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Spring 2023 – Most Anticipated Books for Christian Readers!

2023 Most Anticipated Books

The first half of 2023 promises a ton of excellent new books! Here are 50+ of our most anticipated books of Spring 2023 for Christian Readers…

These anticipated books of Spring 2023 (released in the first half of the year) 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)

2023 Most Anticipated Books

The Book of Nature: The Astonishing Beauty of God’s First Sacred Text

Barbara Mahany

(Broadleaf, March 2023)

We live inside a nautilus of prayer–if only we open our senses and perceive what is infused all around.

Throughout millennia and across the monotheistic religions, the natural was often revered as a sacred text. By the Middle Ages, this text was given a name, “The Book of Nature,” the first, best entry point for encounter with the divine. The very act of “reading” the world, of focusing our attention on each twinkling star and unfurling blossom, humbles us and draws us into sacred encounter.

As we grapple to make sense of today’s tumultuous world, one where nature is at once a damaged and damaging source of disaster, as well as a place of refuge and retreat, we are called again to examine how generously it awaits our attention and devotion, standing ready to be read by all.

Weaving together the astonishments of science; the profound wisdom and literary gems of thinkers, poets, and observers who have come before us; and her own spiritual practice and gentle observation, Barbara Mahany reintroduces us to The Book of Nature, an experiential framework of the divine. God’s first revelation came to us through an ongoing creation, one that–through stillness and attentiveness to the rumblings of the heavens, the seasonal eruptions of earth, the invisible pull of migration, of tide, and of celestial shiftings–draws us into sacred encounter. We needn’t look farther for the divine.

2023 Most Anticipated Books

All My Knotted-Up Life: A Memoir

Beth Moore

(Tyndale House, Feb, 2023)

An incredibly thoughtful, disarmingly funny, and intensely vulnerable glimpse into the life and ministry of a woman familiar to many but known by few.

“It’s a peculiar thing, this having lived long enough to take a good look back. We go from knowing each other better than we know ourselves to barely sure if we know each other at all, to precisely sure that we don’t. All my knotted-up life I’ve longed for the sanity and simplicity of knowing who’s good and who’s bad. I’ve wanted to know this about myself as much as anyone. This was not theological. It was strictly relational. God could do what he wanted with eternity. I was just trying to make it here in the meantime. As benevolent as he has been in a myriad of ways, God has remained aloof on this uncomplicated request.” ―Beth Moore

All My Knotted-Up Life is a beautifully crafted portrait of resilience and survival, a poignant reminder of God’s enduring faithfulness, and proof positive that if we ever truly took the time to hear people’s full stories . . . we’d all walk around slack-jawed.

2023 Most Anticipated Books

Above Ground: Poems

Clint Smith

(Little, Brown, Nov. 2022)

A remarkable poetry collection from Clint Smith, the #1 New York Times bestselling and National Book Critics Circle award-winning author of How the Word Is Passed.

Clint Smith’s vibrant and compelling new collection traverses the vast emotional terrain of fatherhood, and explores how becoming a parent has recalibrated his sense of the world. There are poems that interrogate the ways our lives are shaped by both personal lineages and historical institutions. There are poems that revel in the wonder of discovering the world anew through the eyes of your children, as they discover it for the first time. There are poems that meditate on what it means to raise a family in a world filled with constant social and political tumult. Above Ground wrestles with how we hold wonder and despair in the same hands, how we carry intimate moments of joy and a collective sense of mourning in the same body. Smith’s lyrical, narrative poems bring the reader on a journey not only through the early years of his children’s lives, but through the changing world in which they are growing up—through the changing world of which we are all a part.

Above Ground is a breathtaking collection that follows Smith’s first award-winning book of poetry, Counting Descent.

2023 Most Anticipated Books

Christ Among the Classes: The Rich, the Poor, and the Mission of the Church

Al Tizon

(Orbis Books, May 2023)

Addresses contemporary socioeconomic concerns from a biblical and mission-based perspective. Offers a tool (a social justice inventory) for evaluating ourselves in light of a biblical theology of wealth and poverty.

2023 Most Anticipated Books

Paul: Narrative or Apocalyptic

N.T. Wright and J. Christiaan Beker

(Fortress Press, April 2023)

Two main schools of thought organize the field of play for Paul – apocalyptic and narrative. Apocalyptic, rooted in Second Temple mystical Judaism, emphasizes the disjunctive. Both the cross and resurrection are read as cosmic commentary on abolishment of all and the advent of the brand new. Narrative, rooted in the Old Testament’s covenant promises, emphasizes continuity. The cross and resurrection are read inside covenant to show fulfillment. Here, in one volume of two acclaimed Pauline scholars – J. Christaan Beker and N. T. Wright – the difference becomes evident. While agreeing the cross and resurrection Jesus stand at the very center of Paul’s theological enterprise, they disagree as to how to interpret the death and resurrection: as apocalyptic or as covenant fulfillment. Let the debate begin.

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