God and the Godforsaken
Rafael Luévano, a Catholic priest and professor, writes a moving narrative theology of suffering—based on extensive field research—in Woman-Killing in Juárez: Theodicy at the Border. A powerful blend of reporting, analysis, and poetic theological meditation. Orbis
Veteran songwriter, producer, and musician Phil Madeira pulls together an all-star lineup including The Civil Wars, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mat Kearney, and Emmylou Harris for the alt-roots album Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us—nondoctrinal music that yearns for a God who is love. Mercyland Records
In Shadows and Hope
In the 40-day devotional Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression, Monica A. Coleman, an ordained A.M.E. elder and Claremont School of Theology professor, deftly blends theological thought, medical research, and personal experience in honest spiritual reflections for those suffering depressive disorders and those who accompany them. Inner Prizes Inc.
Bible Culture 101
While suitable for classrooms, The Back Door Introduction to the Bible, by John Kaltner and Steven L. McKenzie, is also lively reading for anyone who’d like to enhance their understanding of biblical texts by learning more about the symbolism, customs, and social mores found there. Anselm Academic