Mid-June 2021 Selection

Mid-June 2021 Selection

This selection features John Philip Newell’s new book on embracing the wisdom of Celtic Christianity, and Joan Chittister’s The Way of the Cross which is now available in paperback for the first time. 

Topics of other books include:

  • All-age worship and using traditional hymns in worship
  • Children’s books about God and Pentecost
  • Sexuality and Christian faith, and the sexuality of people over 65 years.

We also bring you 4 books from Mennonite /  Anabaptist publisher Herald Press on talking about our faith, what God’s kingdom and the Church are all about and who Jesus was. 

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Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul:
Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the World.
John Philip Newell.
Hbk 288pp. ISBN 9780063023499.

HarperOne (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Human beings are inherently spiritual creatures who intuitively see the sacred in nature and within one another, but our cultures – and at times even our faiths – have made us forget what each of us already know deep in our souls but have learned to suppress.

Newell offers a new spiritual foundation for our lives, centred on encouragement, guidance, and hope for creating a better world.

By embracing the wisdom of Celtic Christianity, we can learn how to listen to the sacred and see the divine in all of creation and within each of us.

“Not just a book about the wisdom of Celtic saints and seers of the past, this is the work of a contemporary Celtic prophet urging the world to awaken to the beauty and justice that is the heartbeat of all that is. Savour its words; live its wisdom.” Diana Butler Bass, author of Grounded and Grateful

This powerful, insightful, and refreshing book takes us back to where our tradition took some bad turns in the past and then sends us forward into the future with exactly the treasures we need. I love this book. I learned from it. I recommend it with highest enthusiasm!” Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity


The Way of the Cross:
The Path to New Life.
Now in Paperback
Joan Chittister; Janet McKenzie illust.
Pbk 112pp. ISBN 9781626984271.

Orbis Books (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Inspiring meditations on the Way of the Cross for everyone’s life journey. Offering insights both literary and aesthetic to the reader, these penetrating meditations are appropriate for Lent or for prayerful reflection at any time of the year.

Joan Chittister, one of the most popular religious writers today and a prophetic voice for many years in the American church, had never before written a book length treatment of the stations of the cross.  When she heard that noted artist Janet McKenzie had painted the fifteen stations, she was eager to write the accompanying text. McKenzie’s eye for the sacred and Chittister’s profound meditations on the mysteries of the Cross are joined in this deeply reflective and inspiring book.

Using Vintage Hymns in Worship:
Hidden Treasures Rediscovered for Today’s Church.
Gillian Warson.
Pbk 106pp. ISBN 9781789591644.

Sacristy Press (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Can hymn-singing continue as a flourishing tradition with old and new coexisting comfortably alongside each other? Gillian Warson argues that Yes, vintage hymn texts can and should be lovingly preserved so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

For Christian believers, hymns offer an opportunity to bear witness to their faith and lift their voices in praise of God with their fellow worshippers. Hymns, even those dulled by familiarity, far from being trite and complacent, have the power to alert us to grave dangers facing the world today, and even to move us to decisive action.

Worship For Everyone:
Unlocking the Transforming Power of All-Age Worship.
Nick Drake; Becky Drake.
Pbk 208pp. ISBN 9780281085873.

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

Worship for Everyone contains all the resources pastors, children’s workers and church leaders need to run all age worship services. Service plans, talks, recommended songs, Bible readings and more are all included, so you can make your all age worship engaging and significant for every generation.

Nick and Becky Drake, pioneers in multi-generational worship ministry, provide a theology for bringing all ages together that draws on their years of experience.

Alongside this they give advice and tips on running intergenerational worship sessions and dealing with the many challenges that face the church in producing meaningful all age worship.

Also on this topic:

Tried and True Resources for All-Age Worship Volume 2.
Now available as a PDF eBook.

Rosie Staite.
PDF 192pp. ISBN 9780473575250.

Rosie Staite (2021). 
[Order at Payhip.
Immediate download].

Tried and True Resources for All-Age Worship Volume 1.
Now available as a PDF eBook.
Rosie Staite.
PDF 208pp.

ISBN 9780473575243.
Rosie Staite (2021) 
[Order at Payhip.
Immediate download].

Learning the Lost Art
of Talking about Faith
Sara Wenger Shenk.
Pbk 256pp. ISBN 9781513807782.

Herald Press (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Many Christians easily and eagerly talk about movies, sports, politics, jobs, and emotions. So why are we tongue-tied when it comes to talking about our faith – even with each other? What renders us incapable, embarrassed, or hesitant to talk about God?

Theologian and former seminary president Sara Wenger Shenk investigates the reasons that people who claim the name of Christ are so reluctant to talk about him.

By reflecting theologically on biblical wisdom and our shared humanness, Wenger Shenk calls readers to recover the winsome language of Christian faith.

“A wise, much needed book offered to Western Christians who, for complex reasons, have become unable and/or unwilling to speak openly about the God of the gospel. Sara Wenger Shenk speaks clearly about how the church may faithfully, honestly, and persuasively speak about the God in whom it trusts.” Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

What Is God’s Kingdom:
And What Does Citizenship Look Like?

(Jesus Way:
Small Books of Radical Faith series).
César García.
Pbk 120pp. ISBN 9781513805733.

Herald Press (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

What is God’s kingdom? And what does it look like to live as a loyal citizen of God’s reign?

César García leads us on a searching examination of what it means to belong to God’s kingdom, how Jesus’ life and ministry demonstrate about our call to seek it first and how our allegiance to Jesus challenges and reshapes our loyalties to political systems and governments.

Learn about theological concepts such as the separation of church and state and kingdom ethics and explore practices for people seeking to embody God’s kingdom community.

The Jesus Way: Small Books of Radical Faith delve into big questions about God’s work in the world. These concise, practical books are deeply rooted in Anabaptist theology. Crafted by a diverse community of internationally renowned scholars, pastors, and practitioners, The Jesus Way series helps readers deepen their faith in Christ and enliven their witness.

What Is the Church:
And Why Does It Exist?
(Jesus Way:

Small Books of Radical Faith series)
David Fitch.
Pbk 120pp. ISBN 9781513805702.

Herald Press (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

What is the church? And why does it exist? These are essential questions for those who seek to follow Jesus in community.

David Fitch delves into the origins of the church, exploring the identity and calling of the body of Christ in scripture and church history.

Learn about the Christian practices that shape the church and how our understandings of church might change in light of the life of the church through the centuries.

Who Was Jesus:
What Does It Mean to Follow Him?
(Jesus Way:

Small Books of Radical Faith series)
Nancy Elizabeth Bedford.
Pbk 120pp. ISBN 9781513805726.

Herald Press (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Bedford helps us consider the identity and mission of Jesus of Nazareth. Learn about the incarnation, how Christians have understood Jesus to be both human and divine, and what his radical teachings and ministry can mean for us today.

Find out how Christians through the centuries have understood who Jesus is and explore communal and individual practices for following him.

“To venture a vivid, engaging, up-to-date portrait of Jesus Christ and his mission in a short work is a towering task. Yet Nancy Bedford has accomplished this and more with the ease of an artist at the height of her power. She places readers amid Jesus and his world, drawing us to follow him on what will surely be a journey well beyond our expectations.” Nancy Pineda-Madrid, T. Marie Chilton Chair of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University

What Is God Like?
Rachel Held Evans;
Matthew Paul Turner; Ying Hui Tan.
Hbk 40pp. ISBN 9780593193310.

Convergent (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Children who are introduced to God, through attending church or having loved ones who speak often about God, usually have a lot of questions, including this ever-popular one: What is God like?

The late Rachel Held Evans loved the Bible and loved showing God’s love through the words and pictures found in that ancient text. Through these pictures from the Bible, children see that God is like a shepherd, God is like a star, God is like a gardener, God is like the wind, and more. God is a comforter and support.


The Day When God Made Church:
A Child’s First Book about Pentecost.
Rebekah McLeod Hutto.
Pbk 48pp. ISBN 9781612615646.
Paraclete Press (2016).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Children love birthday parties. This book helps children understand and celebrate the birthday of the Church. Here is the story of Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit shaped, and continues to shape, who we are as God’s Church.

Children will learn about the sights, sounds, and events of that miraculous day described in the Book of Acts. They will also discover who the Holy Spirit is and how God calls each of us to follow Jesus.

At the end, parents, educators, ministers will discover fresh ways to celebrate Pentecost with children in their own churches and families.

The Fire Within:

Desire, Sexuality, Longing, and God
Ronald Rolheiser.
Pbk 112pp. ISBN 9781640606661.

Paraclete Press (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

For most religious people, the words God and sex never go together.

Christianity has struggled mightily with sex; so too have most other religions. And yet when we look at sexual desire and ask where it comes from, there can be only one answer. It comes from God.

This is a book on desire, its experience, its origins, its meaning, and how it might be generatively channelled.

Ron Rolheiser sheds light on this mystery and the journey it takes us on in these tantalizing fragments that help give us permission to feel what we feel and know that God is still smiling on us.


Aging and Loving:
Christian Faith and Sexuality in Later Life.
James M. Child.
Pbk 176pp. ISBN 9781506466415.

Fortress Press (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

To be human is to be sexual. Undermining or failing to appreciate that fact in older age can be hurtful.

People 65 and older are the age group whose sexuality is most vulnerable to being dismissed by those around them. It is also the age group that experiences new challenges to their sexual lives as age brings physical and sometimes psychological changes as well as changes in living circumstances.

The book seeks to enable those related to the aged (pastors, chaplains, other care providers, and the aged themselves) to have a deeper respect for their sexuality and, thus, their dignity and to provide an ethical account of Christian love that liberates as it engages the special issues of sexuality in later life.


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