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BOOKS & BIBLES 2017 Spring Catalog

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IS GOD JUST A DISTANT CONCEPT AND NOTHING MORE? Award-winning religion correspondent Lauren Green is convinced the answer is NO. In Lighthouse Faith, Lauren explores what makes a relationship with God possible. NEW LIGHTHOUSE FAITH: God as a Living Reality in a World Immersed in Fog

Lauren Green

Thomas Nelson. 9780718083526. Hardcover. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $17.48

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Discover the wonder of God’s grace NEW A GRACE-FULL LIFE

God’s All-Reaching, Soul-Saving, Character-Shaping, Never-Ending Love Jorge Acevedo and Wes Olds Grace. It’s a game changer. And when never-ending love comes from God, it sometimes feels like more than you can take. Why does God want to have a personal relationship with me? How can I fully experience and respond to God’s grace? What does “grace” really mean? In A Grace-Full Life, you’ll examine a Wesleyan understanding of grace for the common person. You’ll learn about various forms of grace—prevenient grace, justifying grace, sanctifying grace, and glorifying grace—and you’ll come away knowing how God’s grace truly works in your life. Abingdon Press. 9781501832819. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $10.04

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INSIDE CATALOG Spiritual Growth............................ inside front cover–3

Books & Bibles for Graduates .................................. 17

Prayer & Devotion .................................................. 4–6

Bibles .................................................................. 18–21

Wesleyan .................................................................... 7

Leadership .......................................................... 22–25

Christian Living ..................................................... 8–13

Church & Culture ................................................ 26–29

Christian Living for Women ................................ 14–15

Preaching .................................................................. 30

Bibles for Women ..................................................... 16

Study & Theology....................... 31–inside back cover

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Spiritual Growth Turn your reluctance into boldness by walking in the footsteps of Moses PRE-ORDER OFFER SAVE 50%* MOSES: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet Adam Hamilton It doesn’t get much more dramatic: rescued baby, life in the courts of Pharaoh, parting the Red Sea, leading his people out of Egypt…Moses’ life was one challenge after the next, but although he resisted God’s calling, by the end of his life he successfully fulfilled the role he was given. Join award-winning author Adam Hamilton as he travels from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, the Nile, the Red Sea, and the wilderness exploring the sites of Moses’ life. As Hamilton shares historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text, you’ll gain a better understanding of Moses’ significance in your life today, and you’ll discover how you, too, can turn your own reluctance into boldness. Abingdon Press. Coming in May. 9781501807886. Hardcover. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.39

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Knowing God Through the Old and New Testaments David Kalas Why does God seem different in the Old and New Testaments? This book explores the unity of Scripture, biblical history, and the two primary attributes of God: love and holiness. Study resources available. Abingdon Press. 9781501830969. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.38


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Your story can change. Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter, and even an unnamed woman in the Bible—their stories were rewritten giving them new names and identities that were in line with God’s call for their lives. And the same can happen to you. Study resources available. Abingdon Press. Coming in April.

Provides small, but meaningful, action steps that collectively evolve into a big deal: intimacy with God, ability to address life challenges, availability to serve. Divided into strategic areas of growth. For individuals and groups. FaithWords. Coming in May.

When God Changes Your Story Jessica LaGrone

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Spiritual Growth Don’t relive your glory days; live them! NEW GLORY DAYS: Trusting the God Who Fights for You Max Lucado

Keep walking. This may be the day your Jericho walls come down. We all face them. Strongholds with a strong hold on our lives. Roadblocks to our joy. Obstacles in our marriages. Fortresses of fear blocking us from peace. How can we bring down these walls that keep us from the future God promises? Remember the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho? Those were some formidable foes and big barriers. Max Lucado says the book of Joshua is in the Bible to remind us of one thing: God fights for us. We can overcome because He has already overcome. We were not made to stand in the shadow of our walls and quake. We were made to stand on top of Jericho’s rubble and conquer. We win, because God’s already won. Need a new battle plan for life? Keep walking, keep believing. These may be your glory days. Thomas Nelson. 9780718091194. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $12.23

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NEW MINDFULNESS AND Making Space for God Tim Stead

NEW FORWARD: A Small Group Journey Toward a Full Life in Christ Nick Cunningham


Caught You. He Still Does. Max Lucado


In this life, the pressure to be selfsufficient is high. Imagine abandoning your life to Jesus instead of trying to save yourself. This beautiful 20th anniversary edition shares that message of hope and freedom—as relevant and life-changing as ever. Thomas Nelson. Coming in April.

Stead explores how practicing mindfulness can help Christians better live out their faith. He explains what mindfulness is and what is beneficial about it, reflecting on how it can impact what and how we believe. Westminster John Knox Press. Coming in April.

Based on 2 Peter 1:3-11, this book and study shows you and members of your small group how to push one another forward, helping one another grow in faith, knowledge, and actions consistent with a Christian life. Additional study resources available. Abingdon Press. Coming in April.

Joseph had quite the story, but his accomplishments came only after he recognized what God was doing through him. Explore Joseph’s life (Genesis 37–50) and learn how to co-create a real page-turning story of your own. Study resources available. Abingdon Press. Coming in April.

GRACE: Your Father Always

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STORY? Seeing Your Life Through God’s Eyes Sarah Heath

9781501837890. $12.99; Cokesbury Price $8.70


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Prayer & Devotion What Christians can learn from engaging Torah Scripture the way Jesus did NEW SHALOM FOR THE HEART: Torah-Inspired Devotions for a Sacred Life Evan Moffic

Discover the wisdom of the Torah in Shalom for the Heart. Jews have long been known as careful examiners of the Bible, dedicated to understanding and growing from God’s Word. Now, Rabbi Evan Moffic encourages today’s Christians through beautifully written devotions based on verses from each of the 54 Torah portions. In this year-long devotional, you will learn the Jewish model for weekly Bible reading which can inspire your faith and lead you to grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus by helping you find meaning, comfort, and direction for your life. Abingdon Press. 9781501827372. $9.99; Cokesbury Price $6.69


Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority John Eldredge This step-by-step guide to prayer shows you how to experience the power of daily prayer. Learn the major types of prayers, including those of intervention, consecration, warfare, and healing. Thomas Nelson. 9780718088590. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $12.23


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John Hudson Tiner, Ardythe Kolb, and Glenn Hascall The prayers in the Bible run the gamut from desperate to hopeful, faith-filled to selfish. Learn important, even life-changing, principles from them today in these 180 quick, easy-to-read entries. Barbour Publishing. 9781630589080. $5.99; Cokesbury Price $4.31




Rediscovering the Lord’s Prayer Don Underwood You probably know The Lord’s Prayer by heart, but do you think about its meaning? Pray Like Jesus reexamines the content of the Lord’s Prayer, helping you to discover insightful spiritual guidance for developing a rich devotional life. Study resources also available. Abingdon Press. 9781501831058. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $10.04 SB17

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Prayer & Devotion 365 days of devotions on the named and unnamed women of the Bible NEW BIBLE SISTERS: A Year of Devotions with the Women of the Bible Gennifer Benjamin Brooks Walk through the next 365 days with the women of the Bible. This year-long devotional explores the Scriptures from the perspective of well-known biblical women like Eve and un-named women who were part of the early church. Bible Sisters, by author Gennifer Benjamin Brooks, features a daily Bible verse, a reflection, and a prayer making it perfect for personal devotions or for small group discussions. An excellent companion resource to The CEB Women’s Bible, Bible Sisters will become a favorite of your church’s women. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501834318. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.38

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THE CEB WOMEN’S BIBLE Common English Bible.

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of Life Charles Lattimore Howard

Journaling Experience Gayla Irwin

Wade into the beautiful water that is God through stories, questions, and illustration in Pond River Ocean Rain— forty-five short, insightful essays on spiritual life. Calm the storms of your life with the presence and power of God. Abingdon Press.

Designed as a faith-infused art journal, each page is charmingly illustrated with a prompt aimed at guiding you into prayer or Scripture meditation. These exercises can lead you to new ways to absorb biblical truths and personalize what you’re experiencing. BethanyHouse. Coming in April.

RAIN: Find Peace in the Storms

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OF GRACE: An Interactive

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A Creative, Intimate Way to Grow Closer to God Susie Larson


DEVOTIONAL: Inspirational Readings for True Believers Ed Strauss

With writing space on one page, and Scripture on the other, this journal lets you record thoughts, questions, and prayers as you read through the Psalms. With journaling prompts from author and radio host Susie Larson. BethanyHouse. Coming in June.

Comic fans will love the 60 devotional readings drawn from dozens of superheroes from the Marvel and DC Comics universes. Each reading includes spiritual lessons relating the superheroes to the heroes of the Bible. Includes superhero background and history. Barbour Publishing.

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Prayer & Devotion A beautiful way to spend your quiet time NEW THE BEAUTIFUL WORD DEVOTIONAL: Bringing the Goodness of

Scripture to Life in Your Heart

Dive into 365 devotions to nurture your spirit and encourage your heart as God’s Word washes over you with its promises. With lovely devotions, inspiring images, and beautifully lettered Scripture, The Beautiful Word Devotional will refresh your heart daily as you seek to enjoy God’s Word in a creative way. This devotional includes 182 verses illustrated in full color, special places to write your own reflections, and warm devotions for each day of the year. Zondervan. Coming in April. 9780718088491. Hardcover. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $14.39

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What to Say When You Don’t Know How to Pray Adam Weber Prayer seems like it should be so simple. Yet, when it comes to actually praying, often it feels awkward and complicated. The truth is, prayer is simple. It’s like talking with a good friend. And the best part: no matter where we are in life, God can’t wait to talk with us. WaterBrook Press. 9781601429445. Hardcover. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $11.97


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As we face life’s trials, everyone struggles with discouragement: health, family, job, or relationships. God wants to give us hope and peace again. The 100 verses highlighted in this devotional remind us that God loves us and is right by our side. BethanyHouse. 9780764217609. $9.99; Cokesbury Price $7.19




Eberhard Arnold and Richard J. Foster

This spiritual classic by Eberhard Arnold from 1913, revised for our time by Foster, mines the riches of biblical teaching on prayer and the example of Jesus, the Hebrew prophets, and the early Christians to point us back to the kind of prayer that has the power to transform our lives and our world. Plough Publishing House. 9780874867008. $8.00; Cokesbury Price $5.76 SB17

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Wesleyan Combines a Wesleyan focus with the insightful writings of Bishop Job NEW 40 DAYS WITH WESLEY: A Daily Devotional Journey Rueben P. Job

Prepare for Lent with a daily devotional that weaves quotes and excerpts from John Wesley, the father of Methodism, with inspirational readings on faith and prayer from Rueben P. Job (1928–2015), the former World Editor of The Upper Room publishing program. Each selection offers a simple daily pattern of reflection with a prayer, Scripture, and short readings that make this daily devotional an easy read. You’ll also find that this book makes a wonderful gift or award for anyone who needs reassurance and inspiration. Abingdon Press. 9781501836015. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $10.04


NEW OFFERING CHRIST: CHALLENGE: 21 Days to a More John Wesley’s Evangelistic Vision

Authentic Faith Chris Folmsbee

Jack Jackson

How do Methodists share good news in such a way that people receive Renew your passion and discover it and respond to it? This book deeper commitment to God in just offers a fresh conception of Wesley’s 21 days.This book introduces young adults to our denomination’s father in evangelistic vision by analyzing his a practical and accessible way through method of gospel proclamation. Kingswood Books. Coming in June. 21 questions studied over 3 weeks. 9781501814228. Abingdon Press. Coming in June. 9781501832901. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $10.04 SB17

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A viable future for United Methodism relies on recapturing the dynamism associated with a movement, says Jones. Useful for all denominations in the Wesleyan tradition, this book discusses current issues holding the church back and closes with a hopeful vision of what renewal might look like. Abingdon Press.

A covenant with God is a faithful promise of renewal, and none is more central to the Methodist identity than The Wesley Covenant Prayer first used by John Wesley in 1755. Its central theme focuses on how we can have a closer relationship with God and others through a heightened dedication to a serious faith. Abingdon Press.

Scott J. Jones

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The Wesleyan Covenant for Renewal Magrey deVega

9781501824920. $9.99; Cokesbury Price $6.69


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Christian Living Find lasting happiness and contentment in your life NEW HAPPY?

what it is and how to find it Matt Miofsky What’s keeping you from being happy? Do you really have to lose weight or find a new job before you can say you’re happy? No matter how hard we try, happiness can seem elusive. Even as we reach our goals, we set new ones, making happiness always out of reach. Using basic theology and the words of Solomon, author Matt Miofsky helps you discover that contentment isn’t dependent on the “things” of life. Instead, he’ll help you see that happiness can be found in the value of our relationships, a forgiving lifestyle, living in the present, feeling gratitude, and learning to release control. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501831102. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $10.04

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GOD’S EYES: 10 Practices Great Christians Have in Common Chip Ingram

Using Scripture, personal stories, and examples from Christians who left a lasting legacy, a bestselling author offers practical steps for becoming great in all areas of life: in spiritual growth, family, relationships, and career. Baker Book House. Coming in April. 9780801019630. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $12.23


God’s Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story Kyle Idleman


NEW GOD: 48 Famous and HOURS: One Day of Kindness Can Fascinating Minds Talk about God

Change Everything Hal Donaldson with Kirk Noonan

Through powerful true stories of God’s grace can transform any heart and kindness lived out, this book shows rewrite any story. For individuals, small readers the enormous difference groups, churchwide. Baker Book House. they can make through small, doable 9780801019418. acts of kindness in their families, $15.99; Cokesbury Price $11.51 communities, workplaces, schools, and Also available: churches. Baker Book House.


The Grace Effect: Excerpts from Grace Is Greater

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Jennifer Berne; illustrated by R. O. Blechman

A compilation of 48 carefully chosen quotes from history’s most interesting minds—Homer, Galileo, Einstein, Pope Francis, Maya Angelou, and more— on their ponderings about God. Illustrations from famed New Yorker cartoonist R.O. Blechman. Running Press. Coming in June. 9780762462322. Hardcover. $15.00; Cokesbury Price $10.80 SB17

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Christian Living 30 days to healthier finances & a stronger family NEW LAUNCH YOUR DREAM: A 30-Day Plan for Turning Your Passion Into Your Profession Dale Partridge

Dale Partridge, bestselling author and founder of and many other highly successful businesses, has helped thousands of people launch new startup businesses and find unimaginable freedom in the process through his highly acclaimed Startup Camp program. In Launch Your Dream, Partridge distills the essence of that course into a hyper-practical, 30-day journey for readers looking to follow their passions and realize their dreams. In clear, easily grasped steps, he teaches readers how to hone their ideas, build an audience, construct an online presence, launch a business, master social media, craft a beautiful brand, and create experiences that keep customers from ever considering competitors. For anyone looking simply to make money on the side or seeking to become a millionaire, for the CEO or the stay-at-home mom, for the would-be entrepreneur or the freelancer, Launch Your Dream provides the steps necessary to begin living your dream in just 30 days. Thomas Nelson. Coming in June. 9780718093419. Hardcover. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $17.99


God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think Tracie Miles For many women, remaining optimistic about life and feeling positive about themselves is a constant battle. This Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and author offers hope for women who struggle with negativity by exploring her personal stories and those of other women. David C. Cook Publishing. 9780781414364. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $12.23 SB17

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NEW THE YEAR OF SMALL THINGS: Radical Faith for the

Rest of Us Sarah Arthur and Erin F. Wasinger Two church families embarked on year of small, but radical changes. Their story is told with humor, theological reflection, and practical insight, exploring such practices as simplicity, hospitality, accountability, sustainability, social justice, and discernment. Includes study questions. Brazos Press. 9781587433825. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $12.95



Often when people follow Jesus, they feel more guilty instead of more free. A powerful book for the spiritually restless, Unchained shows readers how to have a robust faith that celebrates their freedom in Christ without compromising their holiness as God’s followers. David C. Cook Publishing.

Fr. Rutler reflects upon dozens of the greatest hymns written from the earliest years of the church through the 20th century. Includes the text and composition of each hymn, accounts of authors and composers, historical events, and notes about significant contributions of each to theology and music. Sophia Institute Press.

If Jesus Has Set Us Free, Why Don’t We Feel Free? Noel Jesse Heikkinen

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HYMNS: The History Behind 100 of Christianity’s Greatest Hymns George William Rutler

9781682780244. $18.95


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Christian Living Real-world advice from a Christian millennial on how to find your calling NEW QUARTER-LIFE CALLING: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose

in Your Twenties Paul Sohn

Even though he seemed to have achieved it all, including landing his dream job at a Fortune 500 company, throughout his twenties Paul Sohn struggled with feelings of inadequacy, emptiness, and disillusionment. Something was very wrong. Finally at twenty-eight, after much contemplation and a lifechanging encounter with his mentor, Paul traded in his high-paying job and sought a more meaningful life. Now, having achieved a sense of happiness and fulfillment like never before, and after examining all that he has learned along the way, Paul wants to help young adults avoid the pitfalls he succumbed to, including madly chasing empty financial success. His goal is to help others pursue their God-given purpose, and in Quarter-Life Calling, he shares enlightening biblical insights and practical ways to make it happen. FaithWords. Coming in April. 9781455543458. $13.99; Cokesbury Price $10.07

THE BIBLE: Human Word and

ENJOY: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts Trillia J. Newbell

Contains excerpts from Bonhoeffer’s letters, meditations, expositions, sermons, lectures, and seminar papers. His statements about the Bible remain remarkably relevant today for individuals and churches, and for Christians and non-Christians. Hendrickson Publishers.

because we’re discouraged, fixated on selfish fulfillment, or paralyzed by guilt. Enjoy reminds women of God’s gracious gifts and challenges them to view these gifts—from relationships and careers to food and sex—as reasons to rejoice in the Lord. Multnomah Books.


Word of God Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Manfred Weber, We often miss opportunities to editor; M. Eugene Boring, translator participate in God’s divine delight

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An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living Krista Tippett

NEW FOR THE GLORY: The Life of Eric Liddell, from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr Duncan Hamilton

Tippett distills her own insights and conversations with a dream team of a teaching faculty from her award-winning national radio program and podcast into a coherent narrative journey of what it means to be human. A master class in living, individually and collectively. Penguin USA. Coming in April.

After winning gold, Liddell became a missionary. During WWII, he was interned at a Japanese work camp where he became the moral center of an unbearable world. A compelling narrative of athletic heroism and of faith in the darkest circumstances. Penguin USA. Coming in May.

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Christian Living Practical approaches to helping those who need it most NEW ALONGSIDE: A Practical Guide for Loving Your Neighbor in Their Time of Trial Sarah Beckman

Whether it’s cancer, death of a loved one, long-term illness, or another significant challenge, we all know someone facing trial. We wonder, What can I do to help? Filled with practical tools, personal experience, and insights from those who’ve faced hardship, Sarah Beckman delicately weaves together action and inspiration to create this comprehensive resource. Alongside will become your trusted guidebook so you’ll know exactly how to bring life-giving help, hope, and encouragement to people you care about in their greatest time of need. Morgan James Publishing. 9781630479831. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $12.95


COAT: What the History of Death and Dying Teaches Us About Life and Living Brandy Schillace

We treat death like enemy to be beaten back with medical advances. Why do we sanitize it and make it foreign and unfamiliar? These stories show how talking about death—conversation and community—are just as important for living as for dying. Pegasus Books. 9781681773247. $16.95; Cokesbury Price $12.20


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NEW BEADS OF HEALING: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness Kristen E. Vincent

Vincent shares her personal story of childhood trauma and how Protestant prayer beads helped her find spiritual and emotional healing. Shows trauma survivors ways to use prayer beads to tell God of their feelings of grief, shame, and anger and begin to hear God’s healing words. Upper Room Books. 9780835816359. $13.99; Cokesbury Price $9.79

THE GOD WHO HEALS: Words of Hope for a Time of Sickness Johann Christoph Blumhardt and Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt These 60 short daily reflections from the Blumhardts, a father-son team of pastors renowned for their healing ministry, are each based on a verse from the Bible and will guide a believer facing serious sickness and his or her family to a rocksolid faith and trust in the will of God. Plough Publishing House. 9780874867473. Hardcover. $18.00; Cokesbury Price $12.96

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Kerry Egan

As a hospice chaplain, Egan mainly listened: to stories of hope and regret, shame and pride, mystery and revelation, secrets held too long, and mostly stories about love. Her work healed her from a brokenness which she came to see that we all share. In this poignant, moving, and beautiful book, she passes along all their precious insights. Penguin Putnam. 9781594634819. Hardcover. $24.00; Cokesbury Price $17.28


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Christian Living Have a divine encounter and live amazed NEW LIVING AMAZED: How Divine Encounters Can Change Your Life

James Robison

Blessed by God throughout his life, James Robison has had countless opportunities to witness clearly the power of God and his amazing grace. He has shared inspiration and insight with church leaders, ministers, presidents, entertainers, and celebrities. Millions have been inspired through his television outreach, and countless others have found relief through his ministry’s humanitarian efforts. In this inspiring book, Robison desires to show readers that they too can witness God at work in transforming, powerful ways. His remarkable stories and biblical insights will inspire and empower readers to: • recognize the spiritual significance of ordinary events and how God orchestrates encounters to change our lives and others’ • see God at work in and through us to make a difference in the world • learn to live in constant holy amazement of God’s great love God is continually working in this world, and he is using us to accomplish kingdom purposes for his glory and the benefit of all those he loves. From the improbable to the extraordinary, these “divine encounters” will inspire awe even as they leave readers looking for God’s amazing work through their own lives and relationships. Fleming Revell. 9780800727925. Hardcover. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $14.39


TABLE: Finding Community and

Connection in Your Own Front Yard Kristin Schell The Turquoise Table, through a simple act of redefining hospitality, shows how you can connect a neighborhood, build a community, and create deep connection with those around you. Features stress-free ideas, simple tips, and funny and heartwarming stories. Thomas Nelson. Coming in June. 9780718095581. Hardcover. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $12.23


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Dog with a Very Big Heart Dion Leonard

Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard Jennie Allen

The real-life story of an incredible 500-mile trek through Spain. Full of love, humor, and spiritual truth, it exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be and shows how love and faith can push past all limits—and make us the best versions of ourselves. Tyndale House. Coming in June.

The miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, an ultramarathon runner who bonds with a scrappy, stray dog while competing in a 150-mile race through the Gobi Desert. The incredible determination and heart of this small dog causes Leonard’s own heart to undergo a change as he learns about love and sacrifice. Thomas Nelson. Coming in June.

Many of us face a daily struggle with inadequacy and insecurity and the fear that we’re not enough. Allen invites us into a different experience. Find freedom from self-induced pressure by admitting you’re not enough but Jesus is. Stop doing things for God, and start doing things with Him. WaterBrook Press.

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A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck




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Christian Living Who would you become if you decided to let Hope be your theme song? NEW HOPE SINGS: Risk More. Dream Bigger. Fear Less. Susanna Foth Aughtmon Faith can be a journey in the dark. We don’t know where we are going. We don’t know where we’ll end up. Sometimes we feel completely lost. But Faith has a best friend: Hope. Author Susanna Foth Aughtmon reminds us that even when we are fearful and anxious about the circumstances that surround us, we have real hope when we have faith in God’s mercy, peace, grace, worthiness, and authentic goodness…when we hear God’s voice singing out, bringing light into the dark, inviting us to join in an everlasting song of hope, and helping us to reach for dreams that seem out of our grasp. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501820137. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.38

NEW CHASING SLOW: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path Erin Loechner

She was a star and a viral sensation with a worldwide fan base. She was applauded by The New York Times and had an adoring husband and baby. But she felt lost. Then she turned away from the fame and frenzy and, after a series of steep climbs, veered into grace. HarperCollins. 9780310345671. Hardcover. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $17.99 SB17

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Many of us measure our worth by what others think of us. In You Are Free, Rebekah invites you to overcome the exhaustion of trying to meet the expectations of others and rest in the joy God’s freedom brings. Release stress, anxiety, and worry to uncover God’s peace. Zondervan. Hardcover.

In recognition of the Pulitzer Prizewinning author’s long and lauded career, this landmark collection includes her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work. The Abundance is quintessential Dillard, delivered in her fierce and singular voice, filled with fascinating detail and metaphysical fact. Ecco Press.

An inspiring, warm, and practical guide to finding rest in today’s fast-paced culture through Sabbathkeeping. It not only brings physical refreshment, it brings us closer to God. Features encouraging stories, shares practical advice, and dispels legalistic ideas. BethanyHouse.

Be Who You Already Are Rebekah Lyons

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Narrative Essays Old and New Annie Dillard

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Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World Shelly Miller

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Christian Living for Women Prayer—it’s what mothers do; it’s Motherlove NEW MOTHERPRAYER: Lessons in Loving Barbara Mahany

Love without end. Love without question. Love that doesn’t give into exhaustion… that is big and boundless. This is the love of a mother, and author Barbara Mahany calls it Divine. In Motherprayer, Mahany generously shares personal love letters on the mysteries and gifts of mothering, interspersed with family recipes and gentle essays, all offering beautiful lessons in how to love, and how to love breathtakingly. Motherprayer offers support and inspiration to mothers of all ages, as well as to those who mother in nontraditional roles, and invites us to lift up the everyday while cradling our loved ones in prayer. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501827273. Hardcover. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.72


CHEERIOS: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life Betsy Singleton Snyder

Women who are juggling everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, and church will relate to Snyder’s warm and charming collection of tales and will discover how God works in our lives no matter what comes next. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501827259. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.38


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12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life Joan Chittister

A beloved nun and social activist offers a practical, character-building, and inspirational guide to help you take control of your emotional life and redirect your spiritual destiny. Convergent Books. Coming in April. 9780451495174. Hardcover. $22.00; Cokesbury Price $14.98


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Dig deeper into the stories of the most influential mothers in the Bible, from Hannah to Ruth to Mary, and pray the same prayers these women whispered in their moments of need. Meditate on Scripture and inspire your heart as you delve into the promises God has made just for you.Thomas Nelson. 9780718089993. Hardcover. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79



NEW THE FIRST LOVE STORY: Adam, Eve, and Us Bruce Feiler

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a revelatory journey across four continents and 4,000 years exploring how Adam and Eve introduced the idea of love into the world, and how they continue to shape our deepest feelings about relationships, family, and togetherness. Penguin Random House. 9781594206818. Hardcover. $28.00; Cokesbury Price $20.16 SB17

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Christian Living for Women Finding beauty in ordinary life NEW BRAVE IS THE NEW BEAUTIFUL: Finding the Courage to Be the Real You Lee Wolfe Blum

In a culture that bombards women with “thinspiration” messages and pressure to “do it all” while wearing the mask of perfection, women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are? Lee Wolfe Blum offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives and found true beauty in the process. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Blum weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and the beloved that God knows they are. David C. Cook Publishing. 9781434710307. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $12.23



Drawing on the wisdom of 40 years of ministry, Houston helps women discover their specific purpose and divine calling. Packed with personal stories, helpful advice, and leadership strategies to help women lead with confidence. FaithWords. Coming in April.

A powerful exploration of mercy, its memoir of a young woman from Dallas, limitless presence, why we ignore it, Texas, wrestling with the Evangelical and how we can embrace it. Full of Christianity of her childhood by Lamott’s trademark honesty, humor examining the one item from it that she and forthrightness, Hallelujah Anyway is still attached to, the daily devotional is profound and caring, funny and My Utmost for His Highest. wise—a hopeful book of hands-on Alfred A. Knopf. spirituality. Riverhead Books. Coming 9780307957986. Hardcover. in April.

Navigating the Challenges and A Devotional Memoir Wonder of Life, Love, and Leadership Macy Halford A beautifully written and heartfelt Bobbie Houston

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NEW HALLELUJAH ANYWAY: Rediscovering Mercy Anne Lamott

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CHOOSING REAL: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned Bekah Jane Pogue Walks with you into life’s unplanned circumstances—frantic schedules, pain and transition, feelings of unworthiness, loneliness, and tension—and reminds you that it is in these very moments that God invites you to notice, respond, and even ”celebrate” how He shows up in every detail. Barbour Publishing. 9781634099646. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79


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Bibles for Women Enhance your personal devotion with this new Common English Bible with additional space for journaling and note-taking NEW CEB WIDE-MARGIN BIBLE: For Journaling and Note-Taking This Bible will satisfy those readers who express themselves and their spiritual journey in the pages of their Bible. The biblical text is presented in one column, making it easier to read, and the design includes a generous 2-inch margin along the exterior side of each page. Available in two classic designs: a hardcover wrapped in leather-like material and burnished with a simple cross and a hardcover wrapped in graphic paper, covered in drawn navy flowers, with a complementary khaki spine. This Bible is made for journaling but is also useful for note-taking and other forms of personal devotion. Thicker paper means your drawings and notes won’t bleed through to the next page. A presentation page and ribbon complete this package and make it a beautiful gift for anyone who enjoys expressing their prayer and devotional life in the pages of their Bible.

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As a woman, you appreciate discussions relating to gender and justice. As a Christian, you’re concerned about how those ideas are lived out through your faith. The features in the The CEB Women’s Bible are written by women for women, making it easy for you to connect the cultural needs and practices of ancient texts with your life today. Articles on issues like birth control and “The Glass Ceiling” and reflective readings before each chapter make this Bible perfect for women’s small-group study as well as for daily private devotion. Common English Bible. 9781609261894. DecoTone. $74.99; Cokesbury Price $50.24 9781609261887. Hardcover. $49.99; Cokesbury Price $33.49


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Illustrated Verses

Be drawn into God’s Word through a fresh, creative expression of the beautiful words of God. Crafted on high-quality paper and a balance of inspiring full-color art and blank space, this large print Bible will encourage a deeper and more authentic quiet time. With 500 verses illustrated to help you see the rich diversity of stories, characters, prophecies, rewards, and hope contained within Scripture, you will discover wisdom to sustain you in every season. Zondervan. 9780310446064. NIV/Hardcover. $54.99; Cokesbury Price $38.49 9780310446071. NIV/Pink Imitation Leather. $64.99; Cokesbury Price $45.49 9780310446088. NKJV/Hardcover; Red Letter Edition. $54.99; Cokesbury Price $38.49 9780310446095. NKJV/Blue Imitation Leather; Red Letter Edition. $64.99; Cokesbury Price $45.49




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Books & Bibles for Graduates Help youth connect the world of the Bible with their lives THE CEB STUDENT BIBLE Our youth are not just the Christian leaders of the future, they’re also Christian leaders who are transforming the world for Jesus Christ today. As such, they need a Bible that engages and connects with them now. The CEB Student Bible includes the full text in the Common English Bible translation—the most contemporary, readable, and reliable English translation of the Bible—and invites youth to go deeper into personal and social holiness. Includes book introductions with an overview, key themes, tips for reading, quick facts, discussions for each book with suggested activities, and prayers and reflections. It also features more than 350 articles from biblical scholars and a diverse group of youth ministers that explore relevant issues and topics. Common English Bible. 9781609262020. Black Decotone $39.99; Cokesbury Price $26.79 Also available: 9781609261795. Softcover. $29.99 Quantity Savings! 1–10 copies: $20.09 Each (Save 33%) 11–24 copies: $19.49 Each (Save 35%) Best Value! 25+ copies: $18.59 Each (Save 38%)


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Includes The Story Devotional, with 365 daily readings, plus a Compact Thinline Bible in your choice of NIV or NKJV, featuring an Italian DuoTone cover, 6.3 pt. type, double columns, and words of Christ in red. Zondervan. Each, $19.99 9780310446712. NIV Girls’ Edition/Burgundy 9780310447160. NIV Boys’ Edition/Brown 9780310446767. NKJV Girls’ Edition/Purple 9780310446798. NKJV Boys’ Edition/Blue


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Jack Countryman

Grads will face uncertainties, fears, and joys on their new adventure. Send them off with the comfort and courage found in God’s promises. This keepsake gift has a ribbon marker, silver page edges, and a leathersoft over hardcover binding that is perfect for imprinting the graduate’s name. Includes Scriptures from the NIV. Thomas Nelson. Each, $14.99; Cokesbury Price $10.79 9780718085933. Lavender 9780718085995. Black

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POCKET PRAYERS FOR GRADUATES: 40 Simple Prayers that Bring Hope and Direction Max Lucado with Andrea Lucado

Graduation is one of life’s most exciting milestones., but it can also be a source of uncertainty and anxiety. What comes after graduation day? Max Lucado offers hope and direction by pointing to the Answer to all of life’s questions. Includes forty Scriptures and guided prayers written especially for those considering their futures post-graduation. Nelson Word. 9780718077372. Hardcover. $9.99; Cokesbury Price $7.19


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Bibles Kids will dive deeper into God’s Word with this unique, award-winning children’s Bible CEB DEEP BLUE KIDS BIBLE As kids read God’s Word, they’ll join fun characters just like them who are also discovering the Bible and what it means to their lives. Interactive elements, bright and colorful illustrations, and games keep kids entertained while they develop a stronger faith and a thirst for God’s timeless message. Devotionals, a Bible dictionary, and engaging maps are also included. Just right for ages 7–12. Common English Bible.

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DEEP BLUE BIBLE STORYBOOK Daphna Flegal & Brittany Sky

Your church’s children ages 3–6 have grown to love the Deep Blue curriculum characters and will look forward to learning about the Bible and practicing beginning Bible skills with the Deep Blue Bible Storybook. Includes 146 stories told in a language they can understand, plus prayers and fun songs set to familiar tunes. Bring your Bible storybook to life with a new, FREE app! Hold your device’s camera over the images of 25 stories and a video of that story appears on your device. Your children will love getting to hear the stories of our faith come to life! Cokesbury. 9781501815010. Hardcover. $21.99; Cokesbury Price $14.73


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DEEP BLUE BIBLE STORYBOOK: Miracles of Jesus Daphna Flegal & Brittany Sky

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Bibles A visually appealing Bible for kids NEW NIV KIDS’ VISUAL STUDY BIBLE The NIV Kids Visual Study Bible, for ages 8–12, brings the Bible to life in fourcolor illustrated splendor. This study Bible includes a spectacular full-color interior featuring over 700 illustrations, photos, infographics, and maps on every page that visually represent key Bible information. Each page also features important facts located near the relevant verse. Intriguing facts; colorful, engaging maps; photographs; and illustrations make this a Bible they’ll want to explore. One-column format with side bar study notes for ease of reading. Includes presentation page. Zondervan. Coming in June. 9780310758600. Hardcover. $32.99; Cokesbury Price $23.09 9780310758464. Imitation Leather, Bronze. $44.99; Cokesbury Price $31.49 9780310758426. Imitation Leather, Teal. $44.99; Cokesbury Price $31.49




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BIBLE: Timeless Children’s Stories

The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-read through God’s Word! Now in full color text and bright, full-color illustrations The Moonbeam Award Gold Medal on every page make it a perfect throughout, this Bible includes book Winner in the religion category, The way to introduce young children Jesus Storybook Bible invites children introductions, articles, a dictionary/ to join in the greatest of all adventures, concordance, a color map section, and ages 6 and under to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new more! Zondervan. Coming in June. to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of 9780310759164. Imitation Leather, Gray. vibrant 3D art and compelling text, $34.99; Cokesbury Price $24.49 more than 90 Bible stories come to salvation—and at the center of their 9780310759157. Imitation Leather, Zebra life. Zondervan. story too. Zondervan. 9780310761006. Hardcover. $22.99; Cokesbury Price $16.55 SB17

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MY TESTAMENT: A Picture and Word Journal about Me and God Mark Burrows Connects Old and New Testament stories for children grades 3–5. Abingdon Press. 9781501824166. Vol. One Student Journal. $9.99; Cokesbury Price $6.69 9781501824159. Vol. One Leader Guide. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $16.74 NEWComing in September. 9781501831980. Vol. Two Student Journal. $9.99; Cokesbury Price $6.69 9781501831973. Vol. Two Leader Guide. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $16.74


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Bibles The #1-selling daily reading Bible is more personal than ever with space to reflect NEW THE ONE YEAR BIBLE REFLECTIONS EDITION NLT Generous two-inch, lightly-ruled margins are just waiting to be filled with your personal reflections on the richness of God’s Word. The One Year Bible daily reading experience has never been more personal. The One Year Bible contains the entire text of the New Living Translation divided into 365 daily readings. Each day’s reading includes portions from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs—guiding readers through the entire Bible in one unforgettable journey that’s easier than ever to make your own. The New Living Translation breathes life into even the most difficult-to-understand Bible passages—but even more powerful are the stories of how people’s lives are changing as the words speak directly to their hearts. Tyndale House Publishers 9781496416780. Hardcover. $27.99; Cokesbury Price $19.59 9781496416797. Softcover. $22.99; Cokesbury Price $16.09





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Journaling the Story of God Eugene H. Peterson

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J. D. Douglas & Merrill C. Tenney

This Silver Medallion Award-winning Bible broadens your scope beyond word searches to topical studies. Now you’re ready to deal not just with key words, but with concepts. Includes more than 500 headings, 2,000 subtopics, and 1,300 cross-references. Zondervan. Coming in May.

Concise, readable, and informative, the NIV Dictionary of the Bible is ideal for use at home, in study groups, and in schools. It will help you clear up the who, what, where, why, and how of the Bible so you can better appreciate the depth of its wisdom and its relevance for you today. Zondervan. Coming in May.

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Written in the language of today for those who have never read the Bible or have lost interest in Scripture. Now available in a double column format this Bible is perfect for sharing with friends, Sunday school rooms, and mission trips. Tyndale House Publishers. Coming in July. 9781600065941. $7.99; Cokesbury Price $5.59


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CANVAS BIBLE: Coloring and

Nearly 300 hand-drawn illustrations for coloring, including 150 handlettered Bible verses using The Message’s creative language and vivid metaphors. Tyndale House. 9781631467202. $39.99; Cokesbury Price $27.99 9781631467196. Hardcover. $39.99; Cokesbury Price $27.99






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Bibles For encouragement and challenge, for guidance and reflection, for study and prayer THE CEB STUDY BIBLE The reliability and readability of the Common English Bible translation with notes and other resources to help readers grow in their understanding of and engagement with the Bible. Includes more than 300 sidebar articles; cross references; concordance; 21 full-color maps from National Geographic; five in-depth articles from contributing scholars; and other additional in-text maps, charts, and pictures. Common English Bible.


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Joel B. Green and William H. Willimon, editors Highlights the depth of John Wesley’s perspectives on Scripture and features accessibly written notes and articles from pastors, theologians, and Bible scholars. Easy-to-understand explanations of core terms; 9-point type; concordance; comprehensive study notes; book summaries; and 16 pages of full-color maps with index. Common English Bible. 9781609261979. Hardcover, Gray Cloth. $39.99; Cokesbury Price $26.79 9781609261108. DecoTone. $49.99; Cokesbury Price $33.49

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Grasp the full meaning behind the original Greek and Hebrew texts with the first-of-its-kind AmplifiedÂŽ Study Bible, featuring verse-by-verse study notes and the text of the newly revised Amplified translation, created to deliver enhanced understanding of the rich nuances and shades of meaning of the original Bible languages. Zondervan. 9780310440307. Hardcover. $39.99; Cokesbury Price $28.79 9780310440802. Imitation Leather, Brown. $59.99; Cokesbury Price $43.19 9780310444756. Imitation Leather, Brown, Indexed. $69.99; Cokesbury Price $50.39 9780310446521. Imitation Leather, Purple. $59.99; Cokesbury Price $43.19 9780310446538. Imitation Leather, Purple, Indexed. $69.99; Cokesbury Price $50.39

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Leadership Lead your congregation to see and solve problems of race and justice in your community NEW HOLDING UP YOUR CORNER: Talking about Race in Your Community F. Willis Johnson

How do you talk about racial prejudice, entrenched poverty and exploitation, segregation, the loss of local education and employment, the ravages of addiction, and more? Holding up Your Corner walks you through a self-directed process of determining what role your church can play in your specific community. You’ll learn how to use testimony and other narrative devices, proclamation, guided group conversations, and other tactics in order to own the calling and responsibility we have as Christians. Examples from a wide variety of churches and leaders make this a valuable resource for everyone concerned with racial justice. Abingdon Press. 9781501837593. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $10.71

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NEW GO: The Church’s Main Purpose George G. Hunter III

NEW ADMINISTRY: The Nuts and Bolts of Church Administration Thomas F. Tumblin

NEW GEAR UP! Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized Church Kay Kotan


While some churches narrowly define their purpose, others’ definitions are so broad they’re almost meaningless. Hunter goes back to the mission that was entrusted to the apostles— serving, witnessing, and outreach— to help church leaders recover a clear and consistent sense of purpose. Abingdon Press.

The ministry often comes with a heavy dose of administrative duties. With Administry, you’ll learn how to organize the often complex business of the church using templates and samples of growth plans, review forms, tracking logs, and inventory and procedure worksheets included within the book. Abingdon Press.

We have many members who are skilled business leaders, but they have difficulty translating their practices into those that work for a church. Gear Up! gives you a way to capitalize on business leaders’ strengths, which, in turn, allows your congregation to take big strides forward. Abingdon Press. Coming in May.

You lead a small church without enough young people, money, or programs. What can you do? There’s more going on in your small congregation than you think. Learn how the small church makes claims on a future, looking to its past for wisdom, not nostalgia, and projecting continuity, not disaster. Abingdon Press. Coming in May.

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Life in a Significant Church Lewis A. Parks


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Leadership Even when the journey is difficult, stay focused on God’s call and God’s promises for you as a leader NEW LEADERSHIP DIRECTIONS FROM MOSES: On the Way to a

Promised Land Olu Brown

“What do you mean you’re leaving?” It happens. When people leave the church it can create a gut-wrenching situation for those in church leadership. Author Olu Brown shares principles from the story of Moses to illustrate how to help others depart from the church gracefully, how to not let yourself or a congregation be upended when others choose to leave, and how to find unexpected opportunities in the challenge of new vacancies. Leadership Directions From Moses offers scriptural inspiration for leaders trying to keep their focus on where God is matter what happens. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501832536. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $10.04

NEW LOVIN’ ON JESUS: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship Swee Hong Lim & Lester Ruth

“Contemporary worship”—what’s the origin of this term and how did its meaning evolve? Lovin’ on Jesus is the first scholarly book on the subject, tracing the rise of contemporary worship in a fascinating and complex lineage. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781426795138. $29.99; Cokesbury Price $20.09 SB17

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Terence Corkin & Julia Kuhn Wallace A step-by-step guide to creating a new, more collaborative way of working together that draws on tried and tested processes and advocates for a consensus-building approach. For church leaders, boards, committees, and members. Abingdon Press. Coming in May. 9781501838071. $22.99; Cokesbury Price $15.40


A Leadership Handbook for Church Staff and Volunteers Ann A. Michel Using the concept of “synergy,” author Ann Michel presents practical advice on the day-to-day skills of a mutually responsible ministry, showing you how to engage others, build teams, and manage effectively. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501832550. $14.99; Cokesbury Price $10.04

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NEW THE VILE PRACTICES OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP: Finance and Administration Nate Berneking

You can’t just ignore your finance and administrative management responsibilities and hope they go away. Vile Practices provides expert advice and theological language to help pastors and other leaders translate these matters and lead effectively. Abingdon Press. Coming in May. 9781501818967. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.72


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Leadership Renewal of the city church—addressing the questions that matter most NEW A NEW DAY IN THE CITY: Urban Church Revival Donna Claycomb Sokol & L. Roger Owens Many mainline urban congregations remember the days of fame and fortune— days when their prominence downtown mattered. Population shifts, the decline of mainline congregations, and demographic changes have robbed many downtown churches of these dreams—but not all churches. Many congregations struggle to survive while others are positioned to thrive. These churches have learned to let go of nostalgic dreams and tired habits, to walk with God into a new day of vibrancy, mission, and ministry. Authors Sokol and Owens have pastored urban congregations that have managed to grow again, reversing decades of decline. In A New Day in the City they share the stories of the churches they’ve served, and the lessons they’ve learned from other successful urban churches and pastors. The book does not offer easy answers, because churches can’t simply replicate what someone else has done. Rather, it offers the framework for crucial conversations urban churches need to have in order to find their own way to renewal. Abingdon Press. Coming in May. 9781501818882. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.72

SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP: Why Leaders Lead and Who Seekers Follow Thomas G. Bandy

There are patterns and trends in leadership; leaders who display particular characteristics will attract a certain kind of follower. Bandy helps you evaluate your leadership and consider the best ways to meet the spiritual needs of your congregation and community. Abingdon Press. 9781501825590. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $13.39


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THRIVING IN THE SECOND CHAIR: Ten Practices for Robust


If you’re not the lead pastor, you’re not in charge. And that can lead to frustration. Consider ten key factors that will help you stay spiritually anchored, overcome loneliness, and become re-energized for a fulfilling, vital, and sustainable ministry. Abingdon Press.

but often overlooked, aspect of leadership. Packed with information, practical steps, essential principles, and points for deeper reflection, Execute Your Vision will empower your ministry and equip you to bring your ideas to fruition. Abingdon Press.

Practical Art of Ministry Leadership Ministry (When You’re Not in Charge) Bill Easum & Scott Musselman Being able to take action is a critical, Mike Bonem

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FLOOD GATES: Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church Sue Nilson Kibbey Open the floodgates to mission-worthy change in your congregation, creating a spiritual force that moves through your entire community. Each chapter includes specific actions that can transform a small group or an entire congregation into people who change neighborhoods, communities, and the world for Christ. Abingdon Press. 9781501804021. $18.99; Cokesbury Price $12.72 SB17

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Leadership How to select, develop, and empower student leaders NEW UNLEASHING THE HIDDEN POTENTIAL OF YOUR STUDENT LEADERS Jen Bradbury

Jesus knew how to develop students into leaders. Just take a look at his disciples and you’ll see how young leaders can transition into leadership positions in the broader church. Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders lays out a theological and philosophical outline for effective student leadership in a youth ministry context and gives you guidance on how to connect student leaders with the wider church by helping them become the leaders of the future. Practical tips from the author’s own experience as a youth worker will inspire and equip rookie and veteran youth leaders alike, developing within them a more mature faith. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501835698. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.38


How God Is Using the World to Shape the Church Dottie Escobedo-Frank & Rob Rynders People, especially young urban dwellers, are leaving organized religion. Yet they consider themselves to be “spiritual.” This book compares new urban “religion” to the practices and beliefs found at the core of Jesus’ teaching. Abingdon Press. 9781501810442. $16.99; Cokesbury Price $11.38 SB17

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What’s New and What’s Next at the Intersection of Faith and Culture Presenting a year’s worth of their major research findings, Barna Trends 2017 puts essential information at our fingertips by consolidating and interpreting the raw data behind cultural, religious, and political shifts. An indispensable resource for writers, speakers, pastors, and leaders. Baker Book House. 9780801018633. $29.99; Cokesbury Price $21.59

REVISED A FAILURE OF NERVE: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix Edwin H. Friedman

Ten years after his death, Friedman’s best-selling A Failure of Nerve continues to offer insights into leadership that are more urgently needed than ever. This revised, anniversary edition is essential reading for all leaders. Church Publishing. Coming in May. 9781596272798. $30.00; Cokesbury Price $21.60

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Hans Finzel

Dr. Hans Finzel knows from personal experience the key success factors in every new leader’s journey. In this eminently practical book, new leaders in business, education, ministry, and the church will discover how to lead well and love what they do. David C. Cook Publishing. Coming in April. 9780781414623. Hardcover. $22.99; Cokesbury Price $16.55


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Church & Culture Educating for faith and justice in a violent world requires an imaginative unlearning and unmaking of the values of violence NEW RESET THE HEART: Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope

Mai-Anh Le Tran

Many clergy found their faith communities unable or unwilling to respond to change following the #BlackLivesMatter movement. If the Church’s teaching, learning, and practice of faith is purportedly transformative, then where was/ is that faith when it was/is needed most? If good religious formation had been happening—or had it?—then why the enduring signs of indifference, paralysis, apathy, exasperation, resistance, symptoms of anesthetized moral consciousness and debilitated hope in the face of pervasive social-cultural violence? The answer may come in a searing indictment: that in an emerging culturalreligious era in which religious identity, expression, and experience are increasingly pluralistic, yet also politicized, polarizing, and racialized, Christian faith communities—even those of progressive theological persuasions—are still held under dominant cultural captivity. What does it mean to educate for faith in a world marked by violence? How are Christian faith communities complicit in the teaching and learning of violence? What renewed practices of faith and educational leadership yield potential for the unlearning and unmaking of violence? This book seeks answers. Abingdon Press. Coming in May. 9781501832468. $34.99; Cokesbury Price $23.44

GOD IN CAPTIVITY: The Rise of NEW BEYOND $15: Immigrant NEW GROUNDED: Finding Faith-Based Prison Ministries in the Workers, Faith Activists, and the God in the World—A Spiritual Age of Mass Incarceration Revival of the Labor Movement Revolution Tanya Erzen Jonathan Rosenblum Diana Butler Bass With both empathy and a critical eye, God in Captivity grapples with the questions of how faith-based programs serve the punitive regime of the prison, and how men and women who live inside use these institutions as a lifeline for self-transformation and dignity. Beacon Press. 9780807089989. Hardcover. $26.95; Cokesbury Price $19.40


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The inside story of the first successful $15 minimum wage campaign. This is a blunt assessment of the daunting problems within today’s unions; a blueprint for a powerful, all-inclusive labor movement; and a call for workers to reclaim their power and voice in the new economy. Beacon Press.

The headlines are clear: religion is declining in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Bass argues that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. HarperOne.

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Significance of Popular Culture Juan M. Floyd-Thomas, Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas & Mark G. Toulouse

Argues that objects have become our god and fulfilling our desires has become our religion. Examines six specific aspects of American culture that function as “altars” where Americans gather to worship and give their lives meaning. Westminster John Knox Press. 9780664235154. $25.00; Cokesbury Price $18.00 SB17

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Church & Culture First-person account and rarely heard life story of the man known as Daddy King, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. NEW DADDY KING: An Autobiography

Martin Luther King, Sr.

Born in 1899 to a family of sharecroppers in Stockbridge, Georgia, Martin Luther King, Sr., came of age under the looming threat of violence at the hands of white landowners. Growing up, he watched as his family was crushed by the weight of poverty and racism, and he resolved to escape to Atlanta to answer the calling to become a preacher. Before he engaged in acts of political dissent and stepped to the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he would preach for more than forty years, King Sr. strove to earn high school and college diplomas while working double shifts as a truck driver, and fought to win the heart of his future wife, Alberta Bunch Williams. Originally published in 1980, this poignant memoir chronicles the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. Here, King Sr. recalls the joys and struggles of his journey: the pain of leaving his mother, father, and siblings on the farm; the triumph of winning voting rights for blacks in Atlanta; and the feelings of fatherly pride and anxiety as he watched his son put himself in danger at the forefront of the movement. Beacon Press. 9780807097762. $16.00; Cokesbury Price $11.52



and Urban Education Christopher Emdin

Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, a prominent scholar offers a new approach to teaching and learning in urban education. Beacon Press. 9780807028025. $16.00; Cokesbury Price $11.52 SB17

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David Phillips Hansen

The Native American drive for selfgovernance is the most important civil rights struggle of our time—a struggle too often covered up. Hansen lays out the church’s role in helping America heal its bleeding wounds of systemic oppression. Chalice Press. 9780827225282. $29.99; Cokesbury Price $21.59


ABUNDANCE: Local Initiatives of

Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians—particularly white Christians—urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing. Brazos Press.

Many congregations are establishing community gardens, beehive colonies, and other agricultural initiatives to share God’s story of abundance. Discover where this movement is alive and growing, and find ideas for starting your own food and faith initiative. Church Publishing. Coming in May.

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the Bridge to a New America Jim Wallis

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Food and Faith Brian Sellers-Petersen


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Church & Culture First-person account and rarely heard life story of the man known as Daddy King, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. NEW DADDY KING: An Autobiography

Martin Luther King, Sr.

Born in 1899 to a family of sharecroppers in Stockbridge, Georgia, Martin Luther King, Sr., came of age under the looming threat of violence at the hands of white landowners. Growing up, he watched as his family was crushed by the weight of poverty and racism, and he resolved to escape to Atlanta to answer the calling to become a preacher. Before he engaged in acts of political dissent and stepped to the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he would preach for more than forty years, King Sr. strove to earn high school and college diplomas while working double shifts as a truck driver, and fought to win the heart of his future wife, Alberta Bunch Williams. Originally published in 1980, this poignant memoir chronicles the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. Here, King Sr. recalls the joys and struggles of his journey: the pain of leaving his mother, father, and siblings on the farm; the triumph of winning voting rights for blacks in Atlanta; and the feelings of fatherly pride and anxiety as he watched his son put himself in danger at the forefront of the movement. Beacon Press. 9780807097762. $16.00; Cokesbury Price $11.52



and Urban Education Christopher Emdin

Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, a prominent scholar offers a new approach to teaching and learning in urban education. Beacon Press. 9780807028025. $16.00; Cokesbury Price $11.52 SB17

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David Phillips Hansen

The Native American drive for selfgovernance is the most important civil rights struggle of our time—a struggle too often covered up. Hansen lays out the church’s role in helping America heal its bleeding wounds of systemic oppression. Chalice Press. 9780827225282. $29.99; Cokesbury Price $21.59


ABUNDANCE: Local Initiatives of

Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians—particularly white Christians—urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing. Brazos Press.

Many congregations are establishing community gardens, beehive colonies, and other agricultural initiatives to share God’s story of abundance. Discover where this movement is alive and growing, and find ideas for starting your own food and faith initiative. Church Publishing. Coming in May.

9781587434006. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $12.95

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the Bridge to a New America Jim Wallis

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Food and Faith Brian Sellers-Petersen


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Church & Culture No one shapes our heritage or affects our legacy like our mother NEW MOTHER TONGUE: How Our Heritage Shapes Our Legacy

Leonard Sweet

Most people know Leonard Sweet, one of the world’s most influential evangelicals, as a sharp cultural critic who helps us see how to get in front of the future rather than be bowled over by it. One of his greatest influences was his mother, a groundbreaking (and sometimes controversial) minister who defied convention while honoring tradition. In this exceptionally personal work, Len Sweet opens his mother’s memory box, and in the process he helps us all embrace the future with confidence while tethering us to a faith that transcends time. Through Len’s experience, we all will better understand and process how our own heritage affects our legacy. An ideal resource for mothers, adult children, and families seeking resources to set up their kids to flourish. NavPress Publishing. 9781612915821. $15.99; Cokesbury Price $11.51


101 Scriptures That Appear in Shakespeare’s Plays, Poems, and Sonnets Maisie Sparks


Skillen calls Christians to come together as one body and enrich art culture in the church. Putting Art (Back) in Its Place equips laity and clergy to think historically about the vibrant role the visual arts have played and could again play in the life of the church and its mission. Hendrickson Publishers.

Shakespeare was heavily influenced by Holy Writ. Bible lines, characters, and narratives are “verbal characters” in his writing. They reveal the deep scriptural well that was the culture from which he drew and also remind us of scenes and stories in the Bible. Hachette. 9781619707597. $24.95; 9781455570423. Hardcover. $16.00; Cokesbury Price $11.52


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CONSTITUTION: Sex, Religion,

Real about Race. Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us Benjamin Watson with Ken Petersen

Traces the progression of politics and thought on sexual issues from the ancient and medieval worlds to the present time. Liveright Publishing.

Watson draws from his own life, his family legacy, and his role as a husband and father to sensitively and honestly examine both sides of the race debate and appeal to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing. Tyndale House.

and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century Geoffrey R. Stone

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Church & Culture Uncover the history behind the acclaimed movie, Silence NEW CHRIST’S SAMURAI: The True Story of the Shimabara Rebellion

Jonathan Clements

In 1638, the ruler of Japan ordered a crusade against his own subjects, a holocaust upon the men, women, and children of a doomsday cult. The sect was said to harbor dark designs to overthrow the government. Its teachers used a dead language that was impenetrable to all but the innermost circle of believers. Its priests preached love and kindness, but helped local warlords acquire firearms. They encouraged believers to cast aside their earthly allegiances and swear loyalty to a foreign god-emperor, before seeking paradise in terrible martyrdom. The cult was in open revolt, led, it was said, by a boy sorcerer. Farmers claiming to have the blessing of an alien god had bested trained samurai in combat and proclaimed that fires in the sky would soon bring about the end of the world. The Shogun called old soldiers out of retirement for one last battle before peace could be declared in Japan. For there to be an end to war, he said, the Christians would have to die. Headline Publishing. Coming in April. 9781472137418. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $17.99



Teachings for a Changing World, Volume 6 Michael B. Curry and others

in a Post-Christian Nation Rod Dreher

WAY OF JESUS: Church’s

In this volume of the series, Curry leads off with a clarion call for Episcopalians to join the Jesus Movement. A team of the church’s brightest stars follow up with reflections on the practice of ministry in light of the movement. Church Publishing. Coming in April. 9780898699692. $14.00; Cokesbury Price $10.08 SB17

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NEW THE EVANGELICALS: OPTION: A Strategy for Christians The Struggle to Shape America

NEW PROTESTANTS: The Faith That Made the Modern World Alec Ryrie

This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful, dramatic story of the Evangelical movement in America—from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election. Simon & Schuster. Coming in April.

Protestant Christianity began with one stubborn monk in 1517. Now it covers the globe and includes almost a billion people. On the 500th anniversary of Luther’s theses, this dazzling book contains a global history of the revolutionary faith that shaped the modern world. Penguin USA. Coming in April.

Frances FitzGerald

Our culture is becoming increasingly secular. Drawing a parallel with the ancient wisdom of St. Benedict of Nursia who established spiritual centers during the Dark Ages, Dreher offers us hope through the concept of spiritual communities. Penguin USA. 9780735213296. Hardcover. $25.00; Cokesbury Price $18.00

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Preaching Effective 21st-century preaching demands a more perceptive understanding of both race and Christian faith NEW WHO LYNCHED WILLIE EARLE? Preaching to Confront Racism Will Willimon

How do pastors of white, mainline Protestant churches preach effectively in situations of racial violence and dis-ease? Even though you long to address contemporary social crises, how do you know where to begin when it’s simply not possible to relate to black pain? Who Lynched Willie Earle? uses the true story of pastor Hawley Lynn’s 1947 sermon, a response to the last lynching in Greenville, South Carolina, to help pastors preach on race and violence in America, inviting and challenging the church to respond. Abingdon Press. 9781501832512. $17.99; Cokesbury Price $12.05

NEW THAT’LL PREACH! 5 Simple Steps to Your Best Sermon Ever Charley Reeb

Immediately useful, That’ll Preach! covers preparation, sermon structure, storytelling, and how to “preach with presence,” using both the lectionary and topical preaching models. Includes sermon outlines and full sermon texts. Abindon Press. Coming in May. 9781501835476. $12.99; Cokesbury Price $8.70


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the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God Eugene H. Peterson

Planning Sermons and Services for Fifty-Two Sundays Scott Hoezee, editor

CATCH FIRE: A Conversation on

This collection of spiritual writings presents Peterson’s distinctive approach designed to communicate to his congregation, and the reader, “the full counsel of God.” Seven sections each containing an expertly crafted teaching. Waterbrook Press. Coming in May. 9781601429674. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $17.99


The preaching pastor’s go-to resource for weekly sermon and worship planning. Each week’s entry includes themes, worship helps, homiletical topic essays, full sermons, and sermon series ideas. Abindon Press. Coming in April. 9781501835537. $24.99; Cokesbury Price $16.74



NEW PREACHING THE WOMEN OF THE OLD TESTAMENT: Who They Were and Why They Matter Lynn Japinga Takes an in-depth look at over 20 fierce, faithful, and strong Bible women. Demonstrates how the character’s story has been read in Christian tradition and offers sermon ideas that connect contemporary issues to each story. Westminster John Knox Press. 9780664259693. $20.00; Cokesbury Price $14.40


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Study & Theology Life-transforming insights on the rich heritage of the Bible NEW AND IT WAS GOOD: Reflections on Beginnings Madeleine L’Engle

In the first book of her Genesis Trilogy, beloved author Madeleine L’Engle casts long, loving, and perceptive glances not only at the created universe but also at its Creator. L’Engle often crafted stories that dealt with the complexities of the universe, navigating time and space, religion and science, with uncanny ease and insight. This skill—most famously demonstrated in A Wrinkle in Time—is showcased in this nonfiction work, And It Was Good, through her ability to see the connection between Made and Maker at every level. She examines the vast beauty, order, and complexity of our world with enthusiasm and reverence, illuminating the characteristics of God, the first poet. Convergent Books. Coming in April. 9780451497123. $15.00; Cokesbury Price $10.80

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GOD OF EARTH: Discovering a

LEO: A Conversation in Purgatory

Radically Ecological Christianity Kristen Swenson

Discussing the key issues that divided Catholics and Protestants and birthed a Reformation 500 years ago, this book tells a story: the author’s imaginary reconciliation in heaven between Martin Luther and Pope Leo X. Abingdon Press. Coming in May.

God of Earth opens up ideas about God that invite not only a feeling of reverence toward the earth but also a sense of wonder toward it. As Kristin Swenson explores the ever-changing and ever-renewing cycles of nature, she invites readers to reconsider our relationship to the nonhuman natural world. Westminster John Knox Press.

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Wm. Paul Young Young has faced charges of heresy for the ways he vividly portrays God’s love through his novels. Here he shares thirty-three commonly uttered and sometimes seemingly innocuous things we say about God. Paul exposes these as lies that keep us from having a full, loving relationship with our Creator. Howard Books. 9781501101397. Hardcover. $19.99; Cokesbury Price $14.39

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George Thomas Kurian and Sarah Claudine Day, editors An easy-to-use guide to over 200 of the largest denominations and 300 ministries in the U.S. with brief histories, profiles, discussions on doctrines, membership, and more. Baker Books. 9780801013249. $29.99; Cokesbury Price $21.59


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Study & Theology NEW 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, the beloved author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God, goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined and offers a cogent argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way. 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. Rob takes us deep into actual passages to reveal the humanity behind the Scriptures. You cannot get to the holy without going through the human, Rob tells us. When considering a passage, we shouldn’t ask “Why did God say...?” To get to the heart of the Bible’s meaning, we should be asking: “What’s the story that’s unfolding here and why did people find it important to tell? What was it that moved them to record these words? What was happening in the world at that time? What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God was at that time?” In asking these questions, Rob goes beyond the one-dimensional question of “is it true?” to reveal the Bible’s authentic transformative power. Rob addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God’s Word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. With What Is the Bible? he recaptures the Good Book’s magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today. HarperCollins. Coming in May. 9780062194268. Hardcover. $27.99; Cokesbury Price $20.15


A Translator on Beauty and Meaning CHRISTIANITY: How God Used in the Bible Simple Fishermen, Soldiers, and Sarah Ruden Prostitutes to Transform the World A dazzling reconsideration of the Robert J. Hutchinson language and translation of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, from an acclaimed scholar and translator. Looks at how passages have been misunderstood over the centuries and reveals both the poetry and lyricism. Random House. 9780307908568. Hardcover. $26.95; Cokesbury Price $17.88


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Embracing the Good News at the Heart of Paul’s Teachings John F. MacArthur

How did Christianity truly come to be? Drawing upon the most recent discoveries and scholarship in archaeology and the first-century Near East, this book reveals how Jesus’ followers became the founders of a world-changing faith. Thomas Nelson.

A master-expositor and Bible teacher explores what the apostle Paul actually taught about the good news of Jesus. Written in a style accessible to lay people, those who know very little about the Bible, and seasoned pastors. Thomas Nelson. Coming in April.

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NEW APOSTLE: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve Tom Bissell A profound and moving exploration of the mysterious and often paradoxical lives and legacies of the Twelve Apostles. Examines not just who these men were (and weren’t), but also how their identities have taken shape over the course of two millennia. A brilliant synthesis of travel writing and biblical history. Vintage Books. 9780307278456. $16.95; Cokesbury Price $12.20 SB17

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Study & Theology Being stoic doesn’t just mean keeping your chin up NEW HOW TO BE A STOIC: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life

Massimo Pigliucci

Whenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal is more elusive. In How to Be a Stoic, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius, as the best way to attain a good life. Stoicism is a pragmatic philosophy that teaches us to act in a way that is dependent on what is within our control and separate things worth getting upset about from those that are not. By understanding Stoicism, we can learn to answer crucial questions: Should we get married or divorced? How should we bank in a world nearly destroyed by a financial crisis? How can we survive great personal tragedy? Whoever you are, Stoicism has something for you, and How to Be a Stoic is your essential guide. Basic Books. Coming in April. 9780465097951. Hardcover. $27.00; Cokesbury Price $19.44



WONDER: How to Be a Christian

NEW SACRED FIRE: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity Ronald Rolheiser


Re-Enchantment of Education Stratford Caldecott

in the 21st Century Marcus J. Borg

An eloquently written introduction to Christian thinking and worldview that rejoins faith and reason, truth and beauty, and the fragmented academic disciplines. Views classic liberal arts disciplines such as science and mathematics through a poetic lens. Brazos Press. Coming in May.

An anthology of some of the most enduring and insightful writings, including many previously unpublished, from the late spokesman for progressive Christianity. Illuminates his contention that we must keep an open mind and question religious assumptions and certainties. HarperCollins.

Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality in this follow-up to his classic, The Holy Longing. With acuity, wit, and thoughtfulness, he shows how identifying and embracing discipleship will lead to new heights of spiritual awareness and maturity. Random House.

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With input from more than 50 scholars from many denominations, this basic guide to Christian spiritual formation features over 470 entries, covering topics such as great spiritual teachers of the past and present, spirituality, and ways to pray and lead groups in prayer and spiritual growth. Upper Room Books.



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