Mid-June 2020 Selection

Mid-June 2020 Selection

This selection spotlights New Zealand authors: Alister Hendery, Rosie Staite, Elizabeth Knox, Andrew Mason & Janine Mason.

We are delighted to have published Anglican priest Alister Hendery’s The Grief Walk, which offers his wise counsel on working through your own grief for many kinds of losses and on how you can support a person who is grieving. We also highlight three books by C.S.Lewis, Nicholas Wolterstorff and Viktor E Frankl, that influenced Alister as he wrote The Grief Walk. And Alister’s 2014 book Earthed in Hope is also still available from us.

Timaru’s Rosie Staite has compiled a second book of photographs and short texts to ponder and enjoy: Take a Minute – 2. 

There are books on Wesleyan understandings on grace and salvation, about Fresh Expressions church renewal programmes, and about how Christianity has influenced Western civilisation.

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The Grief Walk:

Losing, Grieving, and Journeying on to Something New
Alister G. Hendery
Pbk 216pp. ISBN 9781988572376.

PGPL, NZ (2020).
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This practical book is for people who are grieving, for people who want to support them as they undertake the painful journey of grief, and for anyone who wants to reflect on their own experiences of loss.

When Alister asked Isobel, whose husband had died a few years before, what would have helped her most then, her response was immediate. ‘Someone who would walk with me. Not people who would talk at me and give me answers, but simply listen to me and walk with me.’ The grief walk.

Grieving and loss are universal experiences, but how you experience grief is unique to you. In his ministry, Alister has found that models of the stages of grief are unhelpful, as is the idea of closure. Instead, he gives you permission to work through your grief in the ways, and at the times, that are helpful to you.

Alister explores disenfranchised grief that occurs when we are denied the right to grieve and our loss isn’t recognised.

Our lives are marked by countless losses and we all carry grief about many losses in our life. If we embrace our grief, we can journey on to something new and find fresh hope.

Click here to download a free
PDF Study Guide for The Grief Walk,
that can be used by individuals or small groups.

You can also order Alister’s 2014 funeral ministry resource book, Earthed in Hope, below.


While writing The Grief Walk, Alister was influenced by three books in particular:

  • A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
  • Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl.

You can order these books below:

Take a Minute – 2
Rosie Staite

Pbk 120pp. ISBN 9780473523770.

(Colour Throughout).
Tried and True Resources (2020).

[10 in stock].

In our rapidly changing world, where do you find peace and inspiration, food for thought, a bit of encouragement?

Rosie is a Timaru based Anglican church lay minister and liturgist. Her words and photos will help you to find the holiness in everyday moments, draw strength in tough times, celebrate unexpected joy, and reflect on global change. Keep it close by to delve into or give it to a friend.

An ideal gift and coffee table book.

A Grief Observed.
C. S. Lewis.
Pbk 112pp. ISBN 9780060652388.

HarperOne (2015).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

This is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings. (First published in 1961.)

Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments,” A Grief Observed is C. S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections of that period:

“Nothing will shake a man–or at any rate a man like me–out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself.”

A Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions.
Michael Beck; Jorge Acevedo.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9781501899096.

Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of those who are not yet part of any church.  As consultants who work nationwide and as innovative pastors, authors Michael Beck and Jorge Acevedo awaken congregational leaders and ministry teams to a distinctive Wesleyan approach for the Fresh Expressions movement.

They show congregations how to cultivate and customize fresh expressions that fit their local context. They motivate ministry teams to take risks, experiment, and when necessary, fail well.

Lament for a Son.
Nicholas Wolterstorff.
Pbk 111pp. ISBN 9780802802941.

Eerdmans (1987).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Well-known Christian philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff has authored many books that have contributed significantly to scholarship in several subjects. In Lament for a Son he writes not as a scholar but as a loving father grieving the loss of his son.

In brief vignettes Wolterstorff explores with a moving honesty and intensity, all the facets of his experience of this irreversible loss. Though he grieves “not as one who has no hope,” he finds no comfort in the pious-sounding phrases that would diminish the malevolence of death.

A profoundly faith-affirming book, Lament for a Son gives eloquent expression to a grief that is at once unique and universal–a grief for an individual, irreplaceable person. Though it is an intensely personal book, Wolterstorff decided to publish it, he says, “in the hope that it will be of help to some of those who find themselves with us in the company of mourners.”

The Wesleyan Journey:
A Workbook on Salvation.
Maxie D. Dunnam.
Pbk 208pp. ISBN 9781501898389. Abingdon Press (2020).

[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Explore the Wesleyan understanding of salvation through grace.

Pastor and author Maxie Dunnam invites readers to spend time every day exploring Wesley’s understanding of salvation through prayer, study, and reflection.

Based on John Wesley’s theology and the Bible’s teaching on what it means to be saved, this workbook will help readers consider anew God’s ever-present grace, the experience of acceptance, pardon, and forgiveness, and the lifelong journey to become more Christ-like.

Also available
The Wesleyan Journey Pastor Guide:
A Workbook on Salvation.
Maxie D. Dunnam.
Pbk 48pp. ISBN 9781501898402.
Abingdon Press. (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The Pastor Guide offers guidance and tips for pastors on how to use, promote, and share this study, with ideas for how to incorporate it into worship and invite people into the journey.

It also contains short session guides and leader helps to facilitate group discussion through an eight-week study.

Man’s Search for Meaning.
Viktor E Frankl;
Foreword by Harold S Kushner.
Pbk 165pp. ISBN 9780807014271.

Beacon Press (2006).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Based on his experiences in Nazi death camps, including Auschwitz, from 1942 to 1945, Frankl’s timeless memoir and meditation on finding meaning in the midst of suffering argues that man cannot avoid suffering but can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.  (First published in 1946.)

How the Christian Revolution Remade the World.
Tom Holland. Hbk 624pp.
ISBN 9780465093502.
Basic Books. (2019).
[Allow 4 -5 weeks].

Today, the West is saturated by Christian assumptions. As Tom Holland demonstrates, our morals and ethics are not universal but are instead the fruits of a very distinctive civilization. Concepts such as secularism, liberalism, science, and homosexuality are deeply rooted in a Christian seedbed. From Babylon to the Beatles, Saint Michael to #MeToo, Dominion tells the story of how Christianity transformed the modern world.

“An absorbing survey of Christianity’s subversive origins and enduring influence is filled with vivid portraits, gruesome deaths and moral debates… Holland has all the talents of an accomplished novelist: a gift for narrative, a lively sense of drama and a fine ear for the rhythm of a sentence.” The Guardian (UK)

Earthed in Hope:
Dying, Death and Funerals – A Pakeha Anglican Perspective.
Alister G. Hendery
Pbk.300pp. ISBN.9781502488251.
PGPL, NZ (2014).
Print $40.00.
[7 in stock, then allow 3-4 weeks].

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Earthed in Hope will enrich the funeral ministry both of those in the Anglican tradition and also those from other Churches. It is a valuable resource for funeral celebrants, counsellors and anyone supporting the bereaved and dying.

Hendery reflects on and responds to spiritual, theological, liturgical, pastoral, and cultural questions, and offers practical suggestions and insights that will be helpful to those involved in taking funerals and caring for the bereaved and the dying.

The Ending of Mark’s Gospel:
The Key to Understanding the Gospels and Christianity.
Peter E Lewis.
Pbk 136pp. ISBN 9781876697228.

Peter Lewis (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The reasons for and impact of variations in the form of the ending of Mark have been speculated on for a long time. Dr Lewis puts a credible case for a reconstructed original ending while providing multiple peripheral insights.

His work challenges some long-held assumptions and makes worthy corrections to previous scholarship. This is a theological adventure in forensic classical philology and reads like an unfolding mystery novel with the evidence building for his ‘case.’ An enjoyable read that takes theology and contemporary Jesus studies into a new era of thinking. Dr Paul Inglis, Uniting Church, Australia

Finding Hope in Crazy Times:
Daily Stories of Hearing God.
Andrew Mason; Janine Mason
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9781734698404.

Andrew Mason & Janine Mason (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

If you feel life is sometimes crazy, you are not alone.

Over the last ten years, Kiwis Andy Mason and his family have moved continents, navigated horrendous health challenges, walked through tragic loss and survived natural disasters. His daily devotion of reading scripture to find God’s voice has been the one anchor of hope in the midst of constant change.

This is a series of 30 daily devotionals adapted from Andy’s personal journal. In less than ten minutes, you can:

  • Read a quick real-life story,
  • Hear what God says,
  • Connect it to your own situation, and
  • Apply a hope-filled action step to your day.

So, if you are ready to access practical wisdom, hope and courage for your day, then let’s get started!

The Link-It-Up Bible.
Bob Hartman; Gareth Williams Illust.
Hbk 253pp.

ISBN 9780281083022.
SPCK (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Highly visual and interactive, this is a Bob Hartman Bible like never before. Containing over 60 stories, this book highlights the links between stories and draws attention to the wider themes of the Bible.

With arrows zipping across the page, pull-out text boxes asking the reader questions and illustration elements bringing each story to life, this book sees the whole Bible linked up and connected to show the bigger story at work – and the God behind it all.

The Absolute Book.
Elizabeth Knox
Pbk 656pp. ISBN 9781776562305.

Victoria University Press, NZ (2019).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

An epic fantasy, intimate in tone.

Taryn Cornick believes that the past is behind her – her sister’s death by violence, and her own ill-conceived revenge. She has chosen to live a life more professional than personal. She has written a book about the things that threaten libraries – insects, damp, light, fire, carelessness and uncaring. The book is a success, but not all of the attention it brings her is good.

There are questions about a fire in the library at Princes Gate, her grandparents’ house, and about an ancient scroll box known as the Firestarter. A policeman, Jacob Berger, has questions about a cold case. There are threatening phone calls. And a shadowy young man named Shift appears, bringing his shadows with him. Taryn, Jacob, Shift – three people are driven towards a reckoning felt in more than one world.

The Way Under Our Feet:
A Spirituality of Walking.
Graham Usher.
Pbk.192pp. ISBN 9780281084067.

SPCK (2020).
[Allow 4 -5 weeks].

Walking is one of the simplest things we do as humans. It’s how most of us experience life.

In The Way Under Our Feet, Graham Usher conveys how exhilarating it is to walk into the depths of our humanity. We become more ready to recognize the needs as well as the joys of others; we sift our thoughts; we seek to heal our battered world, even as we glory in the beauty of nature; we find ourselves companying with our three mile an hour God.

“This is a lovely book, full of light, grace and meaning. Usher celebrates his passion for walking by exploring religious texts and stories, but this by no means confines his thoughts. We are drawn by secular texts, too: Macfarlane sits alongside Kierkegaard; Thoreau and Walden alongside T. S. Eliot. Through them all, we learn why walking is so unspeakably good for heart, soul and body.” Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge

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