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On the radio: Good God – the Goodalls! October 20, 2011

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The impressive tome that is Good God – the Goodalls! has been picked up by Community Radio Hamilton. The book is being dramatised chapter by chapter on the Historic Souvenirs programme, which retells personal memoirs in a series of animated book readings. This is a weekly show broadcast at noon on Mondays. Community Radio Hamilton is on 1206 AM in the Waikato Region and on 106.7 FM in Hamilton.

For more information about Good God – the Goodalls! or to purchase a copy please visit this page on the Castle website.

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New book feature July 13, 2011

Posted by Andrew Killick (Publishing Manager) in 4. Castle Distributed Books, That Leaders Might Last.
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Dave Mann and his family recently returned to New Zealand from a nearly 10-year stint in Singapore as pastor of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Bartley Christian Church. When he returned, Dave brought with him an excellent new book that he completed while he was overseas. Castle is distributing That Leaders Might Last in New Zealand, and it is highly recommended.

This week’s Challenge Weekly features the story of how Dave came to write the book, and what he’s up to now. Head over to the Challenge website and have a read here.

For info about the book and to purchase a copy online, visit the Castle site here.

Hot off the press: The Silent Storm July 7, 2011

Posted by Andrew Killick (Publishing Manager) in 4. Castle Distributed Books, The Silent Storm.
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Another new book produced by Castle publishing services, and hot off the press. The Silent Storm is a book on marriage reconciliation by Noel Hinton. Noel has experienced firsthand the painful emotions of a marriage break-up, but is committed to seeing marriages restored. In this book he passes on a message of hope. God, says Noel, doesn’t want your marriage to fail. A practical and affirming book.

For more info or to purchase a copy of The Silent Storm visit the Castle website here.

Hot off the press: A Different Road June 28, 2011

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Here’s an excellent new book. A Different Road is an autobiography by Shirley Jamieson, telling the story of growing up with partial sight in 1950s and 60s New Zealand. Later, when Shirley had children of her own, her daughter Janelle was born with severe cerebral palsy. This is a truly inspirational account of life and faith, and beautifully written.

At Castle, we’re very pleased with how our production work has turned out too. The front cover incorporates a black and white photograph of Shirley on her 5th birthday – when her parents had explained to her why she couldn’t see things like other people could. The photograph was colourised by our designer for use on the book.

A Different Road was launched last Saturday at an event in Lower Hutt. Below is a picture of Shirley and Janelle with the book at the event…

Contact us for more information about this book, or find out more an purchase a copy here.

Mark Keown on Rhema June 15, 2011

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Mark Keown (author of What’s God Up To On Planet Earth) appeared on Rhema yesterday – a really excellent interview with James Totton. You can listen to the interview (in four parts) here. You can ‘like’ Mark Keown’s book on this Facebook page. And for more info about the book and to purchase copies, here.

On the press: Mission is Not an Optional Extra March 21, 2011

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Following on from the great working relationship we enjoyed with OMF on Konnichi wa Kiwi and Beyond Death and Dishonour, we’ve had the pleasure of assisting in another OMF project. This time, the book is called Mission is Not an Optional Extra – written by current OMF NZ director, Christine Harding.

Christine looks at the vital importance of mission, and examines the relevance of missions to believers today. This book is a “Mission 101” – a tool to aid pastors, leaders, and all Christians to understand the biblical basis for total involvement in God’s mission, with suggestions for how to bring about change in our contemporary world.

Available now! To order or for more info – here.

A few questions with: Mark Keown March 18, 2011

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Last year, Castle was involved with the publishing of an excellent book that outlines the Christian faith, called What’s God Up To On Planet Earth? The book is written by Mark Keown, a lecturer at Laidlaw College. Recently Mark’s book was picked up American publishing house Wipf & Stock. We chatted to Mark about his background, his book, and about the Christchurch earthquake…

Tell us your story…

I was bought up in a non-Christian home. I had no real God-consciousness until I was 13 when I met Christ at a school group in the Cook Islands. I made a commitment to Jesus but didn’t become a fully committed believer until 24. I was a school teacher at the time and began to share my faith wherever and whenever I could. I married Emma and we set out on ministry, which has included just about everything you can do in a NZ church! This included leading Presbyterian and Baptist churches. I remained passionate about the gospel and evangelism throughout, hence this book on the gospel. I am now lecturer in  NT at Laidlaw College, having joined the staff about 5 ½ years ago.

What’s the most rewarding thing about working at Laidlaw?

There’s nothing I enjoy more than studying the Scriptures and talking about them. I am paid to do  this, and love it. I love asking and trying to answer hard questions. I love discovering the social and historical setting for the Bible, it brings it alive. I love the people who stimulate my thinking every day.

How did you come to write What’s God Up To On Planet Earth?

The book is inspired by engaging in evangelism and thinking about the gospel. I wanted to work out how to tell the story effectively and clearly in today’s world. I came across the ‘five R’s’ of the gospel (Relationship, Rupture, Restoration, Return and Response) and thought this was a great framework for the gospel. I wanted to write something more substantial than a tract, without strong dogmatic positions on some things (e.g. the return of Christ), that I could give to family and friends. I had learnt the power of sharing the gospel in written form when I wrote a letter to my sister with the gospel in it, not knowing she only had a short time to live. Because of the letter she gave her life to Jesus and died in relationship with him. The book is a letter to the world in the hope that some will be saved.

In a nutshell, what’s the message of the book?

God is love and created humanity because he wanted to walk in eternal relationship with free beings forever. So he created us free to live forever with him. He gave us this world to enjoy, to build, to care for, and we are all created for love. The whole thing is corrupted but God is restoring the world. We are invited to join him in his great project of restoration, if we believe in Jesus.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of having the book out there?

There is nothing more exciting than hearing that the book is changing lives. I gave a copy to an elderly Greek ex-opera singer in Kavala Greece on my trip there last year. He wrote to me a few months later saying, ‘I do believe I have become a Christ.’ His way of saying that he had given his life to Jesus! A guy in my church is now reading it for the third time because he loves it so much. His brother is in some serious trouble in life and he has just given him a copy hoping he will read it and that his life will be changed. Today a student asked for a couple of copies because he gives them away to people as they are baptised. I am so thrilled when I hear such stories.

Christianity has to have an application in the real world, so how does the message of your book apply, say, to the situation that Christchurch has faced with the earthquake there?

I think it helps us understand why such things happen. Chapter 2 ‘Rupture’ speaks of a world created very good that has gone wrong. The Fall was not just where humans fell, but death and destruction entered God’s glorious world. As a result, such events continue to happen and will go on. The book helps us to find the solution, which is Jesus. Jesus is working for the restoration of every person and the whole world. We are to join in this. On one level the books tells us how to find the security that if something like this hits us, God is still with us and loves us and we will be ok. It also tells us how to be involved in helping in such situations. We can help build cities that can withstand such terrible events. When these events happen, we can be there to love and give hope. We can be the ones who are out there leading the healing of the city, helping rebuild it and the people’s lives. The message is that God is with us in the midst of suffering.

For more info or to purchase a copy of What’s God Up To On Planet Earth? visit the Castle website here.

Hot off the press: Good God – the Goodalls! March 16, 2011

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We have a brand new book, hot off the press. Good God – the Goodalls is one of the largest production jobs we’ve been involved with – the finished book stretches to 600 pages. It contains the history and stories of the seven Goodall children who grew up on a dairy farm near Frankton Junction in Hamilton during the 1930s and 40s.

This book will contribute to the local history of the Waikato region, but it also spins a lot of fascinating yarns about farming and New Zealand life. The Goodall Seven went on many adventures as children and adults, and the book contains plenty of excitement and humour.

For more info or to buy a copy, visit the Castle’s main website here.

Reprinting: What’s God Up To… October 20, 2010

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What’s God Up To On Planet Earth? is about to enter its second New Zealand printing. And, what’s more, it’s also been picked up by American publishing house Wipf & Stock who will be producing an edition of the book for the North American market. I love a publishing success story.

The best thing about this, as far as Castle is concerned, is that a book that we’ve believed in for a long time (ever since Mark Keown brought an early version of the manuscript to us a few years ago) is starting to be recognised in the marketplace. Reprints and different editions are evidence that the book is going to reach more people, and that’s a great thing.

For more info about What’s God Up On Planet Earth? or to order a copy, visit the Castle website.

Launch: Thank You for Being My Father August 3, 2010

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Saturday 24 July was the launch of Anne Perera’s book Thank You for Being My Father, which was produced by Castle Publishing. The event was held at St Ignatius Church in St Heliers, Auckland. It was an amazing gathering – I’ve never been to one like it before. Anne injected plenty of Sri Lankan culture into the event, and there were all kinds of people among the guests.

It’s great to see a product we have worked on engaging with people in this way.

Below is a picture from the event. Left to right: Dr Conrad Perera (Anne’s husband), Anne, Jeff Tebbutt (who designed the cover), Allyson Gofton (food personality and MC for the event), and yours truly (publishing manager for Castle).

Contact Castle to order a copy or to discuss your publishing project.