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28 September 2018

A Cry is Heard: My path to peace by Jean Vanier (DLT, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-232-53391-0)

This is the closest Jean Vanier has come to writing a spiritual autobiography. Through the stories of his childhood, the foundation of L'Arche, and his relationship with significant figures such as Pope John Paul II, Pope Francis, Mother Teresa and Dorothy Day, Vanier teaches us the lessons of his life, his own psychological barriers and struggles, and a profound message of hope for the future.

The Shattering of Loneliness: On Christian remembrance by Erik Varden (Bloomsbury, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-1-4729-5328-5)

This book examines six facets of Christian remembrance, complementing biblical exegesis with readings from literature, ancient and modern. It aims to be an essay in theology. At the same time, it proposes a grounded reflection on what it means to be a human being.

Mere Discipleship: On growing in wisdom and hope by Alister McGrath (SPCK, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-281-07994-0

In exploring Christian discipleship, Alister McGrath encourages us to move beyond a superficial grasp of our faith to discover its depth and riches. He sees discipleship as a process of growth in wisdom, through which we absorb a Christian vision of reality, and allow it to percolate our minds and inform the way in which we think, imagine and act.

Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples by Neil MacGregor (Allen Lane, £30 (£27); 978-0-241-30829-5)

A panoramic exploration of peoples, objects and beliefs over 40,000 years from the celebrated author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany, following the new BBC Radio 4 documentary and British Museum exhibition.

The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian humanism in an age of crisis by Alan Jacobs (OUP, £20 (£18); 978-0-19-086465-1)

By early 1943, it had become increasingly clear that the Allies would win the Second World War. Around the same time, it also became increasingly clear to many Christian intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic that the soon-to-be-victorious nations were not culturally or morally prepared for their success. A war won by technological superiority merely laid the groundwork for a post-war society governed by technocrats.

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