Resources - Book releases

Resources - Book releases

Peopled Hills by Julian Cooke

Julian Cooke’s first book of poetry, entitled Peopled Hills, was launched on 13 December 2009 at RUC. For the cover, he chose a beautiful watercolour of the Karoo painted by his father Bernard. Copies can be purchased directly from the author. E-mail


The Western Nostril by Patrick and Alex Latimer

Cartoonists Patrick and Alex Latimer have published two books of their wacky cartoons 'The Western Nostril', which regularly feature in the Business Day. High praise from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu: "I read The Western Nostril religiously. What a hoot!" Copies are available for R120 each at selected bookshops or online from

John Calvin: Christian Humanist and Evangelical Reformer by John de Gruchy

Just hearing the name ‘John Calvin’ often makes people uneasy, and some a little fearful! Calvin, Calvinism and Puritans are words that conjure up religion at its worst.

In Your Face by Rhoda Kadalie

A book launch of In Your Face: Passionate Conversations about People and Politics by Rhoda Kadalie was held after church in the RUC church hall on 19 April 2009. As explained on the back cover, this book is a selection from Rhoda’s best columns, in which ‘she takes the government to task for its failure to live up to its own principles’.

Under African Skies - Carolyn Butler

On 23 November 2008 RUC held the launch for Carolyn Butler’s book Under African Skies: Reflections for Advent and Christmas, published by Lux Verbi. It provides daily readings, reflections and prayers for the four weeks of Advent and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Christmas Day to 6 January). These easy-to-use reflections help readers to keep focused on Jesus during the busy holidays.

Icons as a means of grace by John de Gruchy

In his latest book, Icons as a means of grace, John de Gruchy guides the reader through the history of Christian icons and explains their theological and spiritual significance.

Journeying with Mary by Lyn Holness

In February 2008 RUC held the book launch for Lyn Holness’ book Journeying with Mary, in which she shares her own journey with Mary as a Protestant. She writes: ‘God comes to us in a quiet, unspectacular way – from the dark, quiet, still, unexpected places – from inside a woman’s body, actually. Isn’t this exactly our reality? Most of our lives are quiet and unspectacular.