A popular Instagram poet and artist presents a collection of illustrated poetry and prose that is best described as a “love letter” to the self, with proclamations of hope and affirmations of the soul lining every page.
What it is: a thoughtful account of the author's experiences teaching an introductory religion class over the years and what she's learned from watching her students as they go through the course.
About the author: Barbara Brown Taylor is an Episcopal priest, professor at Piedmont College in Georgia, and author of other religious memoirs including Learning to Walk in the Dark and An Altar in the World.
Reviewers say: "Taylor effectively reminds us that religion...involves our deepest selves and is the fabric of our shared lives" (Library Journal).
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hope of Glory presents a timely portrait of veteran congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis that details the life experiences that informed his faith and shaped his practices of non-violent protest.
The four-time Emmy Award-winning Today host and best-selling author of The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi draws on personal experience to counsel women on how to navigate life-changing milestones while speaking out and staying true to oneself.
What it's about: the personal and religious trials of third-generation Jehovah's Witness Amber Scorah, from growing up in the church to missionary work to ultimately losing her faith and her family of origin.
What makes it unique: the circumstances and story of the author's missionary posting in China, where religious expression is tightly controlled by the government.
Reviewers say: "[Scorah] has a winning sense of humor" in this "impressive debut" (Publishers Weekly).
"Before his conversion to Christianity, A.E. Orobator was raised in the practice of traditional African Religion -- animism. This repository of African religion, he maintains -- at its heart "a deep belief in the livingness of creation" -- is the soil in which both Christianity and Islam have taken root."