August 2017 Selection

Featured Books

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

More details about each title are also shown below.

Twenty-One Elephants: Leaving Religion for The Reckless Ways of Jesus.
Scottie Reeve.
$30.00.
[4 in stock]

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Made on Earth:
How the gospel writers created the Christ.
Lorraine Parkinson.
$48.00.
[Allow 4 weeks].

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Creative Worship Volume 1:
Songs, Prayers & Poems. Philip Garside.
PDF eBook, Free.
Click to Download now

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Tears Of Rangi:
Experiments Across Worlds.
Anne Salmond.
$65.00.
[Allow 7-10 days]
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Doorways to the Sacred:
Developing Sacramentality in Fresh Expressions of Church.
Ian Mobsby; Phil Potter.
$49.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].


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Church from the Inside:
Welcome, news sheets, magazines and stories.
Laura Treneer.
$16.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

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Church from the Outside:
Displays, noticeboards, invitations and PR.
Laura Treneer.
$16.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

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Walking with Biblical Women of Courage:
Imaginative studies for Bible meditation.
Fiona Stratta.
$24.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

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Essential Celtic Prayers.
Thomas McPherson.
$24.99.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

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Could This be God?:
Bumping into God in the Everyday.
Brian Harris.
$27.50.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

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Wrestling with the Word:
Preaching on Tricky Texts.
Kate Bruce.
$32.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

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Rebuilding the Foundations:
Social Relationships in Ancient Scripture and Contemporary Culture.
Walter Brueggemann &
John Brueggemann.
$37.50.
[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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[Prices, stock levels and estimated delivery time for titles on this page were last updated on 28 July 2017]

Details

Twenty-One Elephants: Leaving Religion for The Reckless Ways of Jesus. Scottie Reeve. Pbk, 209pp. ISBN 9780473383701. 21 Elephants NZ (2017). $29.00. [4 in stock]

Scottie, an ordained Anglican deacon and a social entrepreneur, leads Blueprint Church in Wellington. He spent 9 years working with young people through Zeal, and launched two downtown espresso bars which employ young people into their first jobs.

After coming to faith in the middle-class northern suburbs of Wellington, a chance meeting found Scottie Reeve exposed to another side of living in the city. Immersed in stories of addiction, violence and pain, Scottie found that his faith wasn’t big enough for the questions before him.

Questions like: What if Jesus didn’t call us to just a more comfortable, popular and successful life? What if the promises of upward mobility and accumulation actually stand at odds with the way he invited us to?

This is his story. It’s about a whole-of-life spirituality and mission that messes with our relationships, reputation, families, money and living situations, in order to serve the community.

If you enjoyed The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne, you will also find this book rewarding.

“Scottie Reeve is an intelligent, energetic, creative and extraordinarily gifted leader and social entrepreneur, exactly the kind of spiritually-alive person I want to be influenced and inspired by.” Brian D McLaren, Author.

Made on Earth: How the gospel writers created the Christ. Lorraine Parkinson. Pbk, 384pp. ISBN 9780867862546.Spectrum Publications. (2016). $48.00. [Allow 4 weeks].

Why have millions of Christians across two millennia been convinced that Jesus of Nazareth is the divinely anointed Christ? The answer is that ‘evidence’ for it is reinforced with every Sunday reading of the gospels. Each canonical gospel claims to tell the story of Jesus the Messiah, or Christ. Even if startling differences between the gospels are acknowledged, this has not destroyed belief that they are divinely inspired.

In this book Lorraine Parkinson sets out compelling reasons why the gospels may be found to have been ‘made on earth.’ She builds a strong argument that each gospel was written to make a distinct case for Jesus as the Christ. She presents detailed evidence that the Christ of the gospels is the creation of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, plus later editors. The sub-text of this book contends that by including teachings of Jesus alongside claims for him as Christ, gospel writers bequeathed to Christianity two contradictory gospels – the gospel of Jesus and the gospel about Jesus.

“At last!  A book that helps its readers to see and understand how the Way of Jesus with its emphasis on this world, was wrong-footed into fixation on “the Christ” and the next world.  There is no bigger challenge to Christianity today than to rid itself of this fixation and from creedal adherence to the worldview that shaped it…” Michael Morwood, resident theologian, Kirkridge Retreat Center, Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA

 

Creative Worship Volume 1: Songs, Prayers & Poems. Philip Garside. PDF eBook, 32pp. ISBN 9781927260791. Philip Garside Publishing Ltd. (2017). Free. Click to Download now

Fresh songs, prayers and poems for worship and reflection.

Here are 11 songs, in a variety of styles, for your church or choir. You can copy and sing them for free!

“…Come and dance with us,
sing with us, walk along our way.
Help us bring alive God’s kingdom
on earth today.”

The arrangements are simple and include guitar chords. Some are best sung unaccompanied.

To help you learn them, links to midi and mp3 files of the melody, and to the Noteworthy Composer software music settings are included for each song. There are also notes about how and why the songs were written and tips for performing them.

The songs, poems and prayers in this book have all been successfully used in worship.

We hope you and your congregation or choir will enjoy them.

 

Tears Of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds. Anne Salmond. Hbk, 512pp. ISBN 9781869408657. Auckland University Press (2017). $65.00. [Allow 7-10 days]

Six centuries ago Polynesian explorers, who inhabited a cosmos in which islands sailed across the sea and stars across the sky, arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand where they rapidly adapted to new plants, animals, landscapes and climatic conditions. Four centuries later, European explorers arrived with maps and clocks, grids and fences, and they too adapted to a new island home. In this remote, beautiful archipelago, settlers from Polynesia and Europe (and elsewhere) have clashed and forged alliances, they have fiercely debated what is real and what is common sense, what is good and what is right.

In this, her most ambitious book to date, Dame Anne Salmond looks at New Zealand as a site of cosmo-diversity, a place where multiple worlds engage and collide. Beginning with a fine-grained inquiry into the early period of encounters between Maori and Europeans in New Zealand (1769–1840), Salmond then investigates such clashes and exchanges in key areas of contemporary life – waterways, land, the sea and people.

We live in a world of gridded maps, Outlook calendars and balance sheets – making it seem that this is the nature of reality itself. But in New Zealand, concepts of whakapapa and hau, complex networks and reciprocal exchange, may point to new ways of understanding interactions between peoples, and between people and the natural world. Like our ancestors, Anne Salmond suggests, we too may have a chance to experiment across worlds.

 

Doorways to the Sacred: Developing Sacramentality in Fresh Expressions of Church. Ian Mobsby; Phil Potter. Pbk,192pp. ISBN 9781848259515. Canterbury Press (2017). $49.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

Fresh Expressions of Church are a key aspect of mission strategy for many denominations in the UK and beyond. Here, a stellar line-up of writers explores the central question of how Fresh Expressions turn from mission projects into authentic forms of church, developing a sacramental life of their own.

Chapters include:

  • Lucy Moore on Messy Church and Holy Communion
  • Graham Cray on the sacraments for the unchurched
  • Jonathan Clark on baptism and mission
  • John Drane on seeing the world as sacramental
  • Sue Wallace on the sacramentality of sacred space
  • Reagan Humber (pastor at Nadia-Bolz Weber’s church) on liturgy and evangelism
  • Adrian Chatfield on healing
  • Padraig O Tuama on confession

 

Church from the Inside: Welcome, news sheets, magazines and stories. Laura Treneer. Pbk, 64pp. ISBN 9780857465542. Bible Reading Fellowship (2017). $16.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

An essential guide to effective church communications.

Combining missional vision with practical advice, this resource provides practical ideas so that people are warmly welcomed with clear and relevant communication. Ideal for church teams who want to reach their communities effectively, and a perfect gift for church leaders and volunteers who are short on time but need fast relevant advice. Whether you’re looking for a crash course, a brief refresher or a reference toolkit, you’ll find what you need. Advice you can read and apply, from people you can trust.

 

 

Church from the Outside: Displays, noticeboards, invitations and PR. Laura Treneer. Pbk, 64pp. ISBN 9780857465535. Bible Reading Fellowship (2017). $16.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

Combining missional vision with practical advice, this resource helps you see your church with the eyes of your neighbours and create visual communications to reach them. Ideal for church teams who want to reach their communities effectively, and a perfect gift for church leaders and volunteers who are short on time but need fast relevant advice. Whether you’re looking for a crash course, a brief refresher or a reference toolkit, you’ll find just what you need. Advice you can read and apply, from people you can trust.

 

 

 

Walking with Biblical Women of Courage: Imaginative studies for Bible meditation. Fiona Stratta. Pbk, 160pp. ISBN 9780857465337. Bible Reading Fellowship (2017). $24.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

We’re all called to everyday courage: the ability to persevere in suffering, resilience in the face of disappointment and loss, strength to take on difficult roles. Walking with Biblical Women of Courage is an encouraging and empowering collection of meditative monologues told from the perspectives of women from both the Old and New Testaments. The monologues are followed by questions designed for either individual or group exploration and reflection.

Contents: Hagar (Part 1) – Hagar (Part 2) – Shiphrah, Puah and Jochebed – Deborah – Jael – Jephthah’s daughter – Michal (Part 1) – Michal (Part 2) – Abigail (Part 1) – Abigail (Part 2) – The queen of Sheba – The widow with two sons – The woman of Shunem (Part 1) – The woman of Shunem (Part 2) – The young Jewish maid – Tabitha or Dorcas – Mary of Jerusalem – Lydia – Priscilla – Phoebe – Eunice.

 

Essential Celtic Prayers. Thomas McPherson. Pbk, 93pp. ISBN 9781612619262. Paraclete Press (2017). $24.99. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

People from all faiths find in the Celtic tradition an expression of spirituality deeply connected to nature, and vibrantly alive, a spiritual rootedness we long for in the 21st century. The book includes some of the most beautiful prayers of the Celtic tradition that speak to us across the centuries.

The early Celts lived in a time and place where nature was ever-present; in the seasonal harvest and disruptions of it, in the sometimes brutal climate, and in all the gifts from the earth. In their simple rural life, they were surrounded by the cycles of nature: the seasons, lunar months, tides, dawn and dusk. Even in ordinary tasks – gardening, metalworking, sheep herding, and farm chores – they felt God’s sacred presence all around in the natural world.

 

Could This be God?: Bumping into God in the Everyday. Brian Harris. Pbk, 208pp. ISBN 9780857465009. Bible Reading Fellowship (2016). $27.50. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

In a series of pithy, poignant and profound readings, this book explores the intersection of faith and life. Spotting parables in the everyday, it equips readers to explore whether they might be bumping into God without realising it. Heartening and often humorous, it applies biblical truth in a way that both fascinates and liberates.

“I couldn’t stop smiling as I read this wonderful book. Don’t mistake its light touch, practical stance and humorous style for shallowness. It conveys great spiritual wisdom.” Derek Tidball, formerly Principal of London Bible College

 

Wrestling with the Word: Preaching on Tricky Texts. Kate Bruce. Pbk,160pp. ISBN 9780281076482. SPCK (2016). $32.00. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

Many biblical texts seem almost impossible to preach. They may be violent or terrifying or strange or abrasive. They may deal with matters simply beyond human experience. The preacher could well be tempted to choose an easier text on offer! But leaving taxing passages untouched means the Bible is effectively silenced. In Wrestling with the Word, well-known and accomplished preachers grapple with a range of notoriously difficult biblical Old and New Testament texts. As well as providing sample sermons – in an exhilarating variety of structural styles and voices – they offer ideas to help in the planning process of interpreting and applying such passages.

Rebuilding the Foundations: Social Relationships in Ancient Scripture and Contemporary Culture. Walter Brueggemann; John Brueggemann. Pbk, 224pp. ISBN 9780664262655. Westminister John Knox. (2017). $37.50. [Allow 3-4 weeks].

Father-and-son team Walter and John Brueggemann take a close look at the fractured American society and suggest ways for improvement. Using six themes identified by some scholars as the moral foundations of society—care, fairness, liberty, loyalty, authority, and sanctity—they examine the unsustainable patterns of our contemporary society and reveal how those patterns played out in the ancient world of the Old Testament.

Brueggemann and Brueggemann demonstrate how comparing the current state of these moral foundations with what God wanted them to be can help us better respond to the challenges of today. They assert that achieving any significant change will require the work of all of us and will be grounded in a vision of neighbourliness. Rebuilding the Foundations will inspire readers to reorient toward a better way of living, both for themselves and for all living things.

“Walter and John Brueggemann have written a startlingly insightful and important book addressing some of the most important issues facing the human race today. John draws from contemporary sociology, Walter from his unique and deeply insightful approach to the Hebrew Bible, and each presents a progressive and at points revolutionary worldview that will give readers a solid intellectual and spiritual foundation for seeking a fundamental transformation of our society. Every religious leader, spiritual or secular activist, and anyone hoping to build a saner and more ethically coherent society must read this book!” Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of TIKKUN Magazine, Chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives

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).

 

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

 

2018 Year B Annuals

Click here for your selection of Worship, Preaching and Devotional resources for Year B  – 2018

Specials on Trade Me — Further price reductions!!

We have over 150 titles loaded on Trade Me, most of which are now reduced to $5.00 or less (but only while stock lasts). These are all in stock now. 50 are listed as auctions at any one time. They are all Buy Now only, so order straight away to secure your books. The listings last 5 days, so come back every few days to see a fresh list. Click here for our current listings on TradeMe.

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