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Short notices

07 November 2006


Chiara Lubich’s A New Way: A spirituality of unity is about the Focolare idea of collective spirituality. It explains the 12 themes that are the movement’s basis, and how its communities live them out (New City, £7.95 (£7.15); 0-904287-92-0).

The Unitarians: A short history by Leonard Smith is aimed at the general reader. Its content is divided into three parts: Europe, Great Britain, and America (available from Lensden Publishing, 63 Silverdale Road, Arnside, Cumbria LA5 0DZ for £9.99 plus £3 p. & p.; cheques payable to L. Smith).

Anthony Thacker is a minister and Doctor Who fan. In Behind the Sofa, he examines the spiritual and moral issues raised by the series (the old and the new). Topics covered include conflict, sex, the occult, and blasphemy. It is aimed at a general Christian readership (Kingsway, £6.99 (£6.30); 1-84291-272-0).

The Read of My Life is a collec-tion of essays in which Evangelical Christians such as Clive Calver, Gerald Coates, and R. T. Kendall select the books that have had an impact on their lives, and explain what they have meant for them. The influential authors cited include, among many others, C. S. Lewis, R. T. Kendall, John Stott, Graham Greene, and Martyn Lloyd-Jones. All proceeds will be donated to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (Crusade for World Revival, £8.99; 1-85345-386-2).

A collection of essays has been edited by Helen Nicholson and Jochen Burgtorf, and published as International Mobility in the Military Orders (Twelfth to Fifteenth Centuries). Seventeen contributors discuss the frequency of the journeys made by members of these (Templars, Hospitallers, Orders of St Lazarus and Avis), the numbers and types of travellers, the reasons for their journeys, and the things that held them up (University of Wales Press, £55 (£49.50); 0-7083-1907-6).

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