Book Reviews

Book of the Month: May 2017

Fierce Imaginings by Rachel Mann It is rare in my experience that a book lives up to its tantalising title. Rachel Mann begins by inveigling us in by telling us ‘This is a book about ghosts.’ These are not ‘ghouls’ … Read more

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Book of the Month: April 2017

The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and Her Lover by Simon Parke Simon Parke’s latest novel is as enjoyably readable as his Abbot Peter series, but very different. The King is the prisoner of Parliament. But the king is God’s … Read more

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Book of the Month: March 2017

Hanging by a Thread by Samuel Wells The arresting and compelling organising theme of this book is this ‘there was a time when the cross was an answer – today the cross is a question’. This short, tightly argued but … Read more

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Review of 2017 Lent Books

Sarum College Bookshop has a wide range of Lent books in stock. Below, Principal James Woodward reviews some of the books available this Lent. Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace by Justin Welby This short book is well organised into six chapters and … Read more

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Review: Positive Psychology Approaches to Dementia

Positive Psychology Approaches to Dementia Edited by Chris Clarke and Emma Wolverson Read more

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Book of the Month: January 2017

Becoming Reverend: A Diary by Matt Woodcock There persists a certain curiosity about clergy with some fixed stereotypes about what kind of people we are or should be. The language, structure and culture of ‘Church’ remains persistently inaccessible and sometimes … Read more

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Book of the Month: December 2016

Enriching Our Vision of Reality by Alister McGrath Post-truth was the Oxford English Dictionaries’ 2016 Word of the Year. Given the level of debate around the UK’s EU referendum and the US presidential election, you can see their point. Against … Read more

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Book of the Month: November 2016

Lighted Windows: An Advent Calendar for a World in Waiting by Margaret Silf Perhaps I’m just nosy, but there is something fascinating about lighted windows. Whether you speed past them on your way elsewhere, or have time to stroll past … Read more

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Book of the Month: October 2016

Advent for Everyone: A Journey Through Matthew by Tom Wright The Archbishop of York’s Advent Book 2016) Tom Wright is a writer who needs no introduction, and this book is a brilliant addition to his long list of publications. For … Read more

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Book of the Month: September 2016

Christ: The First 2000 Years by Martyn and Esther Whittock This book is the subject of a life’s work which one would expect to result in a very large tome or even a series of books. Martyn and Esther have … Read more

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