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God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America

Lyz Lenz (Indiana)

Journalist Lenz takes a road trip across America to understand the causes, fallout, and impact of Donald Trump's rise to power throughout Christian communities. Her nuanced anecdotes offer a superb portrait of communities wrestling with the politicization of evangelical spaces.

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Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life

Amber Scorah (Viking)

In uproarious fashion, Scorah recounts her years as a Jehovah's Witness in China and her decision to leave the faith.

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The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts

Karen Armstrong (Knopf)

This trenchant work from bestselling historian Armstrong probes similarities of heuristics across religious traditions. She exposes how foundational religious texts, such as the Bible, Koran, and Torah, are more similar than they are different.

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Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America

Ayaz Virji (Convergent)

Family physician Virji spares nothing in this clear-eyed portrait of living as a Muslim in Middle America. Making sense of political tensions, racial hatred, and religious misunderstandings, this arresting memoir paints a concerning but hopeful picture.

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On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts

James K.A. Smith (Brazos)

Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, employs St. Augustine of Hippo as a guide and conduit to discuss timeless, complex issues such as freedom, ambition, sex, friendship, parenting, justice, and death. Informed by Smith's deep erudition, this deeply felt travelogue is equally spry and profound.

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