Morality: Restoring the common good in divided times, by Jonathan Sacks (Hodder & Stoughton, £20 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £15); 978-1-473-61731-5).
“Delivering a devastatingly insightful critique of our modern condition, and assessing its roots and causes from the ancient Greeks through the Reformation and Enlightenment to the present day, Sacks argues that there is no liberty without morality, and no freedom without responsibility.”
Good Grief: Living with sorrow and loss, by Malcolm Duncan (Monarch, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-0-8572-1989-3).
“In this intensely personal journal, Malcolm Duncan guides the reader through grief and loss, examining how it changes us, and affirms that God is with us every step of the way. Intimate and well-grounded in scripture, Duncan shows us that no matter how dark it gets, the light of His grace will always be there.”
Crumbs for the Journey: A short anthology of spiritual reflections, by Peter Paine (New City, £7.50 (£6.75); 978-1-905039-41-8).
“These brief extracts chosen by Peter Paine, which have fed him on the journey of his life and sustained him in his Christian ministry, will also inspire the reader to find deeper purpose and meaning in their own life.”
Damascus, by Christos Tsiolkas (Atlantic Books, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-1-83895-021-7).
“Damascus is an unflinching dissection of doubt, faith, tyranny, revolution, cruelty and sacrifice. A vivid and visceral novel with perennial concerns, it is a masterpiece of imagination and transformation.”
Radical Sacrifice, by Terry Eagleton (Yale, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-0-300-25150-0). New in paperback.
“In this analysis, Terry Eagleton makes a compelling argument that the idea of sacrifice has long been misunderstood. Pursuing the complex lineage of sacrifice in a lyrical discourse, Eagleton focuses on the Old and New Testaments, offering a virtuosic analysis of the crucifixion, while drawing together a host of philosophers, theologians, and texts-from Hegel, Nietzsche, and Derrida to the Aeneid and The Wings of the Dove.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop