The Heart of it All: The Bible’s big picture, by Samuel Wells (Canterbury Press, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-78622-225-1).
“In The Heart of It All, the Canterbury Press Lent book for 2020, Samuel Wells simplifies the Bible's complexity and presents the entire sweep of its narrative in eighteen key themes.”
The New Testament: A translation, by David Bentley Hart (Yale, £16.99 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £14.99); 978-0-300-24844-9). New in paperback.
“Reproducing the texts' often fragmentary formulations without augmentation or correction, he has produced a pitilessly literal translation, one that captures the texts' impenetrability and unfinished quality while awakening readers to an uncanniness that often lies hidden beneath doctrinal layers.”
Outgrowing Dawkins: God for grown-ups, by Rupert Shortt (SPCK, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-281-08410-4).
“In his latest book Outgrowing God, Richard Dawkins tries to show that all religious belief is intellectually nonsensical and thus highly damaging in practice. But does he even understand what he rejects? In this incisive rebuttal, Rupert Shortt exposes the main flaws in Dawkins’s arguments – his weakness for crude caricatures, selective way with evidence, ignorance of philosophy and history as well as theology, and even his questionable interpretations of science. At the same time Outgrowing Dawkins demonstrates the coherence of a mature, self-critical faith and its contribution to human progress.”
Narrative Apologetics: Sharing the relevance, joy, and wonder of the Christian faith, by Alister McGrath (Baker Books, £11.99 (£10.80); 978-0-8010-7577-3).
“In this groundbreaking book, scholar and author Alister McGrath lays a foundation for narrative apologetics. Exploring four major biblical narratives, enduring stories from our culture such as Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, and personal narratives from people such as St. Augustine and Chuck Colson, McGrath shows how we can both understand and share our faith in terms of story.”
Send my Roots Rain: Refreshing the spiritual life of priests, by Christopher Chapman (Canterbury Press, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-1-78622-219-0).
“The pressure of expectations often means that priests fail to care for themselves and neglect their own spiritual life. Thinking they must be able to do it all, the need to be constantly available, to achieve and succeed, to cope with difficult people, to defend church teaching they question, lack of time for prayer, unresolved doubt and personal difficulty can all cause spiritual malaise.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.