With changing leaves and cooler weather, this fall will also bring a ton of excellent new books! Here are 30 of our most anticipated books for Christian Readers…
These books wrestle with some of the deepest challenges of our day, and will guide us toward faithful living in the present and in years to come.
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(In Alphabetical Order by Author’s Last Name)
The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale
(Hardback: Nan A. Talese, September )
In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God
(Hardback: Howard Books, October)
In the brief instant Sarah Bessey realized that her minivan was, inevitably, going to hit the car on the highway on the bright, clear day of the crash, she knew intuitively that it would have life-changing consequences. But as she navigated the winding path from her life before the accident—as a popular author, preacher, and loving wife and mother—to her new life after, inhabiting a body that no longer felt like her own, she found that the most unexpected result wasn’t the way this shook her body, but how it shook her deeply rooted faith, upending everything she thought she knew and held so dearly. Insightful, profound, and unexpected, Miracles and Other Reasonable Things is a wild, spirit-filled story of what it means to live with both grief and faith, suffering and joy, as we wrestle with God.
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
(Hardback: Little, Brown, September)
Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.
How to Be an Antiracist
(Hardback: One World, August)
Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At it’s core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilites—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their posionous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.
Truth Telling in a Post-Truth World
D. Stephen Long
(Paperback: GBHEM, September)
In recent years, truth has become a relative term. How can we recognize the truth when everyone does “what is right in their own eyes”? When we accept and expect lies, how is civil society possible? If everyone has their own moral compass, is there any compass at all?
Drawing on his expertise as an ethics scholar at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, D. Stephen Long explains the vital role of truth in securing our freedom and the duty of people of faith to recognize the truth and speak it. “Truth Telling in a Post-Truth World” reminds all of us how to witness to the truth and share it as a beacon of hope.
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Of these books I am most looking forward to reading the new novel by Ta-nehisi Coates, The Water Dancer.
I will (as a woman in ministry) delight in reading Peppiatt’s Rediscovering Scripture’s Vision For Women! https://www.amazon.com/Rediscovering-Scriptures-Vision-Women-Perspectives/dp/0830852719/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=Lucy+Peppiatt&qid=1566496931&s=books&sr=1-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=douloschristo-20&linkId=4f22b14637d82a7ac909fd2274d624be&language=en_US