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30 January 2015

WHAT can great literary works tell us about forgiveness and human relationships? John Haddon takes the works of Shakespeare and Charles Dickens and uses specific characters from their writings to explore how this theme is presented in them, in The Comedy of Forgiveness (The Brynmill Press, £18; 978-09567048-0-1).

Catherine Campbell encourages her readers by showing how God can turn suffering into something positive. Parts of her own story are interwoven with biblical teaching and others' true-life tales in Broken Works Best. She and her husband lost two of their three children, aged ten and 13, as a result of profound disabilities; so she writes from painful experience (Monarch, £7.99 (£7.20); 978-0-85721-223-8).

Life without feelings would be a very monochrome experience. In Emotions: Living life in colour, Graham Beynon explores the place of emotion in Christian life and faith (IVP, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-1-84474-589-0).

Exploring the Religion of Ancient Israel is part of an SPCK series for students which also includes works on the books of the Old and New Testaments. Aaron Chalmers has divided the majority of his material into looking at four groups: priests, prophets, sages, and the common people (SPCK, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-0-281-06481-6).

Keith Kahn-Harris's Judaism: All that matters is an introductory guide that covers much more than religion. He addresses identity, history, politics, and culture, and shows where and how differences and divisions exist between Jewish people. Chapter headings include: living Jewishly, anti-Semitism, and the State of Israel (Hodder Education, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-1-4441-5672-0).

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