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Christian Living ............................................... 1–10 Spiritual Growth............................................ 11–20 Radical Hospitality ........................................ 21–24 Social Justice ................................................ 25–28 Religion & Culture ........................................ 29–36 Biblical Studies ...................................................37 Leadership ............................ 38–inside back cover

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Christian Living Pray the prayer of Christ!

Robert Benson new VENITE: A New Book of Daily Prayer Robert Benson

The Latin word “venite” is an invitation given to pray the prayers of Christ. It is an invitation to pray the ancient prayer, until life becomes a prayer without ceasing. Best-selling author Robert Benson brings together deep-rooted and traditional prayer practices of the church in a volume for laypeople who want to practice daily prayer throughout the year in their own solitude. Venite offers a means of framing one’s day in the rhythm of the ancient daily prayers of the church, and allows for participation in those rhythms by beginning the day with prayer to sanctify it; by ending the day’s work with psalms, prayers, and thanksgiving; and by committing oneself to the darkness and silence of the night with confession, forgiveness, and confidence. Like The Book of Common Prayer, Venite is a daily book of connecting to God for people of all Christian faiths. Crossing denominational lines in spirit and in practice, it is divided into seven parts: Office, Seasons, Days of Remembrance, Canticles, Psalter, Lectio, and Prayers. Easy to use and follow, Venite is an uplifting and enlightening book for all experienced in or new to sacred daily prayer. Abingdon Press. Coming in October. 9781501827297. $18.99; $12.72

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Punching Holes in the Dark. 9781426749582. $16.99; $11.38 Moving Miss Peggy. 9781426749575. Hardcover. $15.99; $10.71

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about the author Robert Benson is a critically acclaimed writer who has published nine works on the contemplative life, including Punching Holes in the Dark, Moving Miss Peggy, Living Prayer, and A Good Life. He is a graduate of the Academy for Spiritual Formation and a member of the Friends of Silence and of the Poor, an international ecumenical prayer community. He leads retreats and workshops on prayer, writing, and the contemplative life around the country. He lives in Nashville,TN.

Robert Benson’s ‘beautifully measured prose’ (Publishers Weekly) has inspired his readers to examine their faith with ‘words that have the ring of truth’ (Frederick Buechner). As his readers will attest, he is a powerful and poetic writer in the manner of Madeleine L’Engle and Kathleen Norris. Now, with Venite, Benson compiles the ancient and traditional prayer practices of the church, recited by priests, nuns, and monks, in a book essential to lay people who want to practice daily prayer throughout the year in their own solitude.


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Christian Living You have all the courage you need for a vibrant, grace-filled life

Jen Hatmaker

new OF MESS AND MOXIE: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild

and Glorious Life Jen Hatmaker

New York Times best-selling author Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing “right.” Struggle doesn’t mean we’re weak; it means we’re alive. Jen Hatmaker, beloved author, Big Sister Emeritus, and Chief BFF, offers another round of hilarious tales, frank honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Thomas Nelson. Coming in August. 9780718031848. Hardcover. $22.99; $15.98


Out of the Spin Cycle. 9780800728137. $13.99; $9.48 For the Love. 9780718031824. Hardcover. $22.99; $14.98 Interrupted. 9781631463532. $14.99; $8.26

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Yes, life is hard, but we are incredibly resilient. It is literally how God created us: He said, “Let there be moxie!” and it was good (paraphrased). We have what we need already. It is all inside, so waiting around for our circumstances to deliver our expected life is a waste of energy. —from the introduction


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Jen Hatmaker and her family live in Austin, Texas, where the city motto is “Keep Austin Weird,” and they work hard to do their part. Jen’s eight previous books include Interrupted and A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study. She and her husband planted Austin New Church in an economically and ethnically diverse, socially unique, urban area of the city in 2008 and have made some incredible new partnerships in ministry.


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Christian Living Radical love heals all wounds

Becca Ste vens new LOVES HEALS Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms, firmly believes that love heals and her ministry, stories, and company prove it. As a refuge for women coming out of addiction, abuse, prostitution, and trafficking, Thistle Farms provides those who have no hope a place to get on their feet with dignity and grace. Becca’s ministry is about leading them on the path of healing. But the story extends beyond these survivors. Love heals all kinds of wounds, and the healing principles outlined in this book will bring hope and inspiration to any reader. It includes principles such as these: love heals with daily rituals, love heals over the bridge of time, love heals across the world, love heals during the act of forgiving, and love heals by the mercy of God. This gorgeous gift book is full of four-color photography, encouraging essays, beautiful poems, and powerful, true stories about how love does, in fact, heal wounds. Thomas Nelson. Coming in September. 9780718094553. Hardcover. $15.99; $11.51


Snake Oil. 9781455519057. $15.00; $7.50 Letters from the Farm. 9780819231758. $18.00; $12.96 The Way of Tea and Justice. 9781455519040. $16.00; $8.00

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about the author Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, and founder and president of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the U.S. run by survivors. An international voice for the global movement for women’s freedom and a defender of the marginalized, she has been named a “Champion of Change” by the White House for her work against domestic violence, “Humanitarian of the Year” by a number of organizations, and a “CNN Hero.” Becca has received two honorary doctorates and lives in Nashville, TN, where she serves as an Episcopal priest and lives with her Grammy-winning songwriter husband and three sons.

These stories are astounding. The core message that Becca infused into Thistle Farms is the phrase ‘Love Heals.’ In this book, Love Heals readers are inspired to find tangible ways to invite love to heal their own lives, and it will help them make a difference in the lives of others as well. —Laura Minchew, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Children’s Books, Gift Books and New Media at Thomas Nelson


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Christian Living Finding the path to radical acceptance, love, and tolerance

Lizzie Velasquez new

DARE TO BE KIND: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World Lizzie Velasquez with Catherine Avril Morris When Lizzie Velasquez was 17 years old, she came across a video online titled “The World’s Ugliest Woman”—only to discover that the 8-second viral video featured her. Born with a genetic condition that makes it impossible for her to gain weight, Lizzie had always known she was “different,” but after her online bullying went public she decided to stand up on behalf of victims everywhere. In this daring and revelatory book, she draws on her experiences overcoming bullying—from the schoolyard to the Internet—to reveal the hidden forces that give rise to cruelty, and how we can redirect them to unlock empathy and kindness. Lizzie shows how each one of us can use everyday acts of empathy to create a kinder culture and a better world. Dare to Be Kind is not about where you come from or what you’ve been through. It’s about finding the path to radical acceptance, love, and tolerance—of yourself and all of those around you—and how that path can help you lead a confident, resilient, and harmonious life, and ultimately, become a helper in forging a better future for our children and a more compassionate world for everyone. Hachette. Coming in June. 9780316272438. Hardcover. $22.00; $15.84

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Choosing Happiness. 9780764824883. $15.99; $11.51 Se Bella, Se Tu Misma. 9780764823169. $14.99; $10.79

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about the author and motivational speaker Velasquez delivers a heartfelt and powerful treatise about the importance of being kind, gleaned from first-hand experience....Readers will be inspired by Velasquez’s resilient spirit. —Publishers Weekly


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Lizzie Velasquez is a motivational speaker and author. She was born with a rare congenital disease that, among other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating body fat. She has also been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome. Her conditions resulted in relentless bullying during her childhood and ultimately inspired her to take up motivational speaking. Today, her popular YouTube channel has half a million followers and her massively popular TED talk has been viewed more than 10 million times.


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Find abundant life by living a life of voluntary loss

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

What did Jesus really mean when he said, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it” (Matthew 16:25 NIV)? In Living for Another, author and speaker Brent Gambrell calls the reader to realize that God has called us all to abundant life, but in order to have that, we must live a life for someone other than ourselves. You must live for another. Your life is not destined to be a cautionary tale of what could have been. Have an abundant life by living a life of voluntary loss; a life poured out intentionally for others. Live a life that pleases the One who gave his life for you. Live an abundant life when you live for another. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. 9781501841842. $16.99; $11.38

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about the author Brent Gambrell is the president

There is a way that seems right to man but, in the end…There is another way. This book explores the possibility of “another” way, “another” life. This kind of life is an existence that does not revolve around self at all. It is a life lived poured out for another.


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of Brent Gambrell Ministries, a nonprofit ministry based in Nashville, TN, which includes A Door to Hope missions. Since 1990, Brent has been traveling full-time, speaking and ministering to adults, students, groups, and churches around the world. He is author of Living for Another, and has co-authored the Experiencing God Bible study, youth edition and developed the Who You Are in Christ DVD Bible study series. Visit him online at




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Christian Living God wants us to reach for dreams that are beyond our grasp

Susanna Foth Aughtmon new HOPE SINGS: Risk More. Dream Bigger.

Fear Less. Susanna Foth Aughtmon

Faith can be a journey in the dark. We don’t know where we are going. We don’t know where we’ll end up. Sometimes we feel completely lost. But Faith has a best friend: Hope. Author Susanna Foth Aughtmon reminds us that, even when we are fearful and anxious about the circumstances that surround us, we have real hope when we have faith in God’s mercy, peace, grace, worthiness, and authentic goodness…when we hear God’s voice singing out, bringing light into the dark, inviting us to join in an everlasting song of hope, and helping us to reach for dreams that seem out of our grasp. Abingdon Press. 9781501820137. $16.99; $11.38

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Queen of the Universe. 9781617956690. $14.99; $10.79 One Dress. One Year. 9780801018367. $12.99; $9.35

about the author Susanna Foth Aughtmon is the author of All I Need Is Jesus & a Good Pair of Jeans, My Bangs Look Good & Other Lies I Tell Myself, and I Blame Eve; contributor to Mornings with Jesus; co-author of Chasing God, Need You Now, A Trip Around the Sun, and more. Learn more about Susanna at

What Christians can learn from the Torah Scripture

Evan Moffic new SHALOM FOR THE HEART: Torah-Inspired Devotions for a Sacred Life Evan Moffic

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

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Jewishness of Jesus. 9781426791581. $16.99; $11.38 What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover. 9781426791567. $16.99; $11.38


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about the author Evan Moffic is lead rabbi of Congregation Solel, a synagogue of 500 families. He blogs regularly for,, and He has officiated at more than 200 interfaith weddings. He lives in Chicago, IL with his wife and children. 7

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Christian Living Delightful illustrations & profound ponderings

Jennifer Berne R. O. Blechman new

GOD: 48 Famous and Fascinating Minds Talk about God edited by Jennifer Berne; illustrated by R. O. Blechman Throughout history, humans have been fascinated by the idea of a divine, omnipotent being. This curiosity has captivated all of us, including civilization’s most brilliant thinkers.

about the editor Jennifer Berne is an awardwinning author, advertising copywriter, and contributor to Nick Jr. Magazine.

God is a compilation of 48 carefully-chosen quotes from history’s most interesting minds—including Homer, Galileo, Einstein, Pope Francis, and Maya Angelou—specifically on what they had to say when they pondered the higher power. The quotes are paired with delightful illustrations from famed New Yorker cartoonist R. O. Blechman, grounding this varied group of perspectives in a common visual language that is sure to amuse and delight readers. Running Brook Press. Coming in June. 9780762462322. Hardcover. $13.00; $9.36

about the illustrator R. O. Blechman is an awardwinning illustrator, graphic designer, and art director. Best known for his cover for The New Yorker.

Calm life’s storms with God’s presence and power

Charles Latt imore Howard POND RIVER OCEAN RAIN: Find Peace in the Storms

of Life Charles Lattimore Howard

Wade into the beautiful water that is God through stories, questions, and illustrations in Pond River Ocean Rain—fortyfive short, insightful essays on spiritual life. Even if you typically don’t relate to devotionals, you’ll enjoy the poetic writing style of Charles Lattimore Howard as he helps you find new depths in your spiritual life. Pond River Ocean Rain, like all bodies of water, is simple, occasionally wild, and consistently beautiful—calming the storms of your life with the presence and power of God and revealing a new abundance for all who jump in. Abingdon Press. 9781501831034. $16.99; $11.38


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about the author Charles Lattimore Howard is the University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a contributor to The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Sojourners Magazine, Black Arts Quarterly, Black Theology: An International Journal, DailyGood, Urban Cusp, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Slate. SV17

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Christian Living A call for a rebirth in education—relearning how to learn

Stratford Caldecott new BEAUTY FOR TRUTH’S SAKE: On the Re-Enchantment of Education Stratford Caldecott

Based in the riches of Christian worship and tradition, this brief, eloquently written introduction to Christian thinking and worldview helps readers put back together again faith and reason, truth and beauty, and the fragmented academic disciplines. By reclaiming the classic liberal arts and viewing disciplines such as science and mathematics through a poetic lens, the author explains that unity is present within diversity. Now repackaged with a new foreword by Ken Myers, this book will continue to benefit parents, homeschoolers, lifelong learners, Christian students, and readers interested in the history of ideas. Brazos Press. 9781587434020. $19.99; $14.39

about the author Stratford Caldecott was a theologian, an author of numerous books, a lecturer, an editor, and a Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative. Dr. Caldecott was also a Research Fellow at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford. He passed away from cancer in 2014.

An invitation to the spiritual & communal benefits of cycling

Laura Everett new HOLY SPOKES: The Search for Urban Spirituality

on Two Wheels Laura Everett

After Laura Everett’s car died on the highway one rainy night, she started riding her bicycle to work and began an unlikely conversion to full-time bicycle commuter. In Holy Spokes, Everett tells how she became a dedicated cyclist and uses her story to develop a distinctly urban spirituality. With chapters structured around the parts of a bicycle, the book looks at the history of cycling, relates Everett’s own experiences biking in Boston, and reflects on the spiritual dimensions of moving through the city on two wheels. “As I bike across the cobblestones and potholes of Boston,” Everett says, “I now have daily opportunity to see the life of my city more clearly, love the broken world around me more dearly, and follow this path more nearly. Curiously, I think I am closer to God because of my bicycle.” Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.

about the author Laura Everett is the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, an ordained UCC minister, and serves on the advisory council of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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Christian Living The legendary environmentalist introduces the miracles of nature to young and old

Rachel Carson

new THE SENSE OF WONDER: A Celebration of Nature for Parents and Children Rachel Carson

First published more than three decades ago, this reissue of Rachel Carson’s award-winning classic brings her unique vision to a new generation of readers. Contains an insightful new introduction by Linda Lear and stunning new photographs by Nick Kelsh that beautifully complement Carson’s intimate account of adventures with her young nephew, Roger, as they enjoy walks along the rocky coast of Maine and through dense forests and open fields, observing wildlife, strange plants, moonlight and storm clouds, and listening to the “living music” of insects in the underbrush. “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder,” writes Carson, “he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” The Sense of Wonder is a refreshing antidote to indifference and a guide to capturing the simple power of discovery that Carson viewed as essential to life. Harper Perennial. 9780062655356. $18.99; $13.67

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Silent Spring. 9780618249060. $15.99; $11.51

about the author Rachel Carson (1907-1964) was a marine biologist and author of three popular books about the sea, including the best-selling The Sea Around Us. She became the most respected science writer in America. She completed Silent Spring against formidable personal odds, and with it shaped a powerful social movement that has altered the course of history.

Make your dining table a vibrant source of life

Bri McKoy new COME AND EAT: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table Bri McKoy

Like many busy women in this world of microwaveable meals and takeout, Bri McKoy felt utterly lost in the kitchen, hardly using her dining room table. However, as she learned how to intentionally invite people, including herself, to her table every day, she noticed the kitchen stopped feeling like a prison cell and started feeling like a sanctuary. She learned that gathering with others around the table, like Jesus often did during his time on earth, had the power to usher in a deep relationship with and a fuller understanding of God’s love and grace. Combining biblical reflection with engaging personal stories, Come and Eat invites readers on an adventure to discover how to transform a common dining room table into a vehicle that ushers in the presence of Jesus. No advanced cooking skills or fancy accoutrements are necessary. Just a healthy appetite and a desire to take a deeper look into the power and ministry that can be found at the table. Thomas Nelson. Coming in September. 9780718090616. $16.99; $12.23


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about the author Bri McKoy is a writer and an accidental lover of cooking. She shares her recipes and the stories from her kitchen at She is also the leader of Compassion Bloggers, a platform that advocates for children in poverty. SV17

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Spiritual Growth Engage your church or small group in a new way of life

Brian McLaren new WAY OF LIFE: A Study Based on The Great Spiritual Migration Brian McLaren

In The Great Spiritual Migration, Brian McLaren argues that in order to survive, Christianity must shift away from an outdated system of beliefs to a way of life based on love. In order to achieve this, McLaren outlines three migrations: spiritually, Christians focus less on doctrine and more on the abiding life of love made manifest in Jesus; theologically, a new way of reading Scripture shifts away from literalism and toward a more generous, literary approach; and missionally, the new way of life leads to “organizing religion” rather than organized religion, in which spiritual activists are committed to ecological, economic, and interfaith concerns. Way of Life is a guide that helps readers approach and engage the spiritual, theological, and missional proposals in The Great Spiritual Migration. It contains new content from Brian McLaren, including personal devotionals, and additional commentary and questions. Additional study materials are available. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. 9781501847691. $12.99; $8.70


The Great Spiritual Migration. 9781601427915. Hardcover. $21.00; $15.12 We Make the Road by Walking. 9781455514014. $16.00; $9.60 Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? 9781455513956. $16.00; $8.00

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The Christian story, from Genesis until now, is fundamentally about people on the move—outgrowing old, broken religious systems and embracing new, more redemptive ways of life.

It’s time to move again.


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Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity”— just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is an Auburn Senior Fellow, a contributor to We Stand With Love, and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he is developing an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors and church planters.


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Spiritual Growth Free yourself from the power of sin and be empowered for faithful living

Talbot Davis

new CRASH TEST DUMMIES: Surprising Lessons from the Book of Judges Talbot Davis

You’ve seen them, haven’t you? They ride in the front seats of expensive cars and drive headlong into a brick wall. And then they do it again. And again. They’re crash test dummies. Why do they keep doing the same dumb thing over and over again? Or maybe a better question is, why do we? In this exploration of the Book of Judges, author Talbot Davis looks at the stories of the judges from the perspective of the Israelites’ repeated failure to be faithful to God alone. Through his creative, quirky angle on the book, Davis highlights how the Israelites in Judges made the same mistake of apostasy over and over again. Each time God delivered them, they eventually fell back into the predictable, tragic pattern. As he explores each judge’s story, Davis invites readers to consider the shape that patterns of sin take in our lives, and how God seeks to free us from them and empower us for faithful living. Discussion questions and a practical focus for each week also accompany each chapter. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. 9781501847561. $12.99; $8.70

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Solve: Finding God’s Solutions in a World of Problems. 9781501816482. $9.99; $6.69

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about the author Talbot Davis is the pastor of

A series looking at some of the original dumb-thing-repeaters in the book of Judges . . . and all the ways those folks look a whole lot like us.


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Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC, 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. During his 10-year term as pastor, Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church doubled in size and received the conference’s “church of excellence” award six times. Talbot has also received the conference’s Harry Denman Award for Excellence in Evangelism.




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Spiritual Growth Learning to persevere and trust in God during life’s most trying times

Matt Miofsky

new FAIL: What to Do When Things Go Wrong Matt Miofsky

Your perfect plan just turned into a disastrous disappointment. What are you supposed to do now? How do you pick yourself up and move forward when you really want to sit in the corner and cry? Jeremiah probably felt the same way. While trying to fulfill God’s calling, he was met with ridicule, persecution, punishment, and suffering. Fail examines the life of “the weeping prophet” and how he persevered and trusted God during extremely trying times. You’ll learn how God used his failures and how God can use our failures as well. Additional study materials available. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. 9781501847837. $14.99; $10.04

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR happy? what it is and how to find it. 9781501831102. $14.99; $10.04

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about the author Matt Miofsky is Lead Pastor of

Let’s talk about Jeremiah, a prophet whose story teaches us that failure and disappointments and setbacks—far from being things we avoid—are precisely the things we should focus on. Why? Because we learn from failure. These lessons can help us weather the harshest and most tragic disappointments and prepare us for lives of risk-taking, boldness, and adventure. —From the Introduction.


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The Gathering United Methodist Church, St. Louis, MO, a church begun in 2006 with over 1,000 people worshiping each week across four sites and 8+ services. The Gathering was founded with a vision of creating a Christian community that is compelling for new generations in St. Louis. Matt earned a degree in Advanced Math and played football at Washington University and then attended Candler School of Theology.


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Spiritual Growth Making improvements to ‘this old heart’ requires divine help

Jacob Armstrong new RENOVATE: Building a Life with God Jacob Armstrong

Grab your tool belt for physical renovation. For spiritual renovation, turn to God. Popular author and pastor Jacob Armstrong explores how Nehemiah understood the difference. Nehemiah’s goal was to rebuild the wall and gates of Jerusalem, a physically daunting undertaking. But he also knew that as the Jewish people returned to their homeland, they would need spiritual renovation—an equally difficult mission. Thankfully, spiritual renovation is not a do-it-yourself project, and Renovate, part of Armstrong’s The Connected Life series, emphasizes how we need God’s great power in us to renovate our lives through the Holy Spirit. Additional study materials available. Abingdon Press. Coming in August. 9781501843365. $14.99; $10.04

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR The Connected Life. 9781501843457. $16.99; $11.38 The New Adapters. 9781630883232. $15.99; $10.71 Treasure Daily Readings. 9781426781988. $9.99; $6.69

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about the author Jacob Armstrong is the founding

A fixer-upper is a house that is probably livable, but everybody knows that it needs some, or in a lot of cases, a bunch of work.... God’s building us into...a house—so we’ll be a part of something maybe that we don’t even realize we’ll be a part of.... And some of our exteriors look okay, but I wonder, how are our interiors? What if everybody knew what it looked like inside? Most of us would say today, I’m a fixer-upper when it comes to my interior. My restoration project is not do-it-yourself. Who will be doing the restoring? God.


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pastor of Providence Church, a United Methodist church plant in Mt. Juliet, TN, reaching 1,000 people each week. Providence’s vision is to see those who are disconnected from God and the church find hope, healing, and wholeness in Jesus Christ. Jacob is the author of Treasure, The God Story, Upside Down, Loving Large, Interruptions, and The New Adapters.




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Spiritual Growth In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

David Teems


new GODSPEED: Voices of the Reformation David Teems

Imagine life as a Christian 500 years ago. During the Protestant Reformation, the powerful and intolerant church dominated Western culture and many men and women paid the ultimate price for their faith. And yet the words of prominent reformers—including Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and John Calvin—offer startling relevance for today’s reader. In Godspeed: Voices of the Reformation, a 365-day devotional celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, you’ll find the clear and bright voices of those who experienced those treacherous times. Each daily devotion includes an inspirational reading, prayer, a word of counsel, a benediction, and a provocative thought or a relevant Scripture passage, as well as illuminating historical information and charming comments by author David Teems. Features a beautiful gift design with a ribbon marker. Abingdon Press. Coming in October. 9781501847158. $16.99; $11.38

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice. 9781595552211. $15.99; $11.51 Majestie: The King Behind the King James Bible. 9781595552204. $14.99; $11.84

about the author David Teems is an author and musician who grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied Psychology at Georgia State University. He has written six books and recorded several music and spoken-word albums. He lives in Franklin, TN. Find him online at

Reordering our lives through the “means of grace”

Elaine A. Heath new FIVE MEANS OF GRACE: Experience God’s

Love the Wesleyan Way Elaine A. Heath

Recharge. Reboot. Reorder. Whatever you want to call it, we need a process that helps us continuously renew our relationship with God so that we don’t drift away from our faith. Based on The Wesley Covenant for Renewal, Five Means of Grace will show you how to reorder your life through prayer, searching Scripture, receiving the Lord’s Supper, fasting, and conferencing (worshiping together). You’ll learn how to recognize and affirm the outward signs, words, and actions of an invisible divine grace, deepening your relationship with God and making your faith more complete. Additional study materials available. Abingdon Press. Coming in August. 9781501835643. Hardcover. $9.99; $6.99

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR God Unbound. 9780835815833. $9.99; $6.99 Missional. Monastic. Mainline. 9781620326244. $20.00; $17.80


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about the author Elaine A. Heath is the dean of the Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. Previously she was the McCreeless Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX. She cofounded the Missional Wisdom Foundation and is a highly sought-after preacher and teacher. 15

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Spiritual Growth A showcase of the revered theologian’s most enduring work

Marcus J. Borg new DAYS OF AWE AND WONDER: How to Be a Christian in the 21st Century Marcus J. Borg

Borg helped shape an enlightened modernist view of Christianity. A leading scholar of the historical Jesus, he offered profound wisdom and inspiration. He taught us that by developing a deeper understanding of Jesus and the New Testament, we can discover a more authentic way of being. Yet Borg himself was always conscious of a greater truth beyond what he could explain: the wonder of God. This anthology explores what it means to be a Christian in the twenty-first century and includes many never-before-published works. Provocative and uplifting, it illuminates Borg’s explorations of the miraculous and wonderful, his understanding of conviction and fulfillment, and his contention that we must keep an open mind and question assumptions and certainties in all our religious journeys. HarperCollins. 9780062457332. Hardcover. $25.99; $18.71

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Reading the Bible Again for the First Time. 9780060609191. $16.99; $12.23 The Heart of Christianity. 9780060730680. $15.99; $11.51 Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most. 9780062269980. $15.99; $11.51

about the author Marcus J. Borg was canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, emeritus, at Oregon State University. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he was national chair of the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature. He authored many bestselling books.

The practice of Christian mindfulness is rooted in the rediscovery of ancient Christian practices

Amy G. Oden

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

Christians have always practiced mindfulness, but you might not realize it. Many Christians practice mindfulness outside of church and believe it does not belong to our faith tradition. This book reveals the Christian roots of mindfulness and the actual practices that, when reclaimed, deepen the life of faith and the power of our mission of love in the world. When we understand how radical it is to live in God’s presence right here, right now, our lives are transformed toward mercy, justice, and abundant life. Amy Oden shows how the practice of Christian mindfulness begins with the teachings of Jesus and continues throughout Christian history. It also includes step-by-step instructions for the practice of Christian mindfulness today. Abingdon Press. Coming in August. 9781501832499. $14.99; $10.04

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR And You Welcomed Me. 9780687096718. $32.99; $22.10 In Her Words. 9780687459728. $32.99; $22.10


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


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Spiritual Growth How Joseph’s story can help you tell yours

Sarah Heath new WHAT’S YOUR STORY? Seeing Your Life

Through God’s Eyes Sarah Heath

Joseph had quite the story, but it didn’t really begin until he saw his story as part of God’s story. His great accomplishments came only after he recognized the significance of what he had done and what God was doing through him. In exploring Joseph’s life (Genesis 37–50), you’ll discover how to see your life through God’s eyes and learn how to co-create a real page-turning story of your own. What’s Your Story? is complemented by art by the author and features opportunities and space for creative journaling that help you explore the dimensions of the Joseph story. Additional study materials are available. Abingdon Press. 9781501837890. $12.99; $8.70

about the author Sarah Heath is the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Costa Mesa, CA. She is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and an ordained elder in the California-Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. She is also an actor, artist, author, and speaker. Learn more about Sarah and her ministry at

Spiritually enhancing, life-affirming lessons

Anne Lamott new HALLELUJAH ANYWAY: Rediscovering Mercy Anne Lamott

“Mercy is radical kindness,” Anne Lamott writes. It’s the permission you give others—and yourself—to forgive a debt, to absolve the unabsolvable, to let go of the judgment and pain that make life so difficult. Each of us must recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere and to use that to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While that can be difficult, it’s crucial, as “kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all.” Full of Lamott’s trademark honesty, humor, and forthrightness, Hallelujah Anyway is profound and caring, funny and wise— a hopeful book of hands-on spirituality. Riverhead Books. 9780735213586. Hardcover. $20.00; $12.90

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about the author Anne Lamott is known for her incredible hair, honesty, and deep spirituality. Lamott, though a woman of profound depth and insight, has the ability to speak to readers on the most personal and basic level. Her books are treasured, passed around, quoted, and re-read until they fall apart. 17

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Spiritual Growth The benefits of a spiritual practice you may have forgotten

J. Dana Trent new FOR SABBATH’S SAKE: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community J. Dana Trent

Many Americans balk at the idea of setting aside an entire day for worship, rest, and time with those who matter most to them. In a culture of constant busyness, the lines have blurred between our work and personal lives, and we feel pulled in many directions. Yet we long for more time well spent—unrushed time to be alone, relax with friends and family, and grow closer to God. Many of us seem to have forgotten the ancient spiritual practice that can help us regain balance in our lives: Sabbath. For Sabbath’s Sake dives into the heart of what keeps us from Sabbath. With humor and honesty, J. Dana Trent reveals her own struggles with setting apart a day devoted to God, rest, and community. This book traces the rich history of Sabbath, helps readers find ways to overcome barriers to this spiritual practice, and gives them achievable ways to build Sabbath into their own lives. Upper Room Books. Coming in October. 9780835817196. $12.99


about the author J. Dana Trent is an adjunct faculty member at Wake Tech Community College, a speaker and workshop leader, and a grant writer. She is the author of Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk. Dana lives in Raleigh, NC.

Saffron Cross. 9781935205166. $9.99; $6.99

Life is crazy—prayer is simple

Adam Weber new 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, often it feels awkward and complicated. What should you 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 start? To make matters worse, we’ve heard about prayer for so long that we feel awkward asking about it. It’s like having to ask a person’s name after knowing them for years. Then comes the reality and craziness of life. Between work, changing diapers, walking the dog, a full inbox, trying to keep up with our neighbors, and the laundry, who has time to pray? The truth is, prayer is simple. It’s like talking. Talking with a good friend. And what we may not know is the best part: no matter where we are in life, God can’t wait to talk with us.

about the author Adam Weber lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He’s the Lead Pastor of Embrace, a 10-year-old church that has grown to six campuses in two states.

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Spiritual Growth Are mindfulness and Christian spirituality compatible?

Tim Stead new


The spiritual practice of mindfulness has continued to gain popularity throughout the years. But what exactly does this practice offer to Christians? In Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality, Tim Stead explores how practicing mindfulness can help Christians better live out their faith. Stead explains what mindfulness is and what is beneficial about it. He also reflects on how it can impact what and how we believe and seeks to find how mindfulness enables our Christian faith to work for us. Includes mindfulness practices that are designed to help readers make space for God in their everyday lives. Westminster John Knox Press. 9780664263164. $15.00; $10.80

about the author Tim Stead has been an ordained Anglican priest for 20 years and is currently Vicar of Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry, Oxford. He is an accredited mindfulness teacher with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches their eight-week MBCT course as well as running mindfulness courses and retreats in the parish and for clergy in the diocese.

The classic spiritual disciplines made easy

Kyle David Bennett new PRACTICES OF LOVE: Spiritual Disciplines for

the Life of the World Kyle David Bennett

Spiritual disciplines are often viewed primarily as a means to draw us closer to God. While these practices do deepen and enrich our “vertical” relationship with God, Bennett argues that they were originally designed to positively impact our “horizontal” relationships—with other people, animals, and even the earth. This “horizontal” dimension has often been overlooked or forgotten in contemporary discussions of the spiritual disciplines. This book offers an alternative way of understanding the classic spiritual disciplines that makes them relevant, doable, and meaningful for everyday Christians. It shows how the disciplines are remedial practices that correct the malformed ways we do everyday things. Through personal anecdotes, engagement with Scripture, and vivid cultural references, it invites us to practice the spiritual disciplines wholesale and shows how changing the way we do basic human activities can bring healing, renewal, and transformation to our day-to-day lives and the world around us. Brazos Press. Coming in August.

about the author Kyle David Bennett is assistant professor of philosophy at Caldwell University and program director of the Spirituality and Leadership Institute. He received his Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary. He was the Reviews Editor at Comment Magazine.

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Spiritual Growth One man’s struggle to find redemption

Marcus Doe CATCHING RICEBIRDS: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go Marcus Doe

This remarkable autobiography is a journey from terror, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and joy. Catching Ricebirds: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go is Marcus Doe’s true story as a Liberian refugee who lost his family and fled his country, and ultimately learns to forgive and find peace again. Doe was born in Liberia, West Africa, in 1979. He reveled in his childhood life and was hardly aware of the dangerous political climate swirling around him. But by mid-July 1990, a violent civil war erupted and Liberia was thrown into a time of fear, starvation, and death. Separated from his family, Marcus embarked on a remarkable journey to escape the war-ravaged country he loves and the wounds that he carried in his memory. But God’s light reached him in this darkness. Where he had been filled with hatred, Marcus slowly learned to forgive. Now his mission is to bring the hope and the peace of Christ to others. Hendrickson Publishers. 9781619708259. $16.95; $12.20

about the author Marcus Doe escaped from Liberia during its civil war, but was held captive by his obsesssion for revenge for his father’s murder. He learned to forgive and now his mission is to bring the hope and the peace of Christ to others.

An encouraging, faith-sustaining guide

Paul Dunion SEEKERS: Finding Our Way Home Paul Dunion

Do you find yourself living with an ongoing, unquenchable restlessness or passionate curiosity and wondering why this is the case? You can restore your faith in your destiny as a seeker— someone in search of a genuine understanding and experience of home. Seekers: Finding Our Way Home offers a vivid portrayal of seekers as pilgrims questing for home. Seekers are threshold dwellers, and home takes on both an ancient definition of the word—“a place to linger”—and an active ideal, involving doing what it takes to make peace with change and therefore with the journey. This exploration presents an account of seeking that strengthens a facility for identifying where to linger and how to move in order to avoid spiritual homelessness. It also offers concrete guidelines for seekers’ self-care. Strengthen your capacity for presence, imagination, and enchantment, and learn from the example of a heartening illustration of an aging seeker. Archway Publishing. 9781480831520. $16.99; $12.23


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about the author Paul Dunion is a psychological healer and philosopher, and is often described as an eclectic mystic. A steadfast believer in the power of community, Paul founded Boys to Men, a mentoring program for teenage boys; COMEGA, a semi-annual Connecticut Men’s Gathering; and The Croton Mystery School. SV17

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Radical Hospitality One family’s adventure as they realign their lives with the local food chain

Barbara Kingsol ver new


Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver, and Lily Hopp Kingsolver

When Kingsolver and her family moved from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they took on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locallyproduced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. They hoped to recover what Barbara considers our nation’s lost appreciation for farms and the natural processes of food production. Since its publication in 2007, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle has captivated readers with its blend of memoir and journalistic investigation. Newly updated, this commemorative volume explores how the family’s original project has been carried forward through the years, with the opening of a new farm-to-table restaurant, a training program to help young farmers in their area to move into sustainable food production, and more. HarperCollins. 9780062653055. $16.99; $12.23



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Cogent and illuminating...Without sentimentality, this book captures the pulse of the farm and the deep gratification it provides, as well as the intrinsic humor of the situation. —Janet Maslin, The New York Times


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about the author Barbara Kingsolver’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country’s highest honor for service through the arts. She received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britain’s Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.


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Radical Hospitality Discover the transformative power of generosity

Laura Sumner Truax Amalya Campbell new

LOVE LET GO: Radical Generosity for the Real World Laura Sumner Truax and Amalya Campbell When LaSalle Street Church in Chicago received an unexpected windfall, its leaders made the wild, counterintuitive decision to give $160,000 away to church members—$500 each. They were simply told to go out and do good in God’s world. What happened next was amazing. In Love Let Go, readers learn how a church community was transformed by the startling truth that money can buy happiness so long as you spend it on others. Laura Sumner Truax and Amalya Campbell tell how this radical generosity experiment worked in their church, explore the connection of human flourishing to generosity, and offer tools to help us reclaim our giver identities and live generously to love and let go. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 9780802874474. Hardcover. $21.99; $15.83

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Our culture brainwashes us to think that greed is the motivation that drives us, but this book offers a powerful alternative message—the transformative power of generosity. This message could literally change the world, beginning with your life and mine. —Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration


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about the authors Laura Sumner Truax (above left) is senior pastor at LaSalle Street Church in downtown Chicago, a teaching pastor at the University of Chicago, and the author of Undone: When Coming Apart Puts You Back Together. She frequently speaks around the country on the topics of faith, justice, and generosity. Amalya Campbell (above right) is a marketing consultant in Wilmette, Illinois, with an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has led stewardship classes at LaSalle Street Church for more than a dozen years.




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Radical Hospitality How we can use the marketplace to promote the welfare of all creatures

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THE HUMANE ECONOMY: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals Wayne Pacelle From the leader of one of the world’s most powerful animalprotection organizations comes a frontline account of how conscience and creativity are driving a revolution in business that is changing forever how we treat animals and create wealth. Wayne Pacelle of The Humane Society of the United States reveals how entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 CEOs, world-class scientists, a new class of political leaders, and, most important, consumers are driving the burgeoning, unstoppable growth of the “humane economy.” This book is a clarion call to business leaders and to the world’s growing animal protection movement; it is equally a warning to the static thinking of animal-use industries and their apologists: “Here, in this humane economy,” Pacelle argues, “human ingenuity meets human virtue, and we discover at last that we can have it both ways—a better world for us and for animals, too.”

about the author Wayne Pacelle is President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, one of the nation’s top charities. He is a passionate defender of animals and an inspiration to millions of supporters and advocates.

William Morrow & Co. 9780062389657. $16.99; $12.23

Helping others through a food and faith initiative

Brian Sellers-Petersen new HARVESTING ABUNDANCE: Local Initiatives of Food and Faith Brian Sellers-Petersen

Many congregations, schools, and organizations are reaching out into their neighborhoods to share God’s story of abundance by establishing community gardens, beehive colonies, and other agricultural initiatives. They are creatively using their land and property to provide training, inspiration, and cross-cultural experiences for all ages, while at the same time feeding the hungry and building community relationships. Too often food banks only take non-perishables loaded with preservatives and sodium. Church entities involved in agricultural ministries are able to provide healthy food from their gardens to feeding programs, food pantries, and others in need. This book tells the tale of 25 such communities in story and image. An inspiration for others to develop such projects, showing how food and faith can go hand-in-hand as we get our hands dirty while learning more about what Genesis 2 describes as “God planted a garden.” Church Publishing. 9780819233097. $16.00; $11.52 SV17

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about the author Brian Sellers-Petersen is co-founder of the Episcopal Food, Farming, and Faith Network, an avid gardener, and a consultant to Seattle Tilth Food and Faith Initiative. He has worked with Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) for the past 15 years in a variety of capacities. 23

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Radical Hospitality The quest for love, God, and the perfect persimmon pudding

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NOURISHED: A Memoir of Food, Faith, and Enduring Love (with Recipes) Lia Huber Hunger comes to us in many forms, writes Lia Huber—we long to be nourished physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Nourished invites readers on Huber’s search for a sustenance that could heal her body and soul, and define the trajectory of her life. She begins her quest with an Anthony Bourdain moment in a Guatemalan village: she’s slipping fresh vegetables into a communal pot of soup she’s cooking up for chronically undernourished children. Village grannies look on disapprovingly... until the kids come back for more. From there, Huber takes readers to the island of Corfu where she learns the joys of simple food and familial love; to a Costa Rican jungle (by way of an 8,000 mile road trip) where she finds hope and healing; and finally to California’s wine country where she discovers her calling to nourish others. Along the way, Huber treats readers to scrumptious meals and the necessary ingredients for ‘whole life’ well-being. Convergent Books. Coming in October. 9780451498816. Hardcover. $26.00; $18.72

about the author Lia Huber is an entrepreneur, consultant, recipe developer, and food writer who speaks widely about food and faith. She’s the founder and CEO of Cook the Seasons, a subscription-based real food community and online menu planner, and of the website Nourish Evolution, for which she was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012.

Become more human by embracing the humanity of others

Alan Graham new WELCOME HOMELESS: One Man’s Journey of

Discovering the Meaning of Home Alan Graham with Lauren Hall

What does your vision of humanity and love look like? Whatever the vision, it should look like community. People should feel more alive after they meet you. When your consciousness changes from one of self-absorption to an awareness of the human desire for connection, compassion, kindness, and beauty, you will start seeing things differently. Welcome Homeless is about becoming fully human by being fully present. It is about finally connecting with the disconnected and finding our identity through knowing the true identity of others. Graham wants to engrain the human story in you so deeply that you start being who you were made to be—so that you start finally being like the Creator who made you and start empathizing instead of sympathizing with the people around you. Thomas Nelson. 9780718086558. $16.99; $12.23


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about the author Alan Graham is the president, CEO, and founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a social profit enterprise that delivers meals and provides homes to homeless people on the streets of Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, Nashville, Minneapolis, Providence, and New Bedford. SV17

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Social Just ice Educating for faith and justice in a violent world requires an imaginative unlearning of the values of violence

Mai-Anh Le Tran new RESET THE HEART: Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope Mai-Anh Le Tran

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


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Thinking and teaching for violence-resisting action as Christians requires an on-purpose setting of our hearts in a world that violates and harms with impunity.


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about the author Mai-Anh Le Tran is Associate Professor of Christian Education at Eden Theological Seminary. She is a member of the Curriculum Review Committee of The United Methodist Church and The United Methodist Publishing House as well as the International Association of Practical Theology. The focus of her writings has been local/global intersections of race, gender, and class in religious identity formation and practices. Her current research focuses on religion, education, and violence.


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Social Just ice Explores key issues of the #BlackLivesMatter movement

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Prosecution, and Imprisonment Angela J. Davis, editor

Explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process from arrest through sentencing. Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern-day police killings of unarmed black men. The co-authors discuss and explain racial profiling, the power and discretion of police and prosecutors, the role of implicit bias, the disproportionate imprisonment of black men, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and the Supreme Court’s failure to provide meaningful remedies for the injustices in the criminal justice system. This thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars, including Bryan Stevenson (Director of the Equal Justice Institute, NYU Law Professor, and best-selling author), Sherrilyn Ifill (President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund), Jeremy Travis (President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice), and many others.

about the editor Angela J. Davis, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law and author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor.

Pantheon Press. Coming in July. 9781101871270. Hardcover. $27.95; $20.12

A probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

J. D. Vance new in paperback HILLBILLY ELEGY: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis J. D. Vance The Vance family moved from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But they struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

about the author J. D. Vance grew up in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, OH, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, KY. He has contributed to the National Review and is a principal at a leading Silicon Valley investment firm.

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Social Just ice Opens new vistas for community action in support of the poor, disadvantaged, and disenfranchised

Dennis A. Jacobsen new DOING JUSTICE: Congregations and Community Organizing, Second Edition Dennis A. Jacobsen

Introduces people of faith to congregation-based community organizing rooted in the day-to-day struggles and hopes of urban ministry. Drawing from the author’s decades of experience in community organizing ministry and skillfully illustrated with examples, Dennis A. Jacobsen weaves theological and biblical warrants for community organizing into concrete strategies for achieving justice in the public arena and discusses fundamental organizing principles like power, self-interest, and agitation. The second, updated edition includes a new preface and forewords, new sidebars by Grant Stevensen that draw the reader into conversation, an expanded list for further reading, and updated contact information on organizing networks and relevant websites. Fortress Press. 9781506418810. $24.00; $17.28

about the author Dennis A. Jacobsen is pastor of an ELCA congregation and the director of the Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus, a network of over 1,000 clergy that develops national and regional training events to ground the work of congregation-based community organizing in theology and Scripture.

Becoming an ally in matters of social justice

Shannon Craigo-Snell Christopher J. Doucot new NO INNOCENT BYSTANDERS: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice Shannon Craigo-Snell and Christopher J. Doucot

The struggle for justice is ongoing. In answering the biblical call to act justly and love mercifully, can Christians cross lines of privilege to walk humbly not only with God but with their marginalized neighbors as well? No Innocent Bystanders looks at the role of allies in social justice movements and asks what works, what doesn’t, and why. It explains what allies legitimately can accomplish, what they can’t, and what kind of humility and clarity is required to tell the difference. This book is a start-up guide for spiritual or religious people who are interested in working for social justice but don’t know how or where to begin, drawing on the lessons of history, the framework of Christian ideas, and the insights of contemporary activists. It offers practical guidance on how to meaningfully and mindfully advocate alongside all who struggle for a more just society. Westminster John Knox Press. 9780664262624. $16.00 SV17

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about the author Shannon Craigo-Snell is Professor of Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

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Social Just ice The human cost of the Israeli occupation

Michael Chabon Ayelet Waldman new KINGDOM OF OLIVES AND ASH: Writers Confront

the Occupation Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, editors

Fifty years have passed since Israeli forces occupied the West Bank. The violence on both sides of the conflict has been horrific, the casualties catastrophic. In Kingdom of Olives and Ash, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, two of today’s most renowned novelists and essayists, have teamed up with an organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied territories and saw firsthand the injustice there and a host of illustrious writers to tell the stories of the people on the ground in the contested territories. Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, this anthology explores the human cost of the conflict as witnessed by such notable writers as Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, Dave Eggers, Geraldine Brooks, Jacqueline Woodson, Mario Vargas Llosa, and, of course, editors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman in collaboration with Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence. Harper Perennial. 9780062431783. $16.99; $12.23

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A groundbreaking collection of essays by celebrated international writers bears witness to the human cost of fifty years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

about the editors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are married and live in Berkeley, CA with their children. Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Moonglow and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, among many others. Ayelet Waldman is the author of, among other books, the memoir A Really Good Day and the novel Love & Treasure. She is the editor of the anthology Inside This Place Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons.


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Religion & Culture A perceptive analysis by a leader in global development

Bryant L. Myers new ENGAGING GLOBILIZATION: The Poor, Christian Mission,

and Our Hyperconnected World Bryant L. Myers

Globalization is speeding up our world, extending our relationships globally and bringing us closer together in positive and not-so-positive ways. The church and many Christians, however, remain largely unaware of its seductive power, resulting in a failure of vision for mission in today’s world. This up-to-date resource by a veteran leader in global development work with World Vision orients readers to the history of globalization and to a Christian theological perspective on it, explores concrete realities by focusing on global poverty, and helps readers reimagine Christian mission in ways that announce the truly good news of Christ and God’s kingdom. Diagrams and sidebars that incorporate the voices of global partners are included. This is the second book in a new series that reframes missiological themes and studies for students using/featuring the common theme of mission as partnership with Christians. Baker Book House. Coming in July. 9780801097980. $26.99; $19.43

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Walking with the Poor. 9781570759390. $30.00; $21.60

about the series

about the author

This is the second book in the Mission in Global Community series, which reframes missiological themes and studies for students under the common rubric of mission as partnership with Christians throughout the global community. Series authors draw upon their own global experiences and those of their global colleagues to illumine present realities and chart a course into the future. Series editors are Scott W. Sunquist, dean of the School of Intercultural Studies and professor of world Christianity at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Amos Yong, director of the Center for Missiological Research and professor of theology and mission at Fuller Theological Seminary.


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Bryant L. Myers is is professor of transformational development in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. A veteran leader in global development work, he served in senior management roles with World Vision International for three decades and has served with the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization. Myers is the author or editor of several books, including Walking with the Poor and Working with the Poor.


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Religion & Culture How people of faith adapt their actions to serve the least among us

Miguel De La Torre new FAITH AND RESISTANCE IN THE AGE OF TRUMP Miguel De La Torre, editor

Many people of faith have identified the election of Donald Trump as a confessional crisis—a moment that calls into question the deepest meaning of our religious claims and values. This book gathers reflections by a range of scholars and activists from numerous religious and denominational perspectives to address that crisis. Among the themes treated are disability issues, the LGBT community, gender and race, immigration, the environment, peace, and poverty. Orbis Books. Coming in September. 9781626982475. $22.00

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Liberating Sexuality. 9780827221796. $27.99; $20.15

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about the editor Miguel De La Torre is a professor of Social Ethics and Latino/Latina Studies at Iliff School of Theology. He has been the president of the Society of Christian Ethics and as the Executive Officer for the Society of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion. Dr. De La Torre is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and the author of many books, including Reading the Bible from the Margins, Introducing Latina/o Theology, Traits of Hope and Terror, and Latina/o Social Ethics.

...for those rooted in (or in solidarity with) disenfranchised communities...the question is not so much to determine some abstract understanding of religion, but rather, in the face of dehumanizing oppressive structures, to determine how people of faith adapt their actions to serve the least among us.


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Religion & Culture Preaching in a divided era

O. Wesley Allen, Jr. new PREACHING IN THE ERA OF TRUMP O. Wesley Allen, Jr.

The election of Donald Trump left countless faith leaders across the country speechless. Now that he is president, silence must give way to prophetic preaching. Christians have long debated whether politics should be addressed from the pulpit. Following Donald Trump’s controversial, divisive rise to power and the sweeping changes his fledgling administration have already proposed, that’s no longer a question—political preaching will be the order of the day, even for pastors who try to steer clear of controversy. It’s up to preachers to make the church great again by leading it to embrace and embody God’s concern for those whose lives are at stake in a Trump administration. Veteran teacher, preacher, and author Wes Allen offers a blueprint for addressing current events through a gospel lens, persuasively and pastorally—without engaging in divisive, antagonistic rhetoric. Chalice Press. 9780827231481. $12.99; $9.35

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Preaching and the Human Condition. 9781501818905. $24.99; $17.99 The Sermon Without End. 9781630883218. $29.99; $20.09

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A preacher’s job is not simply to repeat God’s good news as if it exists in a vacuum apart from real human need, but to bridge the gap between the ancient biblical text and the particular issues facing contemporary hearers, to draw an analogy between the situation originally addressed by the biblical writer and the situation being faced by the preacher’s congregation.


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O. Wesley Allen, Jr. is the Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on homiletics and interpretation of the New Testament, as well as many scholarly articles and published sermons. In the arena of preaching and worship, Dr. Allen has special interest in rethinking the role of preaching and liturgy in the shifting, postmodern world of the twenty-first century.


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Religion & Culture Community and friendship are waiting just outside your front door

kristen Schell

new THE TURQUOISE TABLE: Finding Community

and Connection in Your Own Front Yard Kristen Schell

Are you consumed with a busy life but unsure how to slow down? Do you desire connection within your community but think you don’t have the time or a way to make it happen? What if there was another way through it all, a way to find those moments of peace and to create a time for honest, comfortable connection? What if meeting neighbors and connecting with friends was as simple as showing up and being available? Desperate for a way to slow down and connect, Kristin Schell put an ordinary picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting friends and neighbors to join her. Today, Turquoise Tables are inviting individuals to connect with each other in nearly all fifty states and seven countries. Alongside personal and heartwarming stories, Kristin gives you stress-free ideas for kick-starting your own Turquoise Table. Life changed in her community and it can change in yours, too. Thomas Nelson. Coming in June. 9780718095581. Hardcover. $16.99; $12.23

about the author Kristen Schell is an established speaker and blogger on the subjects of food, faith, and hospitality. As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others.

An inspiring call to respect all of God’s creatures

Joel Salatin new THE MARVELOUS PIGNESS OF PIGS: Respecting and Caring for All God’s Creation Joel Salatin

As a man of deep faith and as a respected and successful ecological family farmer, Joel Salatin knows that God created heaven and earth and meant for all living organisms to be true to their nature and their endowed holy purpose. He intended for us to respect and care for his gift of creation, not to ravage and mistreat it for our own pleasure or wealth. Salatin shows us the long overlooked ethics and instructions in the Bible for how to eat, how to shop, how to think about how we farm and feed the world. Through Scripture and biblical stories, he shows us why it’s more vital than ever to look to the good book rather than corporate America when feeding the country and your family. FaithWords. 9781455536986. $14.99; $8.91

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Plough Quarterly: What Makes Humans Sacred. 9780874868197. $10.00; $7.20


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about the author Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, profiled in Michael Pollan’s New York Times bestseller, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, Food, Inc., and Fresh. He is an accomplished author and public speaker. SV17

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Religion & Culture Female characters of the Hebrew Scriptures viewed through feminist and womanist biblical lens

Wilda C. Gafney

new WOMANIST MIDRASH: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne Wilda C. Gafney

Womanist Midrash is an in-depth and creative exploration of the well- and lesser-known women of the Hebrew Scriptures. Using her own translations, Gafney offers a midrashic interpretation of the biblical text that is rooted in the African American preaching tradition to tell the stories of a variety of female characters, many of whom are often overlooked and nameless. Gafney employs a solid understanding of womanist and feminist approaches to biblical interpretation and the sociohistorical culture of the ancient Near East. This unique and imaginative work that is grounded in serious scholarship will expand conversations about feminist and womanist biblical interpretation. Westminster John Knox Press. Coming in August. 9780664239039. $35.00; $25.20

about the author Wilda C. Gafney is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX. She is the author of Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel and coeditor of The People’s Bible and The People’s Companion to the Bible. Visit her website at

Helping others is how we help ourselves

Just in Dillon new

A SELFISH PLAN TO CHANGE THE WORLD: Finding Big Purpose in Big Problems Justin Dillon

Justin Dillon was a successful world-touring musician who, on a trip through Russia, was dumbstruck to discover first-hand that slavery exists today. With no experience and little more than a desire to do something, he managed to create global awareness with films and launch global action with online platforms like Slavery Footprint and Made in a Free World, highlighting the embedded and often invisible presence of slavery in nearly every aspect of the global economy. Working to transform the world is in some ways a selfish act, because helping others helps us by giving us meaning. And that’s okay. Building upon stories of changed lives from around the world, this book provides a step-by-step guide for alleviating the poverty of meaning by fighting others’ poverty of means. Thomas Nelson. 9780718084530. Hardcover. $24.99; $17.99


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Religion & Culture A Christian response to the issue of immigration

Mark R. Amstutz new JUST IMMIGRATION: American Policy in Christian Perspective Mark R. Amstutz

Few issues are as complex and controversial as immigration in the United States. The only thing anyone seems to agree on is that the system is broken. Mark Amstutz offers a succinct overview and assessment of current immigration policy and argues for an approach to the complex immigration debate that is solidly grounded in Christian political thought. After analyzing key laws and institutions in the U.S. immigration system, Amstutz examines how Catholics, evangelicals, and mainline Protestants have used Scripture to address social and political issues, including immigration. He critiques the ways many Christians have approached immigration reform and offers concrete suggestions on how Christian groups can offer a more credible political engagement with this urgent policy issue. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 9780802874849. $25.00; $18.00

about the author Mark R. Amstutz is Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College and author of Evangelicals and American Foreign Policy and International Ethics: Concepts, Theories, and Cases in Global Politics.

Helps readers combine their love of movies with their desire to grow closer to God

Catherine M. Barsott i Robert K. Johnston new GOD IN THE MOVIES: A Guide for Exploring Four Decades of Film Catherine M. Barsotti and Robert K. Johnston, editors

Foremost experts on faith and film, all connected with the Reel Spirituality Institute at Fuller Seminary, explore forty leading movies from the last four decades to encourage movie lovers and small groups to reflect critically and theologically on their film choices.

about the editor Catherine M. Barsotti is Affiliate Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and a professor at a Latino ministry training center in Compton, CA.

Following a format similar to Barsotti and Johnston’s successful Finding God in the Movies, this completely new book covers different films spanning four decades, with production notes and film synopses, relevant Scripture texts, theological reflection, discussion questions, film stills, recommended film clips, and more. Clips from the movies referenced in each chapter are available online. Brazos Press. Coming in July. 9781587433900. $21.99; $15.83

about the editor Robert K. Johnston is Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and codirector of Fuller’s Reel Spirituality Institute.


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Religion & Culture The inside story of the first successful $15 minimum wage campaign that renewed a national labor movement

Jonathan Rosenblum new BEYOND $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement Jonathan Rosenblum

SeaTac, Washington gained national recognition as the first successful $15 minimum wage battleground. But what most people don’t know is that the fight didn’t begin with wages. It emerged from an unlikely coalition that first united over the right of Muslim airport workers to pray. Rosenblum reveals the inside story of SeaTac: airport workers and clergy staging face-to-face confrontations with corporate leaders; the challenges of uniting a diverse, largely immigrant workforce; and the internal tensions that nearly destroyed the coalition. Beyond $15 is a blunt assessment of the daunting problems within today’s unions; a blueprint for a powerful, all-inclusive labor movement; and a call for workers to reclaim their power and voice in the new economy. Beacon Press. 9780807098127. $16.00; $11.52

about the author Jonathan Rosenblum has been a labor organizer for more than thirty years, playing key roles including SeaTac Airport campaign director. His writing has been featured in Tikkun, In These Times, and Yes! magazine. He lives in Seattle, WA.

Do evangelical prison ministries help or harm?

Tanya Erzen new

GOD IN CAPTIVITY: The Rise of Faith-Based Prison Ministries in the Age of Mass Incarceration Tanya Erzen The U.S. incarceration rate is the highest in the world. Often cashstrapped and overcrowded, state and federal prisons are increasingly relying on religious organizations to provide educational and mental health services and to help maintain order. Erzen interviewed prisoners and members of faith-based ministries in several states. What she discovered raises questions about whether these groups violate the separation of church and state; often, educational opportunities for prisoners are tied to these ministries, and non-Christians are frequently marginalized and excluded. At the same time, Erzen found that many prison ministries make undeniably positive impacts on the lives of prisoners. With both empathy and a critical eye, God in Captivity grapples with the questions of how faith-based programs become a method of control behind bars even as prisoners use them as a lifeline for self-transformation and dignity. Beacon Press. 9780807089989. Hardcover. $26.95; $19.40 SV17

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Religion & Culture A young writer’s sincere search for an authentic life

Drew Philp new A $500 HOUSE IN DETROIT: Rebuilding an

Abandoned Home and an American City Drew Philip

Based on a BuzzFeed essay that resonated with millions of readers, A $500 House in Detroit is Philp’s raw and earnest account of rebuilding everything but the frame of his house, nail by nail and room by room. It’s also the story of a young man finding his footing in the city, the country, and his own generation. As he assimilates into the community of Detroiters around him, Philp guides readers through the city’s vibrant history and engages in urgent conversations about gentrification, racial tensions, and class warfare. We witness his concept of Detroit shift, expand, and evolve as his plan to save the city gives way to a life forged from political meaning, personal connection, and collective purpose. Part social history, part brash generational statement, part comeback story, this is an intimate account of the tentative revival of an American city—home by home and person by person—and a glimpse at a new way forward for generations to come.

about the author Drew Philp’s work has been published both nationally and internationally and has appeared in BuzzFeed, The Detroit Free Press, Metrotimes, Corp! Magazine, the Bakersfield Californian, and the Michigan Daily.

Scribner. 9781476797984. Hardcover. $26.00; $18.72

An exploration of how nonreligious Americans create their own meaning and purpose

Katherine Ozment

new GRACE WITHOUT GOD: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age Katherine Ozment

Studies show that religion makes us happier, healthier and more giving, connecting us to our past and creating tight communal bonds. But in recent decades many have begun to leave religion, and with it their ancient rituals, mythic narratives, and sense of belonging. So how do the nonreligious fill the need for ritual, story, community, and, above all, purpose and meaning without the one-stop shop of religion? In this thought-provoking exploration of secular America, celebrated journalist Katherine Ozment takes readers on a quest to understand the trends and ramifications of a nation in flight from organized religion. Insightful, surprising, and compelling, Grace Without God is both a personal and critical exploration of the many ways nonreligious Americans create their own meaning and purpose in an increasingly secular age. Harper Perennial. Coming in June.

about the author Katherine Ozment is an award-winning journalist and former senior editor at National Geographic. Her essays and articles have been widely published in such venues as the New York Times, National Geographic, and Salon.

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Biblical Studies Recovering the beauty of biblical language that sometimes gets lost in translation

Sarah Ruden new THE FACE OF WATER: A Translator on Beauty

and Meaning in the Bible Sarah Ruden

Sarah Ruden brilliantly, elegantly celebrates and translates the Bible’s original languages and looks at how passages have been misunderstood over the centuries, at how the most commonly accepted English translations have been lacking in the intent of the original text. Ruden reveals both the poetry and lyricism— earthy, mysterious, infused with wit—that has made the Bible the compelling piece of literature it has been for more than a millennium. Cross-referencing the popular King James interpretation of the Bible with Ruden’s own direct translation of the ancient Hebrew, the author demonstrates with deftness and agility, the musicality of some of the most popular passages—the Lord’s Prayer, Ezekiel’s Dry Bones, and more. Random House. 9780307908568. Hardcover. $26.95; $17.88

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Paul Among the People. 9780385522571. $15.00; $11.85

about the author Sarah Ruden is a visiting scholar at Brown University. She has translated six books of Classical literature and contributed her Aeschylus’s Oresteia to a collection of tragedies in English. Her translation of Augustine’s Confessions was her first book-length work of sacred literature. She is also the author of a book of poetry, Other Places.

Authoritative yet accessible historical overview of Christian Sunday worship

Justo González

new A BRIEF HISTORY OF SUNDAY: From the New Testament to the New Creation Justo González

Noted Christian historian Justo González explores Sunday worship from the earliest days of the church to the present. He discusses the practices in the ancient church, under Constantine, and from the Middle Ages through Puritanism, when Christians came to think of and strictly observe Sunday as the Sabbath. Finally, he considers the current state of things, and how the explosive growth of the church in the Majority World has affected the observance of Sunday worldwide. Readers will rediscover the joy and excitement of Sunday as the early church celebrated it and will find inspiration in an age of increasing indifference and hostility to Christianity. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 9780802874719. $16.00; $11.52

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR The Apostle’s Creed for Today. 9780664229337. $14.00; $10.08 Santa Biblia . 9780687014521. $18.99; $12.72 Church History. 9780687016112. $17.99; $12.95


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Leadership An inclusive and collaborative paradigm of ministry

Ann A. Michel new SYNERGY: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff

and Volunteers Ann A. Michel

The church isn’t a building, right? The church is people. And aren’t these people your pastor and your church’s paid staff members? Many congregations would say, “yes.” Many pastors would agree. And therein lies the imbalance concerning the ownership of ministry. Author Ann Michel presents a more inclusive, collaborative understanding of ministry, affirming the gifts and calling of both clergy and lay servants. Using the concept of “synergy,” Michel provides practical advice on the day-to-day skills of a mutually responsible ministry, showing you how to engage others, build teams, and manage effectively. Abingdon Press. 9781501832550. $14.99; $10.04

about the author Ann A. Michel is the Associate Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Guiding urban churches to renewal and growth

Donna Claycomb Sokol L. Roger Owens new A NEW DAY IN THE CITY: Urban Church Revival Donna Claycomb Sokol and L. Roger Owens

Population shifts, the decline of mainline congregations, and demographic changes have robbed many downtown churches of their dreams—but not all churches. Many congregations struggle to survive while others are positioned to thrive. These churches have learned to let go of nostalgic dreams and tired habits, to walk with God into a new day of vibrancy, mission, and ministry. Authors Donna Claycomb Sokol and Roger Owens have pastored urban congregations that have managed to grow again, reversing decades of decline. In A New Day in the City, they share the stories of the churches they’ve served, and the lessons they’ve learned from other successful urban churches and pastors. Their aim is to help others join God in the deep and wide mission of embodying the Kingdom. Along the way, they challenge some clichés about church leadership, offering a fresh perspective on what congregational renewal can look like and how it can become a reality. Abingdon Press. 9781501818882. $18.99; $12.72


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about the author Donna Claycomb Sokol is pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, a diverse, thriving congregation in downtown Washington, D.C.

about the author L. Roger Owens is an Associate Professor of Leadership and Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a frequent faculty presenter in the Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation. SV17

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Leadership The essential field guide for social justice

Tim Conder Dan Rhodes

new ORGANIZING CHURCH: Grassroots Practices for Embodying Change in Your Congregation, Your Community, and Our World Tim Conder and Dan Rhodes

The 21st century is the age of community organizing, from rallies in the streets to online movements for change. What if congregations embraced community organizing? Organizing Church offers a unique perspective that blends proven principles of community organizing and research on socially active congregations into a formula that will revitalize and empower churches as change-agents. Seasoned pastors and community activists Tim Conder and Dan Rhodes will help leaders build healthier congregations, create a deep culture of discipleship in their community, and respond to the challenges of today’s global culture. Chalice Press. 9780827227637. $22.99; $16.55

about the author Tim Conder is the founding pastor of Emmaus Way in Durham, NC.

about the author Dan Rhodes is Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Justice at the Institute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University, Chicago.

A hopeful new future for the church

Tim Shapiro Kara Brinkerhoff new DIVERGENT CHURCH: The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities Tim Shapiro and Kara Brinkerhoff

New faith communities are appearing across the U.S. Many of them bear little resemblance—on the surface—to ‘church’ in its conventional form. But when we look a little deeper we see striking continuity with the most deeply rooted practices of the Christian faith in community.

about the author Tim Shapiro is President of the Center for Congregations in Indianapolis and a former pastor.

This fascinating book goes beyond simply analyzing current trends. It reveals how innovative Christians are engaging in timehonored practices, creating new types of communities, which will shape the church to come. Further, it shows us how we too might innovate while holding true to the essential practices of our gathered faith. This is an instructive picture of Christian community, past, present and future. Abingdon Press. Coming in October. 9781501842597. $16.99; $11.38

about the author Kara Brinkerhoff is the Resource Grants Director at the Center for Congregations, as well as a congregational consultant.


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Leadership For leaders who want to keep getting better and better

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

The Kaleidoscope Effect identifies the common leadership needs of emerging generations and provides church leaders practical “how-to” solutions for engaging and serving these generations. Based on the research of author Scott Chrostek, this book dives deep into the character and leadership traits of both Millennials and Gen Z. Pastors, lay staff, and volunteers will learn how to steadily rotate their individual leadership skill sets while identifying common leadership needs that emerging generations crave. The implementation of the ideas and principles found in this book will produce better leaders who will serve a greater number of people, resulting in the ability to cultivate and sustain attractive environments that ignite the imagination of emerging generations. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. 9781501844553. $15.99; $10.71

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR The Misfit Mission. 9781501806087. $19.99; $13.39

about the author Scott Chrostek is pastor at Resurrection Downtown, a campus of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in downtown Kansas City, MO. He is a coach and mentor to church planters across the country and spends time speaking with young adults about finding life at work.

New ways to instill faith in youth


Five Approaches To Opening the Bible With Youth Andrew Zirschky Rather than tweaking the ways youth ministers communicate the gospel, Teaching Outside the Box explores five distinct approaches to forming youth in the faith—approaches that open youth to experiencing the implications of the gospel in new ways. It starts by providing a new take on the instructional approach, and then introduces four additional approaches that are likely new to readers: community of faith, interpretive, liberation, and contemplative. Abingdon Press. Coming in October. 9781501823893. $16.99; $11.38

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Leadership Shaping a gospel-centered ministry across 5 generations

Chris Folmsbee new THE GARDEN RESONATES: A Gospel Emerging Generations Can Believe In Chris Folmsbee

Within the church today there are five generations represented: Traditional, Boomers, Xers, Millennials, and Gen Z. Each generation has value and influences the church community, but research indicates that churches are not engaging Millennials and Generation Z for the purpose of making lasting disciples and that a trend of decline has developed. There will always be a “next generation” to reach. The Garden Resonates 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. Coming in September. 9781501844140. $15.99; $10.71



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We must not only be concerned with the impending shrinking of our churches; we must be equally optimistic of the impending growth of our churches. We can choose to be driven by fear, or we can choose to be inspired by hope.


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Chris Folmsbee is the director of discipleship at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. He is the author of numerous books on spiritual formation, practical theology, and missional living. A sought-after speaker, he consults with dozens of churches around North America each year.


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