Mid-May 2018 Selection

Mid-May 2018 Selection

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[Prices, stock levels and estimated delivery time for titles on this page were last updated on 12 May 2018]

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations:
Revised and Updated.

Robert Schnase.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9781501858871.

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

“This book fuels the imagination for what churches can be. The author makes the case that healthy, productive churches tend to practice radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity.

In each chapter he unpacks what each of these practices means and gives several examples of what it looks like. This would make for a good church-wide study. Every church would do well to consider how it is doing in each of these five areas.” Amazon.com review.

This revised and updated edition of the ministry leadership classic includes a significant amount of new material. It outlines:

  • How the Practices are being used now, in new types of congregations
  • How each Practice has changed in the last decade?
  • The new issues or concerns that leaders need to consider in relation to each Practice.

The Path of Compassion:
Living with Heart, Soul, and Mind.
Ronald J Greer.
Pbk 208pp. ISBN 9781501858512.
Abingdon Press (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Greer, a seasoned pastoral counsellor, examines how we can learn to act compassionately. He provides a map for the journey to become compassionate and describes a process of spiritual development.

This is a book is based on the foundational truths of the scriptures to love God “with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,” and to love “your neighbour as yourself.”

The Beginner’s Bible Bedtime Collection:
20 Favorite Bible Stories and Prayers
(Glow in the dark cover.)
Hbk 127pp. ISBN 9780310763284.
Zondervan (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

From the beloved The Beginner’s Bible brand comes a padded, glow-in-the-dark book that’s perfect for bedtime. Little ones will love the vibrant, 3-D art, and parents will love sharing Bible stories and good night prayers with their children.

Three Balls of Wool:
(Can change the World)
Henriqueta Cristina; Yara Kono.
Hbk 32pp. ISBN 9781592702206.
Enchanted Lion Books (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

This book gently introduces the trauma of exile to young readers.

Narrated by an eight-year-old child, a family moves from 1960s Fascist Portugal to Communist Czechoslovakia in search of a better future. But the new country is far from ideal. The buildings are gray boxes and everyone wears monotone, orange, green, or gray sweaters knit in the same pattern.

With three balls of wool and lots of ingenuity, her mother grapples with a difficult reality and sparks real change.

Known Unknowns:
100 contemporary texts to common tunes.
[Words Only]
John L Bell & Graham Maule.
Pbk 144pp. ISBN 9781849525671.
Wild Goose (2018).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

What if we kept familiar tunes – hymn tunes or folk tunes – and set words to them in 21st-century idioms?

What if we gave some ancient psalms a makeover, replaced threadbare wedding and funeral songs or dealt with the things that people actually talk about when they’re not in church? And what if most of the suggested tunes were so well known that – even if musicians took the huff – people could still sing the verses on their own?

Here are 100 21st-century hymn texts by John L Bell & Graham Maule that can be sung to familiar tunes.



Iona of My Heart:
Daily readings.
Neil Paynter.
Pbk 200pp. ISBN 9781849525831.

Wild Goose (2018).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

This book of four months of daily readings (start any time of year), gathers stories about different folk coming together – people from different countries and backgrounds; stories of encounter, challenge, exchange, connection, transformation; stories about people and the power of the Spirit …

The book can be used for group or individual reflection and is intended to inspire positive action and change in our lives.

Sacred Resistance:
A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent.
Ginger Gaines-Cirelli.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9781501856853.
Abingdon Press (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

In the midst of polarised communities and nations, religious leaders across the theological spectrum are seeking help with how to respond and lead in troubled times. The need for courage to speak out and act is ever-present, because every generation faces a new set of fears and troubles.

Author Ginger Gaines-Cirelli pastors a church in the heart of Washington DC, adjacent to the White House, which actively works to bring justice and help for marginalised communities, refugees and immigrants, and the endangered earth. She inspires and leads this work through preaching and by organising and developing strong leaders, deeply rooted in a well-developed theological understanding.

Pastoral warmth and compassion characterise the recommended practices.

Our Strangely Warmed Hearts:
Coming Out Into God’s Call.
Karen P Oliveto.
Pbk 152pp. ISBN 9781501858918.

Abingdon Press (2018).
[1 in stock,
then allow 2-3 weeks].

As John Wesley discovered his true spiritual identity, he experienced a strangely warmed heart. Through poignant stories and well-reasoned principles, Karen Oliveto discloses why and how spiritual renewal and a personal call to ministry emerge in the strangely warmed hearts of lesbian and gay Christians.

This book includes first-person narratives of LGBTQ persons faithfully serving in a denomination that denies their calls and—in some cases—their presence. These stories will show how the coming out process is deeply spiritual as one grows into an authentic, God-created and graced self.

Divergent Church:
The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities.
Tim Shapiro, Kara Faris.
Pbk 156pp. ISBN 9781501842597. Abingdon Press (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

This fascinating book reveals how innovative Christians are engaging in time-honoured practices to create new types of faith communities, which will shape the church to come.

It explores:

  • What those practices are.
  • What these unconventional, alternative faith communities look like.
  • How they are indicators of a hopeful new future for the church.
  • And what can we learn from them.

Strategic Thinking:
How to Sustain Effective Ministry
Thomas G  Bandy.
Pbk 202pp. ISBN 9781501849619.

Abingdon Press (2017).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Strategic thinking is not about seeing a need and addressing it. It is about focusing on a purpose and pursuing it single-mindedly.

Tom Bandy provides step-by-step plans to guide church leaders to set boundaries, align resources to visions, and hold church leaders and members accountable for integrity and purpose.

In this book, you will learn how to reliably and regularly research the community surrounding your church, discern divine presence, and assess effectiveness. You’ll find tools to help you set priorities and have the courage to take reasonable risks.

The New Localism:
How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism.
Bruce Katz; Jeremy Nowak.
Hbk 290pp. ISBN 9780815731641.
Brookings Institute Press (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

The New Localism provides a roadmap for change that starts in the communities where most people live and work.

Katz and Nowak tell the stories of the cities that are on the vanguard of problem solving. For example:

  • Pittsburgh is catalysing inclusive growth by inventing and deploying new industries and technologies.
  • Indianapolis is governing its city and metropolis through a network of public, private and civic leaders.
  • Copenhagen is using publicly owned assets like their waterfront to spur large scale redevelopment and finance infrastructure from land sales.

Out of these stories emerge new norms of growth, governance, and finance and a path toward a more prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive society. Katz and Nowak imagine a world in which urban institutions finance the future through smart investments in innovation, infrastructure and children and urban intermediaries take solutions created in one city and adapt and tailor them to other cities with speed and precision.



Returning to the Roots of Ministry.
Mark D W Edington.
Pbk 144pp. ISBN 9780819233868.
Church Publishing (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Bivocational explores the impact on the ministry, on congregations, and on denominations of encouraging a way forward in which ordained professionals – ministers working simultaneously in the church and in secular life – come to leadership positions in the church.

Edington contends that the model of professional ministry we have received from the past century of congregational life is imposing unsustainable costs on most congregations and parishes.

These faith communities face stark choices with no self-evident answers:

  • Shall we close?
  • Shall we merge with another congregation—a decision shaped by a primary value on maintaining a full-time professional in the role of ordained minister?
  • Can we find someone who will do the job part-time?
  • What will it mean for them—and for us?

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