Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Franz AltWhat it is: a concise, issue-oriented plea to politicians and other powerful decision-makers to rise to the challenge of fighting climate change.
Why you might like it: A hopeful, conversational tone make a sometimes overwhelming topic feel more approachable.
Don't miss: the discussion of the work being done by a new generation of climate activists like Elsa Mengistu, Xiye Bastida, Greta Thunberg, and Jamie Margolin.
I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion But Found My Faith by LecraeWhat it's about: the author's faith journey and the obstacles he has faced along the way; the power of self-awareness and reflection in developing an authentic relationship with God.
Reviewers say: "This personal story of faith lost and found is especially recommended to Christians who are struggling to comprehend God's complex ways" (Library Journal).
About the author: Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae has also published Unashamed, a memoir about his traumatic childhood experiences and how his faith helped him cope.
The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories... by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi BrettlerWhat it is: an accessible and thought-provoking comparative study of the scriptures shared by Judaism and Christianity and the different interpretations that that both faiths bring to them.
What makes it unique: the emphasis placed on historical and social context, and how it can affect the way a text is understood by a given culture.
You might also like: The Islamic Jesus by Mustafa Akyol; The Book of the People by A.N. Wilson.
Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope by Esau McCaulleyWhat it's about: the unique lens through which the Black church tradition has viewed the Bible and what it has meant for both theology and the wider society.
Chapters include: "The South Got Somethin' to Say," "Tired Feet, Rested Souls," and "What Shall We Do with This Rage?"
Reviewers say: This book is "an exercise in hope that speaks powerfully to readers of every race and ethnicity" (Booklist).
Toil & Trouble by Augusten BurroughsWhat it is: the candid and darkly humorous account of the author's experiences with ritual and his family's relationship with witchcraft and the supernatural.
Who it's for: Burroughs fans; anyone interested in the informal ways that beliefs from the past can find their way into the present.
About the author: Writer Augusten Burroughs has published essays, fiction, and nonfiction, and is best known for his memoirs Running With Scissors and Dry.
American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland by Marie Mutsuki MockettWhat it is: an engaging and descriptive memoir of life in the "flyover states" that also raises timely issues about religious and political identity and the problematic underpinnings of the American farming industry.
Read it for: the nuanced view author Marie Mutsuki Mockett brings to polarizing conversations and her humane portraits of people who are often stereotyped.
Reviewers say: "A revealing, richly textured portrait of the lives of those who put food on our tables" (Kirkus Reviews).
Wiving: A Memoir of Loving then Leaving the Patriarchy by Caitlin MyerWhat it's about: growing up in and eventually leaving the Mormon church and how those experiences intersect with childhood trauma, mental illness, sex, and identity.
Don't miss: the parallels author Caitlin Myer draws between the difficulties of being a woman both inside and outside of the Mormon faith.
For fans of: The candid reflections on childhood trauma in The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls; Judith Freeman's The Latter Days, another memoir of self-discovery after leaving the Mormon church.
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