Books for Groups and Individuals

Eremos encourages small group gatherings where people can share their experiences, learn with and be nourished by one another. Using our Books For Hire is a great way to share the transformative and stimulating experience of reading. 

Titles in this list are available singly for individual study or in sets for group study and discussion. 

  • 10 copies of each title are available, unless stated otherwise. 

  • Most books come with discussion material. 

Hire costs per book: $7 or $5 for Eremos members.

We pay postage to you anywhere in Australia. You pay return postage. 

There are two ways to order books:

  • View the flyer with the titles and contact Elaine directly by email (booksforgroups@eremos.org.au) or phone (on the flyer)

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  • Use the online system. The list of titles is below.

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  • Please indicate the title you are ordering in 'special instructions'.
     

The Collection

CENTERING PRAYER AND INNER AWAKENING BY CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT

by Cynthia Bourgeaulty
A complete guidebook to the practice of Centering Prayer, which also relates the practice to the classic tradition of Christian contemplation and explores its revolutionary potential to transform Christian life. See the review of this book in our News

 

THE POCKET THOMAS MERTON

edited by Robert Inchausti
A collection of paragraphs that introduce Merton's ideas (11 copies)

 

AT TABLE WITH LUKE 

by John T. Squires.
How was Luke’s Gospel first read or heard?
Discussion questions in text 

 

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH 

by Rosalind Bradley.
60 people from all walks of life share their insights and wisdom on death. Describing their unique experiences they reveal that, beyond the mystery and heartache, death teaches us invaluable lessons about how we live our lives.

 

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JESUS: HIS BLUEPRINT FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE WORLD

by Lorraine Parkinson
What kind of world would result if Jesus’ teachings were actually taken seriously?
Questions in book 

 
NO FIXED ADDRESS: FAITH AS JOURNEY 

by John Bodycomb
Fifty-four years ordained, with nothing to prove or to fear, Bodycomb answers questions many have been afraid to ask.
Questions in book 

 

THE ADVANCE OF LOVE: READING THE BIBLE WITH AN EVOLUTIONARY HEART 

by Bruce Sanguin
Creatively integrating the latest insights from cosmology, biology, cultural studies and developmental and integral theory with perennial mystical wisdom.
Set of questions

 

THE SONG OF THE SEED  

by Macrina Wiederkehr.
This course will encourage a search for the sacred in personal and group life.
Study guide
 

THE GOD WE NEVER KNEW: Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Authentic Contemporary Faith

by Marcus J. Borg.
A God that is fully compatible with good science, critical thinking and religious pluralism

 

THE HEART OF CHRISTIANITY 

by Marcus J. Borg.
Explores the question of how we can be passionate believers in today’s world. (20 copies)
Study guide 

 

MEETING JESUS AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith

by Marcus J. Borg.
Contemporary research presents a fresh and imaginative picture of Jesus. (19 copies)
Study guide

 

STUDYING THE GOSPELS: An Introduction 

by Gideon Goosen& Margaret Tomlinson.
Exercises throughout the book assist group discussion. 

 

INTIMACY AND SOLITUDE: Balancing Closeness & Independence 

by Stephanie Dowrick.
Explores the meaning and challenges of self-acceptance and relationships.
Study guide 

 

FORGIVENESS AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE

by Stephanie Dowrick.
A spiritual journey that moves beyond “traditional Christianity”.
Study guide 

 

AN AUTHENTIC LIFE 

by Caroline Jones.
A thoughtful weave of Caroline Jones’ own story and experiences featured in the ABC radio program The Search for Meaning.
Study guide 

 

THE ENVIRONMENT AND CHRISTIAN FAITH: An Introduction to Ecotheology

by Robert Barry Leal.
Discussion questions in text 

 

THE WAY OF PARADOX: Spiritual Life As Taught 

by Meister Eckhart by Cyprian Smith.
Eckhart’s fundamental question is “What,for you, is God?”
Study guide 

 

REACHING OUT by Henri Nouwen. 

Three movements of the spiritual life from loneliness to solitude, from hostility to hospitality, and from illusion to prayer.
Study guide 

 

JESUS: A REVOLUTIONARY BIOGRAPHY by John Dominic Crossan. 

Insights into what we can know about Jesus fromcross cultural anthropology, Greco-Roman history and literary text.
Study guide 

 

THE GREATEST PRAYER: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of THE LORD’S PRAYER 

byJohn Dominic Crossan
Questions in back of book 

 

RESURRECTION: MYTH OR REALITY?

by John Shelby Spong.
A Bishop’s search for the Origins of Christianity. 

 

A NEW CHRISTIANITY FOR A NEW WORLD 

by John Shelby Spong.
Calls Christians into a new and radical reformation.
Study guide 

 

UNVEILING EMPIRE: Reading Revelation Then and Now 

by Wes Howard-Brook & Anthony Gwyther.
The original context and it’s relevance today.
Questions in text 

 

TOMORROW’S CATHOLIC: Understanding God & Jesus in a New Millennium

by Michael Morwood.
Contemporary issues pertinent to all Christian churches.
Questions in text 

 

IS JESUS GOD? Finding Our Faith by Michael Morwood.

2How and why Jesus is to be thought of as “divine”. Explores implications for ministry, liturgy and theology.Study guide 

 

REASONS OF THE HEART

by Bruce Wilson (9 copies).
Explores other ways of knowing to secular rationalism that create wholeness and purpose.
Study guide 

 

“SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD”, A Fresh Look at a Familiar Saying with the help of Rene Girard 

by Bishop Bruce Wilson.
Questions at end 

 

TRUE RESURRECTION 

by H.A. Williams.
A look at Christ’s resurrection as it is experienced in our lives.
Study guide 

 

SOME DAY I’LL FIND YOU 

by H. A. Williams (5 copies).
Autobiography. 

 

THE CASE FOR GOD

by Karen Armstrong.
Written in the light of the current rise of atheism.
Study guide 

 

A SHORT HISTORY OF MYTH

by Karen Armstrong.
From Palaeolithic to modern times human beings have always been mythmakers. 

 

THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE 

by Karen Armstrong.
Autobiography. 

 

THE QUIET REVOLUTION: The Emergence of Interfaith Consciousness 

by Peter Kirkwood.
An investigation of the interfaith movement.
Study guide 

 

A RESTLESS FAITH Leaving Fundamentalism in a Quest for God 

by Keith Mascord
Charts a way forward for people who feel they must choose between fundamentalism and jettisoning their faith altogether. 

 

WITHOUT GOD ALL THINGS ARE LAWFUL 

by Michael Whel
A collection of essays covering different aspects of spirituality

 

THE JESUS FATWAH: LOVE YOUR (MUSLIM) NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF(DVD + facilitator guide +reader)

From Living the Questions
Includes study guide 

 

IN DEFENCE OF DOUBT: An Invitation to Adventure (2nd edition) 

by Val Webb
Doubts are not preying forces of evil but tantalising carrots.

 

STEPPING OUT WITH THE SACRED: Human Attempts to Engage the Divine 

by Val Webb
Describes how humans have engaged the Divine across religions and centuries, through rituals, art sacred places, language and song.
Study guide 

 

LIKE CATCHING WATER IN A NET: Human Attempts to Describe the Divine

by Val Webb. 

 

WHY WE’RE EQUAL: Introducing Feminist Theology by Val Webb. 

Using Galatians 3:28 — an affirmation of the early church’scommitment to the equality of all believers.
Questions in back of book 

 

THE GIFT OF YEARS 

by Sr Joan Chittister.
Reflects the purposes and concerns, the struggles andsurprises, the potential and the joys of aging.
Set of questions 

 

DAKOTA: A Spiritual Geography 

by Kathleen Norris (5 copies).
A poet moves from New York to Dakota.
Study guide 

 

THE CLOISTER WALK 

by Kathleen Norris (7 copies).
A lapsed Protestant finds Benedictine spirituality.
Study guide 

 

AMAZING GRACE: A Vocabulary of Faith 

by Kathleen Norris (4 copies)
Study guide
(Study guide covers the 3 Kathleen Norris texts) 

 

Novels

THE MAP OF LOVE 

by AhdafSoueif.
Story of two families and two romances grounded in historical fact and current realities. Set in Egypt and the USA.
Study guide

 

IT’S RAINING IN MANGO 

by Thea Astley.
Set in north Queensland, this saga spans four generations.
Study guide

 

IN HEAVEN AS ON EARTH: A Vision of the Afterlife -- a novel 

by M. Scott Peck
A stirring work of imagination and also a profound book about the self.

 

KNOWLEDGE OF ANGELS

by Jill Paton Walsh.
The ordered tranquillity of a Mediterranean island is about to be changed.
Study guide