Unearthly Beauty: The Aesthetic of St John Henry Newman, by Guy Nicholls (Gracewing, £25 (£22.50); 978-0-85244-947-9)
“In this significant new book, published to mark Newman’s canonisation, Fr Guy Nicholls examines in detail for the first time the aesthetic that inspired the saint.”
A Biography of Loneliness, by Fay Bound Alberti (Oxford University Press, £20 (£18); 978-0-19-881134-3)
“A Biography of Loneliness offers a radically new interpretation of loneliness as an emotional language and experience. Using letters and diaries, philosophical tracts, political discussions, and medical literature from the eighteenth century to the present, historian of the emotions Fay Bound Alberti argues that loneliness is not an ahistorical, universal phenomenon.”
Wonder Beyond Belief: On Christianity, by Navid Kermani (Polity, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1- 5095-3871-3).
“In this book, Navid Kermani is awestruck by a religion full of sacrifice and lamentation, love and wonder, the irrational and the unfathomable, the deeply human and the divine - a Christianity that today's Christians rarely speak of so earnestly, boldly and enthusiastically.”
New in paperback. Rooted and Grounded: Faith formation and the Christian tradition, edited by Steven Croft (Canterbury Press, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-78622-168-1).
“This volume aims to uncover the riches of this tradition for all who teach and preach the faith today, and well as animate it.”
Crusaders: An epic history of the wars for the Holy Lands, by Dan Jones (Head of Zeus, £25 (£22.50); 978-1-78185-888-2).
“From the bestselling author of The Templars. ‘Voyages, battles, sieges and slaughter: Dan Jones's tumultuous and thrilling history of the crusades is one of the best’”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop