The First Letter of Peter: A global commentary edited by Jennifer Strawbridge (SCM Press, £14.99 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £11.99); 978-0-334-05887-8)
“This commentary offers a close reading of the text from beginning to end, drawing on a multiplicity of voices and engaging in a number of foundational themes for the Christian community according to the apostolic author: hope, holiness, suffering, joy, witness, hospitality, exile, resurrection, leadership.”
Breaking the Mould: Learning to thrive as a ministry mum by Jules Middleton (SPCK, £9.99 (£9); (978-0-281-08327-5)
“Jules is one of hundreds of mums in ministry across the Church today, and yet against a predominantly white, middle-class, male-dominated history, they can still be something of an anomaly. Bringing together stories from all different walks of life - Pentecostal to Methodist, single mums to adopters, RAF chaplains to disability advisors and everything in-between - Jules maps the highs and lows ministry mums may face as they seek to `break the mould' and challenge the `shoulds' and stereotypes that surround both roles.”
Place of Repose by Katharine Tiernan (Sacristy Press, £12.99; 978-1-78959-078-4)
“Place of Repose is a tale of violence and intrigue, revenge and reconciliation—and of true love lost and found. This extraordinary story, told by novelist Kathy Tiernan, combines with the skilful and engaging recreation of characters and relationships at this fateful moment in the survival of Northumbria.”
The Doctor of Mercy: The sacred treasures of St Gregory of Narek by Michael Papazian (Liturgical Press, £32.99 (£29.70); 978-0-8146-8501-3)
“In April 2015, Pope Francis named the Armenian poet and theologian St. Gregory of Narek (c. 945-1003) a Doctor of the Church. Though venerated for centuries by Catholic and Orthodox Armenians, Gregory is an obscure figure virtually unknown to the rest of the Church. Adding to the extraordinary nature of the pope's declaration, Gregory has the distinction of being the only Catholic Doctor who lived his entire life outside the visible communion of the Catholic Church.”
The Professor and the Parson: A story of desire, deceit and defrocking by Adam Sisman (Profile Books, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-1-78816-212-8), New in paperback.
“ One day in November 1958, the celebrated historian Hugh Trevor-Roper received a curious letter. It was an appeal for help, written on behalf of a student at Magdalen College, with the unlikely claim that he was being persecuted by the Bishop of Oxford. Curiosity piqued, Trevor-Roper agreed to a meeting. It was to be his first encounter with Robert Parkin Peters: plagiarist, bigamist, fraudulent priest and imposter extraordinaire.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.