The Newsmax Rising Bestsellers list will do more than stimulate your mind. These reads may challenge your beliefs, broaden your perspectives, excite your curiosities, or widen your imagination.
These books may not necessarily appear on the official New York Times list of bestsellers, but they're the ones our Newsmax audience is reading, talking about, sharing with friends, and buying.
Here are the Newsmax Rising Bestsellers for the week of Jan. 18, 2021:
- “Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New York’’ by Matt Palumbo (Post Hill Press). Palumbo, known as the “resident fact checker’’ on “The Dan Bongino Show,’' argues that thanks to the policies of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the glory days of the Empire State and the Big Apple are long behind them. He says high taxes, big government, excessive regulations, and “other obstacles to liberty,’’ are among the reasons state and city dwellers may want to flee. (Nonfiction)
- “Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York’’ by Elizabeth Passarella (Thomas Nelson). Passarella, a former editor at Vogue and Real Simple magazines, grew up in Memphis in a conservative, Republican family with a Christian mother and a Jewish father. But her upbringing was turned topsy-turvy when she moved to ultra-liberal New York City. In this memoir, she upends the stereotypes about Southerners, New Yorkers and Christians, and makes a case that we are all flawed humans simply doing our best. More importantly, she notes, God pursues each of us, no matter our own inconsistencies or failures, and shows us the way back home. (Nonfiction)
- “Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption’’ by Vaneetha Rendall Risner (Thomas Nelson). Hit songwriter Risner contracted polio as an infant and lived with widespread paralysis in and out of hospitals for 10 years. When she became a Christian, she thought life would get easier, but her it unraveled further with four miscarriages, a medical error that killed her son, a diagnosis of post-polio syndrome, and a betrayal by her husband. Risner describes how her ordeals drew her closer to Christ as she discovered "that intimacy with God in suffering can be breathtakingly beautiful.” (Nonfiction)
- “The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease’’ by Charles Kenny (Scribner). Kenny, a writer and researcher at the Center for Global Development, chronicles the history of mankind’s battles with infectious disease. He explains how, for 4,000 years, the size and vitality of cities, economies, and empires were heavily determined by infection. Striking humanity in waves, the cycle of plagues set the tempo of civilizational growth and decline, since common response to the threat was exclusion — quarantining the sick or keeping them out. But, he says, unprecedented hygiene and medical revolutions have allowed humanity to free itself from the hold of epidemic cycles — resulting in an urbanized, globalized, and unimaginably wealthy world. (Nonfiction)
- “Faith, Farming, and Family: Cultivating Hope and Harvesting Joy Wherever You Are’’ by Caitlin Henderson (WaterBrook). Henderson, a young farmer’s wife in Kansas describes her life with kids, cows, and harvest-ready fields, reflecting on everything from wayward tractors to watching a marriage grow from surviving to flourishing. She also explores Biblical truths and invites us to recognize God’s beauty right in front of us so that we might find the courage to take the next step — or the first step — into His incredible calling.
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