Religion and Spirituality Book Preview: June 2022

New religion books in June include a rejection of “mutual aid” in better encouragement, an exploration of how the Old Order Amish use technology, and a title on friendship by Clarence Shuler and best-selling Five Love Languages ​​author Gary Chapman.


June 7

A better encouragement by Lindsey Carlson (Crossway, ISBN 978-1433577710, $14.99) rejects “the culturally catechized multi-billion dollar welfare industry” for providing biblical teachings on God’s promises, according to the publisher.

how to save the world by Alice Matagora (NavPress, $16.99 article, ISBN 978-1-6415-8465-4). Matagora offers research- and scripture-based guidance for Christians seeking to evangelize others in their neighborhood or workplace.

The road away from God by Jonathan Martin (Baker, 978-1540902160, $18.99). Martin, host of The Community Table podcast, revisits the story of the gospel of Luke, including two disillusioned disciples, to help readers who feel lost in their faith.

Virtually Amish: Preserving Community at the Edge of the Internet by Lindsay Ems (MIT, $35 paper, ISBN 978-0-2625-4363-7) shows how a technology-driven society and economy can learn from Old Order Amish about how to adapt and work in the digital world without sacrificing its values.

June 14

Gospel anxiety by Charles Marsh (HarperOne, $27.99, ISBN 978-0-06-286273-0) examines Marsh’s inner conflicts that arose due to struggles with mental illness and faith in it. TP called it a “feisty memoir” in his review.

Next Sunday: An Honest Dialogue on the Future of the Church by Nancy Beach and Samantha Beach Kiley (IVP Praxis, $17 article, ISBN 978-1-5140-0302-2). Leadership coach Nancy Beach and her artist daughter Samantha offer a generational perspective on how local churches can thrive.

June 21st

Joyful Sorrow: Breaking the Darkness of Mental Illness by Julie Busler (Iron Stream, ISBN, 978-1563095580, $14.99 print) addresses the stigma around mental illness within Christian communities while providing tips for finding help and hope, according to the editor.

Life-Changing Cross-Cultural Friendships by Clarence Shuler and Gary Chapman (Zondervan. $18.99, 978-0310365013) encourages Christians to initiate cross-cultural friendships and “tear down the walls of racism and fear,” according to the publisher.

The Kabbalah of Light: Ancient Practices to Ignite the Imagination and Illuminate the Soul by Catherine Shainberg (Inner Traditions, $24.99 article, ISBN 978-1-6441-1474-2). Shainberg draws on ancient Jewish mystical tradition to try to help readers find their inner light.

Sound Desert: What Deep Listening Taught Early Christian Monks and What It Can Teach Us by Kim Haines-Eitzen (Princeton Univ., $19.95, ISBN 978-0-6912-3289-8). Haines-Eitzen explores how deserts resonate with natural sound, offering lessons in contemplation.

June 28

Bold Faith in a Loose World: Living a Life Without Waste, Regrets, or Unfinished Things by Ken Harrison (Thomas Nelson, $18.99, 978-0785290773), a former police officer and businessman, shares his life story alongside “profound truths from God’s Word,” according to the publisher .

Stumbling towards eternity: getting lost and finding yourself in the cross of Jesus by Josh White (Multnomah, $16, ISBN 978-0-5931-9393-8). Pastor and songwriter White sees the message of the cross as an open door to a life full of meaning and joy.


June 7

unwavering love by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan (Bethany, $16.99 article, ISBN 978-0-7642-3515-3). In this conclusion from Hallmark Channel When hope calls series, sisters Lillian Walsh and Grace Bennett face a crisis when three of the children in their care run away from their residence.

The Postmodern Pilgrim’s Journey by Kyle Mann and Joel Berry (Salem, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-6845-1275-1). Mann and Berry, editors of the Christian satirical magazine The Babylon Beeupdating classic Christian allegory with a saga of an agnostic man’s quest for faith.

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