Reading Religion Bi-Weekly Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 19

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Titles in New Religious Movements published between 2015 and 2018 are the subject of Reading Religion's latest installment in our Book Review Essays Series, written by Courtney Applewhite.


BOOKS REVIEWED, 10/1/2018 to 10/15/2018

Christianity (mostly), history of

Sources of the Christian Self: A Cultural History of Christian Identity. By James M. Houston and Jens Zimmermann (eds) (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 5/1/18). Reviewed by Shaun Joynt.

Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance (The Middle Ages Series). By Catherine M. Mooney (University of Pennsylvania Press, 8/31/16). Reviewed by John L. Murphy.

Reformation in the Western World: An Introduction. By Paul Silas Peterson (Baylor University Press, 7/15/17). Reviewed by Brian Hanson.

Sermons at Paul's Cross, 1520-1640. By Torrance Kirby, P. G. Stanwood, Mary Morrissey, and John N. King (eds.) (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 12/29/17). Reviewed by Hugh Adlington.

The Early Karl Barth: Historical Contexts and Intellectual Formation, 1905-1935. By Paul Silas Peterson (Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company KG, 4/1/18). Reviewed by Christophe Chalamet.

The Financing of John Wesley's Methodism c. 1740-1800. By Clive Murray Norris (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 4/9/17). Reviewed by Martin V. Clarke.

Invisible Weapons: Liturgy and the Making of Crusade Ideology. By M. Cecilia Gaposchkin (Cornell University Press, 1/17/17). Reviewed by Helen Nicholson.

Tropical Idolatry: A Theological History of Catholic Colonialism in the Pacific World, 1568-1700. By R. L. Green (Lexington Books, 6/19/18). Reviewed by Stephanie Ann Puen.

Giovanni Da Rimini: Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and Other Saints. By Anna Koopstra (Yale University Press, 10/24/17). Reviewed by Patrizia Granziera Ceotto.

Conscience and Conversion: Religious Liberty in Post-Revolutionary France. By Thomas Kselman (Yale University Press, 2/6/18). Reviewed by Rebecca K. McCoy.

The Contested Identities of Ulster Catholics. By Thomas Paul Burgess (ed) (Palgrave Macmillan, 7/5/18). Reviewed by John L. Murphy.

Christianity, contemporary

Church, Cosmovision and the Environment: Religion and Social Conflict in Contemporary Latin America. By Evan Berry and Robert Albro (eds) (Routledge, 6/27/18). Reviewed by Eric Hoenes del Pinal.

Postsecular Catholicism: Relevance and Renewal. By Michele Dillon (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 4/2/18). Reviewed by Brian Clites.

Ubuntutu: Tributes to Archbishop Desmond and Leah Tutu by Quilt Artists from South Africa and the United States. By Marsha MacDowell and Aleia Brown (eds.) (Indiana University Press, 8/1/17). Reviewed by Michael Battle.

Christianity, theology

Critical Theology: Introducing an Agenda for an Age of Global Crisis. By Carl A. Raschke (IVP Academic, 8/8/16). Reviewed by Michael Raubach.

The Perfection of Desire: Habit, Reason and Virtue in Aquinas's Summa Theologiae. By Jean Porter (Marquette University Press, 3/1/18). Reviewed by Thomas Osborne.

Holding Faith: A Practical Introduction to Christian Doctrine. By Cynthia L. Rigby (Abingdon Press, 4/17/18). Reviewed by Aaron Klink.

A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. By Harry S. Stout (ed.) (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 11/30/17). Reviewed by Marco Barone.

John Wesley: Optimist of Grace (Cascade Companions). By Henry H. Knight III (Cascade Books, 2/28/18). Reviewed by Christian Wessely.

John Henry Newman and the Imagination. By Bernard Dive (T&T Clark, 5/17/18). Reviewed by Matthew Kemp.

The Goodness of Home: Human and Divine Love and the Making of the Self (AAR Academic Series). By Natalia Marandiuc (Oxford University Press, 2/1/18). Reviewed by Daphne Hampson.

Spiritual Guides: Pathfinders in the Desert. By Fred Dallmayr (University of Notre Dame Press, 12/15/17). Reviewed by Jan-Olav Henriksen.

Christianity, biblical interpretation and reception

Union with Christ in the New Testament. By Grant Macaskill (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 4/1/2018). Reviewed by Timothy Bertolet.

Adam and Eve in Scripture, Theology, and Literature: Sin, Compassion, and Forgiveness. By Peter B. Ely (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 1/15/18). Reviewed by Sarah Burton.

Making Sense of Old Testament Genocide: Christian Interpretations of Herem Passages (Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs). By Christian Hofreiter (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 5/1/18). Reviewed by Ted Grimsrud.

A Spiritual Economy: Gift Exchange in the Letters of Paul of Tarsus (Synkrisis). By Thomas R. Blanton (Yale University Press, 1/10/17). Reviewed by Sang-il Kim.

Maternal Grief in the Hebrew Bible (Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs). By Ekaterina E. Kozlova (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 8/1/17). Reviewed by David A. Schones.

Ancient Religions

Sacred Britannia: The Gods and Rituals of Roman Britain. By Miranda J. Aldhouse-Green (Thames & Hudson, 6/1/2018). Reviewed by Galina Krasskova.

The Seer and the City: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece. By Margaret Foster (University of California Press, 1/26/18). Reviewed by Calloway Scott.


After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age. By Stephen Batchelor (Yale University Press, 2/21/17). Reviewed by Dolores Bertschinger.

Buddhas and Ancestors: Religion and Wealth in Fourteenth-Century Korea (Korean Studies of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies). By Juhn Y. Ahn (University of Washington Press, 6/1/18). Reviewed by Juhn Ahn.

Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology of Premodern Sources. By C. Pierce Salguero (ed.) (Columbia University Press, 8/8/17). Reviewed by Geoffrey Samuel.

The Wisdom Chapter: Jamgön Mipham's Commentary on the Ninth Chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva. By Jamgön Mipham (Shambhala, 6/13/17). Reviewed by Jed Forman.

East Asian Religions, excluding Buddhism-only books

Shanghai Sacred: The Religious Landscape of a Global City. By Benǫit Vermander, Liz Hingley and Liang Zhang (University of Washington Press, 3/1/18). Reviewed by Caroline Fielder.

China's Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future. By James Miller (Columbia University Press, 5/16/17). Reviewed by Timothy Swanger.


Radical Arab Nationalism and Political Islam. By Lahouari Addi; Anthony Roberts (trans) (Georgetown University Press, 7/1/17). Reviewed by Jennifer Eggert.

The Story of Reason in Islam (Cultural Memory in the Present). By Sari Nusseibeh (Stanford University Press, 11/9/16). Reviewed by Heidrun Eichner.

Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys. By John O`Brien (Princeton University Press, 9/12/17). Reviewed by Marcia Hermansen.

Islam without Europe: Traditions of Reform in Eighteenth-Century Islamic Thought (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks). By Ahmad S. Dallal (The University of North Carolina Press, 6/4/18). Reviewed by Monica Ringer.

Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State. By Ali Soufan (W. W. Norton & Company, 5/2/17). Reviewed by Elisabetta Brighi.

Muslim Schools, Communities and Critical Race Theory: Faith Schooling in an Islamophobic Britain?. By Damian Breen (Palgrave Macmillan, 11/27/17). Reviewed by Todd Green.

Islam in Pakistan: A History. By Muhammad Qasim Zaman (Princeton University Press, 5/1/18). Reviewed by Ali Altaf Mian.

The Miraculous Language of the Qur'an: Evidence of Divine Origin. By Bassam Saeh (International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), 6/1/15). Reviewed by Suleyman Dost.


Jacob Neusner on Religion: The Example of Judaism. By Aaron W. Hughes (Routledge, 11/20/2015). Reviewed by Daniel Picus.

Settling Hebron: Jewish Fundamentalism in a Palestinian City (The Ethnography of Political Violence). By Tamara Neuman (University of Pennsylvania Press, 5/4/18). Reviewed by Umut Uzer.

Luther the Anti-Semite: A Contemporary Jewish Perspective. By Alon Goshen-Gottstein (Augsburg Fortress, Publishers, 5/1/2018). Reviewed by Randall Zachman.

Native American Religions

God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America. By Louis S. Warren (Basic Books, 4/4/2017). Reviewed by Chris Vecsey.

Critical Theory, Methods/Theories in Religious Studies

Why Religions Matter. By John Bowker (Cambridge University Press, 3/30/2015). Reviewed by Raymond A. Mentzer.

The Religion of Tomorrow: A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions-More Inclusive, More Comprehensive, More Complete. By Ken Wilber (Shambhala, 5/2/17). Reviewed by Julius-Kei Kato.

Philosophy of Religion

Why Philosophy Matters for the Study of Religion--and Vice Versa. By Thomas A. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2/17/16). Reviewed by John Allison.

The Christian Idea of God: A Philosophical Foundation for Faith (Cambridge Studies in Religion, Philosophy, and Society). By Keith Ward (Cambridge University Press, 9/28/17). Reviewed by William Greenway.

John and Philosophy: A New Reading of the Fourth Gospel. By Troels Engberg-Pedersen (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 4/22/18). Reviewed by J. Thomas Hewitt.

The Moral Meaning of Nature: Nietzsche's Darwinian Religion and Its Critics. By Peter J. Woodford (University of Chicago Press, 3/28/18). Reviewed by Evan Kuehn.

Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

The Seductions of Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys Afar and Astray in the Western Religious Tradition. By Michael A. Di Giovine and David Picard (eds.) (Routledge, 11/28/15). Reviewed by Frederick J. Ruf.

Religion & Disability

Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman's Journey with Depression and Faith. By Monica A. Coleman (Fortress Press, 7/1/16). Reviewed by Chase Montague.

Disability and Spirituality: Recovering Wholeness (Studies in Religion, Theology, and Disability). By William C. Gaventa (Baylor University Press, 3/15/18). Reviewed by Brandon Morgan.

Religion & Ecology

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Nature: The Elements (Bloomsbury Handbooks in Religion). By Laura Hobgood and Whitney Bauman (eds) (Bloomsbury Academic, 5/17/18). Reviewed by Richard Foltz.

Religion & Law

Great Christian Jurists in English History (Law and Christianity). By Mark Hill and R. H. Helmholz (eds) (Cambridge University Press, 6/9/17). Reviewed by Benjamin Saunders.

Litigating Religions: An Essay on Human Rights, Courts, and Beliefs. By Christopher McCrudden (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 3/25/18). Reviewed by Patrick Hart.

Religion & Literature

Kierkegaard, Literature, and the Arts. By Eric Ziolkowski (ed) (Northwestern University Press, 1/15/18). Reviewed by Patrick S. Derdall.

A Bloody and Barbarous God: The Metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy. By Petra Mundik (University of New Mexico Press, 5/15/16). Reviewed by Michael Crews.

Holy Ghosts: The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction. By Rebecca Suter (Univ of Hawaii Pr, 2/1/2015). Reviewed by Kathryn Hemmann.

Religion & Politics

Good Intentions: A History of Catholic Voters' Road from Roe to Trump. By Steven P. Millies (Liturgical Press, 5/1/2018). Reviewed by Matthew A. Shadle.

Jesus v. Abortion: They Know Not What They Do (Theopolitical Visions). By Charles K. Bellinger (Cascade Books, 6/16/16). Reviewed by Cristina L. H. Traina.

The Structure of Theological Revolutions: How the Fight Over Birth Control Transformed American Catholicism. By Mark S. Massa (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 8/1/18). Reviewed by Charles K. Bellinger.

Religion and the Public Sphere: New Conversations. By James Walters and Esther Kersley (eds) (Routledge, 6/26/18). Reviewed by Eric Chalfant.

Religion & Popular Culture

Religion and Reality TV: Faith in Late Capitalism. By Mara Einstein, Diane Winston and Katherine Madden (eds) (Routledge, 4/24/18). Reviewed by Kathryn Reklis.

Ark Encounter: The Making of a Creationist Theme Park. By James S. Bielo (NYU Press, 7/3/18). Reviewed by Mariske Westendorp.

The Witness As Object: Video Testimony in Memorial Museums. By Steffi de Jong (Berghahn Books, Incorporated, 1/31/2018). Reviewed by Yaniv Feller.

Religion & Race

Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion. By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (InterVarsity Press, 3/13/18). Reviewed by Mitzi J. Smith.

The Ground Has Shifted: The Future of the Black Church in Post-Racial America. By Walter Earl Fluker (New York University Press, 11/8/16). Reviewed by M. Sydney Park.

Modern Religion, Modern Race. By Theodore Vial (Oxford University Press, 7/15/16). Reviewed by Malory Nye.


BOOKS RECEIVED, 10/1/2018 to 10/15/2018

Christianity (mostly), history of

African Pentecostal Missions Maturing: Essays in Honor of Apostle Opoku Onyinah (African Christian Studies). By Lord Elorm Donkor and Clifton R. Clarke (eds) (Pickwick Publications, 6/21/18).

Marginalized Voices: A History of the Charismatic Movement in the Orthodox Church in North America 1972-1993. By Timothy B. Cremeens (Pickwick Publications, 6/28/18).

The Dictionary of Pan-African Pentecostalism, Volume One: North America. By Estrelda Y. Alexander (ed) (Cascade Books, 6/22/18).

Monastic Education in Late Antiquity: The Transformation of Classical Paideia . By Lillian I. Larsen and Samuel Rubenson (eds) (Cambridge University Press, 7/31/18).

Asceticism of the Mind: Forms of Attention and Self-Transformation in Late Antique Monasticism (Studies and Texts) . By Inbar Graiver (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Department of Publications, 9/5/18).

Entangled: A History of American Methodism, Politics, and Sexuality . By Ashley Boggan Dreff (United Methodist Board of Higher Education & Ministry, 5/1/18).

The Protestant Reformation of the Church and the World. By John Witte, Jr. and Amy Wheeler (eds) (Westminster John Knox Press, 9/20/18).

Medieval Welsh Pilgrimage, c 1100-1500 (The New Middle Ages). By Kathryn Hurlock (Palgrave Macmillian, 8/20/18).

The Desecularisation of the City: London's Churches, 1980 to Present (Routledge Studies in Religion). By David Goodhew and Anthony-Paul Cooper (eds) (Routledge, 9/18/18).

Christianity, theology

Simul Sanctification: Barth’s Hidden Vision for Human Transformation (Princeton Theological Monograph) . By Jeff McSwain (Pickwick Publishers, 10/8/18).

Luther's Theology of the Cross: Christ in Luther's Sermons on John. By Dennis Ngien (Cascade Books, 6/11/18).

Christ the Tragedy of God: A Theological Exploration of Tragedy. By Kevin Taylor (Routledge, 9/1/18).

Eschatology (Guides to Theology). By John C. McDowell and Scott A. Kirkland (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 9/1/18).

Making Sense of Mystery: A Primer on Theological Thinking . By John J. Markey (Saint Mary's Press of Minnesota, 8/24/18).

Essays on the Trinity. By Lincoln Harvey (ed) (Cascade Books, 7/23/18).

Learning Theology: Tracking the Spirit of Christian Faith . By Amos Yong (Westminster John Knox Press, 8/30/18).

Dogmatics after Babel: Beyond the Theologies of Word and Culture . By Rubén Rosario Rodríguez (Westminster John Knox Press, 9/11/18).

This Is Our Message: Women's Leadership in the New Christian Right. By Emily S. Johnson (Oxford University Press, 1/4/19).

On Thomas Merton. By Mary Gordon (Shambhala, 12/4/18).

On Being Reformed: Debates Over a Theological Identity (Christianities in the Transatlantic World). By Matthew C. Bingham, Chris Caughey, R. Scott Clark, Crawford Gribben and D. G. Hart (Palgrave Macmillian, 8/25/18).

Gurdjieff Reconsidered: The Life, the Teachings, the Legacy. By Roger Lipsey (Shambhala Publications, 2/5/19).

Three Jesus Certitudes: Pacifism, Feminism, and the Birth of Christianity. By Leonard J. Swidler (Cascade Books, 7/25/18).

Faith in a Pluralist Age. By Kaye V. Cook (Editor) (Cascade Books , 3/14/18).

Christ and the Spirit: Catholic Perspectives through the Ages . By John J. Markey (Saint Mary's Press of Minnesota, 8/24/18).

Stumbling in Holiness: Sin and Sanctity in the Church. By Brian P. Flanagan (Liturgical Press, 9/15/18).

Amoris Laetitia and the Spirit of Vatican II: The Source of Controversy (Routledge Focus on Religion) . By Mariusz Biliniewicz (Routledge, 5/31/18).

The Forgotten Creed: Christianity's Original Struggle against Bigotry, Slavery, and Sexism. By Stephen J. Patterson (Oxford University Press, 10/1/18).

Confession: Catholics, Repentance, and Forgiveness in America. By Patrick W. Carey (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 10/3/18).

Out of Exodus: A Journey of Open and Affirming Ministry. By Darryl W. Stephens (Cascade Books, 2/5/18)

Christianity, bibical interpretation and reception

The Gospel of Mark and the Roman-Jewish War of 66-70 CE: Jesus' Story as a Contrast to the Events of the War. By Stephen Simon Kimondo (Pickwick Publications, 7/19/18).

Jesus in Jerusalem: The Last Days. By Eckhard Schnabel (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 7/1/18).

Christianity, ethics and social justice

Animal Ethics and the Nonconformist Conscience (The Palgrave Macmillian Animal Ethics Series). By Philip J. Sampson (Palgrave Macmillian, 9/29/18).


Voice of the Buddha: Buddhaghosa on the Immeasurable Words. By Maria Heim (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 10/10/18).

The Rebirth of Bodh Gaya: Buddhism and the Making of a World Heritage Site (Global South Asia). By David Geary (ed) (University of Washington Press, 11/1/17).

Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal. By David Presti (Columbia University Press, 10/2/18).

A Feast of the Nectar of the Supreme Vehicle: An Explanation of the Ornament of the Mahayana Sutras . By Asanga and Jamgon Mipham; Padmakara Translation Group (trans) (Shambhala Publications, Incorporated, 10/23/18).


The Brahmayamala Tantra or Picumata - Chapter 1-2, 39-40 and 83 (Volume 1). By Shaman Hatley (École française d'Extrême-Orient, 4/1/18).

The Brahmayamalatantra or Picumata, Volume 2: The Religious Observances and Sexual Rituals of the Tantric Practitioner: Chapters 3, 21, and 45. By Csaba Kiss (École française d'Extrême-Orient, 1/1/15).

Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online (Routledge Studies in Religion). By Juli L. Gittinger (Taylor & Francis Group, 9/25/18).


The Qur'an and Its Biblical Reflexes: Investigations into the Genesis of a Religion . By Mark Durie (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 10/15/18).

Da'wa and Other Religions: Indian Muslims and the Modern Resurgence of Global Islamic Activism (Routledge Islamic Studies Series). By Matthew J. Kuiper (Routledge, 8/31/17).


Is Judaism Democratic?: Reflections from Theory and Practice Throughout the Ages (Studies in Jewish Civilization). By Leonard Greenspoon (Editor) (Purdue University Press, 10/15/18).

Beyond the Nation-State: The Zionist Political Imagination from Pinsker to Ben-Gurion. By Dmitry Shumsky (Yale University Press, 10/23/18).

The Land of Truth: Talmud Tales, Timeless Teachings. By Jeffrey L. Rubenstein (University of Nebraska Press, 11/1/18).

The Last Palace: Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House. By Norman Eisen (Crown/Archetype, 9/4/18).

Homes Away from Home: Jewish Belonging in Twentieth-Century Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture). By Sarah Wobick-Segev (Stanford University Press, 9/11/18).

Philosophy of Religion

An Ethical and Theological Appropriation of Heidegger's Critique of Modernity: Unframing Existence. By Zohar Atkins (Palgrave Macmillian, 10/14/18).

Exercises in New Creation from Paul to Kierkegaard (Radical Theologies and Philosophies). By T. Wilson Dickinson (Palgrave Macmilliann, 10/16/18).

The Evil Within: Why We Need Moral Philosophy. By Diane Jeske (Oxford University Press, 9/3/18).

MisReading Nietzsche. By M. Saverio Clemente, Bryan J. Cocchiara (eds) (Pickwick Publishers, 1/1/18).

Ludwig Wittgenstein. By Miles Hollingworth (Oxford University Press, 10/9/18).

Redeeming Relationship, Relationships That Redeem: Free Sociability and the Completion of Humanity in the Thought of Friedrich Schleiermacher (Religion in Philosophy and Theology). By Matthew Ryan Robinson (Mohr Siebek, 8/1/18).

A History of Western Philosophy: From the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism. By C. Stephen Evans (IVP Academic, 10/9/18).

Apophatic Paths from Europe to China: Regions without Borders (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture). By William Franke (State University of New York Press, 3/1/18).

Reality's Fugue: Reconciling Worldviews in Philosophy, Religion, and Science. By F. Samuel Brainard (Pennsylvania State University Press, 10/15/17).

Comparative Religions, Anthropology of Religions

Jews and Muslims in South Asia: Reflections on Difference, Religion, and Race . By Yulia Egorova (Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 10/5/18).

Religion, Art, & Music

God in Sound and Silence: Music as Theology. By Danielle Anne Lynch (Pickwick Publishers, 6/22/18).

A Glad Obedience: Why and What We Sing. By Walter Brueggemann (Westminster John Knox Press, 1/15/19).

Heaven on Earth: Painting and the Life to Come. By T. J. Clark (Thames & Hudson, 9/18/18).

Representations of the Body in Middle English Biblical Drama (The New Middle Ages). By Estella Ciobanu (Palgrave Macmillian, 7/25/18).

Religion & Politics

Jesus Saved an Ex-Con:Political Activism and Redemption after Incarceration (Religion and Social Transformation) . By Edward Orozco Flores (New York University Press, 10/16/18).

Forces of Secularity in the Modern World: Volume 1 (Washington College Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture). By Stephen Strehle (Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers, 3/15/18).

The Chinese Exodus: Migration, Urbanism, and Alienation in Contemporary China. By Li Ma (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 7/2/18).

Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China (Studies in Chinese Christianity). By Li Ma and Jin Li (Pickwick Publications, 12/11/17).

Religion & Science

Against Methodology in Science and Religion: Recent Debates on Rationality and Theology (Routledge Science and Religion Series). By Josh Reeves (Routledge, 9/17/18).

God, Science, and Religious Diversity: A Defense of Theism. By Robert T. Lehe (Cascade Books, 7/24/18).

Religion & Sexuality

Intersex in Christ: Ambiguous Biology and the Gospel. By Jennifer Anne Cox (Cascade Books, 7/20/18).

Bisexuality and the Western Christian Church: The Damage of Silence (Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges). By Carol A. Shepherd (Palgrave Macmillian, 9/22/18).

Religion & Sociology

Religion and the Social Sciences: Basic and Applied Research Perspectives . By Jeff Levin (ed) (Templeton Press, 9/17/18).

Megachurch Christianity Reconsidered: Millennials and Social Change in African Perspective (Missiological Engagements). By Wanjiru M. Gitau (InterVarsity Press, 10/16/18).

Urban Ministry Reconsidered: Contexts and Approaches. By R. Drew Smith, Stephanie Boddie and Ronald E. Peters (eds) (Westminster John Knox Press, 8/30/18).