The Mystery of Christ: Meditations and prayers by Keith Ward (SPCK, £7.99 (£7.20); 978-0-281-07915-5).
“Keith Ward offers a set of reflections on what he believes to be the unique and life-transforming revelation of God in the person of Jesus Christ. And as we explore the spiritual truths relating to this mystery as expressed in the Gospels, meditation leads naturally to prayer.”
A Franciscan Way of Life: Brother Ramon’s quest for holiness by Arthur Howells (BRF, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-0-85746-662-4).
“This is the first biography of Brother Ramon. It tells of his life’s pilgrimage, his quest for holiness as a Franciscan friar, his inner journey of discovery and transformation, his love of God and his influence on others. The selection from his writings which concludes the book illustrates his spiritual journey. It will be an inspiration to readers to live lives fully for Jesus Christ.”
The Triumph of Christianity: How a forbidden religion swept the world by Bart Ehrman (Oneworld, £20 (£18); 978-1-78607-301-3).
“Bart Ehrman, a master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, explores what it was about the Christian message that converts found so compelling. Through meticulous research and luminous prose, he upends the way we think about one of the most important cultural transformations our world has ever seen - that which has shaped the art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics and law of modern Western civilization.”
Unbelievable: Why neither ancient creeds nor the Reformation can produce a living faith today by John Shelby Spong (HarperOne, £18.99 (£17.10); 978-0-06-264129-8).
What We Talk About When We Talk About Faith by Peter Stanford (Hodder & Stoughton, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-473-67805-7).
“Peter Stanford has been interviewing people of faith during his thirty-five years as a journalist at national papers including The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, and The Guardian, as well as for the church press. What fascinates him in such conversations is how creating a space to talk unguardedly about faith unlocks so much more: what shaped and continue to shape the public and private lives of high-profile names; how those values connect with the work they are best known for; and why they believe the search for faith makes them who they are.”