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BOOKS & BIBLES Spring 2020

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Inside Catalog New & Notable....................................................... 2–9

Leadership.......................................................... 22–23

Christian Living................................................... 10–13

Preaching & Worship......................................... 24–25

Prayer & Devotion............................................. 14–16

Study & Theology............................................... 26–28

Spiritual Growth................................................. 17–19



Children’s Bibles.......................................................30

Church & Culture.....................................................21


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Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. An internationally renowned scholar and teacher, she is the author of numerous books.

Author’s insights

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

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If you think Jesus has no relevance to you...think again

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JESUS FOR EVERYONE: Not Just Christians Amy-Jill Levine The renowned biblical scholar, Vanderbilt University Divinity School Professor, and author of Short Stories by Jesus and The Misunderstood Jew argues that Jesus’ historic and cultural influence make him fascinating, provocative, and relevant for everyone, not only faithful Christians but nonbelievers as well. Two thousand years after his birth and death, Jesus of Nazareth continues to be of vital interest. Yet much of the scholarship around Jesus focuses on his religious significance. Jesus for Everyone examines his most famous teachings from a fresh perspective, exploring how they have continued to shape ethics and civilization in the West for two millennia. Placing Jesus of Nazareth within his historical context, Levine brings him vividly into focus and invites agnostics and the most committed nonbelievers to appreciate his lasting impact on the modern world. HarperOne. Coming in March. 9780062216724. Hardcover. $26.99; $19.99


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Jen Hatmaker, sought-after speaker, Big Sister Emeritus, and Chief BFF, is the author of numerous Bible studies and books, including New York Times bestsellers For the Love and Of Mess and Moxie. She hosts the award-winning For the Love podcast and leads a tightly knit online community that reaches millions each week.

Claim your brave & authentic identity

About the book

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FIERCE, FREE, AND FULL OF FIRE: The Guide to Being Glorious You Jen Hatmaker

With cheeky candor and fearlessness, Jen Hatmaker guides readers to a deep dive into how they are wired and provides them with the tools to walk in that identity with freedom and guts.

Stuck in people-pleasing or fear, many women hide and pretend, then end up sidelined in their own lives. But what they want is to be brave, to claim every gift, dream, quirk, and emotion inside, to stop performing and start living. Beloved New York Times best-selling author Jen Hatmaker understands the struggle to find firm footing in a culture that operates from stereotypes and often unreachable expectations. In this new book, she offers women encouragement, challenge, and humor as she helps them identify everything that makes them tick and gain the confidence to live it all out. She leads them through five selfreflective categories—who I am, what I need, what I want, what I believe, and how I connect—and helps them: —identify the exact ways they pretend, and learn instead how to be genuine at all times, in all ways, in all contexts; —be empowered to say yes and no without guilt; —learn to voice both their spiritual questions and convictions; and —opt out of drama and into healthy adult relationships.

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With wry humor, earnest passion, and been-there insight, Jen calls women to the life-giving freedom of leaning into the identity, convictions, and community they’ve been given. Thomas Nelson. Coming in April. 9780718088149. Hardcover. $24.99; $17.49


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Mary Katherine Backstrom is an essayist, viral blogger, founder and personality behind Mom Babble, a growing community of 200,000 followers. The Mom Babble social media pages boast more than 20 million views, and she has been awarded The Today Show Iris Award. Dealing both candor and inspiration, MK has become a well-known presence in the parenting blogosphere. She has been featured on and in The Today Show, Washington Post, Yahoo.com, and Scary Mommy.

Hope, humor, & spiritual inspiration for imperfect moms

Praise for the book

I have probably read more parenting essays than anyone on the planet, and Mary Katherine’s voice still surprises me. I laugh out loud, cry, and recall the magic of being a mother in those fresh early years. She is a friend to the struggling moms in the trenches of motherhood. — Jill Smokler, Founder of Scary Mommy and New York Times best-selling author

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MOM BABBLE: The Messy Truth about Motherhood Mary Katherine Backstrom Moms do it all! You mend boo boos, conquer the bogey man, comfort heartaches, laugh at knock knock jokes, cook pancakes, throw baseballs, and mop muddy floors…all amid the beautiful, constant noise that is life with children. In Mom Babble, Mary Katherine (MK) Backstrom, founder and personality behind the Mom Babble online community, offers up hope, humor, and spiritual inspiration to those in the trenches of parenthood. MK’s oh-so-real essays will delight all the not perfect, but honest and wonderful moms who read them. Makes a great gift with its grain embossed hardcover and ribbon. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501894527. Hardcover. $24.99; $18.99


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Will Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry and Director of the Doctor of Ministry at Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina. He is an internationally renowned preacher and widely read author noted for his humor, his insight into the Christian faith, and his theological commitment. His many books have sold over a million copies.

The storyteller’s storyteller returns with a new collection

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STORIES BY WILLIMON Will Willimon Throughout the ages, storytelling has proven to be the best way to engage people and illustrate a principle or theory—one that is so much more memorable than merely presenting statements of belief. No one knows this better than Will Willimon, a master storyteller known for his riveting, edgy, witty, and provocative stories and parables about human nature and Christian faith. In Stories by Willimon, readers will recognize themselves, friends, and loved ones in the insightful stories of joy, agony, thankfulness, greed, trust, fear, healing, suffering, laughter, weeping, yearning, irony, hatred, and love. And preachers will find illustrative and meaningful materials to support their sermons. Abingdon Press. Coming in February.

About the book

Will Willimon’s most beloved, memorable, and impactful stories are presented in this collection. Readers may see themselves or their friends at times in these stories. Fellow storytellers are likely to retell these stories to friends, family, colleagues, and churches.

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New & Notable Rich theological reflection on aging for pastors & pastors-in-training

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AGING: Growing Old in Church Will Willimon; Jason Byassee, series editor Seasoned pastor and church leader Will Willimon excels at creating thought-provoking, accessible books for working pastors and seminarians. In Aging, he takes a theologically rich look at numerous aspects of growing old. Drawing on Scripture, literature, current research, and his experiences as an aging adult, Willimon reflects on aging as a spiritual journey. He explores the challenging realities as well as the rewarding joys of growing old and shows pastors how to help their congregants grow old gracefully and in good Christian hope. Willimon also offers practical advice on helping church members as they encounter retirement, aging, caring for the aging, loss, bereavement, and finding faith in the last quarter of life. This eloquent, delightfully Christian perspective on aging will be of interest to all who care for aging souls—not only pastors but also chaplains and other ministers in hospitals, hospices, and extended-care facilities. This volume is part of the Pastoring for Life: Theological Wisdom for Ministering Well series. Baker Academic. Coming in April. 9781540960818. $21.99; $15.99

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No Fear in Love William H. Willimon

Preaching to Confront Racism Will Willimon

A Memoir Will Willimon

Tolerate one another. Wait. Isn’t that supposed to be love one another? Reliable spiritual guide Will Willimon invites you to look more closely at the gospel’s command to love—because to genuinely love those considered to be “Other” may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do. Abingdon Press. 9781501824753. $14.99; $10.99

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White, mainline Protestant pastors long to address contemporary social crises, but how do you even know where to begin when it’s simply not possible to relate to black pain? Who Lynched Willie Earle? uses the true story of pastor Hawley Lynn’s 1947 sermon, a response to the last lynching in Greenville, South Carolina, to help pastors preach on race and violence in America. Abingdon Press. 9781501832512. $17.99; $13.49

With his signature wit and humor, Willimon recounts memorable moments from his rich and full preaching life. A personal and vocational memoir, Accidental Preacher portrays the adventure of a life caught up in the purposes of a God who calls unlikely people to engage in work greater than themselves. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 9780802876447. Hardcover. $24.99; $18.99

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LEADING WITH THE SERMON: Preaching as Leadership William H. Willimon

Willimon makes the compelling case that two key pastoral tasks—preaching and leadership— complement, correct, strengthen, and inform one another. He shows how the practices, skills, and intentions of Christian preaching can be helpful to the leadership of a congregation. It will also show how leadership is an appropriate expectation for sermons. Fortress Press. Coming in February. 9781506456379. $18.99; $13.79


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Evan Moffic is a guide to Jewish wisdom for people of all faiths. A graduate of Stanford University, he is the spiritual leader of Congregation Solel on the North Shore of Chicago. He has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Forward, and Christianity Today, and appears regularly as a religious commentator on Fox News and CNN. Through his speaking events, he brings a new understanding of the Jewish heritage to churches of varied denominations and beliefs.

Explore what the Jewish faith means for Christians Author’s insights

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WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT JUDAISM: Exploring the Ever-Connected World of Christians & Jews Evan Moffic We know Jesus was a Jew, but do we know what that means? Do we understand that his life was immersed in Jewish tradition and history? That Jewish texts, spiritual life, holidays, and events are interwoven with what it means to be Christian? Evan Moffic, rabbi, author, and guide to Jewish wisdom for people of all faiths, continues the What Every Christian Needs to Know About series, providing answers to the hundreds of questions he receives about Judaism. His exploration reveals insights of the great Jewish sages, allowing us to live a richer and more meaningful life and to have a closer relationship with God.

My hope is that these teachings can serve as a way of fostering bonds focused not on the past and the troubled history between Jews and Christians, but rather one looking forward to a future in which we share wisdom with one another. —Rabbi Evan Moffic

OTHER BOOKS by the author

Abingdon Press. Coming in February. 9781501871498. $18.99; $13.99

Also in this series by the author: What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Jewishness of Jesus 9781426791581. $17.99; $15.29

What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover 9781426791567. $16.99; $12.99


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New & Notable Share devotional time with the whole family

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GRACE FOR THE MOMENT FAMILY DEVOTIONAL: 100 Devotions for Families to Enjoy God’s Grace Max Lucado

Max Lucado is America’s leading inspirational author—selling over 140 million copies of his books. He has written multiple bestsellers including Unshakable Hope, Anxious for Nothing, Because of Bethlehem, The Life Lessons series, and Ten Women of the Bible. He currently serves as Teaching Minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX.

Author’s insights

Don’t settle for a cursory glance or a superficial understanding. Look long into the heart of Christ and you’ll see it. Grace and life. Forgiveness of sin. The defeat of death. This is the hope he gives. This is the hope we need.

Each of the 100 devotions in this beautiful book offers an adult reading from Grace for the Moment and a children’s reading on the same topic from Grace for the Moment for Kids. With the devotions next to one another, you and your children can read each devotion and then talk and pray together. Devotions include Scripture for reading aloud and enriching questions designed to take your family deeper in faith—whether over the breakfast table, at family dinners, or just before bed. This new family devotional comes in response to countless requests for a tool that equips a family to read Grace for the Moment together. Enjoy quality family time with the addition of richer faith discussions so that you can grow in Christ across the generations. Whether your family has shared devotions for years or you are hoping to jump-start a new habit, this book invites you to celebrate the grace God offers each one of us. Thomas Nelson. Coming in April. 9781400211883. Hardcover. $16.99; $12.99

Learn more about who you were created to be by learning more about Jesus

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JESUS: The God Who Knows Your Name Max Lucado The God of the universe knows your name. He has walked your streets. Jesus. Perhaps you’ve heard about him, studied him, or prayed to him. But do you know him? This is the question beloved pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado poses to the reader. In this seminal work—now with never-before-read content— Max explores the life and character of Jesus. By exploring Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, as well as specific details like how he interacted with his friends and his enemies, what he did with time alone, and how he acted at a party, this compilation gives readers the chance to become more familiar with the man at the center of the greatest story ever told. Thomas Nelson. 9781400214693. Hardcover. $24.99; $17.99

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Christian Living Learn life lessons to wander into grace as a way of life

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WANDERING INTO GRACE: A Journey of Discovery and Hope Laurie Haller You’ve heard the phrase “all who wander are not lost.” Indeed, Bishop Laurie Haller explores the idea of “wandering” as a way of life. In Wandering into Grace, she narrates her 2018 trip to Nepal and shares how her trekking adventure taught her how to adapt in a changing world, lead calmly, use collective wisdom to solve problems, serve others out of love, and value times of rest in order to be fruitful in the long haul. Her experience will encourage you to look to God as the creator, sustainer, and original wanderer who leads and guards our life story. Abingdon Press. Coming in February. 9781501896262. $16.99; $12.99

new THIS TOO SHALL LAST: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers K. J. Ramsey

Suffering is not always a before-andafter-story. Before Ramsey’s chronic illness, faith made sense. But then pain came and never left. She wanted to conquer suffering. Instead, God invited her into a bigger story. One where living with lingering suffering means receiving God’s presence that lasts. Zondervan. Coming in May. 9780310107255. $18.99; $13.99


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Laurie Haller serves as the Resident Bishop of the Iowa Area in the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. Previously, she served the Michigan area since 1982. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. She is a prolific writer; her essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications.

GIRL BE BRAVE: 100 Days to Chart


PLATINUM FAITH: Live Brilliant,

Your Course Cheryl Hale

Finding Hope When Life Takes an Unexpected Turn Natalie Chambers Snapp

Be Resilient, & Know Your Worth Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett

Three simple words—girl be brave— written by her grandmother and found in the back of a Bible helped Hale push through fear and chart a course for her life. This book includes 100 reflections inspired by that note that will encourage you to embrace God’s plan for you, face your fears, and discover that you too are brave. Perfect for gift-giving. Abingdon Press. 9781501885402. Hardcover. $18.99; $13.99

Women often try hard to make things run smoothly. It can hurt when things don’t go as planned. The Bathsheba Battle shows us that we have much in common with one of the most misunderstood women in the Bible, Bathsheba. By studying her life, we can find healing from our own painful past and hope for living fully. Includes discussion questions. Abingdon Press. 9781501890802. $16.99; $12.99

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Silver and gold are precious, but when you hear “platinum,” do you think of something of even greater worth? The authors explore the qualities of this “magic metal” and show how they can deepen your walk of faith. Learn to understand your worth and believe in God’s Word and plan for your life. Includes journaling and leader helps for group study. Abingdon Press. 9781501890727. $18.99; $13.99 SB20

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Christian Living About the authors: The writers of the We Pray with Her collective, formed in 2016, are clergywomen and deacons serving all over the United States. They lead in a variety of ministerial roles in the local church, chaplaincy, academia, and more. They share prayers and devotions with each other in support of women in leadership. Through this work, they invite readers to join in supporting women who lead in all walks of life—with prayers, through mentoring, and through daily acts of solidarity with the women in their own lives. The current editorial board includes J. Paige Boyer, Emily Peck-McClain, Shannon Sullivan, Theresa Thames, and Jen Tyler.

new I’VE SEEN THE END OF YOU: A Neurosurgeon’s Look

at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know W. Lee Warren

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science—and between death and hope—as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home. Waterbrook Press.

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Be guided by faith to work with other women to bring down injustices


SPEAKING TRUTH: Women Raising Their Voices in Prayer J. Paige Boyer, Emily Peck-McClain, Shannon Sullivan, Theresa Thames, and Jen Tyler If you haven’t noticed, women are fed up. We are learning how to find and claim our voices, ending the silences imposed on all of us. Speaking Truth provides the sustenance we need to face blatant racism, bigotry, sexism, heterosexism, and xenophobia in the world and in the church through prayers, devotions, Scriptures, and inspirational quotes. We are encouraged to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us as we work together to bring down these injustices; claiming a new vision of how things can be and building on the foundation Christ laid for the beloved community of God on earth. Abingdon Press. Coming in February. 9781501898341. $16.99; $12.99


FOLLOWER: Becoming More Than Just a Fan of Jesus Kyle Idleman


new edit ion

Ken Anderson

Guide to All Things Christian Jon Acuff


Based on his bestseller Not a Fan, author and pastor Kyle Idleman reveals that Jesus calls us not to cheer for him but to chase after him...to become a completely committed follower of Jesus. With a frankness that many readers are not likely to hear in church or Sunday school class, he offers an invitation to take an honest look at one’s relationship with Jesus. Zondervan. Coming in February.

A travel-sized A–Z reference dictionary with quick access to Scripture-based answers to almost any question you can imagine. Simple to use, it tackles traditional and 21st-century issues without heavy theological language. You’ll laugh at its one-liners and illustrated jokes as it points you to God’s Word. Companion to the NKJV, KJV, NIV, and other translations. Thomas Nelson. Coming in March.

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Using the same humor and honesty that galvanized over a million online readers from over 200 countries, Acuff brings his insightful take on Christianity to the book world with this new gift edition of Stuff Christians Like. From prayer shot blocks to Metro worship leaders, no stone is left unturned. Zondervan. Coming in April. 9780310110118. Hardcover. $19.99; $13.99


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Beth McCord THE ENNEAGRAM, TYPE 1: The Moral Perfectionist Beth McCord The Enneagram has never been more popular. This ancient personality typing system identifies nine types of people and how they relate to one another and helps people discover what motivates them, their fears, and how best to interact with others. These interactive books are great for anyone interested in the Enneagram and contain informative content, interactive prompts, and space for reflection and notes. Each book teaches about the strengths, challenges, and opportunities for that personality type in order to lead to a more meaningful life, lasting relationships, and a deeper understanding of God and yourself. Thomas Nelson. 9781400215683. Hardcover. $14.99; $10.99

Also available: Hardcover. Each, $14.99; $10.99 9781400215690. Type 2: The Supportive Advisor. 9781400215720. Type 3: The Successful Achiever. 9781400215713. Type 4: The Romantic Individualist. 9781400215737. Type 5: The Investigative Thinker. 9781400215706. Type 6: The Loyal Guardian. 9781400215751. Type 7: The Entertaining Optimist. 9781400215744. Type 8: The Protective Challenger. 9781400215782. Type 9: The Peaceful Mediator.



Families are complicated, and they always have been. This book explores the surprising variety of family stories and relationships in the Bible. Story-based and biblically informed, this imaginative retelling of biblical stories combines spiritual autobiography with Bible study. Includes reflection questions. Upper Room Books. Coming in April.

In 2016, Taylor released a film of Eugene Peterson and U2’s Bono discussing how the Psalms shaped their work. Viewed over a million times on YouTube, the film is a sensation and has helped people encounter God as presented in Psalms: a God of justice, grace, goodness, healing, power, and refuge. This book shows us how to read the Psalms in a fresh, life-giving way. Thomas Nelson. Coming in March.

Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing Rosalind C. Hughes

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The Psalms as a Guide to Life W. David O. Taylor

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Beth McCord, founder of Your Enneagram Coach, has been an Enneagram speaker, coach, and teacher for more than fifteen years. Trained by the best Enneagram experts, she has received advanced certifications. She is passionate about helping individuals rewrite their story, see lasting change, and find a life of deep purpose.

FROM A MOTHER’S PEN: Selections from the Spiritual Writing of Susanna Wesley Charles I. Wallace

The mother of John and Charles Wesley was also an accomplished writer, practical theologian, dedicated teacher, and principled churchwoman who was deeply devoted to God. This anthology contains extracts from her journals and letters where we can glimpse her triumphs and struggles, but also find resonance and inspiration for our own life’s journey. Methodist Publishing House. 9781858524641. Hardcover. $15.99 SB20

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Christian Living Discover the difference between success that empties & success that fills

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SUCCESS FROM THE INSIDE OUT: Power to Rise from the Past to a Fulfilling Future Nona Jones

Nona Jones is an international speaker, preacher, author, and the head of global faith-based partnerships at Facebook. Previously, Nona held executive leadership roles across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. A graduate of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, Nona was named one of Essence magazine’s Under 40 Women to Watch.

Nona was appointed to an executive role with a Fortune 100 company at only 23 years old. Since then, she has led awardwinning initiatives in public affairs, brokered multi-million dollar business deals, addressed the United Nations, and championed juvenile justice and education policy reform in the halls of Congress—all under the age of 35. Then in one of the largest wake-up moments of her life, Nona realized that her past battles were waging a present war. Though she tried to push away the memories, her childhood trauma continued to affect her emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically—until she made a pivotal decision. Success from the Inside Out charts the course of Nona’s breakthrough—a course that can also help lead you out of the storms of your past or present. Zondervan. 9780310357605. Hardcover. $22.99; $15.79



Unstoppable Joy Dawn Barton

in Between Janine Urbaniak Reid

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THE UGLY CRY: And Finding

In these honest and sometimes raw stories, Dawn tells about the loss of a child, divorce, cancer, rape, the death of her only sibling, her husband’s substance abuse, and finding her way back to Jesus. Her stories show that we can find happiness and purpose even in the darkest of days. Thomas Nelson. Coming in April.


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CERTAINTY: Fear, Faith, and Life

After leaving her career, Reid embarks on a new vocation where she tries to meet her children’s every need and control, manage, and do everything right. When her son gets a brain tumor, she gets breast cancer, and her life spins out of control, she finally discovers her faith in the darkness and terror and the joy in uncertainty. Thomas Nelson. Coming in May.

new YOU ARE THE KEY: Turning new A BETTER LIFE: Slowing Imperfections Into Purpose Caitlin Crosby

Down to Get Ahead Rebecca Smith

An entertainer and founder of The Giving Keys—a jewelry company that employs people transitioning out of homelessness— shares her private battles that led her to her calling. Sparkling with warmth and humor, her story will help you to embrace your own flaws and reframe them not as limitations but signposts toward your greatest purpose. Zondervan. Coming in May.

The inspiring story of the founder of one of the most popular custom handbag companies in the country, where women from different cultures, faiths, and backgrounds work together for the good of others and a better life. Learn how to hear and follow God’s voice for yourself as you slow down, take one step at a time, and make a difference in the world right where you are. Zondervan. Coming in May.

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Prayer & Devotion Be encouraged so you can “do” encouragement

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THE GRACE GUIDE: Live Your One Beautiful Life Susie Davis If you could talk to your younger self, what would you like to say? To remember that God loves you? To love the woman you are becoming? To not be so hard on yourself and others? The Grace Guide helps you reflect on your memories, both joyful and hurtful, and shows you how to extend grace to yourself and others through self-examination, prayer, and remembrances of how God showed up for you in special times. You’ll even be encouraged to write a letter to your younger self! The Grace Guide shows you how to love yourself just as our good Father has always loved you so that you can live your one beautiful life. This linen hardcover book with ribbon makes a great gift for women. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501898426. Hardcover. $19.99; $14.99


ADORE: A Simple Practice for Experiencing God in the Middle Minutes of Your Day Sara Hagerty

A soul-stirring journey through thirty attributes of God which you can walk through at your own pace. Learn how the simple habit of adoration—in the middle minutes of your day—can help you see God with fresh eyes, and talk to Him right there. Experience a new way of engaging with God in your everyday. Zondervan. Coming in April.

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Abundant Life, Boundless Love, Unending Grace Jess Connolly

Many of us feel so insecure about our God-given talents and gifts that we hold back. Jess Connolly has a passionate plea for you: “take it too far.” Take It Too Far includes 100 devotions that will inspire you to bring your full self, gifts, and voice to your work, family, and relationships. Zondervan. Coming in March. 9780310095583. Hardcover. $16.99; $12.99


Drawing from the poetry of generations of esteemed writers, Bouchard shows how poems often express the longings of the human heart as a kind of prayer. Emily Dickinson, Rev. Rowan Williams, Pope John Paul II, Christina Rossetti, Robert Frost, and Fr. Kilian McDonnell, OSB, among others, offer readers an inspiring path to reflect upon and pray with poetic verse. Arranged under six engaging themes. Liturgical Press. 9780814664698. $14.95; $12.99

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Susie Davis is an author, speaker and co-founder of Austin Christian Fellowship. She is the author of Unafraid: Trusting God in an Unsafe World and Dear Daughters: Love Letters to the Next Generation. Her podcast, Dear Daughters, is full of wisdom and joy, offering women young and old the kind of comfort and companionship they crave.

40 DAYS OF DOUBT: Devotions for the Skeptic Eric Huffman

Do you ever feel like an “abnormal” Christian? Do you question things other believers don’t seem to? This devotional can help you understand how to deal with doubt and provides candid, insightful answers for those times when your mind and soul are fighting. You’ll find solace in the wonder-filled reflections and discover that you’re not abnormal, after all, for having doubt. Abingdon Press. 9781501869136. $14.99; $10.99 SB20

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Prayer & Devotion Reclaim your true self & find your happiness

Sarah Ban Breathnach SIMPLE ABUNDANCE: 365 Days to a Balanced and Joyful Life Sarah Ban Breathnach The classic, mega-best-selling guide that has inspired so many women to lead more fulfilling, harmonious, joyful lives—fully updated for a new generation who needs it more than ever.

Sarah Ban Breathnach is a best-selling author, philanthropist, and public speaker. She is the author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude, Something More, and Peace and Plenty.

In Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach helps us discover our true self and spirit to reclaim our authentic life, and to rediscover what it is that makes us truly happy. This powerful guidebook is needed now more than ever as we are assaulted by discord and stress due to constant tragic breaking news, as well as our 24/7 social media culture. By providing a meditation for each day of the year, Sarah illuminates our journey of self-discovery and shows us that simplicity does not imply doing without—true simplicity illuminates our lives from within. She teaches us how to re-order our priorities, carve out time for personal pursuits that bring contentment, savor the joy of simple pleasures, and delight in the everyday rituals of home and garden. Grand Central Publishing. 9781538731734. Hardcover. $29.00; $25.99

MY REAL STORY: One Year to Record, Reflect, and Remember Becky Thompson

An invitation to reflect on your own spiritual journey. With mini-devotions from Becky, artistic Scripture verses, personalized prayers, reflection pages, and spaces where you can record those moments you don’t want to forget, My Real Story will encourage you to look back through the different seasons in your life and recognize who you are in Christ. Waterbrook Press. 9780525652519. $17.99; $12.99

MYSTICAL PRAYER: The Poetic Example of Emily Dickinson Charles M. Murphy

Dickinson declined publication of almost all of her poems during her lifetime, describing them as a record of her wrestling with God, who, in her Puritan upbringing, she found cold and remote. Murphy identifies her as a mystic of profound depth and ambition and her poems as expressions of “believing unbelief”—her discovery of God lay in the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Liturgical Press. 9780814684702. $15.95; $12.79


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Live Happy, Peaceful, and Contented Mary A. Kassian The secret to peace and contentment can be found in developing a habit of gratitude. Thankfulness changes our perspective, fostering a rich happiness that blooms in every season. Each of these 101 meditations focuses on the joy of being grateful—even in the hardest times—with a Bible verse and a thoughtful reflection question. Thomas Nelson. Coming in March. 9781400209385. Hardcover. $16.99; $12.99

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This beautiful gift book invites you to rest in God’s presence as you develop the practice of praying through the great prayers of the Bible. Each prayer is paired with a brief devotion to help you understand the Scripture context and learn how to apply the prayers in your own life. Four-color botanical-themed illustrations and lovely typography line every page. Thomas Nelson. Coming in April. 9781400217571. Hardcover. $15.99; $11.99


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Prayer & Devotion Find a place of rest and reflection amid the busyness of life


FINDING CALM IN A BUSY DAY DAY: Daily Reflections on Rest, Hope, and Love How is it that with all of our many time-saving gadgets, electronics, and convenient home delivery services, we continue to stay in a constant state of busyness? Never-ending to-do lists, family and work responsibilities, and church and social activities fill our minds and schedules leaving little energy or time for the reflection, prayer, and rest we need to be our best selves. Finding Calm in a Busy Day encourages us, as women, to find a place of rest with 100 inspirational devotions to help us face our daily challenges and grow in our love for the Lord. This padded hardcover with ribbon makes a lovely gift. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501894176. Hardcover. 9781501894176 $14.99; $14.99 $10.99

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Live a Powerful and Passionate Life Lisa Bevere

Covering topics such as relational healing, contentment, redeeming regret, the strength of rest, and how to be powerful and gentle, these 90 devotions will inspire women to grow deeper in their relationship with God, strengthen their time studying God’s Word, and live in harmony with God, others, and themselves. Thomas Nelson. Coming in March. 9781400213139. Hardcover. $19.99; $14.99


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new SHE BELIEVES JOURNAL Bonnie Jensen and Melissa Reagan

God is faithful despite our flaws, our falls, and our fickle hearts. God loves us no matter what—and proves it. This journal is designed to encourage women of all ages to be confident and brave in an uncertain world. Fill it with your questions, your prayers, and all the things you believe. Ellie Claire Gifts. Coming in February. 9781546014515. $13.99; $10.99 9781546014522. Hardcover Gift Book. $14.99; $10.99

IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW DAY: Daily Reflections on Finding Your Purpose

Live out God’s purpose and bring good to the world daily. Includes one hundred inspirational devotionals that will help you show the love of God on a daily basis through simple acts of kindness, an encouraging word or an act of hospitality. Makes a lovely gift for mothers, daughters, friends and co-workers. Abingdon Press. 9781501881121. Hardcover. $14.99; $10.99

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IN THE QUIET OF THE DAY: Daily Reflections for Lasting Peace Do you find yourself overwhelmed with pressures from family, friends, career, and daily routines? These 100 devotionals will fortify you with Scripture, thoughtful insights, and prayer, offering an island of peace amidst the chaos of life. You’ll find encouragement from the Spirit with the clear message that you are accepted and loved by God just as you are. Abingdon Press. 9781501881091. Hardcover. $14.99; $10.99 SB20

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Spiritual Growth Experience God’s faithfulness & guidance

Matt hew L. Skinner new

ACTS: Catching up with the Spirit Matthew L. Skinner

Matthew L. Skinner is Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary. He is the author of Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel and The Trial Narratives. He has written about the Bible for websites including Huffington Post, Working Preacher, and ON Scripture and he co-hosts Sermon Brainwave, a popular weekly podcast.

There’s no better explanation for how to live out the Great Commission—following the instruction of the resurrected Jesus Christ to spread his teachings to all the nations of the world—than in the book of Acts. It is a unique and crucial book that chronicles the story of God’s grace flooding out to the world through the lives of the apostles in the decades immediately following Christ’s ascension into heaven. In Acts: Catching Up with the Spirit, author and biblical scholar Matthew Skinner explores six key themes that illustrate the ways in which reading Acts is capable of igniting our imagination about the character of the Christian gospel, the work of God’s people (the church), and the challenges of living faithfully in a complex and changing world. Abingdon Press. Coming in March. 9781501894558. $16.99; $12.99

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Following the Rebel Jesus Mike Slaughter with Karen Perry Smith

If you’ve read Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, or heard or seen the musical or screen adaptations, you know the power of the story. This book delves into six themes of the story— grace, justice, poverty, revolution, love, and hope—drawing parallels with our Christian calling and inspiring us to both understand our faith and live it out in the world. Abingdon Press. 9781501887109. $16.99; $12.99

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Jesus was the most radical revolutionary of all time. In Revolutionary Kingdom, we learn that to join his revolution we must exchange comfortable cultural worldviews and values for the radical requirements of living out the Kingdom in the here and now. Abingdon Press. 9781501887260. $16.99

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THE WALK: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life Adam Hamilton

How do we walk with Christ—follow him, grow in him, and faithfully serve him? The Walk presents five essential spiritual practices rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God. Each chapter explores one of these practices, its New Testament foundation and its potential effect on our lives. Abingdon Press.

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30 MEDITATIONS ON THE WRITINGS OF C. S. LEWIS Perry Bramlett, Rueben P. Job, and Norman Shawchuck

These three friends created a spiritual reader pairing quotes from Lewis’ writings with 30 of their own unique contemplations, discovered and published after their deaths. Topics include grief, joy, fear, loss, salvation, and love. Beautifully designed and thoughtfully written. Abingdon Press. Coming in March. 9781501898365. $16.99; $12.99


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Spiritual Growth Explore the Wesleyan understanding of salvation through grace

Maxie Dunnam new

THE WESLEYAN JOURNEY: A Workbook on Salvation Maxie Dunnam Salvation through grace was a central theme of John Wesley’s life and work. The Wesleyan Journey explores his understanding of the Holy Spirit’s transformational work in the life of a believer and invites readers to spend time every day exploring salvation through prayer, study, and reflection.

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Based on Wesley’s theology and the Bible’s teaching on what it means to be saved, this eight-week study helps readers consider anew God’s ever-present grace, the experience of acceptance, pardon, and forgiveness, and the lifelong journey to become more Christ-like. A Pastor Guide is also available. Abingdon Press. Coming in March. 9781501898389. $16.99; $12.99

THE GENEROSITY CHALLENGE: 28 Days of Gratitude, Prayer, and Faith Scott McKenzie and Kristine Miller

Many faithful churchgoers do not regularly support their church financially. This book is part of a 4-week group study and includes a weekly reading, self-assessment, journaling, and prayer that encourage members to embrace generosity. Includes leader helps. Abingdon Press. 9781501882753. $14.99; $10.99

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MOUNTAINTOP MOMENTS: Meeting God in the High Places Ed Robb

Associates “mountaintop moments”— times when we experience the power, love, and grace of God in a way that’s hard to put into words—with the mountains in the Bible and the events related to these sacred places, showing how their lessons can be woven into our everyday lives. Abingdon Press. 9781501884016. $17.99; $13.49

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Maxie Dunnam is director of Christ Church Global at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee and former president of Asbury Thelogical Seminary. He is the author of more than 40 books, including the best-selling Workbook of Living Prayer (over one million copies sold).



How to Read a Parable Greg Carey

Tracking Your Way Through the Spiritual Wilderness Mark R. Kowalewski

Teachers often use storytelling to clarify a difficult concept. Jesus told stories, or parables, for that very reason. However, some parables can be interpreted in more that one way, even by Bible scholars. In this book, you’ll explore six of Jesus’ parables to learn how to read, interpret, and live them in your daily life. Abingdon Press. 9781501884153. $16.99; $15.29

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Traveling Home is an invitation to those people who are standing on the edges or just coming into the Church. It makes a case for why Christianity can make a difference by taking readers on a spiritual journey through the ancient wisdom of the Bible and showing them how to find their place in God’s story. Church Publishing. 9781640651944. $18.95; $14.99 SB20

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Spiritual Growth Finding the sacred in unexpected places

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HOLY ENVY: Finding God in the Faith of Others Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor is an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author, a teacher, and an Episcopal priest. She has served on the faculties of numerous colleges and theological schools, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Mercer University.

The renowned New York Times best-selling author recounts moving discoveries and sacred moments while teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations. In Holy Envy, she contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students’ eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques. Troubled and inspired by what she learns, Taylor returns to her own tradition for guidance. By re-imagining some central stories from the religion she knows best, she takes heart in how often God chooses outsiders to teach insiders how out-of-bounds God really is. HarperOne. Coming in March. 9780062406576. $16.99; $11.79

UNLEARNING GOD: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe Philip Gulley

With his trademark humor and down-home wisdom, America’s favorite Quaker storyteller explores the terrain of faith and doubt as shaped by family, church, and young love, finding his way to a less convenient but fully formed adult spirituality. Convergent Books.

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HEARING WITH THE HEART: A Gentle Guide to Discerning God’s Will for Your Life Debra K. Farrington

Discover how to invite God’s presence into every aspect of your daily life. Story-filled discussions of key practices—such as prayer, meditation, reading, reflection, and attentiveness—help you become open to discerning God’s will. Includes exercises, guidelines, and other practical tools to help bring you closer to God. Fortress Press. 9781506454696. $17.99; $12.99


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new HOW TO FOLLOW JESUS: new SAVING GOD FROM A Practical Guide for Growing Your Faith Craig Springer

It’s easy for new believers to become overwhelmed with doctrines, rules, and even church jargon. Springer explodes numerous myths surrounding the Christian faith that can be obstacles to growth. With stories from his own journey, Springer offers practical advice for following Jesus. Zondervan. Coming in February.

RELIGION: A Minister’s Search for Faith in a Skeptical Age Robin Meyers

In this spiritual successor to his bestselling Saving Jesus from the Church, Robin Meyers shows how Christians can rescue their faith from abstract doctrines and rigid morals, instead discovering how God is already present in the joys and ambiguities of everyday life. Convergent Books. 9781984822512. Hardcover. $25.00

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Hospitality Create a culture of radical hospitality

Yvonne Gentile Debi Nixon new

THE ART OF HOSPITALITY: A Practical Guide for a Ministry of Radical Welcome Yvonne Gentile and Debi Nixon Offering church guests free cups of coffee is a fine practice… but not very compelling. The Art of Hospitality offers stepby-step actions that will help create a culture of radical hospitality in every area of your church—from pastors to staff to lay leaders.

Debi Nixon serves as one of the Managing Executive Directors at Church of the Resurrection, with direct oversight of the Regional Campuses/Catalyst Ministry.

Loaded with key principles and methods, this guide will permeate your entire church with common language around the ministry of welcome, hospitality, visitor care, outreach connections, and membership. Companion products are also available. Abingdon Press. Coming in May. 9781501898822. $16.99; $11.49




a Relational Food Ministry Elizabeth Mae Magill

A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life Joshua Becker

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Hear the stories of eight churches that share food ministry with people who need their services. Full of practical advice, this book emphasizes that building relationships and offering radical welcome is more important than efficiency or order, and helps congregations evaluate how they do outreach. Upper Room Books. Coming in March.


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A popular minimalist blogger and author of The More of Less shows you how to methodically turn your home into a place of peace, contentment, and purposeful living. He offers practical guidelines for simplifying our lifestyle at home and addresses underlying issues that contribute to over-accumulation in the first place. WaterBrook.

NEAR THE EXIT: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper Lori Erickson

After her brother died unexpectedly and her mother moved into a dementia-care facility, Erickson felt called to face death head on, with the eye of a tourist and the heart of a pastor. Blending memoir, spirituality, and travel, Near the Exit reflects on mortality—the ways we avoid it, the ways we cope with it, and the ways life is made more precious by accepting it. Westminster John Knox Press. 9780664265670. $17.00; $13.49

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Yvonne Gentile serves as Senior Director of Hospitality & Connections at Church of the Resurrection and is the co-author of three books.

HOSPITALITY, SERVICE, PROCLAMATION: Interfaith Engagement as Christian Discipleship Tom Wilson An increasing number of newly trained leaders find themselves serving churches in diverse, and often divided, communities. Wilson argues that rather than a threat to churches, interfaith dialogue is an important tool for discipleship. A great resource for those preparing to minister in places where interfaith and intercultural dialogue are essential. SCM Press. 9780334057994. $32.00; $22.99 SB20

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Church & Culture For those who feel disenfranchised with the idea of “church”

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RECLAIMING CHURCH: A Call to Action for Religious Rejects J. J. Warren

J. J. Warren is a seminary student at Boston University School of Theology and Ministry. His impassioned speech for inclusion and unity at the Special Session of the General Conference of The UMC in February 2019 was featured on The Huffington Post, NBC, the French web news service Brut, and more.

SEEING MY SKIN: A Story of Wrestling with Whiteness Peter Jarrett-Schell

A personal journey of a priest’s understanding of his Whiteness widens into an invitation to wrestle with larger cultural issues of race and belonging. With humor, and a sharp, easily-readable style, Peter Jarrett-Schell delves deeply into how Whiteness has shaped his life, and challenges readers to personally consider the role of race in their own lives. Church Publishing. 9781640651920. $19.95; $15.99 SB20

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Some individuals “didn’t know God could love them because their churches said God didn’t.” Author J. J. Warren says this means we’ve got some work to do. In this book, he continues his call to reaffirm the church as a people who welcome all. He especially speaks to those who are young and progressive, asking you to stay within the church and work to renew the call to ministry. He provides practical and positive steps on how to join voices, to be heard, to build bridges, and to work together to show that the church is for everyone. Abingdon Press. Coming in February. 9781501896064. $13.99

new ALIVE IN GOD: A Christian

Imagination Timothy Radcliffe

How can we touch the imagination of our contemporaries with our faith? What blocks the reception of Christianity today is not so much secularism or atheism but what could be called “the globalization of superficiality.” We will only excite people about our faith if we show that it is the response to an invitation to live fully. Bloomsbury Continuum. Coming in February.


The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country Jack Jenkins

From one of the country’s most respected religion reporters, a paradigm-shifting discussion of how the Religious Left is actually the moral compass that has long steered America’s political debates, including today. HarperOne. Coming in March. 9780062935984. Hardcover. $27.99


THE POWER WORSHIPPERS: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism Katherine Stewart

A revelatory investigation of the Religious Right’s rise to political power and evolution into a Christian nationalist movement that threatens the norms and institutions of American democracy. Bloomsbury Publishing. Coming in March. 9781635573435. Hardcover. $28.00

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Leadership Experience the healing power of God when face to face with those in need

Samuel Wells new

FACE TO FACE: Meeting Christ in Friend and Stranger Samuel Wells As a pastor, priest, or pastoral caregiver, you know firsthand that there are no easy answers when accompanying people who struggle with sickness, bereavement, or anxiety. The process of being present, listening, and responding is demanding and sometimes requires skills and wisdom beyond your own experience. Samuel Wells reflects theologically and pastorally on twenty such encounters in Face to Face, a book of profound practical wisdom and understanding that will inform and enrich your ministry while helping you experience the power of God’s gifts and healing power when face to face with those in need. Abingdon Press. 9781501899010. $15.99; $11.99


4 Pathways for Christian Disciples Michelle J. Morris

Individuals and congregations bring their own unique sets of skills and gifts to the mission field. This book shows how to engage in self-reflection to help define a path to discipleship that fits your own context, giving your church the encouragement it needs to step out in faith. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501899058. Participant Guide. $13.99; $10.99 9781501899072. Congregation Guide. $17.99; $13.49


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Navigating Between a Rock and a Hard Place F. Douglas Powe, Jr.

When your church is in decline, tough decisions need to be made. The Adept Church helps congregations develop realistic plans for navigating these tough times. A theologically grounded, yet practical guide for church leaders seeking to save their churches. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501896521. $14.99; $10.99


HOW TO BE PRESENT IN AN ABSENT WORLD: A Leader’s Guide to Showing Up, Paying Attention, and Becoming Fully Human Daniel Montgomery with Eboni Webb and Kenny Silva

This book helps readers cultivate the self-awareness that will empower them to take ownership of their lives in every area of influence—church, family, the marketplace, and relationships. Zondervan. Coming in February. 9780310100966. Hardcover. $25.99; $19.99

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Samuel Wells is a priest in The Church of England and vicar of St. Martinin-the-Fields, London. A former professor and dean at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC, he is a visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College London. Has written numerous books and articles on Christian social ethics.

GROWING THROUGH DISASTER: Tools for Financial and Trauma Recovery in Your Faith Community Clayton L. Smith and Matt Schoenfeld Learn how you can lead your community through the process of spiritually-rooted renewal and revitalization following a disaster. This book shows faith communities how to come together to combat hopelessness and gain/regain financial strength. Abingdon Press. 9781501890918. $17.99; $13.49


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Leadership Help the Bible become a life-long companion for the children in your church

Elizabeth Caldwell new

WONDERING ABOUT THE BIBLE WITH CHILDREN: Engaging a Child’s Curiosity about the Bible Elizabeth Caldwell

Elizabeth Caldwell teaches as Adjunct Faculty in Religious Education at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN. She recently retired as professor and associate dean at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. She is ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of Chicago.

WOMEN BISHOPS OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Extraordinary Gifts of the Spirit Sharon Zimmerman Rader and Margaret Ann Crain

Learn what enabled these women Bishops to persevere, claim authority, define leadership in their own ways, and rise to the episcopacy. Their stories reveal how they changed the church, blazing leadership trails both before and after their elections. Abingdon Press. 9781501886300. $19.99; $14.99 SB20

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How we read and interpret the Bible with our children today may mean the difference between whether or not it will continue to be an important source for their faith development as they get older. You don’t want to teach them something they may have to unlearn later. Wondering about the Bible with Children helps you encourage their natural curiosity about Bible stories. It suggests the best ways to answer their inevitable questions as you navigate potentially tough issues such as violence, miracles, healing, and creation. Part of the upcoming Celebrate Wonder Sunday school curriculum, the book is also relevant on its own for any adult who wants to help children grow into a deeper understanding of the Bible. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501899034. $19.99; $14.29

MINISTRY WITH THE FORGOTTEN: Dementia through a Spiritual Lens Kenneth L. Carder

Dementia affects so many, including those whom we love dearly. Carder reminds us that those with dementia maintain their identity and worth as beloved children of God. He confronts the deep personal and theological questions created by loving people with dementia and equips us with practical ways to nurture and incorporate them into the church’s life and ministry. Abingdon Press.

CARING: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations Denise Massey

For ministers open to learning new ways to coach and counsel, Massey offers practical guidance for pastoral conversations. Using the word “caring” as an acronym to make her six-step process easy to remember, she shows how to help people access their own spirituality, invoking both God’s help and the person’s own deep inner wisdom. Abingdon Press. 9781501884580. $18.99; $13.99

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Methodist and United Methodist Bishop’s Spouses, 1940-2018 Jane P. Ives

Hear the stories of women and men whose commitment to service often meant leaving behind careers of their own to embark on a life-changing journey revolved around the ministry of their spouse. Through celebrations and struggles, they found their own paths of ministry, answering the calls that were also placed upon their lives. Abingdon Press. Coming in March. 9781501893551. $29.99; $19.99


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Preaching & Wor ship Deliver sermons with clarity, passion, and boldness

Talbot Davis new

SIMPLIFY THE MESSAGE: Multiply the Impact Talbot Davis Certainly, there is a difference between sermons given by young preachers and those delivered by seasoned ones. But often they share a common need…the need to break through the noise of culture and the cauldron of church to deliver sermons with clarity, passion, and boldness. Simplify the Message gives less experienced pastors a structure and a process for their sermons while providing practiced clergy the tools they need to invigorate their preparation and inspire their delivery. Stemming from the experiences and reflections of a 28-year preaching veteran, this resource is filled with examples of how simplified messages enhance impact. Abingdon Press. Coming in February. 9781501884603. $17.99; $13.49


FLOW: The Ancient Way to Do Contemporary Worship Lester Ruth

Offers a way to lead a service of Word and Table that is genuinely relevant and attuned to your congregation’s culture while incorporating and honoring tradition. It provides step-by-step guidance for rethinking traditional worship in a way that feels legitimately and authentically contemporary. Abingdon Press. Coming in March. 9781501898990. $19.99; $14.99



Sometimes you have to deliver tough sermons—they may ruffle some congregants’ feathers, but you don’t want to damage the pastorcongregation relationship. This book will equip you to say what needs to be said in a way that is heard, so that your sermon has a chance to do its work on human hearts without negative consequences. Abingdon Press. Coming in April.



People to Think and Act Richard Voelz

A Multisensory Introduction for Students and Practitioners O. Wesley Allen Jr.

As a pastor, you prepare your weekly message knowing that, thanks to these challenging times, you’ll face an unsettled congregation. This book invites preachers to re-imagine their identities as teachers and tackle tough issues within an ethical framework that presents our world in the shape of the kingdom of God. Abingdon Press. 9781501868078. $19.99; $14.99

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Talbot Davis is the pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, a congregation known for its ethnic diversity, outreach ministry, and innovative approach to worship. He has been repeatedly recognized for his excellence in congregational development.

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Uses the analogy of physics—with its concepts of the big bang, time, space, matter, energy, and chaos—to explain the actions, reactions, outpourings, and responses of a worship service. A practical and immediately useful instruction that helps equip worship leaders to plan and lead worship well. Abingdon Press. 9781501842658. $39.99; $21.99 SB20

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Preaching & Wor ship How to thrive amid the challenges of ministry

David Horner

7 CHALLENGES PASTORS FACE: Overcome Common Struggles and Thrive in Ministry David Horner

David Horner is the executive director of Equipped for Life, where he equips leaders for the work of the kingdom. He holds an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

WORSHIP LIKE JESUS: A Guide for Every Follower Constance M. Cherry

Share the basic meaning and purpose of worship with everyone in your congregation, using Jesus’ model of worship. By presenting the most essential features of worship and helping Christ-followers understand their role in worship, believers will be able to worship in exciting and profound ways. Abingdon Press. 9781501881473. $17.99; $13.49

With 30 years of experience behind him, David Horner knows the pitfalls of a life in ministry. In 7 Challenges Pastors Face, Horner shows you how to balance the demands of your calling, sharpen your vision, grow a team, and cultivate humility. Developing a well-balanced approach to responsibilities and passions will equip you to thrive in the face of the many challenges of ministry. This book can show you the way. Baker Books. 9780801094750. $19.99; $13.99

BEYOND THE TYRANNY OF THE TEXT: Preaching in Front of the Bible to Create a New World James Henry Harris

A new, transformative approach to corrective, creative, and prophetic preaching that is refreshing and liberating for pastors and preaching students. Uses the Book of Jonah as an example to encourage readers to “get in front of the text” to understand preaching as a transformative act. Abingdon Press. 9781501889066. $24.99; $18.99


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With contributors from seven denominations, this resource offers new perspectives and fresh ideas for diving deep into biblical themes in ways that make congregants eager to come back for the next sermon and to invite others as well. Includes thematic overviews, sermon starters, ideas for worship and outreach, and more. Westminster John Knox Press.


EXTRAORDINARY MINISTRY IN ORDINARY TIME: An Invitation to Renewal for Pastors James A. Harnish A pastor for over 40 years, Harnish encourages ministers to develop spiritual disciplines and personal relationships to nourish their souls for long-term ministry, highlighting the importance of reading, reflection, journaling, prayer, and spiritual conversation with trusted friends. Upper Room. Coming in February. 9780835819121. $12.99; $9.99

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12/9/19 10:16 AM

Study & Theology Study the whole Bible through both literary and theological lenses

Judy Fentress-Williams new

HOLY IMAGINATION: A Literary and Theological Introduction to the Whole Bible Judy Fentress-Williams Typically, theological students are introduced to the Bible through a critical tour of the historical events and cultures that were present when the authors were at work. Holy Imagination, however, groups sections of the Bible by genre, to include the whole canon. For example, when studying Genesis, the book asks readers to examine how we use the term “myth” when it is applied to the creation story…and to consider how the stories of sibling rivalry shape national identity then and now. Through Judy Fentress-Williams’ encompassing work, students will learn to see the Bible more as a library than as a single book and will gain a new understanding of how it can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781426775314. $29.99; $21.99





Alongside War’s Unseen Wounds Brad E. Kelle

E. Elizabeth Johnson

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This book explores what happens when we read biblical stories of war and violence through the lens of moral injury. Understanding those biblical texts can aid our understanding and may provide a means of facilitating healing and repair. Abingdon Press. Coming in February.

The earliest Christians thought of themselves in communal terms. This book explores the various metaphors used by New Testament writers for their communities—family, assembly, nation, priesthood, and so on—to make varying claims about how they ought to live together and how they ought to live among their neighbors. Abingdon Press. Coming in March.

Judy Fentress-Williams is a professor of Old Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. She served as Old Testament Editor for the CEB Women’s Bible. She also serves as minister at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA.



The Illustrated Adventures of John & Charles Wesley Charlie Baber

Compassionate Christian’s Guide to Reclaiming the Apostle as an Ally Eric C. Smith

This book proclaims the glad tidings of salvation—and the other things that come with church—with comics. Baber’s style is both easily accessible and humorous. Includes discussion guides perfect for youth groups, adults, and college/seminary students. Abingdon Press. 9781501889479. $19.99; $14.99

See how revolution makes a difference for people engaged in the work of justice and inclusion. Smith revisits Paul in light of modern biblical scholarship, telling how Paul challenged the norms of his day, broke down barriers of gender and ethnicity, and re-imagined God’s plan in terms of radical inclusion and salvation available to everyone. Chalice Press. 9780827231726. $18.99; $14.49


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Study & Theology Fully explore scholarly, Wesleyan interpretation of Scripture

Kenneth J. Collins Robert W. Wall Kenneth J. Collins is Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and an elder in the Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Robert W. Wall is the Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies at Seattle Pacific University and an elder of the Free Methodist Church.

THE BEGINNING OF DIFFERENCE: Discovering Identity in God’s Diverse World Theodore Hiebert

How we engage difference matters to our well-being and survival. Difference can enrich us or tear us apart. Hiebert re-examines Bible stories explaining difference and providing us with constructive resources of living with difference today. Abingdon Press. 9781501871023. $17.99; $11.99


WESLEY ONE VOLUME COMMENTARY Kenneth J. Collins and Robert W. Wall, Editors There is only one commentary for the entire Bible written exclusively from the Wesleyan viewpoint—the Wesley One Volume Commentary. It is written by more than 40 scholars from a broad range of Wesleyan denominations, including The United Methodist Church, The Church of the Nazarene, The Church of God (Anderson), The Church of God (Cleveland), The Wesleyan Church, The Free Methodist Church, and The Salvation Army. With its distinctive interpretation, it assists pastors in sermon preparation, small group leaders in lesson planning, and laypeople in Bible study. You will appreciate how it gives you a much more extensive exploration of the Scriptures than perhaps you’ve experienced to date. It is truly a resource like no other. Abingdon Press. Coming in March. 9781501823916. Hardcover. $89.99; $65.99

EXCLUSION AND EMBRACE, REVISED AND UPDATED: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation Miroslav Volf This second edition of Exclusion and Embrace features additional examples of cultural, ethnic, and racial conflict that help to illustrate Volf’s point that embracing otherness is rooted in God’s self-giving love and forgiveness. Abingdon Press. 9781501861079. $32.99; $24.99

NEW TESTAMENT CONVERSATIONS: A Literary, Historical, and Pluralistic Introduction Suzanne Watts Henderson

New Testament Conversations combines standard historical and literary scholarship on New Testament writings with selected excerpts from non-Christian traditions, presenting theological questions as mutually illuminating, rather than oppositional. Abingdon Press. 9781501854927. $49.99; $36.99


THE WIND, THE FOUNTAIN AND THE FIRE: Scripture and the Renewal of the Christian Imagination—The 2020 Lent Book Mark Barrett

The Book of Psalms has always formed the substance of the daily prayer of Christian monks and nuns. Here, a Benedictine monk offers a path through the five weeks of Lent, by opening the Psalms as a gateway to scriptural prayer. Bloomsbury Continuum. Coming in February. 9781472968371. $15.00


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Study & Theology Unlock the world of the Spirit

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A BOUNDLESS GOD: The Spirit according to the Old Testament Jack Levison The word rûah. (commonly translated as breath, wind, spirit, or Spirit) occurs in the Old Testament 389 times—more frequently than torah, shalom, or sabbath. In this volume, a popular Old Testament scholar cracks open the challenging and provocative world of the Spirit in the Old Testament, offering readers cogent yet comprehensive insights. Grounded in scholarship, yet accessible and inviting, this book unlocks the world of the Spirit, plunging readers into an imaginative realm of fresh senses, sounds, and skills, and giving them the opportunity to recapture Israel’s tenacious sense of the Spirit’s energy as it was expressed by a series of vibrant verbs: blowing, breathing, coming, resting, passing, pouring, filling, cleansing, standing, and guiding. Encounter all of the Old Testament expressions of the Spirit—passages that will challenge the conventional, confront the commonplace, and transport readers to a world of wisdom, work, and wonder. Baker Academic. Coming in April. 9781540961181. $21.99; $15.99


Unlocking the Message of Scripture and Connecting with God Deron Spoo Get a better understanding of the Bible through 10 words that help define God’s plan for restoring and redeeming our broken world. Each word is both rich in meaning and full of promise, and will transform your understanding of who God is and what it means to belong to God. Worthy Books. Coming in February. 9781546014270. Hardcover. $20.00; $14.99


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HOW THE BIBLE ACTUALLY WORKS: In Which I Explain How an Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers— and Why That’s Great News Peter Enns

Offers a vision of the holy Scriptures as an inspired and empowering resource to help us better understand how to live as a person of faith today. HarperOne. Coming in February. 9780062686756. $15.99; $10.99



A scriptural imagination allows us to look at the world through the stories and images of the Bible. As we view our world with scriptural imagination, we enter a continuous process of becoming more Christlike, growing as disciples of Jesus who can then transform their world. Upper Room. Coming in March. 9780835819183. $9.99; $7.99

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Jack Levison is W. J. A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Filled with the Spirit, Fresh Air, 40 Days with the Holy Spirit, and Inspired.

THE SAYINGS OF JESUS: The Logia of Yeshua Guy Davenport and Benjamin Urrutia, translators

Jesus was a street preacher who taught through story and aphorism. These 105 sayings were recorded by his followers during and shortly after his lifetime. Through the immediacy of direct quotation, this bold translation shakes our preconceptions, reintroducing us to the west’s greatest teacher. Counterpoint. 9781640093454. $10.00; $7.29 SB20

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History A pioneering new account of the Apostle Paul

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PAUL: A Biography N. T. Wright

N. T. Wright, one of the world’s leading Bible scholars, is chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, an Anglican bishop, and author of Simply Good News, Simply Jesus, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, How God Became King, Scripture and the Authority of God, Surprised by Scripture, and The Case for the Psalms.

For centuries, Paul, the apostle who “saw the light on the Road to Damascus” and changed dramatically from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Jesus, has been one of the church’s most widely cited early teachers. Yet for leading New Testament scholar and Anglican bishop N. T. Wright, most Bible scholars and pastors have not fully grasped what Paul was actually doing and why. In focusing on Paul’s letters and theology, Wright argues, they have, in short, overlooked the essence of the man’s life and the extreme unlikelihood of what he achieved. In response, Wright offers a new way of understanding one of the most famous Christian figures. Wright draws attention to Paul the man—the man who survived assassination attempts, imprisonments, and shipwrecks all while inventing new language and concepts for faithfully translating Jesus’ story for the Gentile world. HarperOne. Coming in February. 9780061730597. $19.99; $14.99


Mary Gordon

Thomas Merton (1915–1968) was a Trappist monk, poet, essayist, activist, and author of some of the most influential spiritual writing of the 20th century. Gordon explores the life of Merton through his books—the ups and downs of the experience, areas of disagreement and sympathy, of annoyance and, ultimately, deep connection. It is a profoundly personal view of one of the great spiritual figures of our age. Shambhala. 9781611807677. $18.95; $13.79 SB20

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In every English parish church, taking center-stage in the nave, stands a font, a crucial vessel for the church’s practice of infant baptism. In this introduction to English fonts, Byrne explores numerous examples in churches all over the country, highlighting the most notable fonts and explaining their changing decoration across the centuries. Shire Publications. Coming in April. 9781784423919. $14.00

EPIC: An Around-The-World Journey Through Christian History Tim Challies

Christianity has a long and storied past, and though much has been lost to time, a few precious relics remain. Through thirty-three carefully selected objects, Challies introduces readers to the history of Christianity in a unique and creative way. Each object offers a tangible link between the present and the past, between today’s Christians and the ones who came before us. Zondervan. Coming in March.



The hallmarks of St. Benedict’s celebrated Rule are stability, obedience, a balance between work and contemplation, and how to support the community. Originally drawn up to regulate the life of his monks, it has since been followed as a rule or set of precepts applicable to many forms of communal living. Bloomsbury Continuum. Coming in April. 9781472973078. $18.00; $13.49

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Children’s Bibles Engage children with the wonder and awe of God’s Word

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CELEBRATE WONDER BIBLE STORYBOOK Brittany Sky Children have a natural sense of awe, wonder, imagination, and curiosity. With page after page of bright, colorful illustrations, this new children’s Bible storybook will engage kids through simple storytelling and open-ended questions that encourage them to wonder about the Bible story. Watch their faith grow as they make connections between the Bible and their everyday lives. Includes 150 stories! Abingdon Press. Coming in July. 9781501897252. Hardcover. $21.99; $14.79

BIBLE BASICS STORYBOOK Brittany Sky; Ralph Voltz, illustrator

Bible Basics Storybook helps you create special family moments with 149 core stories from both the Old and New Testaments that will invite your children into the Word. Along with the Bible stories, the prayers to start the day, to say at bedtime, and to share before meals will help you provide a solid faith foundation for the dear children in your life. Abingdon Press. 9781501881497. $19.99; $14.49

New Celebrate Wonder edition of the bestselling Deep Blue Kids Bible inspires a deeper curiosity in children to explore the Bible


DEEP BLUE KIDS BIBLE: Celebrate Wonder Edition This engaging Bible introduces children to three characters— Asia, Edgar, and Kat—who walk them through the Bible and help them discover what it means for their lives. Includes four-color, interactive icons and illustrations throughout plus a wealth of notes, historical facts, book introductions, in-text subject headings, devotionals, and other elements to capture inquisitive young minds and encourage a thirst for God’s timeless message. Also includes a presentation page, a dictionary, and eight full-color maps exclusively from National Geographic. For ages 7–12. The Celebrate Wonder edition includes new introductory pages that inspire wonder and curiosity in children to learn more about the Bible. This edition can be a stand-alone Bible for any child, and it also complements Cokesbury’s new Celebrate Wonder curriculum, available in Fall 2020. Common English Bible. Coming in April. 9781609262259. Hardcover. $29.99; $20.99

Also available: Deep Blue Kids Bible: Wilderness Trail

9781609262204. Hardcover. $29.99; $19.99 9781609262198. Paper. $22.99; $15.99


FOR KIDS: Economy Edition

An affordable Bible in a popular translation, ideal for distributing to children through outreach events. Includes articles, key verses, and Comfort Print® 7-pt. type. Zonderkidz. Coming in March. 9780310455059. $2.99

Also available: NIV Holy Bible: Economy Edition Zondervan. Coming in March. 9780310455028. $2.99


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Bibles Take notes and journal in your NRSV!


NRSV JOURNAL THE WORD BIBLE Capture your thoughts next to treasured verses in your NRSV Journal the Word™ Bible. This single-column Bible features thick cream paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, so that you can use the space to reflect on God’s Word, enhance your study, or express yourself through art.

Features: • Exclusive Zondervan NRSV Comfort Print® typeface • Thick, cream, lined paper with wide margins for notes, art, and personal reflections • Single-column layout • Two satin ribbon markers • 9-point print size


Be inspired by Scripture with the readable and reliable Common English Bible translation. The CEB Thinline editions are easy to read with generous 9-point type and easy to carry with a convenient trim size and bulk that is thinner than an inch. Common English Bible. 9781609262235. Bonded Leather, Burgundy. $29.99; $20.99


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Expertly designed for the New Revised Standard Version text, Comfort Print® delivers a smooth reading experience that complements the foremost Bible translation vetted by Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and Jewish scholars. Renowned for its beautiful balance of scholarship and readability, the NRSV faithfully serves the church in personal spiritual formation, in the liturgy, and in the academy. Zondervan. Coming in February. 9780310454762. Leathersoft, Burgundy. $44.99; $30.79

Also available: 9780310454786. Leathersoft, Brown. $44.99; $30.79 9780310454779. Leathersoft, Brown with Apocrypha. $49.99; $34.29


Uniquely square-shaped format and extra-large text. Features exclusive Zondervan NRSV Comfort Print® typeface, double-column format, two satin ribbon markers, gilded page edges, and 12.6-point print size. Zondervan. 9780310454335. Leathersoft, Brown. $49.99; $34.29 9780310454342. Leathersoft, Burgundy. $49.99; $34.29 9780310454366. Leathersoft, Brown with Apocrypha. $59.99; $41.29

new NIV BUSY MOM’S BIBLE: Daily Inspiration Even If You Only Have One Minute

This trim, go-anywhere Bible includes devotional thoughts specifically for busy moms, covering topics from kids to marriage to our identity in Christ. Features 52 devotionals, words of Jesus in red, double-column format, lay-flat cover, presentation page, satin ribbon marker, and Comfort Print® 9-pt. typeface. Zondervan. Coming in March. 9780310454083. Leathersoft, Teal. $29.99; $20.79

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BIBLE: Making the Bible’s Wisdom Accessible Through Notes, Photos, and Maps Henry H. Halley

Includes content gleaned from the best-selling Bible handbook of all time—articles, study notes, charts, maps, and photos next to related Scripture. Zondervan. Coming in March.

9780310451495. Hardcover. $54.99; $37.79 9780310451549. Leathersoft, Brown. $84.99; $58.29 9780310451525. Leathersoft, Burgundy. $84.99; $58.29


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Wondering About the Bible with Children encourages children to read and trust the Bible today and will help them turn to its wisdom for answers throughout their lives. It is for parents, educators, or any adult who wants to help children grow in deeper understanding of the Bible. Coming in April.

MORE ON PAGE 23 Celebrate Wonder Bible Storybook contains 150 core stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament—along with beautiful, age-appropriate illustrations and prayers that connect the stories to their faith. It will help you build a better faith foundation in your children. Coming in July.

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