The Spirit of Simplicity
Jean-Baptiste Chautard, OCSO - Translated by: Thomas Merton
It has been hidden for almost seventy years after quietly being published by the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1948. Anonymously translated and annotated by a young monk named Thomas Merton, the book’s author is Jean-Baptiste Chautard, the famous French Cistercian whose only other book, The Soul of the Apostolate, has been a favourite of modern saints and popes, including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
2017 160 pages R215.00
No End to the Sacred: Experiencing Monastic Life
Mark Plaiss, married with a wife, children, and grandchildren, writes of his visits to various monasteries while striving to delve into the experience and meaning of monasticism. What is behind that wall? What is the appeal of monastic life? To what degree can such a life be lived by persons who are married, and why would they wish to do so? This book explores the relationship between the vowed life of monks and the life of laypersons that are unable to live such vows but desire to share just a sliver of it.
2017 173 pages R375.00
Conversion: Spiritual Insights into an Essential Encounter with God
Fr Donald Haggerty
Offers observations of the phenomenon of Christian conversion. Arranged as a collection of concise, meditative reflections, this book discusses the essential elements of a soul's return to God, including the repercussions of sin, the proper understanding of mercy, and the importance of a more radical response to God's will.
Fr. Haggerty also explores the fruits of conversion that make the difference between a mediocre relationship with God and a truly holy life. He identifies these special graces as love for the poor, simplicity of lifestyle, and devotion to the Eucharist.
2017 243 pages R239.50
Paul: An Apostle’s Journey
Douglas A. Campbell
Enter with Campbell into Paul’s world, relive the story of Paul’s action-packed ministry, and follow the development of Paul’s thought throughout both his physical and his spiritual travels. Ideal for students, individual readers, and study groups, Paul: An Apostle’s Journey dramatically recounts the life of one of early Christianity’s most fascinating figures—and offers powerful insight into his mind and his influential message.
2018 219 pages R348.50
Scripture and Its Interpretation: A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible
Editor: Michael J. Gorman
Top biblical scholars from around the world and from various Christian traditions offer an introduction to the Bible and its interpretation. The book concisely introduces the Old and New Testaments and related topics and examines a wide variety of historical and contemporary interpretive approaches, including African, African-American, Asian, and Latino streams. Questions for reflection and discussion, an annotated bibliography, and a glossary are included.
2017 464 pages R559.50
According to the Scripture: The Death of Christ in the Old Testament and the New
A study of the way in the New Testament writers utilized the Jewish Scriptures in order to describe and evaluate the death of Jesus. What Old Testament texts are quoted in the New Testament?, how are they used and what might such analysis mean for the (contemporary) reader? Focusing in particular on the passion narratives in the Synoptic Gospels, According to the Scriptures seeks to engage with these questions. It will provide a useful new framework for thinking about why the early Church understood Jesus' death in terms of the Scriptures, what difference that understanding made, and what relevance that might have for us as we seek to make sense of the death of Jesus.
2018 238 pages R495.00
Interpreting the New Testament
This introduction to New Testament exegesis helps readers by explaining in a simple and brief way the basic literary methods used in studying the New Testament today: textual criticism, translations, words and motifs, source criticism, form criticism, historical criticism, redaction criticism, and parallels. It is a beginner's book, designed to make explicit some of the procedures now used by the commentators who have had formal exegetical training.
2017 149 pages R289.50
God Is Not Nice
Ulrich L. Lehner
Ulrich L. Lehner reintroduces Christians to the true God—not the polite, easy-going, divine therapist who doesn’t ask much of us, but the Almighty God who is unpredictable, awe-inspiring, and demands our entire lives. Stripping away the niceties with a sling blade, Lehner shows that God is more strange and beautiful than we imagine, and wants to know and transform us in the most intimate way.
2017 160 pages R235.00
The Eros of the Human Spirit: The Writing of Bernard Lonergan, SJ
Elizabeth J. Snedden
Both the desire to know and the desire to love can be observed and understood, affirmed for what they really are, and then gradually appropriated, making possible a fuller human development and life more abundant in community. This discovery was made progressively by Bernard Lonergan in his life and work as a philosopher and methodological theologian. It is possible to trace this viewpoint in his writings, where he thematises self-appropriation and presents it pedagogically in Insight: A Study of Human Understanding. Self-appropriation is heightened to reach the existential level by Method in Theology, where Lonergan makes religious conversion-complete being-in-love with God as a gift of grace -foundational for the theological enterprise. The openness to truth and goodness which comes with this redemptive gift enlarges human horizons.
2017 205 pages R435.00
Mothers of Faith: Motherhood in the Christian Tradition
Wilfred M. Sumani, SJ
Sumani approaches a broad definition of motherhood in the Christian faith tradition. Through both his own personal context as well as scholarly exegesis he focuses on many mother figures throughout the long narrative of Christianity including Mary, Elizabeth, Saints Felicitas and Perpetua, and even contemporary figures like Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa. He stresses that through the insights culled from the experiences of motherhood, one can deepen one’s understanding of the workings of God in the world.
2017 240 pages R385.00
By What Authority?: Foundations for Understanding Authority in the Church
Richard R. Gaillardets
Inspired by Pope Francis's bold rereading and determined implementation of the teaching of Vatican II, the author has completely revised and expanded his book. It offers a helpful introduction to the nature and forms of church authority and their relationship to authentic Christian belief and discipleship. Gaillardetz offers theologically clear and pastorally insightful considerations of: the character of divine revelation, the authority of Scripture and tradition; the role of the pope and bishops; the levels of church teaching authority, the central faith witness of all the baptized; the possibility of disagreements with church teaching, and the proper relationship between theologians, the magisterium, and the whole people of God; the authority of the believing community and the controversial questions that arise when there are
conflicting interpretations of church teaching.
2018 264 pages R385.00
The Holy Spirit: Setting the World on Fire
Editors: Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid
Helps readers grow in awareness of the Holy Spirit's presence and movement in their lives. Each author is a faculty member of Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry and offers a reflection on the Holy Spirit in light of their own particular expertise and grounded in the discipline and/or field of their study (Scripture; systematic theology; pastoral ministry; ethics; spirituality, among others). The book is organized in three parts: the first attends to how we become of aware of the Holy Spirit's active and constant presence in our lives; the second considers how the tradition has identified the Holy Spirit's movement among us; and the third explores various ways in which we have responded to the Holy Spirit.
2017 230 pages R435.00
Creation, God and Humanity: Engaging the Mystery of Suffering within the Sacred Cosmos
Awakens believers to the sacred revelation to be discovered in our encounters with creation and constructs an ecological theological anthropology to highlight the interconnectivity among God, creation, and humanity. This new relational framework is not without deep roots in the Christian tradition. Classic figures such as St. Francis, Hildegard of Bingen, the Desert Mothers, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Irenaeus, and Maximus the Confessor all witness, in various ways, their theological anthropologies. An ecological theological anthropology that fosters a deep solidarity with creation holds great promise today, especially for Christians who desire to describe, interpret, and respond to suffering faithfully and compassionately.
2017 273 pages R435.00
Facing the World: Political Theology and Mercy
Editors: John K. Downey, Steve Ostovich, Johann M. Vento
There is great interest in mercy in response to Pope Francis declaring a Jubilee Year of Mercy. This declaration has allowed us to give voice to our sense of living in “dark times” amid a “culture of indifference.” This book invites readers to consider the topic of mercy from the perspective of the political theology of Johann Baptist Metz. The language of mercy speaks of compassion and solidarity, key terms within political theology. Much of what has been written about mercy shares the political theological conviction that mercy is a praxis, a way of living critically that entails the kind of re-understanding of human subjectivity that political theology has characterized as an “anthropological revolution.”
2017 185 pages R455.00
The Holy Spirit and an Evolving Church
James A. Coriden
Exploring the role of the Holy Spirit in the evolutionary unfolding of the church throughout its history, distinguished theologian James Coriden skillfully articulates two principles: first, the Holy Spirit is the internal dynamic in the evolution of the church, the force that propels the Christian communities forward and in converging trajectories; and second, the reign of God, renamed here “God’s project for the world,” powerfully pulls the church’s evolution forward. Coriden envisions changes, sometimes radical, in the church’s structure, teaching, ministry, and sacraments. Here is a book that will be part of a sea change that already marks “the Francis revolution."
2017 214 pages R345.00
The Unmoored God: Believing in a Time of Dislocation
Paul G. Crowley, SJ
This short, profound reflection centres on the meaning of faith and the place of God in a time of “dislocation.” As Paul Crowley writes: “Dislocated humanity is met by a God who chooses a divine dislocation in the Incarnation, entering simply and intimately into our own human condition and showing the way, through suffering, toward life. Believing in this unmoored God would look like entering into solidarity with unmoored humanity, and journeying with those who suffer, just as God did in Jesus.” For all who struggle with belief in God in a time lacking familiar props or sure signposts, Crowley offers answers from his own reflection and theological struggle.
2017 128 pages R355.00
Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril
Elizabeth A. Johnson
In this creative approach to theology, Elizabeth Johnson asks how we can understand cosmic redemption in a time of advancing ecological devastation. In effect, how can we extend the core Christian belief in salvation to include all created beings? This question runs into a formidable obstacle: the idea that Jesus’s death on the cross was required as atonement for human sin—a theology laid out by the eleventh-century theologian St. Anselm. Constructing her argument (like Anselm) in the form of a dialogue, Johnson lays out the foundations in scripture, the teachings of Jesus, and the early Church for an understanding that emphasizes the love and mercy of God, showing how this approach can help us respond to a planet in peril.
2017 256 pages R385.00
The Word Made Flesh
Fr. Richard Veras
“Father, you talk about Jesus as if he was here. If Jesus dwells among us, then where is he?” Father Veras artfully answers this question with biblical texts that show how God chooses to manifest himself through his people—from Old Testament foreshadowing of the Incarnation to New Testament encounters with Jesus that turn ordinary men and women into missionary disciples.
2017 192 pages R210.00
Introduction to the study of Liturgy
Albert Gerhards and Benedikt Kranemann
This volume—based on the third, completely revised German edition from 2013 by two of the foremost liturgical scholars in Germany—offers a comprehensive introduction to the foundations for the study of liturgy today, one from which scholars and students in the English-speaking world can also profit. Beyond appealing to students of liturgy and theology, this book reaches out to everyone who wants to know more about the liturgical essence and dimensions of the church.
2017 416 pages R715.00
Let Us Worship the Lord: A Plentiful resource for Worship Leaders
This compendium of prayers, reflections, Bible-based monologues, sermon ideas and full services is a valuable resource for those who devise and lead worship. As well as more general material, the focus is on the two great festivals of Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. The book contains over 300 prayers, with opening prayers, confessions, intercessions and blessings set out for the Christian Year and specific topics. The material is drawn from books already published by our popular author, John Cox and is brought together here to assist those looking for background information, ideas for sermons, prayers and talks as they prepare to lead congregations in their worship.
2017 328 pages R459.50
Season the Preaching: Inspiration from the Common Lectionary Years A, B, C
Paul Canon HarrisDrawing on over 30 years’ experience of preaching in settings as diverse as large Christian events and under a baobab tree in Africa, Paul Canon Harris provides sermon outlines and reflections on the gospel and other readings in the three-year lectionary cycle. He writes preacher to preacher, giving an outline, insight and illustrations for others to use in their own preparation.
2017 380 pages R465.00
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