Wherever You Are, You Are On The Journey – Print

Wherever You Are, You Are On The Journey:
Conversations in a Coffee Shop Book 1.

Susan Jones

Stock arriving early December 2021

Print publication details

Publishing:  15 December 2021
Language: English
Words: 43,130
B/W text, 134 pp, 6″ x 9″

ISBNs:
NZ Print edition: 9781988572826
Amazon Print-on-Demand:9798768125127

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Short Description

Do you feel there is more to Christian faith than is told on Sundays? Are you questioning whether the firmly held beliefs you grew up with are going to be useful in the next stage of your life?

Don’t panic! You have simply reached a transition point in your faith journey.

Hope and her minister/mentor Susan chat about deepening & re-enchanting faith at their local café. What will Hope do next?

Full Description

Have you been religiously inclined for a while, but feel that there is more to Christian faith than is told on Sundays? Perhaps your current ideas about God, about Jesus and about what it means to live well, no longer satisfy you? Maybe you are questioning whether the firmly held beliefs you grew up with are going to be useful in the next stage of your life?

Don’t panic! You have simply reached a transition point in your faith journey. It’s time for a change and it will be unsettling.

Through the medium of weekly conversations in a local café Susan Jones creatively explores what it’s like to live through this threshold of faith, by telling us the story of Hope, a young woman who has followed the religious rules all her life but is ready to move on. What will Hope do next?

As Susan says in her introduction, “In this novel you have come across part of Hope’s journey. Not all of it may suit you right now. Here, though, are ideas and metaphors which may help with the questions buzzing round your head. These conversations seek to support re-enchantment of your journey. To help you move into post-critical thinking. I hope the book helps you understand the reasons for the changes in your thinking, and in other people’s. I hope too that you will learn how important it is that we do change.”

Praise for Wherever You Are, You Are On The Journey

“I love this book. It’s a very easy read. And it underscores the point that while interest in churchgoing Christianity is at an all-time low, spiritual curiosity is burgeoning in the 21st century. Pulpit monologues are done and dusted, but genuine, open-ended conversations over a decent cup of coffee – that’s a different thing! Faith must be democratised – rescued from religion and explored with the honesty and humanity found in this book.” Dave Tomlinson, author of ‘Black Sheep and Prodigals’ and host of The Holy Shed YouTube channel.

“Susan Jones offers an oasis for those parched by long treks through dry lands. In conversational form she gently removes boundaries, encouraging people who may have found the whole issue of religion too difficult to navigate. What better setting than a coffee shop for renewing the search for faith in times when the quest for meaning seems to have become not only unfashionable but reactionary. Offering breadcrumbs of hope along the way, Jones informs, encourages, imagines, and enchants. She has faced the difficulties of authenticity herself and discovered a way to live redemptively in a complex world. A book of possibilities, and a conversation of genuine encounter. Buy one for yourself, and one to give away.” Mike Riddell, author

Contents

Personal Introduction — Welcome!

1 — Faith is a series of stages, not a destination

2 — Don’t look now, but you’re surrounded

3 — What have we been worshipping all these centuries?

4 — If the Christian project is dying, what do I do now?

5 — The emperor’s clothing is seductive: can I let it go?

6 — The Big Story behind the little old stories

7 — Who or what is God in the world of myth and mystery?

8 — Being in church as a re-enchanted person

9 — Where do the sacraments fit now?

10 — Communicating about Communion

11 — Myth in scripture and our daily lives

12 — Can psychology or philosophy help with the journey?

13 — Who are the priests and prophets of the journey?

14 — Leading the way to re-enchantment

Appendix — 1 Creeds

Creed for an Easter People

Creed About Love

A South Canterbury Creed

Appendix — 2  Affirmations

Affirmation of Faith

Affirmation of Wilderness

Affirming the Waste of Perfume

Appendix — 3  Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

Appendix — 4  Hope and Charlie’s Experimental Liturgy

Endnotes

Copyright

Forthcoming books by Susan Jones to be published by Philip Garside Publishing Ltd

About the Author

Susan is no stranger to the pain of being other, as she’s navigated faith and gender issues. Her writing has been honed as a teacher, spiritual director, supervisor and minister. She’s completed a doctorate in theology too.

Susan’s agile, spacious mind engages respectfully with diverse beliefs and opinions; distilling complex ideas, making change accessible. Life feels possible, hopeful after conversations illustrated with her serviette graffiti. She brings a gentle, quirky sense of humour to her writing.

Susan’s coffee shop conversations trilogy integrates years of church, study, scholarly observation, struggle and no small measure of pain, undergirded by authenticity, deep faith, and a sense of the numinous.

Forthcoming books by Susan Jones to be published by Philip Garside Publishing Ltd

We are All Equally Human: Conversations in a Coffee Shop Book 2

Charity, a young lesbian church goer, attends her church’s national conference, and finds herself hurt and upset by the swirl of the ‘gay debate’ in the Church. She comes home puzzled and worried.
Charity and her minister plunge into coffee shop conversations about this issue.

 

 

Being Woman in the World: Conversations in a Coffee Shop Book 3

Faith’s weekly coffee bar conversations with her minister explore the Feminine – in psychology and theology, women in biblical texts, roles in church and society, God and gender, women and spirituality. They cover the range!

Progressing on the Journey: Lyrics and liturgy for a conscious church

Music for 40 new hymns, set to well known tunes, which address contemporary issues and celebrate the church year.
This book also contains a wealth of responsive prayers and liturgy for worship.
Includes: Gatherings, Creeds, Affirmations, Communion liturgies, Blessings, poems and two Reflections.

Keywords

Christian identity; Christian friendship; Christian mentoring; faith journey; talking about faith; spiritual growth; future church; experimental worship; exploring theology; Christian sacraments; baptism; future church; Presbyterian; New Zealand; call to ministry; progressive Christian

BIC

  • FA Modern and contemporary fiction (post c. 1945)
  • FW Religious and spiritual fiction
  • F Fiction and related items…

 BISAC

  • FIC042000 FICTION / Christian / General
  • FIC042100 FICTION / Christian / Contemporary
  • FIC042090 FICTION / Christian / Biblical
  • FIC071000 FICTION / Friendship
  • FIC113000 FICTION / World Literature / New Zealand

THEMA

  • FW Religious and spiritual fiction
  • FXN Narrative theme: Identity / belonging
  • FBA Modern and contemporary fiction
  • F Fiction and Related items
  • FB Fiction: general and literary