Mid-June 2018 Selection

Mid-June 2018 Selection

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Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again.
Rachel Held Evans.
Pbk 240pp. ISBN 9780718022310.
Thomas Nelson (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

If the Bible isn’t a science book, instruction manual, or position paper, then what is it? Bestselling author Rachel Held Evans invites readers on a journey of rediscovery as she explores the magic of the Bible, engaging the old, familiar stories in new ways that honour the past and enlighten the present.

Drawing on recent scholarship and literary analysis, Evans creatively retells our favourite Bible stories, explaining their contexts and possible interpretations, and then connects these ancient stories to our present-day ones. Using her well-honed literary instincts and experience in both evangelical and mainline Protestant traditions, Evans discovers a way of understanding that avoids noncommittal liberalism on one hand and strident literalism on the other. Readers are invited to fall in love with Scripture all over again without checking their intellect – or their imaginations – at the door.

Click the icon for a 40 minute preview of the author reading the first chapter of Inspired:

Also by Rachel Held Evans:
Searching for Sunday:
Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church.
Pbk 269pp. ISBN 9780718022129.
Thomas Nelson (2015).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

Rachel didn’t want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals – church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. So she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.

Centered around seven sacraments, Evans’ quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heart-breaking, and sharply honest.

Faith That Matters:
365 Devotions from Classic Christian Leaders.
Eugene H Peterson; Brennan Manning, et al.
Hbk 400pp. ISBN 9780310090182

HarperOne (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Here are daily readings from respected voices: Frederick Buechner, Brennan Manning, Henri Nouwen, Eugene Peterson, James Bryan Smith, A W Tozer, Dallas Willard and N T Wright, that will help you confidently walk in faith every day of the year.

Each reading offers powerful stories and inspiring insights from trusted Christian communicators, and includes a relevant Bible verse, practical suggestions for living out that day’s reading, and a brief closing prayer.

Whether you seek to understand the foundation of our faith tenets or simply need a daily dose of spiritual encouragement, your heart and soul will be refreshed anew with each reading.

The Path of Centering Prayer:
Deepening your Experience of God.
avid Frenette.
Pbk 264pp. ISBN.9781622038664.
Sounds True (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Has your spiritual path grown routine or unfulfilling, or is it at a crossroads for new discovery? For all Christians who seek to move closer into the presence of the divine, Frenette offers guidance in this rewarding and time-honoured meditation practice, to help break through obstacles and illuminate the way

Beginning and experienced practitioners alike will benefit from this fresh voice, at once eloquent and clear, as they explore:

  • The key insights and principles of centering prayer
  • Guided instruction in the sacred word, sacred breath, and sacred glance practices
  • Gentleness and openness: the way of letting go and letting be
  • Experiencing a deeper sense of God in meditation and in everyday life
  • Many other contemplative practices and teachings founded upon the wisdom of Fathers Thomas Keating and Thomas Merton

Creation and the Cross:
The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril.
Elizabeth A Johnson.
Hbk. 256pp. ISBN 9781626982666.
Orbis (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

In this fresh creative approach to theology, Elizabeth Johnson asks how we can understand cosmic redemption in a time of advancing ecological devastation. In effect, how can we extend the core Christian belief in salvation to include all created beings?

Constructing her argument in the form of a dialogue, Johnson lays out the foundations in scripture, the teachings of Jesus, and the early Church for an understanding that emphasises the love and mercy of God, showing how this approach can help us respond to a planet in peril.

“Elizabeth Johnson is by far my favourite contemporary Catholic theologian. In her superb new book, which takes the form of a lively dialogue, she addresses the essential issues of sin, forgiveness and redemption. She does so in her trademark style: with vast learning, sparkling clarity, and breath-taking insights. A signal contribution to modern theology.” James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage



Wrestling with God:
Finding Hope and Meaning in Our Daily Struggles to Be Human.
Ronald Rolheiser.
Hbk 208pp. ISBN 9780804139458

Image (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

As long-held beliefs on love, faith, and God are challenged by the aggregate of changes that have overhauled our world, many of us are left feeling confused and uncertain while old norms are challenged and redefined at breakneck speed.

In response, Rolheiser offers a steady and inspiring voice to help us avow and understand our faith in a world where nothing seems solid or permanent. Drawing from his own life experience, as well as a storehouse of literary, psychological, and theological insights, he examines the fears and doubts that challenge us.

It is in these struggles to find meaning, that Rolheiser lays out a path for faith in a world struggling to find faith, but perhaps more important, he helps us find our own rhythm within which to walk that path.

The Two Ways:
The Early Christian Vision of Discipleship from the Shepherd of Hermas and the Didache
Rowan Williams.
Pbk 102pp. ISBN 9780874867398.
Plough Publishing House (2018).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

How did earliest Christians receive and understand the teaching of Jesus and the apostles? These writings, among the earliest used in training new disciples, show a clear, vibrant, practical faith concerned with all aspects of discipleship in daily life – vocation, morality, family life, social justice, the sacraments, prophesy, citizenship, and leadership.

For the most part, these writings have remained buried in academia, analysed by scholars but seldom used for building up the church community. Now, when Christians of every persuasion are seeking clarity by returning to the roots of their faith, these simple, direct teachings shed light on what it means to be a follower of Christ in any time or place.

Be Still and Listen:
Experience the Presence of God in Your Life.
Amos Smith.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9781612618654.

Paraclete Press (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

The various crises we experience in society and culture today, at their root, reveal a spiritual problem: a profound lack of meaning. The mystical truths revealed in scripture can surely help.

Part One, Entering the Desert, introduces the reader to principles of awareness, deep listening, and contemplation as essential for hearing what Scripture has to say. Part Two details the importance of mystery and struggle in the process of healing from any past or present wounds. And Part Three explores the undivided heart that is possible when we come to know God in silence and stillness.

With Be Still it is possible to explore the contemplative dimensions of the Bible, either on your own or in a group setting, as you perhaps never have before.

Memories, People, Places.

Terry Waite.
Pbk 176pp. ISBN 9780281078820.

SPCK (2018).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Some people long to find it, others long to escape it. But, whether we welcome or dread it, solitude is something we all experience in different forms at different points in our lives.

After enduring nearly five years of solitary confinement, in cruel and terrifying conditions, Terry Waite discovered that he was drawn to find out more about the power of solitude in the lives of other people. The result is this haunting book, in which he recalls his encounters with people who have experienced some very different ways of being solitary. Among them:

  • the peaceful solitude of remote and beautiful places
  • the unsought and often unnoticed solitude of lonely people living in the midst of busy cities
  • the deceptive solitude of those living in the twilight world of espionage
  • the enforced solitude of the convict and the prisoner of war and
  • the inescapable solitude of those who are drawing near to death.

Through all these encounters, and through the memories and reflections they trigger in the author’s mind, we see how solitude shapes the human soul – and how it can be a force for good in our own lives, if we can only learn to use it well.

Self-supporting Ministry:
A Practical Guide.
John Lees.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9780281078455.

SPCK (2018).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

As the church turns increasingly to its volunteer ministers, there are encouraging signs of more creative deployment of this great resource. Lees’ lively, authoritative guide – featuring many stories and case studies – will be welcomed by those already involved in, and those considering, this ministry.

Celebrating the gradual reinvention of self-supporting ministry, it offers strategies to greatly improve working practice for those in an associate role.

The distinctive contribution of volunteer clergy has never been more important to the church than it is today.

Bear and Wolf.
Daniel Salmieri.
Hbk 48pp.

ISBN 9781592702381.
Enchanted Lion Books (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Bear and Wolf become unlikely companions one winter’s evening when they discover each other out walking in the falling snow. Daniel Salmieri’s debut as author/illustrator is a beautifully rendered story of friendship and the subtle rhythm of life when we are open to the world and to each other.

Bear and Wolf are young and curious, slipping easily into friendship as they amble along together, seeing new details in the snowy forest. Together they spy an owl overhead, look deep into the frozen face of the lake, and contemplate the fish sleeping below the surface. Then it’s time to say goodbye: for Bear to go home and hibernate with the family and for Wolf to run with the pack.



Anything You Can Imagine:
Peter Jackson and The Making Of Middle-earth.
Ian Nathan.
Hbk 592pp. ISBN 9780008192471.
HarperCollins (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Anything You Can Imagine tells the full, dramatic story of how Jackson and his trusty fellowship of Kiwi filmmakers dared take on a quest every bit as daunting as Frodo’s and transformed JRR Tolkien’s epic tale of adventure into cinematic magic, and then did it again with The Hobbit.

Enriched with brand-new interviews with Jackson, his fellow filmmakers and many of the films’ stars, Ian Nathan’s mesmerising narrative whisks us to Middle-earth, to gaze over the shoulder of the director as he creates the impossible, the unforgettable, and proves that film-making really is ‘anything you can imagine.’

Soren Kierkegaard.
Alastair Hannay.
Pbk 208pp. ISBN 9781780239231.

Reaktion Books  (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

The Danish philosopher, theologian and author Soren Kierkegaard is widely considered to be one of the most important and wide-ranging religious thinkers of the modern age. He is known as the father of existentialism, but his work was also influential on theories of modernism, theology, Western culture, church politics, and the Christian faith.

In this absorbing new biography, Alastair Hannay unravels the mystery of Soren Kierkegaard’s short but momentous career. Looking at both Kierkegaard the thinker and the person, Hannay describes this controversial figure’s key concepts and major works alongside the major incidents in his private and public life.

The Political Samaritan:
How power hijacked a parable.

Nick Spencer.
Pbk 208pp. ISBN 9781472942210.

Bloomsbury (2018).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Nick Spencer sets out to rescue an innocent parable, mugged for political ends, ignored by passers-by, and then left for half-dead at the edge of the English language.

Discussing the various figures who’ve politicised the Samaritan, explains why and how Jesus’ famous parable got mixed up in politics. From abolitionists to warmongers, prime ministers to activists such as Dr Martin Luther King, he uncovers the reasons for the parable’s popularity – and then asks the killer question: who gets it right?

Simply Jesus:
A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters.
N T (Tom) Wright.
Pbk 240pp. ISBN 9780062084408.

HarperOne (Reprinted 2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

We have grown used to the battles over Jesus – whether he was human or divine as well, whether he could do miracles or just inspire them, whether he even existed or not. Much of the church defends tradition and the critics take shots at that tradition.

But what if these debates have masked the real story of Jesus from us? What if even Jesus’s defenders in the church have been blinded by so focusing on these issues that it has prevented them from fully grappling with what the Gospels really teach?

Bible scholar, former Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N T Wright summarises a lifetime of study of Jesus and the New Testament to present for a general audience who Jesus was and is.

Driving Miss Norma:
An Inspirational Story about What Really Matters at the End of Life.
Tim Bauerschmidt; Ramie Liddle.
Pbk 256pp. ISBN 9780062664389.

HarperOne (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Miss Norma – newly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriage – rose to her full height of five feet and told the doctor, “I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road.”

So Miss Norma took off on an unforgettable around-the-country journey in a 36 foot motor home with her retired son Tim, his wife Ramie, and their dog Ringo.

Infused with this irrepressible nonagenarian’s wisdom, courage, and generous spirit, Driving Miss Norma is the charming, infectiously joyous chronicle of their experiences on the road.

Owning Faith:
Reimagining the Role of Church & Family in the Faith Journey of Teenagers.
Ron Bruner; Dudley Chancey.
Pbk 320pp. ISBN 9780891124764.

ACU Press / Leafwood Publishers (2017). $42.50.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

More than ever, young disciples want relationships with their parents and other adults. Owning Faith helps older disciples understand how to honour and nurture relationships that last a lifetime.

Today’s adolescents face an uphill climb as they seek to own their faith. And while it’s easy to think that what they really need is an expert, Owning Faith lets you in on God’s big secret: what they need more than anything else is you.

An accessible guide into the adventure-filled spiritual journey of adolescents.

A History of Judaism.
Martin Goodman.
Hbk 656p. ISBN 9780691181271.

Princeton University Press (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

A sweeping history of Judaism over more than three millennia.

Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world, and it has preserved its distinctive identity despite the extraordinarily diverse forms and beliefs it has embodied over the course of more than three millennia. A History of Judaism provides a truly comprehensive look in one volume at how this great religion came to be, how it has evolved from one age to the next, and how its various strains, sects, and traditions have related to each other.

In this magisterial and elegantly written book, Martin Goodman takes readers from Judaism’s origins in the polytheistic world of the second and first millennia BCE to the temple cult at the time of Jesus. He tells the stories of the rabbis, mystics, and messiahs of the medieval and early modern periods and guides us through the many varieties of Judaism today. Goodman’s compelling narrative spans the globe, from the Middle East, Europe, and America to North Africa, China, and India. He explains the institutions and ideas on which all forms of Judaism are based, and masterfully weaves together the different threads of doctrinal and philosophical debate that run throughout its history.

Festival Singers concert — Haydn’s Creation. 2:00pm Sunday 24 June 2018 at Khandallah Presbyterian Church, 33 Ganges Road, Wellington. $25 / $15. Door sales available.

If you are in Wellington next Sunday afternoon, Heather and I would love to see you at our choir’s next concert.

The music tells the story of the Creation from the first book of Genesis. It is lively and attractive. We have excellent young soloists and a wonderful young organist, so the concert will be a treat.



More details here: www.facebook.com/events/1703859946348362/  or https://festivalsingers.wordpress.com/

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