March 2022 Selection

March 2022 Selection

We are delighted to feature Rev Dr Susan Jones’ new book Progressing the Journey which we have just released. It contains a wealth of inclusive hymns, liturgy, poems and reflections that will enrich your worship. There are print and eBook editions, and PowerPoint slides for the 44 hymns are also available to purchase.

Topics of other books in this selection include:

  • Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God.
  • Ecclesiology for a Digital Church
  • Stories, Strategies, and Spiritual Practices for Caregivers of People with Dementia.
  • Being Fully Yourself in the Spotlight of Public Ministry.
  • How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World.

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Lent and Easter books

Lent starts on 2 March 2022 (Ash Wednesday), Good Friday is 15 April 2022, and Easter Sunday is 17 April 2022.

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[Prices, stock levels and estimated delivery time for titles on this page were last updated on 13 March 2022]


Progressing the Journey:
Lyrics and Liturgy for a Conscious Church.
Susan Jones.
Pbk 158pp. ISBN 9781988572925.

PGPL (2022). 
$25.00.
[30+ in stock].


Overseas customers please click here to order your print books


Are you looking for fresh, original hymn lyrics and liturgy for your church?

Would you like to celebrate diverse ways of being fully human in a loving faith community?

Is your church ready to explore current ideas about God – not just male, not up there, but down here with us – creation, Jesus & theology?

Then these 42 hymns, 70 gatherings, affirmations, and blessings; along with poems & reflections, will provide a valuable resource to support your worship ministry.

Susan’s lyrics, that can be sung to well known tunes, have been used at a Presbytery inauguration, in communion, at anniversaries, for baptisms and for a same sex wedding. They have featured in Pride services, Transgender Day of Remembrance commemorations, during Bible Month and throughout the Season of Creation.

Susan’s kitset hymn ln our world we find delight, written for original music by Vivien Chiu, covers the whole Season of Creation 3-year cycle.

Her lyrics and liturgy mark the seasons of the church year in unusual ways as well as celebrating: questioning, rainbow themes, faith stages, the cosmos, diverse orientations and identities, gender equality, 21st century reformation, interfaith connection, prodigals, postmodern church, endangered species, and the importance of finding the Self by going deep within.

“I strongly recommend Susan Jones’ Progressing on the Journey and her deeply contemplated and whole-hearted expression of distinctive New Zealand themes and images; this is a very rich new spiritual resource for troubled times.” Colin Gibson, Hymnwriter, Composer & Lay Preacher

Other Progressing the Journey
products available:

eBooks
(ePub, PDF, Kindle/Mobi)
$20.00.



PowerPoint slides
for all 44 Hymns:

Text Only & Illustrated slides
(two sets)
$20.00.

Text Only slides
(one set)
$12.50.

Illustrated slides
(one set) $12.50.

Save time by copying and pasting the slides into your worship slideshows.

Slides details:

  • Illustrated hymn PowerPoint slides have white text on a black background, plus images.
  • Text Only slides have black text on a white background
  • 6 x 9 format
  • 36 point Calibri text
  • Saved in PowerPoint 97-2003 .ppt file format for maximum compatibility
  • Sets of slides supplied as zipped files

When you purchase PowerPoint slides, you will also get  a zipped set of three midi piano accompaniment sound files for hymn 19 In Our World We Find Delight.



Following:
Embodied Discipleship in a Digital Age (Pastoring for Life:
Theological Wisdom for Ministering Well)
.
Jason Byassee; Andria Irwin.
Pbk 208pp. ISBN 9781540962270.

Baker Academic (2021).
$47.00.
[1 in stock,
then allow 3-4 weeks].

Theological reflection on the impact of technology on Christian discipleship, showing how new technologies and the rise of social media impact the way we interact with each other, ourselves, and the world.

“Both in its form (a dialogue between a pastor from one generation and a theologian from another) and in its content (rich reflections on authentic Christian community in the digital age) this book models how the church can speak into our world.” John Dyer, Dallas Theological Seminary


Searching for a Silent God.
Sarah Parkinson.
Pbk 110pp. ISBN 9781789590388.
Sacristy Press (2019).
1 only in stock at $25.00.
(
When that copy has sold, the new regular price will be $38.00.)

A thoughtful and engaging companion for all who experience times of spiritual crisis. Parkinson describes her experience of a time when God, on whose presence she had always relied, suddenly seemed to be absent from her life.

The author tells her own story, and in doing so enables others to search for and find transformation in their faith and life. It is a deeply moving exploration of experiencing how God can be silent and appear absent at a time of searching and bereavement.

“Sarah has a poet’s way with words that gives texture to experiences which often elude language. She is honest with herself and with us.” The Rt Revd Alison White, Bishop of Hull



We Will Feast:
Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God.
Kendall Vanderslice.
Pbk 176pp. ISBN 9780802876300.

Eerdmans (2019).
$43.00.
[1 in stock,
then allow 3-4 weeks].

Vanderslice explores the practice of eating together as Christian worship

A new movement is under way, bringing Christians of every denomination, age, race, and sexual orientation together around dinner tables. Men and women nervous about stepping through church doors are finding God in new ways as they eat together.

Vanderslice shares stories of churches worshiping around the table, introducing readers to the rising contem­porary dinner-church movement. We Will Feast provides vision and inspiration to readers longing to experience community in a real, physical way.



Attached to God:
A Practical Guide to Deeper Spiritual Experience.
Krispin Mayfield.
Pbk 256pp. ISBN 9780310363798.

Zondervan (2022).
$42.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

If you’ve ever heard the damaging message that feeling far from God is your own choice or the result of sin in your life, therapist Mayfield will reveal a new way of approaching your relationship with the Divine that will help you feel closer and more connected to God than ever before.

Why do we feel so far from God sometimes? The answer is found when you take a deep look at the other important relationships in your life and understand your attachment style.

When you understand your attachment style you gain a whole new paradigm for a secure and loving relationship with God. You’ll gain insights about:

  • How you relate to others, both your strengths and weaknesses
  • The practical exercises you can use to grow a secure spiritual attachment to God
  • How to move forward on the spirituality spectrum and experience the Divine connection we all were created for


Ecclesiology for a Digital Church: Theological Reflections on a New Normal.
Heidi A. Campbell; John Dyer eds.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9780334061595.

SCM Press (2022).
$110.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

  • What are the ecclesiological challenges and opportunities raised by technology?
  • How have developments related to the COVID-19 global health crisis impacted churches, forcing a swift move to mediated and online worship?
  • And how will this change the shape of churches of theological and programmatic choices for years to come?

Drawing together a diverse group of theologians (including NZer Steve Taylor) and media scholars, this volume considers the key theological question churches and religious leaders need to engage with as they look towards long term strategies involving church life and technology.



Bare Tree and Little Wind:
A Story for Holy Week.
Mitali Perkin;  Khoa Le (Illustrator).
Hbk 40pp. ISBN 9780593234877.

Waterbrook Press (2022).
$37.50.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

A lyrical, captivating retelling of the Palm Sunday and Easter story that is sure to become a beloved tradition for families of faith.

Little Wind and the trees of Jerusalem can’t wait for Real King to visit. But Little Wind is puzzled when the king doesn’t look how he expected. His wise friend Bare Tree helps him learn that sometimes strength is found in sacrifice, and new life can spring up even when all hope seems lost.

This story stands apart for its imagination, endearing characters, and how it weaves Old Testament imagery into Holy Week and the promise of Jesus’s triumphant return. While the youngest readers will connect to the curious Little Wind, older children and parents will appreciate the layers of meaning and Scriptural references in the story, making it a book families can enjoy together year after year.



How the Light Shines:
Stories, Strategies, and Spiritual Practices for Caregivers of People with Dementia.
Trisha Elliott.
Pbk 176pp. ISBN 9781773432854.

Woodlake Publishing (2021).
$44.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

A book for caregivers who want to not only hone their caring skills, but also to deepen their relationship with God through their care. It explores feelings of loss and challenge but turns always towards potential and hope.

Caregiving is deeper than what we do. It is, first and foremost, a call to love. Each chapter engages an issue raised by caregivers themselves and is filled with real-life stories that convey the realities of caregiving, as well as tips and advice, and spiritual insight and guidance.

It is written with both individuals and groups in mind. Each chapter includes questions and, for personal or group reflection, a spiritual practice and a prayer grounded in the pain and possibilities of it all.



Professional Christian:
Being Fully Yourself in the Spotlight of Public Ministry.
Sarah Bereza.
Pbk 200pp. ISBN 9780664266714.

Westminster John Knox Press (2022).
$47.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Gathering the wisdom from 50 church leaders, Bereza provides advice and stories on topics such as authenticity, privacy, boundaries, and self-care, to help those in professional ministry flourish as an integrated person of faith living out their call.

As church leaders, we live our lives within the spotlight of professional ministry. To best love and serve God and our neighbours, we aim to be the fullest, truest versions of ourselves.

However, we often struggle to do so with integrity. What if our preaching or singing feels like a performance? Are we supposed to hide our imperfections and let people see only the shiniest parts of our lives?

If you have ever felt like you’re working under a microscope or that you’ve been put on a pedestal you don’t want or deserve, know that you are not alone.



Tradition and Apocalypse:
An Essay on the Future of Christian Belief.
David Bentley Hart.
Hbk 208pp. ISBN 9780801039386.

Baker Academic (2022).
$52.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

How can believers claim a faith that has been passed down through the ages while recognizing the real historical contingencies that have shaped both their doctrines and their divisions?

In this carefully argued essay, Hart critiques the concept of “tradition” that has become dominant in Christian thought as fundamentally incoherent.

He puts forth a convincing new explanation of Christian tradition, one that is obedient to the nature of Christianity not only as a “revealed” creed embodied in historical events but as the “apocalyptic” revelation of a history that is largely identical with the eternal truth it supposedly discloses.

Hart shows that Christian tradition is sustained not simply by its preservation of the past, but more essentially by its anticipation of the future.



Sand Talk:
How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World.
Tyson Yunkaporta.
Hbk 256pp. ISBN 9780062975645.

HarperOne (2021).
$56.50.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

“An astonishing revelation of ancient Aboriginal wisdom as it applies to science and modern times. It’s one of the best books I ever read… There’s nothing like it. It leaves you gasping. If you care about yourself, the world around you, and where you come from, you’d better read it. You won’t put it down.”
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas,
New York Times bestselling author

As an indigenous person, Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from a unique perspective, one tied to the natural and spiritual world. In considering how contemporary life diverges from the pattern of creation, he raises important questions. How does this affect us? How can we do things differently?

In this thoughtful, culturally rich, mind-expanding book, he provides answers. Yunkaporta’s writing process begins with images. Honouring indigenous traditions, he makes carvings of what he wants to say, channelling his thoughts through symbols and diagrams rather than words. He yarns with people, looking for ways to connect images and stories with place and relationship to create a coherent world view, and he uses sand talk, the Aboriginal custom of drawing images on the ground to convey knowledge.

In Sand Talk, he provides a new model for our everyday lives. Rich in ideas and inspiration, it explains how lines and symbols and shapes can help us make sense of the world. It’s about how we learn and how we remember. It’s about talking to everyone and listening carefully. It’s about finding different ways to look at things.


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The Invention of Power:
Popes, Kings, and the Birth of the West.
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita.
Hbk 352pp. ISBN 9781541768758.
Public Affairs / Hachette (2022).
$64.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

This book solves one of the great puzzles of history: Why did the West become the most powerful civilization in the world?

de Mesquita upends conventional thinking about European culture, religion, and race and presents a persuasive new vision of world history.

Western exceptionalism – the idea that European civilizations are freer, wealthier, and less violent – is a widespread and powerful political idea. It has been a source of peace and prosperity in some societies, and of ethnic cleansing and havoc in others.

Yet no de Mesquita draws on his expertise in political manoeuvring, deal-making, and game theory to present a revolutionary new theory of Western exceptionalism: that a single, rarely discussed event in the twelfth century changed the course of European and world history.

By creating a compromise between churches and nation-states that, in effect, traded money for power and power for money, the 1122 Concordat of Worms incentivized economic growth, facilitated secularization, and improved the lot of the citizenry, all of which set European countries on a course for prosperity. In the centuries since, countries that have had a similar dynamic of competition between church and state have been consistently better off than those that have not.


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