Christmas Gift Ideas 2017

Here are our featured book ideas for Christmas gifts

Scroll down the page to see all the info about these titles – books for adults and children are suggested.

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A Celebration of Life:
Collected Poems
Meg Hartfield

[20+ in stock]


Redemption Songs:
Prayers for people like us
Mark Laurent

[20+ in stock]


A Tent in the Bush:
William and Jeanie Wallace’s North Auckland Story
Fraser Boyd
[10+ in stock]


The Cuckoo and the Warbler:
A true New Zealand story.
Heather Hunt & Kennedy Warne.
[Allow 7-10 days].


Toroa’s Journey.
Maria Gill & Gavin Mouldey.
[Allow 7-10 days].


The brave sea dog.
Robyn Belton.
[Allow 7-10 days].


In the Bush:
Explore & discover New Zealand’s native forests.
Ned Barraud & Gillian Candler.
[Allow 7-10 days].


La La La:
A Story of Hope.
Kate DiCamillo & Jaime Kim.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].


Peter Sis.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].


Make & Play Noah’s Ark:
Press-Out and Play Ark Scene.
Samantha Hilton.
[Allow 4 weeks].


A New New Testament:
A Bible for the Twenty-First Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts.

Hal Taussig.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]________

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


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A Celebration Of Life: Collected Poems. Meg Hartfield. Pbk 104p.p ISBN 9781927260661. Philip Garside Publishing Ltd (2017). $20.00  [20+ In stock]

Meg Hartfield’s poems flow from her deep faith and a longing for a peaceful world.

Use these poems in reflective worship services, for group devotions and for personal inspiration.

The poems in the first half of the book – Light of the World – are a retelling of the story of Jesus’ life. Starting with the Word and the nativity, then onwards to the Cross, Resurrection and Pentecost, the poems draw us into the mystery of God among us. Taken together they form a new gospel, a new sharing of the good news, for readers today.

Thirteen poems focus on Peace. This collection also includes a section of Tributes to family members and other people, poems about nature and it is rounded out by a set of happy haiku.

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Redemption Songs: Prayers for people like us. Mark Laurent. Pbk 80pp. ISBN 9781927260586. Philip Garside Publishing Ltd 2016. $20.00. [20+ in stock] Add_to_Cart_Button

“Redemption Songs will be a breath of fresh air, comfort and encouragement to those like me who find that the Jesus walk is a mixture of highs and lows. Mark has shown us a heart which longs for the heart of God, and the heart of God which longs for us.” Anna Johnstone (author of The Jesus Walk)

The 71 songs in this book started out as responses to The Psalms but Mark soon found himself wandering to all sorts of places, the Psalms being good jump-off points. The songs are numbered instead of having titles, in the hope that this leaves a degree of open-ended-ness, so that God can say to you what you need to hear. Dip into them at random. May there be a few holy surprises here for you.

“Mark Laurent’s ‘psalms’ are a conversation between head and heart, full of wisdom and truth. We read the wisdom, recognise truth, and hunger for more. They are lovely and I think many people will identify with them.” Joy Cowley, author, retreat leader

“I highly recommend this book. It will be invaluable for personal use, as a gift to a friend, or using it in retreat work, as I will be doing. I can imagine it being useful in any place where God is worshipped.” Betty Drew-Diprose, Saint Francis Retreat Centre.

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A Tent in the Bush: William and Jeanie Wallace’s North Auckland Story. Fraser Boyd. Pbk 194pp. ISBN 9781927260623. Philip Garside Publishing Ltd (2017). $30.00. [10+ In stock]

Follow three generations of the Wallace family from rural Ireland during the potato famine, to Scottish mining towns and on to eventual hard-won prosperity in New Zealand.

Spurred on by the death of their first child, courageous young Scots Irish couple William and Jeanie Wallace go on the adventure of their lives to settle in 1860s New Zealand.

Based on real people, readers will soon get wrapped up in their story of hopes and dreams fulfilled, of escape from drab Scottish industrial towns and of the realities of starting again in an alien land.

The new colony enticed settlers from Britain by offering free, native bush covered land. In William and Jeanie’s case it was North Auckland. After spending a few months in Auckland to build up their reserves of funds and goods, William and Jeanie sail north and then slog overland by cart to their new home – literally, a tent in the bush.

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The Cuckoo and the Warbler: A true New Zealand story. Heather Hunt & Kennedy Warne. Pbk 36pp. ISBN 9780947503048. Potton and Burton (2016). $19.99. [Allow 7-10 days].

The story of one of the most remarkable wildlife relationships in New Zealand, between pipiwharauroa, the shining cuckoo, and riroriro, the grey warbler.    Click to see inside

It is a story of tragedy, trickery and faithful care – and it plays out each spring and summer in the forests of Aotearoa. Although rarely seen by humans, the interaction of these two native birds is a striking example of nature’s inventiveness – a drama that comes to life through the exquisite illustrations of Heather Hunt’s latest book.


Toroa’s Journey. Maria Gill & Gavin Mouldey. Pbk 36pp. ISBN 9780947503529. Potton and Burton (2017). $19.99. [Allow 7-10 days].

Based on the true story of Toroa, the 500th albatross chick to hatch at the breeding colony on Taiaroa Head near Dunedin, this story follows his life as he grows from chick to adult and begins roving out across the vast Pacific Ocean.

Click to see inside

Will fishing lines snag him? Can he avoid an erupting volcano? Does a plastic island pose a threat and will he make it back to Dunedin years later to start his own family?

An inspiring and insightful story for budding environmentalists to read together or alone.


Herbert: The brave sea dog. Robyn Belton. Pbk 40pp. ISBN 9781877333972. Potton and Burton (2008). $19.99. [Allow 7-10 days].

The story of a small dog who lived by the sea. Everybody loved him, but the person who loved him most was Tim. Click to see inside

One fine day, an excited Herbert set off on a boat with Tim’s father, heading for the Marlborough Sounds. What no one knew, however, was that the weather would soon turn rough and Herbert would be thrown into the biggest adventure of his life.


In the Bush: Explore & discover New Zealand’s native forests. Ned Barraud & Gillian Candler. Pbk 36pp. ISBN 9781927213544. Potton and Burton (2015). $19.99. [Allow 7-10 days].

The successful author and illustrator combination of Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud, turn their attention to the New Zealand bush and its iconic animals and plants.  Click to see inside

Young readers will be fascinated to learn more about familiar creatures as well as discover other intriguing plants and animals and see how they relate to each other in the forest ecosystem. Learn about pests and other dangers to our native wildlife and catch a glimpse of animals and plants that thrive in wildlife sanctuaries.

In the Bush includes insects and other invertebrates, fungi, ferns and mosses, birds, bats, introduced pests, vines, epiphytes, and trees.


Robinson. Peter Sis. Hbk 48pp large format. ISBN 9780545731669. Scholastic US (2017). $39.99. [Allow 2-3 weeks].

A boy who loves adventure — A mysterious ocean journey — A remote island wilderness.

Discover what surprises await in this beautiful dreamlike exploration of courage and loneliness, independence and friendship.

Lush, transporting paintings float from reality to fantasy and back again as Peter Sis blends a true story from his childhood with the fictional adventure of Robinson Crusoe to create a moving, magical picture book that readers will want to return to again and again. Ages 5-8.


Make & Play Noah’s Ark: Press-Out and Play Ark Scene. Samantha Hilton. Board book. 10pp. ISBN 9781784289263. Arcturus Publishing (2017). $25.50. [Allow 4 weeks].

This board book tells the story of Noah’s Ark and allows children to make their own wonderful Noah and animal models.

The models are easy to slot together and sturdy enough to play with, and the story is perfect for children and adults to read together. A great introduction to this classic Bible story for children ages 2 and up.


La La La: A Story of Hope. Kate DiCamillo. Jaime Kim illust. Hbk 72pp. ISBN 9780763658335. Candlewick (2017). $36.00. [Allow 2-3 weeks].

This nearly wordless, graphic story follows a little girl in search of a friend.

“La la la . . . la.” A little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips farther out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds — but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, becoming more insistent in her singing, climbing as high as she can, but still there is silence in return. Dejected, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be awakened by an amazing sound… She has been heard. At last.

With the simplest of narratives and the near absence of words, Kate DiCamillo conveys a lonely child’s yearning for someone who understands. With a subtle palette and captivating expressiveness, Jaime Kim brings to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that invite readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey. For ages 4-7.


A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts. Hal Taussig. Pbk 660pp. ISBN 9780544570108. Mariner Books (2015). $35.00. [Allow 2-3 weeks]

What happens when early Christian sacred texts written up to CE 175 are placed side-by-side  the books in our present New Testament?

An exciting and stimulating New New Testament results, allowing us to by hear a full range of voices that formed the early chorus of Christians.

Reading the traditional scriptures alongside these new texts—the Gospel of Luke with the Gospel of Mary, Paul’s letters with The Letter of Peter to Philip, The Revelation to John with The Secret Revelation to John—offers the exciting possibility of understanding both the new and the old better.

This new reading, and the accompanying commentary in this volume, will reinvigorate a centuries-old conversation and to bring new relevance to a dynamic tradition.

Listen to the podcast of Hal’s 2013 interview with John Shuck here:


Twenty-One Elephants: Leaving Religion for The Reckless Ways of Jesus. Scottie Reeve. Pbk, 209pp. ISBN 9780473383701. 21 Elephants NZ (2017). $30.00. [1 in stock]

Scottie is an ordained Anglican deacon and an energetic, visionary social entrepreneur here in Wellington. He and his team launched two downtown coffee bars, made from refitted shipping containers, which train and employ young people into their first jobs.

He told me that they want to standardise the design of the container fit-outs so they can setup coffee bars in other parts of New Zealand and in the process help many more young people gain work skills and confidence.

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.

 2018 Year B Annuals

Click here for your selection of Worship, Preaching and Devotional resources for Year B  – 2018 Includes Fresh from the Word 2018 & Upper Room Disciplines 2018.

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