Mid-September 2018 Selection

Mid-September 2018 Selection

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Trump in the White House.
Bob Woodward.
Hbk 448pp. ISBN 9781501175510.
Simon & Schuster (2018).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies.

Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with first-hand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence.

Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office.


Renouncing Violence:
Practice from the Monastic Tradition.
Mary Margaret Funk.
Pbk 168pp. ISBN 9780814684597.

Liturgical Press (2018).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Written from her deep experience in the monastic tradition, Sister Mary Margaret Funk shows us that, with faith and our given vocations, we are more than strong enough to resist and renounce the violence in the world around us.

This book offers, both for personal use and for the broader community, a teaching for our troubled times, a teaching that empowers the reader to renounce violence in all its bold and subtle forms.

“This is a necessary book at a time when, as Meg Funk puts it, we are ‘in a global bad mood,’ and angry voices and violent actions grab the headlines. She makes a convincing argument that the Christian tradition – in Scripture, in the life and death of Jesus, in the coming of the Holy Spirit, and in the practice of prayer – offers a way out of retaliation and violence.

As challenging as this book is, it is also reassuring: if the renunciation of violence is our response to the magnitude of God’s love for us, Funk asserts that it is the Spirit who gives us the capacity to find our way to reconciliation and peace.” Kathleen Norris, Author

Women Now:
The Legacy of Female Suffrage.
Bronwyn Labrum ed.
Hbk 208pp. ISBN 9780994146007.

Te Papa Press. (2018).
[Allow 7-10 days].

It’s 125 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote. But the battle for the right to so much else is ongoing. This first volume in the Te Papa ‘Thinking About’ series is published to mark the 125th anniversary of suffrage, and brings together provocative, insightful and energetically argued essays by 12 leading New Zealand writers and thinkers, based around objects from Te Papa’s collection.

Sue Bradford, Barbara Brookes, Sandra Coney, Golriz Ghahraman, Morgan Godfery, Dame Fiona Kidman, Charlotte MacDonald, Tina Makereti, Ben Schrader, Grace Taylor, Holly Walker and Megan Whelan examine how New Zealand women have fared since 1893.

Sauntering Through Scripture:
A Book of Reflections.
Genevieve Glen.
Pbk 144pp. ISBN 9780814637005.
Liturgical Press (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

The Bible presents a landscape rich with characters whose stories and prophecies, wisdom and woes, parables and prayers describe our very human struggle to know and respond to the love of God. Repeated reading and retelling make these texts familiar, and yet we encounter them anew in these fresh, intimate, and sometimes startling reflections by master storyteller Genevieve Glen, OSB.

Sr. Genevieve writes with a vivid and poetic imagination. Drawing on her life of monastic prayer and the practice of Lectio Divina – a life saturated in Scripture – she pulls us deeply into these stories.

Sauntering through this holy ground with her we enter small villages and busy towns, sheepfolds and gardens, a nomad’s tent and a rich man’s house, a stable in Bethlehem and the great temple in Jerusalem. Most of all we encounter the transforming message and mercy of God in Jesus Christ.

Psalm Conversations:
Listening in As They Talk With One Another.
James O Chatham.
Pbk 144pp. ISBN 9780814644607.

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

“For those of us who know and love the Psalms, James Chatham’s book is a gift that offers new perspectives and new avenues for faithful appropriation. For those who don’t know the Psalms, this book is a wonderful introduction!

Chatham writes with a scholar’s wisdom and a pastor’s heart (he was a pastor for 37 years), and he succeeds beautifully in showing how the psalmists speak to each other and to us in a way that we contemporary folk desperately need to hear. His exposition is clear; his many vignettes and stories are engaging; and each chapter’s concluding “Discussion Topics and Questions” make this a perfect resource for adult education that aims at helping us realise that we are “accompanied always by God’s great heart of love” (from the Preface).” Clint McCann, Evangelical Professor of Biblical Interpretation Eden Theological Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri

Soul Unfinished:
Finding Happiness, Taking Risks, and Trusting God as We Grow Older.
Robert Atwell.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9781640601864.

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

More and more people are living into old age. With our careers winding down and our children having left home, we are faced, sometimes for the first time in our lives, with the most basic questions about the meaning of life. This book is a spiritual guide for just such times, and an opportunity to make the most of the last quarter of a good life.

“There is a warm and confident practicality in Atwell’s teaching. He is the grandparent one always wanted, and the fellow adventurer who understands.” Emilie Griffin, author of Turning, Clinging, and Doors into Prayer, from the Foreword

Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?:
An MIT Professor Answers Questions on God and Science.
Ian Hutchinson.
Pbk 288pp. ISBN 9780830845477.

IVP Books (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]. 

Plasma physicist Ian Hutchinson has been asked hundreds of questions about faith and science:

  • What is faith and what is science? Are they compatible?
  • Are there realities science cannot explain?
  • Is God’s existence a scientific question?
  • Is the Bible consistent with the modern scientific understanding of the universe?
  • Are there scientific reasons to believe in God?

In this comprehensive volume, Hutchinson answers a full range of inquiries with sound scientific insights and measured Christian perspective.

Without minimising challenging questions, he explores how science and Christianity are mutually supportive and intellectually consistent. Both God and science truthfully address our curiosity and destiny. Find answers to your deepest questions.

Faith in the Shadows:
Finding Christ in the Midst of of Doubt.
Austin Fischer.
Pbk 183pp. ISBN 9780830845439.
IVP Books (2018).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

“People don’t abandon faith because they have doubts. People abandon faith because they think they’re not allowed to have doubts.”

Doubt, Fischer contends, is no reason to leave the faith. Instead, it’s an invitation to a more honest faith—a faith that’s not in control, but that trusts more fully in its Lord.

Too often, our honest questions about faith are met with cold confidence and easy answers. But false certitude doesn’t result in strong faith – it results in disillusionment, or worse, in a dogmatic, overweening faith unable to see itself or its object clearly.

Even as a pastor, Austin Fischer has experienced the shadows of doubt and disillusionment. In Faith in the Shadows, he leans into perennial questions about Christianity with raw and fearless integrity. He addresses contemporary science, the problem of evil, hell, God’s silence, and other issues, offering not only fresh treatments of these questions but also a fresh paradigm for thinking about doubt itself.

Healing Our Broken Humanity:
Practices for Revitalizing the Church and Renewing the World.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Graham Hill.
Pbk 208pp. ISBN 9780830845415.
IVP Books (2018)
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

We live in conflicted times. Our newsfeeds are filled with inequality, division, and fear. We want to make a difference and see justice restored because Jesus calls us to be a peace making and reconciling people. But how do we do this?

Based on their work with diverse churches, colleges, and other organisations, Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill offer Christian practices that can bring healing and hope to a broken world.

They provide ten ways to transform society, from lament and repentance to relinquishing power, reinforcing agency, and more. Embodying these practices enables us to be the new humanity in Jesus Christ, so the church and world can experience reconciliation, justice, unity, peace, and love.

With small group activities, discussion questions, and exercises in each chapter, this book is ideal to read together in community. Discover here how to bring real change to a dehumanised world.

Click the button to watch a short video of Grace Ji-Sun Kim introducing the book:

Rebel in the Ranks:
Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World.
Brad S Gregory.
Pbk 320pp. ISBN 9780062471185.

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

Gregory offers readers an in-depth portrait of Martin Luther and a detailed examination of the Reformation to explain how the events that transpired 500 years ago still resonate with and influence us today.

How Luther inadvertently fractured the Catholic Church and reconfigured Western civilization is at the heart of this book.

While recasting the portrait of Luther as a deliberate revolutionary, Gregory describes the cultural, political, and intellectual trends that informed him and helped give rise to the Reformation, which led to conflicting interpretations of the Bible, as well as the rise of competing churches, political conflicts, and social upheavals across Europe.

Over the next 500 years, as Gregory’s account shows, these conflicts eventually contributed to further epochal changes – from the Enlightenment and self-determination to moral relativism, modern capitalism, and consumerism, and in a cruel twist to Luther’s legacy, the freedom of every man and woman to practice no religion at all.

Invitation to Retreat:
The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God.
Ruth Haley Barton.
Hbk 160pp. ISBN 9780830846467.

IVP Books (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Seasoned spiritual director Ruth Haley Barton gently leads us into retreat as a key practice that opens us to God. Based on her own practice and her experience leading hundreds of retreats for others, she will guide you in a very personal exploration of seven specific invitations contained within the general invitation to retreat. You will discover how to say yes to God’s winsome invitation to greater freedom and surrender.

There has never been a time when the invitation to retreat is so radical and so relevant, so needed and so welcome. It is not a luxury, but a necessity of the spiritual life.

“I have had the great privilege of attending retreats led by Ruth Haley Barton on more than a dozen occasions. Because she knows the demands of ministry first-hand, her invitation for pastors and leaders to retreat is an urgent one, with a singular focus: to have a fresh encounter with God for our own soul’s sake. Invitation to Retreat lays a foundation for the necessity of retreat, but it also serves as a guide for those who have the courage to accept the invitation itself.” Steve Wiens, senior pastor of Genesis Covenant Church in Robbinsdale, MN

Handel’s Messiah: Vocal Score.
G F Handel; Watkins Shaw ed.
Pbk 272pp. ISBN 9780853602118.

Novello & Company. (1992).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Are you singing Messiah this Christmas season and want your own copy of the score to keep? Order your copy from us.

This edition has a bigger than usual page size (27.18cm x 19.3cm), and the music is clearly laid out and easy to read.

Rule Makers, Rule Breakers:
How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World.
Michele Gelfand.
Hbk 384pp. ISBN 9781501152931.
Scribner Book Company (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Celebrated cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand takes us on an epic journey through human cultures, offering a startling new view of the world and ourselves.

With a mix of brilliantly conceived studies and surprising on-the-ground discoveries, she shows that much of the diversity in the way we think, and act derives from a key difference – how tightly or loosely we adhere to social norms.

Why are clocks in Germany so accurate while those in Brazil are frequently wrong? Why do New Zealand’s women have the highest number of sexual partners? Why is the driver of a Jaguar more likely to run a red light than the driver of a plumber’s van? Why does one spouse prize running a “tight ship” while the other refuses to “sweat the small stuff?”

In search of a common answer, Gelfand has spent two decades conducting research in more than fifty countries. Across all age groups, family variations, social classes, businesses, states and nationalities, she’s identified a primal pattern that can trigger cooperation or conflict. Her fascinating conclusion: behaviour is highly influenced by the perception of threat.

Rejoice and Be Glad:
Gaudete Et Exsultate.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Pbk 80pp. ISBN 9781601375995.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

No matter where grace finds you today holiness is within reach!

Pope Francis wants to speak to your heart, wherever you’re at. In this new apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis, Rejoice and Be Glad, the pope looks at the call to holiness in today’s world, with wit, insight, and encouraging counsel.

From how to avoid false forms of holiness, to finding inspiration in the lives of the saints, Pope Francis explores the heights and depths of practical Christian holiness.

He invites all Christians to accept Jesus’ invitation to live out the fullness of the Beatitudes and to discern and generously respond to one’s personal mission.

Rehearsing Scripture:
Discovering God’s Word in Community.
Anna Carter Florence.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9780802874122.

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

Scripture. We can study it carefully. We can listen to sermons on it and read what the experts say about it. But in the end, says Anna Carter Florence, Scripture needs to be rehearsed and encountered – and we can do that best in community with others.

Florence offers concrete, practical tools for reading and rehearsing Scripture in groups. Suitable for new and seasoned Bible readers alike, this book invites solitary readers to become community readers as well – to gather around a shared text and encounter God anew together.

“Anna Carter Florence issues a cunning, compelling invitation to her readers, namely, to recover the reading of Scripture as a communal, oral, contextual, dramatic enterprise – as though in a theater. This book is a rich resource for church folk (clergy and laity) who clamor for ‘more Bible’ but do not know how to get it. This is how to do it!” Walter Brueggemann

The Exodus:
How it happened and why it matters.
Now in Paperback.
Richard Elliott Friedman.
Pbk 304pp. ISBN 9780062565259.

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

The biblical account of millions fleeing Egypt may be an exaggeration, but the exodus itself is not a myth. Discover the real history of the Exodus and why it matters.

Biblical scholars, Egyptologists, archaeologists, historians, literary scholars, anthropologists, and filmmakers are drawn to it. Unable to find physical evidence until now, many archaeologists and scholars claim this mass migration is just a story, not history. Others oppose this conclusion, defending the biblical account.

Like a detective on an intricate case no one has yet solved, pioneering Bible scholar and bestselling author of Who Wrote the Bible? Richard Elliott Friedman cuts through the noise – the serious studies and the wild theories – merging new findings with new insight. From a spectrum of disciplines, state-of-the-art archeological breakthroughs, and fresh discoveries within scripture, he brings real evidence of a historical basis for the exodus – the history behind the story.

Friedman does not stop there. Known for his ability to make Bible scholarship accessible to readers, Friedman proceeds to reveal how much is at stake when we explore the historicity of the exodus.  The implications, he writes, are monumental.  We learn that it became the starting-point of the formation of monotheism, the defining concept of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Moreover, we learn that it precipitated the foundational ethic of loving one’s neighbours – including strangers – as oneself.  He concludes, the actual exodus was the cradle of global values of compassion and equal rights today.

Click the icon to Listen to a 53 minute audio podcast interview with Friedman:

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