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BOOK OF THE MONTH
Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution.
Diana Butler Bass.
336pp. Hbk. HarperOne. Ref 305200.
Diana Butler Bass, leading
commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed
book Christianity After Religion ($26.99) by
arguing that what appears to be a decline in mainstream religion, actually
signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience
God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more
intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift,
from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of
nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that
Grounded explores this
cultural turn as Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground
by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the
soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighbourhoods, and in the
global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or
institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through
the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through
our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to
the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and
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People of the Light –
Jonathan Berkahn composer. Festival
Singers of Wellington. 22 tracks. 78 mins. Ref 312048.
This stunning CD of Jonathan
Berkahn’s new music sung by the Festival Singers of Wellington features
The Third Day resurrection cantata and music for Advent. The cantata tells
the Easter story from the cross, through low Saturday, to finding the
empty tomb, Jesus’ appearance in the locked room and giving the great
commission. The cantata ends with a glorious finale that proclaims,
“Christ is Risen, Alleluia!”
Throughout, Berkahn’s music
deftly weaves melodies around sacred words in ways that enhance and give
new meaning to the text. Listeners will be drawn into the music and find
their spirits uplifted.
We Love to Hate.
Armstrong. 160pp. Hbk. New Harvest. Ref 304763. $48.00.
St. Paul is
known throughout the world as the first Christian writer, writing 14 of
the 27 books in the New Testament. But as Karen Armstrong demonstrates in
this book, he also exerted a more significant influence on the spread of
Christianity throughout the world than any other figure in history. It was
Paul who established the first Christian churches in Europe and Asia in
the first century, Paul who transformed a minor sect into the largest
religion produced by Western civilization, and Paul who advanced the
revolutionary idea that Christ could serve as a model for the possibility
know little about some aspects of the life of St. Paul—his upbringing, the
details of his death—his dramatic vision of God on the road to Damascus is
one of the most powerful stories in the history of Christianity, and the
life that followed forever changed the course of history.
The Story Luke Tells:
Luke's Unique Witness to the Gospel. Justo L. Gonzalez. Eerdmans
(2015). Ref 310150. $34.00.
an eminent church historian on Luke as storyteller.
Testament writers, who is the best historian? Without a doubt, says Justo
González, it’s Luke. Concerned about the particulars of people and events,
Luke also gives readers the big picture, positioning the stories of Jesus
not just in the history of Israel but in the history of humankind. Luke
uniquely tells us the grand story of salvation — then and now.
skillfully highlights key themes in Luke’s storytelling, including his
strong emphasis on God's "great reversals," his keen interest in shared
meals and their intimate connection to worship and communion, and his
passionate underscoring of both the saving work of Christ and the
indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Writing in a conversational style,
González draws readers into Luke's story with fresh overviews and rich
details, showing how Luke invites us to continue his gospel witness today.
A Spiritual Colouring Book. Marcel Flier. 32 pages, A4. Monarch
Books. Ref 310054. $9.99.
break from the busyness of life and connect with your creative side. This
collection brings you artwork, inspirational quotes and Bible verses to
meditate on. Let yourself unwind and find space to reflect and pray as you
colour the patterns and pictures to create your own beautiful images.
While colouring was once reserved for children, it is now used as a means
to help adults relieve stress and anxiety. Also includes four pages of
postcards, allowing you to share your illustrations with friends and loved
Jesus and Brian:
the Historical Jesus and His Times via Monty Python's Life of Brian.
Joan E. Taylor. 268pp. Bloomsbury T&T Clark. Ref 306677. $42.99.
Python's Life of Brian film is known for its brilliant satirical
humour. Less well known is that the film contains references to what was,
at the time of its release, cutting edge biblical scholarship and Life of
Jesus research. This research, founded on the acceptance of the Historical
Jesus as a Jew who needs to be understood within the context of his time,
is implicitly referenced through the setting of the Brian character within
a tumultuous social and political background.
collection is a compilation of essays from foremost scholars of the
historical Jesus and the first century Judaea, and includes contributions
from: George Brooke, Richard Burridge, Paula Fredriksen, Steve
Mason, Adele Reinhartz, Bart Ehrman, Amy-Jill Levine, James
Crossley, Philip Davies, Joan Taylor, Bill Telford, Helen Bond, Guy
Steibel, David Tollerton, David Shepherd and Katie Turner.
collection opens up the Life of Brian to renewed investigation and,
in so doing, uses the film to reflect on the historical Jesus and his
times, revitalising the discussion of history and Life of Jesus research.
The volume also features a Preface from Terry Jones, who not only directed
the film, but also played Brian's mum.
Lance O'Sullivan. 256pp. Penguin. Ref 307653. $38.00.
O'Sullivan is a man on a mission. Raised in Auckland by a solo mother, he
had a modest upbringing typical of the time, if one chequered with
difficulties. After being expelled from two schools, Lance could have gone
off the rails. Instead, he found his way at Hato Petera College,
connecting with his Maori ancestry, and going on to study medicine. After
a brief but outstanding career working as a GP in the public health
system, Lance and his wife Tracy quit their day jobs to set up a
ground-breaking practice in the Far North that offers free healthcare to
the many who can't afford it.
work, Lance has been acknowledged as a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader,
Public Health Champion, Maori of the Year and, most recently, Kiwibank New
Zealander of the Year.
brave and free-thinking, Lance stood up when no one else would. The
Good Doctor charts his inspirational, one-of-a-kind life story, while
relaying an overarching hope for a better New Zealand.
Personal Reflections on the Liturgy. Joy Cowley. 96pp. Pleroma. Ref
regular mass goers, the liturgy can become a familiar road to the
destination of Holy Communion and we stroll past gifts that wait for us in
words and phrases. There is a wealth of divine connection in the liturgy
if we are open to receive it.
contents of this book are not exegesis or commentary, but pauses on the
road to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying. This form of lectio divina
can be called ‘listening with the ears of the heart,’ and I invite you to
make your own sacred pauses during the mass. Hear what you are meant to
hear, and write your own prayer responses.” Joy Cowley, from her
introduction to the book.
will also become a treasured resource for those in other denominations who
want to experience more deeply their Holy Communion and Eucharist
Psalms, Poems and Haiku. Mark Gibson. 138pp. Philip Garside
book Ref 306162 $25.00. eBooks (ePub Ref 306283, Kindle ref 306291, PDF
ref 306306) $8.99.
earthquakes struck Christchurch in 2010–2011 and caused obvious damage to
buildings, the land and waterways. The emotional impact of these events on
the people who lived through them is harder to see. For many people, the
city and life they knew has gone, but they are not yet able to move
forward – they are stuck in-between. In this moving collection,
Mark Gibson tells their story.
psalms put before God the hurts, frustrations, injustices and despair that
people feel. They also offer praise and point to a new appreciation of the
natural world around us and to hope for a brighter future.
which document and reflect on the author’s unfolding pastoral and
spiritual journey, are grouped into broad categories:
offer playful, snapshot impressions of living through the four seasons:
autumn, winter, spring and summer.
this collection for personal nourishment, strength in difficult times or
use in worship. You are not alone. There is hope.
Sacred in the City:
Seeing the Spiritual in the Everyday. Margaret Silf. 96pp. Hbk.
Colour. Lion. Ref 304706. $24.99.
beautifully illustrated book, Margaret Silf uncovers the shimmer of the
sacred in the familiar places of everyday city living – the places where
we live, work and choose to gather – and invites us to notice and respond
to its glow in our own surroundings. In her words, “The sacred is all
around us, all the time. It is the reality in which we live and move and
have our being. But it is our own lives that make this holiness incarnate,
and make our place of living and working sacred.”
will guide and inspire you, too, to notice and engage with this
transforming presence in places where you might least expect to find it.
God Kill Jesus?:
Searching for Love in History's Most Famous Execution. Tony Jones.
Hbk. 296pp. HarperOne. Ref 304441. $49.99.
Christians believe that God the Father demanded his only Son die a cruel,
gruesome death to appease His wrath, since humanity is so irredeemably
sinful and therefore repugnant to God.
popular progressive Christian blogger, author, and scholar, argues that
this understanding is actually a medieval invention and not what the Bible
really teaches. He looks beyond medieval convictions and liberates how we
see Jesus’ death on the cross from this restrictive paradigm. Christians
today must transcend the shame and guilt that have shaped conceptions of
the human soul and made us fearful of God, and replace them with love,
grace, and joyfulness, which better expresses what the cross is really
understand the cross reflects directly what kind of God we worship. By
letting go of the wrathful God who cannot stand to be in our presence
unless he pretends to see Jesus in our place, we discover the biblical God
who reaches out to love and embrace us while “we were yet sinners.” Jones
offers a positive, loving, inclusive interpretation of the faith that is
both challenging and inspiring. Essential reading for modern Christians.
God Kill Jesus? is the one and only book I have ever seen on the
Atonement that I can wholeheartedly recommend without reservation and with
devout enthusiasm. Even-handed, historically complete, accessible to any
reader who chooses to approach it, this is a masterful piece of work.”
Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence
Memoir Weaving Faith with Justice, Ethics and Community.
Richard Randerson. 243pp. Matai House. Ref 303914. $30.00.
Free Study Guide (PDF 147kb):
years, Richard Randerson CNZM has exercised a ministry at the crossroads
of Church and Society. In New Zealand, Australia, England and New York, he
has served as industrial chaplain, inner city priest, social justice
officer, royal commissioner, bishop and cathedral dean. Now resident in
Wellington, he continues to write and speak on matters where faith finds
expression in social justice, ethics, and contemporary theology.
life and ministry have spanned a period of profound change in NZ and the
wider world. During this time the Church has sometimes led, but often
lagged, on a bewildering array of issues: marriage of divorcees,
ordination of women, anti-nuclear and anti-apartheid protests, same-sex
relationships, abortion, poverty, inequality in economics and justice,
treaty settlements, church constitutional change, prayer book rewriting,
contemporary theology, inter-faith relations, genetic modification, civil
marriage, same gender marriage and the priestly vocations of gays and
been in the thick of many of these defining battles down through the
decades. His memoir is not just the story of one man's work in Church and
Society through decades of turbulent change. It is a font of wisdom and
practical advice for those seeking God's help today on society's even
Megan McKenna. 179pp. Paulist Press. Ref 296720. $33.00.
McKenna focuses her spiritual ken in this book on the messengers of God
who have played such important roles in Hebrew and Christian scriptures.
She writes about Michael, the protector; Gabriel, archangel of truth;
Raphael, companion angel; and Uriel, archangel of death and conversion. At
one point McKenna calls angels "mysteries of God's imagination." As usual,
the author spices up this material with stories from many different
religious traditions. McKenna concludes that the guardian angels of the
poor, the dispossessed, and the persecuted are deeply appreciated. This is
one book on angels that refreshingly stays grounded on earth.”
Spirituality and Practice
Christmas Candle – DVD.
100 mins. Rated G. Echolight Studios. $19.99
film for the whole family based on a Max Lucado story. Deep in the heart
of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend
has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches
a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on
Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this
centuries old legend may come to an end.
Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in
Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds
and acts of kindness. While David’s quest to modernize Gladbury sets him
at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the
lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks). Now, the fiery candlemaker
must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. But when the
candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most
astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen.
Stories by Jesus:
The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. Amy-Jill Levine.
Hbk 313pp. HarperOne. $45.00.
interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus’ most popular
teaching parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them
lively and relevant for modern readers.
In this wise,
entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely
reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. She analyses these “problems with
parables,” taking readers back in time to understand how their original
Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections
to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and
morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalised
understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary
reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also
about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us 2000 years
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