As religious tensions flare up around the world, books that attempt to bridge the gap between ways of thinking or offer new takes on seminal religious events have become increasingly popular. This year is also the 500th anniversary of the Protestant
Reformation, occasioning the release of a slew of books that
consider the watershed event from interesting new angles.
An Amish Home
Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Ruth Reid. Thomas Nelson, Feb. 7
Over the past few years, Thomas Nelson has released annual collections of four novellas from
leading Amish writers. This year’s edition will surely please the many avid fans of Wiseman,
Clipston, Fuller, and Reid.
Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God and Life
Sanya Richards-Ross. Zondervan, June 6
Richards-Ross lets readers in on her life and her decorated track career, which includes five
The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
Frances FitzGerald. Simon & Schuster, Apr. 4
Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist FitzGerald constructs a narrative history of “the white evangelical
movements necessary to understand the Christian right and its evangelical opponents.”
The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible
Sarah Ruden. Pantheon, Mar. 28
Interlacing deep scholarship with personal anecdotes and asides, Ruden, acclaimed translator of
classical literature, shifts from secular works to the Hebrew and Greek language of the Bible for a
close analysis and retranslation of key biblical passages.
The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us
Bruce Feiler. Penguin Press, Mar. 21
Taking the oldest story of romance and giving it a new gloss, Feiler addresses the impact that the
first couple, and their complex experiences in and out of Eden, have had on Western society.
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy
Anne Lamott. Riverhead, Apr. 4
Casting a fresh eye on well-known biblical stories, Lamott attests to the subversive and sustaining
power of simple acts of kindness in the face of life’s inevitable devastations.
Lies We Believe About God
Wm. Paul Young. Atria, Mar. 7
From the author of bestselling novel The Shack, this book of Christian theology considers 28
misinterpretations and misunderstandings of God’s word.
Katie Ganshert. WaterBrook, Apr. 18
Already struggling with her faith, the only survivor of a train bombing in Chicago must find a way
forward in this inspiring novel.
Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet
Lyndal Roper. Random House, Mar. 14
Timed to coincide with the anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses,
Roper’s biography concentrates on Luther’s early life and his intellectual work over the course of
his contentious career.
Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World
Alec Ryrie. Viking, Apr. 4
Breaking his history into three phases—reformation, transformation, and globalization—Ryrie,
professor of the history of Christianity at Durham University, U.K., tracks Protestantism’s long
influence over the evolution of Western society.
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