New and Noteworthy

Old New Soul
Leon Bridges is a 25-year-old gospel and soul singer from Texas with a vintage sound and sheepish stage presence. In six months, Bridges went from washing dishes full-time to selling out multiple SXSW shows. His new album, Coming Home, features smooth love songs, both romantic and religious. Columbia

A Feminist Gospel
In A New Gospel for Women, Kristin Kobes Du Mez tells the story of Katharine Bushnell (1855-1946), a theologian and women’s rights activist who fought the patriarchal distortion of Christianity. Du Mez connects this to ongoing struggles to create an evangelical Christian feminist ethic full of both “grace and liberation.” Oxford

The Cross and China
If current trends continue, by 2030 there could be more Christians in China than in any other country. In A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China, Rodney Stark and Xiuhua Wang use surveys and field experiences to explore this surprising growth and its potential effects. Templeton Press

Love Story
The Light of the World is poet Elizabeth Alexander’s memoir of the love and unexpected loss of her artist husband. A deep, luscious meditation on family, grief, art, and love at first sight: “Lightning struck and did not curdle the cream but instead turned it to sweet, silken butter.” Grand Central

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July 2015
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