(RNS) — In the middle of winter, curling up with a good book and a blanket can take the chill off.

When it is too cold to go out, go away instead — to Istanbul and Oxford with three young Muslim women, to England’s southern coast with a visionary, or back to the ancient past with a band of wandering Jews — in the pages of a book.

Here are eight recently published books that deal with religion and spirituality in plot, theme or subject matter — without proselytizing.

Fiction

In this novel, Proctor McCullough is a successful, happily married father who

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