Everyday Public Worship by Susan Jones (SCM Press, £12.99 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £10.99); 978-0-334-05755-0).
“Everyday Public Worship has been designed to engage with the ordinary experience and ordinary theology of Christian disciples as they work to develop and deepen their discipleship learning. In so doing it links the reader’s everyday experience with the key influences that have shaped the Church's understanding of public worship, with the Scriptures, with Christian doctrine, with Church history, and with the landmarks in Christian liturgy.”
Richard Dawkins, C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath (SPCK, £7.99 (£7.20); 978-0-281-08019-9).
“Alister McGrath has written to great acclaim on both Richard Dawkins and C. S. Lewis. Here he brings these two intriguing and well-known writers into a conversation. They could hardly have more different perspectives. Engaging with their views is a brilliant way of sharpening up our own thinking on the meaning of life.”
Priest of Nature: The religious worlds of Isaac Newton by Rob Iliffe (OUP, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-0-19-093159-9). New in paperback.
“The first major book on Newton’s writings on religious topics since Frank Manuel’s 1974 The Religion of Isaac Newton. Iliffe is the editorial director of the Newton Project, a non-profit organisation dedicated to making Newton's works freely available online; and has unmatched familiarity with the relevant material.”
The Naked Hermit: A journey to the heart of Celtic Britain by Nick Mayhew-Smith (SPCK, £19.99 (£18); 978-0-281-08154-7).
“Descending into the darkness of a long-abandoned hermit's cave, wading naked into an icy sea to pray, spending the night on a sacred mountain, Nick Mayhew-Smith recounts an extraordinary one-man mission to revive the ancient devotions of Britain's most enigmatic holy places.”
From a Mother’s Pen: Selections from the spiritual writing of Susanna Wesley by Charles Wallace (The Methodist Church, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-85852-464-1).
“Susanna Wesley’s reputation has traditionally been ‘fame by association’, primarily as the mother of John and Charles Wesley, the most prominent of the founders of the worldwide Christian movement of Methodism. But Susanna was an accomplished writer, practical theologian, dedicated teacher and principled churchwoman, deeply devoted to God. We can glimpse in this anthology not only the triumphs and authentic struggles of a woman in the eighteenth century, but also find resonance and inspiration for our own life’s journey today.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.