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The 71 songs in this book started out as responses to The Psalms but Mark soon found himself wandering to all sorts of places, the Psalms being good jump-off points. The songs are numbered instead of having titles, in the hope that this leaves a degree of open-ended-ness, so that God can say to you what you need to hear. Dip into them at random. May there be a few holy surprises here for you.
“Mark Laurent’s ‘psalms’ are a conversation between head and heart, full of wisdom and truth. We read the wisdom, recognise truth, and hunger for more. They are lovely and I think many people will identify with them.” Joy Cowley, author, retreat leader
“Redemption Songs will be a breath of fresh air, comfort and encouragement to those like me who find that the Jesus walk is a mixture of highs and lows. Mark has shown us a heart which longs for the heart of God, and the heart of God which longs for us.” Anna Johnstone (author of The Jesus Walk)
“I highly recommend this book. It will be invaluable for personal use, as a gift to a friend, or using it in retreat work, as I will be doing. I can imagine it being useful in any place where God is worshipped.” Betty Drew-Diprose, Saint Francis Retreat Centre.
James Martin, SJ, gifted storyteller, editor at large of America magazine, popular media commentator, brings the Gospels to life in Jesus: A Pilgrimage, and invites believers and seekers alike to experience Jesus through Scripture, prayer and travel.
Combining the fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies with profound spiritual insights about the Christ of faith, Father Martin recreates the world of first-century Galilee and Judea to usher you into Jesus’s life and times and show readers how Jesus speaks to us today. Martin also brings together the most up-to-date Scripture scholarship, wise spiritual reflections, and lighthearted stories about traveling through the Holy Land with a fellow (and funny) Jesuit, visiting important sites in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
The person at the heart of the Gospels can seem impossibly distant. Stories about his astonishing life and ministry—clever parables that upended everyone’s expectations, incredible healings that convinced even skeptics, nature miracles that dazzled the dumbstruck disciples—can seem far removed from our own daily lives, hard to understand, and at times irrelevant. But in Jesus you will come to know him as Father Martin knows him: Messiah and Savior, as well as friend and brother. (HC)
From Saint Francis to Saint Augustine, the words of the saints provide comfort, strength, and peace in times of need and times of joy.In this beautiful, handy collection, the wisdom of the saints has been distilled into themes such as love, faith, hope, and joy. The Saints’ Little Book of Wisdom offers bite-size nuggets of inspiration and wisdom for readers to turn to time and time again – all in a handy, portable format. This comprehensive book is arranged thematically, and covers:
- Hope & Joy
- Faith & Prayer
- The Journey of Life
- Building a Better World
- Listening to God
- Human Dignity & Suffering
- Strength. (HC)
Written in clear and engaging style, this book covers key content including:
- Jesus: His incarnation, life, ethical teaching, crucifixion and resurrection, saving importance for Christians and relationship with God
- The development of Christianity through from the Early Church to contemporary Global Christianity
- The similarities and differences between different types of Christianity in terms of beliefs, teachings and practices
- The use and authority of the Bible and other sources of authority within the Churches as well as how the Bible shapes Christian Ethics
- Christian responses to science, feminism, secularism, philosophy and the new atheism as well as crises in social justice.
Most importantly, Vardy places these themes in context and helps us to understand and appreciate Christianity, the largest religious tradition in the UK and worldwide. (HC)
The Action Bible presents 215 fast-paced narratives in chronological order, making it easier to follow the Bible’s historical flow and reinforcing the build-up to its thrilling climax! The stories in The Action Bible communicate clearly and forcefully to contemporary
readers. This compelling blend of clear writing, plus dramatic images, offers an appeal that crosses all age boundaries.
Internationally recognized artist Sergio Cariello has created attention holding illustrations marked by rich coloring, dramatic shading and lighting, bold and energetic designs, and emotionally-charged figures. Let this epic rendition draw you into all the excitement of the world’s most awesome story!
Approximate age range: 9 to 11 years.
The brand new Kiwi Bible in the easy-to-read CEV translation comes in a beautifully illustrated hard cover edition.
- Cover illustrated (back and front) with iconic scenic photographs of New Zealand.
- The Lord’s Prayer in English and in Maori.
- The New Zealand National Anthem.
- A “How to read this Book”• feature.
- The Bible Story ”“ a brief synopsis of the Bible.
- A “Where to look in the Bible”• topical index.
- A mini Bible dictionary.
- 12 full colour New Zealand scenes with Bible verses.
The bestselling NIV Teen Study Bible has an all-new updated design to appeal to the next generation of
teens. Packed full of study features that help today’s students learn more about God, the Bible, and how
God’s Word relates to their lives, this Bible includes the following features:
- We Believe” unpacks the Apostles’ Creed to reveal the biblical foundation of faith
- Topical indexes help with in-depth Bible study
- Book introductions provide an overview for each book of the Bible
- Bible promises highlight Bible verses worth remembering
- Q & As test Bible knowledge
- 4 color pages include a presentation page and information about the Apostles’ Creed
- 8-page full-color map section
- Biblical advice about friends, family, school, and other issues
- Complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) of the Bible
The Lectionary: Te Maramataka is produced each year to help meet the worship needs of the Anglican church here. It provides information you need to plan the Eucharist and other services, and to say the Daily offices on a regular basis. It puts into convenient form many of the provisions of The New Zealand Prayer Book and introduces elements from other sources which will be of benefit to the church.
Can also be used as a guide to daily devotional readings.
52 carols for a summer Christmas, with words, music and guitar chords
Also includes 6 Christmas poems by Peter Cape, Joy Cowley, Eileen Duggan and Shirley Murray.
24 carols sung by Wellington adult & youth choirs.
Participating choirs and singers: Wellington Youth Choir, Kiwikids, Wellington Cathedral Choir, Sings Harry, Wellington Secondary Students’ Choir, Rachel Gillon and Mike Wespel-Rose.
A humorous take on T’was the Night Before Christmas, but with a real kiwi twist.
This is the ultimate read-aloud for Christmas in New Zealand. The rhyming text flows off the page and Deborah Hinde captures the colour of a truly New Zealand festive season.
Bright and energetic illustrations. An excellent gift for relatives in the northern hemisphere missing
home at Christmas time.
“Jingle bells! Rudolph smells from eating carrots and hay, went over a bump and he did a TRUMP, and it went in Santa’s face – hey!“
Once again Rudolph saved the day, not with his nose, just carrots and hay! The reindeer shouted out with glee, “He’ll go down in history … Again.”
A Christmas classic in the making. Children will love this funny, catchy adaptation of a well known Christmas song. Includes wonderfully quirky illustrations by award winning illustrator Paul Beavis. For fans of children’s entertainer, Deano Yipadee.
A Christmas activity book with scenes to colour and stickers to add to the pictures. Children can add stickers to dress the shepherds, wise men and angels as they make their way to visit the baby Jesus, or colour Mary and the donkey on their way to Bethlehem.
An interactive way of learning the story of the Nativity, and a wonderful gift for any child taking part in a nativity play.
Philip personally recommends this book as his most useful and frequently used liturgy resource. Janet Nelson beautifully distills and combines the key messages from the four RCL readings for each Sunday and Holy Day. Ministers, lay preachers and all who lead intercessions will get deep satisfaction from using this wonderful, responsive prayer resource.
Writing prayers of intercession is an important ministry in the liturgical life of every congregation. Let Us Pray contains a collection of beautifully crafted prayers shaped around the three-year cycle of readings as set down for Sunday liturgy in the Revised Common Lectionary.
Janet Nelson is a noted Liturgical Intercessor who brings gifts of great compassion and inclusivity along with liturgical, biblical and theological insight to this art of prayer. Let Us Pray will become an indispensable tool for all involved in the planning and preparation of liturgy. Also includes a liturgical index and prayers for special occasions and major festivals of the church year.
Andrew Fladeboe came to New Zealand on a Fulbright scholarship to immerse himself in rural life and document the traditional New Zealand working dog. He travelled to numerous South Island stations and worked alongside farmers and their dogs. But through his time in New Zealand, Andrew discovered that the importance of working dogs wasn’t confined to the hard-working huntaways and collies of the sheep stations.
New Zealand’s Working Dogs branches out to document other significant roles that these creatures play in our lives, such as those affiliated with the police, airport security and customs, the Department of Conservation, and search and rescue teams. Andrew also experienced the unique relationships that dogs have when paired with the blind and immobile to greatly increase their quality of life.
Pearls of wisdom – whakataukī – have been gifted from generation to generation as an intrinsic part of the Māori world. As powerful metaphors, they combine analogy and cultural history in the most economical of words. Short and insightful, they take you by surprise, engendering reflection, learning and personal growth.
Mauri Ora links whakataukī to key personal virtues idealised across cultures and generations. The virtues – wisdom, courage, compassion, integrity, self-mastery and belief – stem from the field of positive psychology; the study of how to live a better life.
Illustrated throughout with wonderful photographs from an old world, this book draws on traditional wisdom to provide a recipe for personal effectiveness and leadership, and a rewarding connection of Māori knowledge to contemporary thinking about personal happiness and fulfilment.
Colorful and whimsical, Noah’s Ark captures the fun and friendly story of Noah, the animals, and the ark in a lift-and-look foam board book. Your child will enjoy this fun and fascinating retelling of Noah’s ark in colorful images and four lift-and-look panels. A perfect quiet book or interactive experience for your child.
Your child will enjoy this fun and fascinating retelling of the creation story in colorful images and six lift-and-look panels. The creation took seven days, but your child will love this book forever.
As early as 50 AD, Christians had gotten away from knowing who Jesus really is. Our generation is no different.
In every decade we, as Americans, lost something important that we couldn’t afford to lose:
- In the 1950’s, we lost innocence
- In the 1960’s, we lost respect for authority
- In the 1970’s, we lost love
- In the 1980’s, we lost values
- In the 1990’s, we lost faith
- In the 2000’s, we lost security
- In the 2010’s, we lost hope in the future
Jesus gave us His name, His friendship, and a commission to accept responsibility for ourselves and for the world. When introduced to His words and ways we’ll rediscover the Jesus who:
- Wants His enemies won over, not wiped out
- Wants you to stop playing it safe
- Believed great things were possible no matter what things are like right now
- Was full of grace and truth
- Unleashed compassion
- Believed no one was too far from God to return to Him
- Came to seek and to save that which was lost
- Loves the church
Pastor Ray Johnston shares the Jesus of the Bible and how we can be Christians without being jerks. He reveals how the radical message of the gospel calls us to love and serve not only our neighbors but our enemies as well. That’s the Jesus the American Church has missed and needs to meet.
Jesus’ mission is clear—risk everything in order to take care of people, starting in our home, neighborhoods, cities, and those in need around the world. That’s the Jesus the American Church has missed and needs to meet.
In a down-to-earth and deeply intimate portrait of Pope Francis, children’s advocate Mark K. Shriver embarks upon a personal quest to understand the Pope’s humble origins as a Jesuit priest in Argentina and his emergence as a transformative world leader—an extraordinary figure who has renewed the author’s own faith in the Catholic Church.
A deeply intimate portrait of Pope Francis and his faith draws on interviews with the men and women who knew him as a child, before he became a priest or during his years as a bishop, sharing additional insights into the individuals who helped shape his beliefs.