Auckland Council Libraries: Spirituality and religion new titles

New titles

Ngā Taitara hōu

Spirituality and religion

Chicken soup for the soul

Chicken soup for the soul

"Miracles happen every day, to people just like you. And angels are all around us - we just need to keep our eyes and hearts open to them. You'll be inspired, awed and comforted by these 101 true stories from people who've been visited by angels and blessed by...

You are still a mother  by Jackie Gibson

You are still a mother

Jackie Gibson

"A companion through the emotions, questions, and feelings that arise when grieving a stillbirth or miscarriage, providing reassurance that God offers comfort"--Publisher's description.

Gods, heroes and monsters  by Mark (Freelance writer) Daniels

Gods, heroes and monsters

Mark (Freelance writer) Daniels

"Since the dawn of communication, humankind has looked around itself and used myths and legends to make sense of the world.Imaginative tales of goddesses, heroes, villains and beasts bring understanding to the biggest questions in life: Who made the world?...

The surprising rebirth of belief in God  by Justin Brierley

The surprising rebirth of belief in God

Justin Brierley

"Could we be witnessing a return of belief in our generation? Justin Brierley is convinced that in our time we are witnessing a growing wave of faith. Famously described as the "long, withdrawing roar" of the "Sea of Faith," the Christian narrative that shaped...

Native American spiritualism  by L. M. Arroyo

Native American spiritualism

L. M. Arroyo

"The spiritual practices of Native Americans are as diverse and bountiful as the Nations themselves, renowned for their inextricable ties to nature and geographical location. Today, many Indigenous customs are still conflated and misunderstood, even though...

Against liberal theology  by Roger E. Olson

Against liberal theology

Roger E. Olson

"Liberal Christian theology is a big topic in today's churches and seminaries. But what does liberal theology really mean and why is it so controversial? What does it actually believe about truth, Scripture, and Jesus Christ? And where does it lead? The term...

The toxic war on masculinity  by Nancy Pearcey

The toxic war on masculinity

Nancy Pearcey

"How did an ideology arise that condemns masculinity as dangerous and destructive? Bestselling author Nancy Pearcey has a knack for tackling the tough issues of our day. A former agnostic, Pearcey was hailed in The Economist as "America's pre-eminent...

The life you've always wanted  by John Ortberg

The life you've always wanted

John Ortberg

"The heart of Christianity is about transformation -- about a God who isn't just concerned with our "spiritual lives," but who wants to impact every aspect of living. It's realizing that God meets us not in a monastery but on Main Street, and that all of...

The cauldron and the drum  by Rhonda McCrimmon

The cauldron and the drum

Rhonda McCrimmon

"Celtic shamanism (aka European shamanism) is an ancient spiritual tradition whose origin predates the arrival of Christianity in northern Europe. One of the central beliefs of Celtic shamanism is that the spirituality you seek is inside you. In this...

The shaman's path to freedom  by Jose Ruiz

The shaman's path to freedom

Jose Ruiz

"Humanity is in crisis. War, poverty, environmental disasters, and more have brought the planet to a tipping point. In our personal lives, many of us carry deep-seated fear, resentment, anger, and even hatred for others and ourselves. Since ancient times,...

Gaia  by Irisanya Moon


Irisanya Moon

"Learning about Gaia is learning about ourselves and our relationships with each other. From the stories and myth to modern exploration and activism, we can move from a tenuous relationship to one that is reciprocal and necessary in the increasing proof of...

You are here  by Thích Nhất Hạnh

You are here

Thích Nhất Hạnh

"This moment is the gateway to enlightenment. It is the only moment we have to be joyful, mindful, and awake. The key is to be there for yourself--to learn to be fully present in your life. This, Thich Nhat Hanh explains, is the heart of Buddhist practice. In...

Everyday Dharma  by Suneel Gupta

Everyday Dharma

Suneel Gupta

"Find your dharma, your inner calling, and learn to integrate ambition, work, and wellbeing to create a balanced, joyous life with this practical, life-changing guide from the beloved speaker, bestselling author, and co-founder of the Gross National Happiness...

The astral geographic  by Andy Sharp

The astral geographic

Andy Sharp

"This ground-breaking new approach to the history of magic explores the occult through geography, inviting you to embark on ten astral travel journeys that span centuries and continents. Each itinerary comes complete with a route map, postcards of the sites,...

How to read the Bible (as if your life depends on it)  by Michael Youssef

How to read the Bible (as if your life depends on it)

Michael Youssef

"As fewer Christians read the Bible daily, fewer understand what a marvelous revelation it is from God to man. How to Read the Bible (as If Your Life Depends on It) offers believers and nonbelievers alike a new appreciation for the Bible, helping them to read...

When things fall apart  by Pema Chödrön

When things fall apart

Pema Chödrön


"The usual advice for coping with pain and suffering is to sweeten it up, smooth it over, take a pill. But distraction only makes you miss opportunities for happiness - when the courage to live in the present can bring clarity, and even spiritual...

When things fall apart  by Pema Chödrön

When things fall apart

Pema Chödrön


"The usual advice for coping with pain and suffering is to sweeten it up, smooth it over, take a pill. But distraction only makes you miss opportunities for happiness - when the courage to live in the present can bring clarity, and even spiritual...

Practicing the way  by John Mark Comer

Practicing the way

John Mark Comer

"We are constantly being formed by the world around us. To be formed by Jesus will require us to become his apprentice. To live by what the first Christian disciples called a Rule of Life--a set of practices and relational rhythms that slow us down and open up...

Nada yoga  by Sangeeta Laura Biagi

Nada yoga

Sangeeta Laura Biagi

"Nada Yoga may be translated as the Yoga of Vibration and Sound. Its teachings are both ancient and applicable to our contemporary Yoga practice as they help refine our inner listening skills and support the healthy expression of our voice. This contemporary...

The little book of mantras  by Katalin Patnaik

The little book of mantras

Katalin Patnaik

"For yoga and meditation practice, for daily affirmation and mental health, for manifestation and cleansing, and for setting specific intentions, here are over 100 mantras for different times of the day, such as at meals, with exercise or spiritual practice...

Dealing with Azazel  by Anne Hamilton

Dealing with Azazel

Anne Hamilton

""I am your only friend." That's the playbook line that works so superbly for the spirit of rejection. Most of us fall for it without even realising that our coping mechanisms-fight, flight, freeze, flatter, forestall or forget-are actually undermining our...

Damaged but not destroyed study guide  by Michael (Pastor) Todd

Damaged but not destroyed study guide

Michael (Pastor) Todd

"Step into God's bold future for your life. Life has knocked you down--more than once. Your own mistakes have taken you down too, or at least made it harder to get up. But there's good news: God is not done with you yet. As someone who's experienced...

Sonorous desert  by Kim Haines-Eitzen

Sonorous desert

Kim Haines-Eitzen

"Deserts have a long religious history. Think of the biblical stories of the ancient Israelites migrating through deserts after they had been freed from slavery in Egypt, and the stories from the New Testament of Jesus being tempted in the desert. Early...

The Nirvana express  by Mick Brown

The Nirvana express

Mick Brown

"In 1897, an Indian yogi named Bava Lachman Dass exhibited himself at the Westminster Aquarium in London, demonstrating forty-eight yoga positions to a bemused audience. Mick Brown's vivid account charts the eccentric history of the West's evolving love affair...

Pause & reflect

Pause & reflect

"One Voice Press presents the fourth title in the Pause & Reflect series, a compilation from the Bahai writings on the topic of community. Our relationships and collaborations with others are vital aspects of our existence and our ability to thrive. A...

Beatrice's last smile  by Mark Gregory Pegg

Beatrice's last smile

Mark Gregory Pegg

"In early March 203, Vibia Perpetua, a twenty-two-year-old noble Roman mother, was arrested in Thuburbo Minus--a small town on the North African coast--for being Christian, along with three men and a pregnant slave girl named Felicity. She and the other...

The time of the signs  by Barry Stagner

The time of the signs

Barry Stagner

"When the disciples asked Jesus how to anticipate His return, He gave a remarkably detailed answer. As you study the signs Jesus pointed to, you'll see amazing evidence that we are living in the very time of these signs-and gain a clear understanding of what...

The kingdom, the power, and the glory  by Tim Alberta

The kingdom, the power, and the glory

Tim Alberta

"For millions of conservative Christians, America is their kingdom--a land set apart, a nation uniquely blessed, a people in special covenant with God. This love of country, however, has given way to right-wing nationalist fervor, a reckless blood-and-soil...

Hamlet's mill  by Giorgio De Santillana

Hamlet's mill

Giorgio De Santillana

"In this classic work of scientific and philosophical inquiry, the authors track world myths to a common origin in early man's descriptions of cosmological activity, arguing that these remnants of ancient astronomy, suppressed by the Greeks and Romans and then...

The sacred Gathas of Zarathushtra & the Old Avestan canon

The sacred Gathas of Zarathushtra & the Old Avestan canon

"Zarathushtra's Gathas & the Old Avestan canon are the central texts of Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest continuously practiced religions in the world that has had a vast influence on the development of many other religions, philosophies, global ethics and...

Taoist Nei Dan inner meditation  by David Twicken

Taoist Nei Dan inner meditation

David Twicken

"Based on the ancient wisdom of the Taoist tradition, this book translates cryptic, alchemical language into an accessible and straightforward guide to Nei Dan using everyday terms. Focussing on breath work, meditations, and series of movements founded in qi...

Druidism  by Thomas Victor


Thomas Victor

"Do you want to learn about the connection between the Celts and the druids? Have you ever been curious about the differences between ancient and modern druids? Are you interested in discovering the druids' beliefs and principles? Do you want to learn about...

Reflective meditation  by Linda Modaro

Reflective meditation

Linda Modaro

"This book provides clear instructions and guidance on how to develop your own Reflective Meditation practice, as well as a sensitive and intelligent overview of basic early Buddhist teachings"--Publisher's description.

God needs to go  by J. D. Brucker

God needs to go

J. D. Brucker

"To many, Christianity is the answer. It brings comfort, purpose, and sense of pride. These feelings mean so much to the Christian. But are these feelings justified? Do Christians have good reason to trust the truth of their beliefs? Author J. D. Brucker...

The Druid Grove Handbook  by John Michael Greer

The Druid Grove Handbook

John Michael Greer

"Since its origins in the early eighteenth century, Druidry-a modern movement of nature spirituality drawing much of its inspiration from Celtic tradition-has evolved a rich body of ceremonial and collective practice. Celebrated privately within groves this...

Karma & reincarnation in the animal kingdom  by David Barreto

Karma & reincarnation in the animal kingdom

David Barreto

"Investigates the spiritual anatomy and evolution of animals. Examines the anatomy of the spiritual bodies of animals, including their aura, etheric fields, chakras, and mental, astral, and buddhic bodies. Details how reincarnation and karma work in the animal...

Conjuring the Calabash  by Mawiyah Kai El-Jamah Bomani

Conjuring the Calabash

Mawiyah Kai El-Jamah Bomani

"Authentic and unapologetic, this guide to magical spirituality empowers women of color to take back the power to heal and shine under their own strength. Written by an accomplished Hoodoo practitioner, this book features spells, recipes, and rituals that help...

The gospel of J. Edgar Hoover  by Lerone A. Martin

The gospel of J. Edgar Hoover

Lerone A. Martin

""This book examines one powerful but largely neglected ally of this rising white conservative coalition: J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI he led for almost a half-century. Revered by the evangelical faithful, Hoover was a powerful ally of and partner to the...

The Adawe way  by Jonathan Jacobs

The Adawe way

Jonathan Jacobs

"An old Ottawa chief, himself a boarding school survivor, cherishes the stories of his people and has hidden them in his heart. One night, while sitting around a fire, he reveals the sacred ways of his people to his grandson who must now commit them to memory...

With God you are never alone  by Pope Benedict XVI

With God you are never alone

Pope Benedict XVI

"The Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI was in many ways a period of great turbulence, the scandal of clerical abuse, the Regensburg speech which inflamed the Muslim world, the Vati-Leaks episode, which some have described as a battle between good and evil. And...

Myth and meaning  by Joseph Campbell

Myth and meaning

Joseph Campbell

"A wide-ranging collection of insights from legendary mythologist Joseph Campbell compiled from rare and previously unpublished interviews. Includes some of Campbell's most thoughtful responses to an array of interviewers, including the historian Studs Terkel,...

Holy runaways  by Matthias Roberts

Holy runaways

Matthias Roberts

"Holy Runaways speaks to people who are feeling ignored, oppressed, or rejected by their religious community and church, offering a path forward built on speaking truth, deep listening, and acting with compassion. In the past decade, church attendance among US...

Undone  by Philip Yancey


Philip Yancey

"As the world entered a long dark night, Philip Yancey returned to a nearly 400-year-old manuscript for guidance. In it, he found a trustworthy companion for living through a global pandemic - or any other crisis. As Yancey says, "Nothing had prepared me for...

African religions  by Clara Robinson

African religions

Clara Robinson

"As the title implies, the topic of this book is the different religious practices originating from Africa. Some African religions show similarities in beliefs and practices. However, as you'll soon learn, different African territories and their cultures have...

God is red  by Vine Deloria

God is red

Vine Deloria

""A 50th anniversary revised edition of the beloved classic, God is Red. First published in 1972, Vine Deloria Jr.'s God Is Red 50th Anniversary Edition remains the seminal work on Native religious views, asking new questions about our species and our ultimate...

GodTalk  by Neale Donald Walsch


Neale Donald Walsch

"Don't look now, but God is talking with you. In fact, God is never not talking with you! Neale Donald Walsch, NY Times bestselling author of Conversations with God, invites you to be present to life and the experience of your talks with God. He shares how God...

Voodoo and power  by Kodi A. Roberts

Voodoo and power

Kodi A. Roberts

"The racialized and exoticized cult of Voodoo occupies a central place in the popular image of the Crescent City. But as Kodi A. Roberts argues in Voodoo and Power, the religion was not a monolithic tradition handed down from African ancestors to their...

Bones & honey  by Danielle Dulsky

Bones & honey

Danielle Dulsky

"This Witch's devotional is a collection of nature-inspired prayers, mythic incantations, stories, and pagan poetry that can be enjoyed slowly or all at once. It will resonate with anyone looking to soothe the wounds of modernity with eco-devotional language,...

The land is not empty  by Sarah Augustine

The land is not empty

Sarah Augustine

"White settlers saw land for the taking. They failed to consider the perspective of the people already here. In 'The Land Is Not Empty', author Sarah Augustine unpacks the harm of the Doctrine of Discovery - a set of laws rooted in the fifteenth century that...

Following in the Buddha's footsteps  by Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho

Following in the Buddha's footsteps

Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mts...

"The fourth volume of the Dalai Lama's definitive series on the path to awakening, The Three Jewels of Refuge and the Three Higher Trainings, delves into the substance of spiritual practice. You'll first hear His Holiness's explanation of the Buddha, Dharma,...

Embody your inner goddess  by Lauren Leduc

Embody your inner goddess

Lauren Leduc

"Embody Your Inner Goddess: a Guided Journey to Radical Wholeness is a spiritual self-help book and feminist manifesto designed to activate women to shed their conditioning, embrace their inner divinity, and show up vulnerably and unapologetically in the...

London presbyterians and the British revolutions, 1638-64  by Elliot Vernon

London presbyterians and the British revolutions, 1638-64

Elliot Vernon

"This is the first book-length exploration of presbyterians and presbyterianism in London during the crisis period of the mid-seventeenth century. It charts the emergence of a movement of clergy and laity that aimed at 'reforming the Reformation' by...

Engaging Thomas Merton  by Daniel P. Horan

Engaging Thomas Merton

Daniel P. Horan

"Essays on the Trappist monk, his enduring significance, and his contributions to spirituality and social issues"--Publisher's description.

The new essential Steiner  by Rudolf Steiner

The new essential Steiner

Rudolf Steiner

"The New Essential Steiner offers selections from a wide variety of Steiner's published works, presenting a broad, accessible overview of his spiritual science, or Anthroposophy"--Publisher's description.

Asking better questions of the Bible  by Marty (Theologian) Solomon

Asking better questions of the Bible

Marty (Theologian) Solomon

"Too often when we come to the Bible, questions make us uncomfortable. But questions are often a good thing. When we stop viewing the Bible through the lens of our own agendas and ask the questions the Bible is asking, something extraordinary happens. We form...

The beast that crouches at the door  by David Fohrman

The beast that crouches at the door

David Fohrman

"What are we to learn from the narratives in the Torah? A walking, talking snake. A tree that bears mysterious knowledge of Good and Evil. A mark upon Cain for all to see. The early narratives in the Book of Genesis are familiar to us from childhood, yet the...

Your story matters  by Leslie Leyland Fields

Your story matters

Leslie Leyland Fields

"Your Story Matters presents a dynamic and spiritually formative process for understanding and redeeming the past in order to live well in the present and into the future. Leslie Leyland Fields has used and taught this practical and inspiring writing process...

Holy war  by Ian Campbell

Holy war

Ian Campbell

"In 1935, Fascist Italy invaded the sovereign state of Ethiopia - a war of conquest that triggered a chain of events culminating in the Second World War. In this stunning and highly original tale of two Churches, historian Ian Campbell brings a whole new...

How to smile  by Thích Nĥát Hạnh

How to smile

Thích Nĥát Hạnh

"We need to know how to handle both happiness and suffering. When we run away from suffering, we continue to suffer. Learning to accept, embrace, and smile to suffering, we retain our freedom and compassion. We tend to take for granted the many wonders of life...

The Kennicott Bible

The Kennicott Bible

"A beautifully illustrated book on the Kennicott Bible, a remarkable example of Medieval Jewish book art. The Kennicott Bible is among the most celebrated Hebrew Bibles that survive from the Middle Ages. Originating from La Coru±a in northern Spain, it...

The shroud  by Robert Orlando

The shroud

Robert Orlando

"The murder of Jesus of Nazareth, a carpenter from a small town outside Jerusalem, became the most historically debated crime scene in all recorded history. Not only do people debate the historicity of the event, but unlike most other crime scenes, there's a...

Prayer  by Timothy Keller


Timothy Keller

"Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God. But few receive instruction or guidance in how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many...

The Buddhist and the ethicist  by Peter Singer

The Buddhist and the ethicist

Peter Singer

"Eastern spirituality and utilitarian philosophy meet in these unique dialogues between a Buddhist monastic and a moral philosopher. Together, these two deep thinkers explore the foundation of ethics and key Buddhist concepts, and ultimately reveal how we can...

Prayer  by Timothy Keller


Timothy Keller

"Tim Keller's Counterfeit Gods located our main personal and social problems in 'idols of the heart'; this is essentially its sequel, a very practical book on how to dismantle those idols and bring about deep and permanent changes in our character and...

God on mute  by Pete Greig

God on mute

Pete Greig

"Writing out of the pain of his wife’s fight for her life, but also the wonder of watching the prayer movement they founded changing lives around the world, Pete Greig steps into the dark side of prayer and emerges with a hard-won message of hope, comfort, and...

Beyond doubt  by Isabella Kasselstrand

Beyond doubt

Isabella Kasselstrand

"In the decades since its introduction, secularization theory has been subjected to doubt and criticism from a number of leading scholars, who have variously claimed that it is wrong, flawed, or incomplete. In Beyond Doubt, Isabella Kasselstrand, Phil...

Shamanic dreaming  by Carol (Writer on shamanism) Day

Shamanic dreaming

Carol (Writer on shamanism) Day

"Presents shamanic tools to help you prepare to receive visions, release the burdens of the past, and bring clarity to your visions of the future. Shares Earth Whispering practices to expand the senses, set intentions, and connect deeply with intuition and...

The veil and the male elite  by Fatima Mernissi

The veil and the male elite

Fatima Mernissi

"Mernissi examines whether Islam is opposed to women's rights by focusing on the early year's of Islam and Mohammed's intention of creating an egalitarian society without slaves or sexual discrimination. Her work stands as a manifesto for Muslim women who...

How to destroy Western civilization and other ideas from the cultural abyss  by Peter Kreeft

How to destroy Western civilization and other ideas from the cultural abyss

Peter Kreeft

"Best-selling author Peter Kreeft presents a series of brilliant essays about many of the issues that increasingly divide our Western civilization and culture. He states that these essays are not new proposals or solutions to today's problems. They are old....

The volunteer effect  by Jason Young

The volunteer effect

Jason Young

"Highly sought-after speakers and church consultants provide a simple, proven method to help ministry leaders recruit, train, and retain excellent volunteers"--Publisher's description.

Creating the canon  by Benjamin P. Laird

Creating the canon

Benjamin P. Laird

"Some questions about the New Testament are far from settled, to say nothing of misconception and confusion. In this wide-ranging yet accessible overview, Bejamin Laird offers constructive insight on matters tied to the composition, collection, and authority...

The God argument  by A. C. Grayling

The God argument

A. C. Grayling

"Anthony Grayling offers a definitive examination of the arguments for and against religion and religious belief, and an in-depth exploration of the humanist outlook that recommends itself as the ethics of the genuinely reflective person"--Publisher's...

The innocence of Pontius Pilate  by David Lloyd Dusenbury

The innocence of Pontius Pilate

David Lloyd Dusenbury

"The gospels and ancient historians agree: Jesus was sentenced to death by Pontius Pilate, the Roman imperial prefect in Jerusalem. To this day, Christians of all churches confess that Jesus died 'under Pontius Pilate'. But what exactly does that mean? Within...

The sīrah of the Prophet  by Yasir Qadhi

The sīrah of the Prophet

Yasir Qadhi

"This book provides a new insight into the life of the Final Messenger and contextualizes the sirah in the modern-day context. It is not just a chronological account but also offers beneficial and actionable lessons, relating the biography of the Prophet to...

Reality and wisdom  by Migmar Tseten

Reality and wisdom

Migmar Tseten

"Written in a warm and accessible style by one of today's most respected Tibetan Buddhist masters, Reality and Wisdom leads the reader on a journey of discovery beginning with the very first teachings of the Buddha and into the profound experience of...

Walking with God through pain and suffering  by Timothy Keller

Walking with God through pain and suffering

Timothy Keller

"The problem of pain is a perennial one; and for those who undergo particular sufferings it can often be the largest obstacle for trusting in a good and loving God. If such a God exists, why is there so much suffering in the world? And how do we deal with it...

Dictionary of classic mythology  by Jennifer R. March

Dictionary of classic mythology

Jennifer R. March

"Jenny March's acclaimed Dictionary of Classical Mythology, first published in 1998 but long out of print, has been extensively revised and expanded including a completely new set of beautiful line-drawing illustrations for this Oxbow edition. It is a...

Holy unhappiness  by Amanda Held Opelt

Holy unhappiness

Amanda Held Opelt

"American Christians have developed a long list of expectations about what the life with God will feel like. Many Christians rightly deny the Prosperity Gospel-the idea that God wants you to be healthy and wealthy- but instead embrace its more subtle spin-off,...

Auckland Council Libraries:New titles Check out the latest new titles in fiction, nonfiction, DVDs, CDs, eBooks, audiobooks, Māori, and community language books.