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Spirituality

Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent
N. D. Wilson (Thomas Nelson)

"Death by Living is a reflective yet lively mishmash of theology, philosophy, and memoir. Wilson's mantra that 'life is meant to be spent' seeps from every pore of this book. Both playful and poetic, Wilson's carpe diem challenge is sweaty with urgency, his anecdotes buzzy with vibrancy." —Kristen Scharold, writer and editor, Brooklyn, New York

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An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest
Alan Fadling (InterVarsity Press)

"Can we gain inner peace and strength in our high-pressured, fast-paced lives? With insights and stories, Fadling, a spiritual director, demonstrates what it takes to experience empowered lives despite life's inevitable crises and urgent demands." —Harold Myra, former CEO, Christianity Today

Theology/Ethics

The Mystery of God: Theology for Knowing the Unknowable
Steven D. Boyer and Christopher A. Hall (Baker Academic)

"Boyer and Hall do an excellent job unpacking the subject of mystery, which is constantly alluded to in theological work but rarely carefully analyzed. The authors achieve clarity without sacrificing depth." —James Beilby, professor of biblical/theological studies, Bethel University

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The Holy Spirit: In Biblical Teaching, Through the Centuries, and Today
Anthony C. Thiselton (Eerdmans)

"This is perhaps the most useful survey of biblical and historical approaches to the doctrine of the Spirit available today. Concise and clearly written, it nevertheless covers vast territory. The result is a work of history and Scripture, scholarship and testimony, that draws from the best insights of mind and heart." —Gerald McDermott, professor of religion, Roanoke College

Her.meneutics

Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission
Amy Simpson (InterVarsity Press)

"Simpson's sensitive recounting of her experience growing up with a schizophrenic parent forms the foundation for a book that belongs underlined and dog-eared on the shelves of every church leader. Troubled Minds is far more than an introduction to the issues surrounding mental illness and the church. It is a call to practical discipleship for everyone who seeks to follow the One who spent much of his ministry caring for the ill and those at the margins of his society—often the same people." —Michelle Van Loon, Her.meneutics writer, author of Uprooted

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Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home
Gloria Furman (Crossway)

"At first glance, this book might seem most appropriate for homemaking moms with young children. But Furman has much to say to any woman concerned about God's glory. Who can't relate to her stories of couch cushions distracting her from prayer or the morning her last coffee filter went awol? More than practical tips for holy living, the book is a beautiful theology of the mundane: fresh, honest, and filled with the good news of Jesus Christ." —Megan Hill, Her.meneutics writer

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