Quake story extract read out at recent Book Buzz event
Congregations thanked for their contributions
Earthquake Book Launched
Last Saturday evening, May 24, in the café of North City Church in Papanui, Melissa Parsons launched her new 248-page book, Rubble To Resurrection. Published by DayStar Books, this moving volume, enhanced by coloured photographs, presents stories of the churches' response to the Canterbury earthquakes.
In those disasters of 2010 and 2011 — among the largest in New Zealand's history— how did ordinary folk in the pews reach out to their suffering neighbours? The stories of many church congregations who responded never made it to the mass media. But Melissa Parsons of Avonhead, who experienced the quakes first hand, was keen to set the record straight.
"I hope these stories will encourage both the churches and the wider community," she wrote in her introduction, "and I pray they might serve as a guide and inspiration to churches facing similar challenges in the future."
Melissa said it had taken her two years to write the book, and that she had interviewed more than fifty people in the course of her research. Her account is structured in three sections: The Church Responds, the Church Grieves, and the Church Rebuilds.
The launch was attended by almost a hundred people, many of whom were mentioned in the book. A special karakia was spoken by Tiaki Leathers (Te Arawa) from Harmony Church. Some 76 books were sold on the occasion, and ten percent of the proceeds have been given to the Te Mapua Child and Youth Trust.
The books are now available from bookstores around the country.
- Julie Belding, Daystar Books