A Book of Hours and other Catholic Devotions, compiled by Fr Sean Finnegan, The Canterbury Press, £13, This magnificent collection of prayers reveals the richness of the Catholic devotional tradition. Compiled with great skill by Fr Finnegan, it contains the Psalter, prayers for Saints' days, Rosary prayers, litanies and private prayers for all seasons and needs. Hailed as "one of the most important resources for the laity to appear for a generation," by The Catholic Herald's own William Oddie, this inexhaustible feast of prayer will provide spiritual nourishment to last a lifetime.
Holy Land, Hollow Jubilee: God, Justice and the Palestinians, edited by Naim Ateek and Michael Prior, Melisende, £20. This collection of erudite essays examines the Palestinian plight 50 years after the Nalcha (catastrophe) of the creation of Israel. There are over 30 contributors, including the Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, who sets out his vision for peace for Jerusalem in a moving essay, and Edward Said, who writes passionately in favour a new Palestinian national culture.
The Way of St James: Le Puy to Santiago, a Walker's Guide, by Alison Raju, Cicerone Press, £12. This handy pocket-sized guide to pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela is packed with practical hints and factual detail. It contains everything a hardy foot pilgrim needs to know about the whole 751an route from Finisterre to Santiago and is packed with idiot-proof maps and fascinating local descriptions. As the first guide to the entire route available in English, The Way of St James is invaluable roadside companion for anyone considering this arduous journey.