Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty

Income disparity is likely to keep getting worse, eventually undermining the viability of democratic capitalism. This stark message has made Thomas Piketty's book the object of much scrutiny.

Saying no

Bruce Dancis is keenly intelligent, soft-spoken, and possessed of a quiet dignity. So is his new memoir of his time as a draft resister.

We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian D. McLaren

Academics may find no theological breakthrough in Brian McLaren's latest book, but the ones who care about church life may still do a double take.

Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse, by Marcia W. Mount Shoop

Grantland Rice compared the Notre Dame backfield to the four horsemen. Marcia Mount Shoop realigns football with apocalyptic thought—and makes a theological critique of the sport's systemic dysfunction.

Praying strings

I gobble books by musicians. Bruce Cockburn's memoir has more virtues than most.