Reza Aslan, the bestselling author of 2013’s Zealot, is addressing the human conception of the divine in his new book, God. Plus, the Dalai Lama helps examine Buddhist teachings about the nature of the material world and the human mind in a new book from Wisdom Publications.
Your Dream. God’s Plan: Are You Longing for Something More? by Tiffany Smiling and Margot Starbuck (Shiloh Run, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-68322-359-7). Smiling, who suffered a paralyzing stroke while in high school, tells her story of faith and finding true contentment after letting go of comparison, discontentment, and fears of inadequacy.
To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age by Robert Barron and John L. Allen (Image, $27, ISBN 978-1-5247-5950-6) consists of exchanges between Catholic bishop Barron and Vatican journalist Allen covering a wide range of topics including Jesus in the 21st century, prayer, spiritual life, the fate of Catholicism in modern times, and sexual abuse scandals.
Langston’s Salvation: American Religion and the Bard of Harlem by Wallace D. Best (New York Univ., $35, ISBN 978-1-4798-3489-1). A professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University applies Hughes’s religious writing to twentieth-century American and African American religious cultures.
God: The Human History by Reza Aslan (Random House, $28, ISBN 978-0-553-39472-6). Historian Aslan explores how different ideas of god have united, divided, and propelled humanity forward for millennia, taking readers through the history of a particular view of God and, in the process, reflecting on how intense belief has shaped humanity’s history.
A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Wisdom, and Courage in Any Moment by Spring Washam (Parallax, $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-937006-76-1). Founder of the East Bay Meditation Center, Washam shares her contemporary interpretation of the Buddha’s 2,500-year-old teachings with short chapters on mindfulness, wisdom, loving kindness, and compassion.
Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics: The Physical World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, edited by Thupten Jinpa, translated by Ian Coghlan (Wisdom, $29.95, 978-1614-29472-6) is a collection of the scientific observations found in classical Buddhist treatises compiled under the supervision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Laugh It Up! by Candace Payne (Zondervan, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-310-35056-9). The Facebook Live star known as the “Chewbacca Mom” recounts experiences with poverty, trauma, and struggles with self-worth in this memoir on how she found joy and hope.
Become the Force: 9 Lessons on How to Live as a Jediist Master by Daniel M. Jones (Watkins, $14.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-78678-090-4). The founder of the Church of Jediism (now with more than 500,000 members) outlines the Jediist perspective and provides practical tools for anyone interested in unleashing their inner Luke Skywalker and gaining a deeper understanding of how to use the Force in everyday life.
Let’s Eat: Jewish Food and Faith by Lori Stein and Ronald H. Isaacs (Rowman & Littlefield, $36, ISBN 978-1-4422-7103-6) introduces readers to the connection between Jewish food and the values and traditions of Judaism.
Unsubscribe: Opt Out of Delusion, Tune in to Truth by Josh Korda (Wisdom, $17.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-61429-282-1). Korda, a dharma teacher, lays out a guide to abandoning consumerism and self-deception in order to find a more authentic and fulfilling life.
Mother of the Unseen World: The Mystery of Mother Meera by Mark Matousek (Random/Spiegel & Grau, $26, ISBN 978-0-8129-9725-5). Journalist Matousek offers an in-depth look at Mother Meera whose followers believe she is an incarnation of the divine in female form.
The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips (Shiloh Run, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-68322-316-0). Following a unfortunate interview on reality TV, successful businessman William is set on winning back the heart of Hanna whose reputation he ruined.
In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury (Howard, $23.99, ISBN 978-1-4516-8762-0). The latest Baxter Family novel features a popular high school principal who gains national focus after a controversial lawsuit erupts over the Bible study program he started to help improve the lives of his struggling students.
A Place at Our Table by Amy Clipston (Thomas Nelson, $15.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-310-34903-7). The first book in the Amish Homestead series follows Kayla who must overcome a past trauma and get Jamie, a volunteer firefighter, into her life.
A Song of Home: A Novel of the Swing Era by Susie Finkbeiner (Kregel, $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-8254-4482-1). The final volume in a trilogy, this novel follows young Pearl Spence in 1930s Michigan.