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We have a winner February 23, 2017

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Stuff Jesus Never SaidWe’re a bit slow off the mark, but it gives us great pleasure to announce that a title we distribute – Stuff Jesus Never Said – has won a gold medal in the 2017 Illumination Book Awards.

Using humour and insight, and riffing off the style of internet memes, Stuff Jesus Never Said shatters the myth of the angry, fault-finding God and celebrates the God that Christ revealed – a God who wants us to prosper and live well. It’s beautifully presented in full colour, hardcover coffee table format. More about the book here.

This is the second time author Paul Ellis has won an Illumination medal.

Congratulations Paul.

Castle Gift Guide 2016 December 9, 2016

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Christmas gifts 2016

Here’s our 2016 Christmas gift and summer reading guide…

Books make great gifts. Something for you or something for someone you love, here are nine high-quality, highly recommended New Zealand books, new and recent releases, with a great message, and brought to you by Castle…

The Apple Grove Girls: The Bullies Strike Out, Laura Martin. The Apple Grove Girls is a sweet story about friendship, trials, prayer and faith. Come and join Piper, Alice, Bekka and Nellie, as their friendship and faith are stretched like never before! For ages 8-12. Only NZ$19.95. Here.

No More Bullies Say Chainey and Marty, by Raymond Spence. There’s something worrying James. Find out what’s going on as Chainey and Marty help James to stand up for himself in four new adventures. The second book in the Chainey and Marty series uses a host of quirky characters and fun storylines to communicate Christian values and lifeskills to kids. Full colour picture book, 24 pages. Only NZ$14.95. Here.

Out Where the Fish Are, by OAC NZ. Do we fish in the bath or in the ocean, where the fish are? The founders of Open Air Campaigners decided to go to the ocean. Starting in Australia, then to New Zealand, this ministry is now in around 30 countries worldwide. You will be inspired by these inspiring stories of God at work though Open Air Campaigners, 1954 – 2016. Only NZ$24.95. Here.

Kiliad: The Grotto of Pan, by Daryl Fowles. Planet Earth is a peaceful place one thousand years into the future – but that peace is about to be shattered. In the small town of Hevenin, Joshua, a young leader, is inexplicably thrust into the middle of an evil plot that threatens to destroy his world. An exciting read for adults and young adults. Only NZ$21.95. Here.

The Awesome Power of Blessing, by Richard Brunton. Our top seller of 2016. Blessing is speaking God’s intentions or favour over someone or some situation. In this small book, you will find out how blessing works and learn how to bless those who curse or provoke you; how to bless your spouse, your children, your home and yourself; how to bless your workplace, your land and your community – and even God Himself. You can change your world. Only NZ$4.95. Here.

Stuff Jesus Never Said, by Paul Ellis. If the stuff Jesus never said is the stuff you thought he said, then the stuff he did say may surprise you. Stuff Jesus Never Said shatters the myth of the angry, fault-finding God and celebrates the God that Christ revealed – a God who wants you to prosper and live well. A humorous but insightful book, beautifully presented in full colour, hardcover coffee table format. Only NZ$34.99. Here.

Enduring the Dream, by Garry Wills. This book is about the journey of a young 17-year-old, third generation sheep and cattle man who had a passion to serve God and believed God wanted him to dedicate his farming career to ministry. After battling a multitude of setbacks and heartache over a number of years, he found himself asking God for a heart to continue to pursue the calling – a prayer that God didn’t hesitate to answer. Only NZ$19.95. Here.

Saving Donkey, by Peter K High. Known as a master storyteller by all who meet him on the road as he rides his Harley, Peter High (aka Donkey) spins a lively tale about the twists and turns of life, about what makes him tick – and about encounters with a mysterious character named JC. Another 2016 top-seller. Only NZ$19.95. Here.

A Handful of Streamers, by Lorraine Harvey. This book tells the story of the 22-year-old Lorraine Harvey as she set out from New Zealand, bound for Central Africa. Depending not on memory, but on the 2,000 letters that she and her husband, Maurice, wrote to their parents, Lorraine gives a fascinating insight into life in Africa in the 1960s, as Maurice took on Bible distribution work and Lorraine took up the challenge of supporting her husband and raising a family in difficult conditions. Only NZ$29.95. Here.

For all these, and more, head over to the new releases page on the Castle website. To safely ensure pre-Christmas delivery in NZ, order on or before Friday 16 December.

Author feature: The Harveys August 11, 2016

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Castle authors Lorraine and Maurice Harvey have done a lot in their lives – enough to fill four books (so far!).

The Harveys have been married for over 50 years – they married on the mission field in Africa – and during that time have been to many far-flung places.

Maurice is most famous for his work as the photojournalist for the United Bible Societies. He has visited 160 countries, territories and disputed territories – making him one of NZ’s most travelled people. His books Shooting the Globe, Reading the Funny Bible and Into the Great Unknown are packed with the stories of his adventures.

Lorraine has also been busy. As well as raising two children, she became a skilled Bible teacher, and over the years has been involved with Christian Women’s Fellowship and Christian Women Communicating International, amongst other Christian initiatives. Earlier this year Lorraine released A Handful of Streamers.

Lorraine and Maurice have been based in Africa, Fiji, Indonesia, Hong Kong, the Philippines and the UK. They now live in Auckland, New Zealand.

Castle is massively privileged to have worked with the Harveys. They are a prime example of the unassuming yet extraordinary Christian New Zealanders we love.

Christmas Gift Guide 2015 December 7, 2015

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christmas-2015-clusterHere’s our 2015 Christmas gift and summer reading guide…

Books make great gifts. Something for you or something for someone you love, here are six high-quality, highly recommended New Zealand books, new and recent releases, with a great message, and brought to you by Castle…

Forgiveness: The biography of Ferdinand Christiaan Hansen, by Jocelyn Judd. The gripping and gritty true story of a Dutch child sent to a Japanese concentration camp in Indonesia during WW2. A hard-hitting and emotional story with an element of adventure; a book about survival and redemption. Ideal for male and female adult readers. Hot off the press. Only NZ$24.95. Here.

Ripples in the Water, by Clare Matravers. A real and powerful work of contemporary fiction. Sapphire Nord, a first year university student, is in trouble – BIG trouble and doesn’t know what to do. Her life is touched by tragedy, romance, an illness and faith before she encounters a mysterious woman with a huge secret – one that will change her life forever… Recommended primarily for a female audience, but with compelling storytelling for all readers. Only NZ$24.95. Here.

For the Love of Christmas, by Heather McCall. Faith – Flowers – Food – the quintessential guide to making your Christmas beautiful. This full-colour coffee-table style book is equal parts practical resource and stunning gift. Complete with thoughts about rediscovering the true meaning of Christmas, recipes and decorating ideas – for this Christmas and many Christmases to come. For those who love to cook, decorate and entertain. Only NZ$39.95. Here (including a link to see inside the book).

It’s Okay to Die, by The Dando Family. As featured on Rhema. With its bold title, this book certainly stops us in our tracks. It tells the story of Shirley and Graeme Dando and their cancer journey, as they seek physical healing and grow in their faith and trust no matter what transpires. Vital and inspirational reading that takes us inside a personal story of faith in the tough times and asks the big questions about God in our lives. Recommended for adult readers of all ages. Only NZ$26.95. Here.

The Wonder of It All, by Evelyn Lalahi. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, two boys spend a wonderful day with their Gran – having fun, learning all about the amazing God who created them, and finding out how they can know Him. A warm-hearted story of family love and the love and awesomeness of God. Softcover with 16 pages of full-colour illustrations. Suitable for 4 to 8 year olds. Reading age 6+. Only NZ$9.95. Here (including a link to see inside the book).

Water Under the Bridge, by Don Barry. Published this year and now in its third printing, the top-selling title of 2015. This is the story of lessons learnt – with some blood, sweat and tears – during 40 years of pastoral ministry. With sincere honesty, Don Barry (Gateway, Hamilton) lays open his challenges, failures and successes, taking us on a journey into values-shaped leadership. Recommended for those interested in church life and pastoral leadership. Only NZ$24.95. Here.

For all these, and more, head over to the new releases page on the Castle website. To safely ensure pre-Christmas delivery in NZ, order on or before Monday 21 December.

Steve on TV April 14, 2015

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Stephen Shephard in Iran

Castle author Stephen Shephard appears on Shine TV tonight 8.30 NZ time, presenting a documentary in which he travels to Iran and discusses the subject of his book on Daniel 9 – The Prophetic Seventy Weeks Solved (visit Shine TV for more info).

Stephen’s book can be purchased direct from Castle (or your local Christian retailer in New Zealand or Koorong in Australia). It is also available as an ebook from Amazon or Kobo.

The prophecy of Daniel 9 regarding the ’70 Weeks’ has probably been the most debated passage since the birth of the Church, where virtually every mainstream interpretation has looked outside the biblical canon in order to try and understand its mystery.

However, compelling and exciting new evidence has shown that the answer to this renowned passage has been in the biblical record all along, and is foundational for understanding not only the first coming of Jesus Christ, but perhaps all prophecy today.

Merry Christmas! December 23, 2014

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Christmas Gift Guide 2014 December 9, 2014

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Christmas 2014 booksHere’s our 2014 Christmas gift and summer reading guide…

Books make great gifts, and what better way to spend a relaxing summer’s day than reading? Something for you or something for someone you love, here are five great New Zealand books, new and recent releases, 100% homegrown with a great message, and brought to you by Castle…

To Await the Dream, by Julianne Jones. Book 3 of the Distant Land series, hot off the press. Drama and romance set against the backdrop of colonial New South Wales. Historical fiction for adults and young adults. Only $24.95. Here.

The Marriage You Never Dreamed Of, by Brian Taylor. An excellent book complete with study questions for engaged couples, married couples (from newlywed to diamond anniversary and beyond), and people thinking about getting married. Presented in a large format. Only $39.00. Here.

For the Love of Christmas, by Heather McCall. Faith – Flowers – Food – the quintessential guide to making your Christmas beautiful. This full-colour coffee-table style book is equal parts practical resource and stunning gift. Complete with thoughts about rediscovering the true meaning of Christmas, recipes and decorating ideas – for this Christmas and many Christmases to come. Only $39.95. Here (including a link to see inside the book).

The Wind Rises, by G M Lincoln. Two teens – two quests – many enemies. Thrown together by circumstances and courageous enough to risk everything, Arlia and Eldon will have to make some hard choices and discern who they can trust if they are to survive. An exciting fantasy fiction adventure story for young adults (and adults!). Only $21.95. Here.

So Old So Quick, by Sir Patrick Eisdell Moore. Published under Castle’s Rampart imprint for mainstream titles, So Old So Quick is the inspirational story of a New Zealand medical pioneer. With plenty of adventures along the way, this is the autobiography of a remarkable life, told with charm, honesty and insight. Only 34.95. Here.

For all these, and more, head over to the new releases page on the Castle website. Order online this week and receive your books in time for Christmas.

An interview with Sir Patrick July 2, 2014

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Sir Patrick Eisdell Moore, author of our Rampart book So Old So Quick, was interviewed on Radio NZ’s Nine to Noon show earlier this week.

You can listened to the full interview here.

More about the book (and purchase online) on the Castle website.

 

New Release: So Old So Quick May 30, 2014

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So Old So QuickWe have great pleasure in announcing So Old So Quick, our latest title, published under our Rampart imprint.

Published in the author’s 97th year, this is the memoir of an Auckland lad who went on to accomplished amazing things. During the war, Sir Pat served as a medical officer, the only Pakeha in the Maori Battalion. In the post-war years, as an ENT specialist he pioneered community health initiatives, cochlear implants and the establishment of Auckland’s Hearing House.

About Rampart: Castle’s Rampart imprint presents inspiring New Zealand stories for a general readership.

For more info about So Old So Quick and to purchase copies (print and ebook) visit the Castle website.

Christmas and Summer Reading Gift Guide 2013 December 6, 2013

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Here’s a round-up of new and recent releases from Castle that we think will make great Christmas gifts and reading for your summer holiday. As always, everything is home-grown right here in New Zealand…

Christmas and summer selection

 

Mrs Shepherd’s Oven, by Patsy Nealon. For kids, age 4-9.

Mrs Shepherd has pies to bake for her knitting group. She is not happy because her brick oven has fallen down. What will she do? The quirky and fun adventures of a family of shepherds whose story touches on, and coincides with, the Christmas story. Great reading for all year round, and for general (as well as Christian) audiences. Illustrated throughout with water colour cartoon pictures that kids will love. Softcover, 22 pages full colour. A Castle Kids book! NZ$17.95. More info, view a sample or purchase here. (Or ask for it at your local Christian bookshop.)

Your Secret World, by Brian Goodwin. General adult.

This book examines your ‘secret world’ – the inner workings of your heart, soul and mind – and shows just how important they are in your everyday life. With compassion, insight and love, Brian Goodwin explains what ‘makes us tick’, looking at the things that spark our desire or hold us back, and opening us up to a heart to heart relationship with the Creator and others. Your Secret World draws on a wealth of biblical wisdom and the work of other Christian authors. Available as a printed book or ebook. NZ$26.95 (ebook US$9.99). More info, view a sample or purchase here. (Or ask for it at your local Christian bookshop.)

The True Adventures of Lucy the Hen, by Daphne Joy. For kids, age 4-9.

In the chicken run, there is no one else quite like Lucy! Lucy is a very clever and special hen. In this beautifully illustrated full colour picture book, Daphne Joy tells us some of Lucy’s true life adventures. Each story concludes with ‘Learning with Lucy’ – bite-sized thoughts that apply the things that Lucy learns to our everyday lives. Softcover, 28 pages full colour. A Castle Kids book! NZ$14.95. More info, view a sample or purchase here. (Or ask for it at your local Christian bookshop.)

To Rise Above, by Julianne Jones. Young adult and general adult historical fiction.

Katie, Samuel and Rhiannon have settled into a distant land but soon their faith will be tested beyond anything they had ever imagined… Julianne Jones’s superb second historical novel. A story of drama, romance and intrigue set in colonial New South Wales. Great reading for teenagers and adults. Available as a printed book or ebook. NZ$24.95 (ebook US$9.99). More info or purchase here. (Or ask for it at your local Christian bookshop.)

Into the Heart of PNG, by Kay Liddle. General adult.

In 1952 Kay Liddle waded ashore on the northern coast of New Guinea – the start of a lifelong relationship with that remarkable country. This is Kay’s personal story of years spent in service and partnership. It is filled with the difficulties, challenges and rewards of a dramatic life of mission. It is also the story of Christianity taking root and transforming the lives of ordinary Papuans – sharing the Good News, seeing whole groups of people move towards God, establishing churches, and training leaders. Available as a printed book or ebook. NZ$27.95 (ebook US$9.99). More info or purchase here. (Or ask for it at your local Christian bookshop.) Also available: Book Two.

Get Real, by Jill Stanley. General adult.

Real excerpts from an ordinary life in the hand of an extraordinary God. Jill Stanley’s real life story grabs and transports you from her quaint English village to Europe’s pulsating cities, and across both Atlantic and Pacific oceans to a remote island in the South Pacific. A transparent, brutally honest record of human passions, mistakes, flaws and sincere attempts to find lasting peace and truth. With hilarious adventures and powerful encounters, Jill will surely disarm and entertain you along the way. Available as a printed book or ebook. NZ$26.95 (ebook US$9.99). More info or purchase here. (Or ask for it at your local Christian bookshop.)

To see the complete line-up of our new and recent releases, visit the Castle website. Our catalogue contains an amazing range of books.