Resurrecting Easter: How the West lost and the East kept the original Easter vision by John Dominic Crossan and Sarah Sexton Crossan (HarperOne, £26.99 (£24.30); 978-0-06-243418-0).
“In this four-color illustrated journey that is part travelogue and part theological investigation, bestselling author and acclaimed Bible scholar John Dominic Crossan and his wife Sarah painstakingly travel throughout the ancient Eastern church, documenting through text and image a completely different model for understanding Easter’s resurrection story, one that provides promise and hope for us today.”
Reading the Book of Life: The life and teachings of St Angela of Foligno for everyone by Elizabeth Ruth Obbard (New City, £5.95 (£5.35); 978-1-905039-36-4).
“Angela of Foligno was a well-off, complacent wife and mother when she was first attracted by the Franciscan ideal of poverty. She wondered how someone as worldly as she could be part of the great new Franciscan Order that was nurturing so much holiness around her. The turning-point in her spiritual life came when she understood that she was loved by God, accepted as she was and forgiven.”
Following the Celtic Way: A new assessment of Celtic Christianity by Ian Bradley (DLT, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-0-232-53341-5).
“A quarter-century after writing the acclaimed The Celtic Way, Ian Bradley, one of the foremost experts on the spiritual beliefs and practices of the indigenous Christian communities in the British Isles in the early Middle Ages, revisits the original sources and makes a substantial reappraisal of Celtic spirituality.”
God Created Humanism: The Christian basis of secular values by Theo Hobson (SPCK, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-281-07743-4). New in paperback.
“In this compelling account of the origins and evolution of our secular worldview, Theo Hobson shows how Christian values continue to underpin our public morality, how faith remains indispensable to Western humanism, and how atheistic humanism represents a dead end.”
Key Words of Pope Francis: Over 50 essential words of Pope Francis’s ministry, edited by Joshua J. McElwee and Cindy Wooden (Bloomsbury, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-1-4729-5577-7).
“Key Words of Pope Francis is a collection of over 50 essays by an impressive set of insightful contributors from around the globe, each writing on a specific word that has become important in the ministry of Pope Francis.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.