Pre-Christmas Sale 2019


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[Prices and stock levels last updated on 19 December 2019]

Bound to be Free:

The Paradox of Freedom.
Graham Tomlin.
Pbk 240pp. ISBN  9781472939500.
Bloomsbury Continuum (2017).
Was $25.99, now $12.00
[3 in stock]

In this accessible, significant and deeply thoughtful book, Graham Tomlin argues that the Christian vision of freedom offers a way to think about liberty that can bring together both personal fulfilment and the health of community life in a way that secular versions have failed to do.

“How fortunate we are to have Bishop Tomlin’s book on freedom. He not only helps us remember how freedom has been understood in philosophy, political theory, and religious traditions, but he provides a theological account of freedom that is substantive and constructive … This is a book that needed to be written and now it has.” Stanley Hauerwas

Something new to say:
Words of spirit, faith and celebration for Advent and Christmas.
Bronwyn Angela White.
Pbk 68pp. ISBN 9780473398583.

Spirit & Faith, NZ (2018).
Was $25.00, now $12.00
[2 in stock]. 

“Bronwyn has the creativity, imagination and power to have us sense the sacred in the ordinary.

I remember when I first heard Suddenly there is light all around in a Christmas Eve meditation. The newborn Jesus, described in the same language that Bronwyn used for the moment of falling in love with her own child—the power of the experience of birthing brought into liturgy: earth, blood and new milk… Bronwyn’s words are more powerful and real than a thousand theological treatises on incarnation.” —Rev Dr Margaret Mayman

The Inner Level:
How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everybody’s Wellbeing.
Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson.
Pbk 352pp. ISBN 9780141975399.

Penguin (2019).
Was $28.00, Now $14.00
[2 in stock]

The sequel to the global phenomenon The Spirit Level, this book explores the impact of inequality on each of us individually. 

Based on a wide range of data and analysis, The Inner Level shows:

  • the impact inequality has on individuals:
  • how it affects us psychologically
  • makes social relations more stressful
  • undermines self-confidence, and
  • distorts natural differences in personal abilities.

It demonstrates that societies based on fundamental equalities, sharing and reciprocity produce much higher levels of well-being than those based on excessive individualism, competitiveness and social aggression. This book will transform ideas of how we should organise the way we live together.

Teilhard’s Struggle:
Embracing the Work of Evolution
Kathleen Duffy.
Pbk 144pp. ISBN 9781626983175.

Orbis (2019).
Was $42.00, now $20.00
Sorry now sold out

In 1919, the Jesuit scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote a major essay, The Spiritual Power of Matter, which shaped his understanding of the role of struggle and conflict in evolution – whether in the material or on the spiritual plane. For Teilhard, who laboured to integrate the insights of evolution with his Catholic faith, and who experienced ongoing conflicts with authorities in the church, these insights continued to play out in the rest of his life.

Focusing on the meaning of his seminal essay for Teilhard’s life, Kathleen Duffy explores the major struggles that he experienced in his roles as scientist, priest, mystic, friend, and member of the church.

Facing Midlife.
Tony Horsfall.
Pbk 32pp. ISBN 9780857465818.

BRF (2017).
Was $16.00, now $8.00
[2 in stock]

In this small book of undated biblical reflections, Horsfall shows that God is involved in the midlife transition, using it to shape and form us into the likeness of Christ, and to prepare us for the exciting calling he still has for us.

Facing Midlife is a devotional guide to one of the most spiritually important transitions in life. Midlife brings with it both difficulty and opportunity, but the Scriptures show us how to handle these challenges wisely so that in the second half of life we reach our full potential and find our unique God-given vocation.

Rather than to be avoided or ignored, the midlife transition is one to be embraced confidently in the knowledge that God is at work in all the circumstances of our lives.

Easter Earthquake:
How Resurrection Shakes Our World.
James A Harnish.
Pbk.128pp. ISBN 9780835817165.
Upper Room. (2017).
Was $33.00, Now $10.00
Sorry Now Sold Out

In Easter Earthquake, James Harnish invites us to place Easter at the center of our Lenten journey.

Like a news reporter announcing breaking news, Matthew reports that on the first Easter morning, a great earthquake shook the earth. An angel descended from heaven, rolled back the stone from the entrance to Jesus’ tomb, and sat on the stone. This is the second earthquake recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. The first one took place on Friday, when the noonday sky turned black and Jesus died. Matthew says, “The earth shook, and the rocks were split.” This study explores how Christ’s resurrection shakes some of our most basic assumptions about ourselves and God. Harnish reverses the usual focus of Lenten studies by starting at the empty tomb and seeing the entire journey in light of the resurrection. This different perspective on the passion can bring fresh energy into our lives as followers of Christ.

Veil Over The Light:
Selected Spiritual Writings.
Joy Cowley.
Pbk 168pp. ISBN 9780473452049. FitzBeck Publishing, NZ (2018).
Was $30.00, now $14.00.
Sorry, now sold out

In this new collection of Joy Cowley’s luminous spiritual writings – reflections, stories and poems –  she describes what it means to live a life close to God.

Each short chapter (2-6 pages) talks about a different aspect of spirituality. Use this book for personal devotions, to start a small group meeting or in reflective worship. This writing is deeply moving. Includes many evocative colour photos.

“I hold a belief that we should not be afraid to be human. It’s in living a full life that we find the abundance of God. And fullness of life lies in loving God and neighbour. It’s the truth Jesus taught over and over again, and it’s quite simple. We should not make it complicated.”
From the conversation with Michael Fitzsimmons that opens the book.

John Howell

Was $20, now $8.00
Sorry, now sold out

‘John Howell takes us into a world where accustomed notions of “home” have been defaced, distorted and obliterated. It’s a familiar but uncomfortable place to be.

Christ in the Wilderness:

Reflecting on the Paintings by Stanley Spencer
Stephen Cottrell

Pbk 96pp, ISBN 9780281062089
SPCK (2017)
Was $29.99, now $14.00
Sorry now sold out

In this devotional book, Stephen Cottrell reflects on five paintings from Stanley Spencer’s Christ in the Wilderness series. These paintings give us startling insight into Jesus’ own vocation and self-understanding of his ministry. They show his great love for the earth, for the whole created order and for all creatures within it.

For Christians, the wilderness is a place of discovery. By dwelling in the wilderness of these beautiful and provocative paintings, Stephen Cottrell encourages us to refine our own discipleship and learn again what it means to follow Christ. His three previous SPCK books are all best-sellers.

This book is excellent reading for Lent but can be enjoyed at any time of year. It includes full-colour illustrations, making it a lovely gift book.

How to Pray:
Alone, with Others, at Any Time, in Any Place.
Revised 3rd edition.

Stephen Cottrell
Pbk 176pp, ISBN: 9780715142226
Church House Publishing (2015)
Was $35.50, now $17.00
[Last copy out on bookstall]

How to Pray is a basic primer on prayer. It will get you started, keep you going and uses every stage of life and its varied events to renew and expand your understanding of being alive to God. Completely honest about the struggles and difficulties everyone encounters, it will help you discover how natural prayer is, even when you least feel like it. 

With his characteristic humour and realism, Stephen Cottrell offers a guide ‘from an experienced beginner’ for those starting out on the Christian journey and for those who feel there is more to discover. Full of stories and examples from the Christian tradition and daily life, simple principles to follow, some prayers to use and helpful insights from spiritual writers through the ages, this is a book to inspire over and over again. A great gift for confirmation or adult baptism.

A Beginner’s Guide
Anthony Le Donne.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9781786071446.
Oneworld (2018).
Was $34.50. now $14.00
[1 in stock].

This lively and engrossing book covers a vast historical range, from first-century Palestine to the latest Jesus-memes in popular culture, drawing on an enviable breadth of knowledge.

Not Working:

Why We Have to Stop.
Josh Cohen.
Hbk 304pp. ISBN 9781783782055
Granta (2019).
Was $36.99, now $17.00
[1 in stock]

In a culture that tacitly coerces us into blind activity, the art of doing nothing is disappearing. Inactivity can induce lethargy and indifference but is also a condition of imaginative freedom and creativity.

Psychoanalyst Cohen gets to the heart of the apathy so many of us feel when faced with the demands of contemporary life and asks how we might live a different and more fulfilled existence.

Touched by God:
The way to contemplative prayer.
Luigi Gioia.
Pbk 208pp. ISBN 9781472951007.
Bloomsbury Continuum (2018).
Was $22.99, now $11.00
[2 in stock]

Gioia explores the art of contemplation. He points out from the start that contemplation is not a more advanced way of praying but a greater awareness of the presence of God. The defining mark of this awareness is that we become more and more aware of God’s presence, a unique kind of inner peace and joy which has been described by spiritual authors with a variety of arresting and often poetic images.

What Gioia describes is not some kind of spiritual wonderland; for it does not dispense us from struggles and doubts and often the non-evidence of God. It brings a peace which coexists with doubt, a peace which can flourish in the middle of struggles, a joy that we can discover even in suffering.

Maori Myths Retold by Maori Writers.
Witi Ihimaera; Whiti Hereaka eds.
Pbk 400pp. ISBN 9780143772965.

Vintage (2019).
Was $38.00, now $19.00
Sorry now sold out


Ancient Maori creation myths, portrayals of larger-than-life heroes and tales of engrossing magical beings have endured through the ages. Some hail back to Hawaiki, some are firmly grounded in New Zealand and its landscape. Through countless generations, the stories have been reshaped and passed on.

This new collection presents a wide range of traditional myths that have been retold by some of our best Maori wordsmiths. The writers have added their own creativity, perspectives and sometimes wonderfully unexpected twists, bringing new life and energy to these rich, spellbinding and significant taonga.

Another Story Must Begin:
A Lent Course Based on Les Miserables.
Jonathan Meyer.
Pbk 95pp. ISBN 9780232530278.

Darton Longman + Todd (2014).
[Sorry specials now sold out].

New copies are $24.00
with delivery in about 4 weeks

A Lent course based on the film, the novel and the stage adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Through discussion of some of the themes and principal characters of this epic narrative, the course explores the grace of God and our own fallen state and opportunity for redemption, and helps us to reassess what we can do with our lives and for those around us.

The course is based around five weekly group sessions:

  • Fantine and Cosette
  • The Bishop of Digne
  • Jean Valjean
  • Javert
  • Redemption and Salvation

Each session includes watching scenes from the Oscar-winning movie starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway (with timing references for the DVD), and questions and reflections for group discussion. Each session also includes introductory reading, notes for leaders, related Bible passages and suggested closing prayers.

The Edge of Things.
Anne Powell.
Pbk 60pp. ISBN 9780995110779.
The Cuba Press, NZ (2018). 

Sorry now sold out


Anne Powell’s poems reach from the soul-baring Waikanae River, all the way across the earth to the cascades of stars over cold desert sand.

At times she focuses on the wealth of wisdom nature imparts when we patiently observe it. At others she reflects on the daily realities of people who live beyond our familiar lives.

Throughout, Anne says grounded in her ability to see the sacred in a world of both stillness and disturbance.

The Way of Jesus:

Living a Spiritual and Ethical Life.
Jay Parini.
Hbk 208pp. ISBN 9780807023938.

Beacon Press (2019).
Was $35.00, now $17.00
[1 Hbk in stock].

A book for progressive Christians and spiritual seekers who struggle, as Parini does, with some of the basic questions about human existence: its limits and sadnesses, and its possibilities for awareness and understanding.

“For two millennia, the figure of Jesus has haunted the imagination of spiritual seekers around the world, including many great writers, philosophers, and theologians. It might seem there could be nothing fresh to say about him. Yet in each generation, thoughtful observers find new meaning in his life and teachings, as Jay Parini does in this compelling account.

A poet as well as a scholar, Parini delves into the history of the faith he espouses and into the mystery at the core of existence. ‘Jesus was first and foremost a teacher,’ he tells us. The same could be said of the man who wrote this lucid, candid, eloquent book.”
Scott Russell Sanders, author of Earth Works: Selected Essays

Computer Coding for Kids:

A unique step-by-step visual guide, from binary code to building games
Carol Vorderman.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9780241317730.
Dorling Kinderlsey (2019).
Was $30.00, now $15.00
[2 in stock].

An ideal present for bright 8-16 year olds.

Children can take their first steps towards becoming expert computer programmers with this fully-updated guide to coding for beginners.

They’ll master Scratch 3.0, the brand-new version of the world’s most popular coding language for beginners. This will let them discover what makes a computer work while learning how to build their own computer programs and games.

Once they’re Scratch experts, it’s onto the more complex Python programming language to delve even deeper into the technology that surrounds us every day.

Vorderman uses a simple, visual layout to guide budding programmers step-by-step through the ins and outs of computer code, from algorithms to variables, even showing them how to find and fix bugs in their code. Before you know it, they’ll be creating their own programs from scratch.

Responsive Prayers:
For Every Week of the Church Year,
Year C.
David Sparks.
Pbk 296pp. ISBN 9781773430317. 

Woodlake Publishing (2018). 
Was $59.50, Now $20.00
Sorry Now sold  Out

This collection of responsive prayers, based on the Revised Common Lectionary Year C, is perfect for clergy and lay leaders alike. It offers an entire year’s worth of responsive prayers that can be adapted to a variety of settings and circumstances. This collection includes: full prayers for the Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Words of Assurance, Offering Prayer, and Commissioning, as well as an outline for the Pastoral Prayer, for each Sunday of the lectionary year, plus Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

The Journey to Jerusalem:
A Story of Jesus’ Last Days.
John Pritchard.
Pbk 144pp. ISBN 9780664262693. Westminster John Knox (2017).

Was $30.50, now $13.00
in stock].

In this imaginative retelling, John Pritchard explores the Gospel of Luke by looking through the eyes of the disciple John. The book follows Luke’s account from Luke 9:51 onwards, as Jesus “set his face to go to Jerusalem.”

This is Lectionary Year C which features Luke’s gospel.

There are few open-ended “I wonder…” questions after each reflection to either ponder by yourself or in a group.

We may have heard and read these stories lots of times, but then a sentence or two of Pritchard’s pops out of the page and offers a new idea to mull over. This book will reward a engaged day-by-day exploration in Lent.

Take A Minute.
Rosie State.
Pbk, 88 pages, colour photos throughout, 200 x 180mm.
ISBN 9780473339937.
Tried and True Resources, NZ (2015).
$24.99, now $10.00
[3 in stock]

Take a minute to enrich your day. Open any page to discover Rosie’s poems and reflections on topical themes and experiences.

Put a copy on the table at home, your workplace or in a waiting room — anywhere people have a minute to pause and reflect on life.

Give one to your neighbour or a friend. We all have a spiritual side, and it only takes a minute to find an idea or picture that will enrich your day.

An ideal gift for Christmas or any time of year.

The Spirit Level:
Why Equality Is Better for Everyone.
Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson.
Pbk 374pp. ISBN 9780141975399.

Penguin (2011).
Was $30.00, now $15.00
[1 in stock]

The Spirit Level is one of the most influential and talked-about books on society in the last decade. This updated edition now includes a new chapter on the controversy the book has ignited.

This ground-breaking book, based on years of research, provides hard evidence to show:

  • How almost everything – from life expectancy to mental illness, violence to illiteracy – is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is
  • That societies with a bigger gap between rich and poor are bad for everyone in them – including the well-off.
  • How we can find positive solutions and move towards a happier, fairer future

Urgent, provocative and genuinely uplifting, The Spirit Level has been heralded as providing a new way of thinking about ourselves and our communities and could change the way you see the world.

Praying for Peace:
A selection of prayers and reflections.
Kevin Mcbride ed.
Pbk 153pp. ISBN 9780473437985.

Pax Christi Aotearoa. (2018).
Was $27.50, now $13.00
[1 in stock].

The prayers and reflections in this NZ collection will provide inspiration to those wanting to honour peace events with prayer, either within a church setting or in other places.

There are 35 liturgies full of readings, reflections, prayers, intercessions and suggested songs. The liturgies are organised into these broad categories: Special Days – Peace and Justice Makers – Indigenous Rights – Justice – Family Welfare – Cultural Minorities – Creation.

This material will also work well for devotions at the start of meetings and for personal reflection.

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s
Lent Book 2019
Muthuraj Swamy.
Pbk 144pp. ISBN 9780281080083.

SPCK (2019).
Was $33.50, now $16.00
 in stock].

Global in scope, but homing in on the role ordinary people play in conflict and division, Reconciliation enables Christians to engage confidently in a ministry bequeathed to us by Christ himself.

The book issues a vibrant call to the church to support and strengthen relationships amongst church members; to cross borders to build connections with different denominations, and to maintain open attitudes towards our neighbours from other religions and ideologies.

Forty biblically-based meditations introduce topics such as: Impediments to reconciliation – risking the self – humility and self-criticism – radical openness to the other – peace with justice. Questions for reflection are included, making Reconciliation suitable for use at weekly gatherings or for everyday devotion during Lent.

A Matter of Fact:
Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World. Jess Berentson-Shaw.
Pbk 192pp. ISBN 9781988545387.

Bridget Williams Books (2018).
Was $14.99. Now $7.00.
Sorry, now sold out


A Matter of Fact explores the science of communicating and presents innovative ways to talk effectively (and empathetically) about contentious information. It is both an informative guide to constructive communication and a passionate reminder of the importance of finding what matters to all of us.

Surrounded by Love:
Seven Teachings of St. Francis.
Murray Bodo.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9781632532374.
Franciscan Media (2018).
Was $35.00, now $17.00
Sorry, now sold out

Franciscan Murray Bodo illuminates seven key teachings from St. Francis and shows how these teachings are the foundation for Franciscan spirituality today.

Beginning with the wonder of the incarnation, he moves through the paradox of evangelical poverty, living the Gospel, repairing God’s house, making peace, the recognition that we are one with all of creation, and the joy and humble service of God. All of these teachings have their roots and destination in the love of God that surrounds all of creation and each individual person.

The Book of Knowing:

Know how you think, change how you feel.
Gwendoline Smith.
Pbk 192pp. ISBN 9781988547107.
Allen & Unwin (2019).
Was $24.99, now $12.00
Sorry, now sold out

Learn to understand the way you think and you will be able to deal with many of life’s difficult moments.

Written in an accessible and humorous style, this book teaches you to know what’s going on in your mind and how to get your feelings under control. It’ll help you adapt and feel better about your place in the world.

Psychologist Gwendoline Smith uses her broad scientific knowledge and experience to explain in clear and simple language what’s happening when you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious and confused.

New World New God:
Rethinking Christianity for a secular age
Ian Harris
Pbk 200pp, ISBN 9780994137869
Makaro Press (2018)
Was $30.00, now $15.00
Sorry, now sold out

“Ian Harris’ Faith and Reason columns – which have featured in the Otago Daily Times for the past fifteen years, and in The Dominion Post and Touchstone as Honest to God – argue that Christianity in this millenium is not the paradox it appears to be but religion at its most creative.

Journalist Harris began his columns in 2001. They explore Christianity in a post-9/11 framework and discuss concepts of faith in order to make sense of them for secular people in a secular age. In this selection, Ian Harris writes in response to current events and visual media, cinematic retellings such as The Passion of the Christ, and the ideas of people like Stephen Hawking, Sir Lloyd Geering and Philip Pullman. He portrays faith as a creative, evolving and essential part of life, not an outdated and immoveable concept etched in stone. “Ian combines his journalistic skill with an acute understanding of the post-Christian culture that has come to shape New Zealand society.” — Sir Lloyd Geering”

Aging for Beginners: 
Getting Older in Today’s World – What it means for you. Doug Wilson.
Pbk 264pp. ISBN 9780995103221.
Plus 1 (2018).
Was $39.99, now $12.00.
Sorry, now sold out

Most of us want to live not just longer, but better; living to our fullest potential, not just surviving courtesy of being hooked up to the latest technology. So, what to do? Dr Doug Wilson cuts through the fads and fallacies to concentrate on the core issues and the physiological and psychological reasons behind them.


Still Praying After All These Years:
Meditations for Later Life.
Susan C Scott.
Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9780835818865.

Upper Room (2019).
Sorry, now sold out

People in their later years face many changes, many that are not of their own choosing. Scott offers 52 reassuring meditations that reassure readers that their lives still have meaning, and that aging holds opportunities for spiritual growth.

Each meditation begins with a concern, question, or insight expressed in the author’s conversations with people ages 75-100. The author provides psychological and theological insights, welcoming doubt, mystery, and the emotions that accompany aging. She invites readers to practice their faith by reflecting on some aspect of their life or undertaking an action. A brief prayer ends each meditation.

This book will help older readers feel less alone as they hear about others who have walked a similar path. Readers who are caregivers will be moved to empathize with the spiritual, emotional, and other challenges their loved one faces. It is also an excellent resource for those who minister with the elderly.

Broken We Kneel:
Reflections on Faith and Citizenship

Second edition.
Diana Butler Bass.
Pbk 176pp. ISBN 9781640651012.

Church Publishing (2019).
Was $42.00, now $21.00
Sorry, now sold out

Bass looks at Christian identity, patriotism, citizenship and congregational life to answer the central question that so many are struggling with today: “To whom do Christians owe deepest allegiance? God or country?”

This second edition contains a new foreword and introduction, as well as a new conclusion outlining her vision for the future. Born in the tumultuous aftermath of 9/11 and now a spiritual classic, the book draws on both her personal experience and her knowledge of religious history.

Almost Everything:
Notes on Hope.
Anne Lamott.
Hbk 208pp. ISBN 9780525537441.
Riverhead Books (2018).
Was $43.00, now $17.00
Sorry, now sold out

In this profound and funny book, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined.

Divided into short chapters that explore life’s essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward.

“Lamott is beloved by legions for her smart, irreverent take on the human condition, filtered through her unique brand of compassionate Christianity and delivered with delicious, self-deprecating wit. Lamott goes even deeper in these essays.” People

The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks.
Diana Butler Bass.
Pbk 256pp.

ISBN 9780062659484.
HarperOne (2019).
Was $37.00, now $17.00.
Sorry, now sold out

If gratitude is good, why is it so hard to do? In Grateful, Butler Bass untangles our conflicting understandings of gratitude and sets the table for a renewed practice of giving thanks.

She explores the transformative, subversive power of gratitude for our personal lives and in communities. Using her trademark blend of historical research, spiritual insights, and timely cultural observation, she shows how we can overcome this gap and make change in our own lives and in the world.

With honest stories and heartrending examples from history and her own life, Bass reclaims gratitude as a path to greater connection with god, with others, with the world, and even with our own souls. It’s time to embrace a more radical practice of gratitude – the virtue that heals us and helps us thrive.

During Lent 2019, Butler Bass preached a series of 5 excellent, stimulating sermons on the topic of A Grateful Lent.

You can listen to audio recordings of the sermons for free here: