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A new picture of salvation history
John Bergsma

Catechists, teachers, and pastoral ministers will find this an inestimable resource, both for their own reference, and for shepherding those under their care. 
Bergsma has a simple, straightforward, and easy-to-read style which keeps the reader glued to the pages. Ideal for those with little bible knowledge, small basic group studyand for using with older teens.
" John Bergsma brings his biblical scholarship, pastoral heart, and gift for teaching together in this charming, easy-to-use overview of salvation history, highly recommended".
- Edward Sri, Augustine Institute, USA
2013 pb 207pp black and white illustr R120.00

A Catholic's guide to understanding and embracing God's Word
Joe Paprocki

It's pretty hard to build a house if you don't know how to read a blueprint. In the same way, it's difficult to develop your faith if you don't know how to read the bible - or are reluctant even to open it!
Among other topics, Paprocki covers the different genres of biblical writing, key figures in biblical history, and the methods Catholics rely on to interpret the bible. Readers are also show how to consult commentaries, concordances, and other valuable tools to deepen their understanding of God's Word.
Witty cartoons, sidebars, and quizzes throughout the book keep the tone fun and engaging.
A non-threatening introduction to God's Word for beginners, as well as a gateway to a deeper relationship with Christ!
1999/2005/2009 pb 124pp R80.00

Daily inspiration from Isaiah to Revelation
Gerald O’Collins
O’Collins reflects on biblical passages from Isaiah to the Book of Revelation, bringing out the Spirit-filled light and power that the inspired scriptures embody. The reflections vary in length, use clear and accessible language and appropriate images and stories. Once again, he shows himself to be not only an outstanding theologian but also a great spiritual guide.
2018 pb 235pp R220.00 

Patrick J Hartin

Hartin deftly weaves together spiritual exploration with a study of the gospels that reflects the best of historical and literary methods. He also demonstrates how various gospel values were adapted in several contexts between the 2nd and 20th century. He incarnates this spirituality for his readers by lifting up lives such as Antony, Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, and Augustine whose spiritual vision was rooted in the gospels.
2011 pb 131pp R148.00

Proclaiming the ministry of Jesus
(Catholic Bible Group Study series)
William Anderson

The evangelist Matthew writes to a Jewish-Christian audience and teachers us that Christ fulfills the promises of the Old Testament. The inheritance of the Messiah belonged to the Israelite people; however, many Jews didn't recognize Jesus, which is why Gentiles made up a large portion of the early Christian converts.
Fr Anderson's conversational instruction style brings scripture to life, moving us to use God's Word in prayer. Ideal for private or group study and reflection with review questions after each of the 10 lessons.
- Who was Matthew?
- Why did many Jews not recognize Jesus as the Messiah?
- What does the Gospel of Matthew way to us today?
- How does Lectio Divina move us to pray with Scripture?
2012 pb 160pp R164.00

Revealing the mystery of Jesus
(Catholic Bible Group Study series)
William Anderson

Mark's was the earliest of the four gospels to be written, having significant impact on the Church and later writers. Here you'll read how Jesus prepared for his public ministry and how he revealed the Mystery of God's reign in his words and his life.
You will be introduced to Mark's thoughts and his audience so that, in the end, you'll become a witness to who Jesus is!
Who was Mark?
Why did Mark write his Gospel?
What is the messianic secret?
How does lectio divina move us to pray with Scripture?
2012 pb 142pp R165.00

Good News for all people
(Catholic Bible Group Study series)
William Anderson

Fr Anderson describes how the Book of Acts recounts the origins of the church and its growth - from the persecution of the followers of Jesus through the spread of the faith. 
The ministry of Peter and other early missionaries begins the study, with a major portion of the book following the missionary journeys of St Paul. Throughout, Anderson explains the dominant role the Holy Spirit plays in the spread of Christianity. He addresses the rapid and dramatic changes in the years following the ascension of Jesus and the political and religious challenges his disciples endured. Through this study of Acts, we will see that the mission of the Twelve has become the mission of many, as we are called to gift the world with the message of Jesus through our lives today.
- What message did Jesus leave for the disciples?
- How did they keep that message alive in their daily lives?
- What struggles did they face in spreading this message?
- How does Lectio Divina move us to pray with Scripture?
2013 pb 144pp R220.00

Hope in the midst of persecution
(Catholic Bible Group Study series)
William Anderson

The author of the Book of Revelation, who identified himself as John, offered Christians the hope and encouragement they needed during a time of persecution by writing a book coded with signs and symbols familiar to his audience yet unfamiliar to the ruling Romans. 
In writing his book, John used apocalyptic images, symbols, and language. These signs or symbols must be interpreted in their proper literary form and not taken literally. They symbolize a world in spiritual, not physical, turmoil. The Book of Revelation: Hope in the Midst of Persecution attempts to break John’s code and make it understandable to the reader.
With narrative, study questions, reflections, keynotes, and prayer, your understanding of Scripture is deepened with the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina. Study can be done alone or in a group.
2014 pb 126pp R260.00

Preaching and praying John 6
Anthony Oelrich

Every three years, in Year B of the Sunday Lectionary cycle, we interrupt Mark's gospel to turn for five weeks to the Gospel of John and Jesus' "Bread of Life" discourse. 
Oelrich invites preachers and pray-ers to explore more deeply what it means to see and not see, to eat and believe. Along the way, we discover in Christ Jesus all we hunger for and thirst after.
A rich homiletic resource!
2014 pb 88pp R166.00