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After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging

Willie James Jennings (Eerdmans)

Theologian Jennings recounts a series of distressing personal experiences within academia and lambasts mainstream curricula within American divinity schools. The result is a clarion indictment of systemic inequalities within universities, which Jennings argues elevate primarily white voices.

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Grace from the Rubble: Two Fathers’ Road to Reconciliation after the Oklahoma City Bombing

Jeanne Bishop (Zondervan)

This incredible story of friendship between Bud Welch, whose daughter died in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and Bill McVeigh, father of domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh, is an astounding testament to the faith and tenacity of two men brought together by tragedy. Creating a portrait of the relationship from interviews, Bishop makes a profound case for the power of forgiveness.

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The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church’s Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct

Ruth Everhart (IVP)

Everhart, a Presbyterian pastor, uses her own chilling story of sexual abuse to ground this resonant call to action for Christian communities to reject patriarchal systems and end widespread sexual abuse within American churches. Everhart’s voice is bold, and the many shocking statistics she cites bolster her affecting appeal for change.

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Theological Territories: A David Bentley Hart Digest

David Bentley Hart (Notre Dame)

This brilliant collection of essays from Eastern Orthodox scholar Hart showcases his philosophical and theological chops. Included are stimulating ruminations on how science influences religion, trenchant responses to secular atheist critics, and revealing explorations of the translation process. The result is an illuminating and thorough look at modern Christianity.

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We Are Called to Be a Movement

William Barber (Workman)

In this resounding call for Americans to address the current poverty crisis, reverend Barber turns one of his 2018 sermons into a soaring rhetorical feat. Writing in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr., Barber argues that God uses the rejected to lead moral revivals. Barber’s eloquence and passion elevate this to required reading.

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