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05 July 2019

Creation as Sacrament: Reflections on ecology and spirituality by John Chryssavgis (T & T Clark, £18.99 (£17.10); 978-0-567-68070-9)

John Chryssavgis explores the sacred dimension of the natural environment, and the significance of creation in the rich theological history and spiritual classics of the Orthodox Church, through the lens of its unique ascetical, liturgical and mystical experience.

Harvest Bells: New and uncollected poems by John Betjeman, edited by Kevin Gardner (Bloomsbury, £16.99 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £14.99); 978-1-4729-6638-4)

John Betjeman's unforgettable poems on landscape and suburbia, desire and death, faith and doubt, helped to establish him as the beloved voice of a nation. Yet the ten books of poetry he published individually, later assembled in the Collected Poems, were an incomplete representation of his poetic oeuvre.”

Treasure at the Bottom of my Garden by Judy Roblin (Matador, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-1-78901-795-3)

Poustinia is the Russian word for desert and a poustinia is a small sparsely furnished cabin, which is the perfect place for silence and listening, for communing with nature, and for developing a philosophy of life. Judy's words and poetry, her experiences and insights, and most importantly her faith, have all been honed by the time she has spent here. The wisdom she has learnt here and the spirituality that infuses this place are described and explained in this book. It is this, combined with her understanding of Christian teaching, which is at the heart of her message.

God of Violence Yesterday, God of Love Today? Wrestling honestly with the Old Testament by Helen Paynter (BRF, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-85746-639-6)

Do you find the violence in the Old Testament a problem? Does it get in the way of reading the Bible - and of faith itself? While acknowledging that there are no easy answers, in God of Violence Yesterday, God of Love Today?, Helen Paynter faces the questions head-on and offers a fresh, accessible approach to a significant issue.”

The Lost Gutenberg: The astounding story of one book’s five-hundred-year odyssey by Margaret Leslie Davis (Atlantic, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-1-78649-763-5)

The never-before-told story of one extremely rare copy of the Gutenberg Bible, and its impact on the lives of the fanatical few who were lucky enough to own it.”

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