Review of 2010: Books

21 December 2010

LENT 2010 titles reviewed in the Church Times included the Arch­bishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book by Lucy Winkett, Our Sound is Our Wound. Other Lent titles that topped the Church Times monthly Top Ten bestseller list were: The Things He Said by Stephen Cottrell; A Bit Like Jesus by Robin Gill; and two titles by Paula Gooder, The Risen Existence and A Way Through the Wilderness.

Politics was discussed in many books, in­cluding God and Govern­ment by Nick Spencer; Make Cor­rup­tion History by Daryl Balia; Faith in Politics? by Richard Harries; Saints and Heroes by Frank Field MP; and Christianity and Contem­porary Politics by Luke Bretherton.

Books reflecting on the financial crisis in­cluded The Trouble with the Markets by Roger Bootle; Prosperity Without Growth by Tim Jackson; and Crisis and Recovery by Rowan Williams and Larry Elliott.

Topical ethical issues were ex­plored in A Time to Live by George Pitcher and Questions of Life and Death by Richard Harries. Tom Wright looked at virtue ethics in Virtue Reborn.

Titles on spirituality included Unwrapping the Sacred by Rosemary Lain-Priestley; Seasons of the Spirit by Teresa Morgan; For All That Has Been by Rowan Williams and Joan Chittister; Gateway to Resurrection by Maria Boulding; A Simplified Life by Verena Schiller; and Living Well by John Armson.

Books on the Bible included: A Theology of the Old Testament by J. W. Rogerson; The Bible: The basics by John Barton; Encountering Scrip­ture by John Polkinghorne; Did the First Chris­tians Worship Jesus? by James D. G. Dunn; and two titles by Geza Vermes, The Story of the Scrolls and Searching for the Real Jesus.

Green concerns in the Bible were explored in Creation: A biblical vision for the environ­ment by Margaret Barker; Biblical Prophets and Contemporary Environmental Ethics by Hilary Marlow; and Bible and Ecology by Richard Bauckham.

Titles by well-known writers in­cluded On Evil by Terry Eagleton; Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson; and Philip Pullman’s The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.

Children’s spirituality was ex­plored in Chil­dren and the Theo­logians by Jerome Berryman; Children’s Spirituality by Rebecca Pye; and One Generation from Extinction by Mark Griffiths. The spirituality of today’s youth was covered in: Youth Work After Christendom by Jo Pimlott and Nigel Pimlott; Called by Mind and Spirit by Gavin Knight and Joanna Knight; and Religion and Youth by Sylvia Collins-Mayo and Pink Dandelion.

There were also new biographies of Lord Shaftesbury, the novelist Elizabeth Taylor, Florence Nighting­ale, Edith Cavell, Siegmund War­burg, John Stott, Dietrich Bonhoef­fer, Edward Heath, Mary Slessor, and Keir Hardie. Autobiographies in­cluded Stanley Hauerwas’s Hannah’s Child and Leslie Griffiths’s A View From the Edge.

Other books reviewed included: A History of the Mothers’ Union by Cordelia Moyse; Making God Possible by Alan Billings; The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens; Heaven and Earth in Little Space by Andrew Burnham; Broken Hearts and New Creations by James Alison; and What Makes a Good City? by Elaine Graham and Stephen Lowe.

Books on the King James Bible included Begat by David Crystal; Bible: The story of the King James Version, 1611-2011 by Gordon Campbell; and King James Bible (400th anniversary edition) by Gordon Campbell.

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