July 2022 Book List

July 2022 Book List

We are delighted to feature our new book, Awhi Mai Awhi Atu: Women in Creation Care, edited by Christchurch minister Silvia Purdie, with contributions from 30 New Zealand women of faith. They explore current environmental issues, share their personal visions, and offer practical ideas that your church or group can act on today.

We have also just released My Sermon Response Journal, created by Philip to help you to record the key points the preacher makes, your immediate reaction to them, the actions you will take and the key idea you will take away from the sermon.

In The Forgotten Coast, Richard Shaw explores how, in a decolonising world, Pākehā New Zealanders wrestle with, and own, the privilege of their colonial pasts

Topics of other new books in this selection include:

  • Following Jesus, Engaging the Powers, Transforming the World
  • Leading the Church in a Polarized Society
  • Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans, and
  • Stepping Through the Shadows of Fear Toward the Voice of Love

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Awhi Mai Awhi Atu:
Women in Creation Care.
Silvia Purdie ed;
Ruth Valerio Foreword.
Pbk. 342pp. ISBN 9781991027115.

PGPL (2022).
[50+ in stock].


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The natural world is crying out for our loving attention.

Does your church or community group want to get involved but don’t know where to start?

The contributors to this book explore the issues, share their personal visions, and offer practical ideas that your church or group can act on today.

Awhi Mai Awhi Atu tells the stories of 30 women, living in Aotearoa New Zealand from many cultures, who are leading in environmental action. Through their experience a powerful story emerges of God at work in a rich diversity of ways.

Awhi Mai Awhi Atu documents the emergence of a dynamic mission movement, and builds that movement with practical, creative ideas and resources. It includes:

  • Vibrant stories of hope and creativity in the face of local and global problems
  • 81 action points which provide practical tools for churches
  • A wealth of prayer and poetry that connects heart and soul
  • Discussion of theology in ecological mission.

Now, more than ever before, God is calling the church to care for God’s creation.

This book encourages Christians to receive God’s love – awhi mai – and to share God’s love – awhi atu – in human community and with the natural environment.

Click here for a list of
Chapters and their Contributors.

We are also posting a selection from the 81 Action Points
every two or three days on our Facebook page here:

My Sermon Response Journal.
Philip C. Garside.
Pbk.122pp. 7″ x 10″
PGPL (2022).

[2 in stock, more coming soon].

  • Would you like to engage more with your preacher’s messages?
  • Are you looking for a simple and effective way to record your responses as you listen to the sermon or soon afterwards?
  • Do you want an aid to help you reflect and act on their message during the following week?

My Sermon Response Journal is the perfect tool.

On each two-page spread you can write down the scripture readings, key points the preacher makes, and your immediate reaction to them. You are also prompted to identify how the message challenges you, actions you will take and the key idea you will take away from the sermon.

Himself a Methodist Lay Preacher, publisher Philip Garside recalls a discussion with an experienced minister who said that even preachers have trouble remembering the content of their sermons a couple of weeks later. So, write your responses to the sermon in your journal – during the service or when you get home – to capture the good news the preacher shared with you while it is fresh in your memory and heart.

As you fill the pages of your journal – there is room for 60 sermons – you will create a valuable record of the steps on your spiritual journey.

The journal is unlined, and its original design is uncluttered, with discreet headings to record the details of the sermon and prompt your responses to it.

My Sermon Response Journal is
available from us in a paperback with white pages.

Customers in the UK and USA can also buy a
hard cover edition with cream paper from
Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

The Forgotten Coast.
Richard Shaw.
Hbk. 256pp. ISBN 9780995143142.

Massey University Press (2021).
[Allow 7-10 days].

In this deft memoir, Richard Shaw unpacks a generations-old family story he was never told: that his ancestors once farmed land in Taranaki which had been confiscated from its owners and sold to his great-grandfather, who had been with the Armed Constabulary when it invaded Parihaka on 5 November 1881.

Honest, and intertwined with an examination of Shaw’s relationship with his father and of his family’s Catholicism, this book’s key focus is urgent: how, in a decolonising world, Pākehā New Zealanders wrestle with, and own, the privilege of their colonial pasts.

The Natural Way to Live the Christian Life.
John Harding.
Pbk 220pp. ISBN 9781955142991.

100 Movements Publishing (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Sometimes the Christian life can seem like a never-ending checklist; a faith based on duty, effort and achievement rather than the good news of grace.

What if following Jesus could be like a reflex, as natural as blinking?

Whether you’ve been a Christian for 30 minutes or 30 years; whether you’re burned out on religion, or you simply want to grow in your faith, Reflex is an invitation to tear up your spiritual to-do list and rediscover a Jesus-patterned way of living.

Learn how to live a life of freedom and fruitfulness that not only impacts your own life but transforms the world around you.

“This book should be essential reading for every Christian. As former senior pastor of Frontline Church, and subsequently as director of Kairos Connexion, I have had the privilege of watching John emerge as a brilliant leader. It is a joy to be part of his church and under his leadership. John lives what he preaches, living life as a reflex to the grace and love of God, the amazing gospel, the reflex way of living. The central message of this book is life-transforming and a massive relief to all who have tried to live the Christian life as a set of rules, trying to earn God’s favour, or trying to impress others. It is liberating to live life as a reflex. Read this book to learn how to “gospel” yourself and how to make this way of living true for you too.” Dr Nic Harding, director, Kairos Connexion

Robot Theology:
Old Questions through New Media.
Joshua K. Smith.
Pbk.156pp. ISBN 9781666710717.

Resource Publications (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The connections between artificial intelligence, robots, and theology are much closer than you might think.

Smith introduces and examines some of the major ethical issues surrounding current AI and robotic technology from a theological and philosophical lens. In the study of AI and robot ethics, the Christian community has a chance to join the global efforts to build technology for good. Will we join them?

“Smith makes a compelling case to take seriously the promises and perils of a robotic future–and present–through a wide-ranging and well-researched survey of philosophical, biblical, and critical perspectives. He highlights legal, ethical, and religious issues that speak to the heart of our humanness and questions about what it is to be human and, indeed, humane.”
Scott Midson, University of Manchester

The Cross in the Midst of Creation:
Following Jesus, Engaging the Powers, Transforming the World.
Sharon Delgado.
Pbk 296pp. ISBN 9781506471693.

Fortress Press (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

“This book is a powerful guide to the actual, difficult, beautiful, and empowering gospel story, and a bridge back to a real faith for those with the courage to follow.” Bill McKibben, author of The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon

This book explores and critiques traditional doctrines and popular teachings about the cross and draws from various stories of Jesus and biblical metaphors to offer life-enhancing perspectives on this core symbol of Christian faith. It presents the cross as a symbol of God’s presence throughout creation and undying love as revealed in Jesus.

Delgado also explores are the path of discipleship, the moral bankruptcy of the dominating powers, engagement through nonviolent resistance, and above all, God’s triumph over the powers, offering hope for the world.

She also challenges followers of Jesus to throw off despair and complacency, exposes disempowering and hate-filled teachings that claim to be Christian, and reclaims the gospel as a force for healing, empowerment, and both personal and social transformation.

By participating in the ongoing story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and experiencing the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit, we discover the creative power at the heart of this and every universe: the all-encompassing, infinite, eternal love of God.

What Do We Do When Nobody Is Listening?:
Leading the Church in a Polarized Society.
Robin W. Lovin.
Pbk.176pp. ISBN 9780802882325.

Eerdmans (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

“Robin Lovin graciously reminds us of some things we’d forgotten: that liberal means nothing if it doesn’t mean generous, that conservative means ensuring we never move on from Jesus, that disagreement is the source of most creativity, that faithfulness is tested by entering the marketplace of ideas rather than withdrawing into our bunkers.

Crucially, he highlights the question, ‘Who are you listening to?’ as a test of both wisdom and renewal. … Only read this book if you want to be transformed into becoming a blessing to the stranger who was once your neighbor.”
Samuel Wells vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London author of Humbler Faith, Bigger God

Widely respected pastor and ethicist Robin Lovin offers sage counsel in this helpful book, arguing that to resist the trend of polarization in our church we must rediscover how the gospel teaches us to understand ourselves, our neighbours, and the purpose of politics.

In part one, he provides an overview of the situation in which we find ourselves, showing how polarization developed over recent decades and how, in both our society and our churches, we have adapted to division as the norm.

In part two, he considers how Christians can shape a different response by learning to listen – to the Word of God, to the world, and to those who are not usually heard.

Includes questions for discussion and reflection based on the content of each chapter.

If God Is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk:
Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans.
John Pavlovitz.
Pbk 238pp. ISBN 9780664266844.

Westminster John Knox Press (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Pavlovitz examines the bedrock ideas of our religion: the existence of hell, the utility of prayer, the way we treat LGBTQ people, the value of anger, and other doctrines, to help us take an honest look at how the beliefs we hold can shape our relationships with God and our fellow humans – and to make sure that love has the last, loudest word.

Thou Shalt Not Be Horrible.

Imagine for a moment what the world might look like if we as people of faith, morality, and conscience actually aspired to this mantra.

What if we really focussed on creating a world that was more loving and equitable than when we arrived?

What if we invited one another to share in wide-open, fearless, spiritual communities truly marked by compassion and interdependence?

What if we daily challenged ourselves to live a faith that simply made us better humans?

Pavlovitz explores how we can embody this kinder kind of spirituality where we humbly examine our belief system to understand how it might compel us to act in less-than-loving ways toward others.

Also see his blogpost on this topic here:

God, Human, Animal, Machine:
Technology, Metaphor, and the Search for Meaning.
Meghan O’Gieblyn.
Pbk 304pp. ISBN 9780525562719.

Anchor Books (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

A strikingly original exploration of what it might mean to be authentically human in the age of artificial intelligence.

For most of human history the world was a magical and enchanted place ruled by forces beyond our understanding. The rise of science and Descartes’s division of mind from world made materialism our ruling paradigm, in the process asking whether our own consciousness, i.e. souls, might be illusions.

With the rise of technology, with artificial intelligences that surpass our comprehension and control, and the spread of digital metaphors for self-understanding, the core questions of existence – identity, knowledge, the very nature and purpose of life itself – urgently require rethinking.

Meghan O’Gieblyn tackles this challenge with philosophical rigor, intellectual reach, essayistic verve, refreshing originality, and an ironic sense of contradiction. She draws deeply and sometimes humorously from her own personal experience as a formerly religious believer still haunted by questions of faith, and she serves as a guide to navigating the territory we are all entering.

Practical Faith & Active Love:
Meditations on the Epistle of James.
Joel W. Huffstetler.
Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9781949643794.

Apocryphile Press (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The Epistle of James is the most practical book of the Bible. Every word in the epistle is directly relevant to contemporary living, offering lessons about life drawn from life – topics such as riches and poverty, speech and anger, faith and works, patience and hope.

James’s pastoral counsel is eminently and profoundly practical, relevant to any time, place and circumstance – as useful today as when first offered nearly 2,000 years ago. Huffstetler offers brief, insightful, probing meditations addressing the challenges and crises of life.

“These short and elegant meditations on an often overlooked part of the New Testament by a first rate scholar priest offer much food for thought as we try to relate the Bible to our own often troubled world. Drawing on an extensive pastoral ministry as well as modern scholarship, Fr. Huffstetler succeeds in offering comfort, challenge and resources for the Christian life.” Mark D. Chapman, Professor of the History of Modern Theology, University of Oxford

Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers:
Growing a Relational Food Ministry.
Elizabeth Mae Magill.
Pbk.176pp. ISBN 9780835819152.

Upper Room (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Magill tells the stories of 8 churches that share food ministry with people who need their services. Full of practical advice, this book emphasizes that building relationships and offering radical welcome is more important work for churches than efficiency or order.

62% of food pantries and meal programs in the United States are faith-based. Most of these ministries are transactional; people needing food interact with church volunteers to earn access to direct service.

Elizabeth Magill advocates relational ministry as a better model for food ministry.

People donating food or money eat with the people who need food and get to know them as they serve alongside them. Those needing food share all aspects of the ministry, including planning, setting up, leading, serving, and cleaning. As volunteers become better acquainted, they can form deep, meaningful relationships, creating a new way to be the church.

The Lord Is My Courage:
Stepping Through the Shadows of Fear Toward the Voice of Love.
K.J. Ramsey.
Pbk 304pp. ISBN 9780310124160.

Zondervan (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Walking through Psalm 23 phrase by phrase, therapist and author K.J. Ramsey explores the landscape of our fear, trauma, and faith. When she stepped through her own wilderness of spiritual abuse and religious trauma, Ramsey discovered that courage is not the absence of anxiety but the practice of trusting we will be held and loved no matter what.

  • How can we cultivate courage when fear overshadows our lives?
  • How do we hear the Voice of Love when hate and harm shout loud?

This book offers an honest path to finding that there is still a Good Shepherd who is always following you. Braiding contemplative storytelling, theological reflection, and practical neuroscience, Ramsey reveals a route into connection and joy that begins right where you are.

The Lord is My Courage is for the deconstructing and the dreamers, the afraid and the amazed, for those whose fear has not been fully shepherded but who can’t seem to stop listening for their Good Shepherd’s Voice.

Click here for a podcast interview with the author:

“In this beautiful book, K.J. Ramsey teaches us what it means to transform, rather than transmit, the pain in our lives. She chooses what is familiar, the Twenty-Third Psalm, to offer us the greatest possible form of hospitality in sharing the stories that make up her life.

With warmth and wisdom, Ramsey chooses vulnerability over comfort in an effort to connect with all of us in ways that are both manageable and meaningful.

This book is inviting and accessible, and a must-read for all who are trying to move forward with less anger and more grace, with less fear and more hope, and with fewer regrets and greater understanding. On every page, while demonstrating an abundance of faith, she shows us the path toward transformation.” Suzanne Stabile, author, The Path between Us and The Journey toward Wholeness

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.


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