Religion and Spirituality Books Preview: August 2022

Republican Senator Tim Scott’s life story, a new book by Tony and Lauren Dungy and more titles are coming from religion and spirituality publishers in August.


Aug 1

Shame and the Gospel: Transforming Our View of the Good News and Our Christian Communities by Trevor Withers (Malcolm Down, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-912863-89-1) contemplates the role of shame in Christianity and what lessons the symbol of the cross has for modern Christians.

Aug 2

Agrarian Spirit: Cultivating Faith, Community, and the Land by Norman Wirzba (Univ. of Notre Dame, $29, ISBN 978-0-268-20309-2) transforms agrarianism into a spiritual and political program focused on harmony with one’s environment and dedication to ensuring that others thrive.

Earth Filled with Heaven: Finding Life in Liturgy, Sacraments, and Other Ancient Practices of the Church by Aaron Damiani (Moody, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8024-2536-2). Damiani, an evangelical Christian, explains and defends such sacraments as the Eucharist and baptism to Protestant nonliturgists.

In Plain View: The Daily Lives of Amish Women by Jasmine Silva (Herald, $20, 978-1513809816) offers an outsider’s look at “how Amish women bind their families and communities together,” according to the publisher.

Intersexion: A Story of Faith, Identity, and Authenticity by Cynthia Vacca Davis (Lake Drive, $19.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-957687-06-3) tells the story of an intersex young man whose gender identity alienates him from his conservative evangelical family and community.

Worried About Everything Because I Pray About Nothing by Chad Veach (Bethany, $22.99, ISBN 978-0-7642-4018-8). Veach, a pastor, lays out ways for making prayer a simple, practical, vital part of daily life.

America: A Redemption Story by Tim Scott (Thomas Nelson, $28.99, ISBN 978-1400236497). The South Carolina native tells his life story about him, from growing up in a poor, single-parent household to his election to the US House and then the US Senate.

Uncommon Influence: Saying Yes to a Purposeful Life by Tony and Lauren Dungy (Compassion, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-4964-5889-6). The former NFL coach and his wife de el recount raising adopted and foster children, and muse about what it means to live out one’s Christian ideals.

Aug 16

Red Tara: The Female Buddha of Power and Magnetism by Rachael Stevens (Snow Lion, $29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-61180-969-5) digs into the red form of the Buddhist goddess Tara, including her history and association with the powers of magnetization and subjugation.

Aug 23

Every Day MAGIC by Mattie James (Worthy, $27, ISBN 978-1546002222) presents tips for bringing “MAGIC—” an acronym for meaningful, aesthetically-pleasing, goal-oriented, intentional, and consistent—practices into daily life.

Race and Rhyme: Rereading the New Testament by Love Lazarus Sechrest (Eerdmans, $39.99, ISBN 978-0-8028-6713-1) examines what the New Testament’s teachings on ethnic conflict and systems of oppression mean for contemporary anti-racist activists.

Aug 25

The Promise of a Sacred World by Nagapriya (Windhorse, $21.95, ISBN 978-1-9114-0-7904,) examines the teachings of Shinran, who founded Jōdo Shinshū, which is the most widely practiced branch of Buddhism in Japan, in a modern context.

Aug 30

Ceremonial Splendor: Performing Priesthood in Early Modern France by Joy Palacios (Univ. of Pennsylvania, $54.95, ISBN 978-1-5128-2278-6) offers a sociological perspective on how seminaries in 17th- and 18th-century France instilled norms and expectations in aspiring clergy.

Ethics in Action for Sustainable Development, edited by Jeffrey D. Sachs et al. (Columbia Univ., $40 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-231-20287-9), surveys theological considerations around fulfilling the United Nations’ 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

Learning Our Names: Asian American Christians on Identity, Relationships, and Vocation by Sabrina Chan et al. (IVP, $20 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8308-4774-7) probes into how migration, faith, and race interact in the experiences of Asian American Christians.

The God of the Way: A Journey Into the Stories, People, and Faith That Changed the World Forever by Kathie Lee Gifford and Jason Sobel (Thomas Nelson, $26.99, ISBN 978-0-7852-9043-8). TV personality Gifford and rabbi Sobel explore the lives of key biblical figures in their follow-up to The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi.

What Kind of Christianity: A History of Slavery and Anti-Black Racism in the Presbyterian Church by William Yoo (Westminster John Knox, $30 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-664-26467-3) lays out the Presbyterian Church’s complicity in slavery and details how modern Presbyterians can promote anti-racism.


Aug 2

Lifemark by Chris Fabry (Tyndale, $16.99, 978-1-4964-6127-8) the author of the novelizations of Courageous and war roomis behind the novelization of the new film, Lifemark, which hits the big screen on Sept. 9.

Aug 30

The Florence Legacy by Lauraine Snelling (FaithWords, $15.99, ISBN 978-1478920120). Fulfilling the final wishes of their deceased friend, three women travel to Italy and discover lessons on love, grief, and friendship.


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