1. “Safari: A Photicular Book” by Dan Kainen
2. “C.S. Lewis- A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet” by Alister McGrath
3. “Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis” by Lauren Winner
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4. “Navigating Early” by Clare Vanderpool
5. “100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names” by Diana Wells
6. “Gentleness in John of the Cross” by Thomas Kane
7. “St. Augustine’s Confessions” translated by Henry Chadwick
8. “Book of the Elders: Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Systematic Collection” translated by John Wortley
9. “Synaxis: A Periodical Gathering” edited by Erin Doom
10. “America’s Four Gods: What We Say About God and What That Says About Us” by Paul Froese
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“Francis of Assisi in His Own Words: The Essential Writings” translated and edited by Jon Sweeney (Paraclete Press, $14.99) — The election of the new pope has directed wide attention to the thirteenth-century saint whose name he chose to bear. Sweeney here offers a concentrated selection in contemporary English, from the authentic writings of St. Francis, including his Rule, the Testament, and his “Letter to Those Who Rule Over People.”
“Reinventing Bach” by Paul Elie (Farrar Straus and Giroux, $30). — Dispelling images of Bach as a stuffy church musician, a relic of an earlier time, Elie focuses on Bach the innovator, who restored and road-tested organs and transformed traditional chamber music into lush creations like the Brandenburg Concertos. He then connects this revised portrait with the story of how modern audio advances have enhanced Bach’s already iconic reputation for our own times.