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“Mercy is radical kindness,” Anne Lamott writes in her enthralling and heartening book, Hallelujah Anyway. It’s the permission you give others—and yourself—to forgive a debt, to absolve the unabsolvable, to let go of the judgment and pain that make life so difficult.
She explores where to find meaning in life. We should begin, she suggests, by “facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves.” It’s up to each of us to recognise the presence and importance of mercy everywhere—“within us and outside us, all around us”—and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While that can be difficult to do, Lamott argues that it’s crucial, as “kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all.”
Full of Lamott’s trademark honesty, humor and forthrightness, Hallelujah Anyway is profound and caring, funny and wise—a hopeful book of hands-on spirituality.
Also by Anne Lamott:
- Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Survival Prayers. Hbk 102pp. ISBN Riverhead Books (2012). $34.00. [Allow 3 weeks]
- Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair. Hbk 96pp. ISBN Riverhead Books (2013). $34.00. [Allow 3 – 4 weeks]
Sister Joyce Rupp’s most perennially popular books have been collections of her original prayers, blessings, poems, and reflections. In Prayer Seeds, she offers almost a hundred new, never-before-published selections on a variety of themes such as the feasts and seasons of the liturgical year, compassion, ministry, difficult times, and important events—all suitable for personal or group prayer.
Rupp’s warmth and closeness to God along with her sensitivity to the joy and sadness of life make her an ideal prayer companion. Her prayers are like seed planted in your soul. Tended and watered by love, they will grow and bear a rich harvest in your life.
Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, presents the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection as viewed through the eyes of those who witnessed them. He explores the meaning of the cross and the significance of Christ’s resurrection, discussing what these events meant to Jesus’ followers in the early years and what they can say to us today.
Five hundred years ago an obscure monk challenged the authority of the pope with a radical vision of what Christianity could be. The revolution he set in motion inspired one of the most creative and destructive movements in human history. It has toppled governments, upended social norms, and transformed millions of people’s understanding of their relationship with God. In this dazzling global history, Alec Ryrie makes the case that Protestants made the modern world.
Protestants introduces us to the men and women who defined and redefined this quarrelsome faith. Some turned to their newly accessible bibles to justify bold acts of political opposition, others to support a new understanding of who they were and what they could and should do. Above all, they were willing to fight for their beliefs.
Described by Geonet as one of the most complex earthquakes ever observed, Radio New Zealand’s Vicky McKay was first to report on its violence, broadcasting live in the Wellington studio when 7.8 arrived by stealth at 12.02am. As intermittent reports came in from as far north as Auckland and south to Gore, confusion reigned and New Zealanders were asked to turn on public radio for live updates. Reporters for our national broadcaster scrambled – and leading the way was veteran journalist Phil Pennington, part of the first team to arrive in the damage zone. Surviving 7.8 relives the drama from the moment it struck to the remarkable, horrifying, yet fascinating events that followed, and the typically Kiwi response to a disaster of unbelievable scale.
Throughout the narrative are quotes, tweets, Facebook posts and stories from everyday New Zealanders – the immediate reaction, the uncertainty, the turmoil, to the roll-your-sleeves-up, let’s-get-on-with-it, do-it-yourself attitude that defines our heartland.
Contributions from the sale of this book will go to the Red Cross Kaikoura Earthquake appeal.
The Gospel means good news. But if the message has been around for 2,000 years, what makes it significant today? What’s so “good” about stories involving damnation, violence, and a God who sacrifices his only son?
Noted Bible scholar N.T. Wright shows us how Christians today have lost sight of what the “good news” of the gospel really is. In Simply Good News, he takes us back in time to reveal how the people of the first-century—the gospel’s original audience—would have received Jesus’ message. He offers a clear and thoughtful analysis of what the “good news” really is, and applies it to our lives today, revealing its power to transform us.
Painter and speaker Makoto Fujimura issues a call to cultural stewardship, in which we become generative and feed our culture’s soul with beauty, creativity, and generosity. We serve others as cultural custodians of the future.
He invites readers to support the arts as a source of hope in a world starved for beauty. In prose addressed to Christian believers but hospitable to others, he offers an impassioned plea for attentiveness to the arts, encouraging readers to become patrons and producers of art, not mere consumers. Fujimura contends that culture today is utilitarian, reductionist, and consumerist, replete with dehumanizing ugliness. In contrast to this, he says, Christians are responsible for seeking after and supporting beauty, and rather than engaging in “culture wars,” Christians should engage in “culture care” by attending to the capacities that make it possible for art and beauty to flourish.
Includes a study guide for individual reflection or group discussion.
Feeling worn thin? Come find rest. The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders through miles of rolling Virginia mountains. It’s a route made famous by natural beauty and the simple rhythms of rural life.
And it’s in this setting that Hannah Anderson began her exploration of what it means to pursue a life of peace and humility. Fighting back her own sense of restlessness and anxiety, she finds herself immersed in the world outside, discovering a classroom full of forsythia, milkweed, and a failed herb garden. Lessons about soil preparation, sour mulch, and grapevine blights reveal the truth about our dependence on God, finding rest, and fighting discontentment.
Anchored in the teaching of Jesus, Anderson explores how cultivating humility—not scheduling, strict boundaries, or increased productivity—leads to peace. “Come unto me, all who labour and are heavy laden,” Jesus invites us, “and you will find rest for your souls.”
The inner critic is the voice inside our heads reminding us that we are never “good enough.” It’s behind the insidious thoughts that can make us second-guess our every action and doubt our own value. The inner critic might feel overpowering, but it can be managed effectively.
Meditation teacher and therapist Mark Coleman helps readers understand and free themselves from the inner critic using the tools of mindfulness and compassion. Each chapter offers constructive insights into what creates, drives, and disarms the critic; real people’s journeys to inspire and guide readers; and simple practices anyone can use to live a free, happy, and flourishing life.
This book answers two key questions:
- What is depression and what causes it?
- If I have depression, what can I do about it?
Offering real hope to those suffering from depression, Marsh explains depression in approachable language and shows how simple lifestyle changes can make a difference.
Five case studies are tracked throughout the book, enabling the reader to see how each individual uses these tools to master depression and harness hope in their own lives.
The author takes a holistic approach, addressing mind, body and spirit through tips on physical wellbeing, insights into the habits and beliefs that shape our moods, and ways to keep sight of the bigger picture through mindfulness practices. She also explains how these strategies can be used alongside other treatments to provide an empowering process that is tailored to each individual.
Practical and to the point, this is the essential guide for both those experiencing depression as well as those who care about them.
“Without countervailing voices, naming and challenging power, political freedom withers and dies. Without countervailing voices, a better world can never materialise. Without countervailing voices, wells will still be dug and bridges will still be built, but only for the few. Food will still be grown, but it will not reach the mouths of the poor. New medicines will be developed, but they will be inaccessible to many of those in need.”
Monbiot assesses the state we are now in: the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do. Controversial, clear but always rigorously argued, he makes a persuasive case for change in our everyday lives, our politics and economics, the ways we treat each other and the natural world.
“What most impresses in Monbiot’s clever, elegant writing is the way he strives to think beyond protest towards realistic, representative solutions to the problems of world politics and trade.” The Times
Enjoy peace in the presence of the Saviour as you relax and reflect on the words of Jesus Calling through this gorgeous new colouring and lettering book.
The book includes quotes from Jesus Calling, 100 pages of intricate colouring designs, a tutorial and templates to learn basic hand lettering, and perforated pages.
This new colouring book will remind you of Jesus’ still, quiet voice in the midst of a bustling world.