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Religion and Spirituality Books Preview: October 2023

The October 2023 preview of religion and spirituality books offers a diverse selection of titles that explore topics ranging from strengthening relationships to rebuilding faith. Former reality TV star Sadie Robertson Huff provides a 90-day program for enriching connections to God and enhancing relationships, while Pope Francis offers ten prayers for a hopeful future. Famed pastor Joel Osteen shares insights on living a longer and happier life, and author Matthias Roberts delves into the causes of distrust in religious institutions and how believers can rebuild their faith. These books offer valuable guidance and wisdom for readers seeking to deepen their spiritual journey.

Religion and Spirituality Books Preview: October 2023

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Oct. 3

Called to Cultivate: A Gospel Vision for Women and Work by Chelsea Patterson Sobolik

Called to Cultivate: A Gospel Vision for Women and Work by Chelsea Patterson Sobolik is a book that explores how women can find their calling and honor God through their work. Whether it is in the field of childcare or corporate finance, Sobolik encourages women to see their work as a means of glorifying God and serving others. This book offers practical advice and biblical guidance to help women navigate the various challenges they may face in the workplace while maintaining their Christian values.

Holy Runaways: Rediscovering Faith After Being Burned by Religion by Matthias Roberts

Holy Runaways: Rediscovering Faith After Being Burned by Religion by Matthias Roberts delves into the causes of distrust in religious institutions and provides insights on how believers can rebuild their faith on more solid foundations. Roberts shares personal stories and offers practical tools for healing and finding a renewed sense of spirituality. This book is aimed at those who have experienced hurt or disappointment within the church and are seeking to rediscover their faith in a meaningful and authentic way.

How to Put Love First by Sadie Robertson Huff and Christian Huff

How to Put Love First by Sadie Robertson Huff and Christian Huff is a book that outlines a 90-day program to help believers strengthen their connections to God and enrich their relationships in all areas of their lives. The authors, drawing from their own personal experiences, provide practical advice and biblical teachings on how to prioritize love in every aspect of life. This book serves as a guide for individuals seeking to deepen their relationship with God and cultivate love in their relationships with others.

I Am Asking in the Name of God: Ten Prayers for a Future of Hope by Pope Francis

I Am Asking in the Name of God: Ten Prayers for a Future of Hope by Pope Francis is a collection of prayers meditating on ten pressing issues facing the world today. From war and fake news to the culture of abuse within the Catholic church, Pope Francis offers heartfelt prayers for a more hopeful future. This book serves as a reminder of the power of prayer and the importance of seeking divine guidance and intervention in a troubled world.

Defending Democracy from Its Christian Enemies by David P. Gushee

Defending Democracy from Its Christian Enemies by David P. Gushee is a thought-provoking book that denounces the Christian nationalism that fueled the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Gushee outlines a model of political engagement based on covenantal theology, congregational democracy, and dissident Black Christian politics. This book serves as a call to action for Christians to actively defend democracy and engage in a responsible and morally grounded approach to politics.

Oct. 10

The God of Monkey Science: People of Faith in a Modern Scientific World by Janet Kellogg Ray

The God of Monkey Science: People of Faith in a Modern Scientific World by Janet Kellogg Ray explores the complex relationship between evangelical Christianity and science. From the infamous Scopes “monkey trial” to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ray delves into the seemingly antithetical nature of evangelicalism and science. However, she argues that it is possible for believers to embrace both faith and science and find common ground between the two.

15 Ways to Live Longer and Healthier: Life Changing Strategies for More Energy, Vitality, and Happiness by Joel Osteen

15 Ways to Live Longer and Healthier: Life Changing Strategies for More Energy, Vitality, and Happiness by Joel Osteen offers practical insights and advice on how to live a longer, happier life. Osteen shares strategies for replenishing mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, aimed at helping individuals overcome burnout and find renewed energy and vitality. This book serves as a guide for those seeking to improve their overall well-being and live a fulfilling life.

Hopeful Lament: Tending Our Grief Through Spiritual Practices by Terra McDaniel

Hopeful Lament: Tending Our Grief Through Spiritual Practices by Terra McDaniel explores the process of mourning and offers spiritual practices to help individuals heal from suffering while drawing closer to God. McDaniel shares personal stories and guides readers through a process of communal mourning, providing practical tools for navigating grief and finding hope in the midst of loss. This book offers a compassionate and hopeful perspective on grief and serves as a resource for those seeking comfort and healing.

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Oct. 15

Groaning in Labor, Growing in Hope by Jessica Mannen Kimmet

Groaning in Labor, Growing in Hope by Jessica Mannen Kimmet is a book that shares the author’s personal journey of finding solace in prayer during early motherhood. She offers scripture readings and reflections to help other struggling moms find comfort and hope in their own journey. This book emphasizes the power of prayer and provides encouragement and support to mothers navigating the challenges of parenthood.

Five Biblical Portraits (Expanded) by Elie Wiesel

Five Biblical Portraits (Expanded) by Elie Wiesel offers an analysis of five key prophets – Elijah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Joshua, and Saul. Wiesel’s examination of these biblical figures provides deep insights into their stories and their significance in shaping religious and moral thought. This expanded edition includes a new introduction from Ariel Burger, cofounder of the Witness Institute, further enriching the understanding of these biblical portraits.

Oct. 17

Loving Disagreement: Fighting for Community Through the Fruit of the Spirit by Matt Mikalatos and Kathy Khang

Loving Disagreement: Fighting for Community Through the Fruit of the Spirit by Matt Mikalatos and Kathy Khang explores the role of love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, and self-control in fostering meaningful connections and resolving conflicts. The authors argue that these values can help believers navigate disagreements and foster a sense of community, even in the midst of differences. This book offers guidance and practical tools for embracing disagreement while maintaining love and respect for one another.

This Is Christmas, Song by Song: The Stories Behind 100 Holiday Hits by Annie Zaleski

This Is Christmas, Song by Song: The Stories Behind 100 Holiday Hits by Annie Zaleski delves into the stories and inspirations behind some of the most beloved Christmas songs. From traditional classics to modern hits, Zaleski offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process and the significance of these songs in the holiday season. This book serves as a delightful exploration of the music that brings joy and nostalgia during Christmas time.

Experiencing Friendship with God: How the Wilderness Draws Us to His Presence by Faith Eury Cho

Experiencing Friendship with God: How the Wilderness Draws Us to His Presence by Faith Eury Cho aims to reassure readers that an authentic relationship with Jesus can sustain them through even the most trying times. Drawing from the Israelites’ journey through the desert and Paul’s time in prison, Cho guides readers on a journey of experiencing friendship with God. This book offers spiritual encouragement and practical guidance for growing closer to God in the midst of challenging circumstances.

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Oct. 24

Women Who Do: Female Disciples in the Gospels by Holly J. Carey

Women Who Do: Female Disciples in the Gospels by Holly J. Carey makes the case that Jesus’s often-unnamed female followers embody the true principles of discipleship. Drawing from biblical texts and historical context, Carey sheds light on the significant roles that women played in the Gospels. This book highlights the stories of these women and offers insights into their contributions to the early Christian movement.

The Science of the Good Samaritan: Thinking Bigger About Loving Our Neighbors by Emily Smith

The Science of the Good Samaritan: Thinking Bigger About Loving Our Neighbors by Emily Smith explores the power of connection and compassion in fostering a sense of community. Smith, a Duke University epidemiologist, urges believers to engage with those whose beliefs differ from theirs and challenges traditional notions of who our neighbors are. This book offers a fresh perspective on loving our neighbors and encourages readers to think beyond their immediate circles.

Oct. 25

Church Music: For the Care of Souls by Phillip Magness

Church Music: For the Care of Souls by Phillip Magness seeks to show pastors, lay leaders, and musicians how they can use the power of music to invigorate church worship experiences. Magness explores the role of music in creating a meaningful and transformative worship environment, offering practical insights and guidance. This book serves as a resource for those involved in church leadership and music ministry, highlighting the importance of intentional and engaging musical worship.

Oct. 31

Illumination: A Guide to the Buddhist Method of No-Method by Rebecca Li

Illumination: A Guide to the Buddhist Method of No-Method by Rebecca Li introduces Li’s “silent illumination” program, which uses deep self-inquiry as a means to reconnect with one’s true nature. Li provides practical teachings and guidance for exploring this method of meditation, offering a path towards greater spiritual enlightenment. This book serves as a resource for those interested in Buddhist philosophy and the practice of meditation.

Fiction Oct. 10

Children of the Shadows by Erica Vetsch

Children of the Shadows by Erica Vetsch is a Regency historical novel that follows a detective and a debutante as they team up to solve the mystery behind the disappearances of London “street urchin” children. Set in 19th century England, this book provides an immersive and thrilling story with a touch of romance. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this captivating tale of mystery and intrigue.

Oct. 24

Julia Monroe Begins Again by Rebekah Millet

Julia Monroe Begins Again by Rebekah Millet is a heartwarming story of a disillusioned widow and a former flame who is determined to prove that he has changed. This sweet second-chance romance explores themes of healing, forgiveness, and embracing new beginnings. Readers will be drawn into the characters’ journey of rediscovering love and finding hope in unexpected places.

In October 2023, a diverse range of religion and spirituality books will be published, offering insights and guidance for individuals seeking to deepen their faith, improve their relationships, and find hope in the midst of challenging times. From exploring the role of women in discipleship to delving into the complex relationship between faith and science, these books provide thought-provoking perspectives and practical advice rooted in biblical teachings. Whether it is through prayer, community building, or embracing disagreement with love, these books invite readers to engage with their faith in meaningful and transformative ways. Additionally, for fiction enthusiasts, there are captivating stories of mystery and romance set in historical and contemporary contexts. These October releases offer something for every reader seeking spiritual growth, inspiration, and an engaging literary experience.

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