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New Titles Tuesday, June 11

Here is a selection of titles recently added to the collection and ready for use.

 A basic guide to the just war tradition: Christian foundations and practices /Eric Patterson. A concise, accessible introduction to the just war tradition from a Christian perspective.

 America’s book: the rise and decline of a Bible civilization, 1794-1911 /Mark A. Noll. America’s Book shows how the Bible decisively shaped American national history even as that history decisively influenced the use of Scripture.

 Decision points /George W. Bush. In this candid and gripping memoir, Bush describes the critical decisions that shaped his presidency and personal life.

 Evidence-based practice for nurses /Nola A. Schmidt, Janet M. Brown. This comprehensive resource guides students through the hierarchy of evidence while interweaving concepts such as the evolution of nursing science, quality improvement projects and how they relate to evidence-based practice, as well as search strategies and how to choose a specific research design.

 Improving person-centered innovation of nursing care: leadership for change /Barbara Sassen. This edition helps students and nursing professionals give each patient their unique position in healthcare delivery. In this volume, care starts from the patient’s point of view rather than from the role and function of the healthcare professional. The author relates themes such as relational care delivery, shared decision-making and empowerment to key concepts such as patient- and family-centred care, integrated care, patient-centred leadership(styles), quality of care and value-based healthcare.

 Research literacy for health and community practice /Sonya L. Jakubec and Barbara J. Astle. TWU AUTHOR Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice introduces students to fundamental research concepts that will enable them to think critically about research and recognize effective methods for understanding and utilizing research for practice. This textbook teaches skills for engaging with research literature, including how to frame and organize knowledge, interpret and evaluate evidence using qualitative and quantitative approaches, distinguish between research and other forms of information, and use this evidence in practice settings. This second edition features content on Indigenous knowledge and research, including contributions by two Indigenous scholars, as well additional examples of qualitative and quantitative designs, updated content on literature reviews, and updated exercises and examples throughout the text to balance the focus on medicine and nursing and broaden the scope to include different care providers in health, community services, and other fields.

 Resolving disputes in second century BCE Herakleopolis: a study in Jewish legal reasoning in hellenistic Egypt /by Robert A. Kugler. Resolving Disputes challenges the consensus that the petitions to the leaders of “the πολίτευμα of the Jews in Herakleopolis” (P.Polit.Iud. 8.4-5) prove that while the Ptolemies granted Jews limited self-governance according to their ancestral traditions, the petitioners nonetheless relied almost exclusively on Ptolemaic Greek law to make their agreements and settle their arguments. Reading the appeals in their proper juridical context, this study shows how these Jewish petitioners in fact made sophisticated use of their ancestral norms, drawing from them principles that complemented and contradicted prevailing Greek law. The Jews appealing to the leaders of the πολίτευμα in Herakleopolis embraced Torah.

 Talking to kids about gender identity: a roadmap for Christian compassion, civility, and conviction /Mark Yarhouse. Yarhouse offers parents godly wisdom and answers to their biggest questions about gender identity issues. This reliable, go-to resource will help you initiate honest, informative dialogues with your kids, model biblical conviction with civility and compassion, and more.

 The Church in an age of secular mysticisms: why spiritualities without God fail to transform us /Andrew Root. In a secular age that offers a buffet of spiritualities focused on the self and on personal transformation, Root shows the difference between these reigning mysticisms and an authentic Christian view of transformation.

 The message behind the movie reboot: engaging film without disengaging faith /Douglas M. Beaumont ; foreword by Carl E. Olson. With this book, readers will be able to understand the basics of movie interpretation, identify and interpret key ideas, and provide an uncomplicated defense of the Christian worldview.

 The Oxford handbook of Indigenous sociology /edited by Maggie Walter, Tahu Kukutai, Angela A. Gonzales, and Robert Henry. The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous Sociology is, in part, a response to the limited space allowed for Indigenous Peoples within the discipline of Sociology.  The ambition of this volume, its editors, and its contributors is larger than a challenge to this status quo. They do not speak back to Sociology, but rather, claim their own sociological space.

 The suffering servant: Isaiah 53 for the life of the church /J. Gordon McConville. An exposition of Isaiah 53, showing how this classic and beloved text can speak afresh to the life of the church today.

  The veiling issue: official secularism, and popular Islam in modern Turkey /Elisabeth Özdalga.  An important introduction to one of the issues that has been front-page news in Turkey since the 1980s. Özdalga’s focus is timely and of interest to both a Turkish audience and a Western one, although it speaks mainly to the latter. Her book attends both to the symbolic power and legal status of women’s clothing in public debate and to women’s actual participation in the re-formations of public and private definitions of citizenship.

New Titles Tuesday, June 4

Here is a short list of print and eBooks added to the collection recently.

 Caring for words in a culture of lies /Marilyn McEntyre. McEntyre exposes the commercial and political forces that affect public discourse in American culture and counters with twelve constructive “strategies of stewardship”–such as challenging lies (including widely tolerated forms of deception and spin), fostering the art of conversation, and encouraging playfulness and prayerfulness in writing and speaking. The timely and timeless book includes updated cultural references and questions for reflection and discussion at the end, allowing a new generation of readers to apply McEntyre’s wisdom in a world that struggles with truth and graceful language.

 Handbook of literacy in Africa /R. Malatesha Joshi, Catherine A. McBride, Bestern Kaani, Gad Elbeheri, editors. This volume highlights the shortcomings concerning literacy development in Africa and collates the current available literature based on empirical research in various countries in a coherent manner. Further emphasized is how the current research can guide practical information to improve the literacy situation in Africa.

 The collected poems of Robert Service. The author has caught the spirit of wanderlust that exists in each of us and it lives in his poetry.

 The Harper record: a selected list of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s accomplishments /by John H. Redekop (TWU Author) ; foreword by Preston Manning.

 Whose Holy Land?: the roots of the conflict between Jews and Arabs /Michael Wolffsohn. This book explains the historical roots of the conflict between Jews and Arabs, which has lost none of its explosiveness to the present day, in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand manner. Shaking up old myths and prejudices, this book presents an overall historical as well as political analysis of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim structures, actors, and actions from the very beginning to this very day, as well as a topical analysis. It combines history with theology and political science.

New Titles Tuesday, May 28

Here is a diverse selection of print and eBooks added to the collection recently

 A naked tree: love sonnets to C.S. Lewis and other poems /Joy Davidman ; edited by Don W. King.The first comprehensive collection of Davidman’s poetry, this book includes the poems that originally appeared in her Letter to a comrade (1938), forty other published poems, and more than two hundred previously unpublished poems that came to light in a remarkable 2010 discovery.

 Amplifying indigenous voices in business: indigenization, reconciliation, and entrepreneurship /Priscilla Omulo. Amplifying Indigenous Voices in Business is for organizations and allies who would like to make a positive difference by learning how to amplify Indigenous voices, Indigenize businesses, and support Indigenous entrepreneurship, all in the bigger spirit of reconciliation.  Omulo addresses Canada’s complicated history with Indigenous peoples and how that contributes to today’s challenges in the business realm. Omulo’s step-by-step guide explains how any organization can make immediate plans to improve the way they do business by doing the research, consulting the right people, and formulating a strategy to move forward. Omulo shows readers how a commitment to doing the right thing will lead to a more sustainable and inclusive place for all, and a stronger foundation for businesses and other organizations.

 Autism through a sensory lens: sensory assessment and strategies /Joy Beaney. This easy-to-use resource introduces the sensory differences autistic children may face, and explores how these differences can affect their ability to make sense of the world.

 Belonging without othering: how we save ourselves and the world /john a. powell and Stephen Menendian. Belonging without Othering is   profound exploration arguing that the struggles faced by marginalized groups can only be fully grasped through the lenses of othering and belonging. Powell and Menendian  unearth the mechanisms of othering, drawing on examples from around the world and throughout history. This book offers an approach that encourages us to turn toward one another–even if it involves questioning seemingly tolerant and benevolent forms of othering. Crucially, the authors assert that there’s no inherent or inevitable notion of an other. The authors make a compelling case for a true belongingness paradigm, one that liberates us from rigid self-concepts while celebrating our rich diversity.

 Borderlands: the art and scholarship of Louise Imogen Guiney ; with selections from Guiney’s poetry, essays, and letters /edited by Jonathan Nauman and Holly Faith Nelson. (TWU AUTHOR) This is the first edited collection of original essays published on Guiney (1861-1920), Irish American poet, essayist, editor, literary critic, and epistolist, and the first volume to anthologise a selection of both her poetry and prose.

 Commentary on the Songs of songs /Rupert of Deutz ; translated by Jieon Kim and Vittorio Hösle ; with an introduction by Vittorio Hösle. Rupert of Deutz ‘s Commentary on the Songs of Songs employs typological and allegorical approaches to exegesis. A distinctive feature of his unusual interpretation is his depiction of this book as presenting the voices of Jesus and Mary.

 His star in the east /by A. Saulière ; revised and re-edited by S. Rajamanickam. The author says: ‘My  aim has been to write a biography based on well authenticated facts so as to do away with the exaggerations and legends which have grown round the name of Fr Robert de Nobili– I narrate the life story of the great pioneer as it appears in contemporary documents letting, as much as possible, the actors of the drama speak for themselves.

Re-visioning India’s religious traditions: essays in honour of Eric Lott /edited by David C. Scott & Israel Selvanayagam. Festschrift honoring Rev. Dr. Eric J. Lott, former professor of the United Theological College, Bangalore, 1977-1988.

 Smoke on the mountain: the Ten commandments in terms of today /Joy Davidman. With glimspses into the history behind the Scriptures, Davidman shows how the Decalogue is just as true and applicable for men and women of today as it was for biblical times.

 The Narnia cookbook: foods from C.S. Lewis’s The chronicles of Narnia /commentary by Douglas Gresham ; illustrations by Pauline Baynes. A collection of recipes devised from some of the foods mentioned in the Chronicles of Narnia, along with a history of the dishes and anecdotes from Lewis’s life.

 Weeping Bay /by Joy Davidman. Tourists often passed through the little town of Weeping Bay in the Gaspé peninsula. They exclaimed from their big automobiles at the magnificent scenery, the quaint local customs, the picturesque fishermen’s huts, and at the church with its gilt towers. But they did not see the real Weeping Bay. There were passion and violence, love and hate, and unquenchable human longing in Weeping Bay. There was also a wrong–a wrong that could have been righted by faith in humanity, rather than by desperate clinging to a rigid creed. It is that story that Joy Davidman tells with such force and searing intensity.

New Titles Tuesday May 21

Here is a selection of eBooks recently added to the collection and ready for use.

 #ChurchToo: how purity culture upholds abuse and how to find healing /Emily Joy Allison. When Allison outed her abuser on Twitter, she launched #ChurchToo, a movement to expose the culture of sexual abuse and assault utterly rampant in Christian churches in America. #ChurchToo turns over the rocks of the church’s sexual dysfunction, revealing just what makes sexualized violence in religious contexts both ubiquitous and uniquely traumatizing. It also lays the groundwork for not one but many paths of healing from a religious culture of sexual shame, secrecy, and control, and for victims of assault to live full, free, healthy lives.

 An impossible marriage: what our mixed-orientation marriage has taught us about love and the gospel /Laurie Krieg and Matt Krieg. Laurie and Matt Krieg are in a mixed-orientation marriage: Laurie is primarily attracted to women-and so is Matt. With vulnerability and wisdom, they tell the story of how they met and got married, the challenges and breakthroughs of their journey, and what they’ve learned about how marriage is meant to point us to the love and grace of Jesus.

 Born again and again: Jesus’ call to radical transformation /Megan K. Westra. Born Again and Again is the story of how a religion birthed on the margins of the Roman Empire became functionally the official religion of today’s largest military superpower. Westra takes on the consuming form of Christianity that has birthed the doctrine of discovery, planet-killing lifestyles, and civil religion. She leads readers into an encounter with the Jesus who gave up everything to come to us and invites us to give up everything to come to him.

 Christianity’s American fate: how religion became more conservative and society more secular /David A. Hollinger. This sweeping work traces the rise of the evangelical movement and the decline of mainline Protestantism’s influence on American life. Hollinger shows how the Protestant establishment, adopting progressive ideas about race, gender, sexuality, empire, and divinity, liberalized too quickly for some and not quickly enough for others. He argues that the USA became not only overwhelmingly Protestant but “Protestant on steroids.”

 Creating the canon: composition, controversy, and the authority of the New Testament /Benjamin P. Laird. Laird offers constructive insight on matters tied to the composition, collection, and authority of the New Testament canon.

 Digital ministry and leadership in today’s church /edited by John Roberto. Provides essential knowledge, practices, and skills to guide pastors, ministry leaders, and faith formation leaders in Christian churches in creating digitally integrated ministry and faith formation in their churches.

 Dutiful love: empowering individuals and families affected by mental illness /Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty ; foreword by Bill Gaventa. Dutiful Love explores the distinctive relationship between self-sacrificial love and caregiving when that duty to care extends over the course of an entire lifetime because of social limitations placed upon people with severe mental illness. The author draws upon her own experiences as the sibling of someone with mental illness.

 Formation for mission: discipleship and identity for emerging adults /edited by Mary T. Lederleitner, Andrew MacDonald, and Rick Richardson. Formation for Mission empowers those who interact with teenagers and young adults. Gathering wisdom from a diverse variety of veteran teachers and weaving together research–informed social, theological, and practical insights, each chapter examines essential features in the missional development, formation, and contexts of young people. With cultural awareness and sensitivity to the challenges of today, Formation for Mission offers hopeful advice to those who are invested in supporting the spiritual thriving of emerging adults.

 Francis of Assisi: his life, vision and companions /Michael F. Cusato. This is an original and historically informed account of Francis of Assisi.  The book explores how Francis – along with his earliest brothers – embraced a life of poverty, in solidarity with the lowest ranks of society, preaching a message of justice and dignity for all. It examines how and why his vision then expanded to embrace non-Christians, and Muslims in particular, following Francis’s celebrated encounter with the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in 1219. This new work also considers the clash between Francis and newer members of his order, the stimulus for his reception of the stigmata, and his final years spent trying to keep his brothers faithful to their original vision, while living as an exemplar of the gospel life.

  Free in deed: the heart of Lutheran ethics /Craig L. Nessan. Free in Deed provides an imaginative and succinct introduction to Lutheran ethics, which the author contends is, neighbor ethics. This Lutheran framework provides a distinctive approach for navigating social issues in tumultuous times.

 God behaving badly: is the God of the Old Testament angry, sexist, and racist? /David T. Lamb. Lamb unpacks the complexity of the Old Testament to explore the character of God. He provides historical and cultural background to shed light on problematic passages and to bring underlying themes to the fore. Without minimizing the sometimes harsh realities of the biblical record, Lamb assembles an overall portrait that gives coherence to our understanding of God in both the Old and New Testaments.

 God reforms hearts: rethinking free will and the problem of evil /Thaddeus Williams. Williams offers a friendly challenge to the central claim of the free will defense–that love is possible only with true (or libertarian) free will. Williams argues that much thinking on free will fails to carve out the necessary distinction between an autonomous will and an unforced will. Williams judges the merits and shortcomings of the relational free will defense while offering a philosophically and biblically robust alternative that draws from theologians of the past to point a way forward.–.

 Households and holiness: the religious culture of Israelite women /Carol Meyers. Meyers stresses the diversity of religious practices in ancient Israel and argues we must examine practices as well as beliefs. The book explores anthropology, archaeological evidence, ethnographic data, and textual sources.

 Incline your ear: cultivating spiritual awakening in congregations /Chad R. Abbott and Teresa Blythe ; foreword by J. Brent Bill. Abbot and Blythe explore ways to become more aware of the presence of the Holy, deepen our relationship with God, discern where God is leading, share our spiritual gifts, and evaluate these fruits of the Spirit. Readers will find new ways to be in love with God and listen to the Spirit.

 Invisible: theology and the experience of Asian American women /Grace Ji-Sun Kim. Kim examines encounters with racism, sexism, and xenophobia as she works toward ending Asian American women’s invisibility.  She deploys biblical, sociological, and theological narratives to empower the voices of Asian American women.  And she shares the story of her heritage, her family history, her immigration, and her own experience as an Asian American woman.

 Jesus the purifier: John’s gospel and the fourth quest for the historical Jesus /Craig L. Blomberg. Blomberg advances the idea that John is a viable and valuable source for studying the historical Jesus. He begins by reviewing the first three quests, reassessing both their contributions and their shortcomings. He then discusses the emerging consensus regarding demonstrably historical portions of John, which are more numerous than usually assumed.

 Let the light in: healing from distorted images of God /Colin McCartney McCartney warns of the dangers of viewing God as a judgmental, angry dictator. McCartney lays out a strong case, rooted in Scripture, for a more accurate image of a God who is Love.

 Living I was your plague: Martin Luther’s world and legacy /Lyndal Roper. This book reflects on the way Luther carefully crafted an image of himself, how others portrayed him for their own purposes (both during his life and after), and the ongoing legacy of these images. Roper does not shy away from discussing and grappling with his less savory side.  Moving nimbly from analysis of Luther’s portraits to his dreams, his anti-Pope propaganda, and even the Playmobile Luther figures of today, Roper presents new sides of this complicated man made more complicated by his followers and detractors.

 Mary in the Christian tradition /Owen F. Cummings. Cummings provides an overview of Mary in the Christian tradition, beginning with the New Testament, through the Reformation, and finishing up with contemporary views on her role.

 Mine eyes have seen the glory: religion and the politics of race in the Civil War era and beyond /Steven L. Dundas. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory is a hard-hitting history of the impact of racism and religion on the political, social, and economic development of the American nation from Jamestown to today, in particular the nefarious effects of slavery on U.S. society and history. Dundas examines how racism and the institution of slavery influenced the political and social structure of the United States, beginning with the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory is the story of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders; slaves and slaveholders; preachers, politicians, and propagandists; fire-eaters and firebrands; civil rights leaders and champions of white supremacy; and the ordinary people in the South and the North whose lives were impacted by it all. .

 Ministers of reconciliation: preaching on race and the Gospel /Daniel Darling, editor. In this collection of essays, issues of race and ethnicity are explored from a variety of perspectives, offering guidance to pastors on how to address those topics in their own contexts. Each builds on a foundational passage of Scripture.

 More than things: a personalist ethics for a throwaway culture /Paul Louis Metzger. Metzger argues, we must work hard to account for one another’s personhood. We need to cultivate relational structures that honor every human’s dignity in vital interpersonal community. Drawing from a wide range of thought leaders, Metzger presents a personalist moral vision founded on the Christian ideals of faith, hope, and love. He demonstrates how this moral compass can help us navigate a pluralistic world by applying it to a variety of pressing ethical issues.

 Next Sunday: an honest dialogue about the future of the church /Nancy Beach and Samantha Beach Kiley. As the church reckons with the abuse, racism, patriarchy, and unchecked power that have marked evangelicalism for too long, Nancy, a boomer and key player in the megachurch movement, and Samantha, a millennial wondering if the church’s foundations still hold, have a vulnerable conversation about what the church has been-and what it can be.

 On the origin of Christian scripture: the evolution of the New Testament canon in the second century /David Trobisch. Trobisch sees the New Testament as an enlarged revision of an older publication attributed to Marcion. This perspective provides new answers to the origin of the Johannine corpus, the synoptic parallels, and the authorship of the letters of Paul.

 Pathways to Hindu-Christian dialogue /Anantanand Rambachan. Pathways to Hindu-Christian Dialogue offers dialogue that fosters mutual understanding, respect, and learning in both communities.

 Pilate and Jesus /Giorgio Agamben ; translated by Adam Kotsko. This book takes Pilate’s role in the trial of Jesus as a starting point for investigating the function of legal judgment in Western society and the ways that such judgment requires us to adjudicate the competing claims of the eternal and the historical.

 Pilgrimage as spiritual practice: a handbook for teachers, wayfarers, and guides /editors, Jeffrey Bloechl, André Brouillette. This book provides a handbook of resources to aid the study and practice of pilgrimage for leaders and pilgrims. The first part of the book explores aspects of the pilgrimage phenomenon: philosophy, theology, anthropology, psychology, medieval literature, art history. The second part addresses specific pilgrimage experiences and contexts.

 Recovering origins: a unique healing program for adult children of divorce /Margaret Harper McCarthy, under the auspices of the Pontifical John Paull II, Institute for Studies on Marriage & Family Recovering Origins is a healing program offered to adult children of divorced parents who wrestle with the primal loss of the community that brought them into the world. It comprises eight sessions that include prayers, readings, reflections, quotes from others’ experience, and images of great works of art-.

 Rekindling embers of the soul: an examination of spirituality issues relating to teacher education /editors Miranda Lin and Thomas Lucey (TWU AUTHORS Allyson Jule, Carolyn Kristjansson, Yu-Ling Lee, and Kevin Mirchandani)  This edited volume fills the gap in scholarship by providing information about an understudied aspect of teacher education research. In an education environment that provides an increasing degree of standardization founded upon corporatized materialist values, the concept of spirituality and its importance in shaping the diverse identities of students and teachers becomes neglected. This volume offers nine chapters, which relate the spirituality to teacher education with regard to theory and research, instruction, and content. Both researchers and teachers will appreciate the insights that it offers.

 Saving faith: how American Christianity can reclaim its prophetic voice /Randall Balmer. Saving Faith examines the crisis of American Christianity and argues that recovering a prophetic voice entails learning from history and listening to Jesus.

 The digital humanities coursebook: an introduction to digital methods for research and scholarship /Johanna Drucker. The Digital Humanities Coursebook provides critical frameworks for the application of Digital Humanities tools and platforms. The book is focused on the principles and fundamental concepts for application, rather than on specific tools or platforms. Each chapter contains examples of projects, tools, or platforms that demonstrate these principles in action.

 The earth cries out: how faith communities meet the challenges of sustainability /Gary Gardner. The Earth Cries Out describes best practices in religious responses to the climate and sustainability emergency, and presents the next steps for faith communities in the years ahead.

 The holy and the hybrid: navigating the Church’s digital reformation /Ryan M. Panzer. Panzer helps church leaders develop post-pandemic hybrid ministries through aligning the shared mission of the church with the collective values of our tech-shaped culture. The goal of the book is to help build communities that serve as the hands and feet of Christ simultaneously online and offline. Church will be at its best, Panzer argues, when we begin our conversations on technology not with apps or IT infrastructure but with values.

 The human in a dehumanizing world: reexamining theological anthropology and its implications /Jessica Coblentz and Daniel P. Horan, OFM, editors. CTS annual volume focusing on dehumanization and theological anthropology, in such areas as sexual harassment, racial justice, and decolonization.

 The Messiah confrontation: Pharisees versus Sadducees and the death of Jesus /Israel Knohl ; translated by David Maisel. The Messiah Confrontation argues that Jesus was really convicted and crucified because of a confrontation between two Jewish ideologies.

 The nones: where they came from, who they are, and where they are going /Ryan P. Burge Burge details a comprehensive picture of an increasingly significant group–Americans who say they have no religious affiliation. Burge illustrates his precise but accessible descriptions with charts and graphs drawn from over a dozen carefully curated datasets, some tracking changes in American religion over a long period of time, others large enough to allow a statistical deep dive on subgroups such as atheists and agnostics. Burge also draws on data that tracks how individuals move in and out of religion over time, helping readers understand what type of people become nones and what factors lead an individual to return to religion.

 The religion of American greatness: what’s wrong with Christian nationalism /Paul D. Miller ; foreword by David French. Miller provides a detailed portrait of-and case against-Christian nationalism, calling for US Christians to seek a healthier political witness that respects constitutional ideals and a biblical vision of justice.

 The Routledge international handbook of sociology and Christianity /edited by Dennis Hiebert. (TWU AUTHOR Todd Martin) With attention to the Catholic, Eastern, and Protestant branches of Christianity, this book examines the intersection of the sociology of religion and Christianity, providing an authoritative, internationally representative and thematically comprehensive analysis of both the sociology of Christianity and Christian approaches to sociology.

 Theological anthropology  /J. Patout Burns & Joseph W. Trigg, volume editors ; with Robin Darling Young & Jeffrey T. Wickes. Gathers and translates seminal texts from early Christianity that explore the diversity of theological approaches to the nature and ends of humanity. Readers will gain a sense of how early Christians conceived of and reflected upon humanity and human nature in different theological movements, including Platonism, Gnosticism, asceticism, Pelagianism, Augustinianism, and their legacies in late antiquity and the dawn of the Middle Ages.

 Transforming: the Bible and the lives of transgender Christians /Austen Hartke. Offers insight into Scriptures often used to enforce a fixed and binary conception of gender and highlights the narratives of both gender-expansive biblical characters and transgender Christians living today. This new, expanded edition includes even more tools to equip churches, pastors, and allies to better welcome and care for their trans and nonbinary neighbors.

 Unbelievers: an emotional history of doubt /Alec Ryrie Unbelievers shows how, long before philosophers started to make the case for atheism, powerful cultural currents were challenging traditional faith. Ryrie traces the roots of atheism born of anger,  and of doubt born of anxiety, as Christians discovered their faith was flimsier than they had believed.

 Understanding world Christianity: Russia /Scott M. Kenworthy, Alexander S. Agadjanian.  Understanding World Christianity: Russia offers a compelling glimpse into the vibrant and complex picture of Christianity in the Russian context. It’s an ideal introduction for students, mission leaders, and any others who wish to know how Christianity influences, and is influenced by, the Russian context.

 Untimely Christianity: hearing the Bible in a secular age /Michael Edwards ; translated by John Marson Dunaway ; foreword by Alister McGrath. Edwards calls for a countercultural Christianity that recovers the Bible’s radical otherness and renews our attention to its message. Rich in theology, philosophy, poetry, biblical interpretation, and cultural criticism, the book calls readers to encounter the Bible anew.

 Women and the Christian story: a global history /Jennifer Hornyak Wojciechowski. This is a story about Christian women. It is a story of martyrs, mystics, missionaries, leaders, preachers, theologians, saints, and prophets . Wojciechowski foregrounds the story of Christian women for a new era. Be they powerful or nameless, saintly or flawed, women across two millennia and six continents are lifted up and allowed to speak fully to their part in the spread of the faith.

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