Friday, November 14, 2008

Abel Tasman or spirituality of space and place

The shell picture at the top of this page/blog is an image Mike Crudge (fellow pilgrim at Graceway and Baptist pastor) created from one of his photographs taken on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track in the South Island of New Zealand. Mike has recently published a book on this walking track comprising of a photographic journey from start to finish showing the best bits of the track. He’s a bit of a fanatic, having walked the track every summer since 1997, and taking different friends with him each year (a testimony to his pursuit of a local spirituality of space and place).

The Abel Tasman is a favourite for our family – a place walked on our honeymoon, then kayaked with friends some years ago. Last summer we took the kids and kayaked with them on day trips into this beautiful part of New Zealand, what many Kiwi’s, along with many, many tourists, call “the best bit of New Zealand.”

If you’ve done the Abel Tasman you’ll find this book reminds you of the good times, if you haven’t yet been there this book should make you book your ticket and secure your track pass.

The book comes from his love of the National Park and of photography. As far as Mike knows it’s the first book of its type: a pictorial book on a bit of New Zealand, printed in New Zealand, on paper made from sustainable forests and recycled material, so it’s a book with a conscience (it carries the Forest Stewardship Council certification logo meaning each step of the process from the planting of the tree to printing the book hasn’t oppressed people or the environment).

It’s a small (240mm x 170mm), soft cover, 50 page, full colour book selling for NZ$17 and can be posted anywhere in the world when bought from Mike’s website here:

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