Publishers know that Modern Believing's team of book reviewers, led by the Reviews Editor, Rev. Dr. Michael Brierley, do an outstanding job in providing constructive, critical, fair and discerning reviews.


 W. C. Anderson, Light When It Comes: Trusting Joy, Facing Darkness, and Seeing God in Everything. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xvi, 165. Pb. £11.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7399-6.


S. M. Barr, The Believing Scientist: Essays on Science and Religion. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. vi, 226. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7370-5.


J. Bernier, The Quest for the Historical Jesus after the Demise of Authenticity: Towards a Critical Realist Philosophy of History in Jesus Studies. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. x, 180. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-66286-6.


M. F. Bird, An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 310. Pb. £18.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6769-8.


L. Boeve, Theology at the Crossroads of University, Church and Society: Dialogue, Difference and Catholic Identity. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. viii, 239. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-67220-9.


D. L. Boisvert and C. D. Daniel-Hughes, eds., The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion, Sexuality, and Gender. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. Pp. xii, 271. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4742-3778-9.


A. Brown and L. Woodhead, That Was the Church, That Was: How the Church of England Lost the English People. London and New York: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2016. Pp. viii, 255. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4729-2164-2.


K. S. Bruce and J. H. Harrison, eds., Wrestling with the Word: Preaching Tricky Texts. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xxii, 159. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07648-2.


W. Brueggemann, God, Neighbor, Empire: The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 165. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0542-6.


M. J. Buckley, What Do You Seek? The Questions of Jesus as Challenge and Promise. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 146. Pb. £11.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7395-8.


N. D. Cartwright and J. S. K. Ward, eds., Rethinking Order: After the Laws of Nature. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. Pp. xiv, 240. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-1-4742-4406-0.


M. D. Chapman, Theology at War and Peace: English Theology and Germany in the First World War. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. viii, 174. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-1-4724-7803-0.


P. M. Clifford, A Brief History of End Time: Prophecy and Apocalypse, Then and Now, 2nd edn. Durham: Sacristy Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 228. Pb. ISBN 978-1-910519-37-0.


T. M. Crisp, S. L. Porter and G. A. Ten Elshof, eds., Neuroscience and the Soul: The Human Person in Philosophy, Science, and Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. viii, 286. Pb. £25.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7450-4.


E. F. Davis, Preaching the Luminous Word: Biblical Sermons and Homiletical Essays. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xxiv, 332. Pb. £22.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7423-8.


A. Denaux, N. Sagovsky and C. H. Sherlock, eds., Looking Towards a Church Fully Reconciled: The Final Report of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission 1983-2005 (ARCIC II). London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. x, 350. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07779-3.


F. E. Dicken and J. A. Snyder, eds., Characters and Characterization in Luke-Acts. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. x, 254. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-66391-7.


A. Fiala, Secular Cosmopolitanism, Hospitality, and Religious Pluralism. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2017. Pp. xii, 210. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-1-138-68448-5.


F. L. Flannery and R. A. Werline, eds., The Bible in Political Debate: What Does It Really Say? London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xiv, 196. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-567-66657-4.


J. H. Forest, The Root of War is Fear: Thomas Merton’s Advice to Peacemakers. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xiv, 223. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-197-3.


R. G. Fruehwirth, The Drawing of This Love. London: Canterbury Press, 2016. Pp. xvi, 159. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-836-5.


M. W. Goheen, ed., Reading the Bible Missionally. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xiv, 343. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7225-8.


B. C. Gray, Jesus in the Theology of Rowan Williams. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. vi, 189. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-0-567-67017-5.


D. J. Grumett, Material Eucharist. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 322. Hb. £75. ISBN 978-0-19-876707-7.


C. M. Gschwandtner, Marion and Theology. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. x, 159. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-0-567-66021-3.


P. M. Hedges, Towards Better Disagreement: Religion and Atheism in Dialogue. London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017. Pp. 200. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-1-78592-057-8.


L. A. Hickman, ed., Chance or Providence: Religious Perspectives on Divine Action. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. Pp. vi, 160. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4438-8078-7.


L. Joelsson, Paul and Death: A Question of Psychological Coping. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. viii, 211. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-1-138-23961-6.


G. A. Kaplan, René Girard, Unlikely Apologist: Mimetic Theory and Fundamental Theology. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 268. Hb. $50. ISBN 978-0-268-10085-8.


J. R. Kiess, Hannah Arendt and Theology. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xii, 248. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-0-567-22227-5.


S. C. H. and K. J. Kim, Christianity as a World Religion: An Introduction, 2nd edn. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. Pp. xvi, 344. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-1-4725-6934-9.


M. J. Kirwan and S. Treflé Hidden, eds., Mimesis and Atonement: René Girard and the Doctrine of Salvation. New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. Pp. xvi, 185. Hb. £88. ISBN 978-1-5013-2542-7.


M. S. Laird and S. Treflé Hidden, eds., The Practice of the Presence of God: Theology as a Way of Life. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. xiv, 136. Pb. £30. ISBN 978-1-4724-7832-0.


A. E. McGrath, Enriching Our Vision of Reality: Theology and the Natural Sciences in Dialogue. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xii, 215. Pb. £10.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07544-7.


G. C. Meilaender, Not by Nature but by Grace: Forming Families through Adoption. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 128. Hb. $25. ISBN 978-0-268-10068-1.


C. V. Meister and J. B. Stump, eds., Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction, 2nd edn. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2017. Pp. xiv, 567. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-1-138-91061-4.


J. A. Mercer and B. J. Miller-McLemore, eds., Conundrums in Practical Theology. Leiden and Boston, MA: Brill, 2016. Pp. x, 320. Pb. ISBN 978-90-04-32423-7.


J. Miller, ed., Speaking of Faith: The Winchester Dialogues. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2016. Pp. x, 229. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-920-1.


A. Milne, The DNA of Pioneer Ministry. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xvi, 246. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05409-2.


M. C. Moschella, Caring for Joy: Narrative, Theology, and Practice. Leiden and Boston, MA: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2016. Pp. xvi, 303. Pb. ISBN 978-90-04-32499-2.


D. T. Ngong, ed., A New History of African Christian Thought: From Cape to Cairo. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2017. Pp. xii, 225. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-0-415-85756-7.


D. O’Murchu, Religious Life in the 21st Century: The Prospect of Refounding. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. x, 251. Pb. £18.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-207-9.


S. Paas, Church Planting in the Secular West: Learning from the European Experience. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 304. Pb. £22.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7348-4.


A. Paddison, ed., Theologians on Scripture. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. x, 236. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-0-567-18240-1.


M. Pasquier, Religion in America: The Basics. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2017. Pp. viii, 159. Pb. £15.99. ISBN 978-1-138-80557-6.


J. C. Peckham, Canonical Theology: The Biblical Canon, Sola Scriptura, and Theological Method. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xiv, 295. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7330-9.


M. F. Perham, The Way of Christ-likeness: Being Transformed by the Liturgies of Lent, Holy Week and Easter. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2016. Pp. x, 155. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-901-0.


L. Powell-Jones and F. L. Shults, eds., Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Religion. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. Pp. viii, 194. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-1-4742-6689-5.


A. Pyman, Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh: A Life. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 276. Pb. £17.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9449-8.


A. J. Raboteau, American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice. Princeton, NJ, and Woodstock: Princeton University Press, 2016. Pp. xx, 224. Hb. £22.95. ISBN 978-0-691-16430-4.


E. Radner, Time and the Word: Figural Reading of the Christian Scriptures. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. viii, 326. Hb. £32.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7220-3.


J. S. Ramirez, Julian of Norwich: A Very Brief History. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xiv, 97. Hb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07737-3.


S. Reay, The Half-Shilling Curate: A Personal Account of War and Faith 1914-1918. Solihull: Helion and Co., 2016. Pp. 194. Hb. £25. ISBN 978-1-911096-46-7.


A. Reid, ed., Liturgy in the Twenty-First Century: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xxvi, 367. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-567-66809-7.


R. Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. 220. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-28-107815-8.


P. Schmidt-Leukel and A. Nehring, eds., Interreligious Comparisons in Religious Studies and Theology: Comparison Revisited. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. Pp. x, 228. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-1-4742-8513-1.


J. W. Seachris and S. C. Goetz, eds., God and Meaning: New Essays. New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. Pp. x, 265. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-1-62892-761-0.


N. Spurway, ed., Laws of Nature, Laws of God? Proceedings of the Science and Religion Forum Conference, 2014. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. Pp. xiv, 230. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4438-7657-5.


N. Spurway and L. A. Hickman, eds., Forty Years of Science and Religion: Looking Back, Looking Forward. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. Pp. xvi, 225. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4438-9461-6.


J. Swinton, Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. x, 245. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0408-5.


B. B. Taylor, The Seeds of Heaven: Preaching the Gospel of Matthew, 2nd edn. London: Canterbury Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 113. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-854-9.


M. A. Taylor and H. E. Weir, eds., Women in the Story of Jesus: The Gospels through the Eyes of Nineteenth-Century Female Biblical Interpreters. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 276. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7303-3.


A. L. van Ommen, Suffering in Worship: Anglican Liturgy in Relation to Stories of Suffering People. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. x, 169. Hb. £95. ISBN 978-1-4724-7540-4.


A. Village, Encountering the Bible. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. vi, 122. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05397-2.


T. R. Weber, War, Peace and Reconciliation: A Theological Enquiry. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. x, 171. Pb. £15. ISBN 978-0-7188-9437-5.


R. D. Williams, On Augustine. London and New York: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2016. Pp. xii, 218. Hb. £25. ISBN 978-1-4729-2527-5.