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8 Intriguing books to watch for in 2018


Chase Elliot Clark | CC BY 2.0

Matthew Becklo - published on 12/15/17

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A legendary songwriter’s final poems. A psychologist-turned-celebrity’s roadmap for navigating modern chaos. A New York Times columnist’s analysis of Pope Francis.

These are just some of the intriguing books scheduled to release next year. Check out my list of eight titles to watch for in 2018.

1) Why Liberalism Failed
Author: Patrick Deneen
Release Date: January 9, 2018

why liberalism failed
Yale University Press

“Has liberalism failed because it has succeeded?

Of the three dominant ideologies of the 20th century—fascism, communism, and liberalism—only the last remains. This has created a peculiar situation in which liberalism’s proponents tend to forget that it is an ideology and not the natural end-state of human political evolution. As Patrick Deneen argues in this provocative book, liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: it trumpets equal rights while fostering incomparable material inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, yet it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in its pursuit of individual autonomy, it has given rise to the most far-reaching, comprehensive state system in human history. Here, Deneen offers an astringent warning that the centripetal forces now at work on our political culture are not superficial flaws but inherent features of a system whose success is generating its own failure.”

2)  12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Author: Jordan Peterson
Release Date: January 23, 2018

Random House

“What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research … Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world’s wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.”

3)  Breakthrough: A Journey from Desperation to Hope
Author: Rob Galea
Release Date: March 2, 2018

Ave Maria Press

“Rob Galea was a lonely, miserable teenager. He wanted to feel like he belonged, so he joined a gang. He went clubbing. He drank. He stole things. He lied. His reckless lifestyle ultimately led him to hide in fear for his life from other gang members. He was so desperate in those days spent in his dark bedroom that he contemplated ending his life.

Then a phone call from his grandmother about a youth group at a nearby church, an invitation not originally intended for him, helped Galea turn his life around. When he finally let God break through his loneliness and fear, he began to experience freedom and God’s unconditional love.

In Breakthrough, Galea takes you on his journey to seminary, the move from his home country of Malta to Australia, and the development of his ministry as a priest, speaker, singer/songwriter, and recording artist.”

Father Rob Galea

Read more:
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4) Our Father: Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer
Author: Pope Francis
Release Date: March 13, 2018

Our father
Image Books

“This new work by Pope Francis illuminates the most important prayer in all of Christianity, verse by verse, in conversation with Father Marco Pozza, a theologian and a prison chaplain in Padua, Italy. Here Francis offers unprecedented insight on Jesus’s most profound words, while exploring the importance of social justice, benevolence, and forgiveness, key elements of Bergoglio’s papacy.”

5) To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism
Author: Ross Douthat
Release Date: March 27, 2018

to change the church
Simon & Schuster

“A New York Timescolumnist and one of America’s leading conservative thinkers considers Pope Francis’s efforts to change the church he governs.

Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936, today Pope Francis is the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis’s stewardship of the Church, while perceived as a revelation by many, has provoked division throughout the world …

In To Change the Church … Douthat argues that the Francis era is a crucial experiment for all of Western civilization, which is facing resurgent external enemies (from ISIS to Putin) even as it struggles with its own internal divisions, its decadence, and self-doubt.”

6) One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both
Author: Jennifer Fulwiler
Release Date: May 1, 2018

One beautiful dream zondervan

“Jennifer Fulwiler is the last person you might expect to be the mother of six young children. First of all, she’s an introvert only child, self-described workaholic, and former atheist who never intended to have a family. Oh, and Jennifer has a blood-clotting disorder exacerbated by pregnancy that has threatened her life on more than one occasion.

One Beautiful Dream is the story of what happens when one woman embarks on the wild experiment of chasing her dreams with multiple kids in diapers. It’s the tale of learning that opening your life to others means that everything will get noisy and chaotic, but that it is in this mess that you’ll find real joy.”

7) The Flame
Author: Leonard Cohen
Release Date: October 2018

“A book of Leonard Cohen’s final poems, completed in the months before his death and tackling ‘the flame and how our culture threatened its extinction,’ according to his manager, will be published next year.

Describing the collection, The Flame, as ‘an enormously powerful final chapter in Cohen’s storied literary career,’ publisher Canongate said that the Canadian singer-songwriter had chosen and ordered the poems in the months before his death in November 2016. The overwhelming majority of the book, which will be published next October, will be new material, it added.”

8) The Passenger
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Release Date: TBD

Fans have been anxiously awaiting Cormac McCarthy’s long-gestating, “analytical” science fiction novel – which apparently involves quantum mechanics, JohannSebastianBach,and the suicide of a young New Orleans woman – ever since its unveiling in 2015 (you can listen to excerpts

). There’s no official release date yet, but given the prediction of somecommentators of a late 2017 release, it’s very possible that 2018 will be the year.


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