program, Dr. Rakel discovered that we are the most effective helpers when we use the tool of human connection. Drawing on his own research and practice, as well as thirty years of published studies in medicine, sociology, psychology, meditation, and neuroscience, he introduces the concept of bio-psycho-spiritual authentic awareness. In this book, he provides an innovative approach to enhancing health in others and strengthening relationships through the art of connecting. These tools guide us to improve our connections—whether between doctor and patient, husband and wife, parent and child, or boss and employee—and live with clarity, wisdom, and good health. W. W. Norton & Company. 9780393247749. Hardcover. $25.95; $18.79

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This book explains not only the healing power of compassionate human connection, but in the most accessible and practical ways, how to cultivate our capacity to create that connection and thereby empower others to find their best selves. —John Makransky, author of Awakening through Love

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David Rakel was the founder/ director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Program. He is now the Professor and Chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, NM.

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Biography & Memoir An eye-opening account of growing up black, Christian, and female in white America

Aust in Channing Brown new I’M STILL HERE: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Austin Channing Brown

Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches led Austin to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker, and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion. Nearly all institutions claim to value “diversity” in their mission statements, but our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, bearing witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric. Takes an illuminating look at how white, middle-class Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God’s ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness—if we let it—can save us all.

about the author Austin Channing Brown is a writer, speaker, and practitioner who helps schools, nonprofits, and religious organizations practice genuine inclusion. Her writing has appeared in outlets like Christianity Today, Relevant, Sojourners, and The Christian Century.

Convergent Books. 9781524760854. Hardcover. $25.00; $16.49

Examines the complexities of what it really means to belong

Patrice Gopo

new ALL THE COLORS WE WILL SEE:

Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way Patrice Gopo Gopo spent her formative years in Anchorage, Alaska, growing up as a black American, but her Jamaican parents had little experience in what it means to be black in America. Patrice was often the only child of color in her classrooms, activities, and friendship circles. She had to grapple with the mixture of identities that swirled together and formed her—a journey at once both common to people and particular to her background. In this poignant collection of personal essays, Patrice explores what it means to belong. She writes about not only immigration and race relations but also topics such as societal beauty standards, marriage and divorce, and the complexities of living out a faith in God—concluding that the very differences dividing us might actually be what unite us within the vast definition of what it means to be human. Thomas Nelson. Coming in August. 9780785216483. $16.99; $12.49

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Biography & Memoir Have the courage to listen to what’s calling you

Kathy Izard new THE HUNDRED STORY HOME:

A Memoir About Finding Faith in Ourselves and Something Bigger Kathy Izard Kathy Izard was a graphic designer, wife, mother of four daughters, and volunteer at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center when an unlikely meeting with formerly homeless author Denver Moore changed the course of her life. Inspired by Denver’s challenge to do more than serve in this soup kitchen, Kathy quit her job to take on what seemed like an unimaginable task in her second half of life—to build housing for Charlotte’s homeless. Woven together in this motivational story of a call to social action is Kathy’s personal journey to define the meaning of home and her own struggle with faith, family, and fulfillment. Reading this book will not only make you believe you can change the world, it will also end up changing you. Thomas Nelson. Coming in June. 9780785219880. $16.99; $12.49

about the author Kathy Izard was an awardwinning graphic designer for twenty years before joining the staff of the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, N.C. as the first director of Homeless to Homes, a Housing First program for the chronically homeless. Kathy and her family live in Charlotte.

A searing, offbeat, often hilarious memoir of spiritual disintegration and re-formation

Jamie Wright THE VERY WORST MISSIONARY: A Memoir or Whatever Jamie Wright

After finding faith at a suburban megachurch, Jamie trades in the easy life on the cul-de-sac for the green fields of Costa Rica. There, along with her family, she earnestly hopes to serve God and change lives. But faced with a yawning culture gap and persistent shortcomings in herself and her fellow workers, she soon loses confidence in the missionary enterprise and falls into a funk of cynicism and despair. Nearly paralyzed by depression, yet still wanting to make a difference, she decides to tell the whole, disenchanted truth, and launches a renegade blog, Jamie the Very Worst Missionary. Against all odds, she wins a large and passionate following, which leads her to see that maybe a “bad” missionary—awkward, doubtful, and vocal—is exactly what the world and the throngs of American do-gooders need. A disarming, ultimately inspiring spiritual memoir for well-intentioned contrarians everywhere. Convergent Books. 9780451496539. $16.00; $10.99 CV18

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Biography & Memoir A portrait of a prolific Christian peacemaker

Jim Forest AT PLAY IN THE LIONS’ DEN: A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan Jim Forest

Daniel Berrigan (1921–2016), a Jesuit priest and poet, was one of the preeminent Christian peacemakers of his time. He helped elevate the Christian conscience with regard to issues of war and violence and participated in decades of protest against nuclear weapons. Berrigan’s efforts on behalf of life also involved care for the dying and ministry to those suffering from AIDS. Jim Forest, who worked with Berrigan in building the Catholic Peace Fellowship in the 1960s, draws on his deep friendship over five decades to provide the most comprehensive and intimate picture yet available of this modern-day prophet. Extensive photographs and quotations from Berrigan’s writings complete the portrait. Orbis Books. 9781626982482. $28.00; $19.99

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day. 9781570759215. $27.00; $19.49 Praying with Icons (Revised, Expanded). 9781570757587. Hardcover. $28.00; $19.99

about the author Jim Forest is an internationally renowned peacemaker and spiritual writer. His many books include biographies of Dorothy Day (All is Grace) and Thomas Merton (Living with Wisdom), and The Root of War Is Fear: Thomas Merton’s Advice to Peacemakers. He lives in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

The staggering story of the most important Chinese political dissident of the Mao era

Lian Xi BLOOD LETTERS: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao’s China Lian Xi

Blood Letters tells the astonishing tale of Lin Zhao, a poet and journalist arrested by the authorities in 1960 and executed eight years later, at the height of the Cultural Revolution. The only Chinese citizen known to have openly and steadfastly opposed communism under Mao, she rooted her dissent in her Christian faith—and expressed it in long, prophetic writings done in her own blood, and at times on her clothes and on cloth torn from her bedsheets. Miraculously, Lin Zhao’s prison writings survived, though they have only recently come to light. Drawing on these works and others from the years before her arrest, as well as interviews with her friends, her classmates, and other former political prisoners, Lian Xi paints an indelible portrait of courage and faith in the face of unrelenting evil.

about the author Lian Xi is a professor of world Christianity at Duke Divinity School. The author of Redeemed by Fire and The Conversion of Missionaries, he lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Basic Books. 9781541644236. Hardcover. $30.00; $21.79

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Biography & Memoir An extraordinary glimpse into a remarakble life

Aida Edemariam THE WIFE’S TALE: A Personal History Aida Edemariam

In this memoir that recalls the life of her remarkable ninety-fiveyear old grandmother, Yetemegnu, Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam tells the story of modern Ethiopia—a nation that would undergo a tumultuous transformation from feudalism to monarchy to Marxist revolution to democracy over the course of one century. Told in Yetemegnu’s enthralling voice and filled with a vivid cast of characters—emperors and empresses, priests and scholars, monks and nuns, archbishops and slaves, Marxist revolutionaries and wartime double agents—The Wife’s Tale introduces a woman of deep faith both imperious and vulnerable; a mother, a widow, a businesswoman, and a fighter whose life was shaped by direct contact with the volatile events that transformed her nation. This intimate memoir offers a panoramic view of Ethiopia’s recent history, taking us deep into the landscape, rituals, social classes, and culture of this ancient, often mischaracterized, yet richly complex, and unforgettable land—and into the heart of one indomitable woman. Harper One. 9780062136039. Hardcover. $26.99; $19.49

about the author Aida Edemariam is of dual Ethiopian and Canadian heritage, and grew up in Ethiopia. She studied at Oxford University and the University of Toronto, and has worked as a journalist in New York, Toronto, and London, where she is currently a senior feature writer and editor for the Guardian.

Phyllis Tickle—her life and work

Jon M. Sweeney PHYLLIS TICKLE: A Life

Jon M. Sweeney

Phyllis Tickle was one of the most beloved and respected figures in American religious life. In this comprehensive volume, Sweeney explores her 50-year legacy of poetry; plays; literary, spiritual, and historical/theological work; and advocacy. Sweeney examines Tickle’s personal and professional roots, including her early academic career and move into book publishing. He also looks at pivotal relationships; her influence on practitioners of fixed-hour prayer, the Episcopal Church as a whole, and the Emerging Church; her advocacy for the LGBT community; and more. Church Publishing. 9780819232991. Hardcover. $26.95; $17.99

MORE FROM JON M. SWEENEY Francis of Assisi in His Own Words: The Essential Writings. 9781612610696. $16.99; $12.49 The St. Francis Prayer Book: A Guide to Deepen Your Spiritual Life. 9781557253521. $16.99; $12.49 What I Am Living for: Lessons from the Life and Writings of Thomas Merton. 9781594717413. $16.95; $12.49 CV18

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about the author Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar and one of religion’s most respected writers. He is the executive editor at Ave Maria Press in Notre Dame, IN, is married to Rabbi Michal Woll, has four kids, and lives in Milwaukee, WI.

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Spiritual Growth Discover the difference choosing holiness in the moment can make in your life

Ginger Harrington new

HOLY IN THE MOMENT: Simple Ways to Love God

and Enjoy Your Life Ginger Harrington

Whether big or small, the choices we make shape our lives’ paths. And the simple, intentional choice to love God, embrace truth, and enjoy every moment of life is the path to holy habits. In Holy in the Moment, author Ginger Harrington gives us a refreshing perspective on holiness, showing us that holiness isn’t a rigid standard to keep, but is instead a gift to receive through a vital relationship with God. Through gentle encouragement, biblical insights, and applicable ideas you’ll learn to discern feelings, overcome distractions, and cast off the weight of shame so that you can choose to grow in holiness without the pressure of perfectionism. Abingdon Press. 9781501857805. $16.99; $11.49

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about the author Ginger Harrington is an

Holiness inhabits the small things, faith for our moments, simple and short. Added together, holy moments change lives and steer destinies in God’s direction. But it all comes down to attitudes and choices made... one moment at a time. —from the introduction

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Spiritual Growth Rediscover an ancient Christian practice

Amy G. Oden RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW: The Practice of Christian

Mindfulness Amy G. Oden

Many Christians practice mindfulness outside of church and believe it does not belong to our faith tradition. This book reveals the Christian roots of mindfulness and the actual practices that, when reclaimed, deepen the life of faith and the power of our mission of love in the world. When we understand how radical it is to live in God’s presence right here, right now, our lives are transformed toward mercy, justice, and abundant life. Amy Oden shows how the practice of Christian mindfulness begins with the teachings of Jesus and continues throughout Christian history. The book also includes step-by-step instructions for the practice of Christian mindfulness today. Abingdon Press. 9781501832499. $14.99; $9.99

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR In Her Words. 9780687459728. $32.99; $21.99 And You Welcomed Me. 9780687096718. $32.99; $21.99

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about the author Amy G. Oden is Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality at Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University and the author of In Her Words, And You Welcomed Me, and Right Here Right Now, all published by Abingdon Press.

Oden deftly lifts up a clear template for what lies at the core of all spiritual practice: mindfulness—a simple awareness within ordinary life of divine presence, here and now. —from the foreword

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Spiritual Growth Dealing with shame in a biblical way

Denise Pass

new SHAME OFF YOU: From Hiding to Healing Denise Pass

Shame can assassinate our character, minimize our worth, and dash our hope. Hiding it never heals it. Yet not all shame is bad. It can either be an oppressive and powerful tool of worldly condemnation or a source of conviction that God uses to bring his people back to himself. Having the discernment to know the difference and recognize shame in its many forms can change the course of one’s life. In a transparently honest style, Pass shares her experience dealing with shame after learning that her former husband was a sexual offender. Having lived through the aftermath, she leads you into God’s Word where you will see for yourself that God is bigger than your pain, shame, mistakes, and limitations. Learn how freedom can be found in choosing to break the cycle of shame by learning from the past, developing healthy thinking patterns, silencing lies, and overcoming the traps of vanity and other people’s opinions. Abingdon Press. Coming in August. 9781501869686. $16.99; $11.49

about the author Denise Pass is an awardwinning CCM recording artist and singer-songwriter, accomplished writer/ blogger, speaker and worship leader at women’s conferences and at her home church. She lives in Virginia with her husband and five children.

Empowering others to embrace their uniqueness

Chloe Howard new

STAND BEAUTIFUL: A Story of Brokenness, Beauty & Embracing It All Chloe Howard with Margot Starbuck In Stand Beautiful, international speaker and TEDx presenter Chloe Howard shares her story of overcoming injustice, battling self-doubt, and rising up to speak out, fueled by a powerful encounter with Bono from the band U2. Chloe’s story shows that even through brokenness and shame, we can venture toward hope, accept our unique selves, and share in our human experiences. Chloe boldly addresses the unlikely hero in each of us. Readers will be inspired to be brave, to speak up against injustice, and redefine beauty as more than what the eye can see. Chloe shares how faith enabled her to endure physical and emotional pain, spurring readers to delve into authenticity and stand beautiful. Zondervan. Coming in June. 9780310765134. $16.99; $12.49

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Spiritual Growth Getting to the heart of the Bible’s meanings

Rob Bell

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WHAT IS THE BIBLE? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel about Everything Rob Bell

Rob Bell goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined— and offers a clear argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way. In Love Wins, Bell confronted the troubling questions that many people of faith were afraid to ask about heaven, hell, fate, and faith. He now turns to the Bible. What Is the Bible? provides insights and answers that make clear why the Bible is so revered and what makes it truly inspiring and essential to our lives. HarperCollins. 9780062194275. $14.99; $9.79

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living. 9780062356307. $14.99; $10.79 What We Talk about When We Talk about God. 9780062049681. $14.99; $10.79

about the author Rob Bell lives with his family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he’s the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church. Rob is the author several books and appeared in a pioneering series of twenty-four short films called NOOMA. Visit Rob online at www.robbell.com.

Choosing compassion in the face of uncertainty

.. Pema Ch.. odron

COMFORTABLE WITH UNCERTAINTY:

108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion Pema Chödrön Collecting some of the most powerful passages from Chodron’s beloved books, this compact handbook for spiritual practice is rich with inspiration and insight. It explores life-changing concepts, themes, and practices from the Buddhist tradition, showing how anyone (not just Buddhists) can draw from them to become more courageous, aware, and kindhearted. It includes the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, letting go of the fixations that weigh us down, working directly with fear and other painful emotions, and much more. With these teachings, Pema lays the groundwork for how we can start to overcome the habitual patterns that so often hinder compassion for ourselves and others—and that hold us back from embracing our lives joyfully and fearlessly. Shambhala Publishing. 9781611805956. $16.95; $11.49

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Spiritual Growth Living conscientiously in today’s world

Christine M. Fletcher SAINT BENEDICT FOR BOOMERS: Wisdom for the Next Stage of Life Christine M. Fletcher

Saint Benedict for Boomers is based on the idea that no one can retire from being a Christian; we are to love God and our neighbor throughout our life. And it recognizes that aging presents us with change, loss, and death, as well as new growth and opportunities for deep gladness and peace. The Christian vocation is valid when we are healthy and strong and when we are weak and sick. Taking Saint Benedict of Nursia as a guide, Christine Fletcher insists that those in the autumn of their lives still have much to contribute to society and to those around them, even when they are ill and dependent. Benedict’s wisdom is perennial, and it remains helpful to those who negotiate new challenges in living well, preserving bodily health, discerning purpose in new stages of living, deepening faith, and ultimately, facing sickness and death. Liturgical Press. 9780814647028. $16.95; $12.49

about the author Christine M. Fletcher is Associate Professor of Theology at Benedictine University and an oblate of St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle, Illinois. She is the author of 24/7 Christian: The Secular Vocation of the Laity, published by Liturgical Press.

Explore the contemplative dimensions of the Bible

Amos Smit h new BE STILL AND LISTEN: Experience the

Presence of God in Your Life Amos Smith

The various crises we experience in society and culture today, at their root, reveal a spiritual problem: a profound lack of meaning. The mystical truths revealed in Scripture can help. Part One of this book, “Entering the Desert,” introduces the reader to principles of awareness, deep listening, and contemplation as essential for “hearing” what Scripture has to say. Part Two details the importance of mystery and struggle in the process of healing from any past or present wounds. And Part Three explores the “undivided heart” that is possible when we come to know God in silence and stillness. Paraclete Press. Coming in June. 9781612618654. $16.99; $12.99

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Spiritual Growth Find freedom from the bondage of resentment

John I. Snyder new RESENTING GOD: Escape the Downward

Spiral of Blame John I. Snyder

If we’re honest with ourselves, whom do we often blame for life’s most painful and depressing experiences? We blame God, that’s who. And once we feel the powerful, downward pull of resentment, it’s impossible to escape the lethal clutches of bitterness using our own strength. Ultimately, the way out comes in knowing who God is and realizing that we are far from being abandoned—we are being rescued. Resenting God offers a way toward freedom from the bondage of hatred and resentment, and gives you a starting place for finding the help you need to break away from a spiritually dark place. Abingdon Press. Coming in October. 9781501869662. $16.99; $11.49

about the author John I. Snyder is an ordained Presbyterian pastor who has served congregations in the United States and planted churches in California and Switzerland. He is the advisor and lead author for theology and culture blog Theology Mix (theologymix.com).

Experience life with new eyes

Jake Owensby new A RESURRECTION SHAPED LIFE: Dying and Rising on Planet Earth Jake Owensby

Jesus’ resurrection was an extraordinary, singular event. But Bishop Jake Owensby says we, too, can experience extraordinary resurrection even within the realm of our ordinary lives on earth. In A Resurrection Shaped Life, Owensby leads us through a re-examination of the biblical concept of resurrection and illustrates how it can influence us as Christians every day. We’ll learn that a resurrection-shaped life finds hope through honest reflection on the past, moves beyond shame and blame toward self-acceptance and compassion, and draws strength from the hope of life after life. The book includes readings appropriate for every season but is especially suitable during Lent. Abingdon Press. Coming in December. 9781501870811. $16.99; $11.49

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Prayer & Devotion Prayer focused on peace and justice

Alison M. Benders JUST PRAYER: A Book of Hours for Peacemakers and Justice Seekerss Alison M. Benders Actively serving others and advocating for justice are practices that can change others’ lives. Yet, if we really want to create a more just world, we also need to work on changing ourselves and grounding that change permanently in our hearts. Just Prayer is a four-week prayer cycle for morning and evening readings patterned on the ancient monastic Hours. It offers psalms, intercessions, and reflections fashioned to strengthen a personal commitment to justice by emphasizing the connection between justice action and peaceful communities. By repeating and building upon the prayer sequences, we can conform our hearts more fully to Christ’s living message of compassion and justice for the least among us. Liturgical Press. 9780814649664. Imitation Leather. $24.95; $17.49

about the author Alison M. Benders is Associate Dean at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Prior to her career in higher education, she worked as an antitrust litigator in Philadelphia.

An ancient prayer practice offering a timeless solution

Patton Dod d, Jana Riess, and David Van Biema

THE PRAYER WHEEL: A Daily Guide to Renewing Your Faith with a Rediscovered Spiritual Practice Patton Dodd, Jana Riess, and David Van Biema

All people of faith struggle at times to sustain a flourishing prayer life. The Prayer Wheel introduces an ancient prayer practice that offers a timeless solution for the modern faithful. A modern interpretation of the Liesborn Prayer Wheel, this Scripture-based mode of prayer offers seven prayer paths, each inviting contemplation on the main tenets of the Christian faith—the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and key words from the life of Christ. In the tradition of lectio divina and walking a labyrinth, The Prayer Wheel simply and directly takes readers into a daily, wholly unique encounter with God. Convergent Books. 9781524760311. Hardcover. $23.00; $13.49

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Prayer & Devotion Find comfort and courage in prayers from all faiths

Thomas McPherson new ESSENTIAL MYSTIC PRAYERS Thomas McPherson, editor

People from all faiths—and none at all—find in the prayers of the mystical traditions expressions that speak to their deepest needs. Whether appealing for knowledge, seeking a sense of the love of God, or about asceticism, questions and doubts, or contemplation and action, each of these prayers (from Christian and other religious tradition sources) are vibrantly alive. Rooted in classic sources, each prayer in Essential Mystic Prayers is important, especially now, in the twenty-first century. This book collects some of the most beautiful of these prayers. Paraclete Press.

about the author Thomas McPherson is an editor at Paraclete Press in Brewster, Massachusetts. Paraclete Press is the publishing house of the Community of Jesus, and ecumenical monastic community rooted in the Benedictine tradition. McPherson is also the compiler of Essential Celtic Prayers.

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MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR When It Feels Impossible to Pray: Prayers for the Grieving. 9781640600683. $7.99

Poems that celebrate the artistry of God

Rainer Maria Rilke POEMS FROM THE BOOK OF HOURS

Rainer Maria Rilke; translated by Babette Deutsch Although The Book of Hours is the work of Rilke’s youth, it contains the germ of his mature convictions. Written as spontaneously received prayers, these poems celebrate a God who is not the Creator of the Universe but rather humanity itself and, above all, that most intensely conscious part of humanity, the artist. Babette Deutsch’s classic translations—born from “the pure desire to sing what the poet sang” (Ursula K. Le Guin)—capture the rich harmony and suggestive imagery of the originals, transporting the reader to new heights of inspiration and musicality. New Directions Publishing. 9780811227582. $12.95; $9.49

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Letters to a Young Poet (Revised). 9780393310399. $12.95; $9.49

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about the author Rainer Maria Rilke was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets, writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose.

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Grief & Loss The pain and joy of living without certainty

Kate Bowler EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON: And Other Lies I’ve Loved Kate Bowler

At age 35, Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School and adherent to the prosperity gospel, a creed that sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a mark of God’s disapproval. Everything in her life seems to point toward “blessing.” Then she is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. The prospect of her own mortality forces Kate to rethink her faith. She is very sick, and no amount of positive thinking will shrink her tumors. What does it mean to die, she wonders, in a society that insists everything happens for a reason? Kate is stripped of this certainty only to discover that without it, life is hard but beautiful in a way it never has been before. Bowler pulls the reader deeply into her life in an account she populates affectionately with a colorful, often hilarious retinue of friends, mega-church preachers, relatives, and doctors. This is her story, offering up her irreverent, hard-won observations on dying and the ways it has taught her to live. Random House. 9780399592065. Hardcover. $26.00; $16.99

about the author Kate Bowler is an assistant professor at Duke Divinity School. A graduate of Yale Divinity School and Duke University, Bowler is the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.

Finding hope when faced with great loss

Lindsey R. Dennis new BURIED DREAMS: From Devastating Loss to Unimaginable Hope Lindsey R. Dennis

What is more precious to a mother and father than the life of their newborn? What can be more devastating than the death of a child? Lindsey Dennis has experienced these extreme highs and lows of life not just once, but twice. She carried first one child to term, and then a second, only to bury them 14 months apart. And yet, in Buried Dreams, Dennis shares how she and her husband discovered that sorrow and suffering can be instruments in the hands of God…instruments that can forge in us the greatest of joys and give us hope even when faced with the devastating loss of our most precious dreams. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. 9781501869112. $16.99; $11.49

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about the author Lindsey R. Dennis has worked with Cru International for over 15 years, serving in international locations as well as universities in the US. She blogs at vaporandmist.com. She lives in Orlando, FL with her husband and son. CV18

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Grief & Loss Hope for those struggling with mental health issues

David Finnegan-Hosey CHRIST ON THE PSYCH WARD David Finnegan-Hosey

This series of reflections focuses on the intersections among mental health, faith, and ministry. Beginning with his own experience, Finnegan-Hosey shares ways communities of faith can be present with those suffering from mental illness and crises. Weaving together personal testimony, theological reflection, and practical ministry experience, he offers a message of hope for those suffering and for friends and faith communities struggling to care for them. Ultimately, his journey of recovery and healing reveals the need for a theological understanding of a vulnerable God, important not solely for ministry with those with mental health struggles, but offering a hopeful vision forward for the church. Church Publishing. 9780898690514. $14.95; $10.79

about the author David Finnegan-Hosey is chaplain-in-residence at Georgetown University. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, FinneganHosey has since begun speaking and writing on the intersections between mental illness, faith, and the process of healing.

A beautiful, haunting portrait of a life well-lived

Nina Riggs THE BRIGHT HOUR: A Memoir of Living and Dying Nina Riggs

Poet and essayist Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer—one small spot. Within a year, she received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. How does a dying person learn to live each day “unattached to outcome�? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty? How does a young mother and wife prepare her two young children and adored husband for a loss that will shape the rest of their lives? How do we want to be remembered? Simon & Schuster 9781501169373. $16.00; $10.99

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Grief & Loss Recognizing and responding to those struggling for their lives

Rachael A. Keefe THE LIFESAVING CHURCH: Faith Communities and Suicide Prevention Rachael A. Keefe

Would you know how to respond if the person sitting beside you in the pew were contemplating suicide? Every year, millions of people engage in suicidal activity, including men, women, and young people in our faith communities. Yet the Church remains largely silent around the topics of mental health, depression, and suicide prevention. How can you and your faith community be prepared to recognize and respond to those struggling for their very lives in your church? In The Lifesaving Church, pastor Rachael Keefe shatters the taboo of suicide by sharing her own painful story of lifelong depression and suicidality—and how her various faith communities responded, for better and for worse. Keefe empowers us to recognize the hurting in our communities and recover the lifesaving message of the gospel— forgiveness, acceptance, and love—that helped her to heal. Chalice Press.

about the author Rachael A. Keefe is the pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ (UCC) in the Twin Cities. She has served in many different ministry settings, both traditional and decidedly nontraditional. Rachael is also a painter and a poet.

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A new way of understanding death by suicide

Ronald Rolheiser

BRUISED AND WOUNDED: Struggling to Understand Suicide Ronald Rolheiser

When someone is stricken with cancer, one of three things can happen: Doctors treat the disease and cure it; professionals can’t cure the disease but can control it so that the person suffering can live with the disease for the rest of his or her life; or the cancer can be of a kind that cannot be treated and all the medicine and treatments in the world are powerless, and the person dies. Emotional depression leading to suicide can work the same way. Sometimes a person can be treated so that, in effect, they are cured; sometimes they can’t ever really be cured, but can be treated in a way that they can live with the disease for their whole life; and sometimes, just as with certain kinds of cancer, the disease is untreatable, unstoppable, and no intervention by anyone or anything can halt its advance—it eventually kills the person and there is nothing anyone can do. Thus, Ronald Rolheiser begins this small, powerful book. Paraclete Press. 9781640600843. $10.99; $8.49

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about the author Ronald Rolheiser is a Catholic priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and an internationally renowned speaker and spiritual writer. He is the author of several books including The New York Times bestseller, The Holy Longing. CV18

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Leadership Every preacher is, at some point or in some place, an outsider—or feels like one

Lisa L. Thompson new INGENUITY: Preaching as an Outsider Lisa L. Thompson

If you’re a preacher, at some point you’ve felt like an outsider. If you are other than a white male preacher, that feeling is especially intense. Until now, black women pastors have been left to “figure it out” with very little help from established academic sources. Ingenuity helps fill that gap. Author Lisa L. Thompson uses real sermons to illustrate that the best preachers are not just good at mimicking their (predominately white/ male) teachers; they bring together their unique blend of language, voice, and shared experience to craft the most effective messages. Although written with black women pastors in mind, all students and preachers will find this book to be a valuable resource. Abingdon Press. Coming in November. 9781501832598. $29.99; $19.99

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‘I don’t like women preachers.’ Comments like this belong to a continuum of beliefs about the inferiority of women, their abilities to lead, and capacity to think with communities about faith. Preaching often happens in spaces that are especially apathetic or outright hostile to the presence and lives of black women. My aim for Ingenuity is to offer guidance, wisdom, and affirmation for black women in their preaching ministries. This book is not just for black women, however. It challenges others to rethink their practices, learn creativity and innovation from black women, and commit to the flourishing of all creation.

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Lisa L. Thompson, a native of Cedar Grove, NC, is an ordained Baptist minister and has served in university and parish ministry settings. She is the Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and the current president of the Black Caucus of the Academy of Homiletics.

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Leadership How to successfully walk the tightrope of preaching when there are few agreed-upon “facts”

William F. Brosend II new

PREACHING TRUTH IN THE AGE OF ALTERNATIVE FACTS William F. Brosend II

Good preaching has always been a challenge, a combination of exegesis, insight, and craft in witness to the gospel and in service of the church. Cultural forces, in particular the proliferation of media outlets and the explosion of available entertainment sources, have only made the challenge greater. And that was when most agreed on a common set of facts. Those days are now past and gone, and preachers may be forgiven if at times it feels as if the task is impossible. This book offers a way forward. It demonstrates how to proclaim honest, faithful, candid sermons, in spite of social and political disagreements. It teaches how to preach in a way that allows the church to be its best self—a place of commitment, engagement, acceptance, and compassion for all God’s children. Abingdon Press. Coming in August. 9781501870248. $17.99; $11.99

about the author William F. Brosend II is Associate Professor of Homiletics, School of Theology, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN. A priest of the Diocese of Kentucky, he came to The Episcopal Church after more than 20 years of parish ministry and seminary teaching in the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.

A game-changer for churches

Thomas G. Bandy new SIDELINE CHURCH: Bridging the Chasm

Between Churches and Cultures Thomas G. Bandy

In 1990, Tex Sample’s US Lifestyles and the Mainline Church revealed the growing crack between established churches of all kinds and the changing, fracturing, multiplying societies around them. Sideline Church comes almost thirty years later and reveals that the crack has now widened into a chasm. Most churches, regardless of their tradition, are now on the sidelines. They observe cultural change, but don’t care to participate in it. Even megachurches are not immune—their membership is remarkably homogeneous and doesn’t even come close to mirroring the diversity of the larger community. Many churches will never be able to cross that chasm between churches and culture. They will always worry more about members they might lose than strangers they might bless. But some churches can and will cross that chasm—and those that do will discover that the key is empathy. Abingdon Press. Coming in August. 9781501871474. $19.99; $13.49

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about the author Thomas G. Bandy is an internationally recognized church consultant and leadership coach who works across the spectrum of church traditions, denominations, congregations, contexts, and cultures.

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Theology The witness of Scripture helps us remember Jesus well

Rafael Rodriguez new JESUS DARKLY: Remembering Jesus with the

New Testament Rafael Rodriguez

It all started in the Old Testament—the story of God putting God’s family back together. Those of us who exclusively study the New Testament Jesus are not getting the whole story. In Jesus Darkly, author Rafael Rodriguez reminds us that the Bible is one story from beginning to end, and the best way to know Jesus fully is to know what came before…to know the New Testament writers’ Old Testament memories. When we overlook the Old Testament and God’s invitation to sit at the table as family, we are, in essence, breaking God’s heart, choosing an early inheritance instead of an intimate relationship. Abingdon Press. Coming in August 9781501839115. $29.99; $19.99

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The New Testament authors often exhibit different perspectives on a variety of subjects, but on this point they agree: To understand Jesus rightly means to understand Jesus in relation to Israel’s Scriptures….Therefore, if we have any hope of understanding Jesus as the New Testament authors understood him, we will have to pay special attention to the ways they drew upon…the Hebrew Bible….

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Rafael Rodriguez is Professor of New Testament in the School of Bible and Theology at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. His research has focused on questions of early Christian tradition, especially on the interface between Hebrew biblical tradition and the stories from and about Jesus.

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Theology Non-Western Christianity is reshaping Christianity for all of us

Lalsangkima Pachuau new WORLD CHRISTIANITY: A Historical and

Theological Introduction Lalsangkima Pachuau

Christianity is vibrant and growing in the non-western “majority” world, and is changing as a result. World Christianity is ultimately about the changing and diversifying character of Christianity and a renewed recognition of the dynamic universality of Christian faith itself: Christianity is a shared religion in that people of different cultures and societies make it their own while being transformed by it. Christanity is translatable and adaptable to all cultures while challenging each with its transformative power. This book is both a descriptive study and a thoughtful analysis of world Christianity’s demographics, life, representation, and thought. It also gives an account of the historical emergence of World Christianity and its theological characteristics. Abingdon Press. Coming in July. 9781426753183. $34.99; $23.49

about the author Lalsangkima Pachuau is the John Wesley Beeson Professor of Christian Mission and Dean of Advanced Research Programs at Asbury Seminary. Ordained by the Presbyterian Church of India, Pachuau is a member of Transylvania Presbytery of the PC(USA).

Theology matters to our lives, and it matters to the life of the world

Cynthia L. Rigby HOLDING FAITH: A Practical Introduction

to Christian Doctrine Cynthia L. Rigby

Doctrine is important to pastors and Bible scholars, but do the rest of us need to engage in discussions about it? After reading Holding Faith you’ll come to realize that “doctrine” is just a word for how we relate to God and to one another, and therefore, it deeply affects our everyday Christian life. The book introduces basic Christian doctrines and examines each one using current events, sociology, fiction, and movies, in addition to Scripture and theological literature, to show that theology matters to our lives and to the life of the world. Abingdon Press. 9781426758140. $39.99; $26.79

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about the author Cynthia L. Rigby is the W. C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas and co-chair of the Christian Systematic Theology Section of the American Academy of Religion.

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New & Noteworthy Discover what makes Martin Luther’s message revolutionary today!

Rob Fuquay

new A NEW REFORMATION: From Luther’s World to Ours Rob Fuquay

Justified by faith. We are accustomed to this theology today, but when Martin Luther shared his belief in this concept during the sixteenth century, it was anything but typical—it sparked the Reformation. Author Rob Fuquay says that although “justified by faith” is not a new idea, the message is as revolutionary today as ever. In A New Reformation, Fuquay helps you take a close look into the life of Martin Luther and teaches you how to embrace reformation in your church and in your life today. Study resources available. Contact us for details. Abingdon Press. Coming in August. 9781501864018. $14.99; $9.99

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Which Way, Lord? 9780835817028. $9.99; $7.99 Take the Flag. 9780835815789. $9.99; $6.99 The God We Can Know. 9780835813389. $9.99; $6.99

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Why did Reformers risk and even give their lives so that a simple book could be translated? So that all people can know they have a place in the family of God and can have the peace of God through Jesus Christ.

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