Think You'll Be Happy: Moving Through Grief with Grit, Grace, and Gratitude by Nicole AvantMoving and candid, Think You'll Be Happy is part memoir, part exploration of grief and healing. The author, a former U.S. ambassador and daughter of long-time Motown executive Clarence Avant, recounts the tragic loss of her mother, how her faith helped her navigate the grieving process, and her tips for fostering positivity going forward.
Beautiful and Terrible Things: Faith, Doubt, and Discovering a Way Back to Each Other by Amy ButlerThis impassioned and incisive debut memoir by prominent minister Amy Butler chronicles her life, faith journey, and career (including stints at Riverside Church in New York and Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.), and her efforts to balance upholding church tradition with evolving to create open and affirming faith communities where everyone is welcome.
Dancing in My Dreams: A Spiritual Biography of Tina Turner by Ralph H. Craig IIIThis well-researched religious biography of music legend Tina Turner explores her relationship with religion, from the Baptist church she was raised in to practicing Buddhism beginning in the 1960s and 70s. Of particular note is the way the author, scholar Ralph H. Craig, puts Tina's journey in context, following developments in pop culture and in society at large.
God's Monsters: Vengeful Spirits, Deadly Angels, Hybrid Creatures, and Divine Hitmen... by Esther J. HamoriUnion Theological Seminary professor Esther J Hamori examines some of God's creepier creations in this compelling look at the more supernatural elements in the Bible. Readers are asked to contemplate terrifying angels with too many eyes, four-faced cherubs, six-winged serpents, and how even monstrosity can be divine. For fans of: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
The New Saints: From Broken Hearts to Spiritual Warriors by Lama Rod OwensPulling from a mix of sources of spiritual wisdom from Christianity, indigenous spiritual traditions, and his own Buddhist practices, Lama Rod Owens encourages readers to engage with suffering beyond their individual experience and explore ways to alleviate the suffering of others and of society at large.
The Science of the Good Samaritan: Thinking Bigger About Loving Our Neighbors by Dr. Emily SmithIn her inspiring and thought-provoking debut, epidemiologist Dr. Emily Smith examines social disparities and the means of bridging them through the story of the Good Samaritan. Smith challenges readers to think in new ways about what it means to love their neighbors and how this same framework can make confronting large social divides seem more approachable.
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