Deconstructing Whiteness, Empire and Mission, edited by Anthony G. Reddie and Carol Troupe (SCM Press, £25 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £20); 978-0-334-05593-8).
“This book offers an unapologetic exploration of Christian Mission and its history, and the ways in which this legacy has unleashed notions of White supremacy, systemic racism and global capitalism on the world. Contributors reflect on the past and consider the future of world mission in an age of renewed understandings of empire and its impact.”
Bigger and Wilder: Life, loss and learning to be a pilgrim by Jill Baker (Sacristy Press, £14.99 (£13.49); 978-1-78959-294-8).
“An excursion into the ancient spiritual practice of pilgrimage from the perspective of loss and bereavement. Jill Baker encourages others to step into the pilgrim spirit and discover more about the big, wild God who constantly calls us to follow.”
In the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral: The churchyard that shaped London by Margaret Willes (Yale, £10.99 (£9.89); 978-0-300-27338-0). New in paperback.
“For the first time, Margaret Willes tells the full story of the area. She explores the dramatic religious debates at Paul's Cross, the bookshops where Shakespeare came in search of inspiration, and the theater where boy actors performed plays by leading dramatists. After the Great Fire of 1666, the Churchyard became the center of the English literary world, its bookshops nestling among establishments offering luxury goods. This remarkable community came to an abrupt end with the Blitz. First the soaring spire of Old St. Paul's and then Wren’s splendid Baroque dome had dominated the area, but now the vibrant secular society that had lived in their shadow was no more.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.