Books of the year
Going Christmas shopping for a book lover? Before you head off, join us as we cast our minds back over the new books that Reform writers loved most in 2015
A Lot Like Eve: Fashion, faith and fig-Leaves: A memoir
Bloomsbury, £12.99 (available from www.urcshop.co.uk)
An account of growing up with a disfiguring condition. We said: “A beautifully-written memoir of… finding her real self and the real God.”
Psalms Redux: Poems and prayers
Canterbury Press, £10.99 (available from www.urcshop.co.uk)
A reworking and restoration of the Psalms for today’s world. We said: “This book uplifted my soul.”
A biography of the great evangelist. We said: “A fascinating book which is hard
to put down. Beautifully written, with humour and compassion as well as critical rigour.”
The theologian’s last book, and a summing up of his faith. We said: “A brilliant gift for an enquiring lay person who wants to explore for themselves how biblical truth relates to today’s world.”
Reflections, poems and true stories from a professional conciliator. We said: “Wonderful book… an inspiring guide to the kind of conversations that bring peace and understanding between people”.
The sequel to Robinson’s celebrated novels Gilead and Home. We said:
“beautifully written… a powerful story of personal transformation”.
Thirteen essays on a key area of political and social policy. We said: “A stimulating start to a national conversation that needs to be had – and is sadly not taking place during this election campaign”.
A call for Christians to engage with politics. We said: “Thought provoking, engaging and stimulating”.
Reflections on ministry with dying people. We said: “I would welcome this man as a pastor. Here is wisdom to trust.”
Help for the busy Christian. We said: “A practical, accessible overview of an important topic that we
ignore at our peril… Enjoy!”
The former Chief Rabbi examines the relationship between faith and violence. We said: “Compelling
reading… extraordinarily engaging and accessible.”
A theological exploration of hospitality from a Muslim scholar. We said:
“This book is a treasure-house of delights.”
This is an extract from the December 2015/January 2016 edition of Reform.