The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality
Editors: Richard Woods and Peter Tyler
ISBN: 978-1-4411-8484-9
Date: 2012
Price: £30.00 RRP
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Publisher: Bloomsbury

I read much of this book during spare moments at a recent theological conference, in which at one point two distinguished figures described 'something called spirituality' as 'malign', 'fuzziness' and 'tree-hugging' – in the presence of one of the book’s editors.

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March/April 2013

The Paul of Surprises: His vision of the Christian Life
Author: Geoffrey Turner
ISBN: 978-0-232-52892-3
Date: 2012
Price: £14.99 RRP
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Publisher: Darton, Longman, & Todd

Geoffrey Turner was the Head of Theology for over twenty years at Trinity & All Saints College, University of Leeds, and is a former President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain. His scholarly but highly accessible 150-page book is a study on St Paul and his vision of the Christian life. Paul is probably the most important figure in the history of Christianity.

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March/April 2013

The Jesus Prayer
Author: Frederica Mathewes-Green
ISBN: 978-0-232-52784-1
Date: 2009
Price: £12.95 RRP
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Publisher: Darton, Longman, & Todd

‘In the process, you hone your ability to discern God’s presence.’ This is how the author introduces us to her practice of the Jesus Prayer in the Orthodox tradition. This is a book from a practitioner, from someone who quite rightly is wary of the contemporary trend to see spirituality as something separate and separable from a lived faith.

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March/April 2013

Distilling the Frenzy: Writing the history of one’s own times
Author: Peter Hennessy
ISBN: 1849542155
Date: June 2012
Price: £18.99 RRP
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Publisher: Biteback Publishing

Why are historians so often flamboyant characters and some like Peter Hennessy are good multi-media communicators? Why is Hennessy – a former Whitehall journalist for the first half of his working life and then Atlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, for the second – one of our leading contemporary historians?

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March/April 2013

Reshaping Ecumenical Theology: The Church Made Whole?
Author: Paul Avis
ISBN: 978-0-567-19443-5
Date: 2010
Price: £19.99 RRP
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Publisher: T&T Clark, London

This author has just completed his term as General Secretary of the Church of England’s Council for Christian Unity. The post has given him a distinctive and perhaps unique vantage-point in the mainstream ecumenical movement. In these chapters he offers wide-ranging, accurate and balanced reflections on the achievements, aspirations and frustrations of the movement thus far. The book’s title invites us to proceed further.

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