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GA I NS T WORRY A N I W Wisdom from

Barb Roose

Just as God gave the Israelites victory over their enemies in the Promised Land when they fought in faith, God promises to do the same for us. Following their footprints of bold, courageous faith, we’ll be equipped with tools to bravely overcome both our daily struggles and the bigger battles we all face. Through examples of how God gave the Israelites victory and generously blessed them, too, we’ll be victorious in our fight of faith so that we not only radically transform our own lives but also impact the lives of others and the world.

INSIDE CATALOG Spiritual Growth.......................... inside front cover–10

Church Growth ......................................................... 27

Christian Living ................................................... 11–15

Leadership .......................................................... 28–30

Biography ........................................................... 16–17

Pastor Resources/Preaching ............................... 31–33

Prayer & Devotion .............................................. 18–21

Study & Theology............................................... 34–40

Grief & Loss .............................................................. 22

Bibles .................................................................. 41–42

Church & Culture ................................................ 23–26

Children’s Bibles ................................................. 43–44

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NEW WINNING THE WORRY BATTLE: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua Barb Roose

Comments like “God’s got this!” or “Just pray about it” only left you feeling more burdened? We know we shouldn’t worry, but the reality is that we all do at times. Whether it’s personal worries about loved ones and daily circumstances or broader concerns about what’s happening in the world, we long for something more than platitudes that will help us put real feet to our faith and win the worry battle. The problem for most is simply a lack of understanding regarding what faith is and how it works. This book, inspired by the Book of Joshua, provides many practical tools to help you fight in faith, including embracing God’s promises, practicing courage and commitment under pressure, and saying “yes” to God. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501857843. $16.99; $11.49

Also available as a six-week DVD-based Bible study—Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle. Call or visit for more information.

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spiritual growth No matter what you are going through, you are never alone NEW NEVER ALONE: Exchanging Your Tender Hurts for God’s Healing Grace

Tiffany Bluhm

From the time we’re little girls, we long to be loved and accepted—from the playground to the lunchroom to the places where we live and work as grown women. We do our best to prove we’re lovable and to avoid being left all alone. But the truth is that it’s impossible to walk through life without experiencing the pain and loneliness of betrayal, shame, guilt, loss, judgment, or rejection. These wounds can shape our views of ourselves, others, and God and even make us question if we are worthy of love and acceptance. In Never Alone, author Tiffany Bluhm offers hope and encouragement that as our plans, hearts, and lives change, God does not miss a beat. What we may have mistaken for absence was only our mind questioning his goodness and grace. Accept your invitation to find healing for your deepest hurts as we experience the unfailing companionship of Jesus—the Rescuer and Redeemer of broken lives and wounded hearts. Abingdon Press. 9781501848636. $16.99; $11.49

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ANCHORED IN: Experience a Power-Full Life in a Problem-Filled World Micah Maddox


As a preacher’s kid, Micah knew about the power of God, but when her father left one Sunday and never came back, she had to either cling to what she had been taught or turn away from God. Hear how she trusted God as her life preserver and how God can help you navigate whatever comes your way. Abingdon Press.

How do we come to wisdom? Written especially with women’s issues in mind, this book examines the blessings and curses associated with the choices made by two women in Proverbs. Learn to discern God’s voice and follow a clear path between Wisdom and Folly. Abingdon Press.

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NEW IN PAPERBACK FOR THE LOVE: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards Jen Hatmaker

Most of our joys, struggles, thrills, and heartbreaks relate to people. But sometimes we can lose love for others and then ourselves. This book reveals how to practice kindness, grace, truthfulness, vision, and love to ourselves and those around us. Thomas Nelson. Coming in April. 9781400207572. $16.99; $12.49 SB18

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spiritual growth Break free from the lies that keep you from a joy-filled life NEW GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be Rachel Hollis

Founder of the lifestyle website and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice. Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mindsets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals. Thomas Nelson. 9781400201655. Hardcover. $22.99; $14.99




THIS IS MY BODY: Embracing the


Messiness of Faith and Motherhood Hannah E. Shanks

Combining personal narrative with Scripture interpreted from a woman’s point of view, this book makes connections between Communion and motherhood to help women, and men, discover familiar paths in unfamiliar territory and draw closer to God. Upper Room Books. Coming in May. 9781935205289. $13.99; $9.79 SB18

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and Insecurity for a Life of Confidence and Freedom LaTan Roland Murphy

With warmth and a welcoming style, the speaker and award-winning writer illuminates 11 courageous biblical women and shows how their courageous choices positioned them for success. BethanyHouse.

Motherhood in the Christian Tradition Wilfred M. Sumani A Malawi-born Jesuit priest, Sumani approaches motherhood (defined broadly) in the Christian faith tradition through both his own personal context and through scholarly exegesis on many mother figures throughout the long narrative of Christianity. Orbis Books. 9781626982574. $28.00; $19.49

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spiritual growth Practical steps for overcoming your fears NEW UNAFRAID: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times Adam Hamilton For anyone struggling with fear, worry, or anxiety, or who wonders how families and communities can live as peacemakers in troubled times, Unafraid offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions. Trusted pastor and best-selling author Adam Hamilton draws on the latest research, therapeutic insights, biblical principles, and personal experience to untangle the knots of fear and truly embrace Jesus’ recurring counsel to his followers: “Do not be afraid.” As a leading voice in the progressive tradition, Hamilton communicates with grace and understanding to a wide and inclusive audience in accessible language that will ring true regardless of one’s religious conviction. Random House. 9781524760335. Hardcover. $24.00; $11.99

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WHY?: Making Sense of God’s Will FORGIVENESS: Finding Peace

ENOUGH: Discovering Joy

In Why?, best-selling author Adam Hamilton brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, he lays out core ideas for comprehending God’s plan for the world. Abingdon Press.


An invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when it comes to prudent financial practices. In these pages are found the keys to experiencing contentment, overcoming fear, and discovering joy through simplicity and generosity. Abingdon Press.

Adam Hamilton

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NEWLY REVISED Through Letting Go Adam Hamilton

There is nothing more crippling than holding on to anger. Anger can consume our lives. Forgiveness is a gift we give to ourselves rather than to someone else. Only when we learn to forgive others and ourselves can we truly receive forgiveness from God. Abingdon Press.

through Simplicity and Generosity Adam Hamilton

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Adam Hamilton

As he hung on the cross, Jesus spoke seven “final words.” Each chapter tells a first-person story as might have been told from the viewpoint of one of the characters at the cross followed by an exploration of the meaning of Jesus’ dying words for our lives today. Abingdon Press. 9781501858475. $14.99; $9.99 SB18

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spiritual growth Create a new playlist for your life that has you saying yes to Jesus NEW A NEW PLAYLIST: Hearing Jesus in a Noisy World Jacob Armstrong

Many of us go through our days with ear buds in place, listening to our favorite songs or podcasts to the exclusion of everything going on around us. What if we did the same thing when living our lives, choosing to listen to Jesus’ playlist and tuning out the anxiety, disruptions, and schedule overloads of the world? Jacob Armstrong’s new book, A New Playlist, examines this very idea. You’ll discover how to cut through the distractions of life to hear God more clearly. You’ll learn that saying “no” to the demands of the world is often the best “yes.” Abingdon Press. 9781501843471. $14.99; $9.99

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RENOVATE: Building a Life with God Jacob Armstrong

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DAYS OF AWE AND Encountering Christ When Life Hurts WONDER: How to Be a Christian Marlo Schalesky

Explores fifteen one-time New Testament encounters with Christ that illustrate how God transforms pain into wonder. Get a deeper understanding of God’s plan for our lives. Abingdon Press. 9781501857782. $16.99; $11.49

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in the 21st Century Marcus J. Borg


Discovering a God-Filled World Bruce G. Epperly

What is a mystic? Epperly defines A concise and illuminating introduction mystics as people who see holiness in to Marcus J. Borg, the late spokesman everyday life. Each chapter describes a mystic’s life, spiritual experiences for progressive Christianity and one and worldview, and provides spiritual of the most revered and influential exercises to help us experience the theologians. Showcases his most insightful writings, including previously mystic firsthand. Upper Room Books. 9780835817608. $13.99; $9.79 unpublished works. HarperCollins. 9780062457349. $14.99; $10.79

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RECAPTURING THE WONDER: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World Mike Cosper

Discover ancient and modern disciplines that shape a Christian way of life and awaken the possibility of living again in an enchanted world. Exquisitely written with thoughtful practices, this book will feed your soul and help you recapture the wonder of your Christian walk. InterVarsity Press. 9780830845064. $17.00; $12.49


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spiritual growth Finding God in monasteries, temples, mosques...& churches NEW HOLY ENVY: Finding God in the Faith of Others Barbara Brown Taylor

The renowned and beloved Christian preacher and New York Times best-selling author of An Altar in the World recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places. While teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in Baptist-saturated rural Georgia, Barbara introduces her students to other religious traditions and accompanies them on field trips to a variety of venues of worship. Both she and her students ponder and debate how the knowledge and insights they have gained raise important questions about belief, and explore how different practices relate to their own faith. Inspired by these intellectual and spiritual discussions, Barbara turns once again to the Bible for guidance, to see what secrets lay buried there. Throughout Holy Envy, Barbara weaves together stories from her classroom with reflections on how her own spiritual journey has been challenged and renewed by connecting with people of other traditions—and by meeting God in her communion with them. At the heart of her odyssey is her trust in God and knowledge that God is always with her. Barbara contends that it is the Lord who pushes her beyond her comfortable boundaries and calls for her to “disown” her version of the divine—a change that ultimately deepens her relationship with both the world and with God. HarperCollins. 9780062406569. Hardcover. $25.99; $18.79







Where Feet May Fail: A Book about Trust Joel Timothy Houston

The award-winning musician, songwriter, pastor, and front-man with the world-renowned Hillsong United tells his personal and spiritual journey in this book based on the band’s multi-platinum selling song, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” HarperOne.

a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church Carol Howard Merritt Honestly addresses the wrongs that established institutions of faith have inflicted on many innocent victims and lays out a hopeful multi-stage plan for moving from pain to spiritual rebirth. HarperCollins.

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Contemplative Spirituality for the How Horses Can Teach Us to Listen, Active Life Phileena Heuertz Change and Be Transformed Activists can only go so far for so long Laurie M. Brock With edgy honesty and humor, Brock invites all who have longed for a deeper spiritual encounter with God to join her in the saddle to discover how horses speak of God and how they can help us discover ways God speaks to us. Paraclete Press. Coming in April. 9781612619293. $16.99; $12.49 | 800.672.1789

before burning out. In this revised edition, Heuertz offers her story and helps us see that contemplation is not just a luxury, it is essential—not only to a life of sustained commitment to justice, but to the fully human life in the Holy Spirit. InterVarsity Press. 9780830846351. $17.00; $11.99 SB18

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spiritual growth Trade in yesterday & tomorrow...embrace life & God today! 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




JESUS: God Among Us

A New Translation Saint Augustine; translated by Peter Constantine A long-awaited translation. Liveright. 9780871407146. Hardcover. $28.95; $20.99 Also of interest: NEW Confessions, translated by Sarah Ruden. 9780812986488. $16.00; $10.49 Augustine: Conversions to Confessions, Robin Lane Fox 9780465093854. $24.99; $17.99 SB18

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Roger Hutchison

Inspired by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s call to the Episcopal Church to be the “Jesus Movement” in this world, artist Roger Hutchison created a painting illustrating the full life of Christ, matching portions of the painting with Scripture from the Gospels telling of Jesus’ life, plus reflections. Church Publishing. 9781640650015. $19.95; $14.49

SACRED REST: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity Saundra Dalton-Smith A board-certified internal medicine doctor and Bible teacher combines scientific research with spiritual insight, personal stories, and practical steps to help readers discover if they lack the seven unique types of rest needed to live well. Hachette Book Group. 9781478921677. Hardcover. $20.00; $13.49

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NEW OPEN TO THE SPIRIT: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us Scot McKnight Who exactly is the Holy Spirit? What does he do? Can we tap into his power? Should we pray to him? A world-renowned New Testament scholar answers these questions and more in this examination of what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit. WaterBrook. Coming in April. 9781601426345. $15.99; $11.79


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spiritual growth Learning the real “here and now” stuff of life NEW COME MATTER HERE: Your Invitation to Be Here in a

Getting There World Hannah Brencher

Life is scary. Adulting is hard. Our hyper-connected era has led us to believe that life should be a highlight reel—where what matters most is perfect beauty, instant success, and ready applause. When faced with the challenges of building a life of your own, it’s all too easy to stake your hope and happiness in “someday.” But what if the dotted lines on the map at your feet today mattered just as much as the destination you dream of? Hannah Brencher, TED Talk speaker and founder of The World Needs More Love Letters took up a new mantra: be where your feet are. Nothing about faith, relationships, or character is instant. Give yourself a permission slip to stop chasing the next big thing, and come matter here. If you are tired of running away from your life or tired of running ragged toward the next thing you think will make you feel complete, Come Matter Here will help you do whatever it takes to show up for the life God has for you. Whether you need to make a brave U-turn, take a bold step forward, or finish the next lap with fresh courage, find fuel and inspiration for the journey right here. Zondervan. Coming in May. 9780310350842. $16.99; $10.49






GRACE: On the Journey to God

My Five-Year Spiritual Journal

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Jesse Itzler

Chronicles best-selling author and motivational speaker Jesse Itzler’s hilarious journey through the minds and practices of the monks of a remote monastery in Cambridge, New York. In the end, he unlocks key ingredients to less stress, being fully present, and most importantly—ultimate happiness. CenterStreet. Coming in May.

This beautiful keepsake daily journal prompts you to keep a record of your hopes, thoughts, and spiritual journey. has emerged as an antidote to the Is there only one way to follow Jesus? spiritual and cultural challenges facing The short questions at the top of Christianity contains lively theological people of faith today. In this beautiful each page are quick to answer—but diversity that stretches back through guide, the author focuses specifically their impact could be life changing. church history. This easy, readable You’ll go back and answer the same on GRACE, and the benevolence of book explores the different ways question a year later for five years in God as it expresses itself in many we follow Jesus, showing that our a row, creating a time capsule of soul diversity is a strength of our faith, not a different ways along our journey. transformation. WaterBrook. weakness. FaithWords. Coming in May. Paraclete Press. Coming in April.

What It Means to Follow Jesus Today Michael Casey Benedictine monastic spirituality Bonnie Kristian

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spiritual growth Apprehend the usual suspects who steal joy NEW THE JOY STEALERS: Overcoming Obstacles to Hope and Happiness

Rob Renfroe

We religiously lock our doors and windows to stay safe and to protect our belongings from intruders, but when it comes to joy, we leave ourselves wide open to the joy stealers: worry, bitterness, guilt, and negativity. Many of us deal with pain from relationship problems, health concerns, financial struggles, and daily stresses and strains. In The Joy Stealers, author Rob Renfroe reminds us that, regardless of our circumstances, Christ provides everything we need for joy. Whether or not we actually live with joy is a choice…a decision each of us makes every day. He shares five transformational decisions that will help us live in the fullness of God’s joy each day with the assurance of eternity with God. Abingdon Press. 9781501857997. $14.99; $9.99

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Following Your Passion and Finding Your Place to Serve James A. Harnish Draws upon biblical wisdom to provide practical guidance to help disciples connect their passion with the world’s great need. Real stories of how real people found their place to serve will inspire and encourage you to do the same. Abingdon Press. 9781501847585. $16.99; $11.49

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FAIL: What to Do When Things Go Wrong Matt Miofsky Fail examines the life of Jeremiah, “the weeping prophet”, and how he persevered and trusted God during extreme suffering and trying times. You’ll learn how God used his failures and how God can use our failures as well. Also available as a 5-session small-group study. Abingdon Press. 9781501847837. $14.99; $9.99



Explores the stories of the judges from the perspective of the Israelites’ repeated failure to be faithful to God alone. Readers are invited to consider the shape that patterns of sin take in their lives, and how God seeks to free us from them and empower us for faithful living. Abingdon Press.

How do you recharge and reboot so that you don’t drift away from your faith? Learn how to reorder your life through prayer, searching Scripture, receiving the Lord’s Supper, fasting, and conferencing. Based on The Wesley Covenant for Renewal. Also available as a 6-session, small-group, video-based study. Abingdon Press.

Surprising Lessons from the Book of Judges Talbot Davis

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Experience God’s Love the Wesleyan Way Elaine A. Heath

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spiritual growth Spiritual nourishment to renew your relationship with God NEW WRESTLING WITH GOD: Finding Hope and Meaning in Our Daily Struggles to Be Human Ronald Rolheiser

Ever feel spiritually burned out, or that your faith is dry? You want to believe, you want to have faith, but your relationship with God feels like an old married couple who don’t like each other anymore? Beloved author Ronald Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality in this highly anticipated work of practical spirituality. Rolheiser looks to provide spiritual nourishment for the aching soul. Showing us how to kickstart our prayer life with simple and easy ideas grounded in Scripture and theology, Rolheiser uses his trademark wit and thoughtfulness to help lead us to new heights of spiritual awareness. When we embrace the struggles and yearnings to know God, when we accept the bordeom that sometimes follows our spirits, we can find invigorating warmth and light in our daily lives. Random House. Coming in May. 9780804139458. Hardcover. $22.00; $15.99


The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World A. J. Swoboda Combining creative storytelling, pastoral sensitivity, practical insight, and relevant academic research, Subversive Sabbath offers a unique invitation to personal Sabbath-keeping that leads to fuller and more joyful lives. Brazos Press.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION: A Beginner’s Guide Richard G. Malloy

An essential, lively, and comprehensive guide to spiritual direction: how it works, how to get it, how it is life changing—for those who are interested in growing spiritually and for their spiritual directors. Orbis Books. 9781626982536. $20.00; $14.49

NEW THE CLOISTER: A Novel James Carroll

From National Book Award-winning writer James Carroll comes a novel of the timeless love story of Peter Abelard and Heloise, and its impact on a modern priest and a Holocaust survivor seeking sanctuary in Manhattan. Bantam Dell. 9780385541275. Hardcover. $27.95; $19.99

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christian living Learning to live and love with compassion NEW THE PATH OF COMPASSION: Living with Heart, Soul, and Mind Ronald J. Greer

As Christians, we want to be compassionate. Is there a way to grow in compassion? Based upon the foundational truths of the Scriptures about loving God “with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” and loving “your neighbor as yourself,” author Ronald J. Greer helps us mature into ever-deepening levels of grace. We learn the dynamics of compassion and how to be more intimate both spiritually and emotionally so that we can become our most authentic and caring selves. Abingdon Press. 9781501858512. $16.99; $11.49

LIVING FOR ANOTHER: More of Others, Less of You Brent Gambrell

How do you find abundant life? Gambrell says we must live for someone other than ourselves. Jesus tells us that “whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Learn to intentionally pour out your life for others in the name of the One who gave his life for us. With questions for study or reflection. Abingdon Press. 9781501841842. $16.99; $11.49 SB18

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Read about incredible missions where dogs have helped track criminals, save lives, and empower their human team members with courage, faith, and loyalty. Each thrilling story will pull you into the narrative and inspire you to emulate the very animals that serve us. Abingdon Press. Coming in May.

Pain, despair, and struggle are part of life—they test our faith and character as God’s people. Wimmer approaches these challenges realistically and thoughtfully, encouraging us to regard times of difficulty as opportunities for spiritual and personal growth. Upper Room Books.

MAKE A LIST: How a Simple Practice Can Change Our Lives and Open Our Hearts Marilyn McEntyre

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Stories of Man’s Best Hero Ace Collins

Moving Beyond Despair to Hope John R. Wimmer

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What if writing a list could literally change your life? Teacher, writer, and wordsmith Marilyn McEntyre shows readers how the simple act of writing a list can open doors to personal discovery and spiritual growth. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 9780802875747. Hardcover. $21.99; $15.99


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christian living Reclaiming connection to God & the world through gratitude NEW GRATEFUL: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks Diana Butler Bass

The author of the multiple award-winning Grounded 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. 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. There is a gap 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. In Grateful, Bass challenges readers to think about the impact gratitude has in our spiritual lives, and encourages them to make gratitude a “difficult and much-needed spiritual practice for our personal lives and to make a better world.” HarperCollins. Coming in April. 9780062659477. Hardcover. $26.99; $18.49




This stunning new four-color book takes us deeper into the author/ illustator’s artistic vision and emotional journey. Contains a mix of personal reflections, inspirational quotes, questions for reflection, and breathtaking watercolor visuals. TarcherPerigee.

Expanded version of the beloved Christian classic in a gift edition. Learn from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker—a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his impossible prayer. Zondervan.

Chloe’s story of overcoming injustice, battling self-doubt, and rising up to speak out shows that even through brokenness and shame, we can find hope, accept our unique selves, and share our human experiences. Zondervan. Coming in June.

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Finding Magic in the Unknown Meera Lee Patel

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Praying Circles Around Your Biggest A Story of Brokenness, Beauty & Dreams and Greatest Fears Embracing It All Mark Batterson Chloe Howard with Margot Starbuck


OF GOD: An Invitation to the Skeptical Timothy Keller What role can faith and religion play in our modern lives? In this thoughtful and inspiring new book, pastor and New York Times best-selling author Timothy Keller invites skeptics to consider that Christianity is more relevant now than ever. Penguin Group. 9780143108702. $17.00; $12.49


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1/25/18 12:51 PM

christian living Deciphering what you can and should believe NEW WHAT MATTERS: Words of Wisdom, Life and Love J. Philip Wogaman

It’s easy for anyone to become disillusioned about many aspects of contemporary life. Young people today are especially affected by everything that’s going on in our world…and you may be one of them. What Matters was written with you in mind. Knowing that you wrestle with aspects of truth, character, politics, family, religion, and vocation, author J. Philip Wogaman helps you to discover which of today’s institutions are truly worth believing in and which are merely self-serving. By tackling the tough questions about today’s world, you’ll realize that your decisions and actions can build a life that matters. Abingdon Press. 9781501859793. Hardcover. $13.99; $9.49



Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings Into Your Greatest Allies Kimberly Miller and Alison Cook

The Path to Spiritual Growth Richard J. Foster

YOUR SOUL: How to Turn Your

What if anger, sadness, and fear could improve your life? In this practical, life-changing book, two Christian counselors outline a unique, five-step process for inner peace and harmony. Thomas Nelson. Coming in June. 9781400201617. $16.99; $12.49


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NEW SEVEN-MILE MIRACLE: NEW EVERYBODY, Journey Into the Presence of God Through the Last Words of Jesus Steve Furtick

Pastor Steven Furtick shows us how Jesus’ last words offer mile markers An updated 40th anniversary edition for our journey in relationship with of the timeless guide that has helped God. It’s a lifelong journey and it’s numerous seekers discover a richer spiritual life of joy, peace, and a deeper not always easy. But Jesus is both our guide and our destination as we travel. understanding of God. HarperCollins. Includes reflection questions and a 9780062803887. Hardcover. 40-day reading guide. Multnomah. $25.99; $18.79 9781601429247. $14.99; $10.79

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ALWAYS: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People Bob Goff Built around Bob’s hilarious and insightful storytelling, each chapter reveals a lesson that points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible. Thomas Nelson. Coming in April. 9780718078133. $16.99; $10.99


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christian living Learning to be authentic with God 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 to emerge more powerful than ever. The son of a drug-addicted single mother, Tune found his way out of poverty via the military and divinity school. He became a minister, a sought-after speaker, and a social entrepreneur. Outwardly, he was successful. Yet his past childhood trauma— carefully hidden, especially from the church—would sometimes revolt, causing self-sabotage that threatened to destroy the life he was creating. Feeling like a failure, questioning his faith and will to live, he made a choice not to give up but to examine his life and seek counseling. This book shares his process of applying therapy and faith to anger, shame, selfdoubt, and plaguing memories. He learned that the pursuit of success was not the key to healing the inner turmoil but it was in learning to accept the love of God and learning to love the wounded child within. His book will empower others to stop living a past-driven present by healing their stories, embracing the love of God, and learning to truly love themselves. FaithWords. Coming in April. 9781478992608. $14.99 $14.99; $10.79


A Journey of Faith and Politics Rob Schenck

A leading American evangelical minister and spiritual adviser to America’s political class recounts his three conversions, from childhood Jewish roots to Christianity, from a pure faith to a highly politicized one, and from the religious right to the simplicity of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. HarperCollins. Coming in June. 9780062687937. Hardcover. $26.99; $19.49


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ANYMORE: Letting Go of

Expectations and Grasping God’s Adventure for You Grace Thornton Have you been waiting for life to turn out the way you expected? It’s time to stop waiting and jump in. This positive and encouraging book offers inspiration to anyone who wants to live a fulfilling life right now. Zondervan. 9780310092018. $14.99; $10.79



Many churches focus on how to make church “work” rather than on developing transforming relationships with God that make souls come alive. This practical model for discipleship integrates biblical spirituality— including stories from the Bible, church history, and the present—with “how to” tools and practices. Paraclete Press.

From the author of the twentymillion plus copy best-selling novel The Shack and the New York Times bestsellers Cross Roads and Eve comes a compelling, conversational exploration of 33 of the most common wrongheaded ideas we sometimes have and share about God. Simon and Schuster.

Biblical Spirituality for Finding God Paul Marshall

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christian living Discover the power of reading to your kids NEW THE READ-ALOUD FAMILY: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids Sarah MacKenzie

Connecting deeply with our kids can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven lives. Reading aloud offers us a chance to be fully present with our children. It also increases our kids’ academic success, inspires compassion, and fortifies them with the inner strength they need to face life’s challenges. As Sarah Mackenzie has found with her own six children, reading aloud long after kids are able to read to themselves can deepen relationships in a powerful way. Founder of the immensely popular Read-Aloud Revival podcast, Sarah knows firsthand how reading can change a child’s life. In The Read-Aloud Family, she offers the inspiration and age-appropriate book lists you need to start a read-aloud movement in your own home. From a toddler’s wonder to a teenager’s resistance, Sarah details practical strategies to make reading aloud a meaningful family ritual. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family—it has the power to change the world. Zondervan. 9780310350323. $16.99; $10.79

LOVE, WELCOME, SERVE: Recipes That Gather and Give Amy Nelson Hannon

Preacher’s wife Amy Hannon has a heart for hospitality and has long believed that people who are cooked for feel cared for. She is the owner of Euna Mae’s, a destination kitchen boutique in Northwest Arkansas named after her big-hearted grandmother. This cookbook features her best recipes for Southern comfort food. CenterStreet. 9781546081869. Hardcover. $25.00; $17.99 SB18

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GLORY HAPPENING: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places Kaitlin B. Curtice

These stories and prayers remind you to take a closer look at your everyday circumstances to find the magical beauty in everyday experiences. It is an invitation to live deeply with the expectation that something good will find you. So glory grows from person to person, and community is created around the reality that God is truly in our midst. Paraclete Press. 9781612618968. $16.99; $11.99

NEW FEED YOUR PEOPLE: Recipes for Big-Hearted, Big-Batch Cooking Leslie Jonath with 18 Reasons

Food brings a community together. With recipes for generous family-style, big-batch cooking by chefs, cooks, and big-hearted people, Feed Your People will inspire people to feed their people both literally and spiritually. powerHouse Books. Coming in April. 9781576878040. Hardcover. $35.00; $25.49

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100 Tips, Tricks, and Ways to Make It Work on a Budget Erin Odom Investing your life in your family brings you joy, but doing it on a single income can cause stress. Erin from The Humbled Homemaker blog shows how to live frugally, and thrive, while you raise your kids at home. Zondervan. Coming in April. 9780310083566. Hardcover. $15.99; $11.79


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biography An authorized biography covering Tickle’s life & work NEW PHYLLIS TICKLE: A Life

Jon M. Sweeney

By the time of her death in 2015, Phyllis Tickle was one of the most beloved and respected figures in American religious life. Her writing offers a unique combination of the down-to-earth, deep spirituality, and scholarship. In this comprehensive new volume, Jon Sweeney, official biographer of Tickle’s literary estate, explores every aspect of her life, a more than 50-year legacy of poetry; plays; literary, spiritual, and historical/theological work; and advocacy, including her early academic career and move into book publishing, where her role as founding editor of the Religion Department at Publishers Weekly influenced the growth of spiritual writing and interfaith understanding during the 1990s. Sweeney also looks at pivotal relationships with John Shelby Spong, Marcus Borg, and Brian McLaren, as well as her great influence on the increasing number who adopted fixed-hour prayer, the Episcopal Church as a whole, and the Emerging Church, for which she served as historian, forecaster, and champion. A look at her early, passionate advocacy for the LGBT community, lecture circuit controversies, and projects left unfinished completes the picture. Church Publishing. 9780819232991. Hardcover. $26.95; $17.99




Finding Faith in Ourselves and Something Bigger Kathy Izard

Story of a Homeless Ex-Con and a Grieving Millionaire Thrown Together to Save Each Other Ron Hall

Laura Ingalls Wilder Stephen W. Hines

STORY HOME: A Memoir about

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. Thomas Nelson. Coming in June. 9780785219880. $16.99; $12.49


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HOME: The Incredible True

With wit and wisdom, reveals God’s plan lived out through two men who dream of conquering homelessness, poverty, and inequality. HarperCollins. 9780785219835. $16.99; $12.49

A Father’s Fear, a Son’s Courage, and a Story of Unconditional Love Scott Lerette with Susy Flory

The first extended, in-depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America’s most beloved pioneer women—Laura Ingalls Wilder. WaterBrook.

The Unbreakable Boy is the raucously tender, true-life saga about a father with a growing faith in God and a teenage boy named Austin who has a rare brittle-bone disease. Austin joyfully embraces life’s tragedies and triumphs, inspiring everyone he meets. Thomas Nelson.

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biography Sometimes, it’s not only what we plant but where we’re planted NEW ONCE UPON A FARM: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on

7 Acres or Less Rory Feek

Now raising their 3-year old daughter, Indiana, alone, after his wife Joey’s passing, Rory Feek digs deep into the soil of his life and career to share the choices made and lessons learned that helped turn a middle Tennessee farm into a place that grew love and hope. As opposed to homesteading, this is instead a book on lifesteading, as Feek learns to cultivate faith, love, and fatherhood on a small farm, while doing everything but farming. With frequent stories of his and Joey’s years together, and how those guide his life today, Rory unpacks just what it means to be open to new experiences. Much like Jesus’ biblical parable, when we scatter our seeds, some will grow in the fertile land and warm sun. Feek contends that it’s the same way with our dreams but we must always pay attention to what our story is teaching us. Thomas Nelson. Coming in April. 9780785216728. Hardcover. $24.99; $17.99

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NEW A VOICE BECOMING: NEW CORETTA: My Life, A Yearlong Mother-Daughter Journey into Passionate, Purposed Living Beth Bruno

Do you wish to usher your daughter into womanhood but want more than tips, techniques, and programs? Chart a course for your daughter that helps her know the story of God. Hachette Book Group. 9781478974659. Hardcover. $20.00; $13.49 SB18

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My Love, My Legacy Coretta Scott King with Barbara Reynolds

Reveals never-before-told aspects of Mrs. King’s life. We learn of the brilliant mind and courageous spirit behind the enigmatic figure. She shared her husband’s spiritual, racial, and economic goals and was a strategic partner, a standard-bearer, and so much more. Picador. 9781250159939. $17.00; $12.49



Mary Magdalene has been one of the most misunderstood of all the saints, maligned as a prostitute, despite there being nothing in the Bible to indicate that. The Bible does say she was possessed by demons—what we’d call mental illness today—and that Jesus healed her. It’s time to learn her true story. Church Publishing.

Explores O’Connor’s theological aesthetic and argues that she reveals what discipleship to Christ entails by subverting the traditional understandings of beauty, truth, and goodness through her fiction. IVP Academic.

Magdelene Was Made Well Kate Moorehead

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Flannery O’Connor and the Reimagining of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth Michael Bruner

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prayer & devotion Equip yourself with the essential tool of prayer NEW 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. Coming in April. 9781501857829. Hardcover. $16.99; $11.49

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NEW HEAVENLY MINDED MOM: A 90 Day Journey to Embrace What Matters Most Katie Bennett

Contains compelling meditations, Scripture readings, and invitations to journal and reflect to help you discover a new way of looking at your responsibilities as a mom through God’s eyes. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501845529. $14.99; $9.99


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SIMPLE PRAYER: Learning to Speak to God with Ease Charlie Dawes

This study of the biblical context of the words grace, strength, gratitude, and life focuses on one word a day through devotional readings and short benedictions. Abingdon Press.

Do you sometimes struggle to find the words to pray, the way to pray them, and the time to pray? This book identifies simple, biblical prayers to help you pare the words down to their most elemental level so you can connect with God at a heart level that cannot be mastered with words alone. IVP Books.

Word Gifts for Any Season Lucinda Secrest McDowell

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BEING BRAVE: A 40-Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for You Kelly Johnson Banish the fear that holds you back! Using letters of the word “brave”as a guide, the Scripture, stories, prayers, and thought-provoking questions in this forty-day devotional for women highlight what God’s Word has to say about the characteristics of bravery. Abingdon Press. 9781501848650. $14.99; $9.99 SB18

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prayer & devotion Explore the daily practices of living a prayerful life NEW WHEN YOU PRAY, REVISED EDITION: Daily Practices for Prayerful Living Rueben P. Job; Pamela C. Hawkins, editor

Prayer is one of the most important areas of a Christian’s life. Written in 2010 by spiritual formation leader, Bishop Rueben P. Job, When You Pray has reached over 20,000 readers since its publication. This daily prayer guide offers a full year of readings and Scripture and is an excellent tool to use in daily prayer time. Each weekly segment includes Daily Office of Scripture, prayer, offering of self and blessing, a brief essay from the author, and a collection of quotes from well-known voices in spiritual formation. The new edition includes the same essays with refreshed weekly Scripture readings and quotes as well as additional material and prayers. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501858536. Hardcover. $18.99; $12.79

VENITE: A Book of Daily Prayer Robert Benson

Frame your day in the rhythm of the ancient prayers of the church until life becomes a prayer without ceasing. Crossing denominational lines in spirit and in practice, this uplifting and enlightening book is easy to use and follow. Ideal for those who want to practice the art of daily prayer throughout the year in solitude. Abingdon Press. 9781501827297. $18.99; $12.79 SB18

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GODSPEED: Voices of the

Reformation David Teems

A 365-day devotional celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Each daily devotion includes an inspirational reading, prayer, a word of counsel, a benediction, a provocative thought or a relevant Scripture passage, illuminating historical information, and charming comments by the author. Abingdon Press. 9781501847158. $16.99; $11.49


Daily Devotions for a Year E. Stanley Jones In this book from “the world’s greatest missionary evangelist,” you’ll discover how Jesus can lift your fear, giving you the capacity not only to face things that happen, but make something out of them as well. Readings, affirmations, and prayers for every day of the year. Abingdon Press. 9781501849633. $16.99; $11.49

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CHRIST: Timeless Wisdom for Complicated Times E. Stanley Jones

A collection of E. Stanley Jones’ timeless devotional writings compiled by his granddaughter, Anne MathewsYounes. Organized by theme and arranged in order of when they were written. Abingdon Press. Coming in June. 9781501858710. $16.99; $11.49


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prayer & devotion Life is crazy. Prayer is simple. NEW IN PAPERBACK TALKING WITH GOD: 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, it often feels awkward and complicated. I mean, what should you actually pray about? What do you say? Is there anything you should or shouldn’t say? Do you have to speak out loud? Where do you even start? The truth is, prayer is simple. It’s like talking; talking with a good friend. Here’s the best part: No matter where we are in life, God can’t wait to talk with us. Adam Weber is the Founder and down-to-earth Lead Pastor of Embrace, one of the fatest-growing churches in the country, with six campuses in two states. In Talking with God he offers an accessible, hopeful approach to one of life’s greatest mysteries. Now with a brand new bonus chapter and in paperback, this book on prayer is for the person who longs to connect with God, but doesn’t really know how. It’s a book for the person who has a job, family, schedule, kids, deadlines, full inbox, and a million things to do and yet is curious about prayer and talking with God. WaterBrook. Coming in April. 9781601429469. $15.99; $11.79



Rainer Maria Rilke; Babette Deutsch, translator

Easter People Trevor Hudson


Written as spontaneous prayers, these poems celebrate a God who is the Creator of humanity itself, especially the artist. The classic translation captures the rich harmony and imagery of the originals. New Directions. 9780811227582. $12.95; $9.49

PENTECOST: 50 Words for

This simple book invites us to pause for just a few minutes to read the brief daily reflection and do a simple practice. The thoughtful meditations focus on one word and Scripture verse each day and guide us to a deeper understanding of the meaning of Pentecost. Upper Room Books. 9780835817639. $9.99; $6.99


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RENEWED: A 40-Day Devotional The Practice of Christian Mindfulness for Healing from Church Hurt and Amy G. Oden for Loving Well in Ministry This book reveals the Christian Leigh Powers 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. Abingdon Press.

Renewed is a 40-day devotional providing healing for those in ministry who have been hurt in the church. It includes stories from the author and other women who have experienced Church hurt, devotional reflections, and prayer and worship exercises. FaithWords. 9781478975458. $14.99; $10.79

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prayer & devotion Deepen your understanding of prayer with C. S. Lewis NEW HOW TO PRAY: Reflections and Essays C. S. Lewis

The revered teacher and bestselling author of such classic Christian works as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis here offers wisdom and lessons that illuminate our private dialogue with God—prayer—in this collection drawn from the breadth of his writings. C. S. Lewis’ insights on Christianity and his reflections on Christian life continue to guide us more than fifty years after his death. How to Pray showcases Lewis’ enduring wisdom on prayer and its place in our daily lives. Cultivated from his many essays, articles, and letters, as well as his classic works, How to Pray provides practical wisdom and instruction to help readers nurture their spiritual beliefs and embrace prayer in all its forms. HarperCollins. Coming in June. 9780062847133. Hardcover. $24.99; $17.99

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HOW TO BE A CHRISTIAN: Reflections and Essays 9780062849939. Hardcover.

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NEW 200 PRAYER IMPOSSIBLE TO PRAY: Prayers PROMPTS: A Journal for the Grieving Thomas McPherson

For those who’ve experienced loss, it’s important to realize you don’t have to do the things one normally associates with prayer to connect with God in a way that’s prayer-like. Quietness in itself is where prayerfulness begins. This book can be your entry to talking with God—with and without words. Paraclete Press. 9781640600683. $7.99; $5.79 SB18

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Brueggemann is beloved and respected by scholars, preachers, and laity alike. In this must-have volume, he offers penetrating insights on Scripture, prophetic diagnoses of our culture, and encouragement to help readers live out their faith. Westminster John Knox Press.

Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering Sarah Young

Walter Brueggemann

Linda Hang

This unique journal will not only encourage you to think deeply on the subject of prayer, it will also challenge you to be more intentional in your prayer life as you share what’s on your heart with the One who hears your every prayer. Barbour Publishing. Coming in May.

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Relax and reflect on Scripture and quotes from the author of Jesus Always while coloring intricate illustrations and learning hand lettering. This one-ofa-kind adult coloring book includes a hand-lettering tutorial and templates. Thomas Nelson. 9781400208944. $15.99; $11.79

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grief and loss An invaluable guide to dealing with grief NEW GRIEF WORKS: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving

Julia Samuel

An instant bestseller in the UK, Grief Works is a profoundly optimistic and compassionate handbook for anyone suffering a loss—from the expected death of a parent to the sudden death of a child or spouse—as well as a guide for those who want to help their grieving loved ones. Death affects us all. Yet grief is still profoundly misunderstood. So many of us feel awkward and uncertain around death, and shy away from talking honestly with family and friends. Julia Samuel, a grief psychotherapist, has spent twenty-five years working with the bereaved and understanding the full repercussions of loss. In Grief Works Samuel shares case studies from those who have experienced great love and great loss—and survived. People need to understand that grief is a process that has to be worked through, and Samuel shows if we do the work, we can begin to heal. The stories here explain how grief unmasks our greatest fears, strips away our layers of protection, and reveals our innermost selves. Scribner Macmillan. 9781501181535. Hardcover. $26.00; $18.79


What the Bereaved Really Need Annie Broadbent



MIND: Dying, Death & Wisdom

Dr. Kathryn Mannix has studied and practiced palliative care for 30 years. Through beautifully crafted stories from her own practice, she takes the reader on a journey through dying. Little, Brown and Company.

This moving and enlightening collection of voices from the shores of grief is an invaluable guide that will help anyone wanting to comfort a grieving loved one. Includes the author’s own story of loss and those of others she has met, plus expert advice from key charities. Piatkus Books.

offers support, guidance, and wisdom from others who have experienced the death of a child, as well as her personal story after the death of her beloved 17-year-old son, Victor, and her insight as a grief counselor and psychotherapist. Da Capo Press.

In twelve stirring, insightful, and deeply revealing chapters, Sheila Walsh shows how personal brokenness can open doors of intimacy with Jesus Christ that might never open in any other way. Thomas Nelson.

NEW WITH THE END IN in an Age of Denial Kathryn Mannix

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How Do You Live After a Child Dies? PEOPLE: And Those Who Pretend Nisha Zenoff They’re Not In The Unspeakable Loss, Dr. Zenoff Sheila Walsh

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church & culture A message that is just as urgent today as it was then NEW TO THE PROMISED LAND: Martin Luther King and the Fight for

Economic Justice Michael K. Honey

Fifty years ago, a single bullet robbed us of one of the world’s most eloquent voices for human rights and justice. To the Promised Land goes beyond the iconic view of Martin Luther King Jr. as an advocate of racial harmony to explore his profound commitment to the poor and working class and his call for “nonviolent resistance” to all forms of oppression, including the economic injustice that “takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.” King’s agenda led to the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts. But King also questioned what good it does a person to “eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t earn enough money to buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee?” King organized poor people and demonstrated for union rights while seeking a “moral revolution” to replace the self-seeking individualism of the rich with an overriding concern for the common good. To the Promised Land challenges us to think about what it would mean to truly fulfill King’s legacy and move toward his vision of “the promised land” in our own time. W. W. Norton & Company. Coming in April. 9780393651263. Hardcover. $25.95; $18.79

NEW REDEMPTION: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last 31 Hours Joseph Rosenbloom

A close-up and intimate book about the last fateful hours of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. It draws on dozens of interviews with people who were immersed in the Memphis events, as well as on recently released documents from archives in Atlanta. Beacon Press. 9780807083383. Hardcover. $25.95; $18.79


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CRACK: The Death and Legacy of

The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights Steven Levingston

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot in Memphis. This is a vivid portrait of how Americans grappled with King’s death and legacy in the days, weeks, and months after his assassination. Basic Books.

This masterful history traces the emergence of two of the twentieth century’s greatest leaders and their powerful impact on each other and on the shape of the civil rights battle between 1960 and 1963. Hachette.

Martin Luther King Jr. Jason Sokol

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Church and Culture Help children function well in a diverse nation NEW 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



Out Into God’s Call Karen P. Oliveto

Through poignant stories and wellreasoned principles, Oliveto discloses why and how spiritual renewal and a personal call to ministry emerge in the strangely warmed hearts of lesbian and gay Christians. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501858918. $17.99; $11.99

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

With disarming candor laced with just the right amount of humor, Daniel urges open-minded Christians to explore ways to talk about their faith journeys that are reasonable, rigorous, and real. FaithWords.

NEW THE EVANGELICALS: The Struggle to Shape America Frances Fitzgerald

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. 9781439131343. $20.00; $14.49


MORE: Unleashing Christ’s Vision

for Unity in a Deeply Divided World Lucas Ramirez with Mike DeVito

Calls every Christian to bring about Christ’s daring vision for unity in the church, and through collective movement, impact the world like never before. FaithWords. Coming in June. 9781546032984. Hardcover. $22.00; $15.99

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Church and Culture Unique perspectives from the front lines of the battle for marriage equality NEW THE FIGHT FOR MARRIAGE: Church Conflicts and Courtroom Contests Phillip F. Cramer and William L. Harbison For leaders in governments and in churches, marriage equality is the most contentious civil-rights dispute in the 21st century. During an era where nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, same-gender couples now have the federal civil right to marry, too. At a time when 62 percent of Americans approve of samegender 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. Abigndon Press. Coming in April. 9781501858932. $14.99; $9.99

NEW WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? Essays Marilynne Robinson

In this new collection of essays, Pulitzer Prize-winner Marilynne Robinson trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Farrar Straus & Giroux. 9780374282219. Hardcover. $27.00; $17.79


THE WEST: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values Nick Spencer

Looking at big ideas that characterize the West, such as human dignity, the rule of law, human rights, science, and even atheism, Spencer traces the ways in which many of our present values flourished in distinctively Christian soil. Westminster John Knox Press.

NEW RESIST AND PERSIST: NEW THE PENTECOST Faith and the Fight for Equality Erin Wathen

Navigates the complex layers of what it means to be a woman in our time and place, reframing the challenges to women’s equality in light of our current culture and political climate. Westminster John Knox Press. Coming in April. 9780664263904. $16.00; $11.79

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PARADIGM: Ten Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation Jacqueline J. Lewis and John Janka How do churches build immunity from ethnic tensions that threaten to divide rather than unite congregations? Lewis and Janka believe that the answer lies in developing multiracial, multicultural communities of faith. Westminster John Knox Press. 9780664263386. $13.00; $9.49


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Church & Culture Jesus’ historic and cultural influence make him fascinating, provocative, and relevant for everyone—including nonbelievers NEW JESUS FOR ATHEISTS: Why He Still Matters in Our Secular World Amy-Jill Levine


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. Even for those who reject faith, Jesus’ life and his philosophy hold insights 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 to all readers. 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. Coming in May. 9780062216724. $26.99; $19.49

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The Marvelous Mustard Seed.

Coming in April. 9780664262754. Hardcover. $16.00; $11.79

NEW GATHERED FOR GOD: NEW PRACTICING THE Church’s Teachings for a Changing World, Volume 8 Jeffrey Lee and Dent Davidson What’s really going on when Episcopalians gather for worship? Musician Dent Davidson and Bishop Jeff Lee bring decades of partnership to this lively conversation about the rituals that make faith real. Church Publishing. 9780898690439. $12.95; $9.49


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Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give Michael Rhodes and Robby Holt with Brian Fikkert

Practical ways for God’s people to earn, invest, spend, compensate, save, share, and give in ways that embody God’s love and provision for the world. Baker Book House. Coming in April. 9780801075742. $19.99; $13.99



Marrying biblical study, economic theory, and practical advice, Nelson presents a vision for church ministry that works toward the flourishing of the local community, beginning with its poorest and most marginalized members. InterVarsity Press.

Nobel Peace Prize winner and best-selling author of Banker to the Poor offers his vision of an emerging new economic system that can save humankind and the planet. Hachette Book Group.

in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity Tom Nelson

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The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions Muhammad Yunus

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Church Growth The future of the church and the future of the seminary are inseparably linked NEW A NEW CHURCH AND A NEW SEMINARY: Theological Education

Is the Solution David McAllister-Wilson

The church has been declining for a long time due to changes in secular and consumer culture, demographics radically adjusting normative family structure, and a theology based in consumer marketing rather than mission-driven vitality. Now we realize that the church is free to not just make the gospel relevant to life but to make life relevant to the gospel. A new kind of Methodist progressive evangelicalism is regenerating, which lives the great commandment (love) and the great commission (reproducing disciples) on a global scale. Before, seminaries prepared pastors to maintain healthy churches in stable neighborhoods. Now, every neighborhood is changing and many churches are losing their members and their confidence. They long for a recovery of their sense of mission and a new kind of leadership. A new kind of seminary is regenerating to foster hope, wisdom, creativity, and engagement with the great issues of our day. Abingdon Press. Coming in May. 9781501858895. $19.99; $13.49


Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities Tim Shapiro with Kara Faris

Innovative Christians, engaging in time-honored practices, are creating new types of communities. What do these unconventional, alternative faith communities look like? How are they, perhaps, indicators of a hopeful new future for the church? And what can we learn from them? Abingdon Press. 9781501842597. $16.99; $11.49 SB18

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Revised and Updated Robert Schnase

Thom S. Rainer

Many churches consider themselves to be friendly, while their guests do not... Much has changed in the world and why? Because they are only friendly to the church in the last 10 years, and each other. This book offers a game leaders have discovered new ways to plan for churches to become more implement the Five Practices in new settings. This updated edition includes hospitable. Suitable for individual or group study. Broadman & Holman. a significant amount of new material. 9781462765454. $12.99; $9.49 Abingdon Press. Coming in May.


A companion resource to Becoming a Welcoming Church, this brief book is ideal for giving to visitors to express hospitality and communicate to them that they are welcome in your church. Broadman & Holman. 9781462780891. Hardcover.$12.99; $9.49

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Leadership Get empowered to speak out and act in troubled times NEW SACRED RESISTANCE: A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

In the midst of polarized communities and nations, religious leaders across the theological spectrum are seeking help with how to respond and lead in troubled times. The need for courage to speak out and act is ever-present, because every generation faces a new set of fears and troubles. Author Ginger Gaines-Cirelli pastors a church in the heart of Washington DC, adjacent to the White House, which actively works to bring justice and help for marginalized communities, refugees, and immigrants, and the endangered earth. She inspires and leads this work through preaching and by organizing and developing strong leaders, deeply rooted in a well-developed theological understanding. Pastoral warmth and compassion characterize the recommended practices. Abingdon Press. Coming in May. 9781501856853. $14.99; $9.99



Designed to promote a meaningful theology of giving in a new age, these short reflections are perfect for including in weekly e-mails, newsletters, or bulletins, or read as an invitation to the offering during worship. Church Publishing. Coming in June.

The Bible’s version of good leadership points toward a different set of essential characteristics for great leaders than the worldly view. This book looks at the spiritual nature of Old Testament leaders, revealing habits that show us a new way to approach leadership. Abingdon Press.


Talk about Money in Church Charles Cloughen Jr.

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Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority Clay Scroggins

Accelerate Leaders and Build Better Teams Andy Stanley

With wisdom and humor, Scroggins will help you nurture your vision and cultivate influence, even when you lack authority in your organization. Make a difference right where you are. HarperCollins. Coming in April.

Distills the most important lessons Stanley has learned about leadership including creating a culture of continual improvement, building a compelling vision, and challenging the status quo. Zondervan. Coming in May.

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What the Bible Tells Us about Powerful Leadership James C. Howell

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Leadership Equip leaders to guide preteens in growing their faith NEW 6 SECRETS OF PRETEEN MINISTRY

Sarah Flannery

For children ages 10–12, transition is the name of the game. The changes to their minds and bodies can be overwhelming. They desire independence but still need guidance. Accompanying these not-quite-children on their spiritual journeys is a constant balancing act. This book will help leaders understand the unique challenges faced by this age group and guide them as they teach and instill faith in preteens. It provides an overview of developmental milestones, discusses the roles of parents and church leaders, and presents models of preteen ministry. Also explores the use of technology and suggests ways to be inclusive of preteens with special needs. Abingdon Press. 9781501845963. $12.99; $8.79


How to Sustain Effective Ministry Thomas G. Bandy To stay relevant, churches must be willing to go beyond the comfort zones of members. They must be willing to risk failure and learn from mistakes by implementing creative new ideas. And they must be willing to stop wasting limited resources of time, talent, and money on old ideas that no longer drive the church toward its vision. Abingdon Press. 9781501849619. $21.99; $14.79 SB18

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THE KALEIDOSCOPE EFFECT: THE GARDEN RESONATES: What Emerging Generations Seek in Leaders Scott Chrostek

A Gospel Emerging Generations Can Believe In Chris Folmsbee

Identifies the common leadership needs of emerging generations and provides church leaders practical “howto” solutions for engaging and serving these generations. Implementing the ideas and principles found in this book will produce better leaders who can serve a greater number of people. Abingdon Press.

Equips church leaders with a framework for sharing the gospel in relevant and compelling ways to the emerging generations. It reframes the gospel narrative and provides leaders with practical help to reverse the trend of decline while weaving a new story of growth and vibrancy. Abingdon Press. 9781501844140. $15.99; $10.79

TEACHING OUTSIDE THE BOX: Five Approaches To Opening the Bible With Youth Andrew Zirschky

Explores five distinct approaches to forming youth in the faith— instructional, community of faith, interpretive, liberation, and contemplative—that open youth to experiencing the implications of the gospel in new ways. Abingdon Press. 9781501823893. $16.99; $11.49

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Leadership Hone your intuition and become the leader you were meant to be NEW LEADING FROM YOUR GUT: How You Can Succeed by Harnessing the Power of Your Values, Feelings, and Intuition John Townsend As a leader, your decisions are critical. They have a significant effect on you and everyone around you. But the effective leader needs to have more than just logic, facts, and financials to help make the best choices. Leaders also must access their own intuition, that gut feeling inside. In Leading from Your Gut, you’ll learn how leaders excel not just through external competencies and skills, but by drawing on their internal world and personal experience. You’ll explore how to harness the power of your values, thoughts, emotions, and relationships to better meet the complex demands of leadership. As you apply Townsend’s principles, you will see great results in your leadership. But more importantly, you’ll experience the kind of personal transformation that will enable you to lead as a whole person. HarperCollins. Coming in June. 9780310350118. $16.99; $12.49

NEW THE GOSPEL AT WORK: How the Gospel Gives

New Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert Traeger and Gilbert unpack the powerful ways the gospel can transform how we do what we do. You’ll find answers to some of the tough questions that Christians in the workplace often ask. HarperCollins. Coming in April. 9780310562078. $17.99; $12.99


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The Beautiful Behaviors of an Effective Church Culture Amy Valdez Barker Building trust is essential for leaders to succeed in the ministries to which God has called them. Through a process of self-examination into what it takes to build trust, as well as what leads to a break in trust, this book will help you step boldly into ministry…wherever God sends you. Abingdon Press. 9781501842443. $14.99; $9.99 | 800.672.1789

STRIDE: Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church Mike Schreiner and Ken Willard Morning Star UMC in St. Louis, Missouri used an idea from a John Wesley quote to develop a highly successful pathway to discipleship for their church. This book offers no quick fix or secret formula for struggling churches; the authors simply share the principles they followed to bring about fruitful discipleship. Abingdon Press. 9781501849220. $13.99; $9.49 SB18

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Pa s t o r / P r e a c h i n g Some of leadership’s deepest lessons begin with a mistake FAILING BOLDLY: How Falling Down in Ministry can be the Start of Rising Up Christian Coon

This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever tried to energize or grow a ministry. Christian Coon takes us through his own missteps and mistakes as the co-founder of the Urban Village Church—as well as those of others working to do the same—and shows how failure can serve as a springboard to new possibilities and even a closer connection to God and what leadership means. Woven together with honesty, humility, and humor, this book helps us learn to look on failure as an actual gift that can be the gateway to a deeper journey. Upper Room Books. 9780881778786. $17.00; $11.99

ENDURING MINISTRY: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership Samuel Rahberg

Draws on insights from the monastic tradition, the ministry of spiritual direction, and the experience of Christian leadership to support and empower leaders for continued ministries in the church, helping them experience a shift from merely enduring to lasting, effective, and vibrant Christian leadership. Liturgical Press.


Returning to the Roots of Ministry Mark Edington Explores the impact on the ministry, on congregations, and on denominational polities of encouraging a way forward— one in which ministers working simultaneously in the church and in secular life, come to leadership positions in the church. Church Publishing. Coming in April. 9780819233868. $18.95; $13.79

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MISTAKES: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future Skip Prichard Prichard draws on a lifetime of studying success to share the 9 mistakes wildly accomplished people know not to make, so you can avoid them too. Packed with wisdom to help you discover and follow your personal purpose and push beyond your perceived capabilities. Hatchette. 9781478970903. Hardcover. $25.00; $15.99

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Lectionary commentary series connects congregations to Scripture GENERAL EDITORS Rev. Dr. Joel B. Green is Provost, Dean of the School of Theology, and Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has written and edited numerous books, including The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, Neuroscience and Christianity Anthropology, and Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Atonement in New Testament and Contemporary Contexts (co-authored). He is also a General Editor of the Wesley Study Bible and the Common English Bible. He is ordained clergy in The United Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching Emeritus at Candler Theological School, Emory University. He is a world-renowned preacher and was named by Time magazine as one of the most effective preachers in the English language. He has authored more than twenty books, including The Good Funeral, Accompany Them with Singing, Matthew in the Interpretations series, and Preaching from Memory to Hope, all published by Westminster John Knox Press. He is ordained clergy in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching, Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope, and Rise Up, Shepherd! Advent Reflections on the Spirituals; and co-author of Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place. He is ordained clergy in the Progressive National Baptist Convention.

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A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship Joel B. Green, Thomas G. Long, Luke A. Powery, and Cynthia L. Rigby, general editors As the newest lectionary commentary, Connections is perfect for those who use and love Feasting on the Word. Readers will discover relevant, in-depth, imaginative reflections on the lectionary by some of our generation’s leading biblical scholars, theologians, homileticians, and other scholars. Connections provides new resources to help preachers achieve the goal of connecting congregations to Scripture. This ninevolume series offers creative commentary on each reading in the three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. It does so first by viewing that reading through the lens of its connections to the rest of Scripture; and then seeing the reading through the lenses of culture, film, fiction, ethics, science, and other aspects of contemporary life. Included as well are commentaries on the Psalm readings that connect them both to the other readings for the day and to the congregation’s experience of worship. Westminster John Knox Press. Commentary 1: Connecting the Reading with Scripture. Commentary 2: Connecting the Reading with the Word.

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S t u dy & T h e o l o gy Explore shared themes in Scripture and the arts NEW WORDS THAT LISTEN: A Literary Companion to the Lectionary, Volumes 1 & 2 Ian S. Markham & J. Barney Hawkins IV

The great themes of faith are also the great themes of literature and the arts. As we come to terms with God, hope, faith, tragedy, guilt, fear, and love, so the poets, writers, musicians, and artists pick up the same themes, and their understanding can enrich and deepen our own. Words That Listen brings these two worlds together. For each gospel, Markham and Hawkins offer four connecting resource suggestions—such as a poem, extract from a novel, a film/television/sporting illustration, and/or a humorous story—to illuminate, make connections, and spark new ways of looking at familiar stories. Suggestions for each Sunday include a brief summary and explanation of the extracts. Church Publishing. 9780898699005. $60.95; $43.99




EXODUS PREACHING: Crafting WILL WILLIMON’S Sermons about Justice and Hope LECTIONARY SERMON Kenyatta R. Gilbert RESOURCE: Year B, Part 2

Frank A. Thomas

Learn to use four characteristics of “preaching with moral imagination” to proclaim freedom for all. This book equips and empowers preachers to transcend their skills and techniques, so that their proclamation of the Word causes turnaround in the hearts and lives of their listeners. Abingdon Press. 9781501856839. $17.99; $11.99


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African American preachers invest great symbolic significance in the Exodus story, the messianic witness of Jesus, and prophetic literature for shaping prophetic sermons. Gilbert offers guidance for effective preaching in a period of intense social change, racial unrest, and violence. Abingdon Press. 9781501832574. $21.99; $14.79

William H. Willimon

Offers suggestions for selected readings, themes, and introductions to the lectionary passage for every Sunday in Year B, and more. Abingdon Press. Coming in May. 9781501847257. $24.99; $16.79 Also available: Year C, Part 1. 9781501847271. $24.99; $16.79 | 800.672.1789


to a Small-Town Church Winn Collier

Through this story of a pastor who connected with his congregation through handwritten letters, readers will discover what it means for a pastor and a church to do the slow work of ministry in community—anchored by a common place and buoyed by a life of faith that is meaningful, rooted, and true. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 9780802874139. $16.99; $11.99 SB18

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S t u dy & T h e o l o gy The tension between true religion and false religion lies within Christianity itself NEW JESUS VS. CAESAR:

For People Tired of Serving the Wrong God Joerg Rieger There is true Christianity and there is false Christianity. Do you know the difference? Jesus and Caesar were both powerful, respected, and looked up to…in different ways and for different reasons. Jesus illuminated how God is with us and showed us how we must live in this world, whereas Caesar was the god of a worldly empire and his dominance led to oppression. Although we may not recognize it, the tension between the two continues to exist in our own lives every day. Jesus vs. Caesar will help you discover that true religion loosens “the bonds of injustice” (Isaiah 58:6) while self-serving religion is a false form of the Christian faith. This book will lead you to contemplate which of the two you truly follow. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501842672. $19.99; $13.49

At the end of our journey, God will not ask us what we believed, but how we lived CALVIN VS. WESLEY: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice

Don Thorsen

This book shows what Calvinists and Wesleyans actually believe about human responsibility, salvation, the universality of God’s grace, holy living through service, and the benefits of small group accountability—and how that connects to how people live. Calvinists and Wesleyans are different, and by knowing the difference, people will be inspired to learn more. By knowing who they are as faithful people of God, they will be motivated to reach out in mission with renewed vigor. And they won’t be obstacles to grace and holiness, but they can be better disciples and advocates for Christ through service in this world. Abingdon Press. 9781426743351. $17.99; $11.99

ADDITIONAL BOOKS in this series

LUTHER VS. POPE LEO: A Conversation in Purgatory Paul R. Hinlicky

The seeds for a new Reformation in an afterlife conversation. Abingdon Press. 9781501804205. $19.99; $13.49 SB18

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or Confront? C. K. Robertson

An encourager most don’t remember and an apostle many don’t like. Abingdon Press. 9781630882778. $19.99; $13.49

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S t u dy & T h e o l o gy Remembering Jesus well through the witness of Scripture 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 May. 9781501839115. $29.99; $19.99



With a Trinitarian approach firmly in view, this book maps John Wesley’s understanding of the connections and trajectories of God’s Triune love as it illuminates what is unique to each of Wesley’s salient doctrines of the Christian life. Abingdon Press. Coming in June.

Theologian Stanley Hauerwas offers his godson the gift of hard-won wisdom on life. Writing on courage, humility, joy, and more, he distills religious thinking and self-reflection into heartfelt personal epistles packed with warmth, wit, and grace. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. Coming in April.

John Wesley’s Theology K. Steve McCormick

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OF VIRTUE: Letters to a Godson Stanley Hauerwas

9780802875792. $21.99; $15.99


Erasmus, Luther, and the Rupture of Europe Michael Massing Erasmus was the leading figure of the Northern Renaissance. Today he’s largely forgotten, and that’s because of Martin Luther. Luther initially admired Erasmus, but eventually, they became bitter rivals. Fatal Discord seeks to restore Erasmus to his proper place in the Western tradition. HarperCollins.


Mission and God’s People Brad E. Kelle

Using a thematic, narrative approach, this book invites you to imaginatively enter the biblical story from a macro level while drawing out multiple nuances within different texts at the same time. Special care was taken to honor the historical context of the Old Testament. Abingdon Press.

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S t u dy & T h e o l o gy Exploring the Bible in unexpected new ways 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 bestselling 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. Is the Bible relevant to modern people of faith? This is the question Rachel Held Evans, bestselling author of Searching for Sunday, found herself asking, launching her on a quest to understand better what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her forever. 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 present-day 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; $12.49


Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World Philip Jenkins

Drawing widely on contemporary sources from outside the canonical Old and New Testaments, Jenkins reveals an era of political violence and social upheaval that ultimately gave birth to entirely new ideas about religion, the afterlife, Creation and the Fall, and the nature of God and Satan. Basic Books.


Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today John Shelby Spong

Five hundred years after Martin Luther and the Reformation, bestselling author and controversial bishop John Shelby Spong delivers twelve forward-thinking theses to spark a new reformation to reinvigorate Christianity and ensure its future. HarperCollins.

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TRANSCENDENCE IN THE ARTS: Bearing Witness to the Triune God Jeremy Begbie

Employs a biblical, Trinitarian imagination of how Christian involvement in the arts can be shaped by a vision of God’s transcendence revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 9780802874948. $18.00; $11.99

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NEW HOW TO BE A STOIC: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life Massimo Pigliucci

Whenever we worry, we are ultimately worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal is more elusive. Pigliucci offers Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius, as the best way to attain it. Basic Books. Coming in May. 9781541644533. $16.99; $12.49


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S t u dy & T h e o l o gy Fresh insights into Wesley’s thoughts on church unity BID OUR JARRING CONFLICTS CEASE: A Wesleyan Theology and

Praxis of Church Unity David N. Field

In theological discussions about diversity within Methodist Churches, people usually reference a few standard quotes from John Wesley, particularly his sermon “Catholic Spirit.” However, these references are only a part of the greater whole of Wesley’s theology and his understanding of the mission of the Methodist movement; and hence as part of the issue of Methodist identity and holiness. Wesley proposed that the central mission of Methodism was to spread “scriptural holiness,” and hence his understanding of the unity and diversity the church must be understood in this context. This book: 1) examines and interprets John Wesley’s key sermons “Catholic Spirit,” “A Caution against Bigotry,” and “On Schism” in relation to his other writings and the integrating theme of holiness; 2) understands that Wesley’s interpretation of holiness is shaped by eighteenth-century understandings of the human person; and 3) relates this constructive stance of holiness and diversity to the debates around human sexuality and presents it as an opportunity to go forward with a greater love. United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. 9780938162247. $39.99; $15.99


COMMUNITIES: A Theological

Exploration Vera White and Charles Wiley

What is the church to make of the many new expressions of worship springing up across the nation and the world? This book documents the discussion and provides theological and biblical foundations to the 1001 New Worshiping Communities movement in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Westminster John Knox Press. 9780664263096. $20.00; $14.49


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On the 500th anniversary of Luther’s theses, a landmark history of the revolutionary faith that shaped the modern world. Alec Ryrie makes the case that we owe many of the rights and freedoms we have cause to take for granted— from free speech to limited government—to our Protestant roots. Penguin Books. Coming in April.

With its compelling vision of Christian faith and life, this book calls readers to discover that the Christian story is founded upon the Triune God’s self-giving and our belonging to God. Embracing this truth changes how we view everything. Zondervan. Coming in June.

Made the Modern World Alec Ryrie

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How The Trinity Shapes The Christian Story Kelly M. Kapic with Justin Borger

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S t u dy & T h e o l o gy A compelling modern biography that reveals the apostle’s greater role in Christian history NEW PAUL: A Biography N. T. Wright In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology—transforming a faith and changing the world. For centuries, Paul, the apostle who “saw the light on the Road to Damascus” and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Christ, has been one of the church’s most widely cited saints. While his influence on Christianity has been profound, N. T. Wright argues that Bible scholars and pastors have focused so much attention on Paul’s letters and theology that they have too often overlooked the essence of the man’s life and the extreme unlikelihood of what he achieved. Wright contends that our knowledge of Paul and appreciation for his legacy cannot be complete without an understanding of his Jewish heritage. Giving us a thoughtful, in-depth exploration of the human and intellectual drama that shaped Paul, Wright provides greater clarity of the apostle’s writings, thoughts, and ideas and helps us see them in a fresh, innovative way. HarperCollins. 9780061730580. Hardcover. $29.99; $21.79



of the Very Good News Brian Zahnd

A Journey Through the Tangled Lives of Adam and Eve Bruce Feiler

Does God’s wrath—or God’s love—define Christianity? Thoughtfully wrestling with subjects like Old Testament genocide, Jesus’ crucifixion, eternal punishment in hell, and the final judgment, Zanhd maintains that the summit of divine revelation for sinners is not God is wrath, but God is love. Waterbrook Press.

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 Books. 9781101980507. $17.00; $12.49

NEW POVERTY: What Did Jesus Teach? Kenneth R. Himes and Conor M. Kelly, editors 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. Paraclete Press. Coming in April. 9781612616827. $16.99; $12.49

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s t u dy & t h e o l o gy A compelling statement of how to read the Bible NEW THE BLUE PARAKEET, 2ND EDITION: Rethinking How You Read the Bible Scot McKnight

Parakeets make delightful pets. We cage them or clip their wings to keep them where we want them. Scot McKnight contends that many, conservatives and liberals alike, attempt the same thing with the Bible. We all try to tame it. McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet calls Christians to stop taming the Bible and to let it speak anew to our heart. McKnight challenges us to rethink how to read the Bible, not just to puzzle it together into some systematic belief but to see it as a Story that we’re summoned to enter and to carry forward in our day. This compelling statement of how to read the Bible in a new evangelical generation reexamines the Bible, providing an exciting “New Way” that appeals to the millions in today’s church who long to be authentic Christians but don’t consider themselves theologically conservative or liberal. Zondervan. Coming in June. 9780310538929. $18.99; $13.79


A Biblical Theology of the Natural World Douglas J. Moo and Jonathan A. Moo; Jonathan Lunde, editor Combining their expertise in biblical studies and science, the authors trace key themes through Scripture in order to situate the created world within biblical theology, to recapture the joy expressed by the Psalmists and giving attention to the threats facing it. Zondervan. 9780310293743. $24.99; $17.99


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Goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined—and helps us look at it in a fresh, new way. HarperCollins. Coming in May.

To comprehend Scripture more clearly, we need to understand the often perplexing ideas, experiences, and worldview of its writers. This book presents readers with indispensable insights for understanding the Bible. HarperCollins. Coming in May.

NEW IN PAPERBACK How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything Rob Bell

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Bibles Your journey through God’s Word begins here NEW THE CEB NAVIGATION BIBLE: Finding Your Way Through the Bible Do you find it hard to read the Bible? If reading Scripture feels like a chore, don’t feel bad—you’re not the only one. The CEB Navigation Bible is designed specifically for people who need help getting comfortable with the Bible. Start with the guide to using a Bible and explore the suggested reading plans, both of which are included. Brief introductions to each book point out the main characters, places, and memorable passages you’ll find and the dictionary of terms, sixteen maps, and the factual and inspirational notes included throughout will quickly help you discover your love of God’s Word and a newfound dedication to daily devotional time. A nice gift for someone who is new to reading the Bible. Common English Bible. Coming in May. 9781609262143. Hardcover. $26.99; $17.99 9781609262136. Decotone. $34.99; $23.49


Contributors from across the Wesleyan family join together to help you experience God in fresh ways. Includes comprehensive study notes on NRSV text, life application and inspiration, explanations of core terms, extended reference to works by John Wesley, 19 pages of full-color maps; cross references; book summaries; and 9.75-pt. type. Abingdon Press. 9781501847554. Charcoal Bonded Leather. $59.99; $39.99

THE CEB STORYTELLERS BIBLE NEW CEB POCKET NEW Jesus and the prophets taught through TESTAMENT WITH PSALMS story. This Bible helps readers see the AND PROVERBS big themes and important truths of the Bible while also guiding them in how to tell these stories in contemporary language. It contains extensive commentary on all the best-known (and many of the less common) stories of the Bible, with articles about helping the stories come alive for listeners. Includes multiple indexes. Common English Bible.

The ultimate portable companion for personal ministry or a low-cost gift for others. Designed to fit conveniently in a shirt or pants pocket, it includes the full text of the beloved Psalms and Proverbs in addition to the New Testament. Common English Bible. 9781609262129. $4.99; $3.99

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Highlights John Wesley’s perspectives on Scripture, with notes and articles from pastors, theologians, and Bible scholars. Explanations of core terms on the following themes: eternal life, forgiveness, grace, heaven, holiness, justice, and mission. With concordance. Common English Bible. 9781609262105. Clover Honey Bonded Leather. $59.99; $39.99

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Bibles An affordable, contemporary Bible—ideal for gift-giving NEW NIV GIFT BIBLE The NIV Gift Bible is the perfect gift for graduations, promotions, confirmations, and other special achievements. With thick pages and easy-to-read text, plus tabs to easily locate books of the Bible, this sturdy Bible is a gift that will last. Features lay-flat imitation leather binding; words of Christ in red, Bible dictionary, ribbon marker, presentation page, and 6.5-point type size. Fully indexed. Zondervan. $24.99; $17.49 9780310447801. Blue 9780310447825. Brown 9780310447795. Pink 9780310447757. Pink/Brown 9780310447771. Tan/Blue 9780310447788. Black/Gray


Indexed red-letter edition features 16.5-point type, end-of-paragraph references, exclusive NIV Comfort Print® typeface, NIV dictionary/ concordance, and other study helps. Ideal for pulpit use and anyone looking for a Bible that is gentle on the eyes. Zondervan. Imitation Leather. Each, $39.99; $27.99 9780310449386. Blue. 9780310449379. Brown.


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Offering devotions for both weekdays and weekends, this large-print edition helps you dig deeper into the Scriptures Monday through Friday, and get to know the women of the Bible on a more personal level on the weekends. Zondervan. 9780310446842. Brown/Pink Imitation Leather. $59.99; $41.99 | 800.672.1789



Let Scripture Explain Scripture, Reflect on What You Learn

Single-column, red-letter edition features thick paper with light rules in extra-wide margins. Zondervan. Imitation Leather. Each, $59.99; $41.99 9780310449362. Gold/Gray 9780310449355. Brown/Tan Hardcover. $49.99; $34.99 9780310449331. Black. SB18

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Children’s Bibles Jump into the story of God’s Word and amazing Bible heroes NEW BIBLEFORCE: The First Heroes Bible Dive into the action and adventure of the Bible. BibleForce will help you and your children discover the message of the Bible and the heroes within its pages. The focus on Bible heroes makes the stories even more thrilling. This beautifully illustrated Bible is retold in a visually enticing, fast-paced narrative that is sure to capture readers’ attention. BibleForce follows the events of the Bible in chronological order and shares nearly 200 stories of Scripture in a simple, straightforward retelling. Ages 6–10. Thomas Nelson. 9781400314256. Hardcover. $26.99; $16.99


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This full-text study Bible helps preteens build a strong foundation of faith that a lifetime. Dramatic comicbook-style illustrations. Victor Books. 9780830772544. Hardcover. $32.99; $22.99

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A Large Print Bible for Kids The perfect chance for kids to embark on their first Bible exploration. Large-print type, 30 color pages of important Bible scenes and helpful study aids, 8 color maps of key locations throughout the biblical world, and a presentation page for personalization and gift giving. Ages 8–12. Zondervan. 9780310764922. $24.99; $17.49


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Jean E. Syswerda; Josh O’Brien, illustrator An action-packed with eye-catching illustrations. More than forty stories about important and courageous characters of the Bible, with call-outs that encourage readers to cultivate important traits like bravery, honesty, and kindness. Ages 6–10. Zondervan. 9780310750185. Hardcover. $16.99; $12.49

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Perfect for introducing youth to the Word of God. Its intriguing full-color pages will help children discover the Scriptures as the unfolding story of God’s love for his people. Ideal for use in youth camps, ministry, and outreach. Includes 16 full-color pages with inspiration, 2-column text, 8-point type. Ages 8-12. Zondervan. Coming in May. 9780310763307. $9.99; $6.99


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Children’s bibles Help kids dive deeper into God’s Word with this unique, award-winning children’s Bible. CEB DEEP BLUE KIDS BIBLE This engaging, interactive Bible offers four-color icons and illustrations throughout with a wealth of notes, historical facts, book introductions, devotionals, and other interactive elements to capture inquisitive young minds. The CEB Deep Blue Kids Bible encourages a thirst for God’s timeless message as young readers join three life-like kids in discovering the Bible and what it means to their lives. For children ages 7–12. Common English Bible. Coming in April. 9781609262112. Compass Decotone. $36.99; $24.79

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Redesigned with bold graphics and eye-catching “extras” to help kids learn the will and attributes of God (Path), align their life to God’s will (Compass), find key verses that will stay with them for a lifetime (Flashlight), and learn about the people and places of the Bible (Point Sign). Ages 8–12. Abingdon Press.

With beautiful full-color illustrations and the complete text of the New International Reader’s Version, written at a third grade level for developing readers, this Bible is perfect for introducing children to the Word of God. Features 24 full-color, illustrated pages; 2-column Bible text; and 9.3-point type. Zondervan. Coming in May.

An easy way for first-time Bible readers to discover the Scriptures as an unfolding story. Features 2-column text and 9.3-point type. Ages 6-12. Zondervan. Coming in May.


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Daphna Flegal and Kerry Blackwood Includes 19 Bible stories that introduce little ones to God’s love and teach them how to begin to follow Jesus. Ages 19–36 mos. Abingdon Press. 9781501840135. Hardcover. $12.99; $8.79

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Cokesbury Books & Bibles Spring 2018 Catalog  

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Cokesbury Books & Bibles Spring 2018 Catalog  

Cokesbury, Books & Bibles, Spring 2018, Spiritual Growth, Christian Living, Biography, Prayer & Devotion, Grief & Loss, Church & Culture, Ch...