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Books > Children > Children's Books

Heart of a Whale
ISBN-10: 1743817622
ISBN-13: 9781743817629
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Price: AU$24.99
Description: Whale's song was so beautiful it could reach the furthest of faraways. It sang of happiness and hope, magic and wonder, always and everywhere. While the whale's song soothes the entire ocean, nothing can fill his own empty heart. Whale wishes with all his heart to find a friend somewhere in the vast, endless sea.

Can his wish be carried over the ocean for someone to follow?

My Time with God: 31 Bedtime Stories and Prayers
Author/Artist: FODOR, CECILIE
ISBN-10: 0809167905
ISBN-13: 9780809167906
Publisher: Paulist Press
Price: AU$23.95
Description: Each child needs a little inspiration to get started spending time with God. Here is a good help. My Time with God has one retold Bible story for each day in a month. It divides stories between the Old and New Testament and contains prayers to accompany each story.

This board book has a unique handle attached to the book, which makes it fun and an inviting feature for children.

Books > Church > Pope Francis

Go Forth:Toward a Community of Missionary Disciples
Author/Artist: FRANCIS, POPE
ISBN-10: 1626983267
ISBN-13: 9781626983267
Publisher: Orbis
Price: AU$44.95
Description: “I dream of a ‘missionary option,’ that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation.”
Pope Francis

In Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis laid out a vision for the missionary reform of the church. Mission, in his view, is not just something extra that the church does on the frontiers. It is the church’s very life and reason for being. For that reason, all renewal and reform must be vitally related to the cause of mission, a challenge not just for Rome, but for all Christians.

Drawn from Francis’s speeches, homilies, and other writings, “Go Forth” makes it clear that the missionary reform of the church is the integrating theme of his papacy. Simply put, Pope Francis is a missionary pope who is calling the church to follow its true missionary calling.

Books > Ministry / Parish Life > Ministry Books

Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World
ISBN-10: 8892217860
ISBN-13: 9788892217867
Publisher: St Pauls Publications
Price: AU$45.00
Description: November 30, 2019, will mark the centenary of the promulgation of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, with which Pope Benedict XV wished to give new impetus to the missionary call to proclaim the Gospel. On the occasion of this anniversary, Pope Francis has called for the whole Church to observe an Extraordinary Missionary Month, entrusting leadership of this event to the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and the Pontifical Mission Societies.

This Guide, which is the result of a wide consultation with the local Churches, is intended to help you prepare and live the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019. It is a gift made up of contributions from Christians all over the world and addressed to Christians all over the world. The texts presented here will serve to inspire the creativity of the local Churches and their Christians in facing the challenges of evangelisation starting from the missio ad gentes and within their own contexts.

The parts of this Guide correspond to the spiritual dimensions indicated by Pope Francis when he called for this Extraordinary Missionary Month: a personal encounter with Jesus Christ alive in the Church, the witness of saints and martyrs of mission, a catechetical formation for mission and missionary charity.

Books > Scripture > New Testament

New Testament Christianity in the Roman World
Author/Artist: MAIER, HARRY O
ISBN-10: 0190264403
ISBN-13: 9780190264406
Publisher: Oxford City Press
Price: AU$38.95
Description: What did it mean to be a Christian in the Roman Empire? Harry O. Maier considers the multilayered social contexts that shaped the authors and audiences of the New Testament. Beginning with the cosmos and the gods, Maier presents concentric realms of influence on the new religious movement of Christ-followers. The next is that of the empire itself and the sway the cult of the emperor held over believers of a single deity.

Within the empire, early Christianity developed mostly in cities, the shape of which often influenced the form of belief. The family stood as the social unit in which daily expression of belief was most clearly on view and, finally, Maier examines the role of personal and individual adherence to the religion in the shaping of the Christian experience in the Roman world.

In all of these various realms, concepts of sacrifice, belief, patronage, poverty, Jewishness, integration into city life, and the social constitution of identity are explored as important facets of early Christianity as a lived religion. Maier encourages readers to think of early Christianity not simply as an abstract and disconnected set of beliefs and practices, but as made up of a host of social interactions and pluralisms. Religion thus ceases to exist as a single identity, and acts instead as a sphere in which myriad identities co-exist.

Books > Spirituality > Spirituality Books

Christ Centred Mindfulness
ISBN-10: 0994616678
ISBN-13: 9780994616678
Publisher: Acorn Press
Price: AU$19.99
Description: The practice of 'mindfulness' has moved from its roots in psychological therapy into the mainstream of today's popular culture, where it is marketed as a path to health and wellbeing. A mental exercise that takes a few minutes a day seems like an easy fix to life's problems, the perfect antidote to the frantic pace of our lives.

But does mindfulness work, and if so, how? Is it backed by scientific evidence? And given its links to Buddhist thought, can therapeutic mindfulness be practised in ways that are consistent with a Christian worldview?

In Christ-Centred Mindfulness, academic and experienced mental health worker Katherine Thompson addresses these questions and highlights mindfulness-related practices that have been used within the church for hundreds of years, practices that help us slow down, connect to what is happening inside ourselves and make space to listen for God's guidance in everyday life.

Dr Thompson draws on this rich tradition to present Christian mindfulness exercises that can be used to enrich our prayer lives, help us to draw near to God and grow in Christlikeness.

Living Well in the Presence of God
ISBN-10: 0648453820
ISBN-13: 9780648453826
Publisher: Morning Star Publishing
Price: AU$19.95
Description: Living Well gives a fresh perspective on Christian spirituality in the twenty-first century, and a practical guide to deepening your relationship with God.
Why is encountering God different today? Why do we need a spirituality for the twenty-first century? Christians are different today because we bring our postmodern mindsets and knowledge with us, as we try to faithfully relate with and follow Jesus, amid a secular-scientific culture. We cope with the challenges of following God everyday by carving out special times in our busy lives, ‘God-time’, to place ourselves in God’s presence, in prayer, in church, in service. But what about the rest of the time? How can we completely commit our ‘me-time’ to God? Living Well gives readers a practical five step process for Everyday Spirituality.

It challenges readers to consider: Can we experience God’s presence in everyday life? What is that experience like? When we commit to follow Jesus, what does God ask of us, in practical terms? How can we deal with living in a secular society which denies the presence of the sacred? What are we asked to do, every day, to transform our world? Living Well relates spirituality to the average Christian’s life. As one reader said, ‘I particularly liked the examples from your life. They illustrate what you’re talking about and help trigger memories of the reader’s own experiences.’

Tender: Stories that Lean into Kindness
Author/Artist: PERRIN JULIE
ISBN-10: 1925722198
ISBN-13: 9781925722192
Publisher: Mediacom Associates Inc
Price: AU$22.00
Description: Julie Perrin has been writing creative non-fiction stories for Australian magazines and newspapers since 2007, contributing to The Sunday Age, Eureka Street, The Big Issue and Dumbo Feather. An Associate Teacher with Pilgrim Theological College, she has also been on the ministry team at Brunswick Uniting Church, a visiting storyteller in shcools and a school chaplain.

Here Julie has put together a collection of insightful and compassionate stories that prompts us to think how many significant moments and small epiphanies we miss, simply by not paying attention.

Books > Theology > Theology Books

Maternal Body: A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East
ISBN-10: 0809153912
ISBN-13: 9780809153916
Publisher: Paulist Press
Price: AU$35.95
Description: In Maternal Body: A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East, Carrie Frederick Frost places Orthodox Christian sources on motherhood, icons, hymns, and prayers, into conversation with each other. In so doing, she brings an anchored vision of motherhood to the twenty-first century, especially the embodied experience of motherhood.

Along the way, Frost addresses practices of the Church that have neglected mothers’ bodies, offering insight for others who also choose to live within truth-bearing but flawed traditions. Whether female or male, whether mothers or not, whether mothers adoptive or biological, we each make our appearance in the cosmos through a maternal body; our mother’s body gives us our own body.

In these bodies we live our lives and find our way into the next. From the unexpected and fresh vantage point of the maternal body, Frost offers new ways of understanding our incarnate experience as humans and better cultivating a relationship with our Creator.

The Lost Art of Scripture HARDBACK
ISBN-10: 184792431X
ISBN-13: 9781847924315
Publisher: Penguin Books
Price: AU$55.00
Description: In our increasingly secular world, holy texts are at best seen as irrelevant, and at worst as an excuse to incite violence, hatred and division. So what value, if any, can scripture hold for us today? And if our world no longer seems compatible with scripture, is it perhaps because its original purpose has become lost?

Today we see the Quran being used by some to justify war and terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception. The holy texts at the centre of all religious traditions are often employed selectively to underwrite arbitrary and subjective views. They are believed to be divinely ordained; they are claimed to contain eternal truths.

But as Karen Armstrong, a world authority on religious affairs, shows in this fascinating journey through millennia of history, this narrow reading of scripture is a relatively recent phenomenon. For hundreds of years these texts were instead viewed as spiritual tools: scripture was a means for the individual to connect with the divine, to transcend their physical existence, and to experience a higher level of consciousness. Holy texts were seen as fluid and adaptable, rather than a set of binding archaic rules or a ‘truth’ that has to be ‘believed’.

Armstrong argues that only by rediscovering an open engagement with their holy texts will the world’s religions be able to curtail arrogance, intolerance and violence. And if scripture is used to engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways, we will find that it still has a great deal to teach us.
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