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03 February 2023

This week’s selection: post-pandemic contemplations, reflections on spirituality of priesthood, and a new companion to Christian doctrine

At Home and Out and About: 52 biblical contemplations on faith, hope and love for a re-emerging world by Gordon Giles (BRF, £9.99 (£8.99); 978-1-80039-115-4).

“Across a year’s worth of weekly reflections, Gordon Giles focuses on objects, scenes, activities and places, drawing out spiritual insights to help us reflect on what we have learned as we venture out again after months of restriction, absence and anxiety. From Easter, through the changing seasons to the following Easter, we are led to consider: What is it like spiritually to stop wearing masks? What does a beach say to us after coronavirus? How has Zoom affected us during lockdown and how do we now relate to technology as a medium of fellowship? Where is Christ amid our restrictions and our releases?”

For This I Came: Spiritual wisdom for priesthood and ministry by Wyn Beynon (Canterbury Press, £14.99 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £11.99); 978-1-78622-466-8).

“Taking the famous Gerard Manley Hopkins poem on vocation ‘As Kingfishers Catch Fire’ and the Lord’s Prayer as its framework, For This I Came offers seventy reflections on the spirituality of priesthood to encourage and sustain all in ministry. Wyn Beynon brings a depth of wisdom and tools for reflection in the form of short poetic and prayerful aphorisms.”

The New Cambridge Companion to Christian Doctrine, edited by Michael Allen (Cambridge University Press, £26.99 (£24.29); 978-1-108-79464-0).

“What is Christian Doctrine? This Companion guides students and scholars through the key issues in the contemporary practice of Christian theology. Including twenty-one essays, specially commissioned from an international team of leading theologians, the volume outlines the central features of Christian doctrinal claims and examines leading methods and theological movements.”

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