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Contemplative ministry for everybody
Michael Ford

Every person of faith is called in their own way not only to care for others but also to become the presence of God for them; but this is not always claimed as a vocation because the church seems to have lost the contemplative heart from which all authentic ministry flows.
Ford guides us through the process of becoming the presence of God by sharing his own joys and struggles, as well as introducing us to the galaxy of people he has met on his travels and through his years of work with the BBC; beginning with Eamonn Andrews on the set of This is Your Life and including an Irish banker rebuilding his personal life after a painful separation, a daughter who cared for her mother living with Alzheimer’s, and a Protestant wife and a Catholic mother who offered a ministry of hope to others after being tragically affected by sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.
We hear wisdom too for inspirational figures including Pope Francis, Henri Nouwen, Jean-Marie Howe and Brother Roger of Taize.
2016 pb 178pp R265.00 

Daniel O’Leary

The Happiness Habit is written for all who believe in humanity - its promise, its passion, its power - and for those who are ready to nourish the divine beauty of their hearts. Beautifully crafted and lovingly presented, it is the perfect gift to give yourself, or someone you care about.
Daniel O’Leary, priest, author and speaker, is grateful for the glimpses given to him about living life to the full. Every day he relies on one or other of these to keep him authentic and free. He is delighted to gather these glimpses together between the covers of this small book and to share them with you.
2016 hc 118pp colour illustrations R230.00 


Daniel O’Leary

Beyond current mindfulness projects, please see this little book as a tonic for your spirit, a healing for your heart, a setting-free of your precious mind. And therefore it carries the promise of a happier life. By guiding you towards a bigger, deeper understanding of who you truly are, and the awesome power of your thinking, it is offering you the gift of renewing your life, of living it more fully and happily.
‘Greet the day early,’ wrote the Sufi mystic Rumi. ‘The dawn has secrets to tell you. Do not go back to sleep. Do not go back to sleep.’ And when you learn those secrets, you never will!
This is a companion to the internationally bestselling book: The Happiness Habit.
An award-winning author of over a dozen books, Daniel O’Leary’s main aim is to teach what is called the ‘sacramental imagination’, the vision of God’s incarnate presence everywhere which transforms our lives. 
2016 hc 114pp colour illustrations R230.00 

The encounter that changed St Teresa of Calcutta’s life and how it can transform your own
Joseph Langford

Saint Teresa - known worldwide as Mother Teresa - began her journey toward sainthood at age thirty-eight when she broke out of her safe routine as a teacher and, with only five rupees to her name, began to serve in the slums of Calcutta. At the time of her death in 1997 her Missionaries of Charity were established in more than 120 countries.
The author, Joseph Langford, was Mother Teresa’s trusted friend and cofounder of her Missionaries of Charity Fathers. The message in this book is the message she asked him to share with the world.
2008/2016 pb illus 313pp R310.00

Fr Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma
Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda

Fr Stanley arrived in Guatemala in 1968, and he immediately identified with his parishioners’ simple, farming lifestyle. He learned their languages, prepared them for the sacraments, and cared for their needs. After nearly a decade, the violence of the Guatemalan civil war found its way into the peaceful village of Santiago Atitlan. Disappearances, killings and danger became daily occurrences, but despite this unrest Fr Stanley remained hard at work, building a farmers’ co-op, a school, hospital, and the first Catholic radio station, used for catechesis.
In early 1981, his name was on a death list, so he returned to Oklahoma and was warned not to go back to Guatemala. But he could not abandon his people, so he went back, and made the ultimate sacrifice for his faith.
An inspiring witness as an icon of Jesus, the Good Shepherd!
“Compelling! Once I picked up Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda’s The Shepherd who didn’t run, I could not put it down. Her comprehensive research is expertly woven into a story that is as engaging as it is edifying.”
- Marge Fenelon, journalist & author
2015 pb 253pp R310.00

The Trinity and your transformation
Richard Rohr with Mike Morrell

"This beautifully written book can do for more than change your troubled thoughts about God: it can change your way of thinking about God entirely."
- Brian D McLaren
2016 pb 220pp R215.00

A (serious) introduction to Ignatian spirituality
Nikolaas Sintobin, SJ

Sintobin uses a little Jesuit jocularity to introduce us to the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) - how they began, who they are, what they do. Each chapter opens with a humorous cartoon and joke to illuminate one particular aspect of the Jesuits. 
He offers a brief but insightful look into a foundational Ignatian principle or practice, such as the discernment of spirits, finding freedom in obedience, and making the street a monastery.
2013 pb 93pp R140.00