Dangerous Mystic: Meister Eckhart’s path to the God within by Joel F. Harrington (Penguin Press, £25 (£22.50); 978-1-101-98156-6).
“Meister Eckhart was a medieval Christian mystic whose wisdom powerfully appeals to seekers seven centuries after his death. In the modern era, Eckhart's writings have struck a chord with thinkers as diverse as Heidegger, Merton, Sartre, John Paul II, and the current Dalai Lama. Dangerous Mystic grounds Meister Eckhart in a world that is simultaneously familiar and alien.”
The King and the Catholics: The fight for rights 1829 by Antonia Fraser (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £25 (£22.50); 978-1-4746-0193-1).
“The story of Catholic Emancipation begins with the violent Anti-Catholic Gordon Riots in 1780, fuelled by the reduction in Penal Laws against the Roman Catholics harking back to the sixteenth century. Some fifty years later, the passing of the Emancipation Bill was hailed as a ‘bloodless revolution’.”
Solitude: Memories, people, places by Terry Waite (SPCK, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-281-07882-0). New in paperback.
“Some people long to find it, others long to escape it. But, whether we welcome or dread it, solitude is something we all experience in different forms at different points in our lives. After enduring nearly five years of solitary confinement, in cruel and terrifying conditions, Terry Waite discovered that he was drawn to find out more about the power of solitude in the lives of other people.”
The Prayer Experiment Notebook by Miranda Threlfall-Holmes & Mina Munns (SPCK, £7.99 (£7.20); 978-0-281-07847-9).
“How do you help an 8-12-year-old to get to grips with prayer for themselves? Welcome to the Prayer Experiment Notebook.”
The Old Rectory: The story of the English parsonage by Anthony Jennings (Sacristy Press, £34.99); 978-1-910519-51-6). Second (revised) edition.
“Traditional English rectories and vicarages have been neglected by the Church in the post-war years, but have become highly desirable to property buyers, and are now cherished by their new private owners.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.