October 2020 Selection

October 2020 Selection

We are delighted to release, on 10 October, Wellington author Trish McBride’s new book: A Love Quilt: Later Faith Patches. The book gathers together the best of her writing from the last 10 years on topics such as working alongside mental health consumers; engaging with people of different faiths and ethnicities and those in our community who identify as LGBTI and many more.

This selection also features new Advent study guide books and a DVD by Adam Hamilton; a history of the Auckland City Mission by Peter Lineham; a new edition of the NRSV Bible edited by Jimmy Carter containing over 600 entries based on his decades of service to his church and his time as President; and The Ancient Way by River Jordan, reflecting on the path of Celtic Christianity.

Worship, preaching and daily devotional resources for Year B – 2021,
including Fresh From the Word and Upper Room Disciplines

and here for
Seasons of the Spirit worship and children’s ministry resources.

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A Love Quilt:
Later Faith Patches
Trish McBride.
Pbk 154pp. ISBN 9781988572598.

Philip Garside Publishing Ltd (2020).
[Launching 10 Oct 2020
25+ in stock].

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Do you wrestle with institutional religion but have a desire to encounter God as Divine Love?

This collection of later-life writings integrates deep Christian spiritual experiences of God with sometimes unorthodox thinking on many aspects of love, life, interfaith, race & social issues, and sciences.

Distilled wisdom, from Trish’s 70-year spiritual journey, will encourage and support you on your own journey. Her stories, poems and liturgies will engage you and challenge you to look at your life story and direction.

Trish writes as a post-denominational Christian.

“This is a work of such richness and spiritual insight… Trish McBride has opened her story and her soul to her readers and enabled us all to profit from her deep understanding of her own pilgrimage…” Peter Lineham, MNZM, Emeritus Professor of History

“The book is arranged in a collection of ‘patches’, which hold true to the title, ‘A Love Quilt’. The theme of each patch talks about Love which is to be found embedded in story, poetry and ponderings. Patch headings include: Love and CreationLove in Community and Love and Social Justice; all of which are close to the heart of the author.

Within Trish’s central theme of love, comes some refreshing and diverse contexts for example, working alongside mental health consumers; engaging with people of different faiths and ethnicities and those in our community who identify as LGBTI. We find subjects as varied as quantum physics, cosmology, ecology, evolution and interspirituality. Although social justice is the backbone of Trish’s faith in action; contemplation, mysticism and playing with metaphors of the Nameless One, are also essential companions on her journey of love.…” Heather Sangster-Smith, Educator, Advocate, Facilitator

Also by Trish McBride from PGPL:

Faith Evolving
3rd edition

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Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas.
Adam Hamilton.
Hbk 176pp. ISBN 9781791005542.

Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Saviour, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh.

Adam Hamilton explores the meaning of these titles and what they tell us about the child whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. Join him and reflect upon the significance of the Christ-child for our lives and world today!

Chapter topics include:

  • The Royal Titles: Lord and Messiah
  • The Deliverer’s Title: Saviour
  • The Incarnate Title: Emmanuel
  • The Light of the World
  • Epilogue: The Word Made Flesh

Additional components for a four-week adult study include a comprehensive Leader Guide and a DVD featuring author and pastor Adam Hamilton as well as resources for children and youth. (see below)

Incarnation Leader Guide:
Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781791005573.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the four-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.

Incarnation DVD:
DVD — 6 Sessions. ISBN 9781791005597.
[Allow 4-6 weeks].

The four-session DVD features Adam Hamilton guiding participants through the study. The video sessions are approximately 10-12 minutes in length and, when combined with the six book chapters, make an ideal six-week group study. All videos sessions are closed captioned.

Incarnation Youth Study Book:
Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781791005641.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Learn the meaning behind the names of Christ and the difference He makes in our lives this Christmas.

This Youth Study Book takes the ideas presented in Adam Hamilton’s book and interprets them for young people grades 6-12.

Incarnation Large Print:
Pbk 176pp. ISBN 9781791005566.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Learn the meaning behind the names of Christ and the difference He makes in our lives this Christmas.

Incarnation Children’s Leader Guide:
Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781791005535.
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The Children’s Leader Guide contains session plans for younger and older children (grades K-2 and 3-6) including games, activities, craft ideas, and reproducible handouts.

Agency of Hope:
The story of the Auckland City Mission 1920–2020.
Peter Lineham.
Pbk 296pp. ISBN 9780995131880.

Massey University Press (2020). $49.99.
[Allow 14 days].

For over 100 years the Auckland City Mission has been a flagbearer of the cityʼs compassion towards and support for the poor, the marginalised and the homeless. Its own story, marked at times by struggle, is colourful and peopled by memorable characters.

This lively history by well-known historian Peter Lineham takes you inside a remarkable organisation working at the front lines of a society in which poverty has become entrenched.

This Pākehā Life:
An Unsettled Memoir.
Alison Jones.
Pbk 240pp. ISBN 9781988587288.

Bridget Williams Books (2020). 
[Allow 10-14 days].

A timely and perceptive memoir from award-winning author and academic Alison Jones. As questions of identity come to the fore once more in New Zealand, this frank and humane account of a life spent traversing Pākehā and Māori worlds offers important insights into our shared life on these islands.

“This book is about my making sense here, of my becoming and being Pākehā. Every Pākehā becomes a Pākehā in their own way, finding her or his own meaning for that Māori word. This is the story of what it means to me. I have written this book for Pākehā – and other New Zealanders – curious about their sense of identity and about the ambivalences we Pākehā often experience in our relationships with Māori.”

Seven Sacred Spaces:
Portals to deeper community life in Christ.
George Lings.
Pbk 232pp. ISBN 9780857469342.

Bible Reading Fellowship (2020).
[Allow 4 weeks].

Too often people’s understanding of and engagement with ‘church’ is reduced to corporate worship, when it is so much more. George Lings identifies seven characteristic elements in Christian communities through the ages, which when held in balance enable a richer expression of discipleship, mission and community.

In the monastic tradition these elements have distinctive locations:

  • cell (being alone with God)
  • chapel (corporate public worship)
  • chapter (making decisions)
  • cloister (planned and surprising meetings)
  • garden (the place of work)
  • refectory (food and hospitality) and
  • scriptorium (study and passing on knowledge).

Through this lens George Lings explores how these seven elements relate to our individual and communal walk with God, hold good for church and family life, and appear in wider society.

Toward the Kingdom of Heaven:
40 Daily Readings on the Sermon on the Mount.
Amy-Jill Levine.
Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9781791009151.

Abingdon Press (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

How is the follower of Jesus to understand the words of the Old Testament? How are those words relevant to the New Covenant He is establishing? What might the words of the Lord’s Prayer have conveyed to his initial followers, and why is that historical information essential to the prayer two millennia later?

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine takes a detailed and colourful overview of Matthew 5-7, collectively known as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Through her engaging method of biblical interpretation, readers will come away with a solid understanding of the Sermon on the Mount in its historical and theological context.

This collection of 40 daily readings is drawn from Amy-Jill Levine’s teachings on the Sermon on the Mount. Containing additional stories, insights, and lessons from the author, the reader further illuminates the wisdom of Jesus’ most famous sermon.

Knowing Christ:
Christian Discipleship and the Eucharist.
David R. Tomlinson.
Pbk 188pp. ISBN 9781789591224.
Sacristy Press (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Tomlinson explores the liturgy of the Eucharist and finds in it the basic building blocks of the Christian life.

Through story, reflection and prayer, he invites readers to consider the different aspects of this central act of Christian worship, so that their faith can deepen, and they can learn to live more fully as members of Christ’s body, the Church.

This book can be used for individual reading or group study. It offers valuable insights for new Christians, and for those who want to experience new riches in a familiar service. 

NRSV Simple Faith Bible:
Following Jesus Into a Life of Peace, Compassion, and Wholeness.
Jimmy Carter editor.
Hbk 1568pp. ISBN 9780310454434.

Zondervan (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter shares practical spiritual reflections gleaned from his decades teaching the Bible. His contagious desire for peace, compassion, and wholeness permeate the book introductions, thoughtful essays, pithy quotes, and honest prayers recorded throughout this Bible.

Cater’s decades-long Sunday School teaching ministry, his public service, and his humanitarian engagement form the basis of the book introductions, thoughtful essays, pithy quotes, and honest prayers, calling you to a warm-hearted, justice-filled life of faith.

Renowned for its beautiful balance of scholarship and readability, the NRSV faithfully serves the church in personal spiritual formation, in the liturgy, and in the academy.


  • The text of the New Revised Standard Version (66-book Protestant canon)
  • Foreword by Jonathan Reckford, International CEO of Habitat for Humanity
  • Over 600 application-oriented notes, articles, reflections, and prayers gleaned from Nobel Peace Prize winner and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s extensive teaching ministry and public life of service
  • Exclusive Zondervan NRSV Comfort Print typeface
  • 5-point print size

A Better Song to Sing:
Finding Life Again Through the Invitations of Jesus.
Mags Duggan.
Pbk 144pp. ISBN 9780857468765.

Bible Reading Fellowship (2020).
[Allow 4 weeks].

Many sincere followers of Jesus are secretly disappointed, dissatisfied and quietly desperate for more than they are currently experiencing.

That more is found as we respond to the invitations of Jesus, which hold out to us the hope of dynamic change, of a truly vibrant, transformed life – a better song to sing.

Each chapter explores one specific invitation, drawing out its possible implications for our lives, and suggests a spiritual practice or reflection to help us ground that invitation in our present-day reality.

The Ancient Way:
Discoveries on the Path of Celtic Christianity.
River Jordan.
Hbk 208pp. ISBN 9781506460451.

Broadleaf Books (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Jordan explores doorways to thin places made accessible through the Celtic spiritual tradition. With her warm and personal approach, she explores a set of practices that help form a path for a deeper spiritual awakening. Readers will be moved to renew their faith by incorporating the basic components that make Celtic Christianity something authentic and pertinent to modern life and an over-busy culture.

At the close of Jordan’s previous book, Confessions of a Christian Mystic (Hbk $49.99), she writes of the thin place she’s been seeking–that mystical and divine doorway into the presence of God–as being inside of her all along. In this follow-up book, she explores ways that door can be made accessible to everyone to inform and transform readers’ daily lives.

When the Spirit Calls:
Engaging the Challenges of Ministry
Jay W Marshall.
Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9781733412629.

Quakerpress of Fgc (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Unpacking and interpreting an individual’s call at the outset is merely the first step in what becomes an iterative spiral for a life that intends to remain true and aligned with the impulses of the Spirit.

This book works its way through various elements related to the process of call and discernment as they relate to seekers’ efforts to achieve clarity and focus as faith and life are integrated in meaningful ways. This is a practical, conversational book that embraces the idea that call is a natural and inevitable part of a faith perspective that views ministry as universal.

A resource for people looking for a companion as they explore how it is the Spirit invites them into deeper reflection about faithfulness, witness, and service.

“Most centrally, this is a book about call and discernment, but Jay Marshall offers more, grounding these in an understanding of universal ministry and sacramental living, and inviting readers into a practice of honest openness that leads to clarity, interior freedom, and courage to embrace new and unexpected forms of ministry.”  Michael Birkel, Professor of Christian Spirituality, Earlham School of Religion

Handbook of Christian Ministry:
For Lay and Ordained Christians.
John Pritchard.
Pbk 176pp. ISBN 9780281084395.
SPCK (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

This handbook will help Christians committed to their role as a follower and fellow-worker with Christ to be more effective in their ministry. It offers practical suggestions for faithful practice in numerous areas, ranging from Apologetics to Worship and beyond. The suggestions aren’t ‘hints and tips’ as such; rather we are encouraged to reflect on what underlies our actions.

John Pritchard has been a parish priest, diocesan youth officer, theological college principal, archdeacon and bishop. He’s also been warden of readers, trained lay ministers of all kinds, taught large numbers of lay people, written widely, led retreats etc, and thus has a handle on many aspects of ministry. The book contains illustrations from the Bible, experience, stories, quotes, and possibly poetry and prayer.

A Life on Our Planet:
My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future.
David Attenborough; Jonnie Hughes.
Hbk 272pp. ISBN 9781538719985.

Grand Central Publishing (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

“I am 93. I’ve had an extraordinary life. It’s only now that I appreciate how extraordinary.

I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet is my witness statement, and my vision for the future. It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake – and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right.

As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world – but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day – the loss of our planet’s wild places, its biodiversity.

We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited.

All we need is the will do so.”

God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse:

What Hawking Said and Why It Matters
David Hutchings; David Wilkinson.
Pbk 210pp. ISBN 9780281081912.
SPCK (2020).
[Allow 4-5 weeks].

“If you have ever wanted to understand what Stephen Hawking was talking about but couldn’t face the maths, this is the book for you. If you have ever felt uncomfortable that such an eminent scientist should dismiss the need for God, this is also the book for you. In an entertaining yet searching way, the authors put Hawking’s work in perspective, scientifically, philosophically and theologically.” Dr Althea Wilkinson, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester

Stephen Hawking kept breaking rules. Given two years to live, he managed another 54. He wrote about quantum cosmology – and sold 20 million books. He could not speak, yet the world recognized his voice.

Hutchings and Wilkinson shine light on his extraordinary ideas. The result is a story of black holes, origins, many universes, and Big Questions.

Finishing Well:
A God’s-Eye View of Ageing.
Ian Knox.
Pbk 256pp. ISBN 9780281083497.

SPCK (2020).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

What is God’s view of ageing? The Bible has much to say, and many stories to tell, about those who did great things, those who did ordinary things well, those who prayed, those who used their gifts, those who suffered, those who went right to the end – and those who, in later years, got it absolutely wrong.

How are we going to face the prospect of ageing? Will we subside, give up? Or shall we view retirement as a gift from God, an opportunity to reach out to others?

Our older years are full of possibilities, not least of which is that of helping others find Christ.

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