The Gospel of Eve by Rachel Mann (DLT, £20 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £15); 9780-0-232-53460-3).
“Littlemore College is in a picturesque village just outside Oxford. Its calm surroundings have seen generations of aspirant priests pray and train. As far as the outside world is concerned, human passions are restrained by devotion to a higher calling. But this is the 1990s and women are training for the priesthood for the very first time. Passions are running high and at Littlemore College’s enclosed and febrile heart, a small group of brilliant young ordinands, the favoured students of the charismatic and controversial Medievalist, Professor Albertus Loewe, are asking themselves some very dangerous questions. When Catherine Bolton arrives with her freshly-minted doctorate on Chaucer and the Church, Dr Loewe and his secretive group of students represent an irresistible challenge to her and her new friend Evie Kirkland. But just as Evie is not quite the friend she seems to be, so too the medieval passions of Dr Loewe’s group are more far reaching and intense than she could ever have imagined.”
The Wisdom of St Benedict: Monastic spirituality and the life of the church by Luigi Gioia (Canterbury Press, £16.99 (£14.99); (978-1-78622-309-8).
“Luigi Gioia is one of the most insightful commentators on monastic and priestly life today. In The Wisdom of St Benedict he shines the light of monastic spirituality on many aspects of the contemporary Church, including: vocation, Christian action, mission, leadership and reform, prayer and simplicity, trials and suffering, the experience of God, listening, the practice of theology. Practical, wise and informed both by lived experience and a truly impressive breadth and depth of knowledge, he concludes with a refreshing vision of a renewed spirituality for today’s Church.”
Coming Home: A theology of housing, edited by Malcolm Brown and Graham Tomlin (CHP, £14.99 (£13.49); 978-1-78140-188-0).
“Everyone has an interest in housing, because we all live in some kind of home. While there has been plenty of theological reflection on the natural environment, there has been little on the built environment or on a theology of housing. Addressing the urgent problems of housing inequality and affordability, Coming Home proposes a practical and biblical theology of housing provision as an essential part of community building. It explores the purpose of home and housing today, housing and human flourishing, shared living and neighbourliness. It asks how and why the church should contribute to local and national housing policy — and thus to building community life — and offers case studies in community action. Contributors include Samuel Wells, Timothy Gorringe, Niamh Colbrook, Selina Stone, Angus Ritchie and Shermana Fletcher of the Centre for Theology and Community. Collectively, they bring theology and practice together.”
Selected by Aude Pasquier, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.