The Trending Bookcase – Books Readers Are Talking About!

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Browse our virtual bookcase, featuring a rotating list of 60 diverse books worth reading. 

The books here have been published in the last two years, and are ones that are generating a buzz among readers. 

Each shelf is sorted alphabetically by the author’s last name.

 

 

Shelf 1:  Fiction

Insurrecto:
A Novel

Gina Apostol

*** LISTEN to an interview with the author
(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

Halsey Street:
A Novel

Naima Coster

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

 

Can You See Anything Now?:
A Novel

Katherine James

*** One of our Best Books of 2017

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

 Pachinko:
A Novel

Min Jin Lee

*** One of our Best Books of 2017

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

The Friend:
A Novel

Sigrid Nunez

*** 2018 National Book Award Winner!

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

The Overstory:
A Novel

Richard Powers

*** READ a brief review by our 
Contributing Editor, John Wilson

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

Heads of the Colored People:
Stories

Nafissa Thompson-Spires

*** LISTEN to an interview with the author

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

Sing, Unburied, Sing:
A Novel

Jesmyn Ward

*** Picked as Our Best Novel of 2017

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

When the English Fall:
A Novel

David Williams

*** One of our Best Books of 2017

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

The Female Persuasion:
A Novel

Meg Wolitzer

(Added 15 Nov 2018)







 

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Shelf 2: Non Fiction

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Austin Channing Brown

*** LISTEN to a podcast interview with the author

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

Atlas of a Lost World:
Travels in Ice Age America

Craig Childs

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

Believe Me:
The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

John Fea

*** READ a brief review by our 
Contributing Editor, John Wilson

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

The Evangelicals:
The Struggle to Shape America

Frances FitzGerald

*** Picked as Our Best Nonfiction Book of 2017

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality…

Richard Florida

*** LISTEN to an NPR Interview with the author

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

Johann Hari

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

Make a List: How a Simple Practice Can Change Our Lives and Open Our Hearts

Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

On Reading Well:
Finding the Good Life through Great Books

Karen Swallow Prior

*** READ an overview of the novels featured in this book

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Richard Rothstein

*** One of our Best Books of 2017

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World

MaryAnn Wolf

*** LISTEN to an NPR Interview with the author

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

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Shelf 3: Christian Faith in Practice

Church Forsaken:
Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods

Jonathan Brooks

*** Watch for our interview with Brooks
in our Advent 2018 magazine issue.

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

Rachel Held Evans

*** LISTEN to a podcast interview with the author

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

 Ready or Not:
Leaning into Life in Our Twenties

Jess Fankhauser /
Drew Moser

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

Future Faith:
Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

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

Jose Humphreys

*** LISTEN to an interview with the author

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

Healing Our Broken Humanity:
Practices for Revitalizing the Church and Renewing the World

Grace Ji-Sun Kim /
Graham Hill

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

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

Shannan Martin

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

Learning to Speak God from Scratch:
Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing–and How We Can Revive Them

Jonathan Merritt

*** READ our review of this book

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

 Keeping Place:
Reflections on the Meaning of Home

Jen Pollock Michel

*** Our Best Christian Faith-in-Practice Book of 2017!

(Added 15 Nov 2018)

 

Resist and Persist:
Faith and the Fight for Equality

Erin Wathen

*** READ our review of this book

(Added 15 Nov 2018)




 

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Shelf 4: Theology

Forbearance: A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Church

James Calvin Davis

*** One of our Best Books of 2017

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

The Church and Its Vocation: Lesslie Newbigin’s Missionary Ecclesiology

Michael Goheen

*** Watch for our review of this book
in our Advent 2018 magazine issue.

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Acts: A Theological Commentary on the Bible (Belief: a Theological Commentary on the Bible)

Willie James Jennings

*** One of our Best Books of 2017

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

The Lost Discipline of Conversation: Surprising Lessons in Spiritual Formation Drawn from the English Puritans

Joanne Jung

*** READ ERB Editor Chris Smith’s review

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear

Matthew Kaemingk

*** READ our review of this book

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Intersectional Theology:
An Introductory Guide

Grace Ji-Sun Kim /
Susan M. Shaw

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Disruptive Witness:
Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age

Alan Noble

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (Cultural Liturgies)

James K.A. Smith

*** Our Best Theology Book of 2017

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America

Craig Van Gelder /
Dwight Zscheile

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin

Lauren Winner

*** Watch for our review of this book
in our Advent 2018 magazine issue.

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

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Shelf 5: Young Readers

We’ll Fly Away: A Novel

Bryan Bliss

*** READ our review of this novel

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry

David Carlson /
Landis Blair

*** Our Best Graphic Novel of 2017

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Illegal: A Graphic Novel

Eoin Colfer /
Andrew Donkin

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Louisiana’s Way Home:
A Novel

Kate DiCamillo

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

St. Francis and the Animals:
A Mother Bird’s Story

Phil Gallery

*** READ our review of this book

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Dreamers

Yuyi Morales

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

 

You Bring the Distant Near:
A Novel

Mitali Perkins

*** One of our Best Books of 2017

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

When God
Gave Us Words

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

What the
Night Sings

Vesper Stamper

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

The World Is Not a Rectangle:
A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid

Jeanette Winter

*** Our Best Picture Book of 2017

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

 

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Shelf 6: Poetry and Biography / Memoir

*** Biography / Memoir ***

 A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time

Sarah Arthur

*** Watch for our review of this book
in our Advent 2018 magazine issue.

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved

Kate Bowler

*** LISTEN to Kate Bowler’s NPR Interview with Terry Gross

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Maxwell King

*** Watch for our interview with King
in our Advent 2018 magazine issue.

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Then They Came for Me: Martin Niemöller, the Pastor Who Defied the Nazis

Matthew Hockenos

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Wendell Berry and the Given Life

Ragan Sutterfield

*** One of our Best Books of 2017

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

 

 

*** Poetry ***

The Undressing:
Poems

Li-Young Lee

*** LISTEN to an NPR interview with the poet

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems

Molly McCully Brown

*** Our Best Poetry Book of 2017

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

What Will Soon Take Place: Poems

Tania Runyan

*** One of our Best Books of 2017

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Like: Poems

A.E. Stallings

*** READ three great poems from this book

(Added 23 Nov 2018)

 

Monument:
Poems New and Selected

Natasha Trethewey

*** READ four great poems from this book

(Added 23 Nov 2018)