This is my new hobby: checking out upcoming new book releases. Here are ten Christian books that are coming out soon this year. Obviously there are way more new Christian books getting published out there. Let me know if you’re interested in any of them too. (Just to be extra clear, these are not book recommendations, I haven’t read any of them. But I will be!)
#1 If I’m only allowed one, this is it. I thoroughly enjoyed Rachel Jones’ writing and her last book and this topic is just too good to miss—
A Brief Theology of Periods (Yes, really) by Rachel Jones
An Adventure for the Curious into Bodies, Womanhood, Time, Pain and Purpose—and How to Have a Better Time of the Month
See how God’s word speaks liberating and positive truth into all of life’s experiences (even periods). The average woman has 500 periods in her lifetime. And whether yours are mildly annoying, utterly debilitating or emotionally complicated, most of us have at one time or another asked: Why?! This warm, light-hearted, real, honest and at times surprising book gives a biblical perspective on menstruation, as well as a whole lot more. Beginning with periods, Rachel Jones takes readers on an adventure in theology, weaving together wide-ranging reflections on the nature of our bodies, the passing of time, the purpose of pain, and the meaning of life. One thing is for sure: you’ve never read a Christian book quite like this one. Whether you’re in need of hope and help, or are just downright curious, you’ll be refreshed and encouraged by this book. As Rachel puts it, “Whoever you are, my aim is that you reach the end of this book celebrating who God has made you, how God has saved you, and the fact that he speaks liberating and positive truth into all of life’s experiences (even periods)”.
The Good Book Company | Available 1 May 2021 | Paperback, 128 Pages
#2 I’ve been wanting to read Leland Ryken’s Christian Guides to the Classics series for a long time and I know that reading is Ryken’s speciality. This book sounds like a Christian version of How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren, which I also want to re-start.
Recovering the Lost Art of Reading by Leland Ryken and Glenda Faye Mathes
A Quest for the True, the Good, and the Beautiful
In today’s technology-driven culture, reading has become a lost art. With smartphones offering information at the tap of a finger, reading a book is often seen as a tedious and outdated activity. Christians are not immune to this problem, as many find it hard to read books—even the Bible—consistently and attentively. Recovering the Lost Art of Reading addresses these timely issues by exploring the importance of reading generally as well as studying the Bible as literature, giving practical suggestions along the way. In this helpful guide, Leland Ryken and Glenda Faye Mathes encourage a new generation of readers to overcome the notion of reading as a duty and learn to see it as a delight.
Crossway | Available 23 March 2021 | Paperback, 304 pages
#3 I’m always on the lookout for good non-fiction books and can never resist a bit of history. Plus Tom Holland endorsed it, so—
The Journey to the Mayflower by Stephen Tomkins
God’s Outlaws and the Invention of Freedom
In 1620, the Mayflower set sail, taking the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World. A foundational event in American history, it began as a thoroughly English story—which pioneered the idea of religious freedom. Stephen Tomkins tells this fascinating story—one that is rarely told as an important piece of English, as well as American, history.
Hodder | Available Feb 2021 | Paperback, 384 pages
#4 The one below is me cheating a bit. It’s not one book, it’s a whole series which I’m treating as a unity. This Crossway Short Classics really remind me of Penguin Little Black Classics, but unfortunately less affordable. They’re gorgeous though!
Crossway Short Classics
The Crossway Short Classics series introduces a new generation of readers to classic works of the faith that are devotionally written, historically significant, and presently applicable to the daily Christian life. Each volume is a timeless Christian work that speaks as powerfully and truthfully about the Christian life as it did in its own day. This series will apply profound biblical wisdom to issues such as depression, sin, and temptation—encouraging even the lowliest of hearts to look to Jesus. Already published:
Heaven is a World of Love by Jonathan Edwards
New England pastor Jonathan Edwards encourages Christians struggling through the imperfections of life here on earth to experience the perfect love of God in communion with the Holy Spirit. 128 pages.
Encouragement for the Depressed by Charles Spurgeon
This timeless treasure from Charles Spurgeon reminds readers to place their hope in the finished work of Jesus Christ as they navigate trials on this earth. 112 pages.
The Expulsive Power of a New Affection by Thomas Chalmers
Thomas Chalmers exhorts readers to remove the tangles of sin through the expulsive power of a new and greater affection—desiring God. 80 pages.
The Emotional Life of Our Lord by B. B. Warfield
The Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way & No Little People by Francis A. Schaeffer
Growing in Christ by John Newton
Fighting for Holiness by J. C. Ryle
#5 Moving on to a Lent devotional. I include Paul Tripp purely for one of our ministers who is definitely a fan—
Journey to the Cross by Paul David Tripp
A 40-Day Lenten Devotional
Lent is one of the most significant times of the yearly Christian calendar. It is often associated with solemn observation and preparation—mourning past and present sin and letting go of the worldly things that keep the heart from experiencing God more fully. In this 40-day Lenten devotional, best-selling author Paul David Tripp invites readers to set aside time from the busyness of their lives to focus on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus. Each short reading encourages believers to abide in the abundant joy found in Christ, as they encounter the Savior more fully and follow him more faithfully.
Crossway | Available 5 January 2021 | Hardcover (jacket), 240 pages
#6 Another Lent devotional from a British author. “An inspiring collection of daily devotions and prayers from great Christian writers of the past, including Augustine, Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, Catherine Parr and Martin Luther”. Catherine Parr! I’m very intrigued by Catherine Parr. If that name is at the tip of your memory: she is ‘the wife who survived’ and is said to have given Edward and Elizabeth a thorough protestant education. And just who could say where the history of England would have gone without her?
An Ocean of Grace by Tim Chester
A Journey to Easter with Great Voices From the Past
An inspiring collection of daily devotions and prayers from great Christian writers of the past, including Augustine, Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, Catherine Parr and Martin Luther. The heart-warming words of these saints of old exalt the grace and glory of Christ’s work, and will encourage and inspire readers as much today as they did when they were first written. Each daily reading has been selected, edited and introduced by Tim Chester to make these treasures accessible to every reader. They will help you reflect on Jesus in the run-up to Easter. Ideal to start at the beginning of Lent.
The Good Book Company | Available January 2021 | Paperback, 160 pages
#7 “Why do you write like you’re running out of time?
How do you write like tomorrow won’t arrive?
How do you write like you need it to survive?
How do you write every second you’re alive?
Every second you’re alive? Every second you’re alive?” – Hamilton
Sorry, I’m just very very impressed by how prolific Pastor John is. These are just my questions for his podcast ;)
Providence by John Piper
The providence of God is his purposeful sovereignty by which he will be completely successful in the achievement of his ultimate goal for the universe. God’s providence carries his plans into action, guides all things toward his ultimate goal, and leads to the final consummation. John Piper draws on a lifetime of theological reflection, biblical study, and practical ministry to lead readers on a stunning tour of the sightings of God’s providence—from Genesis to Revelation—to discover the all-encompassing reality of God’s purposeful sovereignty over all of creation and all of history. Exploring the goal, nature, and extent of God’s purposes for the world, Piper offers an invitation to know the God who holds all things in his hands yet remains intimately involved in the lives of his people.
Crossway | Available 12 January 2021 | Hardcover (jacket), 752 pages
#8 Rebecca McLaughlin’s Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion was so incredibly popular, I wonder if this is a version of that book for a young audience? Also, love the glitch look of the front cover.
10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin
In a world of increasing ideological diversity, kids are being challenged to think through their own beliefs at an early age. Questions like How can you believe the Bible is true?; Why can’t we just agree that love is love?; and Isn’t Christianity against diversity? can seem like roadblocks for kids who are following Jesus, as well as for those who might otherwise consider faith in Christ. In this helpful book—written both for Christian kids and for those who think Jesus is just a fairy tale character—Rebecca McLaughlin invites readers ages 12–15 to dig deep into hard questions for themselves and perhaps discover that the things that once looked like roadblocks to faith might actually be signposts.
Crossway | Available 16 March 2021 | Paperback, 208 pages
#9 Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus and Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today are both from the same 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series and I have found both very helpful. Plus I thought we probably could do with a book on corporate worship while Sunday worship can only happen separately in our living rooms (in the UK at least).
Corporate Worship by Matt Berker
How the Church Gathers as God’s People
Christians “worship” God at church every week, but many don’t know exactly what worship is or why they do it. For some, it’s a warm-up for the sermon. For others, worship is a “me-and-Jesus” moment. But what is the biblically informed way to view corporate worship? In this addition to the 9Marks Building Healthy Churches series, Matt Merker explores the Bible’s teaching about corporate worship as an activity in which God gathers the church by his grace, unto his glory, for his people’s mutual good, and before the world’s gaze. This book offers a biblical and theological perspective on this often misunderstood topic so believers can participate in gathered worship that is God-centred and mutually edifying, rather than for self-fulfilment.
Crossway | Available 23 February 2021 | Hardcover (printed case), 176 pages
#0 This is number ten. The ‘5 Things’ series are one of the best-selling from the church bookstall. Just to let you know there’s a new addition. And me for one definitely need to pray for my parents more!
5 Things to Pray for Your Parents by Chelsea Stanley
Prayers that Change Things for an Older Generation
Fresh, biblical ideas that help you pray rich, intentional prayers for your parents. The Bible calls us to honour our parents—and one way we can do that is by praying for them. Little children often see their mothers and fathers as the ones with all the answers. It’s not until we grow up that we realise our parents are just like us—regular people in need of prayer. This guide will help you to pray rich, intentional prayers for your mother or father—be they biological or adoptive, working or retired, frail or fit, married or separated, believers or not yet Christians. Whatever their situation, if we want to love them well, we need to pray. Each of the 21 prayer themes in this book takes a passage of Scripture and suggests five things to pray for a particular area of your parents’ lives. You can use this book in any number of ways: work through it as part of your daily quiet time or pick it up whenever a particular need arises. The command to honour our parents comes with a beautiful promise – “that it may go well with you” (Ephesians 6.3). The hope of this guide is that you will reap this blessing as you come before God with prayers that change things for an older generation.
The Good Book Company | Available 1 May 2021 | Paperback, 96 Pages
Which one would you like to pick up first?
All beautiful book photos are from publishers’ websites. Thank you.