Gold, by Barbara Crooker

Barbara Crooker enters the shades and brush strokes of daily life with such reverence that readers want to take notice, live better, and die better.

Mapping Exile and Return, by Alain Epp Weaver

Alain Epp Weaver offers a new conceptual bridge to explain the Israel/Palestine conflict to U.S. readers and to suggest a way forward.

Defrocked, by Franklyn Schaefer with Sherri Wood Emmons

Schaefer’s story of being tried and defrocked by the United Methodist Church for having performed his gay son’s marriage received wide coverage. Stories of conflict are never as simple as they’re conveyed, and this is true here. Schaefer’s church in Pennsyl­vania was growing.

Saving Sex, by Amy DeRogatis

The old stereotype is that evangelicals are unable or unwilling to talk about sex. Lately, the reality is the opposite.

The poet and politics

As two new biographies and a massive collection of poems show, Denise Levertov's distinctive work and life remain relevant and rewarding.