Fall 2018 Books Preview!

August 30, 2018 — Leave a comment


With the Labor Day weekend upon us, here are the 25 new books that we are most eager to read this fall…

Thanks to our Contributing Editor John Wilson for some of these recommendations!

[ Theology ] [ Fiction ] [ Gen. Nonfiction ]  [ Literary ]
[ Place ]   [ Poetry / Young Readers ]



Seeing Jesus in East Harlem: What Happens When Churches Show up and Stay Put 

Jose Humphreys

IVP Books (October)
Pastor José Humphreys recognizes how deeply our faith is tied to our particular stories in our particular places. Grounded in his own deep faith and wisdom, he writes out of his experiences as a Puerto Rican pastor who has planted a multiethnic church in East Harlem. In this book, he offers a framework to help church leaders take discipleship seriously in their places, calling them to show up, stay put, and see what God is doing in their midst.


The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You

Shannan Martin

St. Martins (October)

“Sometimes when reading a book, I think and I’ll recommend this to that group and this one goes go that community, but hand to heaven, I would put this book in every single pair of hands across ideology, camps, and tribes. Part storytelling, part prophetic, with dizzyingly wonderful writing, Shannan brings us back to the neighborhood, back to ordinary tables, back to a life we know in our deepest hearts is meant for us. I love her. I love this book.” — Jen Hatmaker

Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much 

Ashley Hales

IVP Books (October)

“Ashley Hales stands in the bold tradition of the ancient prophets. In her book, Finding Holy in the Suburbs, she exposes the tinseled temptations of the suburbs and calls us to Christ and his ways of generous self-sacrifice. The book’s vivid storytelling, biblical reflections, unabashed truth telling, and practical applications make it a worthy read for anyone no matter where they live.”
– Jen Pollock Michel, author of Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place

Placemaking and the Arts: Cultivating the Christian Life 

Jennifer Allen Craft

IVP Academic (October)

Jennifer Allen Craft argues that the arts are a significant form of placemaking in the Christian life. The arts, she contends, place us in time, space, and community in ways that encourage us to be fully and imaginatively present in a variety of contexts: the natural world, our homes, our worshiping communities, and society. In so doing, the arts call us to pay attention to the world around us and invite us to engage in responsible practices in those places.

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