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Book of the Month September 2020

Date added: 07 September 2020

Biblical Explorations Series

The Parables

Paula Gooder

The Parables

The third volume in the Biblical Explorations series from bestselling New Testament writer Paula Gooder explores a major exponent of the Gospels: the parables of Jesus.

Covering every parable, this volume focuses on some of the best-known stories in the gospels, mining their meaning afresh today. It considers why Jesus spoke in pictures and opens up the world behind the parables to reveal just how striking, memorable and challenging they were for their original hearers.

Biblical Explorations is an exciting series that offers an accessible and informed study of the best loved texts in Scripture. Rooted in the conviction that greater understanding of the Bible leads to deeper discipleship, it is an essential resource for preachers, teachers and study group leaders, as well as those who simply wish to get to know the Bible better.

Paula Gooder is a speaker and writer on the New Testament and is passionate about making the best of that scholarship accessible to a wide audience. She is Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, London and was formerly theologian in residence for the Bible Society.

9781786221537 £16.99

Canterbury Press


Finding Jesus in the Storm

The spiritual lives of Christians with mental health challenges

John Swinton


Drawing from theological reflection on the lives of 30 Christians with severe mental health challenges, (depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia), leading disability theologian John Swinton contends that mental health problems require theological understanding and not just medical intervention. In fact, he argues, it is not necessary to care effectively for Christians experiencing severe mental illness to grasp the theological dimensions of such experiences. Therapy and pharmacology may be helpful, but on their own they are deeply inadequate.

By listening carefully to the lived experiences of people with severe mental health problems, Finding Jesus in the Storm will open up new understandings and perspectives that challenge current assumptions and draws out fresh perspectives for care, healing, recovery and community.

It is a book about people instead of symptoms, description instead of diagnosis, and lifegiving hope for everyone in the midst of the storm.

John Swinton is the Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen. He is the author of numerous books, including Dementia: Living in the Memories of God, which won the 2016 Michael Ramsay Prize for Theological Writing.

9780334059745   £19.99   SCM Press

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