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Religion & Faith (20)
Monasteries and Monastic Orders
How did the monks, nuns, and hermits live? What rules did they agree to obey? To what extent were they able to uphold those ideals in reality? What was the rela...
How did the monks, nuns, and hermits live? What rules did they agree to obey? To what extent were they able to uphold those ideals in reality? What was the relationship between the monasteries and worldly authorities? And what was the source of the power that the religious orders were able to exercise in political affairs at various times? Are the remarkable cultural accomplishments of the cloisters simply the fruits of great self-discipline, or did they also result from a privileged way of life? Who were the men and women who entered monasteries? Knowledgeable responses to these and many other questions, in conjunction with opulent illustrations, make this an impressive volume that is destined to become a standard on the subject.
Dimensions: 234 x 324 mm
We know a lot about the early missionaries who came to New Zealand from 1814 and how Christianity developed through their complex interactions with Māori. Less...
We know a lot about the early missionaries who came to New Zealand from 1814 and how Christianity developed through their complex interactions with Māori. Less well known are the ways in which settler churches of Aotearoa New Zealand reached out to engage in missionary activity in other parts of the world. Pushing Boundaries is the first book-length attempt to tell the story of the evolution of overseas missionary activity by New Zealand’s Protestant churches from the early nineteenth century up to World War II. In this thought-provoking book, Hugh Morrison outlines how and why missions became important to colonial churches – the theological and social reasons churches supported missions, how their ideas were shaped, and what motivated individual New Zealanders to leave these shores to devote their lives elsewhere. Secondly, he connects this local story to some larger historical themes – of gender, culture, empire, childhood and education. This book argues that understanding the overseas missionary activity of Protestant churches and groups can contribute to a more general understanding of how New Zealand has developed as a society and nation.
Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm
Publication Date: 19-02-2016
Prayer First Aid Kit
Whether you’re in need of advice, comfort or an outlet for joy in happy occasions, the world of prayer can offer a safe and reassuring place to express your f...
Whether you’re in need of advice, comfort or an outlet for joy in happy occasions, the world of prayer can offer a safe and reassuring place to express your feelings and search for answers. Let this collection of inspiring and illuminating prayers for every occasion help you resolve the dilemmas in your life.
Dimensions: 108 x 165 mm
Publication Date: 06-07-2015
Publisher: Otago University Press
To feel safe and sacred in this world, I need to treasure the sanctuary within me … Sanctuary: The discovery of wonder is an engaging and moving book full of ...
To feel safe and sacred in this world, I need to treasure the sanctuary within me … Sanctuary: The discovery of wonder is an engaging and moving book full of spiritual insight, wisdom and warmth. It is the result of a decade of exploration and contemplation of the concept of sanctuary by Julie Leibrich, a poet and writer, formerly a research psychologist and Mental Health Commissioner. Sanctuary is written in a way that happily combines reason and imagination, poetry and critical thinking, knowledge and originality, producing a highly readable and rewarding book. Sanctuary cuts across genres: at once a spiritual memoir; a collection of personal journal entries and brief discourses; and a window into the views of influential writers, thinkers and poets, and of the author’s friends and acquaintances. Julie Leibrich’s life journey has led her to discover through ‘wondering, wandering and wonderment’ the elements of the world and self that are most sacred. It is truly wonderful … the reading experience in itself became a sanctuary. – Judi Clements, CEO, NZ Mental Health Foundation Leibrich’s experience may well be signalling an important ‘change of heart’ in the whole field of spirituality and mental health. – Professor Phil Barker, www.psychminded.co.uk It touches and moves me with its language and insight … [offering] such energy and hope. – Linden Lynn, author/artist, England
Dimensions: 200 x 200 mm
Publication Date: 20-03-2015
Growing In Age and Wisdom
Anne Millar's writing and work as a nurse, counsellor, and through her pastoral ministry has given comfort and hope to many people. This compilation of articles...
Anne Millar's writing and work as a nurse, counsellor, and through her pastoral ministry has given comfort and hope to many people. This compilation of articles, originally published in Touchstone, is thoughtfully ordered and graced with poems and photos. Growing in Age and Wisdom creates an inspirational reflection on the meaning and purpose found in growing older. The simple beauty and depth of being in relation to those around us and our environmental unfolds.
The John Wesley Code: Finding a Faith That Matters
Dop June 2009, Auckland Softcover John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, was one of the best known figues of the 18th century. For 50 years he tirel...
Dop June 2009, Auckland Softcover John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, was one of the best known figues of the 18th century. For 50 years he tirelessly rode the length of Britain preaching his message of 'plain truth for plain people'. He turned aside from a comfortable and well-provisioned life as a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford to live and work among the poor and needy. Wesley wanted Methodists to be people with warm hearts, catholic spirits, a whole gospel and an open mind. Drawing on the best of contemporary and historical scholarship, James Stuart traces the writers, theologians, people Wesley met and the key experiences that shaped Wesley's ideas. He then revisits the enduring themes and other principles of Wesley and the early Methodists, to see how they might affect our practice, inspire our theology and renew our lives today.
Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm
A Great Deception: The Ruling Lamas' Policies
The purpose of this book is to achieve the following four aims: to liberate millions of innocent practitioners of the Buddhist Deity Dorje Shugden and their fam...
The purpose of this book is to achieve the following four aims: to liberate millions of innocent practitioners of the Buddhist Deity Dorje Shugden and their families from suffering; to restore peace and harmony between Shugden and non-Shugden practitioners; to re-establish the common spiritual activities of Shugden and non-Shugden practitioners; and, to free Buddhism from political pollution. Achieving these aims depends solely upon whether the present Dalai Lama will accept the four points set out at the conclusion of chapter 4 of this book. The Dalai Lama wishes to ban Shugden worship in general; and in particular to remove Tibetan Shugden worshippers from their communities, and Western Shugden worshippers from the international Buddhist community. Since 1996 the Tibetan exile government has continually applied effort to fulfil these wishes. In February 2008 alone, 900 monks who are Shugden practitioners were expelled from their monasteries in India. In 1996 the Tibetan exile government publicly decreed to the Tibetan communities of each country, including Tibet, that Shugden practitioners were their national enemies and were against the Dalai Lama's wishes. The decree stated that unless Shugden practitioners promised to stop Shugden worship they would not receive any official position or job, nor any help or support, even medical assistance, either from the Tibetan exile government or from individual members of the Tibetan community. Further, any connection at all with Shugden practitioners should be cut. Children of Shugden practitioners were no longer permitted to attend Tibetan schools, and Shugden practitioners themselves could not join community meetings, social events and so forth. The Tibetan exile government put the Dalai Lama's wishes into practice directly in India, and in the same way the Dalai Lama's official representative in each country throughout the world has directly and practically followed the orders of the exile government. These representatives have organized vigilante groups in their respective regions and directly prevailed upon such groups to defame, threaten, and sometimes physically harm Shugden practitioners. In this way many Shugden temples have been closed and shrines destroyed, individual Shugden practitioner's houses have been burned down, practitioners have been brutally beaten, and children have been banned from their schools. Tibetan Shugden practitioners are repeatedly accused unjustly of being 'the Tibetan national enemy' and ostracised from their communities. This inhumane treatment directly violates basic human rights and principles of democratic law, but nevertheless pervades almost every Tibetan community today, whether in the East or West.
Dimensions: 138 x 207 mm
Publication Date: 01-12-2009
A Rising Tide
In New Zealand, evangelical Christianity has always played a significant role. This book explores the fascinating story of the resurgence of evangelical Protest...
In New Zealand, evangelical Christianity has always played a significant role. This book explores the fascinating story of the resurgence of evangelical Protestantism in the 1950s and 60s, and its pre-war origins.
Dimensions: 170 x 245 mm
Publication Date: 02-09-2013
One Man's Religious Journey
*Explores the growth and development and changes in one man’s faith over 87 years
*Explores the growth and development and changes in one man’s faith over 87 years
Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm
Publication Date: 21-05-2014
The Long Weekend
A new take on the story of Easter: Carla Lindsey asks questions about the subtleties of the text, the people involved and the reasons why some things were men...
A new take on the story of Easter: Carla Lindsey asks questions about the subtleties of the text, the people involved and the reasons why some things were mentioned and much was left for speculation. Like Who was Rufus?, and who were the others said to have come back to life that weekend? What Carla has created is a book of serious musings about the most talked about event in the Christian Calendar, bringing it to life in a completely fresh and meaningful way.
Dimensions: 210 x 145 mm
Publication Date: 01-04-2011