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It is September already, and just because we’re on the tail end of the calendar year doesn’t mean that the great new books are already on the shelves. Here are some of the books I’m looking forward to reading that are coming out later this year:

  • 51fehuevwll-_sx327_bo1204203200_Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 6, 2016
    • Okay, so this book came out ten days ago. So what? This one deserves to make the list because the Throne of Glass series is a wonderful YA Fantasy series and I’m hooked on it. So is my wife, which a testament to how excellent this series is. The hardest thing will be choosing when to read this one, knowing it’ll be some time before the next book might come out…
  • 61ul42bzpnl__sx322_bo1204203200_Positively Medieval: The Surprising, Dynamic, Heroic Church of the Middle Ages by Jamie Blosser, Published by Our Sunday Visitor, Releases on September 22, 2016
    • I love all things Medieval, and the history of the church in the Middle Ages is certainly something right up my alley for interest. The title really makes me want to find out what the church did that was so dynamic and heroic!
  • 61c0cldjf8l-_sx328_bo1204203200_The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan, Published by Disney-Hyperion, Releases on October 4, 2016
    • This is probably the #2 book that I am excited about on this list. I absolutely loved the first Magnus Chase book when I listened to it last year, and I have no doubt that Riordan will deliver once again with this book. Now that I am more familiar with the Norse mythology, I’ll be able to delightedly pick up on the many references steeped throughout the text.
  • 51qdk-dwjgl__sx331_bo1204203200_Camelot Rising by Michael Clary, Published by Permuted Platinum, Releases on October 4, 2016
    • Okay, so I didn’t even know this series existed and I have not read the first book yet. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be excited about the second book in a King Arthur series coming out, right? After all, I have a weakness for Arthurian fiction…

 

  • 51l42lwnxsl__sx321_bo1204203200_Kingdom Prayer: Touching Heaven to Change Earth by Tony Evans, Published by Moody Publishers, Releases on October 4, 2016
    • I loved his book, Kingdom Man, and it is a book I plan to reread again in the near future. Prayer is an area where I need to improve, and I have a feeling that this book might be exactly what I need to spark an improved prayer life.

 

  • The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion / Unseen: The Prince Warriors 365 Devotional by Priscilla Shirer, Published by B&H Kids, Releases on October 15, 2016

    • Last weekend I was in the local Family Christian store and saw the first book of this series. I was intrigued and made a mental note that I wanted to pick it up eventually and read it. Imagine my surprise when I was able to get a digital copy of the first book to read this week. While I haven’t started in on it yet, I feel confident placing the second book on this list. And a companion devotional for Middle Graders? I’ll be taking notes on how I could do the same thing with my own writing!
  • 41hfvjj-xel__sx331_bo1204203200_Shaken by Tim Tebow, Published by Waterbrook, Releases on October 25, 2016
    • I still haven’t read Tebow’s first book, but I have it on good authority from a wonderful book blogger that it was an excellent read. I’ve been a fan of Tebow for a while now, and this book promises to deliver a very interesting read.

 

  • 61q30rhbfylThe Penguin History of the Church: Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages by R. Southern, Published by Penguin, Releases on October 27, 2016
    • This is a Kindle release of a book that has been out in paperback for some time, but I am still excited about this one. Two books on the Medieval Church history? The Medievalist in me approves!

 

  • 51r0kvrlhrl__sx322_bo1204203200_The Measure of a Man: Twenty Attributes of a Godly Man by Gene A. Getz, Published by Revell, Releases on November 1, 2016
    • This is an updated rerelease of a bestselling book, and one that I didn’t know existed until now. You’ll see the pattern repeated with a few more books further down the list, but I love reading books relating to Biblical Manhood. It is a topic that just doesn’t get discussed enough yet is so critical to the future of this nation and the church.
  • 51ejhelctql__sx318_bo1204203200_The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun by J.R.R Tolkien, Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, Releases on November 3, 2016
    • Two new Tolkien books in one year? While I still need to pick up a copy of Kullervo (I had won a copy on Twitter that never arrived…I’m not bitter at all about that…) this book has me interested enough to have it claim the top spot over the Magnus Chase book. They can keep on publishing anything and everything Tolkien and I will keep on buying
  • 51inarv2nl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Heartless by Marissa Meyer, Published by Feiwel & Friends, Releases on November 8, 2014
    • Confession: I haven’t read Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series. Not a word of it. It is still on my exhaustive TBR list, but maybe I can redeem myself by keeping up with this new book which takes place in Wonderland. I’m a huge fan of Carroll’s books, so this one probably has a greater personal appeal than fairy tale retellings and I am eager to see how this turns out.
  • untitledMan Up!: The Quest for Masculinity by Jeffrey Hammer, Published by Concordia Publishing House, Releases on November 22, 2016
    • As mentioned above, I am a huge proponent for Biblical Manhood and so any Christian books written on manhood are going to be on my radar. I already love the book from some of the description on the blurb, such as describing manhood as being counter-cultural (which real manhood certainly is right now) and to gain the standard from manhood by looking at Jesus as an example. Words can’t describe my eagerness to dive into this one.
  • 51bgtzhgt7l-_sx349_bo1204203200_Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller, Published by Penguin Books, Releases on December 6, 2016
    • I love Tim Keller’s work, and I’m guessing this book is a must-read for every Christian. Being able to explain your faith in a way that can reach the people of this world today is a critical thing to be able to do. And he should know how to do this effectively, having led a church in the heart of New York for many, many years.
  • 51jolq1yspl-_sx344_bo1204203200_A Minute of Vision for Men: 365 Motivational Moments to Kick-Start Your Day by Roger Patterson, Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Releases on December 6, 2016
    • I’ll be on the look-out for a new men’s devotional soon, and this one sounds like it might just be what I’m needing. I’ve had mixed success with devotionals for men, but this shows real promise. With this to start my day, I hope to finally fulfill the words in Tony Evans’ Kingdom Man: “A kingdom man is the kind of man that when his feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, ‘Oh crap, he’s up!’”

 

So there are the fourteen (well, fifteen if you count the Prince Warriors devotional) books that are coming out between now and the new year that I am excited about. What books are you looking forward to reading?