Mid-May 2021 Selection

Mid-May 2021 Selection

We are delighted that Timaru lay minister, Rosie Staite’s All Age Worship resource books Volumes 1 & 2 are now available as PDF eBooks. 

We can also now supply digital audio sets of CD quality MP3 files for Faith Forever Singing. A PDF eBook of the music book is also available from us.

Other books in this list include:

  • Sue Kedgley’s memoir about her 50 years as a feminist
  • James M. M. Francis book about self-employed ordained ministers
  • The history of Women in the Mission of the Church from the time of Jesus up to today
  • A children’s picture book based on Cat Steven’s Peace Trainsong.
  • Rowan Williams’ Candles in the Dark, a Christian book of comfort for anyone looking for the light in these dark times.
  • Theologian Jürgen Moltmann’s new book Resurrected to Eternal Life: On Dying and Rising.

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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].

All Age Worship is counter-cultural, keeping age-groups together, brothers and sisters in Christ, learning together. All Age Worship builds bridges between generations.

Rosie is passionate about All Age Worship, because:

  • Lives have been changed.
  • Congregations have doubled.
  • Families and children learn, participate and are keen to come back next week.
  • All Age Worship builds community. Cross generational friendship enriches lives.
  • God has blessed people in surprising ways.
  • We are stretched and challenged as we learn from each other.

Every idea in this book has been used in All-age worship services, youth group events, or special community services, and all have received very positive feedback from those involved.


Busking the Gospel:
Ordained Ministry in Secular Employment. James M. M. Francis.
Pbk 168pp. ISBN 9781789591552.

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

From the earliest days of the Christian Church, there have been deacons and priests who have earned a living and explored their ministry through supporting themselves. As the Church is develops fresh initiatives in mission in a fast-changing world, there is a renewed interest in vocations that unite a sacramental ministry with daily life and work – a type of ministry that is characterised by creativity and improvisation.

This book on self-supporting ministry focuses specifically on ordained ministry in secular employment (MSE). The aim is twofold: to undertake an in-depth theological reflection on MSE, and to offer some practical help to enable such clergy (and the Church generally) to grow in the awareness of the creative scope and potential of this ministry in the contemporary world.

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). 
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Immediate download].

“…This is a book not just about church festivals or themes, but also the seasons. The material around community funerals is a great gift. I look forward to using this book for church services, either in preparing the whole service or just in the sermon time. It will also be useful for retreats, spiritual direction work, and above all as a tool for myself for deepening for my own faith understanding.…”
Rev. Dr. Jenny Dawson, Anglican Diocese of Wellington from the Foreword

“My hope is to help make Christianity relevant to people’s lives, unpacking it in a way that is understandable to them. We need churches that are welcoming communities, outward looking and open to all, and are demonstrating God’s loving invitation.

Particularly in smaller congregations, and schools, often all ages are together in the room, and it takes a little courage to adapt the teaching so everyone has relevant and helpful input. 

Many times, it is the children’s teaching that has had the biggest impact on changing adult lives. 

I’ve heard it said, usually by clergy, that All Age Worship is actually “dumbing down” the teaching/sermon. On the contrary, by encouraging active involvement and concrete examples, lives are changed, and congregations with families grow. I have proof!” Rosie from the Introduction

Faith Forever Singing
MP3 digital audio.
Various NZ composers.
Set of zipped 27, CD quality,
MP3 digital audio tracks. 142mb

NZ Hymnbook Trust (2000/2021). $25.00.
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27 hymns and songs from the Trust’s popular music book first published in 2000. Sung by Wellington adult and youth choirs.

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Faith Forever Singing – Music Book.
Various NZ composers.
eBook PDF. 78mb

NZ Hymnbook Trust (2010/2020). 
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This popular music book, first published in 2000, contains 80 hymns and songs for worship.

See the hymn/sing list on the Payhip listing.

Fifty Years a Feminist.
Sue Kedgley.
Pbk 312pp. ISBN 9780995135444.
Massey University Press (2021). 
[Allow 10 days].

In this direct, energetic and focused autobiography, Kedgley tracks the development of feminism over the last five decades and its intersection with her life, describing how she went from debutante to stroppy activist, journalist, safe-food activist and Green politician.

Her rich and rewarding life has included encounters with Betty Friedan, Yoko Ono, Kofi Annan, Sonja Davies and the Dalai Lama, and she has never abandoned her feminist convictions. She regrets that there is still a culture of male entitlement, sexism and double standards, and that women are still victims of violence. Even so, she argues, feminism has achieved an extraordinary amount. 50 years ago women were a sort of underclass. Now they have entered almost every sphere of national life, even if many pay a high price for their hard-won success.

Thanks to the movement, she says, after centuries of subjugation, women are finally coming into their own. It is, she says, their time now, and their turn.

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Women in the Mission of the Church:
Their Opportunities and Obstacles Throughout Christian History.
Leanne M. Dzubinsk; Anneke H. Stasson.
Pbk 256pp. ISBN 9781540960726.

Baker Academic (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Women have been central to the work of Christian ministry from the time of Jesus to the 21st century. Yet the story of Christianity is too often told as a story of men. This accessibly written book tells the story of women throughout church history, demonstrating their integral participation in the church’s mission. It highlights the legacies of a wide variety of women, showing how they have overcome obstacles to their ministries and have transformed cultural constraints to spread the gospel and build the church.

“A wonderfully engaging, accessible, and inspiring collection of stories of women’s leadership in mission that highlights how women have lived out their abilities, gifts, and callings in the church. Even when constrained by male-dominated church authorities throughout history, women have consistently challenged not only those who would restrain them but the reigning gender-based ideologies that governed them, and they have done so through their persistent and fruitful ministries and their faithfulness to God and God’s calling. This is a book that should be on every Christian’s bookshelf!” Bonnie Sue Lewis, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (emerita)

Peace Train.
Cat Stevens;
Peter H Reynolds Illust.
Hbk 40pp. ISBN 9780063053991.

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

“Now I’ve been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun

Oh, I’ve been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Someday it’s going to come”

Readers are invited to hop on the peace train and join its growing group of passengers who are all ready to unite the world in peace and harmony.

Featuring the timeless lyrics of Cat Stevens’s legendary song and illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist Peter H. Reynolds, this hopeful picture book inspires tolerance and love for people of all cultures and identities.

Fuzzy Church:
Gospel and Culture in the North of England.
Nigel Rooms; Elli Wort.
Pbk 149pp. ISBN 9781789591675.

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

Nigel Rooms and Elli Wort analyse what the North actually is, and why we need to study our context if we want to understand more about God and God’s ways.

They look at the current religious climate in the North where many churches are closing. They explore how their detailed research among northern churches demonstrates a gospel characterized by fragility and freedom, but full of authenticity, community and humour.

They describe “fuzzy” churches where the boundaries of the church and its worship are less fixed and where there is more of a flow between churches and their world. They discover that closing churches might provide the “compost” for what God is doing next.

“Having been brought up in Kent, but spending most of my ministry in the North of England, I was greatly encouraged to read the reflections in Fuzzy Church. The authors have resisted the stereotypes of Northernness and offer a deft yet gentle enquiry into the distinctive nature of the “fuzzy-edged” churches they have studied. Their use of organic imagery, their willingness to embrace nuance, their engagement with broad theological themes make for an interesting read. This book brings us through an examination of culture and context to ask, “Can the churches of the North give us a clue to the transformation of the post-Christendom church?” Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference (UK), 2019–20

Honest Sadness:
Lament in a Pandemic Age.​​
John Holdsworth.
Pbk 168pp. ISBN 9781789591613.

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

Holdsworth examines lament as a means of articulating faithful incomprehe​nsion, and as a resource for what have been called communities of honest sadness. He traces the development of lament through the Old Testament and questions why it is apparently absent from both the New Testament and much of the life of the Church today, at just the point where many feel it could be most useful.

Those who work with disabled people and with abuse victims, for example, are realizing the importance of lament. Liturgists are wondering how it can be reintroduced into worship, and whether it is legitimate to do so. Biblical scholars are looking afresh at how and why lament died out.

The book brings these various questions and insights together, suggesting that perhaps the early Church got it wrong about lament, and attempting new definitions for communities of honest sadness.

It is written not only from the perspective of lived experience in the wider world in such places as Beirut and Bosnia, but also from the intensely painful personal experience of the author’s own bereavement. It will be of interest to all who are reflecting theologically seriously on our times or supporting others in doing so.

Also on this topic:

The Grief Walk:
Losing, Grieving, and Journeying on to Something New.
Alister G. Hendery.
216pp PDF, ePub, Mobi eBooks
PGPL (2020).

[Order eBooks at Payhip.
Immediate download].

Candles in the Dark:
Faith, Hope and Love in a Time of Pandemic.
Rowan Williams.
Pbk 112pp. ISBN 9780281085965.

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

This powerful and timely book brings together the 26 weekly Christian meditations originally posted online from March to September 2020, during lockdown in the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, for the congregation of his local parish church.

This is a lovely Christian book of comfort for anyone looking for the light in these dark times. Written with warmth and compassion, these meditations offer us hope and encouragement as we continue to endure the most devastating and disturbing world crisis for over a generation. They will leave you spiritually uplifted and with a strengthened faith to guide you through whatever may come.

Kairos Care:
A Process for Pastoral Counseling in the Office and in Everyday Encounters.
Aaron Perry.
Pbk 176pp. ISBN 9781501899119.

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

Kairos Care teaches a theologically sensitive, practically formed framework for providing focused, time-limited pastoral care and counsel. To keep this framework tangible, this book offers a Kairos diagram that illustrates the model for counsel.

While some people might become pastors to offer counsel, Perry expects that many pastors see counselling as a daunting, disorienting, and even dreaded part of the job. It can even be scorned by some who consider this pastoral work an unnecessary distraction from leadership and mission. Yet pastoral counselling is a non-negotiable component of pastoral ministry that provides an excellent opportunity to display the love of Christ. 


Resurrected to Eternal Life:
On Dying and Rising
Jürgen Moltmann.
Hbk 115pp. ISBN 9781506469393.
Fortress Press (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

In this deeply personal and daring meditation, eminent theologian Jürgen Moltmann challenges many closely held beliefs about the experience of dying, the nature of death, and the hope of eternal life.

Moving deftly between biblical, theological, and existential domains, Moltmann argues that while we know intimately the experience of dying – both our loved ones’ dying and, ultimately, our own – death itself is a mystery. Are those who have died in fact dead? If the dead are alive, how or in what respect? When the dead awaken to eternal life, who wakes?

Moltmann’s interrogations yield surprising and beautiful fruits. The living soul that awakens to eternal life is not a ghost in a machine, but the Lebensgestalt, the shape and story of a life, its human and divine contexts, its whole.

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