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Short notices

22 March 2013


EAMON MAHER, in The Church and its Spire: John McGahern and the Catholic question, looks at the life and work of a controversial figure in the Irish RC Church. McGahern's second novel was banned, and he was also sacked from a teaching post because of his ambivalent relationship with his Church. The author explores how, though he abhorred the institutional aspects of the Church in which he was brought up, he also found much in its awe-inspiring mystery and worship (The Columba Press, £15.99(£14.40); 978-1-85607-728-6).

MICHAEL COLLINS's Death of a Saviour: Reflections on Good Friday is Three Hours material: thoughts on "The Politicians"; "Four Angry Men", Annas, Caiaphas, Herod, and Pontius Pilate; and the arrest, interrogation, humiliation, and crucifixion of Jesus; plus meditations and prayers on the Seven Last Words, and on the 14 Stations of the Cross (The Columba Press, £5.99(£5.40); 978-1-78218-022-7).

In the Grove Evangelism series (No. 86), Jonny Baker writes about Transforming Preaching: Communicating God's word in a postmodern world. He urges preachers to try something new, and suggests what will aid communication today (Grove, £3.95(£3.55); 978-1-85174-720-7).

A collection of sermons on Isaiah 53 by R. T. Kendall has been published as Why Jesus Died. Chapters look at why anyone would believe in Jesus, who crucified him, and how he handled injustice, among other topics (Monarch, £7.99(£7.20); 978-0-85721-061-6).

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