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  • Writer's pictureLinnea Archibald

2024 book releases to get excited about, part 1

I know we’re less than halfway through January, but I’m already calling 2024 a great year for book releases. At the time of this post’s publication, 10 books are being published in 2024 (nine available for pre-order, one just published) that I’m excited to read. What an embarrassment of riches!

If you’re looking to plan your pre-orders this year, here are the first five titles I’m excited to add to my cart, in the order in which they will be released. 

Available as of January 2, 2024

Shiner, Amy Jo Burns’s debut novel, is one of my favorite books, so I am especially eager to get my hands on her new publication.

Set in the 1990s in western Pennsylvania (close to where I attended college), the story focuses on a family of roofers, the woman who becomes entangled with them, and a long-held family secret that could unravel the family at the seams. 

I love a family drama, I love Burns’s writing, and I’m familiar with the setting–a recipe for a great reading experience!

Available January 16, 2024

John Mark Comer is one of my favorite teachers on the topic of spiritual practices, so I’m excited to make my way through this new work. 

An introduction to spiritual formation, this book purports to offer practical advice for developing a Rule of Life, applying the wisdom of ancient practices to our modern-day lives. 

I am not a regular reader of either self-help or Christian non-fiction (both often lack the level of substance and practicality I’m looking for), but I have loved Comer’s previous books and trust him to tackle this complex topic.  

Available March 12, 2024

Because she gave us my absolute favorite book (Gilead, which I read annually), I trust Marilynne Robinson implicitly. 

This non-fiction book examines the book of Genesis as literature and discusses how the themes presented resonate in the rest of the Biblical texts. According to the description, it “radiates gratitude for the constancy and benevolence of God’s abiding faith in Creation.”

Robinson’s non-fiction work is always thorough, carefully researched and crafted, and realistically optimistic. I can’t wait to savor this book. 

Available March 12, 2024

Emily P. Freeman’s podcast The Next Right Thing and her book by the same title have left an enduring mark on the way I approach decisions, so I’m thrilled to pick up this book. 

Combining questions for reflection (something Freeman excels at), spiritual practices, and stories, this book aims to help readers know when it’s time to walk out of a room, recognize the warning signs, navigate endings, find peace in the outcomes, and muster the courage to take the next step. 

Freeman is the perfect companion for all your decision-making needs, so if you’re feeling at a loss as to your next right step, this may be the right book for you. 

Available April 2, 2024

Leif Enger’s beautiful book Peace Like a River is one of my favorites of all time, so the fact he has a new title coming this spring has me over the moon. 

This is the story of a grieving musician, Rainy, sailing on a sentient Lake Superior in search of his beloved and departed wife. Rainy goes on a grand journey, encountering, as the description put it, “Gulliver-like challenges,” and his quest for his wife expands as a result. 

If this book is told half as beautifully as Peace Like a River, I think we’re all in for a wonderful treat. 

What books are you looking forward to reading this year? Do your favorite authors have upcoming releases or are you focusing on backlist? 



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