Religion and Spirituality Books Preview: January 2022 – Publishers Weekly

The New Year is starting off with new titles from bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst’s I’ll Start Again Monday, Joyce Meyer’s The Power of Thank You, a memoir from ice hockey star and Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne, and many more.
Nonfiction
Jan. 3
God, Grades, and Graduation: Religion’s Surprising Impact on Academic Success by Ilana Horwitz (Oxford Univ., $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-753414-4). Drawing on 10 years of survey data with more than 3,000 teenagers and more than 200 interviews, Horwitz, an education fellow at Stanford University, offers an account of how teens’ religious upbringing can influence their educational pathways from high school to college.
Jan. 4
Breaking Ground: Charting Our Future in a Pandemic Year by Mark Noll, N. T. Wright, Gracy Olmstead, Jennifer Frey, Michael Wear, Danté Stewart, Marilynne Robinson, Christine Emba, Tara Isabella Burton, and 43 others (Plough, $35, 978-1-6360-8042-0) features a range of faith lenses on how best to serve the broader society following the pandemic, political polarization, and a racial reckoning within society, according to the publisher.
The Druid Path: A Modern Tradition of Nature Spirituality by John Michael Greer (Sterling Ethos, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-4549-4356-3). Practicing druid Greer explores the history and basics of druidry, including how to perform druidic rituals, meditation, and divination.
Father Abraham's Many Children: The Bible in a World of Religious Difference by Tyler Mayfield (Eerdmans, $17.99, 978-0-8028-7945-5) looks at the biblical stories of Cain, Ishmael, and Esau to demonstrate how God protects and provides for marginalized characters and better equip Christians for authentically loving others of all faith backgrounds.
Food Triggers by Amber Lia (Bethany, $16.99, 978-0-7642-3888-8) Lia, a health coach, lays out 31 common food-related struggles and strategies for overcoming them, including replacing known triggers with God-honoring habits, according to the publisher.
I’ll Start Again Monday: Break the Cycle of Unhealthy Eating Habits with Lasting Spiritual Satisfaction by Lysa TerKeurst. (Thomas Nelson, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-3248-3). Bestseller TerKeurst aims to help readers connect their desire to be healthy with the spiritual empowerment necessary to make it happen, arguing that food fixations are misplaced cravings for God’s love.
Jan. 11
Red Lip Theology by Candice Marie Benbow (Convergent Books, $26.00; ISBN 978-0-5932-3846-2) collects essays on the intersection of faith, womanism, and pop culture, touching on issues related to freedom, self-love, and wholeness for Black women, according to the publisher.
Your Good Body: Embracing a Body-Positive Mindset in a Perfection-Focused World by Jennifer Wagner Taylor (Tyndale Refresh, $16.99, 978-1-4964-5417-1) draws on personal stories about seeking wellness and combatting expectations of perfection.
Thank You. I'm Sorry. Tell Me More: How to Change the World with 3 Sacred Sayings by Rod Wilson (NavPress, $12.99, 978-1-6415-8447-0). Wilson, a clinical psychologist, aims to heal relationships and deliver kindness through speech.
The Kural by Thomas Pruiksma (Beacon, $25.95, 978-0-8070-0361-9) features a new translation from Tamil of Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural's poetry and philosophy, with themes such as friendship, hospitality, and nature that are arranged into sections covering three of the four aims prescribed by Hindu tradition—virtue, wealth, and love.
Speaking with Spirit by Agapi Stassinopoulos (Harmony, $18, 978-0-5932-3284-2) from the motivational speaker and the author of the meditation book Wake Up to the Joy of You comes a collection of 52 non-denominational prayers for connection, peace, and gratitude, according to the publisher.
Jan. 18
As Fast As Her: Dream Big, Break Barriers, Achieve Success by Kendall Coyne (Zondervan, $24.99, 978-0-3107-7113-5). Hockey gold medalist Coyne shares her story of overcoming insecurities and naysayers in pursuit of her dreams, while encouraging young people to follow their passions and never give up, according to the publisher. (For kids 13 and up.)
A Complicated Choice: Making Space for Grief and Healing in the Pro-Choice Movement by Katey Zeh (Broadleaf, $26.99, ISBN 978-1-5064-7349-9). By focusing on the experiences of those who have abortions, Reverend Zeh asks readers to turn away from the stalemate of the anti-abortion vs. pro-choice debate and into a spiritual response rooted in compassion for those who end pregnancies.
Demystifying Decision-Making by Aimee Joseph (Crossway, $14.99 paper, 978-1-4335-7541-9) looks at how readers can make daily decisions that honor God.
God and Race by John Siebeling and Wayne Francis (HarperOne, $26.99; ISBN 978-0-0630-8722-4). Two pastors, one white and one Black, model conversations about race, unity, and mutual respect.
Letters to the Sons of Society by Shaka Senghor (Convergent, $27.00; ISBN 978-0-5932-3801-1) features reflections on masculinity, love, mental health, and success by Senghor, author of Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison.
The Struggle to Stay: Why Single Evangelical Women Are Leaving the Church by Katie Gaddini (Columbia Univ., $35, ISBN 978-0-231-19674-1). Gaddini, lecturer in sociology at University College London, grapples with the complexities of obedience and resistance for women within a patriarchal religion against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, exploring how women choose to leave or remain in environments that constrain them.
You're Only Human by Kelly Kapic (Brazos, $24.99, 978-1-5874-3510-2). Kapic, who teaches theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, argues for seeing our human limitations as a gift rather than a deficiency or a sin.
Jan. 25
Atheism on Trial by Mark Lanier (IVP, $18, 978-1-5140-0226-1). Lanier, a trial lawyer, challenges unbelief by examining the rationales, logic, and coherence around it.
A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance by Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez (Chalice, $19.99, 978-0-8272-3730-8) recounts the sudden death of trauma therapist Tony Rodriguez from his widow’s perspective, including her struggle with grief and a determination to find healing.
The Daily Check-In: A Sixty Day Journey to Finding Your Strength, Faith, and Wholeness by Michelle Williams (Thomas Nelson, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-4002-2339-8). Singer and actor Williams looks to help readers process overwhelming emotions and provides strategies for creating more personal freedom through this 60-day guided journaling plan.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Angels by Amy Newmark (Chicken Soup for the Soul, $14.95 paper; ISBN 9781611590869) focuses on personal stories from a diverse group of writers involving guardians and guides.
The Church Revitalization Checklist by Sam Rainer (Tyndale, $16.99 paper, 978-1496454409) Rainer, president of Church Answers—an online community for church leaders, provides a step-by-step guide for pastors looking to improve and grow their churches.
The Power of Thank You by Joyce Meyer (FaithWords, $19.99, 978-1-5460-1612-0). Bible teacher and bestselling author Meyer extols “a lifestyle of thanksgiving.”
I'll Be There (But I'll Be Wearing Sweatpants): Finding Unfiltered, Real-Life Friendships in This Crazy, Chaotic World by Amy Weatherly and Jess Johnston (Thomas Nelson, $16.99 paper, 978-1-4002-2675-7) addresses challenges around maintaining friendships and the value of “authentic sisterhood,” according to the publisher.
Seeing with the Eye of Dhamma by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Dhammavidu Bhikkhu (Translator), Santikaro Upasaka (Translator) (Shambhala, $22.95, 978-1-6118-0766-0) compiles teachings from Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, an influential Thai Buddhist of the twentieth century, on Dhamma, the overall body of Buddhist teachings.
Living Under Water by Kevin Adams (Eerdmans. $19.99, 978-0-8028-7963-9), a pastor and church planter, explores the Christian tradition of baptism—what it means and how it can shape one’s identity, according to the publisher.
When Angels Fight: My Story of Escaping Sex Trafficking and Leading a Revolt Against the Darkness by Leslie King (Kregel, $17.99, 978-0-8254-4689-4) depicts the darkness and hopelessness King encountered while being trafficked, how she was able to break free, and a call for Christians to make a difference in their communities.
Fiction
Jan. 1
High-Wire Heartbreak by Anna Schmidt (Barbour, $12.99, 978-1-6360-9137-2). Mystery writer Chloe Whitfield gets swept up in her own family’s secret history while working on a new novel, and starts to unravel clues about her grandmother’s career in the circus.
Jan. 4
The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water by Erin Bartels (Revell, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3837-2). An anonymous letter from a disappointed reader sends a novelist back to the lake where she spent her childhood summers in order to prove that what she wrote happened the way she’d remembered.
Sunrise by Susan May Warren (Revell, $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-8007-3982-9). After para-rescue jumper Dodge Kingston returns home to Alaska he rekindles his relationship with Echo. But when Echo goes missing, Dodge must use all his skills to reach her.
The Inn at Harts Haven by Patricia Davids (HQN, $15.99, 978-1-3354-5343-3) follows Victoria Worthington, pregnant and desperate, who tries to outrun her past by remaking her identity in an Amish community.
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