New Books Publishing in November Explore Identity, Spirituality, and Resilience

A diverse range of nonfiction and fiction titles offer readers thought-provoking insights and captivating narratives.

As the year draws to a close, the publishing world is abuzz with a plethora of new releases set to captivate readers from all walks of life. November brings a collection of thought-provoking nonfiction and engaging fiction titles that delve into themes of identity, spirituality, and resilience. From examining the collective identity of Jewish people to exploring the spiritual philosophy of feminist scholar bell hooks, these books offer readers a chance to expand their horizons and reflect on their own beliefs and experiences. Additionally, works of fiction transport readers to different time periods and explore the enduring power of hope and the strength to overcome adversity. Let us delve into the pages of these new releases and discover the stories that await.


Assessing the Collective Identity of Jewish People

In “Who Are the Jews—and Who Can We Become?” by Donniel Hartman, the president of the Shalom Hartman Institute, readers are invited to contemplate the core identity of Jewish people in a time of unprecedented denominational tribalism. Hartman offers a nuanced analysis of the challenges faced by Jewish communities and calls for a reevaluation of what it means to be Jewish in the modern world.

Exploring Spiritual Philosophy and Social Change

Nadra Nittle’s “bell hooks’ Spiritual Vision: Buddhist, Christian, and Feminist” delves into the spiritual philosophy of renowned feminist scholar bell hooks. Nittle explores the connections between hooks’ spirituality, politics, and social change, providing readers with a deeper understanding of hooks’ influential ideas and their impact on society.

Healing from Sexual Trauma through Christian Virtues

Julia Feder’s “Incarnating Grace: A Theology of Healing from Sexual Trauma” challenges the church’s response to sexual abuse survivors. Feder argues that the glorification of suffering has hindered the healing process and proposes that Christian virtues of courage and hope can provide a pathway to post-traumatic recovery. This insightful book offers a fresh perspective on the intersection of faith and healing.

Unveiling the Life and Thought of a Mormon Educator

“Lowell L. Bennion: A Mormon Educator” by George B. Handley sheds light on the life and intellectual contributions of Lowell L. Bennion, a 20th-century theologian from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Handley’s meticulous research offers readers a comprehensive portrait of Bennion’s beliefs and his impact on Mormon education.

Confronting Envy through Christian Worship

In “Envy: A Big Problem You Didn’t Know You Had,” Mike Fabarez tackles the insidious nature of envy and its detrimental effects on individuals and relationships. Drawing on Christian teachings, Fabarez provides practical guidance on how readers can combat envy and find contentment through a deeper connection with God.

Embracing Vulnerability and Trusting in God’s Providence

Michael McAfee and Lauren Green McAfee’s “Beyond Our Control: Let Go of Unmet Expectations, Overcome Anxiety, and Discover Intimacy with God” draws on their personal experiences with infertility, illness, and loss to advocate for the value of releasing control and trusting in God’s providence. Through heartfelt stories and insightful reflections, the authors inspire readers to embrace vulnerability and find solace in their faith.

Exploring Hungarian Myth, Magic, and Folklore

Margit Tóth’s “Mágia: Hungarian Myth, Magic, and Folklore” takes readers on a journey into the depths of Hungarian paganism. From the history and lore to rituals such as divination and healing magic, Tóth’s exploration provides a captivating insight into a rich cultural heritage that continues to influence the lives of many.

Finding Strength in Faith during Cancer

Katy Bowser Hutson’s “Now I Lay Me Down to Fight: A Poet Writes Her Way Through Cancer” is a poignant memoir recounting the author’s battle with breast cancer. Hutson shares her experiences with chemotherapy, radiation, and a mastectomy, highlighting the role faith played in sustaining her during the most challenging moments. Her story serves as a testament to the power of hope and resilience in the face of adversity.

A Pathway to Reforming Policing

In “Rethinking the Police: An Officer’s Confession and Pathway to Reform,” Daniel Reinhardt, a former Ohio cop, shares his personal journey of understanding systemic police brutality and racism. Reinhardt outlines an alternative policing model rooted in a culture of servant leadership, offering a compelling vision for reform and change.

Tracing Political Theology in Islam

Paul L. Heck’s “Political Theology and Islam: From the Birth of Empire to the Modern State” explores the notions of Islamic sovereignty throughout history. Heck delves into the complex relationship between political rulers and religious leaders, shedding light on the ongoing struggle for power and authority within the Islamic world.


Parallel Lives and Shared Hardships

“A Million Little Choices” by Tamera Alexander is a Southern historical novel that follows the lives of two women who share the same house but belong to different centuries. Through their intertwined stories, Alexander explores themes of resilience, love, and the enduring power of hope.

Seeking Redemption and Healing

“What a Wave Must Be” by Angela Hunt introduces readers to seventeen-year-old Maddie Hunt, who grapples with the aftermath of her father’s suicide. As she moves in with her grandparents, Maddie embarks on a journey of self-discovery, seeking redemption and healing in the face of tragedy.

Secrets and Survival in WWII Poland

“The Warsaw Sisters: A Novel of WWII Poland” by Amanda Barratt transports readers to war-torn Poland, where sisters Antonina and Helena Dąbrowska are forced to keep secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Barratt’s compelling narrative explores the resilience of the human spirit and the bonds of family in the face of unimaginable adversity.

Finding Peace and Confronting the Past

In “Her Secret Hope” by Shelley Shepard Gray, Lilly seeks solace and a fresh start in a new place, hoping to leave her troubled past behind. However, someone from her hometown forces her to confront her plans and reconsider her path to healing. Gray’s novel explores themes of forgiveness, redemption, and the power of community.


November brings a diverse range of new books that delve into the complexities of identity, spirituality, and resilience. From examining the collective identity of Jewish people to exploring the spiritual philosophy of bell hooks, these nonfiction titles offer readers a chance to engage with thought-provoking ideas and perspectives. Meanwhile, works of fiction transport readers to different time periods and delve into the enduring power of hope and the strength to overcome adversity. Whether readers seek intellectual stimulation or immersive storytelling, these new releases provide a wealth of opportunities to expand horizons and explore the depths of the human experience.






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