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New titles just published

24 January 2020

Keeping Watch for Kingfishers: God stories, by Jenny Wilson (Sacristy Press, £12.99 (£11.70);

Jenny Wilson places the stories of scripture alongside stories found in the news, in poetry and in well-known novels such as Bleak House and Middlemarch, stories found in photography and the visual arts, together with snippets of insight gleaned from contemporary theologians like Walter Brueggemann and Rowan Williams.

Inclusive Judaism: The changing face of an ancient faith, by Jonathan Romain and David Mitchell (JKP, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-78592-544-3).

One of the best-kept religious secrets has been the revolution that has been quietly taking place within Judaism over the last two decades, as it has sought to grapple with contemporary issues. These include mixed-faith marriages, gay relationships, women's empowerment, declining numbers, atheism and being trans. It has involved a willingness to abandon biblical laws that conflict with modern values. Most ground-breaking of all, it has meant re-defining what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

Twelve Great Spiritual Writers, by Liz Hoare (SPCK, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-281-07936-0).

Liz Hoare's list of twelve great spiritual writers includes famous and lesser known women whose writings have touched her heart, illuminated her mind, and sharpened her spiritual vision. Liz believes they can do the same for you - which is why she has written this book. Each of these great writers - novelists, poets, preachers, philosophers and theologians - contributes something special to our understanding of the spiritual life today.

God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse: What Hawking said and why it matters, by David Hutchings and David Wilkinson (SPCK, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-281-08191-2).

Stephen Hawking kept breaking rules. Given two years to live, he managed another 54. He wrote about quantum cosmology - and sold 20 million books. He could not speak, yet the world recognized his voice. Hutchings and Wilkinson shine light on his extraordinary ideas. The result is a story of black holes, origins, many universes, and Big Questions.

Dancers and Wayfarers: Creative liturgies for incarnational worship: Pentecost to Christ the King, by Chris Thorpe (Canterbury Press, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-78622-207-7).

From cover to cover, this book is full of imaginative, read-to-use liturgies, prayers and service outlines for the Christian year from one of the most creative and poetic voices in the church today.

Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.

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