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Top 50 Books for Christian Readers to Watch for in 2016!


Here are the top 50 books that are slated for release in 2016 that we think will be beneficial for Christians.  Our focus here at the ERB is the life, health and flourishing of God’s people, and specifically we focus on the themes of Community, Mission, Imagination and Reconciliation.

Also note that there are many more books here from the first half of the year than from the second half, as many publishers have not released their full summer and fall catalogs yet.

We’ve broken this list up into the Top 10 books and the remaining 40, which are sorted into five categories: Christian, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Fiction…

What books are you most looking forward to in 2016?

[ Top 10 – Pt A ]  [ Top 10 – Pt B ]  [ Top 10 – Pt C ]  
[ Christian Practice ] 
[ Theology ] [ Non-Fiction ] [ Fiction ]  [ Poetry ] 

Books to Watch for in 2015

(Sorted Alphabetically
By Author’s Last Name)

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”1941040357″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”103″][easyazon_link identifier=”1941040357″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Ninety-Nine Stories of God[/easyazon_link]

Joy Williams
July – Tin House

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”0718039610″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”105″] [easyazon_link identifier=”0718039610″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Confessions of X: A Novel[/easyazon_link]

Suzanne Wolfe
January – Thomas Nelson

Books to Watch for in 2015

(Sorted Alphabetically
By Author’s Last Name)


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”0393285944″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”105″][easyazon_link identifier=”0393285944″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Collected Poems: 1974-2004[/easyazon_link]

Rita Dove
May – Norton 

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”0986357510″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”104″] [easyazon_link identifier=”0986357510″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Basic Disaster Supplies Kit: Poems[/easyazon_link]

Marci Rae Johnson
January – Steel Toe Books

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”0374175187″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”107″] [easyazon_link identifier=”0374175187″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]If You Can Tell: Poems[/easyazon_link]

James McMichael
February – FSG Books

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”110″ identifier=”0393285111″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”91″] [easyazon_link identifier=”0393285111″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Collected Poems: 1950-2012[/easyazon_link]

Adrienne Rich
April – Norton

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”1566894387″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”107″] [easyazon_link identifier=”1566894387″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Voice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet To Be Born: Poems[/easyazon_link]

Anne Waldman
June – Coffee House Press

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”B00XG9EQG6″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”103″] [easyazon_link identifier=”B00XG9EQG6″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015[/easyazon_link]

Kevin Young
February – Knopf

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