Four books to look out for this summer....
We've got looks to look forward to this summer. We asked our editor to pick just four books that are on the way...
1 Ghost Ship: Institutional Racism and the Church of England (A.D.A. France Williams)
Through conversation with clergy, lay people and campaigners in the Church of England, A.D.A France-Williams issues a stark warning to the church, demonstrating how black and brown ministers are left to drown in a sea of complacency and collusion. Unflinching in its critique of the church, Ghost Ship explores the harrowing stories of institutional racism experienced then and now, within the Church of England.
It’s impossible to turn the pages of Ghost Ship and not find yourself challenged to turn the nightmare around us into God’s dream of a better world." -- The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
A lament of the state of the Church and a rallying call towards a better way. -- Chine McDonald, writer and broadcaster
"Searing, truthful, devastating, prophetic" --Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James' Church, Piccadilly
2 The Bible and Mental Health: Towards a Biblical Theology of Mental Health (Edited by Christopher CH Cook and Isabelle Hamley)
This book brings together a really impressive range of contributors from the worlds of both biblical and pastoral theology, including Walter Brueggemann, Paula Gooder and Joanna Collicut, to reflect on how we might develop a helpful and pastoral use of scripture to explore questions of mental health within a Christian framework. Ultimately, it asks whether it is possible to develop such a thing as a biblical theology of mental health.
3 Finding Jesus in the Storm: The Spiritual Lives of Christians With Mental Health Challenges (John Swinton)
Any new book by pastoral theologian John Swinton is hugely anticipated, and with good reason. In this book he draws from theological reflection on the lives of 30 Christians with severe mental health challenges, (depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia), and contends that mental health problems require theological understanding and not just medical intervention. Swinton’s book Dementia redefined Christian understandings of the illness and fundamentally changed attitudes, and this book is set to do the same. It is a book about people instead of symptoms and description instead of diagnosis.
If ever a period of time felt 'fractured' it is now. Whichever way we turn, we witness the dismembering and fracturing of many previously taken for granted realities, with maps and borders - physical and metaphorical - being redrawn before our eyes. What place for the feminist practical theologian in such a climate? In Fragments for Fractured Times, one of the world's leading feminist practical theologians, Nicola Slee, brings together 15 years of papers, articles, talks and sermons, many of them previously unpublished. Collected from diverse times, places, settings and occasions, Slee offers an introduction to each fragment, "holding it up to the light and examining its size, shape, texture and pattern".