The following list is a collection of books recently written by local BC authors.
Check out the your local Christian bookstore to find a copy.
Living for God in a Pagan Society
By James R. Coggins
Mill Lake Books
North American Christians are living in a society that is increasingly non-Christian, and sometimes even anti-Christian. Accustomed to living in a nominally Christian society, many North American Christians are unprepared for the new reality. Where can they find a model for how to live for God in a God-defying culture?
This book argues that the early chapters of the book of Daniel offer just such a model. Living at a time when the people of God had suffered a crushing and shocking defeat at the hands of the pagan Babylonians, Daniel and his friends were immersed in a society where the state, the education system, the culture and religion were all thoroughly pagan. In this situation, Daniel and his friends committed themselves to a course of action that North American Christians can use as a pattern to guide their own lives.
The book consists of an introduction and ten chapters. It concludes with study questions on each chapter and then a statement of commitment, which summarizes the teaching of the book and which the reader is invited to sign as an indication that he/she is committed to putting into practice the lessons of the book.
James R. Coggins is a professional writer and editor based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. He has BA and MA degrees from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, a Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a PhD (in History) from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. He has served as an editor with Christian magazines (Mennonite Brethren Herald, BC Christian News and The Light Magazine) and written a wide variety of materials, including devotional articles, academic articles, encyclopedia entries, social and political analyses, poetry, blogs and even a few jokes for Reader’s Digest. His previous books include four John Smyth murder mysteries, a political novel, and his doctoral dissertation (on the first English Baptist congregation). He is also founder and operator of a small book publishing imprint, Mill Lake Books. His website is: www.coggins.ca. He blogs regularly at jamescoggins.wordpress.com and https: //christiansread.wordpress.com/category/james-r-coggins/
We Were Royal Refugees
By Chris Karuhije
Word Alive Press
Six. That was the number of people killed every minute of every hour of the day, for one hundred days. The dead lay there mutilated, raped, disfigured, and dismembered. They were strewn across the African countryside, piled up in empty churches, and thrown in the lakes and rivers.
Alphonse and Thacienne had their dream life. They were in love, they had five children, and they pastored a great church in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali. But in 1994 it all came to a cataclysmic end as almost one million people were slaughtered in an eruption of violence that lasted three months. As Alphonse is trapped in his church fighting to stay alive, Thacienne embarks on a courageous journey to get her children to safety, holding hope that she will be reunited with her husband.
Written by one of the survivors, We Were Royal Refugees is the gripping and heart-wrenching true story of the horror, loss, forgiveness, and triumph of a family in one of the worst tragedies in modern history, the Rwandan genocide.
Chris Karuhije is a former refugee who miraculously escaped the 1994 Rwanda genocide. His story of survival, purpose, and forgiveness is both intense and inspiring and will keep you on the edge of your seat. He and his wife, Kristy, are parents of twin girls, London Kate and Kyleigh Anne, who were born 3 1/2 months premature but miraculously survived. He lives in Vancouver, BC.
Discover Your Hidden Self: Opening the Door to Who You Really Are!
by John Murray
If you ever think negatively about yourself, you are not alone. Many people think far too little of themselves than they should. If you are one of those people, then Discover your Hidden Self was written for you. This book will help build your self-esteem, give you confidence and as one reader said, “it helped rid her of a sense of inferiority.” Your uniqueness, significance and your importance, are all unveiled in here. You will discover just how special you are. If you need a pick-up and want your spirit lifted, then this is the book for you.
John has been married to his wife Rita for almost 60 years. They have two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Originally from the U.K. they now reside in White Rock, British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada. Educated in England, John went on to study theology in Birmingham, U.K and in Toronto, Canada. His life experience has been in business, in journalism, in pastoral ministry and overseas missions. For the last twenty years before retiring he served as the Executive Director for Eurovangelism Canada, a mission working in Eastern Europe. He travelled extensively from Russia in the north to Albania in the south. Some of the stories in the book Miracles: Coincidence or Divine Intervention are from his days of travelling in Eastern Europe. His many years of speaking engagements took him to ten countries which included Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Caribbean. Since retiring in 2006 he has concentrated on his writing. Discover your Hidden Self is his fourth book
An Idolatrous Revolution
By Mark Jaskela
Far from the least deployed weapons in America’s fighting the Cold War were Hollywood movies, Elvis Presley and rock & roll. The paradox of socially sanctioned rebellion was especially evident in the Hollywood propaganda for the new music and its king. Stereotypes of a stoic international communist revolution were readily undermined by the hedonistic cultural agenda of the western world. Though not unique to Presley’s movies, they imply that liberal democracy is a superior form of social and political organization because it allows the individual to have more pleasure. Yet even in their advocacy of pleasure, the Presley movies are narrowly prescriptive in terms of what constitutes pleasure. While capitalizing on Presley’s rock & roll stardom by turning him into a movie star might have been inevitable, several of his movies hinge on asking the question of not who, but what, is Elvis Presley. At a less immediately politically instructive level, as per early movie propaganda for rock & roll, Presley’s movies are lessons on loving him and, perhaps, why it’s dangerous not to. The 31 critiques of each Elvis Presley film presented in this book chronicle his active, ongoing role in being a Cold Warrior, a G-rated ambassador for the emerging sexual revolution and an entertainer of inverse relevance to the 1960’s counterculture.
Describing himself as a painter who knocked around university long enough to pick up some writing chops, Mark Jaskela has an interdisciplinary background. A longtime movie buff, his interest in ideological criticism of popular culture emerged through his undergraduate study of art history. Many of his briefer writing projects in recent years have veered in a more explicitly political direction when he served with the current events ministry at his church. In his spare time, he’s also an online political cartoonist
May I Have a Word With You?: The Surprising Origins of Everyday Words of Religion and Spirituality
By David Tickner
Words are the foundation of all communication―the foundation upon which we build our understanding of the world around us … of nature, philosophy, faith, and of ourselves.
But where do those words come from?
Using humor and insight paired with in-depth etymological knowledge, the author explores the origins of over two hundred words commonly found within the sphere of religion and spirituality.
Created to give voice to reflection and emotion, such words are like windows we can look through to see the meaning and wonder of our lives. As such, the more we know about how they evolved, the more we can appreciate the experiences and wisdom of those who created them and recognize how such words continue to evolve in use and meaning.
This provocative book will help you rethink the words you use to speak about spirituality and faith. This book will give you a new appreciation for their origins and power.
A lifelong learner, David Tickner has studied history, especially church history, etymology, religion, and spirituality, and has lived and worked all over the world as a professor and consultant for colleges and universities on curriculum and faculty development projects. He has developed and facilitated courses and workshops on reflective practice. He spent forty years as an active church layperson, including seven years living in religious community, participating in and conducting religious education and community development workshops and seminars. David has also been actively involved with the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) program since it began in 1979.
David published an article in the online Walrus magazine describing his journey to find his grandfather’s World War One carving in the caves and tunnels, the souterrain, under Vimy Ridge. https://thewalrus.ca/the-war-carved-in-stone/
David is also an artist and the president of the Fraser Valley Watermedia Society. He loves hiking and cycling. He lives in Abbotsford, BC, with his wife, Raymonde.
For Better, For Worse: Discovering the keys to a lasting relationship
By Rev. Dr. Ed and Janice Hird
His Publishing Group
Would you like to learn how to stop blaming your partner? What if we told you that by reading and applying these principles, you will discover four essential keys to a lasting and satisfying relationship? Ed and Janice are passionate about making a diﬀerence in people’s marriages.”
Rev. Dr. Ed Hird served for over thirty years as the Rector of St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver, B.C. Ordained in 1980, he also served at St. Philip’s Vancouver and St Matthew’s Abbotsford. His current ministry focus is writing books & speaking at conferences on marriage & renewal.
Ed is the Past President and National Chaplain for Alpha Canada. While serving as the National Chair for Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada, he was one of the three co-signers of the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials. For the past 28 years, Ed has been privileged to write over 450 articles as a columnist on spiritual issues for North Vancouver newspapers. He is a regular contributor to The Light Magazine.
Rev. Ed Hird’s writings inform, entertain and inspire. They reflect his love for others in his devotion to Jesus Christ. He received his Doctor of Ministry in 2013, focusing on strengthening marriage. In the last number of years, Ed, with his wife Janice, has had the opportunity to lead conferences and retreats on marriage and renewal to tens of thousands in Honduras, Uganda, Rwanda, Washington State, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Newfoundland, and Toronto.
Ed is the author of Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit and Battle For the Soul of Canada, as well as co-author of his latest novel Blue Sky, For Better, For Worse, and Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider.
At the Crossroads
by Carla Friesen-Martin
Word Alive Press
John the Baptist sits in a dungeon, wondering, “Was Jesus really the One?”
Knowing she can no longer hide her son, Jochebed struggles to place her baby, Moses, into a basket and his life into God’s hands.
Joseph battles feelings of humiliation and betrayal while wondering what he could possibly offer the Messiah.
Most of us have never had superhuman strength or slain a giant with a slingshot. But like the heroes of the Bible, we eventually all find ourselves at a crossroads where we need to make hard choices. To obey God or turn away. To trust God or give in to fear. To accept God’s sovereignty, even when we don’t understand Him.
The monologues in At the Crossroads portray familiar people from the Bible at crossroads of their own, facing challenges and choices that in many ways mirror our own.
Let their choices inspire yours.
Carla Friesen-Martin has been writing and performing dramatic monologues for more than twenty years. She lives in Williams Lake, British Columbia with her family.
By April Yamasaki
In Four Gifts, pastor and author April Yamasaki addresses these and other questions about self-care. Drawing on the ancient scriptural command to love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength, Yamasaki helps readers think about the spiritual dimensions of attending to your own needs, setting priorities, and finding true rest in a fast-paced world. She weaves together personal stories, biblical and theological insights, questions for reflection, and practical ideas for self-care. Four Gifts helps readers sustain their spirits and balance competing demands. Feeling overwhelmed by the pace and stress of daily life? Find respite from superficial definitions of self-care and move toward deeper engagement with God.
April Yamasaki is an ordained minister with 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry. She is currently Resident Author with a liturgical worship community. She is the author of Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal, and other books on Christian living.
Her main website is Writing and Other Acts of Faith (https://aprilyamasaki.com) where she writes about Scripture, prayer, and acts of faith in everyday life. Her second website is When You Work for the Church: the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how we can all do better (https://WhenYouWorkfortheChurch.com) with a focus on ministry in churches and other Christian organizations.
Follow her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/april.yamasaki) and Twitter @SacredPauses (https://twitter.com/SacredPauses).