Black Sheep and Prodigals: An antidote to black and white religion by Dave Tomlinson (Hodder, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-473-61104-7). New in paperback.
“Welcome to black sheep spirituality: where doubts and questions are an essential part of faith; where difference of opinion is a sign of a secure community; where divine revelation is embraced wherever it is found - in the arts, science and the natural world as well as religious tradition; and where faith is something that is lived and practised rather than embalmed in beliefs or ritual.”
Praying Psalms: A personal journey through the Psalter by Ian Stackhouse (Cascade Books, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-5326-1842-0).
“Ian Stackhouse offers daily reflections on all 150 psalms. In so doing, he seeks to alert the reader to the sheer emotional range of the Psalter in the hope that this will give courage to pray bold, honest prayers.”
On Earth as in Heaven: The Lord’s Prayer from Jewish prayer to Christian ritual by David Clark (Fortress Press, £28.99 (£26.10); 978-1-5064-1438-6).
“Convinced that we can no longer have direct, unmediated access to the sense of Jesus’s prayer but must account for the history of its ‘effects’, David Clark seeks to trace the meaning of one of Christianity’s most repeated, and thus most ‘effective’ texts through the early centuries of the faith.”
To Gain at Harvest: Portraits from the English Reformation by Jonathan Dean (SCM Press, £19.99 (£18); 978-0-334-05689-8).
“Offering insights into the turbulent period of the English Reformation and its ideas, Jonathan Dean demonstrates the qualities of mind and heart, and the gifts of faith and character, which some of its leading proponents possessed.”
Culture by Terry Eagleton (Yale, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-0-300-22873-1). New in paperback.
“A sweeping intellectual history that argues for the reclamation of culture’s value. Culture is a defining aspect of what it means to be human.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop