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28 June 2019

Anglican Women Novelists: From Charlotte Brontë to P. D. James, edited by Judith Maltby and Alison Shell (T & T Clark, £27.99 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £22.99); 978-0-567-68676-3)

What do the novelists Charlotte Bronte, Charlotte M. Yonge, Rose Macaulay, Dorothy L. Sayers, Barbara Pym, Iris Murdoch and P.D. James all have in common? These women, and others, were inspired to write fiction through their relationship with the Church of England. This field-defining collection of essays explores Anglicanism through their fiction and their fiction through their Anglicanism.

The Sacramental Sea: A spiritual voyage through Christian history by Edmund Newell (DLT, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-0-232-53396-5)

“Biblical references to the sea are largely negative, yet many people find being near, or on, the sea deeply spiritual, and our art, poetry, hymns and expressions of religious experience draw heavily on imagery of the sea. The Sacramental Sea is a theological exploration of this apparent paradox. Ed Newell explores the history of our complex spiritual relationship with the sea throughout history, scripture, scientific discovery and literature.”

Retired and Inspired: Making the most of our latter years by Wendy Billington (BRF, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-0-85746-720-1)

Attitudes to retirement vary, and in this book Wendy Billington draws on her pastoral skills and life experience to ask the question: what is a Christian view of retirement? If we believe that life is a gift from God, should we not be viewing retirement as part of an integrated whole and see our latter years as part of God's plan?

Forgiveness: A practical and pastoral companion by Anthony Priddis (Canterbury Press, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-1-78622-138-4)

Designed to accompany everyone on a personal or communal journey of forgiveness, this companion also offers an important resource for all engaged in listening, reconciliation and pastoral care, including clergy, counsellors and spiritual directors.”

George Whitefield: The first transatlantic revivalist by Nigel Scotland (Lion, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-0-7459-8028-7)

George Whitefield proclaimed the Christian message to more people in history than anyone else, before or since, who spoke with an unaided voice. A preacher of revival almost form his childhood, when he prophesied his own destiny, he had a profound impact on the social, religious and political life of both Britain and America. He crossed the Atlantic thirteen times, and merged as a celebrity figure, whose message captivated both rich and poor alike.”

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