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Today’s Christian Authors

WINTER 2016–SPRING 2017

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Today’s Christian authors

Christian Living ........................................ 1–12 Spiritual Growth..................................... 13–16 Religion and Culture .............................. 17–25 Social Justice ......................................... 26–31 Leadership ............................................. 32–35 Biblical Studies ...................................... 36–38 Theology ..................................................... 39 Studies ............................40–inside back cover

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Christian Living Who would you become if you decided to let Hope be your theme song?

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. Coming in April. 9781501820137. $16.99; $11.38

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God wants us to reach for dreams that are out of our grasp. To fight for impossible causes. To believe for the miraculous. To hold on to Him when all else seems lost.

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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, I Blame Eve; contributor to Mornings with Jesus; co-author of Chasing God, Need You Now, A Trip Around the Sun, and One Dress. One Year. She is married to Scott and mother to three amazing children. Learn more about Susanna at tiredsupergirl.blogspot.com.

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Christian Living What can Christians learn from engaging Torah Scripture the way Jesus did?

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. Coming in March. 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 9781501800009. Hardcover. $24.99; $16.74

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about the author Evan Moffic is lead rabbi of Congregation Solel, a synagogue of 500 families. He blogs regularly for Beliefnet.com, Huffingtonpost. com, and MichaelHyatt.com. Over the last six years, he has officiated at more than 200 interfaith weddings, giving him familiarity with the sensitivities and interests of Christian families in Judaism. He has brought new understanding of the Jewish heritage to churches and Christian groups, including the largest Catholic and Presbyterian churches in Chicago, Illinois, where he lives with his wife and children.

Evan Moffic is a rabbi; but he’s also an extraordinary scholar, and a teacher of the highest order. He can speak to us all, whatever our faith or culture. And he does it with grace, humor, and erudition. —Jim Kenney, Executive Director, Common Ground

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

Charles Latt imore Howard new 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 illustration in Pond River Ocean Rain—forty-five 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. Coming in February. 9781501831034. $16.99; $11.38

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In the pond that is just a few minutes from my office, I hear words of stillness, of peace, and of the call to be set apart. Sitting by the mighty river that winds near my home, I read words of trust and of deep submission upon the light flowing currents. When I visit the shore and the ocean just an hour’s drive away, I learn of mystery, I learn of smallness and greatness, and I learn of love. And from time to time, when the rain comes down, I see humility, growth, and how movements develop—one drop at a time.

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Charles Lattimore Howard is the University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater. He is a contributor to multiple publications, including: 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. Charles lives in Philadelphia with his wife and best friend, Dr. Lia C. Howard, and their three daughters.

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Christian Living Cultivate a healthy soul in the midst of a busy life

Judah Smit h new HOW’S YOUR SOUL? Why Everything that Matters Starts

with the Inside You Judah Smith

How’s your soul? may seem like an odd question, but it’s what Judah Smith asks his friends, rather than “How are you?” It’s a way to look past the externals and consider what’s going on inside. In our struggle through everyday life, many of us find ourselves simply surviving. But if we’d pause, we’d find that the things that matter most in life, what we are searching for in our busyness—stability, peace, hope, love—are rooted in the health of what Smith calls the inside you. Sharing his own, often humorous, mistakes and foibles, he helps us find our way through the emotional roller coasters of life to discover the soul-healing essentials of rest, responsibility, restraint, and relationships, all rooted in what he calls the soul’s only true home—God himself. Thomas Nelson. 9780718039172. Hardcover. $22.99; $16.55

Study resources also available. Contact us for details. MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Life Is ____ Forty-Day Experience: A Devotional Journey Through God’s Illogical Love. 9780718032661. $14.99; $10.79 Jesus Is For You: Stories of God’s Relentless Love. 9780718023102. $14.99; $10.79 Love Like Jesus: Reaching Others with Passion and Purpose. 9780764215902. $12.99; $9.35

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Judah Smith is the lead pastor of the City Church in Seattle, Washington. The City Church is a thriving multisite church noted for its cultural relevance, commitment to biblical integrity and faith, and love for Jesus. Judah is known around the United States and the world for his preaching ministry. His fresh, practical, humorous messages demystify the Bible and make Christianity real. Judah is also the author of The New York Times best-selling book Jesus Is _____.

How’s Your Soul? is an invitation to find lasting emotional satisfaction and stability by bringing our feelings into alignment with God’s truth, moving beyond simply surviving, and learning how to live each day with eternal significance.

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Christian Living Finding meaning and inspiration in post-religious America

Tom Krattenmaker

new CONFESSIONS OF A SECULAR JESUS FOLLOWER: Finding Answers in Jesus for Those Who Don’t Believe Tom Krattenmaker

In post-religious America, what gives a life meaning? What constitutes a life well led? Krattenmaker shares his surprising conclusion about where input and inspiration might best be found: in the figure of Jesus—not only as a good example and teacher, but Jesus as the primary guide for one’s life. Drawing on sociological research and, personal experience, Krattenmaker shows that in Jesus, nonreligious people like himself can find unique and compelling wisdom on how to honor the humanity in ourselves and others, how to build more peaceful lives, how generosity can help create more abundance, how to break free from self-defeating behaviors, and how to tip the scales toward justice. Convergent Books. 9781101906422. Hardcover. $25.00; $18.00

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Onward Christian Athletes: Turning Ballparks Into Pulpits and Players Into Preachers. 9780742562479. Hardcover. $22.95; $18.13

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An award-winning USA Today columnist makes the case for how a Jesus freed from religion and politics meets the need for meaning and purpose in secular America. In a time when more people than ever are identifying as atheist or agnostic, Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower is a groundbreaking and compelling work that rediscovers Jesus—and our own best selves—for the world of today.

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Tom Krattenmaker is a writer and columnist specializing in religion in American public life. An awardwinning contributing columnist for USA Today, he is the author Onward Christian Athletes, and The Evangelicals You Don’t Know. He is communications director at Yale Divinity School.

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Christian Living Stop living instantly and start living intentionally

Josh Moody new 7 DAYS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Find Focus

Through Intentional Living Josh Moody

It’s time to stop running and start following. After all, Jesus didn’t invite us to “go through the motions.” His call was to “Follow me.” But between meetings, emails, family responsibilities, and church functions, life has become an exhausting rush. 7 Days to Change Your Life will remind you that Jesus’ words were not just an invitation to faith; they were a prescription for living well. Author Josh Moody explores hope, life, truth, freedom, humility, greatness, and glory—the seven “follow me” statements in the Gospel of Matthew—helping you to find a focus for your life, no matter how hectic it may be, and revealing a biblical plan to revitalize your life in as little as seven days. Abingdon Press. Coming in January. 9781501824845. $16.99; $11.38

about the author Josh Moody is the Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, which is listed by The Church Report as one of the fifty most influential churches in America. He is also President and Founder of God Centered Life ministries. Learn more about Josh at godcenteredlife.org.

The path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of

Elizabeth Gilbert BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear Elizabeth Gilbert Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy. Riverhead Books. 9781594634727. Softcover. $16.00; $11.52 9781594634710. Hardcover. $24.95; $17.96

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Signature of All Things. 9780143125846. $17.00; $12.24 Eat, Pray, Love: 10th Anniversary Edition. 9780143038412. $17.00; $12.24

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about the author Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love. She began her career writing for Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award.

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Christian Living Life’s answers are not always hidden where they seem

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

You’re here, but you want to be there. So you spend your life narrowing this divide, and you call this your race, your journey, your path. You live your days chasing undiscovered happiness just around the bend. Viral sensation and HGTV.com star Erin Loechner knows about the chase. Before turning 30, she’d built a fan base of one million women worldwide. The New York Times applauded her, her friends and family adored her. She had arrived. So why did she feel so lost? In Chasing Slow, Erin turns away from fast and fame and frenzy. Follow along as she blazes the trail toward a new-fashioned lifestyle one that will refresh your perspective, renew your priorities, and shift your focus to the journey that matters most. Through a series of steep climbs—her husband’s brain tumor, bankruptcy, family loss, and public criticism—Erin learns just how much strength it takes to surrender it all, and to veer right into grace. Zondervan. Coming in January. 9780310345671. Hardcover. $24.99; $17.99

about the author Erin Loechner is a former art director/stylist in Los Angeles who has been blogging and speaking for more than a decade. Her writing and design has been showcased in The New York Times, Lucky, Parenting, Dwell, Marie Claire, Elle Decor, Huffington Post, and a two-season HGTV.com web special, garnering over one million fans worldwide.

Prayer is at its glorious best when we soar beyond words. As mothers, it’s what we do and how we breathe; it’s Motherlove.

Barbara Mahany new MOTHERPRAYER: Lessons in Loving

Barbara Mahany

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

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about the author Barbara Mahany is a soughtafter speaker, retreat leader, and writing teacher. Bracingly honest and heartachingly daring, she explores sacred mysteries with a voice recognizable and clear. Learn more about Barbara at BarbaraMahany.com.

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Christian Living What God’s absence and presence can teach us

David Bowden new

WHEN GOD ISN’T THERE: Why God Is Farther than You Think but Closer than You Dare Imagine David Bowden Why does God feel so far away? Why is my worship so empty? Has God left me? David Bowden knows these questions firsthand, having wrestled for years with God’s apparent absence and studying what the Bible says about it. In this new book, Bowden tackles the subject head-on, finding the key to understanding it in the Bible’s depiction of a God who is infinitely far from us, free to move where he wants, but who chooses to come near in the person of Jesus. A resource of encouragement for those who struggle with feeling God’s absence and a wake-up call to those who take God’s presence for granted, When God Isn’t There will forever change your understanding of why God sometimes seems to vanish and how he can be found again. Thomas Nelson. 9780718077631. $16.99; $12.23

about the author David Bowden is an international speaker and performer known best for his craft of spoken word poetry. He has performed his poems all around the world for hundreds of thousands of people, and his videos have attracted millions of views online. David and his wife, Meagan, live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Establish, nurture, and sustain Christian community

Charles E. Moore CALLED TO COMMUNITY: The Life Jesus Wants

for His People Charles E. Moore, editor

Why, in an age of connectivity, are our lives more isolated and fragmented than ever? And what can be done about it? The answer lies in the hands of God’s people. Increasingly, today’s Christians want to be the church, to follow Christ together in daily life. As they take the plunge, they discover the rich, meaningful life that Jesus has in mind for all people, and point the church back to its original calling: to be a gathered, united community that demonstrates the transforming love of God. Whether you have just begun thinking about communal living, are embarking on sharing life with others, or have been part of a community for many years, the pieces in this collection will encourage, challenge, and strengthen you. The book’s fifty-two chapters can be read one a week to ignite meaningful group discussion. Contributors include well-known writers such as Thomas Merton, C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Joan Chittister, Dorothy Day, Mother Teresa, Henri Nouwen, and others.

about the editor Charles E. Moore is a member of the Bruderhof community and teaches at the Mount Academy in New York. He writes for Plough Quarterly and has compiled and edited several acclaimed books.

Plough Publishing House. 9780874867435. $18.00; $12.96

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Christian Living Find peace and new purpose in life

Sheri Riley new EXPONENTIAL LIVING: Stop Spending 100%

of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are Sheri Riley

Constantly striving to achieve one goal after another and investing more in our careers than in our actual lives have left many of us feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and disconnected from who we are—anything but happy. Take Sheri Riley. She rose to the top of her field and was miserable. Sure she was successful, but she couldn’t buy peace, and material possessions didn’t bring her clarity. Now an empowerment speaker and life strategist, Sheri Riley shares the secret that helped her regain her sense of self and purpose. She offers nine principles to help the busiest goal-oriented people integrate their professional success with whole-life success. New American Library. Coming in February. 9781101989029. Hardcover. $26.00; $18.72

about the author Sheri Riley is a wife, mother, daughter, and entrepreneur. As an empowerment speaker and life strategist, she works with busy individuals on how to make choices that lead to less stress, more clarity, and inner peace.

More gratitude, less guilt

Lee Hull Moses new MORE THAN ENOUGH: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess Lee Hull Moses

Ever look around your life and feel overwhelmed with gratitude for everything you have? Sure, nothing is perfect, but if you have a safe place to live, food on the table, and clothes to wear, the reality is that life is pretty good. That’s not true for many people in the world, and you may wonder: How do we live in a way that honors God and shows gratitude for the good life we are living in the midst of a world full of pain and brokenness? With a blend of practical reflection and insight on topics from guilt to delight, More than Enough goes beyond a call to gratitude and generosity and invites the reader to a new way of life, one that is grounded in the hope and grace of God. Westminster John Knox Press. 9780664261283. $16.00; $11.52

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about the author Lee Hull Moses is Senior Minister of First Christian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is the coauthor of Gifts of Gilead and Hopes and Fears, and is also a regular contributor to the Christian Century print magazine and blog.

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Christian Living Develop your own set of right-fit spiritual practices

Rachelle Mee-Chapman new RELIG-ISH: Soulful Living in a Spiritual-But-Not-Religious World Rachelle Mee-Chapman

When it comes to religion, “Choose one” is no longer your only option. The spiritual-but-not-religious are not adrift—they actually have some of the most robust faith practices. Creating your own eclectic spiritual practices is not a sign that you are a faith-less person, but rather a faith-ful person responding to an increasingly expanding world. Becoming relig-ish will help you live your values out in everyday ways far more effectively than spending all your Sundays at church. Chalice Press. Coming in February. 9780827203020. $14.99; $10.79

about the author Rachelle Mee-Chapman was an ordained minister. When the faith of her fathers started pinching around the middle, she made a shift. Her theme of care for creative souls touches everything she does, including mentoring clients who identify as formerly churched, spiritual-but-notreligious, or who are just creatively soulful.

Look up from your screens and see the good gifts of God

Est her Emery

new WHAT FALLS FROM THE SKY:

How I Disconnected From the Internet and Reconnected With the God Who Made the Clouds Esther Emery This is an honest, poetic account of a year without Internet— 365 days away from the good, the bad, and the ugly of our digital lives—in one woman’s desperate attempt at a reset after a personal and professional crisis left her reeling. But as Esther Emery faces her addiction to electronica, her illusion of self-importance, and her longing to return to simpler days, the unexpected happens. Her experiment in analog is hijacked by a spiritual awakening, and she finds herself suddenly, inexplicably drawn to the faith she had rejected for so long. Ultimately, Esther’s unplugged pilgrimage brings her to a place where she finally finds the peace—and the God who created it—she has been searching for all along. What Falls from the Sky offers a path for you to do the same. Zondervan. 9780310345107. Hardcover. $19.99; $14.39

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about the author Esther Emery, a former playwright and theater director in California, now lives with her husband and three children off the grid in a yurt, tending to three acres in the foothills of Idaho’s Rocky Mountains. She writes about faith and trying to live a fearless, free life at www. estheremery.com. WV17

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Christian Living Connect with God to face cancer with faith and hope

Tod d Outcalt new PRAYING THROUGH CANCER: 28 Days of Prayer Todd Outcalt

Our first reaction when the doctor says it’s cancer: Why me? Receiving a cancer diagnosis is traumatic, both for the person diagnosed and family and friends. Todd Outcalt writes from the perspective of a husband who has accompanied his wife, a breast cancer survivor, through her cancer journey. Praying Through Cancer is a practical guide for anyone seeking strength, support, and hope for coping with cancer. This personal book addresses the raw emotions and deep questions evoked by cancer. Each devotion helps the reader encounter God through comforting Scriptures, insightful reflections, and heartfelt prayers. Upper Room Books. 9780835815758. $7.99; $5.59

about the author Todd Outcalt is senior pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg, Indiana. He is the author of more than 30 books, including A Common Ground, Before You Say I Do, For the Love of God, and The Other Jesus.

A deeply intimate portrait of love and loss

Elizabeth Alexander THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD: A Memoir Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander found herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband. Reflecting with gratitude on the exquisite beauty of the intimacy they shared, grappling with the resulting void, and finding solace in caring for her two teenage sons, Alexander channels her poetic sensibilities into rich, lucid prose that universalizes a very personal quest for meaning and acceptance in the wake of loss.

The Light of the World is both an endlessly compelling memoir and a deeply felt meditation on the blessings of love, family, art, and community. Meaningful reading for those who have loved and lost, or for anyone who cares about what matters most.

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Christian Living Explore the Christian contemplative method of prayer

Cynthia Bourgeault new THE HEART OF CENTERING PRAYER: Nondual

Christianity in Theory and Practice Cynthia Bourgeault

Not simply an act of devotional piety, nor a Christianized form of other meditation methods, Centering Prayer is the path to a wonderful and radical new way of seeing the world. Bourgeault cuts through the misconceptions to show that Centering Prayer is in fact a pioneering development within the Christian contemplative tradition. She provides an overview, but then goes deeper to analyze what actually happens in Centering Prayer: the mind effectively switches to a new operating system that makes possible the perception of nonduality. With this understanding in place, she then takes us on a journey through one of the sources of the practice, the Christian contemplative classic The Cloud of Unknowing, revealing it to be among the earliest Christian explorations of the phenomenology of consciousness. Shambhala Publications. 9781611803143. $16.95; $12.20

about the author Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat and conference leader. The author of several books, she lectures and gives workshops throughout North America and the world.

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity. 9781611800524. $16.95; $12.20

Find healing from the pain of trauma

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

The first step in healing from trauma is telling one’s story. Survivors often carry deep spiritual wounds, thinking the trauma was God’s punishment or that God abandoned them. They may wonder how they can ever trust a God who allowed something so awful to happen. Kristen Vincent shares her personal story of childhood trauma and how Protestant prayer beads helped her find spiritual and emotional healing. In sharing her own story, she models how to name feelings of grief, shame, and anger and engage in honest conversations with God. Once trauma survivors are able to do this, they can begin to hear God’s words of healing and love. Upper Room Books. Coming in March. 9780835816359. $13.99; $9.79

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR A Bead and A Prayer. 9780835812177. $12.00; $8.40 Another Bead, Another Prayer. 9780835813723. $12.00; $8.40

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about the author Kristin E. Vincent is the owner and principal artisan of Prayerworks Studio, where she creates handcrafted prayer tools. She travels extensively to speak and lead retreats on prayer and prayer beads.

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Spiritual Growth A powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace it.

Anne Lamott

new HALLELUJAH ANYWAY: Rediscovering Mercy Anne Lamott

“Mercy is radical kindness,” Anne Lamott writes in this enthralling and heartening book. 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. In Hallelujah Anyway, Lamott explores where to find meaning in life. We should begin, she suggests, by “facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves.” It’s up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While that can be difficult to do, Lamott argues that it’s crucial. Full of Lamott’s trademark honesty, humor, and forthrightness, Hallelujah Anyway is profound, funny, and wise—a hopeful book of hands-on spirituality. Riverhead Books. Coming in April. 9780735213586. Hardcover. $20.00; $14.40

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Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. 9781594631290. Hardcover. $17.95; $12.92 Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair. 9781594632587. Hardcover. $17.95; $12.92 Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace. 9781594486296. Hardcover. $22.95; $16.52

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Lamott is beloved by legions for her smart, irreverent take on the human condition, filtered through her unique brand of compassionate Christianity and delivered with delicious, self-deprecating wit. Lamott goes even deeper in these essays. —People magazine

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Anne Lamott is known for her incredible hair, honesty, deep spirituality, and son, Sam. 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.

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Spiritual Growth Sister Joan teaches us to transform our thinking and our lives to claim true peace by living as God wants

Joan Chitt ister

new RADICAL SPIRIT: 12 Ways to Live a Free

and Authentic Life Joan Chittister

Feeling burnt-out from life, strung-out from social media, and put out by a society that always wants more from you? Beloved nun and social activist Joan Chittister offers a practical, character-building, and inspirational guide to help you take control of your emotional life and redirect your spiritual destiny. Chittister is a force for social justice, and a passionate proponent of personal faith and spiritual fulfillment. Drawing on little-known, ancient teachings of the saints, she offers a practical program to help transform our thinking and rebel against our fears, judgments, and insecurities. Convergent Books. Coming in April. 9780451495174. Hardcover. $22.00; $15.84

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully. 9781933346335. $13.95; $10.04 Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life. 9780804140942. $20.00; $14.40 Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Joy. 9780307953988. $18.00; $12.96

about the author Joan Chittister is a Catholic Benedictine nun. Occassionaly in trouble with the Vatican, Chittister has been a powerful advocate for women and children, women’s religious issues, and church renewal for over 40 years.

A very personal book that looks at Day’s devotion to Jesus and her Christian spiritual path

Dorothy Day

new THE RECKLESS WAY OF LOVE: Notes on Following Jesus Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day is remembered as one of the great women of our age. In clear, simple reflections, this little spiritual guidebook offers insights and wisdom she gained during many decades of seeking to know Jesus and to follow his example and teachings in her own life. Unlike larger collections and biographies, which cover her radical views, exceptional deeds, and amazing life story, this book focuses on an intensely personal dimension of Day’s life, where she found the strength to remain true to her God-given calling. Plough Publishing. Coming in March. 9780874867923. $8.00; $5.76

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist. 9780060617516. $15.99; $11.51 Loaves and Fishes. 9781570751561. $20.00; $14.40

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about the author Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, devoted herself to serving the poor and fighting for justice. Her writings have inspired thousands to follow Jesus’ radical way of complete devotion to God and selfless service to humankind.

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Spiritual Growth Develop a spirituality of radical compassion

Frank Rogers, Jr. COMPASSION IN PRACTICE: The Way of Jesus Frank Rogers, Jr.

Jesus was a spiritual teacher who demonstrated personal and social transformation. His earliest disciples were first known not as Christians but as followers of the Way. Jesus’ Way was a spirituality of radical compassion. He taught how to love and be loved by an extravagantly compassionate God; how to cultivate love for ourselves; and how to love our neighbors by extending love to the outcasts, the offensive, and even our enemies. Compassion in Practice is an introduction to Christian compassion. It explains not just what Christian compassion looks like, but how to practice it in a world ravaged by violence, fear, and reactivity. This book teaches us how to love as Jesus loved. Expanding on the foundation of Practicing Compassion, Rogers defines the way Jesus prepared his disciples to transform hearts hardened from the assaults of life into compassionate hearts. Upper Room Books. 9780835815666. $9.99; $6.99

about the author Frank Rogers, Jr. is a professor at Claremont School of Theology and co-director of the Center for Engaged Compassion. He is the author of Practicing Compassion. His hometown is Claremont, California.

Spiritual growth sounds great, but what does it mean?

Christopher Maricle DEEPLY ROOTED: Knowing Self, Growing in God

Christopher Maricle

There is something very grounding about trees. We understand how they grow and how dirt, seeds, water, and roots support the life and seasons of a tree. Using a tree as a metaphor, Christopher Maricle presents a model for spiritual growth that is easy to use and remember. Deeply Rooted borrows Catherine of Siena’s image of the soul as a tree and categorizes it into four parts: the garden, the soil and roots of the tree, the trunk and essence, and the fruits. The reader explores self-knowledge and knowledge of God and how these two work together to help the soul grow. Upper Room Books. 9780835815635. $14.99; $10.49 MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits. 9780835899147. $16.00; $11.20

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Spiritual Growth Find out how to listen with your body and spirit to the wisdom of God

Whitney R. Simpson new

HOLY LISTENING WITH BREATH, BODY, AND THE SPIRIT Whitney R. Simpson

Many of us long to hear God’s voice, yet often we overlook the great wisdom God gave us in our bodies. There is a deep connection between our bodies and spirits. What might happen if we listened more deeply to the wisdom of our bodies? How might that change the way we listen to God? A stroke at age 31 forced Whitney Simpson to slow down and listen more deeply to her body. During her journey toward healing and wholeness, she found several ancient practices helpful in listening to God and her body: lectio divina, yoga, breath prayer, essential oils, and reflection. Ultimately she found God’s peace. This 40-day prayer book guides us to listen more closely to God with our bodies. Each day includes Scripture, yoga postures, breath prayers, essential oils, and reflection questions. Upper Room Books. Coming in January. 9780835816311. $12.99; $9.09

about the author Whitney R. Simpson is a lay minister, soul care practitioner, and a master yoga instructor. She is a member of The Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders, Spiritual Directors International, and Redbud Writers Guild. Find out more at www.exploringpeace.com

How to heal wounds inflicted by the church

Carol Howard Merritt new

HEALING SPIRITUAL WOUNDS: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church Carol Howard Merritt Raised as a conservative Christian, minister and author Carol Howard Merritt discovered that the traditional institutions she grew up in inflicted great pain and suffering on others. Though she loved the spirituality the church provided, she knew that, because of sexism, homophobia, and manipulative religious politics, established religious institutions weren’t always holy or safe. Though participation and affiliation in traditional religious institutions is waning, many people still believe in God. Merritt contends that many leave the church because they have lost trust in the institution, not in God. Healing Spiritual Wounds addresses the church’s dichotomous image as a safe space and as a dangerous place and provides a way to restore personal faith and connection to God for those who have been hurt or betrayed by established institutions of faith. HarperOne. Coming in February. 9780062392275. Hardcover. $25.99; $18.71

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Religion & Culture A hopeful vision of human spiritual evolution

Krista Tipp ett new BECOMING WISE: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living Krista Tippett

Over her thirteen years as host of an award-winning radio program and podcast, the heart of Tippett’s work has been to shine a light on the most extraordinary voices on the great questions of meaning for our time, people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage. Scientists in a variety of fields; theologians from an array of faiths; poets, activists, and many others have all opened themselves up to Tippett’s compassionate but searching conversation. In Becoming Wise, Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from these luminous characters about the meaning of life into a coherent narrative journey that explores what it means to be human. It’s a master class in living, curated by Tippett but presided over by a dream team of a teaching faculty. Penguin Two. Coming in April. 9781101980316. $17.00; $12.24

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Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters—And How to Talk About It. 9780143113188. $16.00; $11.52 Speaking of Faith CD. 9781598870831. $29.95; $21.56 Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit. 9780143116776. $17.00; $12.24

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about the author Krista Tippett is host of On Being (originally called Speaking of Faith), which airs on more than 400 public radio stations. She is also the force behind the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to new conversation and relationship across the differences of our age. The New York Times describes Tippet as someone who “represents a fusion of all her parts—the child of small-town church comfortable in the pews; the product of Yale Divinity School able to parse text in Greek and theology in German; and, perhaps most of all, the diplomat seeking to resolve social divisions.

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Religion & Culture An impassioned critique of contemporary society

Marilynne Robinson new THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS: Essays

Marilynne Robinson

The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind, and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material wellbeing. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope. In The Givenness of Things, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations. These seventeen essays examine the ideas that have inspired and provoked one of our finest writers throughout her life. Includes a two-part interview between Robinson and President Obama that first appeared in The New York Review of Books. Picador. 9781250097316. $16.00; $11.52

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Lila. 9781250074843. $16.00; $11.52 Housekeeping. 9780312424091. $15.00; $10.80 Gilead. 9780312424404. $16.00; $11.52

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“A sense of wonder pervades the powerful essays in The Givenness of Things....Robinson’s heroic lamentation is magnificent....Robinson’s insistence, throughout these essays, that we recognize the limitations of our knowledge is timely and important. —Karen Armstrong, The New York Times Book Review

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of Housekeeping and Mother Country, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1989. She has taught at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop since 1991. Her book The Death of Adam received the PEN/Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. In 1998, Robinson received a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Iowa City.

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Religion & Culture Find new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world

Diana Butler Bass new GROUNDED: Finding God in the World— A Spiritual Revolution Diana Butler Bass

Religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, argues that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well. HarperOne. Coming in February. 9780062328564. $14.99; $10.79

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Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. 9780062003744. $15.99; $11.51 A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story. 9780061448713. $14.99; $10.79 Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith. 9780060859497. $14.99; $10.79

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In her excellent treatise, [Bass] declares the current state of religion as not dying but transforming.... Bass’s biblical and effusive style, always mixing the personal with the political and scriptural, finds a deeper, more profound register in this latest book. —Publishers Weekly

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Diana Butler Bass is the author of nine books and a frequent speaker and teacher on American religion and culture. She is a regular commentator on TV and radio speaking on contemporary, progressive Christianity. She was a columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and blogs for The Huffington Post and The Washington Post on issues of religion, spirituality, and culture. Bass is a popular speaker at conferences, universities, and churches across North America. You can learn more at dianabutlerbass.com.

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Religion & Culture Outgrowing old, broken religious systems and embracing new, more redemptive ways of life.

Brian McLaren THE GREAT SPIRITUAL MIGRATION: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary religion, argues that—notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance—Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. For millions, the journey has already begun. Drawing from his work as global activist, pastor, and public theologian, McLaren challenges readers to stop worrying, waiting, and indulging in nostalgia, and instead, to embrace the powerful new understandings that are reshaping the church. In The Great Spiritual Migration, he explores three profound shifts that define the change: spiritually, theologically, and missionally. Convergent Books. 9781601427915. Hardcover. $21.00; $15.12

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about the author Brian McLaren is a leader in the in the emerging church movement who focuses on welcoming the unchurched and to help churches become more open to the world. He is a full-time speaker and writer.

A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith. 9780061853999. $15.99; $11.51

Finally, a balanced appraisal

Scott R. Burson BRIAN MCLAREN IN FOCUS: A New Kind of Apologetics Scott R. Burson

Labeled as both a villain and a hero, Brian McLaren has been celebrated and maligned by the evangelical community. Many have used his extensive writings to understand Christianity in fresh ways, but critics contend that McLaren has strayed too far from the Bible as well as from core Christian beliefs. Finally, this book puts McLaren in focus—showing the development of his ideas over time, giving firm assessments of his positions, and offering suggestions of both the strengths and weaknesses of his thinking. Even more, McLaren speaks for himself in these pages as the author of the foreword, and through his extensive, charitable conversation with the author. Leafwood Publishers.

about the author Scott R. Burson is a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University and is a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society.

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Religion & Culture Who is God? The first cause? The unmoved mover?

Eric E. Hall

new THE HOMEBREWED CHRISTIANITY GUIDE TO GOD: Everything You Ever Needed To Know about the Almighty Eric E. Hall; Tripp Fuller, editor

In this latest installment of the Homebrewed Christianity series, Eric E. Hall approaches the question of God from various perspectives, including philosophy, personal revelation, Christian tradition, and other religions. The classical conception of God is like the famously stoic-yet-lethal Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid. Competing versions of God include Your Hippie Aunt, St. Joan of Arc, and even the muscle-headed goons from Jersey Shore. Hall uses each of these analogies to elucidate a version of God that has held sway at one point or another. For each, he shows strengths and weaknesses, pros and cons. At the end of this romp through history and pop culture, Hall argues that the God you need may be the very God you rejected years ago. Fortress Press. 9781506405728. $14.99; $10.79

MORE IN THIS SERIES The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the End Times: Theology After You’ve Been Left Behind (Jeffrey C. Pugh; Tripp Fuller, editor). 9781451499544. $14.99; $10.79 The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Jesus: Lord, Liar, Lunatic... or Awesome? (Tripp Fuller). 9781451499575. $14.99; $10.79

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The Homebrewed Christianity Guide series has one real goal: we want to think with you, not for you. The whole “homebrew” metaphor grows from my passion for helping anyone who wants to geek out about theology to do so with the best ingredients around. —from the series introduction

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about the series authors Eric E. Hall is the Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen Professor of Peace and Social Justice at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. He’s the author of The Paradox of Authenticity and a noted lecturer on faith and reason.

Tripp Fuller is the founder and cohost of Homebrewed Christianity, the top theology podcast in the world. He’s also the coauthor of Transforming Christian Theology, a minister, and a sought-after conference speaker. Jeffrey C. Pugh is professor of religious studies at Elon University in North Carolina. The author of Religionless Christianity: Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Troubled Times, he has been involved in dialogues on interfaith work and religion and science.

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Religion & Culture Geography matters in the fight against racism

David P. Leong new

RACE AND PLACE: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation David P. Leong We long for diverse, thriving neighborhoods and churches, yet racial injustices persist. Why? Because geographic structures and systems create barriers to reconciliation and prevent the flourishing of our communities. Race and Place reveals the profound ways in which these geographic forces and structures sustain the divisions among us. Urban missiologist David Leong, who resides in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country, unpacks the systemic challenges that are rarely addressed in the conversation about racial justice. The evening news may deliver story after story that causes us to despair, but Leong envisions a future of belonging and hope in our streets, towns, cities, and churches. A discussion about race needs to go hand in hand with a discussion about place. This book is a welcome addition to a conversation that needs to include both. InterVarsity Press. Coming in February. 9780830841349. $16.00; $11.52

about the author David P. Leong is associate professor of missiology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary, where he also serves as the director of the Global and Urban Ministry minor. He previously served in churches in urban Seattle through ministries focused on community groups and neighborhood involvement.

A family-reading treasury that builds faith, literacy, compassion, and a global perspective

Jamie C. Martin

GIVE YOUR CHILD THE WORLD: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time Jamie C. Martin

Well-chosen stories connect us with others, even those on the other side of the globe. Build your kids’ lives on a story-solid foundation and you’ll give them armor to shield themselves from the world’s cynicism...confidence to persevere in the face of life’s conflicts...a reservoir of compassion that spills over into a lifetime of love in action. Give Your Child the World features inspiring stories, practical suggestions, and carefully curated reading lists of the best children’s literature for each area of the globe. Reading lists are organized by region, country, and age range (ages 4–12). Each listing includes a brief description of the book, its themes, and any content of which parents should be aware. Zondervan. 9780310344131. $16.99; $12.23

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Religion & Culture A template for religion to heal itself

Donniel Hartman new PUTTING GOD SECOND: How to Save

Religion from Itself Donniel Hartman

In Putting God Second, Rabbi Donniel Hartman tackles one of modern life’s most urgent and vexing questions: Why are the great monotheistic faiths—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam— chronically unable to fulfill their own self-professed goal of creating individuals infused with moral sensitivity and societies governed by the highest ethical standards? The answer Hartman offers is this: put God second. In order to fulfill religion’s true vision for humanity—an uncompromising focus on the ethical treatment of others—religious believers must hold their traditions accountable to the highest independent moral standards. Decency toward one’s neighbor must always take precedence over acts of religious devotion, and ethical piety must trump ritual piety. For as long as devotion to God comes first, responsibility to other people will trail far, far behind. Beacon Press. Coming in February. 9780807063347. $18.00; $12.96

about the author Donniel Hartman is President of Shalom Hartman Institute and Director of the Engaging Israel Project. He is the founder of extensive education, training, and enrichment programs for scholars, educators, rabbis, and religious and lay leaders in Israel and North America. He is a prominent essayist, blogger, and lecturer.

Finding a way back to God after trauma

David W. Peters POST-TRAUMATIC GOD: How the Church Cares for People Who Have Been to Hell and Back David W. Peters

After traumatic events, many (especially young people) turn away from the Church; Post-Traumatic God presents a path home, providing a way back to a God who can be trusted, loved, and worshipped. Today, the church is sometimes viewed (even from within) as a place apart, which may create a barrier of understanding for those who have experienced trauma. Post-Traumatic God grew out of Peters’ own experience as a chaplain in Iraq and later as an Episcopal priest, and from his subsequent work with an organization he founded, Episcopal Veterans for Peace. In the book, Peters explores three related themes: history (the early church itself was a post-traumatic community); theology (especially building on Tillich’s World War I experiences and the theology he subsequently developed); and ecclesiology (how church can offer community to trauma survivors). Post-Traumatic God equips the Church to heal the unseen wounds of the soul. Church Publishing. 9780819233035. $20.00; $14.40 WV17

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about the author David W. Peters, assistant to the rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Texas, is a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserves and is completing a master’s degree in Religion and Art. His memoir, Death Letter: God, Sex, and War, reviewed on NPR, is in development as a film. 23

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Religion & Culture How & why Christians need to be involved

Michael Wear new RECLAIMING HOPE: Lessons Learned in the

Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America Michael Wear The former Obama administration ambassador to America’s believers gives an inside account of living with faith in the White House and argues that Christians have a responsibility to be a hopeful and faithful presence in public life. As a Christian in his early twenties, Wear was one of the youngestever White House staffers, with first-hand experience as a Christian working in government. Reclaiming Hope gives an unvarnished account of the central role of Christians in achievements such as the adoption tax credit and directing the president’s attention to human trafficking. At a time when many Christians argue for a withdrawal from participation in public institutions, Wear shows how and why they must be involved in every aspect of cultural life while working for the nation’s common good. Thomas Nelson. Coming in January. 9780718082321. Hardcover. $25.99; $18.71

about the author Michael Wear served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage the White House’s engagement on religious and values issues.

Growing solidarity between faith & labor

Joerg Rieger Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger UNIFIED WE ARE A FORCE: How Faith and Labor Can Overcome America’s Inequalities Joerg Rieger and Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger

The American dream of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” is no longer possible, if it ever was. Most of us live paycheckto-paycheck, and inequality has become one of the greatest problems facing our country. Working people and people of faith have the power to change this—but only when we get unified. In this practical and theological handbook for justice, renowned theologian Joerg Rieger and his wife, community and labor activist Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger, help the working majority (the 99% of us) understand what is happening and how we can make a difference. Discover how our faith is deeply connected with our work. Find out how to organize people and build power and what our different faith traditions can contribute. Learn from case studies where these principles have been used successfully—and how we can use them. Develop “deep solidarity” as a way to forge unity while employing our differences for the common good.

Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, and an internationally recognized scholar, activist, and author of many books.

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is an organizer, lecturer, educator, and former molecular biologist. She is the founder of the Texas New ERA Center/Jobs with Justice.

Faith on the Road: A Short Theology of Travel and Justice. 9780830840960. $18.00; $12.96 Grace Under Pressure: Negotiating the Heart of the Methodist Traditions. 9780938162773. $12.95; $10.23

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Religion & Culture Weaves narratives of longing & belonging

Russell Jeung new AT HOME IN EXILE: Finding Jesus among My Ancestors & Refugee Neighbors Russell Jeung

The American church is a church in exile. Whereas American evangelicals were once comfortable in their privilege and power, the church’s role and influence in the public square, especially among the Millennials, is waning rapidly. Evangelicalism’s steep decline in influence and adherents signals an increasing secularization of the United States. American society, if it ever was, is no longer Christian. Instead, the church is in exile, a minority group no longer fully at home. At Home In Exile traces Dr. Jeung’s life and ministry among the poor as a guest in exile—Hakka in Chinese—in the slums of East Oakland. Despite their impoverished conditions, Jeung and the community discovered the Kingdom of God in new and powerful ways. Through solidarity with those who are refugees and undocumented, Jeung heard anew how Jesus speaks to Christian exiles as well. HarperCollins. 9780310527831. $17.99; $12.95

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Theologian. Hakka. Chinese American. Follower of Jesus. These words describe Russell Jeung and yet do not fully comprehend the story he has crafted in this masterful book. Part autobiography, part community history, and part liberation lived theology, At Home in Exile captures the heart and soul of following Jesus through living in community among the poor in Oakland. Follow and be transformed. —The Rev. Dr. Frank M. Yamada, President, McCormick Theological Seminary

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professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University. Russell’s research interests include race and religion and community organizing. He’s the co-producer of the video documentary, The Oak Park Story, about his faith-based community organizing in East Oakland with Cambodians and Latinos.

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Social Just ice Proof that hope has the last word

Cory Booker new

UNITED: UNITED Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good Cory Booker A passionate new voice in American politics, United States Senator Cory Booker makes the case that the virtues of empathy, responsibility, and action must guide our nation toward a brighter future. Raised in northern New Jersey, Cory Booker went to Stanford University on a football scholarship, accepted a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, then studied at Yale Law School. Graduating from Yale, his options were limitless. He chose public service. He chose to move to a rough neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, where he worked as a tenant’s rights lawyer before winning a seat on the City Council. In 2006, he was elected mayor, and for more than seven years he was the public face of an American city that had gone decades with too little positive national attention and investment. In 2013, Booker became the first African American elected to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate. In United, Cory Booker draws on personal experience to issue a stirring call to reorient our nation and our politics around the principles of compassion and solidarity. He speaks of rising above despair to engage with hope, pursuing our shared mission, and embracing our common destiny. Ballantine Books. Coming in January.

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What sets Senator Booker’s work apart from that of similar political books, is that it seeks to elevate discourse rather than bring down opponents of the opposite partisan persuasion. This is a refreshing take, one that is truly worthy of study and contemplation. —The Huffington Post

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Social Just ice The MLK you may not know

Martin Luther King, Sr. new DADDY KING: KING An Autobiography Martin Luther King, Sr.

First-person account and rarely heard life story of the man known as Daddy King, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. Born to a family of sharecroppers in Stockbridge, Georgia, Martin Luther King, Sr., came of age under the looming threat of violence at the hands of white landowners. Growing up, he watched as his family was crushed by the weight of poverty and racism, and he resolved to escape to Atlanta to answer the calling to become a preacher. Before he engaged in acts of political dissent and stepped to the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he would preach for more than forty years, King Sr. strove to earn high school and college diplomas while working double shifts as a truck driver, and fought to win the heart of his future wife, Alberta Bunch Williams. Originally published in 1980, this poignant memoir chronicles King’s joys and struggles, including the triumph of winning voting rights for blacks in Atlanta and the feelings of fatherly pride and anxiety as he watched his son put himself in danger at the forefront of the civil rights movement. Beacon Press. Coming in January. 9780807097762. $16.00 $16.00; $11.52

about the author Martin Luther King, Sr. was born in 1899 in Stockbridge, Georgia, and moved to Atlanta in 1916. Throughout the period of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as his forty years as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, he served as a spiritual leader and advisor. He died on November 11, 1984, at the age of eightythree.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. new MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: The Last

Interview: And Other Conversations Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, and books like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen swing national attention toward the racism and violence that continue to poison our communities, it’s as urgent now as ever to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., whose insistence on equality and peace defined the Civil Rights Movement and forever changed the course of American history. This collection ranges from an early 1961 interview in which King describes his reasons for joining the ministry (after considering medicine), to a 1964 conversation with Robert Penn Warren, to his last interview, which was conducted on stage at the convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, just ten days before King’s assassination. Melville House. Coming in January. 9781612196169. $15.99; $11.51

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Social Just ice Radically reframes the landscape of urban education

Christopher Emdin new

FOR WHITE FOLKS WHO TEACH IN THE HOOD...AND THE REST OF Y’ALL TOO: Reality

Pedagogy and Urban Education Christopher Emdin

Drawing on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible as a young student and merging his experiences with more than a decade of teaching and researching in urban America, award-winning educator Chris Emdin offers a new approach to urban teaching and learning. He takes to task the perception of urban youth of color as unteachable, and challenges educators to embrace and respect each student’s culture and to reimagine the classroom as a site where roles are reversed and students become the experts in their own learning. Putting forth his theory of Reality Pedagogy, Emdin provides practical tools to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of youth and educators alike—both of whom have been typecast and stymied by outdated modes of thinking. He demonstrates the importance of creating a family structure and building communities within the classroom, using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop music and call-and-response, and connecting the experiences of urban youth to indigenous populations globally. Beacon Press. Coming in January.

about the author Chris Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as associate director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S.

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Recognize and overcome our deeply ingrained racism

Jim Wallis AMERICA’S ORIGINAL SIN: Racism, White Privilege, and

the Bridge to a New America Jim Wallis

America’s problem with race has deep roots. Racism is truly our nation’s original sin. And as recent tragedies confirm, we continue to suffer from its legacy. The old patterns of white privilege are colliding with the changing demographics of a diverse nation. The church has been slow to respond, and Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour of the week. In America’s Original Sin, Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians—particularly white Christians—urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing. Probing yet positive, biblically rooted yet highly practical, this book shows people of faith how they can work together to overcome the embedded racism in America. Brazos Press. 9781587433429. Hardcover. $21.99; $15.83

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR The (Un)Common Good. 9781587433627. $16.00; $14.24 Justice for the Poor. Zondervan. 9780310327875. $9.99

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Social Just ice Bridging the racial divide with our faith

Benjamin Watson new UNDER OUR SKIN: Getting Real about Race.

Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us Benjamin Watson with Ken Petersen Can it ever get better? In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide—in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news—is there hope for honest and healing conversation? For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much more than black and white? An NFL tight end for the New Orleans Saints and a widely read and followed commentator on social media, Watson has taken the Internet by storm with his remarkable insights about some of the most sensitive and charged topics of our day. In Under Our Skin, he draws from his own life, his family legacy, and his role as a husband and father to examine both sides of the race debate and appeal to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing. The Group Conversation Guide, based on the book, leads you on a four-week journey to honest conversation about race, bias, and justice in our nation. Tyndale House. 9781496413307. $15.99; $11.51 9781496417824. Group Conversation Guide. With Ashley Wiersma. $8.99; $6.47

about the author Benjamin Watson was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. As a Patriot, Benjamin received a Super Bowl ring in his rookie year. He now plays for the New Orleans Saints. He lives with family in New Orleans, Louisiana.

An impassioned analysis of headline-making cases

Marc Lamont Hill NOBODY: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond Marc Lamont Hill Unarmed citizens shot by police. Drinking water turned to poison. Mass incarcerations. A leading public intellectual and acclaimed journalist offers a powerful, paradigm-shifting analysis of America’s current state of emergency, finding in these events a larger and more troubling truth about race and class. They unveiled a public chasm that has been growing for years, as America has consistently and intentionally denied significant segments of its population access to full freedom and prosperity. These citizens have been made vulnerable, exploitable, and disposable through the machinery of unregulated capitalism, public policy, and social practice. Through on-the-ground reporting and careful research, Hill shows how this Nobody class has emerged over time and how forces in America have worked to preserve and exploit it. Timely and eloquent, Nobody is a keen observation of the challenges and contradictions of American democracy. Simon & Schuster. 9781501124945. Hardcover. $26.00; $18.72 WV17

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Social Just ice Bringing about racial reconciliation in God’s name

John M. Perkins new DREAM WITH ME: Race, Love, and the Struggle

We Must Win John M. Perkins

According to recent surveys and studies, race relations in the United States are the worst they’ve been since the 1990s, and many would argue that life for most minorities has not significantly improved since the civil rights era of the 1960s. Raised by his sharecropping grandparents, Perkins fled Mississippi in 1947 after his brother was fatally shot by a police officer. He led voter registration efforts in the 1950s, worked for school desegregation in the 1960s, and was imprisoned and tortured in 1970. Through it all, he has remained determined to seek justice and reconciliation based in Christ’s redemptive work. “Justice is something that every generation has to strive for,” he says. And despite the setbacks of recent years, Perkins finds hope in the young people he has met all across the nation who are hard at work, bringing about reconciliation in God’s name and offering acceptance to all. Dream with Me is his look back at a life devoted to seeking justice for all God’s people, as well as a look forward to what he sees as a potentially historic breakthrough for people of every race. Baker Book House. Coming in January. 9780801007781. Hardcover. $19.99; $14.39

about the author John M. Perkins is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American Civil Rights Movement. He is an internationally known author, speaker, and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation and Christian community development, and president of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation of Jackson, Mississippi.

The possibilities if we embrace our differences

Lauren Leader-Chivée CROSSING THE THINNEST LINE: The Possibility, Power, and Payoff of Embracing Diversity Lauren Leader-Chivée

At the heart of America’s current social conflict are fundamental questions about our values as a nation. What does it mean to be American? When will women be fully equal? Should gays and lesbians have equal rights? Does racism still exist? What should we do about immigration? As one of the most diverse nations on earth, how can we live together peacefully and productively? Leader-Chivée passionately argues that we must find a way to make our multifaceted diversity an asset, or else it will continue to be our deepest and most painful source of strife. In Crossing the Thinnest Line, she explains it “is” possible to bridge our divides and turn our differences into a source of ingenuity, innovation, and prosperity. It “is” possible to talk about difference so that everyone becomes part of the solution. CenterStreet. 9781455539055. Hardcover. $27.00; $19.44

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Social Just ice Ways to progress forward that differ from the past

Catherine Meeks new LIVING INTO GOD’S DREAM: Dismantling Racism in America Catherine Meeks, editor; foreword by Jim Wallis

While the dream of a “Post-Racial” America remains unfulfilled, the struggle against racism continues, with tools both new and old. This book is a report from the front, combining personal stories and theoretical and theological reflection with examples of the work of dismantling racism and methods for creating the much-needed “safe space” for dialogue on race to occur. Its aim is to demonstrate the ways in which a new conversation on race can be forged. The book addresses issues such as reasons for the failure of past efforts to achieve genuine racial reconciliation, the necessity to honor rage and grief in the process of moving to forgiveness and racial healing, and what whites with privilege and blacks without similar privilege must do to move the work of dismantling racism forward. The authors of this important book engage the question of how dismantling racism in the 21st century has to be different from the work of the past and offer ways for that journey to progress.

about the editor Catherine Meeks is a retired professor of African American Studies and serves the Diocese of Atlanta as the Chair of the Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism, Riverdale, GA.

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Poignant stories from a master storyteller

Calvin Trillin JACKSON, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America Calvin Trillin

From bestselling author and beloved New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, a deeply resonant, career-spanning collection of articles on race and racism, from the 1960s to the present. In the early sixties, Trillin got his start as a journalist covering the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Over the next five decades of reporting, he often returned to scenes of racial tension. Now, for the first time, the best of Trillin’s pieces on race in America have been collected in one volume. He takes on issues that are as relevant today as they were when he wrote about them. Uniting all these pieces are Trillin’s unflinching eye and graceful prose. Random House. 9780399588242. Hardcover. $27.00; $19.44

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about the author Calvin Trillin writes about remarkably diverse subjects: food, politics, race relations, and more. He has been called “perhaps the finest reporter in America.” His wry commentary on the American scene has earned him renown as “a classic American humorist” and the Thurber Prize for American Humor. 31

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Leadership Lead your congregation to see and solve problems of race and justice in your community

F. Willis Johnson

new HOLDING UP YOUR CORNER: Talking about Race in Your

Community F. Willis Johnson

How do you talk about racial prejudice, entrenched poverty and exploitation, segregation, the loss of local education and employment, the ravages of addiction, and more? Holding up Your Corner walks you through a selfdirected process of determining what role your church can play in your specific community. You’ll learn how to use testimony and other narrative devices, proclamation, guided group conversations, and other tactics in order to own the calling and responsibility we have as Christians. Examples from a wide variety of churches and leaders make this a valuable resource for everyone concerned with racial justice. The DVD includes video clips from clergy and other Christian leaders across the country that will spur dialogue and self-examination. Each presenter shares a personal story related to one of the discussion points in the guided conversation. Abingdon Press. Coming in January. 9781501837593. $15.99; $10.71

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The phrase ‘holding up your corner’ is derived from a biblical story (Mark 2: 1–5) about four people who take action in order to help another person.... For us, ‘holding up your corner’ has meaning in two aspects of our lives today: First, it refers to our physical and social locations... where our assumptions, attitudes, and beliefs have influence.... When we feel empowered to speak out about the injustice or inequity in our community, we are holding up our corner. Second, the phrase refers to our actions, the ways we step up to meet a particular problem of injustice or inequity.... When we put ourselves—literally—next to persons who are suffering, and...bring hope and healing...we are holding up our corner.

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Leadership Effective 21st century preaching demands a more perceptive understanding of both race and Christian faith

Will Willimon

new WHO LYNCHED WILLIE EARLE?: Preaching to Confront

Racism Will Willimon

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

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Fear of the Other. 9781501824753. $14.99; $10.04

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As Luther said, apples do not come from a thorn bush. Good deeds arise from good people. At our best, we preach to defeat racism every Sunday because every Sunday’s sermon contributes to the character of Christians. That’s why some of our best preaching against racism will not seem to the congregation a direct attack on racism. Preaching’s value is often in the subtle but powerful ways it forms us into people who have empathy for others, who assume responsibility for the needs of strangers, who feel that they are under judgment from some higher criterion than their own conscience, and who believe that, with the Holy Spirit set loose among us, we can be born again.

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Will Willimon feels most at home behind a pulpit. His deepest calling is to be a preacher and truth-teller of Jesus Christ. He is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke University Divinity School and retired Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, after serving for 20 years as faculty member and Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. Will Willimon has published many books, including his preaching subscription service on MinistryMatters.com, Pulpit Resource, and Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love, both published by Abingdon Press. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Leadership Help for churches struggling with lack of funds

Rosario P icardo new

FUNDING MINISTRY WITH FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISHES Rosario Picardo; foreword by Mike Slaughter

Although surrounded by a deteriorating building, Rosario Picardo revitalized a dying congregation. He also launched a church in a movie theater, even though there were no people and he had very little financial support. So he knows what it’s like to be a pastor in a church with few resources and feel the stress of managing “business” matters like finances, debt reduction, fundraising, and building maintenance. Through trials and failures, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, Picardo learned new ways for reaching the least and lost and for growing disciples. He shares the lessons he’s learned with the confidence that other leaders can do the same. Abingdon Press. 9781501818929. $16.99; $11.38

about the author Rosario (Roz) Picardo is an ordained elder, Executive Pastor of New Church Development at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, and campus pastor at The Point Campus in Trotwood. He also leads a consulting group for church planters/pastors called Picardo Coaching LLC.

A scholarly, dynamic exploration of black preaching

Frank A. Thomas new

INTRODUCTION TO THE PRACTICE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN PREACHING Frank A. Thomas

Groundbreaking. This is the word to describe Introduction to the Practice of African American Preaching, a book that acknowledges African American preaching as an academic discipline. Readers will gain insight into the history of the study of African American preaching tradition and catch author Frank Thomas’ enthusiasm for it. He shows how African American preaching has gradually moved from an almost exclusively oral tradition to an oral/written tradition and then traces the relationship between homiletics and rhetoric in Western preaching. Thomas also explores how the African American church can remain relevant to the millennial generation. The word again is groundbreaking. Abingdon Press. 9781501818943. $34.99; $23.44

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Leadership Specific processes for growing competent, compelling congregations

Kay Kotan new GEAR UP! Nine Essential Processes for the

Optimized Church Kay Kotan

The nine essential support systems needed for growing, competent, and compelling congregations are not part of the seminary curriculum for most clergy, therefore they’re not put into practice in our churches. As a result, we have many members who are skilled business leaders, but they have difficulty translating their business world practices into those that work for a church. Gear Up! offers a “why” behind each process so that your laity understand how a church works, giving you a way to capitalize on business leaders’ strengths, which, in turn, allows your congregation to take big strides forward. Abingdon Press. Coming in March. 9781501835513. $14.99; $10.04

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Ten Prescriptions for a Healthy Church (with co-author Bob Farr). 9781630883157. $15.99; $10.71 Get Their Name (with co-authors Bob Farr & Doug Anderson). 9781426759314. $14.99; $10.04 Renovate or Die (with co-author Bob Farr). 9781426715860. $13.99; $9.37

about the author Kay Kotan is a credentialed coach, church consultant, speaker, and author. She serves on the Healthy Church Initiative Executive Team for the Missouri Annual Conference of the UMC. Kay resides in Kansas City, Missouri with her family.

Turn a confusing, lonely journey into one of focus

Olu Brown new LEADERSHIP DIRECTIONS FROM MOSES: On the Way to a Promised Land Olu Brown

Author Olu Brown shares principles from the story of Moses to guide leaders through some of the most gut-wrenching situations they will face. Leadership Directions from Moses answers the question, ‘How can I remain effective in answering my own call, when people around me—some of whom are trusted friends and colleagues—will not (or cannot) stay on the journey we’ve set out to complete? How can I keep moving forward, when the path suddenly becomes so difficult?’ The book covers topics like how to help others leave gracefully, how not to be upended when others choose to leave, how to have difficult conversations, and how to find unexpected opportunity in the challenge of new vacancies. It is full of practical help, including examples from pastors and churches across the U.S. It is also filled with compassion and wisdom—a pastoral book for pastors facing this difficult, nuanced, and often-emotional topic. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501832536. $14.99; $10.04 WV17

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about the author Olu Brown is founding pastor (in 2007) of Impact Church Atlanta, the fourth fastest growing United Methodist church in the country—85% growth over five years. He is a frequent speaker at events, especially among young clergy.

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Biblical Studies Life-after-death beliefs affect life-before-death beliefs

N. T. Wright new SURPRISED BY HOPE: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church N. T. Wright

Award-winning author and premier theologian N. T. Wright tackles the biblical question of what happens after we die and shows how most Christians get it wrong—a difference that makes all the difference to the lives we live here on Earth. Following his resonant exploration of a life of faith in Simply Christian, the award-winning author whom Newsweek calls “the world’s leading New Testament scholar” takes on one of life’s most controversial topics, a matter of life, death, spirituality, and survival for everyone living in the world today. HarperOne. Coming in February. 9780062089977. $15.99; $11.51

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR The Case for the Psalms. 9780062230515. $14.99; $10.79 Jesus, The Final Days. 9780664233594. $17.00; $12.24 Simply Christian. 9780061920622. Hardcover. $24.99; $17.99

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Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.

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of Durham in the Church of England. He is a prolific author and noted New Testament scholar. He has written more than thirty books, both at the scholarly level (including Jesus and the Victory of God, The Resurrection of the Son of God, and The Meaning of Jesus) and for a popular audience (including Simply Christian, The Meal Jesus Gave Us, and Who Was Jesus?).

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Biblical Studies Six biblical mothers speak to today’s African American mothers

Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder WHEN MOMMA SPEAKS: The Bible and Motherhood from a Womanist Perspective Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder provides an engaging womanist reading of mother characters in the Old and New Testaments. After providing a brief history of womanist biblical interpretation, she shows how the stories of several biblical mothers—Hagar, Rizpah, Bathsheba, Mary, the Canaanite woman, and Zebedee’s wife—can be powerful sources for critical reflection, identification, and empowerment. Crowder also explores historical understandings of motherhood in the African American community and how these help to inform present-day perspectives. She includes questions for discussion with each chapter. Westminster John Knox Press. 9780664239251. $22.00; $15.84

about the author Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, an ordained Baptist and Disciples of Christ minister, teaches New Testament at Belmont University. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary, and Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in Religion from Vanderbilt University.

Faithfully coming to terms with biblical violence

John Dominic Crossan HOW TO READ THE BIBLE AND STILL BE A CHRISTIAN: Is God Violent? An Exploration from Genesis

to Revelation John Dominic Crossan

Many portions of the New Testament introduce a compassionate Jesus who turns the other cheek, loves his enemies, and shows grace to all. But the Jesus we find in Revelation and some portions of the Gospels leads an army of angels bent on earthly destruction. Which is the true revelation of the Messiah and how can both be in the same Bible? Acclaimed Bible scholar John Dominic Crossan grapples with Scripture’s two conflicting visions of Jesus and God in How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian, one of a loving God, and one of a vengeful God, and explains how Christians can better understand these passages in a way that enriches their faith. HarperCollins. 9780062203618. $15.99; $11.51

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Historical Jesus. 9780060616298. $19.99; $14.39 The Greatest Prayer. 9780061875687. $14.99; $10.79 The Power of the Parable. 9780061875700. $14.99; $10.79

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Theology An invitation to a dance that can transform your life

Richard Rohr new

DIVINE DANCE: The Trinity and Your Transformation Richard Rohr with Mike Morrell The word Trinity is not found in the New Testament—it wasn’t until the third century that early Christian father Tertullian coined it— but the idea of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit was present in Jesus’ life and teachings and from the very beginning of the Christian experience. In Divine Dance, Richard Rohr circles around this most paradoxical idea as he explores the nature of God. Early Christians who came to be known as the “Desert Mothers and Fathers” applied the Greek verb perichoresis to the mystery of the Trinity. The best translation is dancing. Our word choreography comes from the same root. God is a flow; like a dance. But God is not a dancer; He is the dance itself. That idea might sound novel, but it is about as traditional as you can get. God is the dance itself, and He invites you to be a part of that dance. Are you ready to join in? Whitaker House. 9781629117294. Hardcover. $23.99; $11.99

about the author Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest, an internationally known inspirational speaker and author, and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR Eager to Love. 9781632531407. $16.99; $12.23 Falling Upward. 9780470907757. Hardcover. $19.95; $14.36 Breathing Under Water. 9781616361570. $16.99; $12.23

How the digital world can help us care for each other

Deanna A. Thompson new

THE VIRTUAL BODY OF CHRIST IN A SUFFERING WORLD Deanna A. Thompson

Which best describes your church concerning the 24/7 digital world: Your church accepts digital connectivity wholeheartedly? Or your church is trying to recognize this new reality but it’s all a bit overwhelming? The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World suggests that there are lessons all churches can learn about healing the lives of the most vulnerable among us through the use of technology. When you think about it, the body of Christ has always been a virtual body, and as you reimagine the digital world from this perspective you can better envision and expand the possibilities of a virtual experience with Christ. Abingdon Press. 9781501815188. $19.99; $13.39

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about the author Dr. Deanna A. Thompson is professor of Religion at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She teaches classes in African American Studies, Women’s Studies, and Social Justice. She is a respected scholar in the study of Martin Luther and feminist theology.

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Studies Understanding the wonder the God’s grace

Jorge Ace vedo Wes Olds new A GRACE-FULL LIFE: God’s All-Reaching, Soul-Saving, Character-Shaping, Never-Ending Love Jorge Acevedo and Wes Olds

Grace. It’s a game changer. And when never-ending love comes from God, it sometimes feels like more than you can take. Why does God want to have a personal relationship with me? How can I fully experience and respond to God’s grace? What does “grace” really mean? In A Grace-Full Life you’ll learn about various forms of grace: prevenient grace, justifying grace, sanctifying grace, and glorifying grace, and you’ll come away knowing how God’s grace truly works in your life. The book may be used as a standalone resource or combined with a DVD and Leader Guide for a four-session study. Abingdon Press. Coming in February. 9781501832819. Book. $14.99; $10.04 9781501832833. Leader Guide. $12.99; $8.70 9781501832857. DVD. $34.99; $27.99

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Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas. 9781501801037. $14.99; $10.04 Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World. 9781426767555. $16.99; $11.38

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This book is steeped in solid biblical and theological reflection yet gives fresh, authentic, and practical expression to a core doctrine of our tradition: grace. Jorge Acevedo and Wes Olds offer plain truth to plain people in a day when this message is desperately needed. —Dr. Jeffrey E. Greenway, Lead Pastor of Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church near Columbus, OH

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Wes Olds is Campus Pastor of the Cape Coral campus of Grace Church and also a leadership coach with Spiritual Leadership, Inc. (SLI). Prior to coming to Grace Church, Wes began a multi-cultural, urban church called The Rock-La Roca United Methodist Church in Lexington, KY and co-founded Lexington’s “Room in the Inn.”

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Studies FIND LASTING HAPPINESS AND CONTENTMENT IN YOUR LIFE

Matt Miofsky  HAPPY? What It Is And How To Find It Matt Miofsky

What’s keeping you from being happy? Do you really have to lose weight or find a new job before you can say you’re happy? No matter how hard we try, happiness can seem elusive. Even as we reach our goals, we set new ones, making happiness always out of reach. In this study, author Matt Miofsky helps you discover that contentment isn’t dependent on the “things” of life. Instead, he’ll help you see that happiness can be found in the value of our relationships, a forgiving lifestyle, living in the present, feeling gratitude, and learning to release control. This four-week study uses basic theology and the words of Solomon and, in addition to the book, includes a DVD featuring Matt Miofsky and a comprehensive Leader Guide. Abingdon Press. Coming in April. 9781501831102. Book. $14.99; $10.04 9781501831126. Leader Guide. $12.99; $8.70 9781501831140. DVD. $34.99; $27.99

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We all dream of being happy. How do we find happiness and contentment in our lives? Maybe the answer isn’t in our own lives at all. Matt Miofsky connects the existential question, “Am I Happy?” with basic theology and unexpected biblical texts, starting with the book of Ecclesiastes.

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The Gathering UMC, St. Louis MO, a church begun in 2006 with over 1,000 people worshipping 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 gained a degree in Advanced Math and played football at Washington University and then attended Candler School of Theology.

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You See the Problems. Now Learn How to Help Solve Them. Most pastors can see racially rooted injustice in their communities and most understand the imperative, as part of their call from God, to try and lead their congregations to address and reverse this injustice, but the problem seems so irreversible, intractable, and overwhelming. How to begin?

Holding Up Your Corner: Talking About Race in Your Community equips pastors with practical guidance to help them respond to racial injustice with confidence and reclaim their authority as prophetic witnesses and leaders in order to transform their communities.

See page 32 for more details. Voices Catalog Winter–Spring 2016–2017

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