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16 July 2021

This week’s selection: a healthy response to trauma, marginal characters in the Bible, and meditations on the 99 names of God

Trauma and Pastoral Care: A ministry handbook by Carla A. Grosch Miller (Canterbury Press, £18.99 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £15.19); 978-1-78622-333-3).

“This handbook is for leaders who are faced with leading an individual or a church community through a traumatic event and its aftermath. It arises out of the Tragedy and Congregations Project which helps churches to respond in a healthy way to the impact of tragedies through training in good practice, careful reflection, and drawing on faith resources. Part One examines the physical and mental impact of trauma, and offers a rapid response pastoral toolkit and guidance on appropriate continuing care. Part Two offers pastoral and liturgical strategies for collective trauma, suggesting ‘habits of the heart’ that will build resilience. Part Three reflects on the changing story of life and faith as meaning is made from traumatising events, and reflects on recovery.”


Out of the Shadows: Preaching the women of the Bible by Kate Bruce and Liz Shercliff (SCM Press, £19.99 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £16); 978-0-334-06069-7).

“The story of the Bible is most often told as the story of men, from patriarchs to prophets, kings, disciples and apostles. But women are there, sometimes in the background, sometimes striding powerfully onto the stage. Their story is moving, prophetic and good news for the congregations to whom we preach. Out of the Shadows seeks to enable preachers to see these often marginal characters in a new light, offering ideas about how to communicate their stories with power, resonance and punch.”


99 Names of God by David Steindl-Rast (Orbis Books, £16.99 (£15.29); 978-1-62698-422-6).

“Benedictine writer Brother David Steindl-Rast offers meditations on each of the 99 names of God found in the Islamic creed, to provide readers with an introduction to and a way of understanding another faith. Each name is rendered in its original Arabic by the masterful calligrapher, Shams Anwari-Alhosseyni. In this inspiring and meditative journey with God, we explore our relationship to the nameless and open ourselves to the ‘Secret’ that connects us all. In this sense, the book speaks to people of any religious belief who, through the many names of God, enter the gate of the one nameless Mystery that unites us.”

Selected by Aude Pasquier, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.

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