Love that Dares to Speak: A five-session group study course exploring Christian reactions to homosexuality by Hilary Brand (DLT, £6.99 (£6.30); 978-0-232-53383-5).
“Disagreements over issues relating to homosexuality are perhaps the biggest challenge facing the Christian Church today. Love That Dares to Speak provides an opportunity for people of differing opinions and experiences within small church groups to explore the issues together; to share views and questions, to find out what the Bible actually said about being gay, and to gain deeper understanding.”
The Orthodox Church of Ethiopia: A history by John Binns (I. B. Tauris, £17.99 (£16.20); 978-1-78831-395-7). New in paperback.
“This book is the first major study of a community which has developed a distinctive approach different from all other churches. John Binns explains how its special features have shaped the life of the Ethiopian people, and how political changes since the overthrow of Haile Selassie have forced the Church to rethink its identity and mission.”
The Theology of Sergius Bulgakov by Robert Slesinski (SVS Press, £25 (£22.50); 978-0-88141-601-5).
“The present volume is the single best one volume introductory critical study of Bulgakov available now in English. In a time when Bulgakov’s complex theology and profound legacy in modern theology — in Christian East and West — is finally being widely appreciated, Fr Slesinkski’s study has given us a sure conceptual guide, with marked critical analysis, not a mere summary, to the major themes and words of Bulgakov’s massive oeuvre.”
Dante’s Divine Comedy: A journey without end by Ian Thomson (Head of Zeus, £18.99 (£17.10); 978-1-78669-080-7).
“Dante has no equal as he sings of other-worldly horror and celestial beatitude alike. Yet for all our distance from medieval theology, the Florentine poet’s allegorical journey through hell, purgatory and paradise remains one of the essential works of world literature. At least fifty English language versions of the Inferno — the first part of Dante's poem — appeared in the twentieth century alone.”
The Sleepy Shepherd: A timeless retelling of the Christmas story by Stephen Cottrell, illustrated by Chris Hagan (SPCK, £6.99 (£6.30); 978-0-281-07802-8).
“The Sleepy Shepherd is so dozy he completely misses the visit of the angels . . . and the chance to greet the Christ-child in Bethlehem. But one crucial night, years later, he makes an important decision — to be a real shepherd to a man whose friends have all fallen asleep . . .”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.