July 2017 Selection

Seasons of the Spirit 2017-2018

We are now taking orders for this popular worship and teaching material.

Order and pay by 16 August 2017 to ensure you get the lower early bird prices.

Click here for more details and the 2017-18 Catalogue and Order form

Featured Books

See the Ordering section below for other information about ordering these titles.

More details about each title are also shown below.

 The New Zealand Project. Max Harris.
$39.99.
[Allow 7-10 days]

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Wild Goose Big Book of Worship Resources.
The Iona Community.
$45.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

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Iona Abbey Worship Book. (New revised edition).
The Iona Community.
$42.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]
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The Soft Petals of Grace: Communion Liturgies and Other Resources.
Thom Shuman.
$38.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]
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When the Tui Calls:
Rural Ministry – Origins and Futures.
Bill Bennett.
$17.50
[25+ in stock]


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Being Messy, Being Church: Exploring the Direction of Travel for Today’s Church.
Ian Paul.
$31.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

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Messy Parables:
25 retellings for all ages. Martyn Payne.
$27.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

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Messy Church Does Science. David Gregory.
$29.99.
[Allow 3-4 week]

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Thinking of You:
A Resource for the Spiritual Care of People with Dementia.
Joanna Collicutt.
$29.99.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

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Fresh Expressions:
A New Kind of Methodist Church For People Not In Church.
Kenneth H. Carter Jr.; Audrey Warren.
$31.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

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Small on Purpose:
Life in a Significant Church. Lewis A Parks.
$32.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

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Sharing God’s Blessing:
How to Renew the Local Church.
Robin Greenwood.
$27.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

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Each month we choose a selection of titles that we think you will find stimulating and satisfying to read. So come back to the Monthly Selections section of our website regularly.

Please also ask us about any other books you are interested in. We will give you a price and time to deliver. Emailing us at books@pgpl.co.nz works best.

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Ordering

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Some books will be in stock. Others will be ordered in when you place your order.  These will usually take 3 to 6 weeks to arrive.

Postage Charges

Our usual NZ postage charges apply: $5.50 for orders up to $65, $7.00 for orders up to $199.99 and freight free for orders $200 or over.

Overseas customers, please email us at books@pgpl.co.nz with your requirements as higher postal charges will apply.

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[Prices, stock levels and estimated delivery time for titles on this page were last updated on 27 June 2017]

Details

Wild Goose Big Book of Worship Resources. The Iona Community. Pbk 248pp. ISBN 9781849525312. Wild Goose (2017). $45.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks]

A wide-ranging collection of resources for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Transfiguration, and other special days, and on areas of concern, like refugees and peacemaking. Worship rooted in city and country, in work and in schools, in peacemaking and the eradication of poverty, in churches and the Iona Community resident group

These resources are for worship which is contextual, prophetic, with a strong justice and peace edge. Contributors include: Ruth Burgess, Joy Mead, Chris Polhill, Kathryn Turner and many others.

 

 

 

Iona Abbey Worship Book. (New revised edition). The Iona Community. Pbk 272pp. ISBN 9781849525138. Wild Goose (2017). $42.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks]

The services and resources in this book reflect the Iona Community’s commitment to the belief that worship is all that we are and all that we do, both inside and outside the church, with no division into the sacred and the secular. The material draws on many traditions, including the Celtic, and aims to help us to be fully present to God, who is fully present to us – in our neighbour, in the political and social activity of the world around us, and in the very centre and soul of our being.

Each year, thousands of visitors make their way to Iona and many are changed by their time on this small Hebridean island which has been a powerful spiritual centre over the centuries. The Iona Community believes that we are brought to Iona not to be changed into ‘religious’ people, but rather to be made more fully human. Our common life – including our services – is directed to that end.

This new edition of the Iona Abbey Worship Book has been extensively revised and rearranged. About 80% of the text is new material which has been developed by members of the Iona Community since the previous edition.

 

The New Zealand Project. Max Harris. Pbk 330pp. ISBN 9780947492588. Bridget Williams Books (2017). $39.99. [Allow 7-10 days]

New Zealand must confront monumental issues in the years ahead. From the future of work to climate change, wealth inequality to new populism – these challenges are complex and even unprecedented. Yet why does New Zealand’s political discussion seem so diminished, and our political imagination unequal to the enormity of these issues? And why is this gulf particularly apparent to young New Zealanders?

These questions sit at the centre of Max Harris’s book, which represents, from the perspective of a brilliant young New Zealander, a vision for confronting the challenges ahead. Unashamedly idealistic, The New Zealand Project arrives at a time of global upheaval that demands new conversations about our shared future.

“This is a timely and important book, first, for our coming election in September, but then beyond.” John Thornley in Methodist paper Touchstone.

Table of contents

1. The New Zealand Project
2. Winds From the North, South, West and East: Global Forces and Frictions Shaping New Zealand Politics
3. New Zealand and the World
4. A New Framework for Economic Policy
5. The Art of what might not seem Possible at the Moment: On Decolonisation and Constitutions
6. Social Infrastructure: Health, Education and Housing
7. Justice Means More than Revenge
8. The Politics of Love: and the Changing World of Work
9. ‘Clean and Green’?: Environmental Politics and Policy
10. Genders, Masculinities and Sexualities
11. People Power
12. Taking the New Zealand Project Forward

 

The Soft Petals of Grace: Communion Liturgies and Other Resources. Thom Shuman. Pbk 184pp. ISBN 9781849524834. Wild Goose (2016). $38.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks]

A collection of communion liturgies and other resources covering Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity and Transfiguration.

The ancient words of scripture become true and alive in us when we realise that the old couple called to new ministry are sitting on the bus next to us, that the children Jesus wants to bless are those on the news, fleeing their war-torn country, that the folk hungry for healing and hope are our next-door neighbours. The stories and people in the Bible speak to us today – if we listen with our hearts and souls.

Thom Shuman writes: “So much of the ordinary is truly extraordinary, so much of what we take for granted are the soft petals of grace strewn on the paths we walk, so much of the air we breathe is filled with wonder, hope, joy and peace.”

An awareness Thom first experienced while on sabbatical at the spiritual centres of Taize, the Abbey of Gethsemani and Iona, where these liturgies and prayers first took root.

 

When the Tui Calls: Rural Ministry – Origins and Futures. Bill Bennett. Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781927260708. Philip Garside Publishing Ltd (2017). $17.50 [25+in stock]

Special launch offer: We will send you a free copy of Bill’s 2005 book God of the Whenua (usually $10), with each copy of When the Tui Calls purchased direct from us.

Click here for eBook editions

The Tui (Parson Bird), with its tuft of white feathers at the neck, is highly adaptive, has a distinctive call, is protective of its domain, is an imitator of song and speech and is an enduring example of survival and adaptability.

This essay on rural ministry reflects on its long evolution, its current challenges, and its continuing viability for the future in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Bennett highlights some key issues and opportunities for rural ministry today, including:

  • Maintaining identity as a rural community and church
  • Being forums for wider community discussion on current issues
  • Re-vitalising the church’s ministry of hospitality
  • Ensuring those responsible for worship leadership are well-trained
  • Ensuring that worship gives expression to what is actually happening in the rural community
  • Developing strategies for on-farm, at-home visits or sub-regional get-togethers
  • Offering theological college students short residential stays to help them understand time-work-seasonality relationships, and how rural people view life and society.

“The work you have in your hands is an invaluable insight into the roles that faith and Christian ministry offer to rural life, born not only out of Bill’s experience, but also with the depth of the history of the life of the Church in word and sacrament. Bill provides the Church today with a pathway back into our history that will help us to identify the roots of our ministry in rural life that enables us to navigate our present and near future.” From the Foreword, by Bishop Andrew Hedge

Being Messy, Being Church: Exploring the Direction of Travel for Today’s Church. Ian Paul. Pbk 208pp. ISBN 9780857464880. Bible Reading Fellowship (2017). $31.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks]

A series of essays by different contributors exploring what Messy Church brings to the wider church, how these different forms of church community can co-exist, and what this might mean for the future of the church. Questions addressed include:

  • What will church look like in 20 years’ time?
  • How can Messy Church help Christians unite a passion for mission with a heart for ministry?
  • What can Messy Church and Sunday Church learn from each other?

“A timely book offering theological insight and asking probing questions into the creativity, mess and gift of an extraordinary phenomenon. A challenging and inspiring read for those leading, helping or simply wanting to understand more.” +Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Messy Parables: 25 retellings for all ages. Martyn Payne. Pbk 176pp. ISBN 9780857465504. Bible Reading Fellowship (2017). $27.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks] 

Coming up with craft and activity ideas to explore a Bible story is one thing; but when it comes to sharing that story in the gathered celebration, many Messy Church leaders struggle to find the right language and approach.

The parables that Jesus told intrigued, inspired and engaged the crowds in his day, combining everyday imagery with surprising twists that prompted all ages to wonder and discover the treasures of the kingdom of heaven for themselves. This resource aims to recapture that storytelling style for Messy congregations today.

 

 

 

Messy Church Does Science. David Gregory. Pbk, wiro bound. 272pp. ISBN 9780857465795. Bible Reading Fellowship (2017). $29.99. [Allow 3-4 weeks]

This book will help Messy Church leaders use science to explore aspects of the Christian faith.

In popular culture there is a perceived conflict between science and faith, yet in many ways scientific understanding can enhance faith.

This resource offers Messy Churches the tools to use science to explore aspects of the Christian faith; demonstrate that science and faith are complementary; and enable children and adults alike to appreciate the wonder of creation. 100 sizzling ideas from a range of contributors provide inspiration for the Bible-based activities element of Messy Church.

 

Thinking of You: A Resource for the Spiritual Care of People with Dementia. Joanna Collicutt. Pbk 256pp. ISBN 9780857464910. Bible Reading Fellowship (2017). $29.99. [Allow 3-4 weeks]

This book approaches dementia from several angles: biological, psychological, sociological, and theological.

After an introduction explaining the multifaceted nature of this set of conditions, some possible theological responses are offered to such questions as:

  • what is the nature of human identity?
  • How can someone with severely impaired cognition have a full spiritual life?

The book’s final two sections are predominantly practical, addressing the spiritual care of the affected individual and how to help churches support affected individuals and their carers. This final section includes resources for ministry in residential care homes.

Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church For People Not In Church. Kenneth H. Carter Jr.; Audrey Warren. Pbk 124pp. ISBN 9781501849206. Abingdon Press (2017). $31.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks]

This book explores new forms of church that gather and network with people who typically have never been to church.

A wave of new Christian churches are emerging to reach un-churched and de-churched people who live in a culture that is increasingly non-religious and multi-religious. These new forms of church gather and network with people who typically have never been to church. The new faith communities listen to people and go where they are on the journey toward Jesus. They are deeply ecumenical but do not lose their distinctiveness because they learn fresh ways to communicate their identity through discipleship.

Fresh Expressions began in the United Kingdom where it ignited over 3000 new faith communities. In the United States the movement is putting down roots in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Ken Carter and Audrey Warren offer this book as a group study for church leaders and congregations who are in the grip of Holy Spirit motivation to renew their tradition by reaching people who are de-churched or not yet in a discipleship relationship with Jesus.

Each chapter includes two Bible study experiences for group conversation.

Small on Purpose: Life in a Significant Church. Lewis A Parks. Pbk 121pp. ISBN 9781501827327. Abingdon Press (2017). $32.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks]

Your small church can do ministry that is unique and necessary in your community. Learn how and celebrate!

This is a joyful and honest look at the kingdom-enriching characteristics of small congregations. Lewis Parks demonstrates how to see and build upon those strengths.

Parks shows us how life in a small congregation is profoundly significant and the important role these churches play. This book includes clear instructions on how leaders can streamline ministry to maximise the unique and powerful contributions small churches make in their communities. This book is inspiring and practical, a refreshing point of view for the church and church leaders.

“Small on Purpose was written by a pastor with deep compassion for churches of fewer than one hundred members who faithfully gather each week, energised by the Spirit. Parks gives readers, both clergy and laity, a new framework for considering these churches as sufficient and significant spaces for God’s work to occur in worship, pastoral care, and being church. Read and take hope!” Robin Knowles Wallace, Professor in the Taylor Endowed Chair of Worship and Music, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Delaware, OH

 

Sharing God’s Blessing: How to Renew the Local Church. Robin Greenwood. Pbk 204pp. ISBN 9780281072156. SPCK (2016). $27.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks]

A practical handbook to help churches recover confidence in their mission and ministry through conversations on the theme of blessing.

A tried-and-tested resource for the renewal of the local church. Faced with the unsustainability of many inherited patterns of church, the temptation may be to fall into despondency rather than seeking to regenerate patterns of mission and ministry. This book is the result of a two-year research project aimed at enabling local churches to regain a sense of confidence through exploring God’s blessing and how that might be shared with the communities they serve.

In Part One, Robin explores the meaning of blessing and the power of face-to-face group conversations to transform church congregations. Part Two contains outlines for five guided conversations for change on the theme of blessing. Part Three contains case study material of how this material has been used in different contexts, including for Mission Action Planning (MAP).

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