Following Jesus allows us to become more human, not less so, argues John Valentine in “Follow Me”: Becoming a liberated disciple, though some think that the opposite is the case. He structures it in a tripartite scheme: personal — what it means for us as individuals to be called to follow Jesus; corporate — how we might relate that to life in the Church; and cosmic — how we might discover our part in God’s plans for all creation (IVP, £7.99 (£7.20); 978-1-84474-394-0).
London to Canterbury by John Merrill is a useful and practical guide for those wishing to make a pilgrimage between the two cities, starting at Westminster Abbey and ending at Canterbury Cathedral. The author has walked the route, and his instructions are clear, though it would be sensible to have a map with you. Routes cover footpaths, tracks, riverside walks, and roads. There are many photo-graphs (black-and-white and colour) of places and sights pilgrims will come across on their journey. (Available from The John Merrill Foundation, 32 Holmesdale, Waltham Cross EN8 8QY; £12.95)
A similar volume is Merrill’s Folkestone — Hythe to Canterbury: Pilgrim walk, which covers a 25-mile walk in five stages. It costs £8.95 and is available from the author at the address given above.
Owen Hylton argues that the Church should embrace diversity in a much deeper way than hitherto. In Crossing the Divide, he shows how embracing diversity can lead to good things in the Church, and touch the world beyond, but that, if this is to happen, Christians need to look back at how prejudices and history have led to the divided situation today (IVP, £7.99 (£7.20); 978-1-84474-383-4).
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