Summer picks

If you are searching for a book to take along on summer travels, or simply for an excursion to the back porch, the editors have some recommendations:

Global faith

Five hundred years ago Christianity was little more than the regional religion of the patchwork of societies that made up Europe.

Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment

Like novelist Richard Brandford, James Gustave Speth, one of America’s premier environmentalists, uses the familiar nautical adage “red sky at morning, sailors take warning” to title a coming-of-age story—here the story of the international environmental movement.

Make believe

One of my graduate school professors, commenting on a historian famous for his prolific reading and reviewing of recent work in American history, said, “We should be grateful to him.

Pilgrims in the Kingdom: Travels in Christian Britain

From Columba at Iona to Evelyn Underhill at Pleshey, British men and women of past generations yearned to know God and follow the way of Jesus. This artistic and wistful volume—which could well serve as a travel guide—takes us on a provocative journey across Britain to learn from such saints.