Neighboring Faiths, by David Nirenberg

Plenty of scholars have discussed interfaith relations in medieval Spain. What makes David Nirenberg's book distinctive is his emphasis on how each religion's self-image was shaped by its portrayal of the others.

Advent in Narnia, by Heidi Haverkamp

C. S. Lewis placed the Christian story in the fantasy world of Narnia so that readers could encounter the story in a fresh way. Haverkamp uses Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia so others might experience Advent in a fresh way. The book grew out of an Advent series Haverkamp presented at her Episcopal Church.

Why This Jubilee? by James C. Howell

How easy it is for Christians to sing hymns without pondering the meaning of the texts. Howell encourages us to slow down and take notice. For each week of Advent, he provides meditations on the texts of Advent hymns and Christmas carols, including some secular songs, to prepare readers for the coming of Christmas and to ponder the meaning of the incarnation.

Strangers No More, by Richard Alba and Nancy Foner

The strangers of Richard Alba and Nancy Foner's title are mainly low-status immigrants and their children. The timeliness of their book is indisputable.

Working-class Christians

According to Heath Carter, working people have been some of Christianity's most important theological innovators.