December 2018 Devotionals and Specials

December 2018 Devotionals and Specials

Here is your December 2018 selection of Devotional books and Specials.

I have created bundles of 3 books for you on similar topics, at reduced prices, while stocks last. There are also eBook bundles for books we have published. And there are specials on a few single books by other publishers.

Note that our standard postage charges still apply to the print book specials.

For those of you planning ahead for 2019, I’m working on a Lent — Easter selection and will send you an email about this in mid-January.

Kind regards, Philip

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[Prices, stock levels and estimated delivery time for titles on this page were last updated on 19 December 2018]

Devotional Reading

Fresh From the Word 2019.
Nathan Eddy.
Pbk 384pp. ISBN 9780857218834.

Monarch Books (2018).
[11 in stock].

Inspire your reading of the Bible in a changing world with our most popular daily devotional annual. Bringing together top theologians and biblical scholars, creative writers from around the world, cutting-edge church leaders, activists for peace and justice and a range of others, this book offers 365 sets of notes, prayers and suggestions for action on biblical themes.

This fresh approach to Bible reading is aimed at new readers of the Bible from across the church, as well as anyone seeking a faithful, creative and challenging conversation with the Bible every day of the year.

Veil Over The Light:

Selected Spiritual Writings.
Joy Cowley.
Pbk 168pp. ISBN 9780473452049. FitzBeck Publishing, NZ (2018).

[4 in stock].

In this new collection of Joy Cowley’s luminous spiritual writings – reflections, stories and poems – she describes what it means to live a life close to God.

Each short chapter (2-6 pages) talks about a different aspect of spirituality. Use this book for personal devotions, to start a small group meeting or in reflective worship. This writing is deeply moving. Includes many evocative colour photos.

Something new to say: 
Words of spirit, faith and celebration for Advent and Christmas.
Bronwyn Angela White.
Pbk 68pp. ISBN 9780473398583. 

Spirit & Faith, NZ (2018). 
[2 in stock, allow 7-10 days]. 

“Bronwyn has the creativity, imagination and power to have us sense the sacred in the ordinary… Bronwyn’s words are more powerful and real than a thousand theological treatises on incarnation.” Rev Dr Margaret Mayman

Upper Room Disciplines 2019:
A Book of Daily Devotions.
Erin Palmer.
Pbk 448pp. ISBN 9780835817424.

Upper Room Books (2018).
[1 in stock].

Reading and reflecting on scripture is a spiritual practice that provides daily inspiration and spiritual nourishment for those who seek God. In this best-selling devotional guide, readers encounter a diverse community of thoughtful Christian writers and theologians who guide them toward a deeper relationship with God.

The Lectionary: Te Maramataka 2019.

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia.
Pbk 146pp. Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia (2018). 

$12.50 including postage.
[1 in stock].

Covers December 2018 to 31 December 2019 and puts into convenient form many of the provisions of The New Zealand Prayer Book and introduces elements from other sources which will be of benefit to the church.

Can also be used as a guide to daily devotional readings.

Special-Price Bundles

(Print book bundles at these prices only while stocks last)
We will email eBooks to you.

A Celebration of Life + Redemption Songs + Parables and Poems.
Print books were $65.00, now $50.00.
[15 print bundles in stock].

eBooks: Kindle or ePub, were $24.97, now $18.00.

Kindle $18.00

ePub $18.00

  • A Celebration of Life: Collected Poems. Meg Hartfield. Pbk 104pp ISBN 9781927260661. PGPL (2017).
    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.
  • Redemption Songs: Prayers for people like us. Mark Laurent. Pbk 80pp. ISBN 9781927260586. PGPL (2016)
    “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)
  • Parables and Poems. Simon Brown. Pbk 72pp. Many b/w photos. ISBN 9780958227568 PGPL (2002). (eBooks Kindle and ePub only, no PDF edition)
    “…we long for indigenous stories to bring meaning, inspire courage, form personal identity and stretch faith. Simon’s stories and poems do this. Born out of our landscape and our people they connect New Zealanders with the concerns of God.” Alan Jamieson, author of A Churchless Faith

NZ Fiction:
Never to Return Home + A Tent in the Bush + Greens and Greys.
Print books were $90, now $60.
[11 print bundles in stock].

eBooks: Kindle, ePub or PDF, were $22.97, now $18.00.

Kindle $18.00

ePub $18.00

PDF $18.00

  • Never to Return Home: John and Mary White’s Otago Story. Fraser Boyd. Pbk 204pp. ISBN: 9781927260319. PGPL (2015).
    Can you imagine sailing to the other side of the world with no hope of returning home? Mary Neylon (County Clare) & John White (Donegal), who arrived in Port Chalmers, New Zealand, in 1864 and 1865 respectively, are two such adventurers. We know few facts about these great grandparents of the author’s wife, but, with sustained imagination, he tells the story of their early years in New Zealand.
  • A Tent in the Bush: William and Jeanie Wallace’s North Auckland Story. Fraser Boyd. Pbk 194pp. ISBN: 9781927260623. PGPL (2017).
    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. 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.
  • Greens and Greys. Rosalie Sugrue. Pbk 212pp. ISBN: 9781927260432. PGPL (2015).
    Journey with Molly Sinclair through her 1950s childhood on the West Coast, her move to Christchurch for teacher training, drama-filled OE in the UK and Europe, and as she returns to New Zealand in the mid-1960s. This engaging coming-of-age tale sweeps us along as she meets unexpected joys and overcomes life’s setbacks.

Bill Bennett:
The Shepherd’s Call + When the Tui Calls + God of the Whenua.
Print books were $47.50, now $40.00.
[18 print bundles in stock].

eBooks: Kindle, ePub or PDF, were $22.98, now $18.00.

Kindle $18.00

ePub $18.00

PDF $18.00

  • The Shepherd’s Call – Te Karanga o te Hēpara: Prayers and liturgies for rural Aotearoa New Zealand. Bill Bennett. Pbk 124pp. ISBN 9781720226949. PGPL (2018).
    Discover a prayer for every aspect of rural life. 117 prayers are arranged into broad themes: the seasons, environment, community, mission and ministry, work, crisis and loss. There are also six sets of Eucharist liturgies and another five liturgies focused on the bush, harvest community life and adverse events.
  • When the Tui Calls: Rural Ministry – Origins and Futures. Bill Bennett. Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781927260708. PGPL (2017).
    This extended 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.
  • God of the Whenua: Rural Ministry in Aotearoa New Zealand. Bill Bennett. Pbk 132pp. ISBN 9780958268202. PGPL (2005).
    Bennett develops a theology of land in Aotearoa New Zealand, and a theology of mission and ministry that may be seen as a starting point for all who minister in rural areas. He flags the issues and developments that the rural church is facing and will meet in coming years.

Pat’s India + Like a Dove
Mission in the City 
Print books were $95, now $60.
[3 print bundles in stock].

eBooks: Kindle, ePub or PDF, were $33.97, now $25.00.


ePub $25.00

PDF $25.00

  • Pat’s India: Memories of Childhood. Patricia Booth. Pbk 140pp. ISBN 9781927260746. PGPL (2017).
    “Pat’s India is revelatory in important ways, casting light on the purposes and organisational arrangements of the missionary enterprise, on her parents, the missionaries, as real people with individual personalities and on the costs and rewards of being a family in the mission field. Importantly, it is that rare thing a child’s view, reporting from the inside on growing up and moving between two cultures. The self-reflections of the last chapter are a thoughtful and thought provoking contribution to the growing literature on third culture kids.” Joan Metge, New Zealand social anthropologist, educator and writer
  • Like A Dove: A memoir and biography in honour of Sione Tavo Manukia. Rubinstine (Ruby) Manukia. Pbk 98 pages, Colour & b/w photographs, Family Tree. ISBN: 9781927260470. PGPL (2016)
    What was life like for a Tongan migrant in New Zealand in the 1970s and onwards? In this tribute to Sione Tavo Manukia, his daughter Ruby tells of his early life in Tonga and his experiences in New Zealand, as he sought a prosperous life and further education for his children. He helped to found the Pulela’a New Lynn Tongan Methodist Church.
  • Mission in the City: Hopes and Dreams – My story. Shirley-Joy Barrow. Foreword by Rt Hon Helen Clark. Pbk 228pp. ISBN 9781927260920. PGPL (2018).
    Read these powerful stories of Christian social service in Whanganui, New Zealand. Servant minister, Deacon Shirley-Joy Barrow shares her inspiring story of being City Missioner in Whanganui from 2004 to 2011. Working together, her team found that they could achieve much more than their individual skills and capabilities led them to expect. They developed effective ways to respond to the people on the margins of society that they served.

NZ current affairs:
The Big Questions + A Matter of Fact + Island Time.
Print books were $67.98, now $50.00.
[3 print bundles in stock].

  • The Big Questions: What is New Zealand’s Future? Various Authors. 304pp. ISBN 9780143772378. Penguin NZ (2018).
    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. 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 Matter of Fact: Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World. Jess Berentson-Shaw. Pbk 192pp. ISBN 9781988545387. Bridget Williams Books (2018).
    A Matter of Fact explores the science of communicating and presents innovative ways to talk effectively (and empathetically) about contentious information. It is both an informative guide to constructive communication and a passionate reminder of the importance of finding what matters to all of us.
  • Island Time: New Zealand’s Pacific Futures. Damon Salesa. Pbk 256pp. ISBN 9781988533537. Bridget Williams Books (2017).
    New Zealand is a nation that exists on Pacific Islands, but does not, will not, perhaps cannot, see itself as a Pacific Island nation. Yet turning to the Pacific, argues Damon Salesa, enables us to grasp a fuller understanding of what life is really like on these shores. What would it mean, this far-sighted book asks, for New Zealand to recognise its Pacific talent and finally act like a Pacific nation?

Rosalie Sugrue:
Lay Preaching Basics + Theme Scheme + Ten Plays.
Print books were $75.00, now $65.00.
[5 print bundles in stock].

eBooks: Kindle, ePub or PDF, were $37.47, now $32.00.
Kindle $32.00

ePub $32.00

PDF $32.00

  • Lay Preaching Basics: A Practical Guide to Leading Worship. Rosalie Sugrue. Pbk, 230pp. ISBN 9781927260869. PGPL (2018).
  • Here’s a link to an Excellent review in Touchstone 2018
    “This is a guide to leading worship that experienced lay preachers, as well as those just beginning, will find useful, inspirational and easy to read. There are plenty of practical tips and ideas coming out of the author’s long experience as a lay preacher, and the checklists of what needs to be done before, during and after services are invaluable reminders.” Emeritus Professor Colin Gibson
  • Theme Scheme: Creative Ideas, Activities, Games, Puzzles, Quizzes. Revised & Expanded July 2018. Rosalie Sugrue. Pbk, 164 pp. ISBN: 9781495431654. PGPL (2018)
    This revised and expanded edition of Theme Scheme offers you a wealth of creative ideas, activities, games, puzzles and quizzes to help plan, organise and lead your group’s programmes. All are fun and practical, requiring minimal equipment, resources and time to prepare.
  • Ten Plays: Short, easy dramas for churches. Revised & Expanded July 2018. Rosalie Sugrue. Pbk 102pp. ISBN: 9781927260159. PGPL (2018).
    These short plays and meditations are ideal to present in church. They encourage us to engage with Bible and historical characters and explore important themes. Staging is simple. Few props or costumes are required.

Other Specials

(Print books at these prices only while stocks last)


The Way of Jesus:
Living a Spiritual and Ethical Life.
Jay Parini.
Hbk 208pp. ISBN 9780807047248.

Beacon Press (2018).
Was $46.00, now $38.00
[3 only in stock at this reduced price]

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. His 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.

Aging for Beginners:
Getting Older in Today’s World – What it means for you. Doug Wilson. Pbk 264pp. ISBN 9780995103221. Plus 1 (2018).
Was $39.99, now $29.99
[1 only in stock at this reduced price].

Most of us want to live not just longer, but better; living to our fullest potential, not just surviving courtesy of being hooked up to the latest technology. So, what to do? Dr Doug Wilson cuts through the fads and fallacies to concentrate on the core issues and the physiological and psychological reasons behind them.

The art of parenting.
Peter Alsop; Nathan Wallis.

Hbk 184pp. ISBN 9780947503888.
Potton & Burton (2018).
Was $39.99, now $29.99
[1 only in stock at this reduced price].

This is a book about community, about fostering the potential of children to boost New Zealand’s wellbeing. It’s a book of parenting ideas, shared by parents keen on growing the greater good. These parents challenged the norm and demonstrated that everyday parents have great ideas that should be shared.

Witness to Change:

Reflections on Reaching 100.
Lloyd Geering.

Pbk 156pp. ISBN 9780947493714.
Steele Roberts (2018).
Was $25.00, now $22.50
[1 only in stock at this reduced price].

This book starts with the address Lloyd gave at the luncheon to celebrate his 100th birthday and then tells of the many changes he has witnessed during his lifetime. This is followed by a collection of addresses and sermons in which he discusses the changes that took place in Christian thought and practice during the 20th century, as a result of which his own thinking also underwent a radical change.

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Kind regards
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