My Sour-Sweet Days: George Herbert and the journey of the soul, by Mark Oakley (SPCK, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-281-08032-8).
“George Herbert is one of the great 17th century poet-priests. His poems embrace every shade of the spiritual life, from love and closeness, to anger and despair, to reconciliation and hope. And his work is always rich with audacious playfulness: he seems to take God on, knowing God will win, as if he's having an argument with a faithful friend he knows is not going to leave.”
David Sheppard, Batting for the Poor: The authorized biography of the celebrated cricketer and bishop, by Andrew Bradstock (SPCK, £19.99 (£18); 978-0-281-08105-9).
“This biography draws on the papers left by Sheppard in Liverpool Central Library, other archival material, and more than 150 interviews conducted by the author.”
The Nearer you Stand: Poems and images, by Roger Wagner (Canterbury Press, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-78622-222-0).
“Roger Wagner is one of the most significant Christian artists and poets working today. This collection combines his poems and paintings in pairs to explore specific places and familiar biblical narratives, inviting us to see them from new and unexpected angles.”
The Kingdom of Our God: A theological commentary on Isaiah, by Jenni Williams (SCM Press, £19.99 (£18); 978-0-334-05698-0).
“Engaging with critical scholarship but designed to be accessible for those beginning formal theological study or Christians who want to go deeper in their understanding of the book, The Kingdom of Our God demonstrates that the words of the prophets can still speak to us today.”
In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, homosexuality, hypocrisy, by Frederic Martel (Bloomsbury, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-4729-6618-6). New in paperback.
“The arrival of Frederic Martel's In the Closet of the Vatican, published worldwide in eight languages, sent shockwaves through the religious and secular world. The book's revelations of clericalism, hypocrisy, cover-ups and widespread homosexuality in the highest echelons of the Vatican provoked questions that the most senior Vatican officials--and the Pope himself--were forced to act upon; it would go on to become a New York Times bestseller.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.