The Art of Peace: Life lessons from Christian mystics by David Cole (BRF, £8.99 (£8.09); 978-0-85746-992-2).
Deep inner peace and peace of mind with spiritual balance is something everyone wants, but how does one attain it? More importantly, how does one maintain it in the midst of everyday life? Moving through sections on Stillness, Silence, Solitude and Sanctuary, this book draws on the lived experience and learning of the author, as well as the wisdom of Christian contemplatives and mystics from the past, to help people walk the mystic path of peace through life.
Changing the Climate: Applying the Bible in a climate emergency by Debbie, David and Jamie Hawker (BRF, £9.99 (£8.99); 978-1-800390-22-5).
“A series of Bible passages unpacked to show the Bible’s relevance to environmentalism, and how we can all play our part in limiting the negative effects of climate change. The climate crisis is one of the most important issues of our time, threatening lives and livelihoods. The Bible teaches us that God the creator put humans on the Earth to take care of it; to show love to all, and to care for the poor and vulnerable. This workbook shows how the Bible is relevant to environmentalism, and how we can all play our part in limiting the negative effects of climate change. Each of the 12 chapters looks at a particular Bible passage, connects it with climate action, poses questions, and suggests practical steps that can be taken.”
To the Island of Tides: A journey to Lindisfarne by Alistair Moffatt (Canongate, £10.99 (£9.89); 978-1-78689-634-6). New in paperback.
“In To the Island of Tides, Alistair Moffat travels to — and through the history of — the fated island of Lindisfarne. Known by the Romans as Insula Medicata and famous for its monastery, it even survived Viking raids. Today, the isle maintains its position as a space for retreat and spiritual renewal. Walking from his home in the Borders, through the historical landscape of Scotland and northern England, Moffat takes us on a pilgrimage in the footsteps of saints and scholars, before arriving for a secular retreat on the Holy Isle. To the Island of Tides is a walk through history, a meditation on the power of place, but also a more personal journey; and a reflection on where life leads us.”
Selected by Aude Pasquier, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.