April 2018 Selection

April 2018 Selection

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The Last Walk.
Anna Johnstone.
Pbk, spiral bound, A4 landscape, colour throughout. 84pp.

ISBN 9780473418205.
Johnstone2 Photography (2018). $34.99.
[Allow 7-10 days].

With great simplicity and depth, Anna gives us a nudge, taps us gently on the shoulder and guides us into new ways of engaging with the end of our lives and of those we love. She gives us permission to focus more on just being, rather than always doing. Dip into this wonderful book when you are feeling low, sad or lost. You are sure to find comfort and hope in Anna’s words.

The Last Walk is A4 landscape and spiral bound to lie flat. This creates sumptuous, wide two-page spreads. Perfect as a gift or for your own contemplation.

Click here for 25 word cloud images based on Anna’s poem about Psalm 71:16 in The Last Walk.

You are welcome to use the images in PowerPoints for worship etc. I have included in the PDF a link to a YouTube video on how to create word clouds.

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These PDF eBooks by  Anna Johnstone are also available from us.
We will email these eBooks to you

The Cross Walk $10:

The God Walk $10:

The Freedom Walk $10:

The Psalm Walk $15:

The Jesus Walk $15:

More details about these ebooks are on our
Lent — Easter 2018 Selection page

Christianity for the Rest of Us:
How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith

Diana Butler Bass.
Pbk 321pp. ISBN 9780060859497.

HarperOne (2007).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

This hopeful book, which includes a study guide for groups and individuals, reveals the practical steps that leaders and laypeople alike are taking to proclaim an alternative message about an emerging Christianity that strives for greater spiritual depth and proactively engages the needs of the world.

Waiting for the Last Bus:
Reflections on life and death.
Richard Holloway.
Hbk 176pp. ISBN 9781786890214.
Canongate (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Where do we go when we die? Or is there nowhere to go? Is death something we can do or is it just something that happens to us?

Now in his ninth decade, former Bishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway has spent a lifetime at the bedsides of the dying, guiding countless men and women towards peaceful deaths. In Waiting for the Last Bus, he presents a positive, meditative and profound exploration of the many important lessons we can learn from death: facing up to the limitations of our bodies as they falter, reflecting on our failings, and forgiving ourselves and others.

Making Sense of God:
Finding God in the Modern World.
Timothy Keller.
Pbk 336pp. ISBN 9780143108702.
Penguin (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

We live in an age of scepticism. Our society places such faith in empirical reason, historical progress, and heartfelt emotion that it’s easy to wonder: Why should anyone believe in Christianity? What role can faith and religion play in our modern lives?

In this thoughtful and inspiring new book, pastor Timothy Keller invites sceptics to consider that Christianity is more relevant now than ever. As human beings, we cannot live without meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, justice, and hope. Christianity provides us with unsurpassed resources to meet these needs. Written for both the ardent believer and the sceptic, Making Sense of God shines a light on the profound value and importance of Christianity in our lives.

A Gospel of Hope
Walter Brueggeman.
Hbk 200pp. ISBN 9780664262280.
Westminster John Knox Press (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Beloved and respected by scholars, preachers, and laity alike, Walter Brueggemann offers penetrating insights on Scripture and prophetic diagnoses of our culture. Instead of maintaining what is safe and routine, A Gospel of Hope encourages readers to embrace the audacity required to live out one’s faith.

This must-have volume gathers Brueggemann’s wisdom on topics ranging from anxiety and abundance to partisanship and the role of faith in public life.



Living Prayer:
Learning to Pray in Daily Life.
John Davey.
Pbk 57pp. ISBN 9781910519615.

Sacristy Press (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

A gentle introduction to praying in our daily lives. This little companion helps anyone struggling with their prayer life to overcome what can seem like formidable challenges of praying regularly.

During 40 years of full-time ministry, John served as a pastor and mentor to people from all walks of life, and was, for a time, Chaplain and Minor Canon of St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Gone Astray:
A collection of (Sac)Religious Cartoons by Jim.
Now in 3 eBook formats.
Brendan Boughen.
Kindle, ePub & PDF 100pp.
ISBNs 9781927260852/ -845/ -838.
Philip Garside Publishing Ltd (2018). $9.99.
(no postage applies)
[In stock]

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Church folk often take ourselves too seriously. Jim’s warm-hearted, but edgy, cartoons help us to see the funny side of church life. No one is spared – clergy, organists, parishioners – all get a gentle prod. Good, thought-filled fun, well balanced between the trite and the bite of cartooning humour.

Crazy Christians – fuming fundamentalists – loopy liberals – batty believers – oddball organists – vivacious vicars – peckish preachers – antsy angels – Elvis, Jesus and the occasional sheep. This book proves why religion and cartoons are a dangerous mix. You might just die laughing. Jim has been drawing (sac)religious cartoons for more than 10 years. This is his first collection.

Also available in print:
Pbk, b/w, 96pp. ISBN 9780473118860.
Communico (2006).
[3 in stock, then allow 7-10 days]

Sounds Like A Game Changer:
A soon-to-be-obsolete collection of technology cartoons by Jim.
Now in 3 eBook formats.
Brendan Boughen.
Kindle, ePub & PDF 134pp.
SBN 9781927260821/ -814 / – 807.
Philip Garside Publishing Ltd (2018).  $9.99.
[In stock]

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This collection gathers more than 100 of Jim’s best tech cartoons alongside his written thoughts on his experiences communicating about technology as it’s evolved over the last crazy, game-changing decade. Get it before it’s all obsolete!

Computers, software, hardware, tablets, phablets, smartphones, game consoles, websites, social media, the Internet, fibre-networks, robotics, big data, servers, 3D printing, the cloud, ‘green’ tech, apps, memes, BYOD, data security, space travel, time-travel, innovation, collaboration… If it’s anything to do with technology, Jim has probably cartooned about it (or will soon.)

Also available in print:

Pbk, colour throughout,132pp.
ISBN 9780473366414.
Cartoons by Jim (2016).
 [3 in stock, then allow 7-10 days]

The Divine Heart of Darkness:
Finding God in the Shadows.
Catherine Bird.
Pbk 140pp. ISBN 9781910519585.

Sacristy Press (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

There is a universal assumption that associates darkness with fear and evil. Why is it that light has come to be exalted, venerated—worshipped even—whilst darkness has become demonised and feared? As a devoted lover of the dark, Catherine Bird seeks to ask how we can use the experience of darkness to lift our spirits, challenge our hearts and minds, and draw us closer into the heart of God.

Drawing on material not only from Biblical and religious studies, but also from anthropology, biology, sociology and the creative arts, Bird offers a new way of understanding darkness and invites you to enter a new realm in which light and darkness co-exist and complement each other, both with beautiful and life-affirming qualities, and both with challenging and negative qualities—not reflecting a dichotomy of good and evil, but rather a balanced universe in which God’s nature is revealed in all things which are healing and affirming of life.


God is Stranger:
What Happens When God Turns Up?
Krish Kandiah.
Pbk 352pp. ISBN 9780830845323.
InterVarsity Press (2017).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Krish Kandiah offers us a fresh look at some of the difficult, awkward, and even troubling Bible passages, helping us discover that when God shows up unannounced, uninvited, and unrecognised, that’s precisely when big things happen. She challenges us to replace our sanitized concept of God with a more awe-inspiring, magnificent and majestic, true-to-the-Bible God.

Allow yourself to be surprised by God as you find him in unexpected places doing the unexpected.

Whole Life Worship:
Empowering Disciples for the Frontline.
Sam Hargreaves.
Pbk 216pp. ISBN 9781783595112.
SPCK (2017).
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

Church worship should be inspired and informed by our everyday experiences. It should empower and send the congregation out to continue worshipping. This book offers patterns and resources to better connect gathered worship with the lives of the congregation beyond church meetings.

Hargreaves demonstrates that the contemporary Western Church has reached a point where our “gathered” worship is separated from our “scattered” lives outside of church. This is detrimental to the congregation’s spiritual development and their effectiveness on their “frontlines.”



The Way of Jesus:
Living a Spiritual and Ethical Life.
Jay Parini.
Hbk 208pp. ISBN 9780807047248.
Beacon Press (2018).
Was $46.00, now $23.00
[2 in stock]

A book for progressive Christians and spiritual seekers who struggle, as Parini does, with some of the basic questions about human existence: its limits and sadnesses, and its possibilities for awareness and understanding.

Part guide to Christian living, part spiritual autobiography, this is Jay Parini’s exploration of what Jesus really meant, his effort to put love first in our daily lives. A lifelong Christian who has at times wavered and questioned his beliefs, Parini recounts his own efforts to follow Jesus’ example, examines the contours of Christian thinking, and describes the solace and structure one can find in the rhythms of the church calendar.

Parini’s refreshingly undogmatic approach to Christian thinking incorporates teachings from other religions, as well as from poets and other writers who have helped Parini along his path to understanding.

Mission From Below:
Growing a Kingdom Community.
Janet Hodgson.
Pbk 146pp. ISBN 9781910519776.
Sacristy Press (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

Mission From Below is an inspiring example of how a seriously neglected community can bring about its own transformation without any fads or initiatives imposed from on high by the church.

Using the example of two Loreto Sisters working alongside one of the most socially-deprived communities in North East England, we see how they listened to and affirmed people who felt forgotten and had lost hope. As servant leaders, the Sisters were gradually able to empower the residents of Port Clarence on the River Tees to confront the many injustices heaped upon them, and to take action in improving their lives.

The Bible Book:
Big Ideas Simply Explained.
Dorling Kindersley.
Hbk 352pp. ISBN 9781465468642.
Dorling Kinderlsey (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

This highly visual book highlights more than 100 of the most important Biblical passages and explains their theological significance and key concepts.  Infographics illuminate the most significant concepts clearly and simply. Perfect for anyone with an interest in religion and the foundational text of Christianity and Judaism.

Profiles of primary figures – from Adam and Eve, to Peter and Paul – and places of the Bible, such as Jerusalem and Rome, add context to the scriptures.  Essential theological concepts, such as the Trinity, God’s omnipresence, and the salvation of Jesus death, are explained in detail. 

Whose Home is This?
Gillian Candler; Fraser Williamson.
Pbk 32pp. ISBN 9780947503666.

Potton & Burton (2018).
[Allow 7-10 days]

A picture book for young children that shows different homes or hiding places – from nests to camouflage – of native animals, and how these places aid their survival.’

Includes native birds and sea creatures, such as the yellow-eyed penguin, octopus and crabs. While having fun guessing which native animal lives in the different homes or habitats pictured, young children will learn how animals have different strategies for keeping themselves (and their young) safe.

Being encouraged to look closely at the pictures develops observation skills and children will start to learn more about what makes each animal unique.

Also available in hard cover,
ISBN 9780947503673,
[Allow 7-10 days]

The Book of John – A New Translation With Commentary:
Jesus Spirituality for Everyone.
Thomas Moore.
Hbk 176pp. ISBN 9781594736445.
Skylight Paths (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

Thomas Moore strips the Gospels of their theological agendas and reclaims them as a fundamentally new way of imagining human life. He blends scholarship and pastoral guidance to highlight the Gospels’ teachings on earthly, rather than otherworldly, living in which community, compassion, inclusiveness, prayer and healing are key elements.

He draws deeply from Greek philosophy, literature and spirituality to craft an accurate and challenging yet accessible translation that, free of religious moralism and dogmatism, is beautifully imaginative and inspirational.

No Time Like the Present:
Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are.
Jack Kornfield.
Hbk 301pp. ISBN 9781451693690.
Atria Books (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

In this landmark work, internationally beloved teacher of meditation and mindfulness Jack Kornfield reveals that you can be happy now, this minute, with the keys to inner freedom.

Kornfield, invites us into a new awareness. Through his signature warm-hearted, poignant, often funny stories, with their many Aha moments, Kornfield shows how we get stuck and how we can free ourselves, wherever we are and whatever our circumstances.

Renowned for his mindfulness practices and meditations, Kornfield provides these keys for opening gateways to immediate shifts in perspective and clarity of vision, allowing us to see how to change course, take action, or—when we shouldn’t act—just relax and trust.

Click the icon to play a video interview with Kornfield:

The Biological Mind:
How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are.
Alan Jasanoff.
Hbk 304pp. ISBN 9780465052684.

Basic Books (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

A pioneering neuroscientist argues that we are more than our brains.

To many, the brain is the seat of personal identity and autonomy. But the way we talk about the brain is often rooted more in mystical conceptions of the soul than in scientific fact. This blinds us to the physical realities of mental function. We ignore bodily influences on our psychology, from chemicals in the blood to bacteria in the gut, and overlook the ways that the environment affects our behaviour, via factors varying from subconscious sights and sounds to the weather. As a result, we alternately overestimate our capacity for free will or equate brains to inorganic machines like computers.

But a brain is neither a soul nor an electrical network: it is a bodily organ, and it cannot be separated from its surroundings. Our selves aren’t just inside our heads—they’re spread throughout our bodies and beyond. Only once we come to terms with this can we grasp the true nature of our humanity.

Click the icon for a recent video interview with Jasanoff:

The Art of Bible Journaling:
More Than 60 Step-By-Step Techniques for Expressing Your Faith Creatively.
Erin Bassett.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9781942021827.
Get Creative 6 (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Christians searching for new ways to strengthen their connection to God have embraced Bible journaling, which allows them to pause and reflect on scripture while adding their own creative touch to each meaningful verse.

For those wishing to embark on this spiritual journey, The Art of Bible Journaling first covers the basics, from choosing a Bible to embellishments and art techniques, and then provides more than 60 specific step-by-step projects to bring the pages to life. You’ll learn how to faith journal outside the Bible, journal on the go, and customise your Bible, and get such bonus items as traceable art to copy and paste, colourful stickers, and versatile templates that make it easy to get started.



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