Salisbury Independents’ Week

Salisbury_Independents_Week_webSarum College Bookshop have a number of special offers and promotions as part of Salisbury Independents’ Week.

The offers available all week (Monday 30 June to Friday 6 July) include a free pen if you spend over £20, a free cotton bag if you spend over £30, and if you spend over £50 we’ll give you a £5 voucher towards your next purchase!

The bookshop specialises in books about the Christian faith and Christian spirituality for adults and children, but also has a selection of books about the local area, literature and poetry, and a much-loved second hand basement.

Come and find us and see our beautiful building. We’ll make you welcome, and make you a free tea or coffee too. We look forward to seeing you – the kettle is on!

New Library Books – Spring 2014

Please contact the Library if you would like to borrow any of these books

New Testament    
226.07 BUR BURRIDGE, Richard A. Four gospels, one Jesus? SPCK 2013
226.3 BLA BLACK, C. Clifton (Carl Clifton) The disciples according to Mark : Markan redaction in current debate William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. 2012
226.5 HOR HORSLEY, Richard A. John, Jesus, and the renewal of Israel Eerdmans 2013
227 MATT MATERA, Frank J. God’s saving grace : a Pauline theology W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. 2012
227.87 BRUCE, F F The epistle to the Hebrews Wm B Eerdmans 2012
234.7 WES WESTERHOLM, Stephen Justification reconsidered : rethinking a Pauline theme Eerdmans 2013
237 HAU HAUERWAS, Stanley Approaching the End: Eschatological Reflections on Church, Politics and Life SCM Press 2014
262 WAR WARD, Pete Perspectives on ecclesiology and ethnography William B. Eerdmans 2012
242.09 GAV GAVRILYUK, Paul L. The spiritual senses : perceiving God in Western Christianity Cambridge University Press 2014
242.2 HAA HAASE, Bridget Doors to the sacred : everyday events as hints of the holy Paraclete Press 2014
242.5 WRI WRIGHT, Tom Finding God in the psalms : sing, pray, live SPCK 2014
Pastoral Care    
253.3 HUR HURDING, Roger Five pathways to wholeness : explorations in pastoral care and counselling SPCK 2013
253.7 MEA MEADOWS, Philip The Wesleyan DNA of Discipleship: Fresh Expressions of Discipleship for the 21st-century Church Grove books 2013
Christian Leadership    
254 LAW LAWRENCE, James Engaging Gen Y: leading well across the generations Grove books 2012
254 TUS TUSTIN, David A bishop’s ministry: reflection & resources for Church leadership Paragon 2013
Liturgy and Worship    
264.035 BUC BUCHANAN, Colin Eucharistic consecration in Common Worship Grove books 2013
264.2 SED SEDDON, Philip “And I shall see his face”: the sacramental hymns of John Newton and William Cowper Grove books 2013
265.4 BRA BRADSHAW, Paul F Rites of ordination : their history and theology SPCK 2014
Church History    
270.6 MAC MCGRATH, Alister E. Reformation thought : an introduction Wiley-Blackwell 2012
274.2 GOO GOODHEW, David Church growth in Britain : 1980 to the present Ashgate 2012
Social Sciences      
301.57 HAR HARVEY, Lincoln A brief theology of sport SCM Press 2014
362.7 ROS ROSIER, Paul Sex offenders, pastoral care and the local church: caring for the accused, the abused and the wider community Grove books 2014
378 GUE DAVIE, Grace Christianity and the university experience Bloomsbury 2013
Local History      
H 942 JON JONES, William H. Rich Charters and documents illustrating the history of the cathedral, city and diocese of Salisbury in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries Cambridge University Press 2012

Book of the Month: June 2014

9781472903709Pope Francis: Untying the Knots by Paul Vallely

Until I read this book, I knew very little about Pope Francis and I certainly don’t know enough about religion and politics in Argentina to challenge the scholarship, but what I do know is that this is a compelling read: a book I found almost impossible to put down and which I know I will go back to again.

It’s not just that Francis’ vision of a church which looks outward, prepared to take the risk of doing something rather than nothing for the poor, the marginalised and the dispossessed  is so compelling, but that he seems to speak so vividly, for example, in his condemnation of a society which discards its elderly like old overcoats, with mothballs in their pockets. He comes across as a deeply prayerful man who seems never to have lost his sense of wonder and joy at discovering God’s love, mercy and compassion. “Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message.”

However, this book is no uncritical hagiography of the pope of paradox: charismatic and divisive; radical but not liberal; authoritarian but empowering; combining religious humility with political acuity. The description of life during Argentina’s dirty war is unsparing and asks uncomfortable questions about some of Francis’ actions, and failures to act, during that time. Vallely concludes that no-one could now judge Francis more harshly than he judges himself; other writers may form a different view. One thing is clear: Francis was not only changed by his experience, he made a positive decision to change himself and to practice an audacious humility which is “not fake … but thought through.”

A recurring theme in this book is Francis’ awareness of his own need for blessing, and this prayer seemed appropriate as one he might both give and receive:

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.


Reviewed by The Revd. Norma Fergusson

Special price of £11.50 in the shop (posted out for free) or £9.50 + postage online from between 1 June and 30 June 2014. RRP £12.99.

Bookshop Bestsellers May 2014

182  Sarum College 25thFeb14Rowan Williams’ latest book, ‘Being Christian’ has unsurprisingly topped our May bestsellers.

Described as being an invitation to everyone to think about faith, it is ideal for those looking to start their spiritual journey. Another new title proving to be popular is Jeremy Davies’ ‘In and Out of Season’. A ‘wise and practical’ guide for creating sermons suitable for a wide range of situations it offers advice to build confidence and develop skills.

1. Being Christian by Rowan Williams, SPCK £7.99 

2. Landscapes of Prayer by Margaret Silf, Lion Hudson £9.99

3.  In and Out of Season by Jeremy Davies, Canterbury Press £19.99

4. Church Book and Desk Diary 2015, Canterbury Press £18.99

5. The Long Road to Heaven by Tim Heaton, John Hunt Publishing £7.99

6. The Book of Forgiving by Desmond and Mpho Tutu, HarperCollins Publishers £14.99

7. Fighting on the Home Front by Kate Adie, Hodder & Stoughton £8.99

8. 8 Bible-themed Journey Days for Primary Schools by Barbara Meardon and Verity Holloway, BRF £9.99

9. Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr, SPCK £10.99

10. Music at Midnight by John Drury, Penguin Books £25