The Bible and Disability: A commentary, edited by Sarah Melcher, Mikeal C. Parsons, and Amos Yong (SCM Press, £35; 978-0-334-05686-7).
“It examines how the Bible constructs or reflects human wholeness, impairment, and disability in all their expressions. Biblical texts do envision the ideal body, but they also present visions of the body that deviate from this ideal, whether physically or through cognitive impairments or mental illness.”
The Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies, edited by Mark D. Chapman, Sathianathan Clarke, and Martyn Percy (OUP, £35 (CT Bookshop SPECIAL OFFER price £25); 978-0-19-878302-2). New in paperback.
“The 44 essays in this volume embrace a wide range of academic disciplines: theological; historical; demography and geography; and different aspects of culture and ethics. They are united in their discussion of what is effectively a new inter-disciplinary subject which we have termed 'Anglican Studies'. At the core of this volume is the phenomenon of 'Anglicanism' as this is expressed in different places and in a variety of ways across the world.”
The Plymouth Brethren by Massimo Introvigne (OUP, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-0-19-084242-0).
“Plymouth Brethren offers the first scholarly treatment of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC), one of the largest denominations within the Brethren movement that originated with John Nelson Darby and a 19th-century revival in the British Isles.”
Enfolded in Christ: The inner life of a priest by John-Francis Friendship (Canterbury Press, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-78622-046-2).
“Enfolded in Christ is a book about priesthood with a difference. Instead of focusing on ministry, it helps priests develop a healthy spiritual life to sustain them through the demands of their calling.”
A Dark and Stormy Night by Tom Stacey (Medina Publishing, £10 (£9); 978-1-911487-25-8).
“To that which we give the name of Love, be it of the flesh or of God, is it ever less than divine? In a space of mere hours, a life and faith in their entirety are to be re-lived by Simon Chance.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.