Religion and Spirituality Books Preview: December 2019 – Publishers Weekly

Nonfiction

Dec. 1

Enough As You Are by Peggy Weber (Loyola, $13.95 paper, ISBN 978-0-8294-4709-5). Geared toward women, this book reminds readers of Gods love and provides inspiration from the lives of saints.

Dec. 3

The Faith of Queen Elizabeth: The Poise, Grace, and Quiet Strength Behind the Crown by Dudley Delffs (Zondervan, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-3103-5697-4). This spiritual biography draws on testimonials from figures such as Winston Churchill and Billy Graham as well as Queen Elizabeths devotion to public service to explore her personal faith.

The Soul of Wine: Savoring the Goodness of God by Gisela H. Kreglinger (IVP, $16, ISBN 978-0-83-084584-2). The daughter of a vintner and a theologian makes a case for how wine can help Christians experience Gods presence.

Wake Up to What Matters: A Guide to Tibetan Buddhism for the Next Generation by Avikrita Vajra Sakya (Shambhala, $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-61180-660-1). Tibetan lama Sakya seeks to introduce the dharma to millennial readers.

Dec. 10

Revolution of Values: Reclaiming Public Faith for the Common Good by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (IVP, $22, ISBN 978-0-8308-4593-4) explores how religious culture wars have misrepresented Christianity at the expense of the poor, and how listening to marginalized communities can help Christians hear Gods call to love and justice in the world.

Dec. 17

Being Jewish Today: Confronting the Real Issues by Tony Bayfield (Bloomsbury Continuum, $25, ISBN 978-1-4729-6208-9). Reform rabbi Bayfield offers his perspective on the impact of modernity on the Jewish community, particularly the rise of anti-Semitism and far-right governments.

An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Salvation and Political Ecology by Daniel Castillo (Orbis, $40, 978-1-62698-321-2). Assistant professor of theology at Loyola University Maryland, Castillo proposes the embrace of a green liberation theology. Such a theology recognizes the need for political and ideological paradigm shifts in relation to globalization, and Castillo grounds this call to conversion in the Christian mystery of salvation.

The Soul of Activism: A Spirituality for Social Change by Shmuly Yanklowitz (Changemakers, $14.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-78904-060-9) calls on the power of interfaith spirituality, which the author argues is a requisite for progressive activists looking to cultivate compassion and lead affirmative change.

Fiction

Dec. 1

The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear (Barbour, $12.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-64352-240-1). In this novel set during the Civil War, quiet Tennessean Pearl MacFarlane is compelled to nurse both sides wounded who seek refuge at her familys farm.

Dec. 3

The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen (Bethany, $15.99 paper, ISBN: 978-0-7642-1819-4). A murder investigator falls for the prime suspect, and when a second murder occurs, the search for truth brings secrets to light.

The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson (Thomas Nelson, $15.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-7852-3100-4). Two dating adults decide to hide the kids theyre taking care of from each other in this romantic comedy.

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