Titles By Kathy Khang, Austin Channing Brown, and Jonathan Merritt
Summer is a good time to do some soul-searching. As the temperatures warm up, keep your eyes out for new books that will challenge you to dig deeper than you have before. Not just the easy beach reads, but the books that will stir something deep in your soul, that will prompt you to turn to God and ask bold questions about who you are and what we’re meant to do.
Here are a few of our most anticipated reads to begin this journey. All three of these books will be available within the next few months, and each explores the journey of finding your voice and speaking God’s truth.
Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up, by Kathy Khang (IVP, July 2018)
If you’ve ever wrestled with when or how to speak up, then you’ll be excited to hear about this new book from author Kathy Khang. “You have a voice,” the book’s description reads. “And you have God’s permission to use it.” Khang explores how we find our unique voices in the imago Dei, and how to raise our voice as God has called us to.
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown (Convergent, May 2018)
In her upcoming book that has earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, racial justice writer Austin Channing Brown presents her memoir as a black Christian woman living in the United States. At the age of seven, Brown learned that her parents had named her “Austin” in hopes that employers would assume she was a White man. In I’m Still Here, Brown shares her journey of learning to love her Blackness after growing up in majority-White spaces. If you want to use your voice to dismantle white supremacy, then don’t miss this important book from a powerful and prophetic writer.
Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing–and How We Can Revive Them, by Jonathan Merritt (Convergent, August 2018)
“We don’t always think about the words we use,” says religion writer Jonathan Merritt in the video about his new book. “Even though our Scripture says that God created with words, that God chose to reveal with words, and that when we use them, we can bring death or give life.” When Merritt moved from the Bible Belt to New York City, he discovered that many of the spiritual words he’d been using didn’t resonate. Starting over from scratch, Merritt delves into sacred words and how to use them to express deep truths.
What books are you looking forward to reading next?