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H. Askeland and U. Schmidt, eds., Church Reform and Leadership of Change. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xiv, 203. Pb. £17. ISBN 978-0-227-17618-4.


J. Astley, What Do We Believe? Why Does It Matter? London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 139. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05405-4.


W. P. Atkinson, Jesus before Pentecost. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. x, 222. Pb. £17.95. ISBN 978-0-7188-9465-8.


Z. Bennett and C. C. Rowland, In a Glass Darkly: The Bible, Reflection and Everyday Life. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. vi, 234. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05422-1.


C. J. Beresford, The Christian Soldier: The Life of Lieutenant Colonel the Rev Bernard William Vann V. C., M. C. and Bar, Croix de Guerre avec palme. Solihull: Helion and Co., 2017. Pp. 326. Hb. £25. ISBN 978-1-910777-31-2.


B. R. Brock and S. M. Hauerwas, Beginnings: Interrogating Hauerwas, ed. K. Hargaden. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. xiv, 348. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-66995-7.


D. W. Brown, God in a Single Vision: Integrating Philosophy and Theology, ed. C. R. Brewer and R. C. MacSwain. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp. x, 192. Pb. £30. ISBN 978-1-4724-6559-7.


W. Brueggemann, The God of All Flesh and Other Essays, ed. K. C. Hanson. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 173. Pb. ISBN 978-0-227-17617-7.


J. H. Brumm, ed., Yes! Well … Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of the Church: Essays in Honor of John W. Coakley, Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America 87. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xviii, 324. Pb. $30. ISBN 978-0-8028-7479-5.


L. M. Cavanagh, Waiting on the Word: Preaching Sermons that Connect People to God. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2017. Pp. xii, 147. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-232-53262-3.


W. T. Cavanaugh and J. K. A. Smith, eds., Evolution and the Fall. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017. Pp. xxx, 231. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7379-8.


S. A. Cherry, God-Curious: Exploring Eternal Questions. London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017. Pp. 123. Pb. £8.99. ISBN 978-1-78592-199-5.


P. S. Chung, God at the Crossroads of Worldviews: Toward a Different Debate about the Existence of God. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. Pp. x, 289. Hb. $50. ISBN 978-0-268-10056-8.


H. C. Clifford, ed., Companion to the Old Testament: Introduction, Interpretation, Application. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 271. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05393-4.

V. A. Copan, Changing Your Mind: The Bible, the Brain, and Spiritual Growth. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xviii, 292. Pb. £24. ISBN 978-0-7188-9466-5.


D. M. Coulter and A. Yong, eds., The Spirit, the Affections, and the Christian Tradition. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 313. Hb. $60. ISBN 978-0-268-10004-9.


L. J. DeBoer, Visual Arts in the Worshiping Church. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 298. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6951-7.


I. Delio, ed., Personal Transformation and a New Creation: The Spiritual Revolution of Beatrice Bruteau. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. viii, 245. Pb. £18.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-209-3.


K. J. Dell, Who Needs the Old Testament? Its Enduring Appeal and Why the New Atheists Don’t Get It. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. x, 257. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-06504-2.


T. J. Dennis, The Gospel Beyond the Gospels. London: SPCK, 2017. Pp. x, 173. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07533-1.


D. M. Doyle, What is Christianity? A Dynamic Introduction. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 305. Pb. £21.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4993-3.


E. Duffy, Reformation Divided: Catholics, Protestants and the Conversion of England. London and New York: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2017. Pp. vi, 441. Hb. £30. ISBN 978-1-4729-3436-9.


S. van Erp, M. G. Poulsom and L. Boeve, eds., Grace, Governance and Globalization. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. x, 265. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-0-567-66764-9.


B. S. Fulton, China’s Urban Christians: A Light that Cannot Be Hidden. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 145. Pb. £15. ISBN 978-0-7188-9447-4.


G. L. Green, S. T. Pardue and K. K. Yeo, eds., The Spirit over the Earth: Pneumatology in the Majority World. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. vi, 195. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7273-9.


D. M. Gurtner, G. Macaskill and J. T. Pennington, eds., In the Fullness of Time: Essays on Christology, Creation, and Eschatology in Honor of Richard Bauckham. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 274. Hb. £42.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7337-8.


M. C. Hardy, F. Mughal and S. Markiewicz, eds., Muslim Identity in a Turbulent Age: Islamic Extremism and Western Islamophobia. London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017. Pp. xiv, 258. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-1-78592-152-0.


A. L. Harvey, Spiritual Reading: A Study of the Christian Practice of Reading Scripture. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xiv, 233. Pb. £19.50. ISBN 978-0-227-17612-2.


C. C. Hill, Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xiv, 203. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7362-0.


J. I. Holdsworth, Conversations with the Old Testament. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 127. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05401-6.


D. M. Hoyle, The Pattern of Our Calling: Ministry Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xvi, 192. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05472-6.


A. B. Kalmanofsky, Gender-Play in the Hebrew Bible: The Ways the Bible Challenges Its Gender Norms. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. viii, 204. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-1-138-21658-7.


B. Kristensson Uggla, Becoming Human Again: The Theological Life of Gustaf Wingren, tr. D. M. Olson. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. viii, 392. Pb. ISBN 978-0-227-17603-0.


K. E. Lassiter, Recognizing Other Subjects: Feminist Pastoral Theology and the Challenge of Identity. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. x, 188. Pb. ISBN 978-0-7188-9446-7.


M. M. Lelwica, Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. Pp. xiv, 271. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-4725-9493-8.


J. W.-B. Lin, The Nature of Environmental Stewardship: Understanding Creation Care Solutions to Environmental Problems. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xviii, 307. Pb. £24.95. ISBN 978-0-7188-9467-2.


J. H. Martin and S. A. Coakley, eds., For God’s Sake: Re-Imagining Priesthood and Prayer in a Changing Church. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2016. Pp. xx, 183. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-814-3.


R. J. Miller, Helping Jesus Fulfill Prophecy. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xvi, 408. Pb. ISBN 978-0-7188-9444-3.


P. D. Molnar, Divine Freedom and the Doctrine of the Immanent Trinity: In Dialogue with Karl Barth and Contemporary Theology, 2nd edn. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. xxii, 591. Pb. £32.99. ISBN 978-0-567-65679-7.


P. T. Nimmo, Barth: A Guide for the Perplexed. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2017. Pp. xiv, 210. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-567-03264-5.


D. J. O’Brien and T. A. Shannon, eds., Catholic Social Thought: Encyclicals and Documents from Pope Leo XIII to Pope Francis, 3rd edn. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. x, 687. Pb. £28.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-199-7.


M. W. Percy, The Future Shapes of Anglicanism: Currents, Contours, Charts. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. xii, 217. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-1-4724-7717-0.


M. L. Peterson, ed., The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings, 2nd edn. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 607. Pb. $35. ISBN 978-0-268-03847-2.


T. Roberts, Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015. Pp. xiv, 248. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-198-0.

C. Sedmak, A Church of the Poor: Pope Francis and the Transformation of Orthodoxy. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xxii, 218. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-206-2.


P. K. Stevenson, SCM Studyguide to Preaching. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 268. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-04374-4.


R. A. Streett, Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord’s Supper under Roman Domination during the First Century. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. x, 327. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-227-17615-3.


V. N. H. Strudwick, The Naked God: Wrestling for a Grace-ful Humanity. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2017. Pp. xiv, 233. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-232-53256-2.


R. J. Sudworth, Encountering Islam: Christian-Muslim Relations in the Public Square. London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 236. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05518-1.


R. S. Sugirtharajah, ed., Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World, 4th edn. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xvi, 623. Pb. £34.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-205-5.


N. H. Taylor, Paul on Baptism: Theology, Mission and Ministry in Context. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xxviii, 180. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05476-4.


G. Wolfe, The Operation of Grace: Further Essays on Art, Faith, and Mystery. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 207. Pb. £17.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9439-9.


S. J. Yates, Between Death and Resurrection: A Critical Response to Recent Catholic Debate Concerning the Intermediate State. New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. Pp. viii, 271. Hb. £96. ISBN 978-1-5013-1228-1.