Mid-February 2022 Selection

Mid-February 2022 Selection

In this selection we feature books on overcoming violence and on reconciliation. 

A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence surveys key thinkers, activists, and movements for the gospel of peace. Called to Reconciliation offers ways for the Church to model justice, diversity, and inclusion. Overcoming Violence in Aotearoa New Zealand (2002), one of the first books we published, contains wisdom from leading NZ commentators of the time.

Topics of other books in this selection include:

  • Prayerful living
  • Housing in poems and prose
  • Faith forged from the ashes
  • An introduction to Ecospirituality, and 
  • The art of Holy Week and Easter

Philip also features another of his favourite Classic books: If the Church Were Christian [2011] by Philip Gulley, who provocatively dares us to consider 10 ideas to transform our churches.

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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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A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence:
Key Thinkers, Activists, and Movements for the Gospel of Peace.
David C. Cramer; Myles Werntz.
Pbk 208pp. ISBN 9781540960122.

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

Christian nonviolence is not a settled position but a vibrant and living tradition. This book offers a concise introduction to diverse approaches to, proponents of, and resources for this tradition.

It explores the myriad biblical, theological, and practical dimensions of Christian nonviolence as represented by a variety of 20th and 21st century thinkers and movements, including previously underrepresented voices. The authors invite readers to explore this tradition and discover how they might live out the gospel in our modern world.

Overcoming Violence in
Aotearoa New Zealand:
A contribution to the World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010.
[Philip’s Classics].
Pbk 108pp. ISBN 9780958227551.
PGPL (2002).
[40+ in stock]

Can we solve the problem of violence in Aotearoa New Zealand? The contributors to this book offer us hope that we can.

Written as a New Zealand contribution to the World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome Violence 2001–2010, this book is a tool for churches, schools, groups and individuals who want to meet the challenge of overcoming violence in Aotearoa New Zealand.

** Ask us about bulk order discounts
for 5 or more copies of this book.

  • Jane and James Ritchie challenge people to first commit to end violence personally and in their families, and to then work outwards to their local communities, the country and internationally.
  • Kate Birch suggests how to parent so that children gain skills and confidence rather than creating fear of punishment.
  • Children’s Commissioner, Roger McClay, urges us to ensure children have quality care, to create safe environments for them and to protect them from abuse and violence.
  • Brian Easton argues for a return to economic policies that promote social coherence.
  • Derek Wilson advocates a fundamentally different world order and documents the hurdles to be overcome.
  • Anne Powell’s sensitive poems encourage us to reflect on other’s suffering and their lives.
  • Sister Tui Cadigan addresses the need for Maori women to regain their cultural and spiritual roots to restore their mana wahine.
  •  The young women of the group WEAVE share their commitment to creatively inspire a culture of peace and to empowering young people.
  • Chris Marshall and Jim Consedine argue for restorative justice as a practical and Christian response to working with offenders and victims.

Called to Reconciliation:
How the Church Can Model Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Jonathan C. Augustine.
Pbk 192pp. ISBN 9781540965035.
Baker Academic (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

This book argues that the church’s work in reconciliation can serve as a model for society at large and that secular diversity and inclusion practices can benefit the church. It offers a prophetic call to pastors, church leaders, and students to recover reconciliation as the heart of the church’s message to a divided world.

This book develops three uses of the term “reconciliation”: salvific, social, and civil. Augustine examines the intersection of the salvific and social forms of reconciliation through an engagement with Paul’s letters and uses the Black church as an exemplar to connect the concept of salvation to social and political movements that seek justice for those marginalized by racism, class structures, and unjust legal systems.

He then traces the reaction to racial progress in the form of white backlash as he explores the fate of civil reconciliation from the civil rights era to the Black Lives Matter movement.

An Introduction.
Rachel Wheeler.
Pbk 208pp. ISBN 9781506473864.

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

Wheeler’s concise introduction to ecospirituality is not only a foundation-laying tool for educators, but also a concise, thorough way for individuals and students to gain a comprehensive understanding of ecospirituality and why it matters.

Wheeler covers the background for environmentally oriented spirituality in the Christian tradition, beginning with expressions of creation care and creation degradation in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, and moving through important moments and figures in the history of Christian spirituality.

Turning to ecospiritual practice, Wheeler presents specific practices from a variety of global religious traditions, paying particular attention to Indigenous spiritual traditions.

She also explores interdisciplinary areas that have combined some essential aspects of their own focus of engagement with ecology and, furthermore, with ecospirituality. Such areas as ecojustice, ecofeminism, ecowomanism, and ecopoetics all provide points of contact with the work that ecospirituality makes possible and have important implications for personal and social transformation.

You’re Only Human:
How Your Limits Reflect God’s Design and Why That’s Good News.
Kelly M. Kapic.
Hbk 272pp. ISBN 9781587435102.

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

God doesn’t need you to meet all the needs, know all the answers, or to be superhuman. God just desires you to be a faithful human creature who fosters freedom, joy, growth, and community.

Work. Family. Church. Exercise. Sleep. The list of demands on our time seems to be never ending. It can leave you feeling a little guilty, l like you should always be doing one more thing.

Rather than sharing better time-management tips to squeeze more hours out of the day, Kapic offers a better way to make peace with the fact that God didn’t create us to do it all.

Kapic explores the theology behind seeing our human limitations as a gift rather than a deficiency. He lays out a path to holistic living with healthy self-understanding, life-giving relationships, and meaningful contributions to the world.

He frees us from confusing our limitations with sin and instead invites us to rest in the joy and relief of knowing that God can use our limitations to foster freedom, joy, growth, and community.

Readers will emerge better equipped to cultivate a life that fosters gratitude, rest, and faithful service to God.

Everyday Contemplative:
The Way of Prayerful Living.
L. Roger Owens.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9780835819916.

Upper Room (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

  • What does it mean to live a contemplative life?
  • How does someone become contemplative?
  • Does being contemplative mean sitting around thinking about God all day?
  • Does it require living a simple or even austere life, like a monk or a nun?

Owens challenges readers to expand their definition of contemplative living to encompass all ways of seeking to be more open, available, and responsive to God.

God may be found just as easily in an office cubicle, a donut shop, or a laundry room as in a monastic cell. Owens presents seven characteristics of contemplative living: longing, attention, patience, playfulness, vulnerability, nonjudgment, and freedom. One ingredient he considers essential to the contemplative life is sharing it with others, and this book invites readers to discover the joys of contemplative living.

The Samaritan Woman’s Story:
Reconsidering John 4 After #Churchtoo.
Caryn A. Reede.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9781514000601.

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

Throughout church history, the woman at the well has been seen narrowly in terms of her gender and marital history. What are we missing in the story? And what difference does our interpretation of this passage make for women and men in the church?

Reeder challenges common assumptions about women and sexuality, and provides fresh insights from the story’s original context and offers a bold challenge to teach the Bible in a way that truly values the voices of women.

Throughout the book, Reeder draws connections between interpretations of this text and the life of the church. The sexual objectification of the Samaritan woman and minimization of her positive contribution has ongoing consequences for how women are seen and treated – including in the failure of many Christian communities to respond well to accusations of abuse. In the age of #MeToo and #ChurchToo, The Samaritan Woman’s Story offers a bold challenge to teach the Bible in a way that truly honours the value and voices of women.

Voices Long Silenced:
Women Biblical Interpreters Through the Centuries
Joy A. Schroeder; Marion Ann Taylor.
Pbk 378pp. ISBN 9780664265120.

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

Hundreds of women studied and interpreted the Bible between the years 100-2000 CE, but their stories have remained largely untold.

Schroeder and Taylor introduce readers to the notable contributions of female commentators through the centuries. They unearth fascinating accounts of Jewish and Christian women from diverse communities – rabbinic experts, nuns, mothers, mystics, preachers, teachers, suffragists, and household managers – who interpreted Scripture through their writings.

This book recounts the struggles and achievements of women who gained access to education and biblical texts. It tells the story of how their interpretive writings were preserved or, all too often, lost. It also explores how, in many cases, women interpreted Scripture differently from the men of their times.

This book focuses on women’s written words and briefly comments on women’s interpretation in media, such as music, visual arts, and textile arts. It includes short, representative excerpts from diverse women’s own writings that demonstrate noteworthy engagement with Scripture. Voices Long Silenced calls on scholars and religious communities to recognize the contributions of women, past and present, who interpreted Scripture, preached, taught, and exercised a wide variety of ministries in churches and synagogues.

After Evangelicalism:
The Path to a New Christianity.
David P. Gushee.
Pbk 234pp. ISBN 9780664266110.

Westminster John Knox Press (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Millions are getting lost in the evangelical maze: inerrancy, indifference to the environment, deterministic Calvinism, purity culture, racism, LGBTQ discrimination, male dominance, and Christian nationalism.

As one of America’s leading academics speaking to the issues of religion today, David Gushee offers a clear assessment and a new way forward for disillusioned post-evangelicals.

He starts by analysing what went wrong with U.S. white evangelicalism in areas such as evangelical history and identity, biblicism, uncredible theologies, and the fundamentalist understandings of race, politics, and sexuality.

Along the way, he proposes new ways of Christian believing and of listening to God and Jesus today. He helps post-evangelicals know how to belong and behave, going from where they are to a living relationship with Christ and an intellectually cogent and morally robust post-evangelical faith.

If you, too, are struggling, After Evangelicalism shows that it is possible to cut loose from evangelical Christianity and, more than that, it is necessary.

“Drawing on his own spiritual journey, David Gushee provides an incisive critique of American evangelicalism [and] offers a succinct yet deeply informed guide for post-evangelicals seeking to pursue Christ-honoring lives.” Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Calvin University

The Art of Holy Week and Easter.
Wendy Beckett.
Pbk 96pp, (Compact 14cm x 16cm.)

ISBN 9781514004272.
IVP (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Brimming with Sister Wendy Beckett’s irrepressible wisdom and enthusiasm, this little book explores the spiritual riches to be found in some of the world’s greatest paintings of the Passion and resurrection of Jesus.

Including 30 colour masterpieces of Western art, this devotional will help you appreciate all that these paintings convey to the discerning eye.


When Everything’s on Fire:
Faith Forged from the Ashes.
Brian Zahnd.
Hbk 196pp. ISBN 9781514003336.

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

Is it possible to hold on to faith in an age of unbelief?

A stronger, more confident faith is possible when it is grounded in the beauty and truth of Christ. Zahnd permits us to risk the journey of deconstruction so that God can forge something more beautiful in its place.

Zahnd proposes that we need a renovation of faith. Written with personal and pastoral experience, Zahnd extends an invitation to move beyond the crisis of faith toward the journey of reconstruction.

Intellectual certainty has long been a cornerstone of the Christian faith. But in an age of secularism, scepticism, and cynicism, our worldviews have been shaken. Various solutions exist–some double down on certainty, while others deconstruct their faith until there is nothing left at all.

Fierce Love:
Music Leads a Lost Child Home.
Adrian Snell.
Pbk 234pp. ISBN 9781789591194.

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

This memoir tells the story of British artist Adrian Snell and his Christian music, while also introducing the reader to the world of music therapy.

Snell decides to give up the “artist” life, disillusioned by a repeating pattern of struggles in order to allow the music to be heard by a broader audience. After a time of soul-searching, he makes a life-altering decision to train as a music therapist. He not only rediscovers his purpose but also gains a new perspective on the impact of music.

He later reconnects with his audience; a “lost child” once again “found” with a fresh appreciation for the arts and the implications of unconditional love and acceptance. The story, however, is not over. A private revelation also allows him to look back on his storied career and personal life with new eyes.

If the Church Were Christian:
Rediscovering the Values of Jesus.
Philip Gulley.
[Philip’s Classics].
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9780061698774.

HarperOne (2011).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Quaker pastor Philip Gulley provocatively dares us to consider 10 ideas to transform our churches. He advocates a church a little less full of itself, and a little more full of love.

If the church were Christian:

  • Jesus would be a model for living, not an object of worship.
  • affirming our potential would be more important than condemning our brokenness.
  • reconciliation would be valued over judgment.
  • gracious behaviour would be more important than right belief.
  • inviting questions would be more important than supplying answers.
  • encouraging personal exploration would be more important than communal uniformity.
  • meeting needs would be more important than maintaining institutions.
  • peace would be more important than power.
  • it would care more about love and less about sex.
  • this life would be more important than the afterlife.

More Than a Roof:
Housing in poems and prose.
Joan Begg; Rebecca Chester; Wesley Hollis; Roman Ratcliff;
Adrienne Jansen ed.
Pbk 218pp. ISBN 9780473593629.
Landing Press (2021).
[Allow 2 weeks]

More than a roof is about housing. It’s about nostalgia, anger, contentment, longing, fear and much more. It brings together voices from across the spectrum – from those with no homes, those in emergency accommodation, in caravans, in cars, on boats, in rentals, or in their own houses.

Drawing together well-known writers and first-time poets, it’s a unique and timely collection.

“Each poem lets us in to a personal viewpoint and narrative that gently and inevitably leads to a self-reflection of what makes up our own home. A welcome respite to the endless editorials on the housing crisis and who is to blame.” Vic Crockford and David Zussman, Community Housing Aotearoa

“A house, a home, to be homeless, to be at home in the world… I guarantee you’ll be moved by the stories in this collection, lavish in its multiplicity of voices. It’s beautiful and heart-warming, and at times it will move you to tears. A wonderful read.” Bernadette Hall

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