Being Jewish Today: Confronting the real issues, by Tony Bayfield (Bloomsbury, £18.99; 978-1-4729-6208-9).
“The book gives an account of both the journey of a particular British Jew and the journey of millions of women and men through today’s perplexing and difficult world.”
Living with the Gods by Neil MacGregor, (Penguin, £12.99; 978-0-141-98625-8). New in paperback
“One of the central facts of human existence is that every society shares a set of beliefs and assumptions - a faith, an ideology, a religion - that goes far beyond the life of the individual. These beliefs are an essential part of a shared identity. They have a unique power to define - and to divide - us, and are a driving force in the politics of much of the world today. Throughout history they have most often been, in the widest sense, religious.”
Alive in God: A Christian imagination, by Timothy Radcliffe (Bloomsbury, £12.99 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £10.99); 978-1-4729-7020-6).
“How can Christianity touch the imagination of our contemporaries when ever fewer people in the West identify as religious? Timothy Radcliffe argues we must show how everything we believe is an invitation to live fully.”
Too Much Information? Ten essential questions for digital Christians, by Andrew Graystone (Canterbury Press, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-78622-159-9).
“Almost without noticing it happen, we have found ourselves shopping, communicating, playing and even worshipping online. The most profound effect of technology has been the transformation of culture. For Christians, the most important question is not ‘What can we do with technology?’ but ‘What is technology doing to us?’.”
Queen Victoria’s Archbishops of Canterbury, by Michael Chandler (Sacristy Press, £19.99 (£18); 978-1-78959-056-2).
“During the reign of Queen Victoria, the Church of England changed remarkably, and many of the institutions that are now a significant part of its life began to take shape. In six engaging mini-biographies, Michael Chandler introduces William Howley (1828–1848), John Bird Sumner (1848–1862), Charles Thomas Longley (1862–1868), Archibald Campbell Tait (1868–1882), Edward White Benson (1883–1896), and Frederick Temple (1896–1902).”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.