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Launch: Transformed Lives August 17, 2010

Posted by Andrew Killick (Publishing Manager) in 3. Castle Books, 5. News, Transformed Lives.
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April 2010 was a month of launches – in all I attended four launches for books that Castle had been involved with: Trial to Triumph (publishing services), Thank You for Being My Father (publishing services), and two launches (one in Auckland and one in Tauranga) for the new Castle book Transformed Lives.

Both launches for Transformed Lives were great. The first was held at the headquarters of Christian Ministries with Disabled Trust (CMWDT) in Auckland. The second was held at Bethlehem Community Church in Tauranga. A lot of the contributors to the book – people who were caught up in the Charismatic Movement during the 1960s and 70s – were there and it was inspirational to meet them face to face.

As part of the exposure for the book, Bev Montgomery (who compiled the book) and two of the other contributors – David Cowie and Ian Garratt – were interviewed on Rhema. You can listen to those interviews here. The following day, Dale Williamson, who wrote her PhD Thesis on the Charismatic Movement, was also interviewed. Her fascinating interview is here.

Below is a picture from the Tauranga launch – Bev Montgomery signs copies of her book, flanked by a number of the contributing authors.

Visit the Castle website for more info on Transformed Lives or contact us to order copies.

On the press: Transformed Lives July 1, 2010

Posted by Andrew Killick (Publishing Manager) in 3. Castle Books, 5. News, Transformed Lives.
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A brand new Castle premier title is on its way! Transformed Lives tells the stories of people caught up in one of the most dramatic movements to sweep the New Zealand church. The book has been in the pipeline for some time, and it is with much anticipation and excitement that we now await its launch…

Backed up by the considerable talents of George Bryant, Bev Montgomery has compiled a superb collection of firsthand stories about what happened when the Charismatic Movement touched individual lives in the 1960s and 70s. At the time, the movement was controversial and exciting, and it transformed people and revolutionised Christianity. The Holy Spirit was at work, and thousands were never the same again. The legacy of the movement is a generation of believers who accomplished amazing things for God and established ministries which continue to impact the world.

The book itself has been a labour of love for Bev Montgomery – the project started from a small idea and became something truly remarkable. Castle is honoured to have been a part of this project – helping to tell the story of the Charismatic Movement, to preserve some of its stories as a gift to posterity and the church, but more importantly to inspire a new generation of believers to embrace the call.

Transformed Lives contains 19 firsthand stories by New Zealanders. You might recognise some of the names: David Cowie, Barry Austin, John Coyle, June Dooney, Brian Caughley, Dianne Milmine, Ian Garratt, Graham Braddock, Marjorie Claret, Janet Tillman, Eric Balderston, Margaret Thompson, Gerald and Gayel Paterson, Sue Pollard, Nick and Jean Oakden, Di Willis, Lyn Stanley and Bev Montgomery. The foreword is by Bruce Thompson, and the book is endorsed by Murray Robertson and John Dawson.

Transformed Lives is available for ordering now! Book launches in Auckland Saturday 24 July and in Tauranga Saturday 31 July!