Everyday Blessings: Inspirational words of comfort and hope by Aled Jones (Hodder Faith, £14.99 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £12.99); 978-1-473-68274-0).
“Daily life is so busy that it's hard to see the wood for the trees. Take a few minutes each day to ponder a nugget of wisdom chosen especially for you by singer and presented Aled Jones. Aled’s faith in God has sustained him all his life — it is a God that speaks and exists through all things, times and places. Drawing on spiritual wisdom across the ages, from ancient times to the modern day, as well as across diverse cultures, Aled has compiled a daily reader that will help ground and inspire you each day of the year. The year is divided up into monthly themes, ranging from New Beginnings, to treasuring the little things in life and the power of a smile. Charming line drawing illustrations decorate the page and journalling space allows the reader to respond to what they are reading by either making notes or with a drawing of their own. A book that’s perfect as a gift for mum or dad, it is perfect to dip in and out of during the year and will be a favourite treasure trove of wisdom for all who love watching Aled on BBC TV or listen to his inspiring show on Classic FM. Complied by the singer Aled Jones, this book is a compilation of blessings to read throughout the year. Each page is illustrated with a quote to bring you joy and peace everyday.”
The Future of Brexit Britain: Anglican reflections on national identity and European solidarity, edited by J. Chaplin and A. Bradstock (SPCK, £12.99 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £10.99); 978-0-281-08429-6).
“The idea of British identity has been thrown into question by the debates around the EU Referendum, but now that Brexit is here, it’s time to think positively and constructively about Britain's future. How might Britain as a multinational state understand its own defining moral and political commitments in relation to its European neighbours? And if, as many suggest, a resurgence of English nationhood has been the driving force behind Brexit, how might the Church of England, as the ‘national Church’, respond to this and the many other missional challenges it faces? Those of us still wondering what to make of Brexit — including thoughtful Christians, politicians, journalists, think-tanks and religious leaders — will find much to stimulate thought and discussion here. The contributors have a wealth of specialist knowledge of Brexit and the EU; they draw on this and the legacies of Anglican — and more broadly Christian — social and political theology to offer their rich and nuanced responses to a range of crucial questions.”
Knowing Christ: Christian discipleship and the eucharist by David R. Tomlinson (Sacristy Press, £12.99 (£11.69); 978-1-78959-122-4).
“On the road to Emmaus, Jesus’s followers recognized their risen Lord in the breaking of bread. The Eucharist remains at the heart of discipleship. Participation in the Eucharist transfigures Jesus’s companions, and inspires them to live for God in their daily lives. David R. Tomlinson explores the liturgy of the Eucharist and finds in it the basic building blocks of the Christian life. Through story, reflection and prayer, he invites readers to consider the different aspects of this central act of Christian worship, so that their faith can deepen, and they can learn to live more fully as members of Christ’s body, the Church. This book can be used for individual reading or group study. It offers valuable insights for new Christians, and for those who want to experience new riches in a familiar service.”
Selected by Aude Pasquier, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.