Retreats 2021: Place and spaces for the spiritual journey by Christopher Jamison (National Retreat Association, £9 (£8.10); 978-0-9927207-7-3).
This year’s publication includes articles on the theme of courage, particularly around living in the coronavirus pandemic, with contributions from Abbot Christopher Jamison OSB; Mark Ireland on the rebirth of Whalley Abbey as a centre for Christian discipleship and prayer; Frances Nestor, describing her experience of being on the NHS frontline; and Lorraine Apps-Huggins on healing and hope.
Other features include retreats with a theme, such as painting, walking, Christmas, and Easter, and those for beginners; individually guided retreats and quiet days; maps, and full details of 170 retreat centres.
T&T Clark Reader in Political Theology, edited by Elizabeth Phillips, Anna Rowlands and Amy Daughton (Bloomsbury, £49.99 (£44.99); 978-0-567-666963).
“T&T Clark Reader in Political Theology brings together some of the most important, up-to-date scholarly texts published in this field. Edited by leading academics — Phillips, Rowlands, and Daughton — this single-volume reader fills the gap in the existing literature and provides a broad introductory selection to encourage critical comprehension of the relationship between theology and the political.
“Including readings from Augustine, Aquinas, Martin Luther, Carl Schmitt, Jürgen Moltmann, Dorothee Sölle, Dorothy Day, John Howard Yoder, Reinhold Niebuhr and Stanley Hauerwas, this reader analyses and discusses major patristic, medieval and modern texts and figures from the field of political theology. These texts are grouped by topic — from the politics of Jesus, the Church and the political, and liberalism, to liberation and oppression — in order to allow students and scholars alike to gain a clear understanding of key themes and movements within the subject.
“By presenting a range of pedagogical features — introductions, suggestions for further readings, discussion questions — this text will not only allow students to gain an understanding of the history of the subject, but also the ability to read, interpret and critically engage with the major issues in political theology.”
Mapping Faith: Theologies of migration and community, edited by Lia D. Shimada (Jessica Kingsley, £19.99 (£17.99); 978-1-78592-387-6).
“This enlightening edited collection shows how migration shapes the lives of faith communities — and vice versa — through diverse prisms including diaspora, generational change, cultural conflict, conceptions of ‘ministry’ and artistic response. The contributors comprise writers, poets and artists from the three largest Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and beyond. They show how issues of migration are addressed through a variety of different media such as theological debate and shared community action, poetry and art.
“As issues of migration are an important factor in so many political and social debates, faith communities are looking for guidance on how to deepen their theological understanding of migration. This book helps them to reflect on their own practices and experiences, learn from their own traditions and engage in dialogue with diverse communities.”
The publishers state: All royalties from book sales will be donated to The Helen Bamber Foundation — a UK-based charity that supports people who have survived extreme physical, sexual and psychological violence.
Selected by Aude Pasquier, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.