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The Edge of Words: God and the Habits of Language
R. D. Williams
London: Bloomsbury, 2014. Pp. xii, 204. Hb. £20. ISBN 978-1-4729-1043-1.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Maslen, University of London


The Sound of the Liturgy: How Words Work in Worship
C. J.-B. Hammon
London: SPCK, 2015. Pp. x, 192. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-06954-5.

Reviewed by Bridget Nichols, Ely 


Illusions of Freedom: Thomas Merton and Jacques Ellul on Technology and the Human Condition
J. M. Shaw
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2014. Pp. xii, 193. Pb. £20. ISBN 978-0-7188-9362-0.

Reviewed by Fiona Gardner, Bath Spa University 


Ageing, Ritual and Social Change: Comparing the Secular and Religious in Eastern and Western Europe
P. G. Coleman, D. Koleva and J. Bornat, eds.
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2013. Pp. xviii, 283. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-4094-5215-7.

Reviewed by James Woodward, Windsor Castle 


Religions as Brands: New Perspectives on the Marketization of Religion and Spirituality
J.-C. G. Usunier and J. Stolz, eds
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014. Pp. xx, 256. Hb. £65. ISBN 978-1-4094-6755-7.

Reviewed by John Drane, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA


Apostles Today: Making Sense of Contemporary Charismatic Apostolates: A Historical and Theological Appraisal
B. G. McNair Scott
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2014. Pp. xviii, 254. Pb. £22.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9355-2.

Reviewed by Stephen Hunt, University of the West of England, Bristol


Rethinking Trinitarian Theology: Disputed Questions and Contemporary Issues in Trinitarian Theology
G. Maspero and R. J. Woźniak, eds.
London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2012. Pp. xiv, 498. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-0-567-22546-7.

Reviewed by Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, Belmont, Durham


Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed
P. L. Allen
London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2012. Pp. x, 262. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-567-11908-7.

Reviewed by Alex Garton, Heidelberg University


Ricoeur and Theology
D. R. Stiver, 
London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2012. Pp. xii, 205. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-567-53786-7.

J. A. Walters, Baudrillard and Theology
London and New York: T. and T. Clark International, 2012. Pp. viii, 182. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-567-55972-2.

C. B. Simpson, Deleuze and Theology.
London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2012. Pp. vi, 191. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-567-44575-9.

Reviewed by John Reader, Ironstone Benefice and William Temple Foundation


In Defence of Doubt: An Invitation to Adventure, 2nd edn.
V. Webb
Preston, Australia: Mosaic Press, 2012. Pp. vi, 183. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-74324-055-7.

Reviewed by John Saxbee, Haverfordwest 


Contemporary Creed: Reasonable Pathways through the Problems of Christian Beliefs and Ethics, 2nd edn.
J. D. Morris
Winchester and Washington: O-Books, 2012. Pp. 212. Pb. £9.99.

Reviewed by Martin Camroux, Colchester 


The Last Testament
D. Cupitt
London: SCM Press, 2012. Pp. x, 146. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-04622-6.

Reviewed by Paul Badham, University of Wales, Trinity St David


The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus
R. R. Meyers
London: SPCK, 2012. Pp. xvi, 266. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06941-5.

Reviewed by Adrian Alker, Progressive Christianity Network Britain, Newnham, Gloucestershire 


The Early Church at Work and Worship. Volume 1: Ministry, Ordination, Covenant, and Canon
E. Ferguson
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2014. Pp. xii, 341. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-227-17489-0.

The Early Church at Work and Worship. Volume 2: Catechesis, Baptism, Eschatology, and Martyrdom
E. Ferguson
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2014. Pp. x, 351. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-227-17490-6.

Reviewed by Paul Bradshaw, University of Notre Dame, IN 


Preaching in Hitler's Shadow: Sermons of Resistance in the Third Reich
D. G. Stroud, ed.
Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2013. Pp. xii, 203. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6902-9.

Karl Barth's Emergency Homiletic, 1932-1933: A Summons to Prophetic Witness at the Dawn of the Third Reich
A. D. Hancock
Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2013. Pp. xvi, 356. Pb. £28.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6734-6.

Reviewed by Andrew Chandler, University of Chichester 


Archbishop Fisher, 1945-1961: Church, State and World
A. Chandler and D. Hein
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. Pp. viii, 261. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-4094-1233-5.

Reviewed by Mark Dorsett, King's School, Worcester 


Vatican II: Fifty Personal Stories
W. Madges and M. J. Daley, eds.
Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. xxviii, 300. Pb. £18.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-993-2.

Reviewed by Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium 


Bread Not Stones: The Autobiography of an Eventful Life
U. M. P. Kroll
Alresford: Christian Alternative Books, 2014. Pp. xii, 130. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-1-78279-804-0.

Reviewed by Angela Tilby, Christ Church, Oxford


Calling on the Spirit in Unsettling Times: Discerning God's Future for the Church
W. L. Countryman
London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2012. Pp. xii, 110. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-169-4.

Reviewed by Lorraine Cavanagh, Abergavenny


Finding God in Other Christians
L. M. Cavanagh
London: SPCK, 2012. Pp. xiv, 109. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-06585-1.

Reviewed by Tim Laundon, Wetherby 


Edward Schillebeeckx and Interreligious Dialogue: Perspectives from Asian Theology
E. K.-F. Chia
Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2012. Pp. xii, 165. Pb. $20. ISBN-13: 978-1610971157.

Reviewed by Paul Hedges, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land
D. E. Wagner and W. T. Davis, eds.
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2014. Pp. xxiv, 250. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-7188-9365-1.

Reviewed by Mary Grey, Wherwell, Andover 


The Resurrection of Peace: A Gospel Journey to Easter and Beyond
M. C. Grey
London: SPCK, 2012. Pp. viii, 129. Pb. £7.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06637-7.

Reviewed by Samuel McBratney, Queen's Foundation, Birmingham 


Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed
V. L. Austin
London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2012. Pp. xii, 177. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-567-03220-1.

Reviewed by Cathriona Russell, Trinity College, Dublin 


The Rest of Life: Rest, Play, Eating, Studying, Sex from a Kingdom Perspective
B. Witherington
Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. Pp. x, 158. Pb. £11.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6737-7.

Reviewed by Richard Higginson, Ridley Hall, Cambridge


ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art
J. G. Romaine and L. H. Stratford, eds.
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2014. Pp. xx, 356. Pb. £35. ISBN 978-0-7188-9336-1.

Reviewed by Richard Harries, King's College, London 


Lost Sons: God's Long Search for Humanity
M. Sadgrove
London: SPCK, 2012. Pp. x, 150. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06214-0.

Reviewed by Susan Durber, Christian Aid, London


Philosophy, History, and Theology: Selected Reviews 1975-2011
A. P. F. Sell
Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012. Pp. xii, 324. Pb. ISBN 978-1-61097-968-9.

Reviewed by Michael Brierley, Worcester Cathedral 


Short Reviews


Sacraments and Worship: Key Readings in the History and Theology of Christian Worship from the New Testament to the Present.
M. E. Johnson, ed.
London: SPCK, 2012. Pp. xvi, 422. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-06803-6.

Reviewed by Jo Spreadbury, Abbots Langley


A Reader in Ecclesiology
B. P. Stone
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. Pp. xxii, 271. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-4094-2856-5.

Reviewed by Luke Hopkins, University of Divinity, Melbourne