Lifelines: Wrestling the Word, gathering up grace (poems) by Carla A. Grosch-Miller (Canterbury Press, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-78622-234-3)
“Lifelines is the fruit of what followed. These searingly honest yet hopeful poems reflect on the mystery at the heart of Christian faith: a seed falls into the earth and dies in order for new life to rise up. But as these poems reflect, the journey through death to resurrection can be arduous and cannot be hurried.”
Paul: A biography by Tom Wright (SPCK, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-0-281-07876-9). New in paperback.
“This compelling reconstruction of the life and thought of St Paul paints a vivid picture of the Roman world in which he preached his revolutionary message and explains the significance of his lasting impact on both the Church and the world.”
The English Reformation: A very brief history by Alec Ryrie (SPCK, £12.99; 978-0-281-08240-7).
“So this book does not tell "the story" of “the English Reformation”. It tells the stories of six English Reformations, or rather six stories of religious change in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. The stories are parallel and overlapping, but each has a somewhat different chronological frame, cast of characters and set of pivotal events, and has left a different legacy.”
Church Fonts by Matthew Byrne (Shire Publications, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-1-78442-391-9).
“The font is perhaps the most important part of any church. For centuries, no infant in the parish was thought to be saved from damnation until christened and fonts, as the vessels for this crucial rite of passage, were a pre-eminent tool in the Church's fight against the Devil.”
In Search of the Sacred Image by Aidan Nichols (Gracewing, £15.99 (£14.40); 978-0-85244-926-4).
“What sacred images should surround the faithful at worship and be available to them for instruction, in meditation and in prayer? This historical study is driven by questions of catechetical, doctrinal and liturgical urgency.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.