Walking to Jerusalem: Blisters, hope and other facts on the ground by Justin Butcher (Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-1-473-67371-7).
“2017 marked three important anniversaries for the Palestinian people: 100 years since the Balfour Declaration; 50 years since the Six-day War; and ten years since the Blockade of Gaza. As an act of penance, solidarity and hope, actor and musician Justin Butcher - along with ten other companions for the full route, plus another hundred joining him for various stretches along the way - walked from London to Jerusalem. This book is the record of his journey: a combination of walking journal, travel writing and pilgrim stories.”
The Book of Revelation: A biography by Timothy Beal (Princeton, £21 (£18.90); 978-0-691-14583-9).
“Few biblical books have been as revered and reviled as Revelation. Many hail it as the pinnacle of prophetic vision, the cornerstone of the biblical canon, and, for those with eyes to see, the key to understanding the past, present, and future. Others denounce it as the work of a disturbed individual whose horrific dreams of inhumane violence should never have been allowed into the Bible. Timothy Beal provides a concise cultural history of Revelation and the apocalyptic imaginations it has fuelled.”
Rotas, Rules and Rectors: How to thrive being a churchwarden by Matthew Clements (Matador, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-78901-631-4).
“Deals with all aspects of the role and responsibility of being a Churchwarden. The aim of this book is to encourage Churchwardens to approach their role with confidence, and with the knowledge that much can be achieved in their term of office. The C of E has 30,000 churchwardens, of which several thousand are elected for the first time every year.”
I Saw Eternity the Other Night: King’s College, Cambridge, and an English singing style by Timothy Day (Allen Lane, £25 (£22.50); 978-0-241-35218-2).
“The sound of the choir of King's College, Cambridge - its voices perfectly blended, its emotions restrained, its impact sublime - has become famous all over the world, and for many, the distillation of a particular kind of Englishness. This is especially so at Christmas time, with the broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, whose centenary is celebrated this year. How did this small band of men and boys in a famous fenland town in England come to sing in the extraordinary way they did in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries?”
Godly Communities of Sound Learning: A study of how ten new colleges were founded to provide professional training for clergy of the Church of England 1800-1850 by Trevor Park (St Bega Publications, £15 (£13.50); 978-0-9508325-7-9).
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.