Migrant Brothers: A poet’s declaration of human dignity by Patrick Chamoiseau (Yale, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-0-300-23294-3).
“As migrants embark on perilous journeys across oceans and deserts in pursuit of sanctuary and improved living conditions, what is the responsibility of those safely ensconced in the nations they seek to enter?”
One Unfolding Story: Biblical reflections through the Christian year by Michael Perham, edited by Paula Gooder and Joanna Moriarty (Canterbury Press, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-78622-049-3).
“From Advent to Christ the King, Michael Perham shares his passion for the worship and its ability to draw us into God's presence.”
God: A new biography by Philip C. Almond (I. B. Tauris, £20 (£18); 978-1-78453-765-4).
“In this elegant new book, the sequel to his earlier, much praised treatment of the Devil, Philip Almond reveals that - whether in Judaism, Christianity or Islam - God is seen to be at once utterly beyond our world yet at the same earnestly desiring to be at one with it.”
How to Pray: Reflections and essays by C. S. Lewis (William Collins, £12.99; 978-0-00-819254-9).
“C. S. Lewis here offers wisdom and lessons that illuminate our private dialogue with God-prayer-in this collection drawn from the breadth of his writings.”
The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and wealth in early Western Christianity by Peter Brown (Harvard, £11.95 (£10.75);978-0-674-98397-7). New in paperback.
“Marking a departure in our understanding of Christian views of the afterlife from 250 to 650 CE, The Ransom of the Soul explores a revolutionary shift in thinking about the fate of the soul that occurred around the time of Rome’s fall. Peter Brown describes how this shift transformed the Church’s institutional relationship to money and set the stage for its domination of medieval society in the West.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.