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New books available in the library

The Roy Graham Library is engaging with the reorientation of the College and the diversification of the curriculum.

The Library bought its first e-book collection in 2011 and the e-book portfolio has grown consistently since that time. Since March 2020 the number of e-books available to currently enrolled Newbold students and staff has increased rapidly.

Evidence of these developments can be seen in the New Titles lists and the carousel with recent acquisitions in the Roy Graham Library Catalogue reflect these intentional developments.

Black Practical Theology

by Dale P. Andrews, Robert London Smith Jr., editors

Waco: Baylor University Press 2015
[electronic resource]

“Black Practical Theology brings together the hermeneutical conversation between scholars working within the traditional disciplines of theological education (systematic theology, ethics, biblical studies, history) and those scholars working within practical theology (homiletics, pastoral care and counselling, Christian education, spirituality). To this ongoing conversation, Andrews and Smith add the voices of pastors of black congregations and para-church leaders who serve the communities of faith who daily confront the challenges this work addresses-​-​youth and intergenerational divides, education and poverty, gender and sexuality, globalism, health care, and incarceration and the justice system.” –​ cited from publisher’s description.

But Where Are You Really From?: on identity, humanhood and hope

by Amanda Khozi Mukwashi

London: SPCK, 2020
[electronic resource]


But Where Are You Really From? is a thought-provoking book about identity by CEO of Christian Aid, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi. Through telling the story of her experience as a Christian black woman with Zambian heritage, born and living in the UK, she explores issues of race and culture and how it feels to be judged on skin colour when identity is made up of so many things. Until we share and make time to listen to a diversity of stories, dangerous assumptions will persist.

This little book offers a challenge to those assumptions and polarising perceptions while celebrating the universal connections we all share. Read it, and discover a new perspective on identity, humanhood and hope. But Where Are You Really From? is a book for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of the current race and cultural transformation that is happening across the world today. A powerful story from the voice of a successful black woman, navigating the search for identity against a backdrop of faith, humanity and hope that needs to be heard.

Discovering Revelation: content, interpretation, reception

by David A. deSilva

London: SPCK, 2021


The book of Revelation has been received over the past several centuries with both fascination and aversion, but one thing is certain: it has profoundly shaped Christian history and culture. And the way it has shaped history and culture has been determined, in large part, by how the book has been variously–and sometimes irresponsibly-​-​interpreted. David A. deSilva addresses the interpretation and reception-​history of Revelation in this compact, up-to-date, and student-friendly introduction to the book of Revelation, focusing on its structure, content, theological concerns, key interpretive debates, and historical reception.

Discovering Revelation draws on a range of methodological approaches (author-, text-, and reader-centred) as complementary rather than mutually exclusive ways of interpreting the text. DeSilva pays special attention to defining features of Revelation, such as its use of sequences of seven as a major structuring device, its nonlinear plotline, and its deployment of contrast and parody. As deSilva writes, “A text as rich and multidimensional as Revelation calls for its readers to adopt a rich and multidimensional approach that draws upon a variety of interpretative angles and skills.”

Interrupting the church's flow: developing a radically receptive political theology in the urban margins

by Al Barrett

London: SCM Press, 2020


How can we develop and embody an ecclesiology, in contexts of urban marginality, that is radically receptive to the gifts and challenges of the agency of our non-Christian neighbours? Drawing on resources from political theologies, and in particular conversation with Graham Ward and Romand Coles, this book challenges our lazy understanding of receptivity, digging deep to uncover a rich theological seam that has the potential to radically alter how theologians think about what we draw from urban places.

It offers a game-changing liberative theology rooted not in the global south but from a position of self-critical privilege.

The Power of Prophecy: Ellen G. White and the women religious founders of the nineteenth century

by Ronald D. Graybill

Eastvale Press, 2019


“This book is a reproduction of my1983 dissertation. I have not revised or updated it. It is published as a historic document in order to represent what I said in the dissertation in 1983. The only changes I have made [is] to correct typographical and other technical errors. These changes in no way alter the meaning of the original text, although they do make this text appear to be more carefully copy-edited.

I have also inserted, in several places, bracketed notes to update or correct certain passages. Each of these is identified as a 2019 note.” These notes are preceded by the exact 1983 text. My views on most of the topics covered in this dissertation have not changed much over the past 36 years. But they can be seen, along with more recent research, in my newly published book, Visions and Revisions: A Textual History of the Ellen G. White Writings (Westlake Village, CA: Oak & Acorn Publishing, 2019). The publisher of this copy of my dissertation, “Eastvale Press” is simply a name I’ve chosen to list, a “virtual press” if you please.” – cited from Preface