Mid-April 2021 Selection

Mid-April 2021 Selection

We are delighted to tell you about Auckland writer & photographer Anna Johnstone’s new book of prayers, poems and reflections accompanied by beautiful photographs — The Spirit Walk — which is available as a PDF eBook and in print. You can also buy her previous six PDF eBook titles using our secure Payhip online store.

We also feature books about:

  • worship and the future direction of the church
  • new ideas about the Bible and God
  • climate change and the environment
  • burnout, and being an introvert in the workplace
  • NZ artist Rita Angus and the graphic art of NZ’s Railways Studios

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[Prices, stock levels and estimated delivery time for titles on this page were last updated on 16 April 2021]

The Spirit Walk.
Anna Johnstone.

90pp A4, landscape, colour throughout.
Johnstone2 Photography (2020).
ISBN 9780473278625.
Was $33.00; now $16.00
[2 in stock. Available at the reduced price only while stocks last.]

PDF eBook:
ISBN 9780473278625.

[Order at our Payhip store]

Anna pairs her wise, spirit-filled words with beautiful photographs to create another delightful, heart-warming book. Dip into this book:

  • for inspiration, enjoyment and comfort
  • to share in worship services, Quiet Days and retreats and
  • to find spiritual nourishment for hungry hearts.

“Once again Anna Johnstone has gifted readers though her ability to gently mine the stuff of everyday life for metaphors of faith. They flow, like the breezes of the Spirit Jesus described, through an endlessly inventive kaleidoscope of images and unaffected musings from beginning to end of this latest offering. In joining this new ‘walk’ with her, I am reminded again that faith is rarely discovered in the work of apologetics or systematic theology but there for all, a quiet voice constantly whispering, in the language of metaphor, poetry and the everyday.” Rev Peter Atkinson

“Each page sings with her passionate longing to connect more fully with the One she loves. There is joy here, and deep delight, worship and wondering. Every question is itself an act of loving worship, trust and unshakeable confidence in the God who is Love.” Dr Dianne Scouller, Emeritus Senior Fellow, Laidlaw College

Click the links to order Anna’s earlier PDF eBooks at our Payhip store:

The Last Walk (2018) $15.00

The Jesus Walk (2014) $15.00

The Psalm Walk (2010) $15.00

The God Walk (2010) $10.00

The Freedom Walk (2010) $10.00

The Cross Walk  (2010) $10.00

A Worship Workbook:
A Practical Guide for Extraordinary Liturgy.
Gerald C. Liu; Khalia J. Williams.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9781501896569.

Abingdon (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

Extraordinary Christian worship is honest and versatile in its expressions of diverse liturgy.

A Worship Workbook introduces crucial and under-examined liturgical and social concepts for students and leaders of worship. Each chapter offers a brief lesson, teaching new skills and inspiring creativity for honest, faithful, and versatile worship leadership.

Pastors and others who lead Christian worship want to offer worship that is truthful and hopeful. They yearn to create worship that involves and includes everyone in their midst. To develop new approaches to planning, so that their worship can reflect and respond to the realities of the community. To create worship for the church that is becoming. This book will help.

The Congregation in a Secular Age:
Keeping Sacred Time Against the Speed of Modern Life.
Andrew Root.
Pbk 288pp. ISBN 9780801098482.

Baker Academic (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Leading practical theologian Andrew Root explores why congregations feel pressured by the speed of change in modern life and encourages an approach that doesn’t fall into the negative traps of our secular age.

Living in late modernity means our lives are constantly accelerated, and calls for change in the church often support this call to speed up. Root asserts that the recent push toward innovation in churches has led to an acceleration of congregational life that strips the sacred out of time. Many congregations are simply unable to keep up, which leads to burnout and depression. When things move too fast, we feel alienated from life and the voice of a living God.

Root calls congregations to reimagine what change is and how to live into this future, helping them move from relevance to resonance.

The Fallibility of Religion.
David Weaver.
Pbk 168pp. ISBN 9780473511524.

Quentin Wilson Publishing. (2020). $29.99.
[Allow 7-10 days].

In this passionate book, Weaver asks and responds to the question, How is religion to survive and continue to play its all-important role in the modern, materialistic and sceptical environment prevalent in much of the world today?

Spiritual belief is, in Weaver’s view, a personal matter, not to be imposed doctrinally, and religion is a social construct with the critical role of providing structures within which communities can prosper.

Many millions of people who no longer believe in a spiritually ordered life are rejecting religion without recognising its intrinsic value as the guardian of our communal values and the rightful authority for the maintenance of social order.

We need religion to survive in order to fulfil its true purpose of providing a social structure and rules for communal behaviour, he argues, but this will only happen if the existing religious claims to infallibility and exclusivity are eliminated. 





Return of the God Hypothesis:
Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe.
Stephen C. Meyer.
Hbk 576pp. 9780062071507.

HarperOne  (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The New York Times bestselling author of Darwin’s Doubt ($44.50) presents ground-breaking scientific evidence of the existence of God, based on breakthroughs in physics, cosmology, and biology.

Meyer demonstrates how discoveries in cosmology and physics coupled with those in biology help to establish the identity of the designing intelligence behind life and the universe.

Meyer argues that theism – with its affirmation of a transcendent, intelligent and active creator – best explains the evidence we have concerning biological and cosmological origins.

Previously Meyer refrained from attempting to answer questions about “who” might have designed life. Now he provides an evidence-based answer to perhaps the ultimate mystery of the universe. In so doing, he reveals a stunning conclusion: the data support not just the existence of an intelligent designer of some kind – but the existence of a personal God.

Scripture and the Skeptic:
Miracles, Myths, and Doubts of Biblical Proportions.
Eric Huffman.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9781791004217.

Abingdon (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

If, as many Christians believe, the Bible is the Word of God, why is it so complex and difficult to interpret in parts, yet simple enough for even children to understand in others?

Huffman, author of 40 Days of Doubt ($35.00), helps readers understand and cope with confusion about the Bible and provides answers to questions by reframing it as a perfect and seamless story. Huffman illustrates how the Bible, even the parts some consider ungodly, presents the beautiful story that God intended to tell.

Through storytelling from his own experiences and his take on Bible stories, Huffman helps readers understand the Bible by interpreting the entire book through the lens of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. He shows how every part of the Bible is either crying out for Jesus, witnessing his incarnation, or responding in the aftermath of his resurrection.

Includes questions with each chapter for personal reflection or group study.

A Nonviolent Theology of Love:
Peacefully Confessing the Apostles Creed.
Sharon L. Baker Putt.
Pbk 325pp. ISBN 9781506424934.

Fortress Press (2021).
[Allow 4 weeks].

Baker Putt calls for the church to rethink theology as something other than what might be termed redemptive violence and encourages Christians to reinterpret Scripture and traditional theological beliefs in ways that are more faithful to the God disclosed in Jesus of Nazareth.

Students of theology need a fresh glimpse of the love, mercy, and redemptive power of God through Jesus. As it follows the structure of the Apostles’ Creed through the various theological topics, this book reminds Christians to share in God’s desires for peace and love and to recommit themselves to the call of God to be ministers of reconciliation and lovers of both neighbours and enemies even while, at times, responding to violence with nonviolent resistance.

Rita Angus:
An Artist’s Life
Revised edition.
Jill Trevelyan.
Pbk 448pp. ISBN 9780995133822.
Te Papa Press (2020). 
[Allow 7-10 days].

Rita Angus was a pioneer of modern painting during the 1930s and 1940s. More than 100 years after her birth, works such as Cass (1936), Rutu (1951), Central Otago (1940), and Portrait of Betty Curnow (1941–1942) are national icons. While Angus is perhaps New Zealand’s best-loved painter, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before this acclaimed and revelatory book.

Jill Trevelyan traces Angus’s life, from her childhood in Napier and Palmerston North to her death in Wellington in 1970. Drawing on a wealth of archives and letters, she brings to life Rita Angus the person: highly articulate and full of zest, intellectually curious and forthright in her attitudes and emotions, powerfully committed to her pacifist and feminist beliefs and dedicated, above all, to life as an artist.

Rita Angus: An Artist’s Life is generously illustrated with more than 150 artworks and private photographs to bring Angus – her private struggles and public reputation and her greatest legacy, her art – to complex, colourful life.

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Railways Studios:
How a Government Design Studio Helped Build New Zealand.
Peter Alsop; Neill Atkinson; Katherine Milburn; Richard Wolfe.
Hbk 376pp. ISBN 9780995133839.

Te Papa Press (2020) 
[Allow 7-10 days].

On the 100th anniversary of its creation, this book celebrates Railways Studios – the design studio of the New Zealand Railways – and its role in helping build and connect New Zealand. It’s a surprising story: a government agency that produced advertising for any-and-all clients, and dominated outdoor advertising for over 65 years (1920–1987).

The Studios’ advertisements ranged from posters to painted billboards and brochures, and they decorated every city and town, creating a gallery of the street.

Whatever the promotion – from rail travel and tourism to enlistment in the army, clothing and health promotion – the Studios played a role. Thousands of its designs influenced public attitudes, shaping how New Zealanders saw themselves.

This definitive history of railways advertising is a time capsule of New Zealand life and examines the art of Railways Studios, detailing its formative place in New Zealand design and art history.

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A Child’s Introduction to the Environment
Revised and updated.
Michael Driscoll; Dennis Driscoll; Meredith Hamilton illust.
Hbk 96pp. ISBN 9780762499489.

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Explore the water, land, and air around us with this entertaining and informative look at our magnificent planet – and learn how your experiments, activities, and everyday actions can help save the environment.

Packed with facts, experiments, and a removable poster with tips on how to save the planet, this comprehensive guide will inspire children and their families to think about our planet in new ways and help keep it beautiful and healthy for years to come.

This book looks at the wide variety of ecosystems and environmental regions of the Earth, from deserts and forests, to cities and farms, to oceans and ice caps, as well as the atmosphere, weather, energy sources, plants, and animals of each area.

Michael Driscoll and professor of meteorology Dennis Driscoll explain the changes to our planet that are currently taking place, including rising temperatures and sea levels, and the effects they can have on our environment.

They also profile young environmental activists like Greta Thunberg and Isra Hirsi, and highlight important, everyday actions such as water conversion and recycling that children can do on their own or with their parents. Also included are fun projects and experiments to do at home like brewing sun tea, creating lightning, and making a smog detector.


Jesus and the Call to Brave Faith.
Tom Berlin.
Pbk 144pp. ISBN 9781791015244.

Abingdon (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Courage is the foundational virtue required for the Christian life. But often we wonder if we have what it takes to live the vital life Jesus offers his disciples.

Pastor Tom Berlin challenges us to unlock the courage that we already possess as Christ followers. By examining the life of Christ, we will begin to understand what true courage is and how God works in the lives of Christ followers as they exhibit a brave faith. Once we have eyes to hear what Jesus is showing us, once have ears to hear, we can begin to find the remarkable life Jesus offers us.

Additional components for a six-week study include a DVD featuring Tom Berlin and a comprehensive Leader Guide.


Courage DVD:
Jesus an
d the Call to Brave Faith.
Tom Berlin.
DVD.6  x 10 min sessions.
ISBN 9781791015282.
Abingdon (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Click here for short introduction video: https://youtu.be/FuBsa-zZLa4


Courage Leader Guide:
Jesus and the Call to Brave Faith.
Tom Berlin.
Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781791015268.
Abingdon (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

This Leader Guide includes session outline for each group meeting with Scripture, prayer, opening activity, discussion questions, activity, and ending call to action.

First Corinthians:
Searching the Depths of God.
Jaime Clark-Soles.
Pbk 144pp. ISBN 9781501891434.

Abingdon (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

1 Corinthians is one of the most gripping books in the Bible. In this letter, Paul – the complicated, multi-layered apostle – writes to the people trying a wild new social experiment known as a Christian community. Not unlike the church today, this community dealt with factions, sexual immorality, gender issues, money issues, theological questions, lawsuits, problems in worship, and problems in leadership.

Clark-Soles explores these topics and the awe inspiring world of the first-century church. Examining the teachings of Paul, she addresses church history, the logic of the cross, spiritual gifts, death, afterlife and the resurrection, human sexuality, and the joys and challenges of living in community. Participants will learn to look at 1 Corinthians from a variety of viewpoints and apply its lessons to their own faith.

Additional components for a six-week study include a DVD featuring Jaime Clark-Soles and a comprehensive Leader Guide.


First Corinthians
Leader Guide:
Searching the Depths of God.
Jaime Clark-Soles.
Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781501891458.
Abingdon (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the six-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.


First Corinthians
Searching the Depths of God.
Jaime Clark-Soles.
DVD. 6  x 10 min sessions.
ISBN 9781501891472.
Abingdon (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the six-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.

Click here for short introduction video: https://youtu.be/jkOPfBXKzd8

We are now taking orders for
Seasons of the Spirit print and CD ROM packs
for Year C 2021-2022. You can order these popular worship and children’s ministry resources on our website here:


Order and pay for your materials by
31 July 2021 to get our
Early Order 10% Discount.

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