New Book Releases

Daniel Literary Group celebrates our authors' recent releases:

New Testament scholar and popular author Scot McKnight's OPEN TO THE SPIRIT: GOD IN US, GOD WITH US, GOD TRANSFORMING US (WaterBrook). The identity of the Holy Spirit has perplexed believers for centuries. Rather than a scholarly treatise or systematic theology, Open to the Spirit is a practical exploration of more than a dozen biblical themes about the Holy Spirit.

"Scot helps us to know better the One who 'transforms and transcends' mere human abilities." New York Times bestselling author John Ortberg

Austen Hartke, creator of the YouTube series "Transgender and Christian," TRANSFORMING: THE BIBLE & THE LIVES OF TRANSGENDER CHRISTIANS (WJK). Hartke provides access into an underrepresented and misunderstood community and will change the way readers think about transgender people, faith, and the future of Christianity.

"Clear, compelling, and profoundly moving, this book should be on the shelf of every pastor, every parent, and every Christian of good conscience who wants to engage the conversation around gender and sexuality with integrity. I'll be recommending this book to friend and readers for years to come." New York Times
bestselling author Rachel Held Evans.

Writer, speaker, and activist Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's RECONSTRUCTING THE GOSPEL: FINDING FREEDOM FROM SLAVEHOLDER RELIGION (IVP). Just as Reconstruction after the Civil War worked to repair a desperately broken society, our racially compromised Christianity requires a spiritual reconstruction that undoes the injustices of the past.

"A must-read for Christians interested in how race-infused politics and religion undermine the American democratic dream."
Starred review in Publishers Weekly

Greg Paul's RESURRECTING RELIGION: FINDING OUR WAY BACK TO THE GOOD NEWS (NavPress). At a time when many people practice their faith in extremes--either publicly, with a legalistic, combative tone that creates division, or privately, to the point that their faith becomes functionally irrelevant--award-winning author Greg Paul cast a new light on religion that is beneficial for believers and the world.

"An urgently contemporary word about the church." Walter Brueggemann, author of The Prophetic Imagination

Benjamin L. Corey's UNAFRAID: MOVING BEYOND FEAR-BASED FAITH (HarperOne). Scholar and popular blogger, Benjamin Corey's story of his spiritual journey out of fear-based faith into a vibrant Christianity that inspires and guides, helping readers start their own journey, as well.

"As Corey points out, too many of us say "God is Love" but actually believe in a God who is Fear. Through these pages find a new path to love." Diana Butler Bass, author of Grounded.

Sarah Thebarge's WELL: HEALING OUR BEAUTIFUL, BROKEN WORLD FROM A HOSPITAL IN WEST AFRICA (Hachette). The author of INVISIBLE GIRLS moves to Togo, West Africa--ranked by the United Nations as the least happy country in the world--to care for sick and suffering patients. She describes her journey in gripping detail and reflects courageously about difficult and deep human connections.

"I closed the last page in tears. I haven't been this moved by a story since Heavenly Man
." Charles Martin, New York Times bestselling author.

Popular author Matthew Paul Turner's first children's book, WHEN GOD MADE YOU (WaterBrook). Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations by David Catrow, Turner inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God's divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves.

When God Made You is one of the most beautiful, most compelling, and most life-affirming children's books I've ever read. It's Oh, the Places You'll Go meets the Divine. This book is a gift for kids of all ages!" Amy Grant, six-time Grammy Award winning artist.

David Dark's LIFE'S TOO SHORT TO PRETEND YOU'RE NOT RELIGIOUS (IVP Books). Both incisive and entertaining, Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious combines Dark's keen powers of cultural observation with candor and wit. With equal parts memoir and analysis, Dark persuasively argues that the fact of religion is the fact of relationship. It's the shape our love takes, the lived witness of everything we're up to for better or worse, because witness knows no division.

"With candor and humor, (Dark) synthesizes a broad range of cultural voices alongside his own 'attention collection' of personal influences to create an argument against the thought that we can escape religion. . . . Through references to science fiction novels, Wendell Berry, Thomas Merton, and Daniel Berrigan, Dark sheds light on how thoughts are handed down to us, what we judge to be essential, and the ways in which we can begin to unlearn all that we have unwittingly inherited. Dark's argument couched in a memoir is a persuasive, well-grounded case for religion's place in modern society."
  Publishers Weekly

Melissa Musick and Anna Keating's THE CATHOLIC CATALOGUE: A FIELD GUIDE TO THE DAILY ACTS THAT MAKE UP A CATHOLIC LIFE (Image). The popular mother-daughter team behind the hit website helps readers to discover, rediscover, and embrace some of the smells and tastes, sounds and sensations, holidays and seasons of the Catholic life. This collection of prayers, crafts, devotionals and recipes will help readers make room in their busy lives for mystery and meaning, awe and joy.

"Putting the richness of Catholic liturgy and life on full display, Melissa Musick and Anna Keating show us that Christianity is constituted by keeping habits, performing practices, and embodying the traditions of the church. This book will be useful to Catholics, indeed to all Christians, looking for ways to make their faith practical." Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School

Nadia Bolz-Weber's NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, ACCIDENTAL SAINTS: FINDING GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PEOPLE (Convergent/Random House), in which the tattooed, profane, pastor details how God keeps showing up in the least likely of people.

"Compulsively readable… [Nadia Bolz-Weber's] love for God and for humankind shines through on every page.”  Publishers Weekly

Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth's THE DAY I MET JESUS: THE REVEALING DIARIES OF FIVE WOMEN FROM THE GOSPELS (Baker Books).The authors travel back in time as they retell the dramatic accounts of women who met Jesus and whose lives were never the same as a result.

"The way Mary and Frank portray these women's stories will help any woman has experienced heartbreak, loneliness, and rejection step right into the extravagant grace and love of Jesus." New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst