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We are pleased to present some reviews from The Heythrop Journal, Ching Feng, The Expository Times, Church Times, Baptist Quarterly,  Churchman and The Glass. If any of these titles intrigue you, feel free to check out the links for more information and to make your order.


China's Urban Christians

China’s Urban Christians: A Light that Cannot be Hidden
By Brent Fulton

‘Compared to previous works on the growth of Christianity in China, this project makes two understanding contributions. Firstly, Tulton draws upon extensive research and uses first-hand data of urban Christians …. Secondly, Fulton faithfully depicts what it is like to live in a post-totalitarian regime that both suppressed civil society and seeks performance legitimacy through economic growth.’ – Mary Li Ma, Ching Feng, 15.1-2 (2016)


The Church of England and the First World WarThe Church of England and the First World War
By Alan Wilkinson

‘Wilkinson’s work is a welcome reprint of a classic study originally published in 1978 by the SPCK. At the time it was the first full-length study on this subject that appeared in England, and, although other studies have come out since, it still remains essential reading on the role of the Church of England during the Great War.’ – Jan Marten Ivo Klaver, The Heythrop Journal, Volume 59, Issue 2, March 2018


Subversive Peacemakers

Subversive Peacemakers: War Resistance 1914–1918: An Anglican Perspective
By Clive Barrett

‘Barrett’s work is a good history of war resistance during the first World War that provides the reader with a thorough insight into the often hidden lives and opinions of those who could not, and would not, acquiesce in the general enthusiasm for the war’s cause and its climate of national hatred.’ – Jan Marten Ivo Klaver, The Heythrop Journal, Volume 59, Issue 2, March 2018


Dr Ashley's Pleasure Yacht

Dr Ashley’s Pleasure Yacht: John Ashley, the Bristol Channel Mission and all that Followed

By R.W.H. Miller

‘[The author] recounts a fascinating piece of historical detective work about John Ashley, who claimed to be the initiator of evangelistic and pastoral work among merchant seamen …. For anyone interested in a previous century’s fresh expressions of church and evangelistic initiatives, as well as missions to seafarers, or just an example of how to research a clergyman who seems to have been keen to cover his tracks, this is a good read.’ – Dr William Jacob, Church Times, 23 February 2018


From Suffering to Solidarity

From Suffering to Solidarity: The Historical Seeds of Mennonite Interreligious, Interethnic, and International Peacebuilding
Edited by Andrew P. Klager

‘[T]his volume is a testimony to the impressive breadth of contemporary Mennonite global endeavour – Egypt, Colombia, Indonesia, Palestine-Israel, Congo, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Kosovo – this more than a deep historical analysis, which is mainly to be found in the first few chapters.’ – John Briggs, Baptist Quarterly, 2017


Words of PowerWords of Power: Reading Shakespeare and the Bible
By Jem Bloomfield

‘[I] found much of the book’s material intriguing, and the breadth of research it represents commendable. …. [W]ords of Power is written for a general readership; it might also especially appeal to undergraduate humanities students. While the latter may find the book’s tenor familiar, much of the information presented will be new and interesting for many.’     – Roberta Kwan, The Glass, Number 30, Spring 2018


Well Played

Well Played: A Christian Theology of Sport and the Ethics of Doping
By Michael R. Shafer

‘Overall this book brings some helpful new dimensions to the theology of sport in general, and has some important insights to the doping debate in particular. Theologians as well as pastors and thoughtful players will find this a stimulating read and helpful in viewing sport under God.’ – Pete Nicholas, Churchman, Volume 132, Number 1, Spring 2018.



The Nature of Environmental Stewardship

The Nature of Environmental Stewardship: Understanding Creation Care Solutions to Environmental Problems
By Johnny Wei-Bing Lin

‘The contribution of The Nature of Environmental Stewardship to discussions surrounding environmental issues and stewardship is unique …. [since it] deconstructs debates sorrounding environmental problems rather than articulating one particular position. …. [L]in offers a refreshing opportunity to pause and consider what exactly goes into such debates. …. I would specifically recommend this book to Chirstians interested in engaging in dialogue about environmental issues in small group or one-to-one settings.’ – Jamie Wright, The Expository Times, Volume 129, Number 8, May 2018


1–2 Thessalonians

1–2 Thessalonians: A New Covenant Commentary
By Nijay K. Gupta

‘The verse-by-verse comments are what one would expect from a commentary of this style and level of detail. …. Gupta has produced a study of the English text that is readdble and sure-footed. This commentary is excellent at providing an overview of both letters, in a manner that is both accessible while still introducing key interpretative issues. This commentary would be of great value to study-groups or to those wishing to gain a deeper knowledge of these two Pauline writings.’ – Paul Foster, The Expository Times, Volume 129, Number 7, April 2018

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