Mid-December 2021 & Specials

In this selection we are delighted to tell you about a new book by Susan Jones, Wherever Your are, You are on the Journey, that we have just published.

And we have released our first  Audiobook — an unabridged recording of Barbara Walker’s popular memoir, Purple Hands.

We also have a few print copies left of Faith Bright Shining by Timaru author and worship leader Rosie Staite. You can now also order the PDF eBook edition of Rosie’s book from us –  see below.

There are also lots of books on special at half price or less.

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

Wherever You Are,
You Are On The Journey:
Conversations in a Coffee Shop Book 1.
Susan Jones

Pbk 134 pp. ISBN 9781988572826
PGPL (2021) 

[30+ in stock]


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Have you been religiously inclined for a while, but feel that there is more to Christian faith than is told on Sundays? Perhaps your current ideas about God, about Jesus and about what it means to live well, no longer satisfy you? Maybe you are questioning whether the firmly held beliefs you grew up with are going to be useful in the next stage of your life?

Don’t panic! You have simply reached a transition point in your faith journey. It’s time for a change and it will be unsettling.

Through the medium of weekly conversations in a local café Susan Jones creatively explores what it’s like to live through this threshold of faith, by telling us the story of Hope, a young woman who has followed the religious rules all her life but is ready to move on. What will Hope do next?

“I love this book. It’s a very easy read. And it underscores the point that while interest in churchgoing Christianity is at an all-time low, spiritual curiosity is burgeoning in the 21st century. Pulpit monologues are done and dusted, but genuine, open-ended conversations over a decent cup of coffee – that’s a different thing! Faith must be democratised – rescued from religion and explored with the honesty and humanity found in this book.”  Dave Tomlinson, author of ‘Black Sheep and Prodigals’ and host of The Holy Shed YouTube channel

Purple Hands:
A Kiwi Nurse-Midwife’s
Response in Times of Crisis.
Barbara Walker QSO

Listen to Audiobook sample: Chapter 11 
One door closes and another opens wide

Audiobook – 8 Hours

Zipped set of 44 MP3 audio files
Narrated by NZer Elisabeth Easther.
PGPL (2021) 

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What is life like for aid workers who gather from around the world to serve refugees who have fled their homes due to famine, political unrest, and disasters?

Kiwi nurse-midwife, Barbara Walker – who spent 20 years working for international aid agencies – shares her dramatic, heart-rending, and inspiring stories of the situations she faced and the people she sought to help.

From the Sakeo One Refugee Camp in Thailand, where she cared for those fleeing Pol Pot’s regime in Cambodia in a make-shift bamboo-framed field hospital, to her last placement in Mozambique that ended due to a death threat, Barbara’s Christian faith gave her strength and kept her focussed.

We also learn of Barbara’s early life in New Zealand, and her later call to ordained ministry as a chaplain when she returned after serving overseas.

Barbara hopes that her story will inspire and encourage all who read it to think outside the square and seek to make a difference in the world in which we all live.

Faith Bright Shining:
A personal memoir of faith and leadership: Stained Glass windows to kitchen tables. Rosie Staite.
Pbk 153pp. Colour throughout.

ISBN 9780473598082.
Rosie Staite (2021)
[2 in stock. Then allow 10 days]

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Rosie Staite’s memoir of faith is a clear, insightful story of her work in the churches and out in the community. Her leadership was valued within Canterbury Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist churches within a context of transition. So why didn’t she get ordained as a minister? Why did Rosie eventually leave church institutions behind?

Through all the surprising strands of her life, her faith in a loving God has been unwavering. Perhaps holiness is bigger than our boxes?

“The story is warm, engaging and humble. Rosie is both able to reflect deeply on her wide and varied life experience, and to live fully with faith and gratitude.” Rev. Dr Jenny Dawson

With a Song in Our Heart

Norman E Brookes, Norman J Goreham, Jeremy F Whimster
Spiral bound 90pp. ISBN 9780473486150
43 Hymns
BGW Press (2020).

See sale priced copies here:
March 2022 Stocktake Sale

New words to favourite tunes.

 Here is a refreshing and accessible resource for congregations of all sizes and across the denominational spectrum.” Bishop Ross Bay, Auckland Anglican Diocese.

Wombat Divine.
25th Anniversary edition.
Mem Fox.
Hbk 32pp. ISBN 9781760669393.
Omnibus Books (2021).

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Wombat loved Christmas. He loved the carols and the candles, the presents and the pudding, but most of all he loved the Nativity Play… Wombat loves the Nativity Play so much that he tried out for every part, but he doesn’t seem to be right for any of them. Luckily, wise emu knows the perfect role for a sleepy wombat, and it’s the best Nativity Play ever.

Beyond Burnout:
How to Spot It, Stop It and Stamp It Out.
Suzi McAlpine.
Pbk 288pp. ISBN 9780143775065.

Random House NZ (2021).

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Following her own first-hand experience, as well as the countless similar scenarios she’s seen in her role as an executive coach, Suzi McAlpine has created a book about burnout to help create environments and organisational cultures that reduce its occurrence.

The Southern Right Whale.
Ned Barraud.
Pbk 32pp. ISBN 9780947503994.

Potton and Burton (2019). 

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A moving story of the near extinction and then revival of one of New Zealand’s magnificent marine mammals, the southern right whale. In the 20th century, the Southern Right Whale became a protected species, and once commercial whaling was virtually stopped, the whale made a comeback.

The Spirit Walk.
Anna Johnstone.

90pp A4, landscape, colour throughout.
Johnstone2 Photography (2020).
ISBN 9780473278625.

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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.


A Celebration of Life:
Collected Poems
Meg Hartfield
Pbk 104pp. ISBN 9781927260661.
PGPL (2017). 
Was $20.00; Now $10.00.
[40 in stock].

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

Poems in the first half of the book, Light of the World, are a retelling of the story of Jesus’ life. 13 poems focus on Peace. Also includes a section of Tributes to family members and other people, poems about nature and a set of happy haiku.

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

Mission in the City: 
Hopes and Dreams
 – My story

 Shirley-Joy Barrow
Pbk 228pp. ISBN 9781927260920
PGPL (2018). 
Was $30.00; Now $15.00.
[29 in stock].

Read these powerful stories of Christian social service in Whanganui.

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.

This social history also includes many personal stories of the people served by the Mission and those who worked for it.

Never to Return Home:
John and Mary White’s Otago Story
Fraser Boyd
Pbk 204pp. ISBN 9781927260319.
PGPL (2015). 
Was $30.00; Now $12.00.
[11 in stock].

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
By Fraser Boyd
Pbk 194pp. ISBN 9781927260623.
PGPL (2017).
Was $30.00; Now $15.00.
[22 in stock].

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). 
Was $30.00; Now $12.00.
[6 in stock].

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.

The In-Between Land:
Psalms, Poems and Haiku
Mark Gibson
Pbk 136pp. ISBN 9781927260357

PGPL (2015).
Was $25.00; Now $10.00.
[11 in stock].

Severe earthquakes struck Christchurch in 2010–2011 and caused obvious damage to buildings, the land and waterways. The emotional impact of these events on the people who lived through them is harder to see. For many people, the city and life they knew has gone, but they are not yet able to move forward – they are stuck in-between. In this moving collection, Mark Gibson tells their story.

The John Wesley Code:
Finding a Faith That Matters
 James Stuart
Pbk 212pp. ISBN 9780958268226.

PGPL (2008). 
Was $35.00; Now $16.00.
[25 in stock].

Drawing on the best of contemporary and historical scholarship, James Stuart traces the writers, theologians, people Wesley met and the key experiences that shaped Wesley’s ideas.

Importantly, Stuart then revisits the enduring themes and other principles of Wesley and the early Methodists, to see how they might affect our practice, inspire our theology and renew our lives today.

Pat’s India:
Memories Of Childhood
Patricia Booth
Pbk 140pp. ISBN 9781927260746.

PGPL (2017). 
Was $30.00; Now $15.00.
[7 in stock].

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

The Art of Dying Well:
Ideas and reflections to help you face your death with courage, peace and hope
Ian M Kilgour
Pbk 80pp. ISBN 9781988572048
PGPL (2019).
Was $20.00; Now $10.00.
[11 in stock].

This book will help you face your own death with courage and faith. Some simple things can help ease your mind and bring peace to your heart.

Much of the book is written in the first-person singular to help you personalise your reflections.

There are many prompts for you to write in a notebook or journal your reflections and memories of significant people, places and events in your life, and ideas for your funeral.

Adult Sexual Abuse in Religious Institutions:
Faith seeks understanding
Anne Stephenson
Pbk 86pp. ISBN 9781927260517.

PGPL (2016). 
Was $20.00; Now $10.00.
[17 in stock].

When sexual abuse of adults by clergy and spiritual leaders comes to light, religious institutions need robust procedures in place to deal with offenders and support victims.

Based on her long experience in ministry working with sexual offenders and their victims, and the training she has undertaken, Anne Stephenson shares the wisdom she has gained.

When the Tui Calls: 
Rural Ministry – Origins and Futures
By Bill Bennett
Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781927260708.
PGPL (2017).
Was $17.50; Now $8.00.
[14 in stock].

This essay on rural ministry reflects on its long evolution, its current challenges, and its continuing viability for the future in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Tui (Parson Bird), with its tuft of white feathers at the neck, is highly adaptive, has a distinctive call, is protective of its domain, is an imitator of song and speech and is an enduring example of survival and adaptability.

Bennett highlights some key issues and opportunities for rural ministry today.

Weaving, Networking & Taking Flight:
Engaged Ministry in Avondale Union and Manurewa Methodist parishes 2006-2014
‘Alifeleti Vaitu’ulala Ngahe
Pbk 68pp. ISBN 9781501004476.
PGPL (2014). 
Was $18.00; Now $9.00.
[19 in stock].

Rev Ngahe’s approach is to create strategies for change by engaging in deep theological thinking, in networking with key local people and organisations, and in careful reflection on learnings from his ministry. He believes all people in a community have a contribution to make and hopes this book will encourage church and other local leaders to work effectively in their communities.

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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