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Your Purpose Is Not a Destination. It’s This.

Do you know your purpose — what on earth you were put here to do? If not, are you moving in the direction of discovering your purpose? Living a purpose-filled life can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s actually quite simple. Nicole O. Salmon explains that to envision and start living your purpose, you need to make one key mindset shift.

New and Upcoming Books: ‘Sacred Self-Care,’ ‘Unwind,’ ‘Damaged But Not Destroyed,’ and More

New Christian books are published weekly on a variety of subjects, so it can be hard to stay on top of new releases. In this post, we list recently published, new, and upcoming Christian books that cover a wide range of topics, from self-care to emotional healing to sexuality.

Faithfully Magazine is not endorsing any of these titles but simply sharing what’s new in Christian books, particularly among authors of color. We will try to update this list as more books are announced through the remainder of 2023.

Sacred Self-Care: Daily Practices for Nurturing Our Whole Selves
Author: Chanequa Walker-Barnes
Release date: August 15, 2023
Description: As a clinical psychologist, pastor, and activist, Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes has studied and worked with clients, clergy, seminary faculty, faith-based activists, and others to encourage them to think of self-care as a divine right and a sacred obligation. She has developed a seven-week guide gathering activities, habits, disciplines, and practices that promote spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, and relational wholeness.

How Far to the Promised Land: One Black Family’s Story of Hope and Survival in the American South
Author: Esau McCaulley
Release date: September 12, 2023
Description: How Far to the Promised Land is a thrilling and tender epic about being Black in America. It’s a book that questions our too-simple narratives about poverty and upward mobility; a book in which the people normally written out of the American Dream are given voice.

The Garden Within: Where the War with Your Emotions Ends and Your Most Powerful Life Begins
Author: Dr. Anita Phillips
Release date: September 19, 2023
Description: In this game-changing book, trauma therapist and mental health expert Dr. Anita Phillips reveals how embracing emotion is the key to living your most powerful life. Just as gardens thrive in good ground, the abundant life you’ve been seeking can only be grown in the soil of your heart.

Unwind: A Devotional Cookbook for the Harried and Hungry
Author: Aarti Sequeira
Release date: September 26, 2023
Description: In this thoughtful recipe collection by cooking show host, Food Network Star winner, and culinary expert Aarti Sequeira, you will discover reasons and recipes for joy, peace, hope, comfort, strength, and more that can lift your spirits even on the most demanding days.

Damaged but Not Destroyed: From Trauma to Triumph
Author: Michael Todd
Release date: October 3, 2023
Description: Bestselling author and pastor Michael Todd reveals his own damage: the hits he’s experienced from trauma, dumb choices, and lingering struggles passed down through generations. Using candid stories, engaging illustrations, and biblical wisdom, he encourages readers to be H.O.T.—humble, open, and transparent—and face the pain of past hits to move toward the triumphant future God has for them.

Don’t Tell Anyone You’re Reading This: A Christian Doctor’s Thoughts on Sex, Shame, and Other Troublesome Issues
Author: Lina AbuJamra
Release date: October 3, 2023
Description: In Don’t Tell Anyone You’re Reading This, Dr. Lina AbuJamra gives a refreshing and honest look at what it’s like to struggle with sexual temptation and shame and how the Church can better support Christians and communities in these challenging and often avoided topics.

The Hispanic Faculty Experience: Opportunities for Growth and Retention in Christian Colleges and Universities
Author: Shadia Hrichi
Release date: October 10, 2023
Description: Filled with triumphs, struggles, and penetrating insights, the chapters explain what it is like to experience the shifting demographics of today’s universities, which are bringing increasing numbers of Hispanic students even as the overall number of Hispanic colleagues remains exceedingly small. This book will be especially useful for leaders who may be unaware of how difficult it is to navigate the challenges of Christian higher education as Hispanic faculty.

Rahab: Rediscovering the God Who Saves Me
Author: Shadia Hrichi
Release date: October 31, 2023
Description: Rahab’s story is our story. It’s a story centered on three key themes, without which there would be no Bible, no gospel, and no Savior: faith, grace, and salvation. Through her daring faith, Rahab hid enemy spies, defied her king, risked her life, and found the living God. By the time you finish this six-week study, you will never look at the story of Rahab the same way again.

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