September 2018 Selection

September 2018 Selection

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Being Human:
Bodies, Minds, Persons.
Rowan Williams.
Pbk 112pp. ISBN 9780802876560. Eerdmans (2018).
[2 in stock,
then allow 2-3 weeks].

What is consciousness? Is the mind a machine? What makes us persons? What does it mean to aspire to human maturity? These are among the fundamental questions that Rowan Williams helps us to think about in this deeply engaging exploration of what it means to be human.

The book ends with a brief but profound meditation on the person of Christ, inviting us to consider how, through him, ‘our humanity in all its variety, in all its vulnerability, has been taken into the heart of the divine life.’

Pope Francis Embrace of Hope:
Compassion in Times of Illness.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Pbk 74pp. ISBN 9781601375841.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Filled with the pope’s insight and inspiration for all who face the test of sickness and illness. Pope Francis shows how hope is found in seeing and experiencing illness in the light of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

He reveals how grace grows in times of illness when:

  • Christians bring the peace of Christ to the sick through service and care.
  • Difficult moments become the path to forge stronger relationships with family, communities, and with Christ.
  • Men and women in science cultivate and apply God’s gift of creation for the treatment and cure of diseases, setting free the oppressed.
  • Christ sets one free, helps one endure, and allows suffering for the sake of a greater joy yet to come.

This easy-to-read book has the best of Pope Francis’s reflections on this challenging human experience. Presented in an elegant design, this small book is easy to take with you and a joy to read!

Together at the Table:
Diversity Without Division in the United Methodist Church.
Karen P Oliveto.
Pbk 176pp. ISBN 9780664263607.
Westminister John Knox (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

The personal story and public message of Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected a bishop in The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Oliveto believes that the church can stay together—that people of different convictions can remain in communion with one another.

Woven together with her own story of coming out and following God’s call to ordained ministry is her guidance for how to live together despite differences—by practicing empathy, living with ambiguity, appreciating the diversity of creation, and embracing unity without uniformity.

The denomination has been debating the inclusion of LGBTQ people for decades and will be gathering in February 2019 to determine whether it can agree to let conferences within the church ordain as they see fit and let congregations decide what weddings to hold or whether conservative and liberal factions will break off from the denominational body.

Women, Equality, Power:
Selected speeches from a life of leadership.
Helen Clark.
Pbk 432pp. ISBN 9781988547053.

Allen & Unwin (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

A celebration of an outstanding leader who continues to strive and work for change, and a rallying call for other women leaders, whether they are in positions of political, economic or social power.

Helen Clark has been a political leader for more than 40 years, since first running in local elections in the 1970s. She entered parliament as a 31-year-old in 1981, led the Labour Party to victory in 1999 and was Prime Minister of New Zealand for nine years. She then took on a critical international role as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in New York.

One of her key focuses throughout this time has been the empowerment of women and she has paved the way for other women to step up and lead.

With a foreword by the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, this is a timely and important book.

“Helen Clark often said, and continues to say, that having women in leadership positions not only sends a powerful message to other women but also changes societies’ perceptions of gender roles and encourages girls to believe that no door is closed to them.” Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Glimpsing Resurrection:
Cancer, Trauma, and Ministry.
Deanna A Thompson.
Pbk 175pp. ISBN 9780664262761.

Westminister John Knox (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Thompson combines recent trauma research with compelling first-person narrative to provide insight into the traumatic dimensions of living with a serious illness. Her aim is to help those who are ill and those who care for and minister to them deepen their understanding of how best to offer support.

“The tendency for Christians to move almost immediately from death to proclamations of new life risks alienating those for whom healing and new life seem out of reach,” says Thompson. She focuses less on the “why” to help readers instead come to terms with the “how” of living with a serious disease. In particular, Thompson provides a framework and concrete suggestions for how to be a church where those who are undone by illness can be undone, as well as a place that can love and support them to hope.

“Finding space within the psalms, the story of Job, Jesus’ cry of God-forsakenness on the cross, and even Christ’s descent into hell helps us imagine how Christian communities can be spacious enough to acknowledge and hold those who are undone by illness,” Thompson says. “Only then does it become possible to identify the hope that can emerge from our not-yet-resurrection reality to imagine more in life today as well as in the life to come.”

C.S. Lewis’ Little Book of Wisdom:
Meditations on Faith, Life, Love and Literature.
Compiled by Andrea Kirk Assaf & Kelly Anne Leahy.
Pbk 400pp. ISBN 9781571748454.

Hampton Roads (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

This pocket sized book offers more than 300 nuggets of inspiration and wisdom from the much-loved author, philosopher and Christian theologist.

This distillation of his feelings on subjects ranging from love and faith, to ethics and morality, to myth and literature will throw open the windows of the soul and provide readers with bite-size nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from one of the best-loved writers of the 20th century.

How to Be a Christian:
Reflections and Essays.
C S Lewis.
Hbk 256pp. ISBN 9780062849939.
HarperOne (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

How to Be a Christian brings together the best of Lewis’s insights on Christian practice and its expression in our daily lives. Cultivated from his many essays, articles, and letters, as well as his classic works, this illuminating and thought-provoking collection provides practical wisdom and direction Christians can use to nurture their faith and become more devout disciples of Christ.

By provoking readers to more carefully ponder their faith, this book can help readers forge a deeper understanding of their personal beliefs and what is means to be a Christian and strengthen their profound relationship with God.

Your Path to Self-Discovery.
Tony Christie.
Pbk 312ppp. ISBN 9780738756615.

Llewellyn Publications (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

The labyrinth is an enigma, a seemingly ordinary symbol that has the power to open the gateway to profound self-discovery. Within its coils and turns, secret wisdom is revealed that has the potential to help humanity on its journey toward spiritual advancement. Spiritual teacher Tony Christie shares new information and powerful techniques for exploring the labyrinth as a source of wonder, wisdom, healing, and enlightenment.

Discover how to work with labyrinths to quiet your mind and gain insights and answers for the questions that matter most to you. Use the labyrinth as a safe container for letting go of your troubles and finding that peaceful place within yourself. Learn about the fascinating connections between the labyrinth and tarot, alchemy, crop circles, and the cosmos. With the right guidance and intention, every step you take in a labyrinth can bring you greater understanding of your life’s purpose on your own sacred journey.

Mindfulness in Music:
Notes on Finding Life’s Rhythm.
Mark Tanner.
Hbk 144pp. ISBN 9781782405672.
Leaping Hare (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Through unique meditations, personal reflections, and holistic notes, this astute author shines a spotlight on the humanity and spirituality in music.

A joyful exploration into the meditative nature of music and its holistic beauty. Mark Tanner reveals how composers and musicians have always embraced mindful connections, and how everyone can cherish the same life-affirming chords. Whether listening to a forest soundscape, playing trombone in a ska group or listening to Beethoven or Beyonce, he reveals the natural ecology to all forms of music, and the creative mindful instinct we share.

God’s Presence and Power in Creation (Interpretation series).

Luke Timothy Johnson.
Hbk 392pp. ISBN 9780664234072.

Westminister John Knox (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

In this excellent resource for church professionals, Johnson reclaims Christian belief in miracles as integral to recovering a proper and strong sense of creation, recognizing the validity of personal experience and narrative and asserting the truth-telling quality of myth.

Miracles are not confined to the stories of Scripture. These signs of God’s presence and power in creation are experienced throughout our daily existence. Yet cultural challenges and modernity’s skepticism have marginalised belief in them as unreasonable and irrational, says Luke Timothy Johnson.

His analysis includes:

  • a description of the competing symbolic worldviews that have framed the discussion on miracles, including secular debates and theological imagination
  • interpretation of miracles consonant with the biblical construction of reality in the Old and New Testaments
  • suggestions for four areas in the church’s life—teaching, preaching, prayer, and pastoral care—that can work together to shape a symbolic world, within which believers can expect, perceive, and celebrate the miracles in everyday life.

A Human History
Now in paperback.
Reza Aslan.
Pbk 320pp. ISBN 9780552174992.

Corgi (2018).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]. 

“Reza Aslan offers so much to relish in his excellent ‘human history’ of God. In tracing the commonalities that unite religions, Aslan makes truly challenging arguments that believers in many traditions will want to mull over, and to explore further. This rewarding book is very ambitious in its scope, and it is thoroughly grounded in an impressive body of reading and research.” Philip Jenkins, author of Crucible of Faith

In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as a remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions. According to Aslan, this innate desire to humanise God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. As Aslan writes, “Whether we are aware of it or not, and regardless of whether we’re believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves.”

Coming to it:
Selected poems.
Sam Hunt.
Hbk 208pp. ISBN 9780947503802.

Potton & Burton (2018).
[Allow 10-14 days].

A collection of Sam Hunt’s work from the earliest poems that first made his name, through to new poems written 56 years on, in 2018. Sam Hunt is New Zealand’s best-known and, arguably, best-loved poet.

The book contains 19 new, previously unpublished poems, and is the only collection of Hunt’s poems currently in print.

As always, Hunt’s unflinchingly honest, elegiac and moving poems roam around familiar themes of family, friends and lovers; landscapes and the play of the weather; and the challenges of ageing and mortality.

Science and Spiritual Practices:
Transformative Experiences and Their Effects on Our Bodies, Brains, and Health.
Rupert Sheldrake.
Hbk 256pp. ISBN 9781640091177.

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

The effects of spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that religious and spiritual practices generally make people happier and healthier.

Examining spiritual practices as far-ranging as prayer, meditation, ritual, communing with nature, pilgrimage, psychedelics, gratitude, and even sports, Sheldrake argues that science can not only justify and authenticate religious belief, it can also help improve it.

In this pioneering book, Sheldrake shows how science helps validate seven practices on which many religions are built, and which are part of our common human heritage: meditation, gratitude, connecting with nature, relating to plants, rituals, singing and chanting, pilgrimage and holy places.

Te kurī māia o te moana.
Robyn Belton.
Pbk 40pp. ISBN 9780947503857.

Potton & Burton (2018).
[Allow 10-14 days].

Herbert: The Brave Sea Dog is now available in Te Reo. Robyn Belton’s heart-warming, beautifully illustrated book is the true story about a small dog who lived by the sea.

Everybody loved him, but the person who loved him most was Tim. One fine day, an excited Hāpata set off on a boat with Tim’s father, heading for the Marlborough Sounds. What no one knew, however, was that the weather would soon turn rough and Hāpata would be thrown into the biggest adventure of his life.

The Brilliant Deep:
Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs:
The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation
Kate Messner; Matthew Forsythe (Illust.).
Hbk 48pp. ISBN 9781452133508.

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

This is  the true story of the coral restoration pioneer in this brilliant tribute to the wonders of nature and the power of human hope.

All it takes is one: one coral gamete to start a colony, one person to make a difference, one idea to change the world. The ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world’s coral reefs – with hammer and glue, and grafts of newly grown coral – are the living legacy of Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation. 

Tiny, Perfect Things.  
M H Clark; Madeline Kloepper (Illustrator).
Hbk 40pp. ISBN 9781946873064.

Compendium (2018).
[Allow 4 weeks].

With rhythmic storytelling and detailed and intricate illustrations, this is a book about how childlike curiosity can transform ordinary days into extraordinary adventures.

The whole world is a treasure waiting to be found. Open your eyes and see the wonderful things all around. This is the story of a child and a grandfather whose walk around the neighbourhood leads to a day of shared wonder as they discover all sorts of tiny, perfect things together. 

My Country:
A Syrian Memoir.
Kassem Eid.
Hbk 224pp. ISBN 9781635572841.

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

Kassem Eid survived arrest in al-Assad’s regime, a chemical weapons attack that shocked the world and the siege of a city where he fought with the Syrian rebel army. This is his story, a unique and powerfully moving testimony for our times, with a foreword by Janine di Giovanni.

In 2013, Kassem Eid nearly died in a sarin gas attack in the town of Moadamiya. At least 1,500 people were killed. Later that day, he was hit by a mortar while helping the Free Syrian Army fight government forces. He survived that, too. But his entire world – friends, neighbors, family, everything he knew – had been devastated beyond repair.

Eid illuminates the realities of growing up in a corrupt dictatorship; the strictures of living under siege; the impact of unspeakable violence; and how, at extraordinary personal risk, he drew worldwide attention to the assault on cities across Syria. This is a searing account of oppression, war, grit, and escape, and a heart-breaking love letter to a world lost forever.

Learning to Speak God from Scratch:
Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing—And How We Can Revive Them.
Jonathan Merritt.
Pbk 256pp. ISBN 9781601429308.

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

“With each turn of the page, you realize with increasing urgency how necessary and important this book is. Applying a journalist’s eye to the language of faith, Jonathan Merritt breathes new life into familiar words and phrases, expertly employing history, etymology, biblical studies, survey data, and personal narrative to show that how we “speak God” really matters.

Smart, eclectic, and delightfully readable, Learning to Speak God from Scratch is packed with little gems of knowledge and insight that will get you thinking. It deserves a place of honour on the bookshelf of every writer, every pastor, and every person of faith who understands that, as Mark Twain put it, ‘the difference between the almost-right word and the right word is…the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.’” Rachel Held Evans author of Searching for Sunday and Inspired

Are you going to the 
Common Ground 2018: 
Aotearoa NZ’s 3rd Progressive Spirituality Conference.
at St Andrews on the Terrace in Wellington, 
from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 September 2018?

We will be running a bookstall there.
Click here to download  a list of books we will have on sale at the Conference

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