Into the Heart of Advent: 25 conversations with Jesus by Penelope Wilcock (SPCK, £9.99 (£8.99); 978-0-281-08443-2)
“Penelope Wilcock invites you to listen in on twenty-five conversations she’s had with Jesus about the Christian journey and the meaning of Advent. They delve into many areas: children and families, gifts and graces, angels, homes, homelessness and hospitality — and more besides. Get ready to be surprised and challenged, as you hear Jesus’s own take on the original Christmas and what it means for our world twenty centuries later.”
Frequencies of God: Walking through Advent with R. S. Thomas by Carys Walsh (Canterbury Press, £12.99 (£11.69); 978-1-78622-088-2)
“With the season of Advent, the coming of Christ is imminent, and following the contours of the season leads through a rich time of preparation for God-with-us in the Incarnation.
“R. S. Thomas, a poet of waiting and anticipation, can be a profound guide for this season. His spiritual and poetic trajectory of discovering the presence of God — divine ‘frequencies’ — even in apparent absence, can help lead us into an Advent landscape of surrender, open-hearted discovery, epiphany and encounter.
“This collection of 28 reflections on Thomas’s poetry travels through the season, and follows one of the traditional patterns of themes explored in each Sunday of Advent: a Carmelite pattern of waiting, accepting, journeying and birthing.”
Britain’s Pilgrim Places by Nick Mayhew-Smith and Guy Hayward (Lifestyle Press and British Pilgrim Trust, £19.99 (£17.99); 978-0-9544767-8-6)
“Britain’s Pilgrim Places captures the spirit of 2,000 years of history, heritage and wonder. It is the complete guide to every spiritual treasure, including 500 enchanting holy places throughout England, Wales and Scotland and covers all major pilgrimage routes. Produced in collaboration with The British Pilgrimage Trust, this book encapsulates the timeless quest of the human spirit to find meaning, connection and peace. Each listing is illustrated in full colour and written and presented in a way that appeals to everyone. From wild hermit islands to city-centre cathedrals alike, there is something to surprise and enlighten anyone with a sense of the sacred. 2020 is the Year of the Pilgrimage and the Year of Cathedrals, and events are being held throughout the year to mark a revival in pilgrim places, cathedrals and free-form spiritual expression. The British Pilgrimage Trust's mission is to harness the quiet but powerful resurgence of interest in ancient ways of finding meaning and peace in the landscape. Britain’s Pilgrim Places follows on from best-selling Britain’s Holiest Places which became a 6-part BBC television series.”