How to Live: What the Rule of St Benedict teaches us about happiness, meaning and community, by Judith Valente (William Collins, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-0-00-830830-8). New in paperback.
This is a book about living, not just surviving. It is a book about how to live a balanced, meaningful, and conscious life rooted in the ancient and time-tested wisdom of the rule. Valente's book reflects her training as a journalist. The narrative is engaging, conversational, and filled with anecdotes.”
God in Fragments: Worshipping with those living with dementia, edited by Matthew Salisbury (Church House Publishing, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-0-7151-2367-6) “God In Fragments aims to equip those engaged in or preparing for ministry to people with dementia. It explores the theological and spiritual challenges of dementia, suggests practical ways to help those living with dementia participate in worship, and offers a wide range of prayers and worship outlines.”
Soulful Nature: A spiritual field guide, by Brian Draper and Howard Green (Canterbury Press, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-78622-147-6) In Soulful Nature, Brian Draper and Howard Green encourage you to get outside and make deeper connections with creation and its creator. They chart walking journeys through rural landscapes and town streets over the course of a year, showing how the natural cycle of the changing seasons can awaken us to the rhythms of our own lives.”
Austin Farrer: Oxford warden, scholar, preacher, edited by Markus Bockmuehl and Stephen Platten (SCM Press, £19.99 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £15.99)
Published to mark the 150th anniversary of Keble College, of which Farrer was Warden, this book brings together essays from leading scholars including Ian W. Archer, Mark Goodacre, Michael F. Lloyd, Judith Wolfe and John Barton alongside 4 previously unpublished lectures by Farrer himself.”
The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the history, literature, and theology of the first Christians, by N. T. Wright and Michael Bird (SPCK, £40 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £30); 978-0-281-08271-1)“In The New Testament In Its World acclaimed biblical scholar N. T. Wright draws on a lifetime of distinguished scholarship to provide a thorough overview of the New Testament for students, church leaders, and everyday Christians.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.