“Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life”
By Jen Hatmaker
The Gist: Through transparently sharing her own wins and failures in her famous self-deprecating way, Hatmaker asserts women have what it takes to be courageous and successful.
Author’s Footnote: “In all my days, I’ll never get over the thrill of writing books for women.”
“The Lucky Few: Finding God’s Best in the Most Unlikely Places”
By Heather Avis
The Gist: Two of Avis’ three adopted children have Down syndrome. She shares how her journey to motherhood taught her that unexpected occurrences in life are often blessings in disguise.
Author’s Footnote: “Only the lucky few recognize the most beautiful things in this life are often found in the differences.”
“What Would a Muslim Say: Conversations, Questions, and Answers About Islam”
By Ahmed Lotfy Rashed
The Gist: Muslim teacher and research specialist Rashed transcribed his email correspondence with visitors inquiring about the Islam faith at whyislam.org. The exchanges explain tenets of the religion and frequently asked questions in an easy- to-read, Q&A format.
Author’s Footnote: “My hope is that this can be a small step toward better understanding [of Islam] and harmony.”