With so many upcoming releases from talented Christian authors, 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for readers. We reached out to the most popular Christian publishers and asked them about their top picks for authors to watch in 2016.
Packed with seasoned authors and up-and-coming writers alike, we’ve compiled a list of our top 20 authors who have new books coming out this year and put them in order based on their books’ release dates.
There are so many exciting and new projects coming this year! Take a look:
1. Dave Willis
Dave Willis is a pastor and the founder of StrongerMarriages.org, which has a total weekly reach in the millions. He speaks regularly at conferences and churches across the country, as well as on podcasts and webinars, on issues ranging from leadership to social media strategies to marriage. Don’t miss Dave’s new book, The 7 Laws of Love. In his ebook, he presents seven laws of love found throughout the Bible, then works through the practical insights offered when these truths are lived out in any significant relationship—including with one’s self, God, spouse, family, friends, neighbors, and even enemies.
2. Lauren Chandler
Lauren Chandler is a wife and mother of three. Her husband, Matt Chandler, serves as the lead teaching pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. The Lord has taken Matt and Lauren on a challenging journey, beginning with the November 2009 discovery of a malignant brain tumor in Matt. Lauren and her family have been given a deeper trust in clinging to the Lord and his cross during this appointed season of valleys and storms. Learn from Lauren about God’s unchanging love for his people, even when we don’t feel like it’s there in her new release, Steadfast Love, available now.
3. Nabeel Qureshi
In 2014 Nabeel Qureshi released, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim’s Journey to Christ which details former his journey as a former devout Muslim describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with the friendships, investigations, and dreams and visions he encountered along the way. Since his conversion Nabeel has made ministry his full-time occupation and he now serves as a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and holds an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and an MA in religion from Duke University. Nabeel is releasing two new ebooks that build off of his first release including a study guide and a ebook exploring if there can truly be no God but one.
Releasing in April, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Study Guide: A Former Muslim Shares the Evidence that Led Him from Islam to Christianity, builds on the powerful story and arguments Nabeel shared in the orginal, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. Both Nabeel Qureshi and co-author Kevin Harney take viewers deeper into apologetics and evangelism among Muslims with this complete study course.
Available in August, look for Nabeel’s No God But One: Allah or Jesus?, where he examines Islam and Christianity in detail, exploring areas of crucial conflict and unpacking the relevant evidence. Both religions teach that there is only one God, but who deserves to be worshiped, Allah or Jesus?
4. Alli Worthington
Alli Worthington has set a goal focused on helping women live the life they were created to live. As an author, speaker, blogger, the Executive Director of Propel Women, and co-founder BlissDom Events, Alli has helped individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Alli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on motherhood, parenting and balance has led to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. And we are looking forward to Alli’s new ebook, Breaking Busy releasing at the end of January. In Breaking Busy, learn how to stop chasing what leaves you empty and start doing what you were created to do.
5. Bethany Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson
Bethany Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson are on a mission to prove that Christians are called to bring justice. Bethany engages leaders around the world with the critical connection between justice and spiritual formation and regularly speaks on behalf of the Institute for Biblical Justice for International Justice Mission. Kristen is the teacher and writer in areas of theology, culture, formation, and political theory at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. These two have teamed up to write The Justice Calling, releasing in February, an ebook that dives into different justice movements and shows how the Bible calls us to engage in the battle against injustice. Bethany and Kristen connect justice to Scripture, the character of God, and the long traditions of the church so that our passion meets perseverance and justice becomes an enduring and integrated part of our life and faith.
6. Paul Pastor
Paul J. Pastor is a writer, editor, and grassroots pastor living with his family in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge. His work finds beauty and timeless wisdom in issues of faith, culture, and modern Christian ministry. Coming in Febuary, look for his first ebook, The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Person of the Holy Spirit. The Face of the Deep invites you on a quest for the Holy Spirit that journeys through our world and Bible. The adventure is infused with wonder and symbolic imagination—from the black void of Genesis 1 all the way through the explosive re-creation at the close of Revelation.
7. Voice of the Martyrs
The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting persecuted families worldwide with five main purposes that include: to encourage and empower Christian to fulfill the Great Commission to provide practical relief and spiritual support, to equip persecuted Christians to love and win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel, to undertake projects of encouragements, helping believers rebuild their lives, and to promote the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of the faith and courage of persecuted Christians.
Coming this March, the Voice of the Martyrs is releasing a collection of true stories from Christians facing persecution in the Middle East, I-Am-N: Stories of Christians Facing Islamic Extremism. Wherever we live, we have camaraderie with those who are persecuted—come meet their families, read their stories, and deepen your faith in a God who gives us the courage to shine in a dark and hurting world.
8. Holley Gerth
Holley Gerth loves Jesus and enjoys encouraging the hearts of women through her popular blog as well as books like You’re Already Amazing, You’re Going to Be Okay, and You’re Loved No Matter What. Not only is she a successful author, but she is also a certified life coach, a writer for Day Spring, has her Masters in Counseling, and helped cofound (in)courage.me. Coming in March you’ll find Holly’s new ebook, You’re Already Amazing: LifeGrowth Guide. With more than 80,000 copies sold, You’re Already Amazing has clearly resonated with the hearts of women. Now Holley Gerth fans have the opportunity to go deeper into the book and into their own hearts with the accompanying LifeGrowth Guide, perfect for either small group use or individual study.
9. Logan Wolfram
Logan Wolfram is the executive director and host of Allume, a conference for Christian women to meet up and encourage one another. Logan loves to write, connect, and encourage women. This March don’t miss Logan’s first release Curious Faith: Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility. Curious Faith focuses on the innate curiosity to explore, marvel, and believe there is more to life, and explores the possibility of a god who is unlimited, unpredictable, and ever-loving. In these pages, Logan invites you to overcome feelings and outside circumstances that inhibit growth and rob you of hope.
10. Andy Crouch
Andy Crouch is the executive editor of Christianity Today and the author of books such as Culture Making and Playing God. Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia, and is also a senior fellow of International Justice Mission’s Institute for Biblical Justice. This March look for his new release, Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing, an ebook all about true flourishing and that it surprisingly requires being both strong and weak.
11. David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons
David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons, co-authors of the bestselling ebook, unChristian, have teamed up to write a new release coming this March, Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme. Good Faith works through the growing problem of trying to live faithfully in a culture that seems increasingly hostile. Written with a hope to help Christians understand what they believe and why, Good Faith invites readers to understand the heart behind opposing views and show them how to be loving, life-giving friends despite profound differences. David is president and majority owner of Barna Group, where he has supervised or directed interviews with more than 500,000 individuals and overseen hundreds of nationwide, representative research studies. Gabe created Q, a learning community that mobilizes Christians to think well and advance good in society.
12. Gwen Smith
Gwen Smith is the author of Broken into Beautiful and one of the three co-founders of Girlfriends in God, a conference and devotional ministry with more than 500,000 subscribers from all across the world. This March don’t miss Gwen’s new release, I Want It All: Exchanging Your Average Life for Deeper Faith, Greater Power, and More Impact. Smith knows how easy it is to think I can’t make a big difference for God because I’m just an ordinary woman with an ordinary life. But she is confident that God created us to join him in doing amazing work in the world. He created us to live with abundant joy, courage, and influence. I Want It All will ignite a fire in your heart to experience more faith, more power, and more impact.
13. Sean McDowell
Sean McDowell is an educator and a popular speaker at schools, churches, and conferences nationwide. He is author of Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, coauthor of 77 FAQs About God and the Bible, Experience Your Bible, and Understanding Intelligent Design, and is currently pursuing a PhD in apologetics and worldview studies. His latest project, coming in March, is the ebook, A New Kind of Apologist. McDowell edited and collected contributions from more than 20 leading apologists for A New Kind of Apologist, and it will be your new favorite go-to resource for effectively defending the Christian faith in our changing culture. Readers will discover and adopt fresh strategies for reaching those who are outside the church with the truth of the gospel.
14. John Piper
John Piper is a widely respected theologian and bestselling author who served as Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church for 33 years. He still serves as chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. In 1994, Piper founded Desiring God Ministries, which provides Piper’s sermons, articles, and information on titles he has authored. Several of Piper’s books have been Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Christian book award winners including What Jesus Demands from the World, Pierced by the Word, and God’s Passion for His Glory.
You won’t want to miss his new release coming late March, A Peculiar Glory, that explores why Christians have declared the Bible to be the Word of God. Piper unpacks what Scripture teaches about itself from Genesis to Revelation, its unique “self-authenticating” nature, and its unparalleled ability to showcase God’s peculiar glory. In it you’ll find a solid foundation for Christians’ unshakable confidence in the Bible.
15. Bobby Conway
Bobby Conway serves as lead pastor of Life Fellowship Church near Charlotte, NC. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), Southern Evangelical Seminary (DMin), and is a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham, England. He is the author of The Fifth Gospel and Doubting Toward Faith and is the founding host of The One-Minute Apologist. Look for his new ebook, coming this April, Does God Exist? Bobby has spent time answering a lot of the hard, and sometimes confusing, questions and mysteries of the Bible. In Does God Exist? you’ll discover life-changing answers to these questions and more: If God is good, why is there evil? How can a loving God send people to hell? Who made God anyway?
16. Jen Wilkin
Jen Wilkin is a speaker, writer, and teacher of women’s Bible studies. She has a background in women’s ministry, and has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. She is the author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds. Look for her newest release coming at the end of April, None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing). In None Like Him, Jen Wilkin leads readers on a journey to discover 10 ways God is different from us—and why that’s a good thing. In the process, she highlights the joy of seeing our limited selves in relation to a limitless God, and how such a realization frees us from striving to be more than we were created to be.
17. Lecrae Moore
Lecrae is a Grammy award winning hip-hop artist whose 2014 album, Anomaly, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Rap, Digital, Christian, Gospel, and Independent charts. His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.5 million copies. You won’t want to miss his first book, coming late spring. Written as an autobiography, Unashamed, is the story of Lecrae’s journey to faith and freedom. He holds nothing back as he divulges the most sensitive details of his life, answers his critics, shares intimate handwritten journal entries, and powerfully models how to be Christian in a secular age.
18. Andrew and Rachel Wilson
Andrew Wilson is a pastor at Kings Church in Eastbourne in the United Kingdom, a columnist for Christianity Today, and the author of numerous books. This June look for a book co-authored by both Andrew and his wife, Rachel, The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs. The Life We Never Expected details how Andrew and Rachel answered the question, what do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism. Refreshingly honest, this book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds.
19. Perry Noble
Perry Noble is the author of Unleash!: Breaking Free from Normalcy and Overwhelmed: Winning the War against Worry. He is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church, which was rated #2 on the Outreach 100 America’s Fastest-Growing Churches list in 2013. His primary concerns are being a servant to Jesus Christ; a husband to his wife, Lucretia; and a father to their daughter, Charisse. Perry is also passionate about seeing people meet Jesus, leading his church staff, and pouring himself into other church leaders on a local and global level. This summer don’t miss his new release, 20 Questions to Ask Before You Date.
20. Raechel Myers and Amanda Williams
Amanda Williams and Raechel Myers are the co-founders of She Reads Truth, a blog, app, and social platform to encourage women to stay in the Word of God everyday. Their ministry started as a small group of strangers on the internet who wanted to be more intentional about reading God’s Word. What began as a casual conversation is now an entire community of women all over the world in pursuit of Jesus.
Amanda is crazy about words. True words are her favorite, one of many reasons she adores her role as Chief Content Officer of She Reads Truth. Amanda enjoys dancing with her kids, reading herself to sleep, and explaining that her maiden name really is Bible. And Raechel loves God’s Word. A reluctant writer but lover of story, she delights in the evidence of God’s beauty, goodness, and truth in everyday life—just ask her kids. Look for their upcoming ebook She Reads Truth coming this fall. Born out of the experiences of hundreds of thousands of women who Raechel and Amanda have walked alongside as they walk with the Lord, She Reads Truth is the message that will help you understand the place of God’s Word in your life.
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