August 2018 Selection

August 2018 Selection

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We will be running a bookstall at
Common Ground 2018: 
Aotearoa NZ’s 3rd Progressive Spirituality Conference.

This is at St Andrews on the Terrace in Wellington, 
from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 September 2018.
There is an excellent lineup of key note speakers and presenters.

Click here for Conference details and to register

[Prices, stock levels and estimated delivery time for titles on this page were last updated on 28 July 2018]

We Are All One:
Reflections on Unity, Community and Commitment to Each Other. Joan Chittister.
Hbk. 107pp. ISBN 9781627853668. Twenty-Third Publications. (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

This simple little book, says Joan Chittister, touches on four elements of mindfulness that account for all the angst in our society right now moral maturity, spiritual witness, personal greatness, and universal kinship. These are the things that determine whether we go through life as part of its solution or part of the weight on its progress.

These powerful meditations, filled with wisdom gained from spiritual leaders who have inspired Sister Joan s own thought, will inspire your own prayer and group sharing, leading you to the simple but profound truth: We are all one.

We are now taking orders for 
Seasons of the Spirit 2018-2019 (Year C)
Worship and Christian education resources.

Order now on our website:

Seasons of the Spirit is a lectionary-based resource created in community with congregations representing different denominations from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, and NZ.

Seasons of the Spirit includes resources for the whole church. Leaders will find a wealth of ideas and help in the FUSION resource, while the ENCORE Age-Level resources span birth to adult.

Click the image on the left below for a 4 page PDF catalogue explaining more about Seasons of the Spirit.

The Big Questions:
What is New Zealand’s Future?
Various Authors – see below.
Pbk. 304pp. ISBN 9780143772378.

Penguin NZ (2018). 
[Allow 3 weeks].

Just where is New Zealand headed? How will our future shape up? Will we be okay?
New Zealand is at a crossroads. People are increasingly concerned about where we are headed. Can we improve our appalling statistics on poverty and violence? What about work – will we all be replaced by robots? Will our children (let alone our grandchildren) be able to afford to buy a house? Can we clean up our rivers?

This book looks at many aspects of our lives and our nation. Experts in their fields write about the challenges that face us and the opportunities we have to make changes for the better.

A fascinating set of perspectives and ideas on our way of life and our future as a nation.

Writers are: Dame Anne Salmond, Judge Andrew Becroft; Rod Oram; Jacinta Ruru; Felicity Goodyear-Smith; Tim Watkin; Patrick Reynolds; Jarrod Gilbert; Stuart McNaughton; David Brougham, Jarrod Haar & Yumiko Olliver-Gray; Golriz Ghahraman; Theresa Gattung; Peter O’Connor; and Leonie Freeman.

The Pacific:
In the Wake of Captain Cook, with Sam Neill.
Meaghan Wilson Anastasios.
Hbk. 464pp. ISBN 9781460756393.

HarperCollins Aust (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

A rich, complex and engaging account of Cook’s voyages across the Pacific, from actor and raconteur Sam Neill, in which Sam Neill retraces Cook’s footsteps, in the 250th anniversary year of Cook’s first voyage.

Captain James Cook first set sail to the Pacific in 1768 – 250 years ago. These vast waters, one third of the earth’s surface, were uncharted – but not unknown. A rich diversity of people and cultures navigated, traded, lived and fought here for thousands of years. Before Cook, the Pacific was disconnected from the power and ideas of Europe, Asia and America. In the wake of Cook, everything changed.

The Pacific with Sam Neill is the companion book to the Foxtel documentary series of the same name, in which actor and raconteur Sam Neill takes a deeply personal, present-day voyage to map his own understanding of James Cook, Europe’s greatest navigator, and the immense Pacific Ocean itself.

A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible:
Learning to Read Scripture’s Story.
Robert W Wall; David R Nienhuis eds.
Pbk. 176pp. ISBN 9780801049835.

Baker Academic (2015).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

This book is unique in its sweeping, fast-paced, accessible invitation to read the Bible – the whole Bible – in all of its wonderful, challenging presentation of the God who meets us in this ancient, tough, revealing, and relevant book.

Perhaps the greatest gift of A Compact Guide is that it dares to present the Bible as Scripture. Generations of people have lived and died by this book, have met a living, revealing God through its stories and pronouncements, and have been taken places they could never have gone without Scripture taking them there.”
Will Willimon, Duke Divinity School; former bishop, the United Methodist Church

Backstory Preaching:
Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft
. Lisa Cressman.
Pbk. 172pp. ISBN 9780814645147.

Liturgical Press (2018).
[1 coming soon, then allow 2-3 weeks].

Instead of being a dour task on the checklist, what if the process of homily prep renewed you? Instead of feeling insecure about your message, what if your skills made you confident to preach a consistently clear message of Good News, authentic to you, relevant to your listeners, holding their attention and inviting transformation? Cressman shows you how.

By integrating your life and spirituality with the practical skills necessary for effective preaching, you can move beyond the boredom, stress, or insecurity of preaching so it is no longer you who preach but Christ who preaches in you. By connecting with God in the midst of your sermon prep, the Gospel will be spread deeper and further. God’s joy – and yours – will be made complete.

Being Christian in the Twenty-First Century.
Sam Gould.
Pbk. 174pp. ISBN 9781532619694.
Wipf & Stock Publishers. (2017).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Written to help struggling and doubting Christians develop an understanding of Christianity that avoids literalism, creeds, and doctrines – all factors which seem to be driving people away from the church – this book is well suited for individual or group study, complete with a study guide and sample lesson plans. It responds to the call for theological reform advocated by many contemporary clergy and religious leaders.

Being Christian does not restate orthodox positions or drift into fundamentalism or sentimentalism. Instead it draws from a broad base of historical, theological, archaeological, and sociological scholarship to place Scripture within its original context yet present it within a perspective suitable for the 21st century mind.

It is scholarly, yet readable, interesting, and often provocative.

Better Send-off:
The Ultimate Funeral Guide.
Gail McJorrow.
Pbk. 142pp. ISBN 9780994106971.

Makaro Press (2015). 
[35+ in stock].

Better Send-Off is the brainchild of funeral whisperer, Gail McJorrow. She’ll get you started on one of the most important tasks of your life with creative ideas, products and services, legal and financial information and much more. It’s all designed to help you, your family and friends plan the send-off you want. Your death and funeral are your business, not the preserve of other people who haven’t known you in life. Take control of the dying process, it’s a life-giving experience.”
Sande Ramage, hospital chaplain, funeral celebrant, writer and speaker

“Reading this book is like chatting with a wise auntie over a cuppa at your kitchen table. McJorrow uses a comforting, conversational style to explore some of life’s most difficult decisions. As an overview of the options now available to New Zealanders, Better Send-Off is both a welcome guide for the bereaved and a useful resource for celebrants and funeral directors.”
Larry Timberlake, Editor of Pānui – Official Journal of the Celebrants Association of NZ

Cry, Heart, But Never Break.
Glenn Ringtved; Charlotte Pardi Illust.
Hbk. 32pp. ISBN 9781592701872.

Enchanted Lion Books (2016).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally.

And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.

Matt de la Peña; Loren Long Illust.
Hbk. 40pp. ISBN 9781524740917.
G P Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that’s soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

“In the beginning there is light
and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed
and the sound of their voices is love.

A cab driver plays love softly on his radio
while you bounce in back with the bumps of the city
and everything smells new, and it smells like life.”

Give People Money:
How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World.
Annie Lowrey.
Pbk. 272pp. ISBN 9781524758769.

Crown Publishing Group (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]. 

A brilliantly reported, global look at universal basic income—a stipend given to every citizen—and why it might be necessary in an age of rising inequality, persistent poverty, and dazzling technology.

Imagine if every month the government deposited $1,000 into your bank account, with nothing expected in return. It sounds crazy. But it has become one of the most influential and hotly debated policy ideas of our time. Futurists, radicals, libertarians, socialists, union representatives, feminists, conservatives, Bernie supporters, development economists, child-care workers, welfare recipients, and politicians from India to Finland to Canada to Mexico—all are talking about UBI.
In this sparkling and provocative book, economics writer Annie Lowrey examines the UBI movement from many angles. She travels to Kenya to see how a UBI is lifting the poorest people on earth out of destitution, India to see how inefficient government programs are failing the poor, South Korea to interrogate UBI’s intellectual pedigree, and Silicon Valley to meet the tech titans financing UBI pilots in expectation of a world with advanced artificial intelligence and little need for human labour.

Life 3.0:
Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.
Max Tegmark.
Pbk. 320pp. ISBN 9781101970317.

Vintage (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology – and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s children? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?

What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues – from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

Sacred Signposts:
Words, Water, and Other Acts of Resistance.
Benjamin J Dueholm.
Pbk. 176pp. ISBN 9780802874177.
Eerdmans (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Dueholm unpacks Christianity’s seven “holy possessions,” which function as signposts – words, water, bread and wine, confession and forgiveness, ministry, worship, and suffering – and he offers a visionary account of the critical, radical, life-affirming role that faith can play in a secular, post-Christian world.

The church isn’t a building or an institution. The church is what it does. At the very heart of Christianity are its central, sacred, subversive practices – the sacred signposts that have always shown the way to practice Christian faith, even when the terrain around it changes.

“These Christian practices,” writes Benjamin Dueholm, “represent and enact a different vision of what it means to be good, or even to be human, from the ones offered by our prominent political and economic ideologies. Christians have names for this different vision. We call it ‘the Kingdom of God’ or ‘the beloved community.’ And it is realized, in ways that are small and fleeting but also urgent and poignant, every time we gather around our holy possessions.”

The Eternal Current:
How a Practice-Based Faith Can Save Us from Drowning.
Aaron Niequist.
Hbk. 208pp. ISBN 9780735291164.
Waterbrook Press (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

When a myriad of tense conversations about ideological differences in the Church left him feeling spiritually empty, Niequist determined God must have a different vision for worship and community.

In his search, Aaron discovered that there was historical Christian precedent for enacting faith in a different way, an ancient and now future way of believing. He calls this third way “practice-based faith.”

A call for Christians to move past doctrinal tensions and denominational disagreements and into a deeper, more vibrant, beatitude-like faith rooted in sacred practices and intimate experiences with God.

This book is about loving one’s faith tradition and, at the same time, following the call to something deeper and richer. By adopting some new spiritual practices, it is possible to learn to swim again with a renewed sense of vigour and divine purpose.

Audio book edition also available:

The Eternal Current:
How a Practice-Based Faith Can Save Us from Drowning.
5 audio CD Set.
Aaron Niequist.
ISBN 9781640910140. Oasis Audio (2018).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The Power Of Hope:
Or How Community, Love and Compassion Can Change Our World.
Kon Karapanagiotidis.
Pbk. 288pp. ISBN 9781460755136. HarperCollins Aust (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

This powerful, heartfelt and inspiring memoir from one of Australia’s leading human rights advocates, Kon Karapanagiotidis, tells the story of how Kon overcame his traumatic childhood of racism, bullying and loneliness to create one of Australia’s largest and best-loved human rights organisations, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which has gone on to transform the lives of thousands of refugees and has helped build a movement.

“I hope you take from this book the message that we all matter. That there is a place for all of us. That once we know our own voice, live the values close to our hearts and follow our dreams, we can be unstoppable. Hope is only exhausted if we forsake ourselves, otherwise no one can take hope away from us. It is both our sanctuary and our destiny to live a life with love, belonging, connection and community.”

The Gift of Anger:
And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi
Arun Gandhi.
Hbk. 304pp. ISBN 9781476754857.

Gallery/Jeter Publishing (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]. 

Discover ten vital and extraordinary life lessons from one of the most important and influential philosophers and peace activists of the 20th century – Mahatma Gandhi – in this poignant and timely exploration of the true path from anger to peace, as recounted by Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi. In the current troubled climate, in our country and in the world, these lessons are needed more than ever before.

Arun Gandhi was just twelve years old when his parents dropped him off at Sevagram, his grandfather’s famous ashram. To Arun, the man who fought for India’s independence and was the country’s beloved preeminent philosopher and leader was simply a family member. He lived there for two years under his grandfather’s wing until Gandhi’s assassination.

While each chapter contains a singular, timeless lesson, The Gift of Anger also takes you along with Arun on a moving journey of self-discovery as he learns to overcome his own struggle to express his emotions and harness the power of anger to bring about good. He learns to see the world through new eyes under the tutelage of his beloved grandfather and provides a rare, three-dimensional portrait of this icon for the ages.

The Patterning Instinct:
A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning.
Jeremy Lent.
Hbk. 569pp. ISBN 9781633882935.
Prometheus Books (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]. 

Uprooting the tired clichés of the science-religion debate, Lent shows how medieval Christian rationalism acted as an incubator for scientific thought, which in turn shaped our modern vision of the conquest of nature. He probes our current crisis of unsustainability and argues that it is not an inevitable result of human nature but is culturally driven: a product of particular mental patterns that could conceivably be reshaped.

This fresh perspective on crucial questions of history identifies the root metaphors that cultures have used to construct meaning in their world. It offers a glimpse into the minds of a vast range of different peoples: early hunter-gatherers and farmers, ancient Egyptians, traditional Chinese sages, the founders of Christianity, trail-blazers of the Scientific Revolution, and those who constructed our modern consumer society.

Taking the reader on an archaeological exploration of the mind, the author, an entrepreneur and sustainability leader, uses recent findings in cognitive science and systems theory to reveal the hidden layers of values that form today’s cultural norms.

By shining a light on our possible futures, the book foresees a coming struggle between two contrasting views of humanity: one driving to a technological endgame of artificially enhanced humans, the other enabling a sustainable future arising from our intrinsic connectedness with each other and the natural world. This struggle, it concludes, is one in which each of us will play a role through the meaning we choose to forge from the lives we lead.

You Can’t Be Serious:
Essays in Wonder.
Mike Paterson.
Pbk. 156pp. ISBN 9781772440508.
Rock’s Mills Press (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

No, despite the title, this isn’t a self-help book! But it does lay foundations of hope and help for a civilization that seems bent on losing its purpose. Ranging through disciplines as diverse as science, economics, philosophy, poetry and religion in inimitably informal and conversational fashion, Paterson involves the reader in shaping a take on the future that offers fresh coherence, meaning and delight.

“Lots of wisdom … I will be sharing in my sermons and in worship.” Richard C. Choe, Coordinating Minister, Grace United Church & St. Paul’s United Church, Brampton, Ontario

Not one cubic centimeter of the biosphere, atmosphere or ocean depths remains wholly untouched or unaffected by human interventions of one kind or another. Nuclear power, mass extinctions, the impacts of fertilisers, forestry, fossil fuels, and new materials: the evidence is indelibly laid down, even now, in the geological record. And, as each intervention has rippled through the whole, it’s triggered unforeseen changes in places none of us have ever thought to look. Change begets more change, changes interact with each other and permeate things we never meant to mess with. And the tide’s rising.

It’s a bit embarrassing really. Our bluffs, our boasts of unimpeachable intellect, are all being called into question. So what’s next?

The Barefoot Surgeon:
The inspirational story of Dr Sanduk Ruit, the eye surgeon giving
sight and hope to the world’s poor
Ali Gripper.
Pbk. 304pp. ISBN 9781760292706

Allen & Unwin (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Inspiring and uplifting, this is the extraordinary story of Dr Sanduk Ruit who, like his mentor Fred Hollows, took on the world’s medical establishment to give the life-changing gift of sight to hundreds and thousands of the world’s poorest and most isolated people. It is the story of a boy from the lowest tiers of a rigid caste system who grew up in a tiny, remote Himalayan village with no school to become one of the most respected ophthalmologists in the world and a medical giant of Asia.

Compelling and compassionate, it is also the story of a young doctor who became Fred Hollows’ medical soul mate and who chose to defy the world’s medical establishment and the lure of riches to make the world a better place.

Click here for an Al Jazeera English Documentary The Gift of Sight
about Dr Ruit’s work:

XYZ of Happiness
Mary McCallum.
Pbk 70pp. ISBN 9780995109223.

Makaro Press (2018).
[Allow 7-10 days].

These are poems of happiness … as it comes, when it’s missing and when it is hoped for. Pastel and glib or orange and high-vis, it is almost invisible in a chemical cocktail and strangely visible – but unreachable – in an equation etched into glass.

It is a dog unleashed on the grass and a man going about measuring the Earth. It can be heard at the end chemotherapy and in a conversation in the kitchen while a boy drowns in the harbour outside.

It wears a pink T-shirt, spins with sycamore seeds and spends a whole poem finding a yellow it can live with.


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