Daily Feast, edited by Kathleen Long Bostrom, Elizabeth F. Caldwell, and Jana K. Riess

A spin-off from the 12-volume lectionary commentary Feasting on the Word, this work offers readings, reflections and prayers for each day of the church year. The materials for each week are taken from and lead up to the coming Sunday texts in the Revised Common Lectionary, which makes this book ideal for members of a church staff preparing to hear (or preach on) the Sunday texts.

Reading a Different Story, by Susan VanZanten

VanZanten grew up in a Dutch Reformed context, and much of her life has been steeped in the Reformed tradition, though some of the schools where she’s taught English are more evangelical than Reformed. What is compelling about her story is her discovery of postcolonial African literature, especially South African literature.

Earthy vocation

U.S. society has shorn food production of its spiritual dimension. Fred Bahnson and Ragan Sutterfield explore this issue from different directions.

Things I’ve Learned from Dying, by David R. Dow

Dow is a law professor and founder and director of the Texas Innocence Network. He has represented more than 100 death row inmates in their appeals at both the state and federal levels—and mostly lost in court. He became particularly attached to Eddie Waterman, whose story he tells here. Waterman was convicted of killing an 84-year-old woman.

Tombstone, by Yang Jisheng, and Three Famines, by Thomas Keneally

Yang Jisheng argues that totalitarian states tend to develop policies in a vacuum and find it difficult to change course. Thomas Keneally would agree.