Mid-March 2018 Selection

Mid-March 2018 Selection

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Our Father:
Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer.
Pope Francis.
Hardback 144pp. ISBN 9780525576112.
Image (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Pope Francis provides new insights into the most popular prayer in Christianity, offering readers a guide to living a life of meaning, purpose and strength. 

This new work by Pope Francis illuminates the most important prayer in all of Christianity, verse by verse, in conversation with Father Marco Pozza, a theologian and a prison chaplain in Padua, Italy.  Here Francis offers unprecedented insight on Jesus’s most profound words, while exploring the importance of social justice, benevolence, and forgiveness, key elements of Bergoglio’s papacy. 

Also available as an audio CD

Our Father:
The Lord’s Prayer
Pope Francis.
Read by: Arthur Morey & Mark Bramhall.
2 CD set. 120 mins.
ISBN 9780525637509.
Random House (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Pursuing Peace in Godzone:
Christianity and the Peace Tradition in New Zealand.

Geoffrey Troughton; Philip Fountain.
Pbk. ISBN 9781776561827.

Victoria University Press (2018).
[Allow 2 weeks].

New Zealand Christians and others have worked for peace in many different ways, from attention-grabbing protests against nuclear weapons, apartheid and war, to quieter but no less important efforts to improve relationships within their churches, communities and the natural environment. 

This is a book about how New Zealanders have been inspired by visions for peace. Focusing on diverse Christian communities, it explores some of the ways that peace has influenced their practices, lifestyles and politics from the Second World War to the present—the period in which New Zealand’s peaceable image and reputation as ‘God’s Own Country’ grew and flourished.

A Maori Word a Day.
Hemi Kelly.
Pbk 384pp. ISBN 9780143772132.

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

An incredibly simple, effective and fun Maori dictionary for all New Zealanders.

A Maori Word a Day offers an easy, instant and motivating entry into the Maori language.

Through its 365 Maori words, you will learn:

  • English translations
  • Word category, notes and background information
  • Sample sentences, in both te reo Maori and English

Mind Map Mastery:
The Complete Guide to Learning and Using the Most Powerful Thinking Tool in the Universe.
Tony Buzan.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9781786781413.
Watkins Pub Ltd (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Tony Buzan’s Mind Map technique has gathered amazing praise and an enormous worldwide following over the last few decades, but as with any very successful idea, there have been many sub-standard imitators. With Mind Map Mastery, Tony Buzan re-establishes the essential concepts that are the core of the Mind Map with a clarity and practicality unrivalled by other books.

If you are looking to improve your memory, plan your business strategy, become more organised, study for an exam or plan out your future, this is the book for you.

Two Worlds:
First meetings between Maori and Europeans 1642-1772.

Anne Salmond.
Pbk. 480pp. ISBN 9780143772163.

Penguin (1992 / 2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Anne Salmond’s award-winning account of the first points of contact between Maori and European explorers. It is a provocative, penetrating examination of those dramatic first meetings, casting them in a completely new light – a work of trail-blazing significance.

“The book as a whole, it must be said, is a stunningly comprehensive and polished work of scholarship that will be welcomed by academic and general readers. It is one of the most important volumes on Maori–Pakeha relations ever published and will provide a baseline from which future work in this area will be measured.” Michael King, Metro



Between Worlds:
Early exchanges between Maori and Europeans 1773-1815.
Anne Salmond.
Pbk. 592pp. ISBN 9780143772170.
Penguin (1998 / 2018).

[Allow 2-3 weeks].

An epic, award-winning account of Pakeha-Maori relations immediately following Captain Cook’s voyages to New Zealand.

Anne Salmond’s extraordinary Between Worlds begins with the arrival of Cook’s second expedition in 1773 and takes the story through to 1815, with the establishment of the first British missionary settlement in the Bay of Islands. It describes Cook’s second and third voyages, telling of a time when white settlers first lived on the shores of New Zealand, often joining Maori communities – the first so-called Pakeha-Maori. These Maori communities were working out their own strategies for dealing with the strangers in their midst. New ways of living began to emerge between Maori and European.

Classic Children’s Stories

Maui and Other Maori Legends:
8 Classic Tales of Aotearoa.
Peter Gossage.
Hbk 208pp. ISBN 9780143309291.
Puffin (2016).

[Allow 2-3 weeks].

A beautiful collection of artist Peter Gossage’s beloved Maori myths, in one stunning volume.

These are exciting, magical tales of adventure and intrigue. Several feature the remarkable culture hero Maui – the quick-witted and the trickster – whose exploits include slowing the sun in its course across the sky, fishing up the North Island/Te Ika a Maui, discovering the secret of fire and his attempt to trick the goddess of death and become immortal.

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.
Dr Seuss.
Hbk 56pp. ISBN 9780394844848.

Random House Books for Young Readers (1938 / 1989).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

As topical today as when it was first published in 1938, the story of a young peasant, and his unjust treatment at the hands of King Derwin. It addresses subjects that Seuss was passionate about throughout his life: the abuse of power; rivalry; and of course, zany good humour.

The Story of Ferdinand.
Munro Leaf. Robert Lawson illust.
Hbk 32pp. ISBN 9780670674244.
Viking Books for Young Readers (1936).
[Allow 3 weeks].

Ferdinand is the world’s most peaceful and beloved little bull. While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favourite cork tree. But one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

Also available in Paperback
ISBN 9780448456942.
Grosset & Dunlap (1936 / 2011).
[Allow 3 weeks]



Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
Virginia Lee Burton.
Hbk. 44pp. ISBN 9780544279926.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (1939 / 2014).
[Allow 3 weeks].

Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers – the very symbol of industrial America.  But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. 

Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap.  What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.

Also available in Paperback
ISBN 9780395259399.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (1939 / 1977).
[Allow 3 weeks].

Katy and the Big Snow.
Virginia Lee Burton.
Hbk 40pp. ISBN 9780395181553.
Houghton Mifflin (1943 / 1973).
[Allow 3 weeks].

Geappolis is hidden under a blanket of snow until a red crawler tractor saves the day.  Katy, a brave and untiring tractor, who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, makes it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs.

Also available in Paperback
with Audio CD
ISBN 9780547252643.
Houghton Mifflin  (1943 / 2009).
[Allow 3 weeks].


The Little House.  
75th Anniversary edition, with access code for Audio book download.
Virginia Lee Burton.
Hbk. 40pp. ISBN 9781328741943.

Houghton Mifflin (1942 / 2017).
[Allow 3 weeks].

A poignant story of a country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending, as the house is taken back to the country where she belongs. 

This special edition features a beautiful set of window cling stickers and an access code for a free audio download.

Also available in Paperback
(Does not include stickers
or audiobook link)
ISBN 9780395259382.
Houghton Mifflin  (1942 / 1978).
[Allow 3 weeks].


Gladys Goes to War.
Glyn Harper, Jenny Cooper.
Pbk 32pp. ISBN 9780143507208.

Puffin (2016).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

There are many stories about men who enlisted and courageously fought for their ideals.  In Gladys Goes to War, Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper brings us the amazing true story of Gladys Sandford, ambulance driver, adventurer and trailblazer.

Amongst her lifetime of heroic achievements, she actively served in the First World War and was the first female to gain a pilot’s licence in New Zealand.

Jesus Is Risen!:
An Easter Pop-Up Book.
Agostino Traini.
Hbk 14pp. ISBN 9781506433400.
Sparkhouse Family (2018).
[Allow 3 weeks].

From the empty tomb to Jesus’ appearance to the disciples, the story of Jesus’ triumph over death is told with vibrant pop-ups by renowned paper artist Agostino Traini.

Perfect as a gift, this book brings the Easter story to life in a whole new way for children.

Gone Astray:
A collection of (Sac) Religious Cartoons by Jim.
Brendan Boughen.
Pbk, b/w, 96pp. ISBN 9780473118860.
Communico (2006). 

[3 in stock,
then allow 7-10 days]

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“Most of Jim’s cartoons poke gentle fun at religious culture, in the way that only someone with intimate familiarity can. His cartoons trace a journey that has involved an unflinching examination of forms and traditions. The easily offended may perceive insult within its pages. But it’s hard to imagine anyone who has sat through a church service failing to raise a wry smile.

Like Adrian Plass, Boughen practices a brand of humour that magnifies the foibles of the Church without negating its heart. His subtle attacks are aimed at ‘churchianity’ that forgets its foundation rather than Christianity itself. I love these cartoons. They’re intelligent, funny and moving. Despair over bizarre traditions or institutionalism is transmuted into the sense that with laughter comes hope, and that perhaps even God might even laugh. Collected together in this book, the individual cartoons form a greater whole and reward repeat viewings.”  Amanda Wells – Spanz Magazine


Sounds Like A Game Changer:
A soon-to-be-obsolete collection of technology cartoons by Jim.
Brendan Boughen.
Pbk, colour throughout,132pp.
ISBN 9780473366414.
Cartoons by Jim (2016).

[3 in stock,
then allow 7-10 days]

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(Kindle, ePub 7 PDF)

“Technology has changed our lives. Permanently. As Jim holds your hand in his inky one and takes you for a walk down memory lane through this collection of insightful sketches about life with technology, you’ll laugh out loud, ponder deeply and maybe even shed a tear at its reminders of the familiar technology that has touched your life as it wanders amidst the magical gadgets, pop culture moments and viral trends in our world’s recent history.” From the foreword by Dr Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) 

We are publishing eBook editions of this book soon, and a brand new book of cartoons by Jim will be released later this year.

Three CDS by Festival Singers of Wellington



People of the Light.
Music by Jonathan Berkahn.
CD. 22 tracks, 78:30 mins.
Festivity Productions (2015). 

[Allow 7-10 days].

People of the Light features music  patterned after the church year.

The Advent Song, Introit, God is with us and This is why tell of waiting in hope, angels singing and the sure knowledge that God will never leave us. A setting of James Mongomery’s Go to dark Gethsemane leads into The Third Day cantata.

The cantata tells the Easter story from the cross, through low Saturday, to finding the empty tomb, Jesus’ appearance in the locked room and giving the great commission. The work ends with a glorious finale that proclaims, “Christ is Risen, Alleluia!”

Next is Such Love, a choral setting of words from 1 John: 3.  This is followed by three instrumental pieces that reflect Jonathan’s love of Celtic music. Also included are Jonathan’s settings of the traditional Magnificat and Nunc dimittis. The Magnificat features a free-form melody sung by soprano soloist Sharon Yearsley, who soars over an exciting rhythmic, pulsing chant by the choir.

The CD closes with a Blessing based on Psalm 27.

Throughout, Jonathan’s music deftly weaves melodies around sacred words in ways that enhance and give new meaning to the text.  Listeners will be drawn into the music and find their spirits uplifted.

Spirited People.
CD. 30 tracks.
Festivity Productions (2007).
[Allow 7-10 days].

A spiritual and musical journey through a selection of new works by New Zealand composers that offer praise to God, set against the challenge to take the model of Jesus’ life of service and sacrifice seriously.

The cantata The Spirit Within, by popular hymnwriter Colin Gibson, is the major work on the CD. 

In it he explores God the majestic and awe-inspiring, but also provokes us to respond to poverty and injustice.  His music draws on both classical and popular musical forms and influences.  The lyrics are poetic and set us firmly in the rural and urban landscapes of Aotearoa.  Readings of poems by five other NZ writers linking the music tracks enhance the recording.  The CD also includes short settings by Colin Gibson of Joy Cowley’s poem The Virgin Birth and John Donne’s To Enter That Gate.

Another highlight is Jonathan Berkahn’s Te Deum for choir, accompanied by Celtic folk band.  Audiences have enthusiastically applauded its public performances.  We also feature Jonathan’s up-tempo New Song.

Two pieces by Rosemary Russell complete the selection.  It’s How You Live urges us to be faithful, positive and to treasure our relationships with those around us.  The lilting song Psalm 63, written in collaboration with choir member Philip Garside, explores the depths of our spiritual longing.

Tell My People:
25 years of Festival Singers.
CD. 25 tracks.
Festivity Productions (2000).

[Allow 7-10 days].

This is a collection of great recordings from the past, which have been digitally re-mastered up to current standards, and three new recordings from October 2000.

Includes: Born in the Night, Tell My People I Love Them, Our God Reigns, Indigo II, Moving Through the Silence.

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