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21 December 2017

Diddy Disciples, Book 2: January to August: Worship and storytelling resources for babies, toddlers and young children by Sharon Moughtin-Mumby (SPCK, £29.99 (£27); 978-0-281-07788-5).

“Diddy Disciples book 2 covers the church year from January to August. It includes 7 units, covering: Jesus, Light of the World (Epiphany season); John the Baptist (weeks before Lent); The journey to the cross (Lent); Jesus is alive! Alleluia! (Easter); Come, Holy Spirit! (Pentecost and Trinity Sunday); Let your kingdom come (Ordinary time); God's best friend, Moses (Ordinary time). Each unit includes several weeks' worth of material, including all leaders need to know to run a session. Songs and photocopiable craft templates are also included in the book. The book also includes help on using Diddy Disciples in all-age worship.”

 

Undivided Heart: Finding meaning and motivation in Christ by Lucy Mills (DLT, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-0-232-53323-1).

“In Undivided Heart, Lucy Mills digs deep in search of an understanding of human identity, purpose and living by faith, asking what the influences are that shape us and define us. She explores what it might mean to have an undivided heart - to live a life compelled by Christ's love, undistracted by all other motives.”

 

The Keys and the Kingdom: The British and the papacy from John Paul II to Francis
by Catherine Pepinster (Blooms­bury, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-0-567-66631-4).

“Catherine Pepinster charts the relationship between the British and the papacy in the modern era, looking at how this relationship is coloured by its turbulent past.”

 

Church in Ordinary Time: A wisdom ecclesiology by Amy Plantinga Pauw (Eerdmans, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-0-8028-7186-2).

“In Church in Ordinary Time, Amy Plantinga Pauw argues that the liturgical season of ordinary time aptly symbolizes the church's existence as God's creature in this time between the times. Pauw presents a compact Trinitarian ecclesiology that is attuned to church life in this era of ordinary time. Formal ecclesiologies have largely neglected this ordinary-time dimension of Christian life, she says, and in so doing have virtually ignored the ongoing graciousness of God's work as Creator.”

 

Songs of the Spirit: A psalm a day for Lent and Easter by Megan Daffern (SPCK, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-281-07796-0).

“This sequence of beautiful translations and inspiring commentary provides daily nourishment for your Lenten journey from Ash Wednesday through to Easter. The first week of Lent explores thoughts under the rubric `It's a hard world', inspired mainly by laments. Second, `It's an unjust world', thinks about confession, imaging God as divine judge, with God's righteousness setting right humankind.”

 

Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.

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