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New titles just published

05 June 2020

The Book of Queer Prophets: 24 writers on sexuality and religion edited by Ruth Hunt (William Collins, £14.99 (£13.49); 978-0-00-836005-4)

“Is it possible to believe in God and be gay? How does it feel to be excluded from a religious community because of your sexuality? Why do some people still believe being LGBT is a sin? The book of Queer Prophets contains modern-day epistles from some of our most important thinkers, writers, and activists.”


Yes to Life: In spite of everything by Viktor E. Frankl (Rider Books, £12.99 (£11.69);  978-1-8460-46360 £12.99 CT price £11.69

“Just months after his liberation from Auschwitz, renowned psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl delivered a series of talks revealing the foundations of his life-affirming philosophy. The psychologist, who would soon become world famous, explained his central thoughts on meaning, resilience, and his conviction that every crisis contains opportunity. Published here for the very first time in English, Frankl’s words resonate as strongly today as they did in 1946.”


Grinling Gibbons: Master carver by Paul Rabbitts (Shire Books, £8.99 (£8.09); 978-1-78442-404-6)

“Master Carver Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721) is famous for his breathtakingly delicate, intricate, and realistic carvings, both in wood and stone. . . His work can be found in some of Britain’s most beloved buildings, including St Paul's Cathedral and Hampton Court Palace. From his early work in the Low Countries to his ‘discovery’ by the diarist John Evelyn in London, and his appointment as the king’s Master Carver, this book celebrates Grinling Gibbons’ unequalled talent, his visionary genius, and his ability to transform humble pieces of wood into some of the most exquisite artworks of his day.”


Living the Story: The Ignatian way of prayer by Joseph Cassidy (Canterbury Press, £10.99 (£9.89); 978-1-78622=247-3)

“Poetry and story can tell the deepest truths about who we are as human beings. In Living the Story, Joe Cassidy explores how Ignatian spirituality can help us discover the power of story in the scriptures.”


Heaven and Hell: A history of the afterlife by Bart D. Ehrman (Oneworld, £20 (£18); 978-1-78607-720-2)

“From the Epic of Gilgamesh to the writings of Augustine, Bart Ehrman provides a fascinating and thought-provoking history of the afterlife. He traces how beliefs changed over time and reveals the social, cultural, and historical roots of competing views held by Greeks, Jews, and Christians. Ultimately, he shows that many of our ideas about heaven and hell emerged long after Jesus’s time, through the struggle to explain the injustices of our world.”


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