Dementia from the Inside: A doctor’s personal journey of hope by Jennifer Bute with Louise Morse (SPCK, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-281-08069-4).
“Dr Jennifer Bute is a distinguished former General Practitioner, and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. In 2009 she was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and has since then tracked the progress of her condition, speaking frequently in public and gaining a wide following. Her primary conviction is that living with faith in Jesus means there is joy, even in dementia. But what does it feel like to have dementia, and what can help?”
With God We Live Without God: Reflections and prayers inspired by the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Martin Lind (Sacristy Press, £7.99 (£7.20); 978-1-910519-93-6).
“This book contains a series of 30 reflections and prayers that draw inspiration from the theological challenges, thought-provoking statements, and new intellectual constructs that defined Bonhoeffer’s own reflections.”
The Way of Ignatius: A prayer journey through Lent by Gemma Simmonds (SPCK, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-0-281-07531-7).
“This is a popular introduction, aimed at general readers, to prayer and the spiritual life in the tradition of Ignatius Loyola. A deep prayer life is not just something for mystics or religious specialists. It's for everyone, and everyone has a capacity for it. There is a great thirst for spiritual depth among Christians and seekers.”
Exploring the Sunday Gospel with Preschool Children: For parents and the Church by Patricia Ainge (Kevin Mayhew, £21.99; 978-1-84867-944-3). With CD-ROM.
“Exploring the Sunday Gospel offers an accessible resource for churches and parents alike as it aims to bring the Sunday Gospel to life through the use of simplified texts, explanations and activities. Helping young children connect and engage with the church year and its significance, it also encourages them to think about how the Sunday Gospel stories are special and how they relate to modern life. The book provides material for the three cycles, A, B and C, that is followed by the Catholic church on a Sunday and ensures that the materials given are suitable and interesting for a younger audience.”
Bethlehem: Biography of a town by Nicholas Blincoe (Constable, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-1-4721-2864-5). New in paperback.
“The town of Bethlehem carries so many layers of meaning--some ancient, some mythical, some religious--that it feels like an unreal city, even to the people who call it home. Today, the city is hemmed in by a wall and surrounded by forty-one Israeli settlements and hostile settlers and soldiers. The population is undergoing such enormous strains it is close to falling apart. Any town with an eleven-thousand-year history has to be robust, but Bethlehem may soon go the way of Salonica or Constantinople: the physical site might survive, but the long thread winding back to the ancient past will have snapped, and the city risks losing everything that makes it unique.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.