New George Herbert Hymns CD at Sarum College Bookshop

Another Music

Another Music

Sarum College Bookshop and the Royal School of Church Music celebrate the launch of a new disc by Salisbury-based choir Sarum voices in November.

The CD features familiar George Herbert hymns alongside contemporary settings from the recent collection Another Music: Through the Year with George Herbert. It has been commissioned by the George Herbert in Bemerton Group and the Friends of St Andrew’s, Bemerton.

The CD retails at £12.00. Send us your order


The Philosopher and the Gospels

Philosopher and the Gospels

Philosopher and the GospelsBy Keith Ward (Lion Hudson, £10.99)

The teachings of Jesus Christ, as presented in the Bible, are familiar to millions around the world. But do we really understand what he said and did?

Keith Ward argues that the Gospels as passed down to us by centuries of Church teaching can seem an over-literal and spiritually superficial interpretation – good stories with nice morals attached, or clear instructions that need little thought to understand and put into practice. But by scrutinising them through the lens of contemporary philosophy, we can discover a more wondrous and profound teaching.

Ward’s analysis of what Jesus really said uncovers four central themes: that the Gospel is for everyone, that there is a spiritual dimension to Jesus’ apocalyptic teaching (as opposed to a purely material world reading), that he presents a ‘virtue ethic’ for life rather than a literal set of rules, and a ‘unitive idealist’ understanding of God expressed through creation and redemption.

Speaking Christian

Speaking Christian

Speaking ChristianBy Marcus Borg (SPCK, £9.99)

As with French, German or Spanish, learning the basic vocabulary of Christianity is a vital first step in understanding what it means and how it works. We think of words like ‘faith’, ‘forgiveness’, ‘salvation’, ‘sin’ and ‘heaven’. But how can we be sure that we understand them correctly? Over the centuries all sorts of different meanings have grown up around these words, and sometimes those meanings can obscure or distort the way the words were originally used in the Bible.

In Speaking Christian, Marcus Borg takes some of the key words in the Christian dictionary and exposes the negative and unhelpful connotations they still carry today. At the same time, he goes back to the Bible and unpacks their meaning in a way that is both more faithful to the teaching of Jesus and more relevant to his followers today.

Making the most of your Child’s Baptism

Making the most of your child's Baptism

Making the most of your child's BaptismBy Ally Barrett (SPCK, £4.99)

A short, full-colour gift book which explains the baptism service for parents. Aimed at those not familiar with church, this book explains what baptism is and is structured around the service itself. It includes questions to think about and follow-up activities for parents and children. It is ideal for baptism preparation.

Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry

Youth MinistryBy Sally Nash (SPCK, £12.99)

This book explores the role of the youth minister by looking at a range of metaphors, such as ‘flawed hero’, ‘visionary architect’, ‘party planner’ and ‘guardian of souls’. Each chapter takes one of these metaphors as a central theme, offers biblical and/or theological reflection on this aspect of youth ministry, explains the relevant theory and the necessary skills, uses real-life stories from practitioners to bring the metaphor to life, summarizes the key principles and values, gives questions for reflection and makes suggestions for further reading.

Behind the Veils of Yemen

Behind the Veils of Yemen

Behind the Veils of YemenBy Audra Grace Shelby (Chosen, £8.99)

With only prayer and a faith that always seemed too small, Audra Grace Shelby departed with her husband and children on a one-way flight to Yemen…deep into the heart of conservative Islam.

With honesty and passion, she shares her harrowing journey as a Christian woman thrust into a culture dangerously different from her own. From the friendships she forged, to her gnawing doubt and fear, to her offers of hope when her new friends’ religion failed them, she gives us glimpses of a world most have never seen: behind the veils of real Muslim women–and how the grace of God touches lives in the midst of an Islamic stronghold.

Large Turnout for Bishop Nicholas’s Book Launch

Bishop Nicholas Booklaunch

The Art of Worship

Nearly 80 people came to Sarum College to hear Bishop Nicholas Holtam speak about his book, The Art of Worship, on Thursday 27th October.

Copies of this and Bishop Holtam’s earlier book, A Room with a View: Ministry with the World at Your Door, are available in the Sarum College Bookshop in the Cathedral Close.

Room with a View: Ministry with the World at your DoorA Room with a View was published in 2008.

Buy the two books together for the discounted price of £21.

From the back cover of The Art of Worship:

Art can often take us outside ourselves, beyond our everyday concerns.  In The Art of Worship, the Revd Nicholas Holtam presents his favourite paintings from the National Gallery, London, alongside selected prayers, poems and quotations.  His thoughtful and often highly personal observations encourage private prayer, contemplation and meditation.

Many of these paintings illustrate Christian themes and familiar biblical stories, but there are also more unexpected choices, like Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando by Degas, and Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire. A rich resource for anyone seeking stillness, this book shows how art can be a powerful starting point for worship.

Creative ideas for Sacramental Worship with Children

Creative ideas for Sacramental worship with Children

Creative ideas for Sacramental worship with Childrenby Simon Rundell  (Canterbury Press, £18.99)

Everyone desires to involve children in the life and worship of the Church, and yet beyond giving them a candle to hold, we panic about what can actually do with them which will engage them and enable them to express their innate spirituality. How does the sacramental life of the Church touch the lives of the young? How can the traditions of the Church come alive for those who are more attuned to the X-Box and CBBC?

This practical resource outlines a radical engagement with children and young people in worship using the sacramental life which is at the heart of the Church. It explores how participation in the Eucharist and other sacraments can be used to enable children to encounter the depths of the faith without dumbing down.

On Tolerance

On Tolerance

On ToleranceBy Frank Furedi (Continuum, £16.99)

Outwardly, we live in an era that appears more open-minded, non-judgemental and tolerant than in any time in human history. The very term intolerant invokes moral condemnation. We are constantly reminded to understand the importance of respecting different cultures and diversities. In this pugnacious new book, Frank Furedi argues that despite the democratisation of public life and the expansion of freedom, society is dominated by a culture that not only tolerates but often encourages intolerance. Often the intolerance is directed at people who refuse to accept the conventional wisdom and who are stigmatised as ‘deniers’. Frequently intolerance comes into its own in clashes over cultural values and lifestyles. People are condemned for the food they eat, how they parent and for wearing religious symbols in public.

This book challenges the ‘quiet mood of tolerance’ towards morally stigmatised forms of behaviour. The author examines recent forms of ‘unacceptable behaviour’. It will tease out the real motives and drivers of intolerance.

The People’s Bible

The People's Bible

The People's BibleBy Derek Wilson (Lion, £9.99)

This is the story of one of the most influential, provocative, ambitious projects of its day: translating the Bible into English, the language of the people.

In 1604 the new King James I convened a meeting at Hampton Court to address the problem of the Puritans. The recommendation was for the authorization of a new translation of the Bible, one that would be accessible to the common people and placed in every Church in his realm. Within three years a team of 47 scholars on six committees had begun work in Oxford, Cambridge and Westminster. The fruit of their labours was the Authorized Version published in 1611.

Beautifully presented and based on scholarly research, this book traces the fascinating history of the AV from its earliest predecessors through its remarkable influence on the church, literature, and wider society.