Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books for Spring 2020 – Publishers Weekly

This season, theologians and historians continue to rethink the lives and legacies of Biblical figures, including Moses and the women of the Bible. And many authors recommend an inward turn, closer listening, and a more open spirituality in response to worries about partisanship.

Chasing Vines: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life

Beth Moore. Tyndale Momentum, Feb. 4

Bible teacher Moore uses the cultivation of grapevines as a metaphor for living a fruitful and meaningful life.

Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You

Jen Hatmaker. Thomas Nelson, Apr. 21

Bestselling author and speaker Hatmaker helps Christians go beyond people pleasing with five self-reflective categorieswho I am, what I need, what I want, what I believe, and how I connectto help readers think about their identities, convictions, and communities.

For All Who Hunger: Searching for Communion in a Shattered World

Emily M.D. Scott. Convergent, May 12

Scott, founder of St. Lydias Dinner Church in Brooklyn, explores the success of her congregation, which is based on providing meals to congregants and a focus on social activism.

Grace from the Rubble: Two Fathers Road to Reconciliation After the Oklahoma City Bombing

Jeanne Bishop. Zondervan, Apr. 14

Bishop, a public defender, tells the powerful tale of how the father of a young woman killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the father of her killer found an unlikely friendship and forgiveness.

Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife

Bart D. Ehrman. Simon & Schuster, Mar. 31

Bestselling historian Ehrman considers the core theological questions of where the ideas of heaven and hell came from and why they endure. He analyzes the early history of conceptions of the afterlife, including The Epic of Gilgamesh and the teachings of Jesus and his early followers.

How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Life

Craig and Devon Hase. Shambhala, Apr. 21

Married Buddhists Craid and Devon Hase, cofounders of SATI Mindfulness, provide candid, Buddhism-inspired advice for staying grounded in a chaotic world.

Moses: A Human Life

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. Yale Univ., Mar. 17

Biblical scholar Zornberg teases out Mosess inner life and character by drawing on a broad, eclectic array of sources, including works by George Eliot, Werner Herzog, and W.G. Sebald.

Theological Territories: A David Bentley Hart Digest

David Bentley Hart. Univ. of Notre Dame, Apr. 5

Theologian Hart reflects on the state of theology at the borders of other fields of discourseincluding metaphysics, philosophy of mind, science, the arts, ethics, and biblical hermeneuticsin this manifesto on the manner in which theology should engage other fields of scholarship.

The Way of Gratitude: A New Spirituality for Today

Galen Guengerich. Random House, May 26

Unitarian minister Guengerich argues that transcendence is not limited to an experience of God but can be reached through the ability of gratitude to take someone to a greater awareness.

You Are Enough: Revealing the Soul to Discover Your Power, Potential, and Possibility

Panache Desai. HarperOne, Feb. 25

Desai, featured guest on Oprahs SuperSoul Sunday podcast, helps readers overcome anxiety and become one with the life source through grappling with ones personal narrative.

See the season's complete listing here.

A version of this article appeared in the 01/27/2020 issue of Publishers Weekly under the headline: 2020 Spring Religion and Spirituality Books Top 10

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