As 2022 opens, we’ll lift your spirits with books you’ll want to read and share

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Great Reads in 2022

Happy New Year 2022!

And here’s some good news: This year, we are preparing a lineup of books that we guarantee will lift your spirits—including a couple that you can pre-order right now. Think of this as a way to express your best “holiday spirit”—because each good book makes the world a little better place, both in your reading and in the sharing of these stories with others.

Two New Books in the ’30 Days With’ Series

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We are adding two new books to this popular series, which started with Thirty Days with Abraham Lincoln and Thirty Days with King David.

As 2022 opens, we will be adding Thirty Days with America’s High School Coaches and Thirty Days with E. Stanley Jones. Each book provides readers with a month of daily inspiration and reflection.

The full title of the book (displayed at right) is: Thirty Days with America’s High School Coaches: True stories of successful coaches using imagination and a strong internal compass to shape tomorrow’s leaders by Martin A. Davis, Jr.

High school coaches shape millions of lives. These 30 short and inspiring stories show the diversity of approaches by coaches in building athletes’ hearts, minds and bodies to form successful teams and future leaders. The coaches profiled in this book come from every corner of the nation, every socio-economic setting and a wide variety of sports. These true stories show how they combine imagination, a selfless commitment to their athletes and a strong internal compass to help shape tomorrow’s leaders.

Thirty Days with America’s High School Coaches is available for pre-sale now and will be published on January 25, 2022.

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The full title of the next book in the series is: Thirty Days With E. Stanley Jones: Global Preacher, Social Justice Prophet by the Rev. Dr. John E. Harnish.

This book will surprise readers who think they know the history of faith and peacemaking. In fact, as he organized the true stories in this book, Harnish started with that very question: Does a preacher from the previous century have anything to say today?

The answer you’ll reach after reading this book is: Yes!

E. Stanley Jones’ clarion call to justice and loving community was shaped by his friendship with Mahatma Gandhi and influenced the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Harnish chose 30 highlights from this spiritually heroic life to illustrate the timeless, loving wisdom that Jones saw at the core of Christianity. The book comes with a discussion guide and video introductions by the author for small groups who will want to discuss this book.

Thirty Days with E. Stanley Jones is available for pre-sale now and will be published February 15, 2022.

‘Introducing Christian Ethics’ by Dr. David Gushee

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Dr. David P. Gushee already is the author, coauthor, editor or co-editor of more than 25 books and over 175 academic book chapters, journal articles and reviews.

Now, he sums up a lifetime of scholarship and teaching in a major new multimedia book, Introducing Christian Ethics: Core Convictions for Christians Today.

What does it mean to be a Christian in today’s turbulent world? Dr. David P. Gushee has been responding to that basic question for many years as one of the most influentials voice in American religious life as an ethicist, pastor, educator and activist.

In this new book, he takes his many years of teaching and experience as the basis for a fresh vision of the Christian moral life in today’s turbulent world. Written for Christians everywhere, with links to audio and video versions of the book, Gushee offers an inspiring guide for a post-evangelical world.

Introducing Christian Ethics is available for pre-sale now and will be on sale February 28, 2022.

Torah Tutor by Rabbi Lenore Bohm

Also in early 2022, we are pleased to publish another major perspective on the relevance of faith in today’s world: Torah Tutor.

This book was written by Rabbi Lenore Bohm, who began her career among the first wave of women ever ordained as rabbis. Drawing on a lifetime of teaching the Torah to groups of adults, Bohm divides her book into the 54 portions read each year from the Torah, which are the first five books of the Hebrew Bible.

This is a perfect book for individual reading or small group discussion.

Rabbi Jack Riemer—author of Finding God in Unexpected Places—was one of the early reviewers of Bohm’s manuscript. He adds a glowing endorsements: 

Rabbi Bohm’s book is indeed a treasure—both for those who think that they know the Torah already and for those who have never studied at a grownup level before. It will open your mind to some of the questions that the Torah asks of us as well as to some of the questions that we should ask when we confront the Bible. I promise you that this is a book that you will find well worth reading—and that you will want to reread many times. 

Shining Brightly by Howard Brown

We also will be publishing an inspiring—sometimes suspenseful, sometimes funny and often heart-warming—memoir by Silicon Valley entrepreneur, interfaith peacemaker and cancer survivor Howard Brown. Organized into 18 true stories from Howard’s amazing life, readers will discover wisdom about the high-risk-and-high-reward life of an American entrepreneur, practical advice about coping with life-threatening cancer and also wisdom about building relationships with men and women from other cultures and faiths around the world.

The book comes with questions for reflection, a discussion guide and links to online videos.

The best-selling psychologist and expert on resilience Dr. Robert J. Wicks wrote the book’s Foreword, which includes:

From the opening story in Shining Brightly there are teachings that are both simple and difficult. Filled with tradition and insight, Howard Brown shares stories not only about the persons he describes but, upon reflection, about ourselves and our stories of life.

And, a Wonderful Backlist as Well

As you can see, 2022 is stacking up to be another very significant year for our publishing house. We are hard at work preparing the new books and working with their authors to bring their stories to life. In the meantime, if you are looking for some other wonderful books from our publishing partners, Front Edge Publishing or our imprint Read the Spirit Books, check out our Front Edge Publishing Bookstore. If you choose to order from our bookstore you support the authors by providing them with an additional 15% royalty. 

All of our books also are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart and a host of other online retailers.

If you choose to purchase through Amazon, you will be able to support your favorite authors by leaving a rating and “verified purchase” review on what is the single most important bookstore in the world, these days. If you are a part of the Amazon-owned GoodReads social-media service, you also can write about books you enjoy there—and help our authors grow their audience that way.

Interested in talking to one of our authors, perhaps to inquire about a personal appearance with your group, community or conference? Email us at [email protected].

Are you interested in placing a group order for any of these books? Email us at [email protected]. You could have books for your group discussion within a week or so.

Looking for a publisher yourself? Perhaps this preview of new books inspires you to consider Front Edge Publishing, if you are an author finishing a timely book. Email us at [email protected]

About Susan Stitt

Susan Stitt is marketing director of Front Edge Publishing. Over the years, she has guided many authors through the challenging process of launching books and developing strategies that will grow readership. She also has worked widely with nonprofits. Now, she shares her expertise twice each month on our Front Edge Publishing website.

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