My Dear Ones: One family and the Final Solution by Jonathan Wittenberg (William Collins, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-0-00-815806-4). New in paperback
“A family's story of human tenacity, faith and a race for survival in the face of unspeakable horror and cruelty perpetrated by the Nazi regime against the Jewish people. Through the wartime correspondence of his great-grandmother Regina and his grandmother, aunts and uncles, Jonathan weaves together the strands of an ancient rabbinical family with the history of Europe during the Second World War and the unfolding policies of the Nazis, telling the moving story of a family whose lives are as fragile as the paper on which they write, but whose faith in God remains steadfast.”
Listening and Spiritual Conversation: Singing God-songs in a noisy world by Sue Pickering (Canterbury Press, £18.99 (£17.10); 978-1-84825-910-2).
“This essential new companion from the author of the much-praised Spiritual Direction will help anyone in pastoral care master an essential skill: hearing and speaking from a spiritual perspective.”
Merton and the Protestant Tradition, edited by William Oliver Paulsell (Fons Vitae, £25 (£22.50); 978-1-891785-74-0).
“The book describes the evolution from Merton’s early Catholicism to his growing appreciation of Protestantism while at the same time remaining faithful to his Catholic faith and love for the Church.”
The Italian Chapel, Orkney by Donald S. Murray (Birlinn, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-78027-429-4).
“Thousands of visitors go to the Italian Chapel in Orkney every year, witnesses to a series of remarkable acts of transformation. The Italian Chapel, Orkney tells the story of the strength and tenacity, laughter and tears of the men who built the Chapel, showing how spirits defeated and despondent during years of exile were lifted by its creation. It does this with its own artistry and grace, using folk-tale and myth to provide a fitting counterpart to the wonder and beauty of the building that inspired it.”
The Cycling Cartoonist: An illustrated guide to life on two wheels by Dave Walker (Bloomsbury, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-1-4729-3889-3).
“A delightful celebration of cycling from renowned cartoonist and multiple-bike owner Dave Walker. With over 100 full-page cartoons that give an affectionate take on cycling in all its different forms, featuring cartoons about road cycling, mountain biking and bike ownership, via sportives and commuting - celebrating the simple pleasure of getting from A to B on two wheels.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop