September 2021 Selection

September 2021 Selection

We are delighted to release Rubinstine Manukia’s new book: Culture Crossroads. Ruby explores what is happening for Pasifika people today and, among other proposals, suggests that  this country should have a written constitution that acknowledges the tenets of all faiths, religions, cultures and ethnicities. Print and eBook editions are available.

We also feature Mana Whakatipu  which tells the story of how Mark Solomon has guided and led Ngai Tahu since 1998. 

Topics of other books include:

  • the challenges and opportunities for churches to evolve to meet today’s needs
  • Preaching in the style of a commercial and preaching about the headlines
  • body-based spiritual care
  • Early North African Christianity through its key representatives, such as Perpetua, Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine.
  • preaching about the women of the Bible throughout the year.

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Culture Crossroads:
Dealing with the Pressures and Demands on Pacific Islanders Living in Aotearoa.
Rubinstine Manukia.
Pbk 64pp. ISBN 9781988572710.
Philip Garside Publishing Ltd (2021). $20.00.
[15+ in stock,
more stock arriving end Sept. 2021].

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Pasifika people are at a crossroads & must decide whether to retain their traditional cultural values and practices, adopt those of other New Zealanders or find a middle pathway to the future. Ruby explores why they are under pressure and suggests ways to deal with this.

Many older Pasifika people and those raised in the Pacific Islands, choose to run their Aotearoa churches and take part in the life of their church in the same way they did in the Islands. Younger Pasifika people and those born or raised mainly in New Zealand must learn to put the needs of their immediate family and children first and be disciplined in how they handle their finances, and their giving to their churches and extended family.

Ruby suggests that churches in New Zealand generally, and Pasifika members as a sub-group within their national bodies, should have the right to decide for themselves their response to theological and ethical issues.

These issues feed into an argument that Aotearoa should have a written constitution that acknowledges the tenets of all faiths, religions, cultures and ethnicities.


Mana Whakatipu:
Ngāi Tahu leader Mark Solomon on leadership and life.
Mark Solomon; Mark Revington.
Hbk 248pp. ISBN 9780995i35437.

Massey University Press (2021).  $35.00.
[Allow 10 days].

In 1998, just as South Island iwi Ngāi Tahu was about to sign its Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the government – justice of sorts after seven generations of seeking redress – a former foundryman stepped into the pivotal role of kaiwhakahaere or chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the tribal council of Ngāi Tahu.

Mark Solomon stood at the head of his iwi at a pivotal moment and can be credited with the astute stewardship of the settlement that has today made Ngāi Tahu a major player in the economy and given it long sought-after self-determination for the affairs of its own people. Bold, energetic and visionary, for 18 years Solomon forged a courageous and determined course, bringing a uniquely Māori approach to a range of issues.

Imagining the Church:
Keeping Faith in a Fragmented World
Tim Gibson.
Pbk 138pp. ISBN 9781789591828.

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

The local church holds a special place in the imagination of many people, whether or not they attend it regularly.

Drawing on theology, literature, art, philosophy, popular culture and personal experience, priest and writer Tim Gibson uncovers its significance, arguing that churches play an important role in local communities and in the life of the nation, keeping faith alive for the whole population.

Gibson tells the story of the church through the lens of his experiences in a variety of places, including Westminster Abbey, Holy Trinity Geneva and his home parishes in Sussex and rural Somerset. His imagining is at once faithful to tradition and optimistic about the future.

Preaching and the Thirty-Second Commercial:
Lessons from Advertising for the Pulpit.
O. Wesley Allen Jr.; Carrie La Ferle.
Pbk 185pp. ISBN 9780664265441.

Westminster John Knox (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Believing that preaching can benefit from advertising’s laser focus on how to make its message stick, O. Wesley Allen, Jr. (a preaching professor) and Carrie La Ferle (a professor of advertising) have written this first-of-its-kind book on what preachers can learn from advertising.

Examples of these lessons include:

  • Sharpening one’s analysis to understand the congregation better
  • Encoding a message so that listeners can decode it for their individual lives
  • Understanding how the form of the sermon leads to greater or lesser effectiveness
  • Building the sermon around imagery and narrative

The Women’s Lectionary:
Preaching the Women of the Bible Throughout the Year
Ashley M. Wilcox.
Pbk 306pp. ISBN 9780664266196.

Westminster John Knox (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

Wilcox focuses on passages about women in the Bible and the feminine imagery of God, to reimagine the liturgical calendar of preaching for one year. These women are daughters, wives, and mothers. They are also strong leaders, evil queens, and wicked stepmothers. They are disciples, troublemakers, and prophetesses.

From well-known figures like Miriam and Mary to lesser-known women like Huldah and Sapphira to feminine metaphors, this comprehensive resource features more than 100 commentary essays with an Old Testament and New Testament passage for each Sunday of the year and special holy days in the calendar.

Body Connections:
Body-Based Spiritual Care.
Michael Koppel.
Pbk 184pp. ISBN 9781791013417.

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

Our bodies are amazing resources, but we are too often unaware of their power, or unable to harness it in helpful ways for our own good. This remarkable book empowers pastors, counsellors, chaplains, seminarians, and caregivers to understand and provide the ministry of care in an entirely new, life-giving way.

Koppel focuses on the human body and its relationship to faith and spiritual care. He engages religious texts and traditions as well as scientific insights, offering accessible theology and spiritual practices for healing and care of the body.

“Everything we think, feel, and do comes through the body. But practices of spiritual care tend to downplay the body as a source of knowledge and a tool for responding to others and to God. Koppel’s book reclaims that wisdom, coaching us to strengthen our abilities to read, listen, and think with the body. I can’t wait to teach this practical, wise, and convicting book, which addresses embodied emotion, grief, silence, trauma, and more. Koppel’s seasoned, pastoral voice offers a rich synthesis of sources and insights that demonstrate the body’s place at the centre of ministry.” Duane Bidwell, professor of practical theology, spiritual care, and counseling, Claremont School of Theology.

Preaching the Headlines:
Possibilities and Pitfalls.
Lisa L. Thompson.
Pbk 176pp. ISBN 9781506453866.

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

The goal of the book is to help preachers do theological reflection on the everyday world as an integral part of sermon development.

The process offered in this book is not a substitute for basic methods of sermon development nor a model of exegesis for preaching. Preachers will use this process as a supplement alongside their current method of sermon preparation.

Before the preacher can ever translate the meaning embedded in the headlines, they have to learn more about the topics they seek to preach about. They do this by digging behind the headlines and expanding their own resources beyond theological traditions alone. This work is done in order to think earnestly about how faith might spur transformative action in our world for more just ways of living together.

Wild Woman:
A Footnote, the Desert, and My Quest for an Elusive Saint.
Amy Frykholm.
Hbk 240pp. ISBN 9781506471853.

Broadleaf Press (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Runaway. Castaway. Prostitute. Hermit. Desert dweller. Saint. Boundary breaker. Archetypal wild woman.

In the corner of a library, in a dusty stack of books, in the footnote of an obscure text, journalist Amy Frykholm discovered a short citation about Mary of Egypt, all but unknown to most, and herself a footnote in ancient history. Not knowing why or from where, Frykholm felt called by this ancient woman’s story.

Thus begins the story of her decades-long search to uncover the truth about the woman who, by her own devices, figured out how to acquire what she most wanted – and when she did, discovered that it wasn’t enough.

With a scholar’s eye and a mystic’s heart, Frykholm offers a look at an elusive and dynamic figure from history while offering insights into our own inner and potentially rewilded lives. In search of Mary, the author travelled throughout Egypt, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan, walking deeper and deeper into the desert, across thresholds of space and time, to find the meaning of Mary of Egypt’s life – as well as her own embrace of the wild and sacred within.

To You All Hearts Are Open:
Revitalizing the Church’s Pattern of Asking God.
Scot McKnight.
Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9781640606166.

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

Petition is the most ancient form of prayer. McKnight has set out to understand this better, and guide pray-ers and churches to reinvigorate their practice of asking God.

He begins with the Collects of the Book of Common Prayer. These prayers common to churches of nearly every denomination illustrate key elements of prayer itself:

  • addressing God
  • asking God
  • reminding God of how God has acted in the past
  • expecting God to answer, and
  • and accessing God through Christ.

“Scot McKnight has once again proven himself an eminently capable guide in matters of Christian faith and practice. To You All Hearts Are Open offers the Christian community a simple yet elegant introduction to petitionary prayer through the prayers of scripture and the wisdom of church tradition. I look forward to giving this powerful little book as a gift, especially to my students. They, like the rest of us, often struggle to pray, having never been taught precisely how. May God use this book to instruct all who find themselves asking, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’” The Rev Canon Emily H. McGowin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theology, Wheaton College

Early North African Christianity:
Turning Points in the Development of the Church.
David L. Eastman.
Pbk 192pp. ISBN 9781540963673.

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

A compelling and insightful introduction to the faith, context, and practices of early African Christianity.

Focusing on five key moments in history, this book explores how the North African church significantly shaped Christian theology, identity, and practice in ways that still directly impact the church today.

“Eastman, a renowned scholar of early Christianity in general, has focused his attention on the early African Christian voices in particular. In so doing, he has given his readers a gift: an introduction to this underappreciated school of ancient wisdom through its key representatives, such as Perpetua, Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine. What is more, he is able to present these invaluable voices in a way that speaks to contemporary readers’ interests and concerns. Any student of Christianity’s past who feels ill-informed about what role ancient North Africans played in the faith’s earliest developments will want to add this book to their reading list.” David Wilhite, Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

Abuelita Faith:
What Women on the Margins Teach Us about Wisdom, Persistence, and Strength.
Kat Armas.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9781587435089.

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

Combining personal storytelling with biblical reflection, a Cuban American writer tells the story of unnamed and overlooked theologians – mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters – whose survival, resistance, and persistence teach us the true power of faith and love.

What if some of our greatest theologians wouldn’t be considered theologians at all?

“Armas reminds us that theology can be lived, not just theorized by those with the most social power, and that it’s happening precisely in the places where we have been told not to look.” Hillary L. McBride, psychologist, author, speaker, podcaster

Kat Armas, a second-generation Cuban American, grew up on the outskirts of Miami’s famed Little Havana neighbourhood. Her earliest theological formation came from her grandmother, her abuelita, who fled Cuba during the height of political unrest and raised three children alone after her husband passed away. Combining personal storytelling with biblical reflection, Armas shows us how voices on the margins – those often dismissed, isolated, and oppressed because of their gender, socioeconomic status, or lack of education – have more to teach us about following God than we realize.

Seeing Differently:

Franciscans and Creation
. Samuel Double;
Nicholas Alan Worssam; Simon Cocksedge.
Pbk 192pp. ISBN 9781786223005.
Canterbury Press (2021).
[Allow 2-3 weeks]. 

This timely book brings together the stories of St Francis – his preaching to birds, rejection of wealth, caring for lepers, befriending animals and living simply, his poetry and hymnody in praise of creation that is still sung today.

It also features writings and examples of inspiring Franciscans who have followed him such as Clare, Bonaventure, Duns Scotus and Angela of Foligno, and draws them into conversation with contemporary concerns for our planet.

Here are 800 years of accumulated wisdom and practical examples of how Franciscans have found ways to live at home and at peace with creation. Seeing Differently explores that long tradition and experience to ask what lessons can be drawn for today to challenge and enable readers to re-visit their own relationship with creation.

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