Culture

Tiffany’s Swedenborgian angels: Stained-glass windows representing the seven churches from the Book of Revelation

Swedenborg Foundation Press, 2011 Reviewed by Jocelyn Braddock. THIS little book illustrates and describes the seven stained-glass windows commissioned from the Tiffany Company in 1902 by one Swedenborgian Church in the United States as a gift to another. I had never heard of Emanuel Swedenborg, an eighteenth century Swedish philosopher, engineer and Christian mystic. This is not the place to ...

Read More »

Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

Dover Publications, 2011 RRP $69.95 Reviewed by Barb Bailey. WHILE most readers know the story of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, not all would have consumed the full text of Alice's many adventures. This volume gives that complete text alongside 92 illustrated watercolours, many of which are full page. Harry Rountree is an acknowledged master of quaint drawings in this ...

Read More »

Philip Pullman’s Jesus

Paulist Press, 2010 Reviewed by Karyl Davison. THIS short book is a review itself. Written by Fr Gerald O'Collins SJ, it reviews Philip Pullman's fictional book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, also published in 2010. Pullman's book, it seems, does not doubt the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, nor much of his life or teaching. The primary ...

Read More »

First prayers with Jesus

Lion Hudson, 2012 RRP $10.99 Reviewed by Wendy Scott, Kenmore Uniting Church. This delightful book has a soft, padded hard-cover format, and is just the right size for small hands. The illustrations are colourful, engaging, and appropriate. On each double page there is biblical text, and a prayer or song. The book is age appropriate, but does not water down ...

Read More »

Praying the dark hours

Canterbury Press, 2011 RRP $29.95 Reviewed by Wendy Scott, Kenmore Uniting Church. This 200-page paperback is a great source of comfort and direction for group or individual prayers. There is a short paragraph for each day of the year plus readings, psalms and responsive prayers of the style used in formal and catholic services. The book is a compilation of ...

Read More »

Understanding panic attacks and overcoming fear

Lion Hudson, 2011 RRP $12.90 Rev Dr Lew Born is a retired UCA minister and a member of the Newlife Robina UCA congregation. This is an excellent self-help book written by an authority in behavioural and cognitive psychology, the Professor of Clinical Psychology at Bournemouth, UK. It is written for three groups of people: as a self-help guide for panic ...

Read More »

Now we have a baby

Lion Hudson, 2012 RRP $8.99 Reviewed by Wendy Scott, Kenmore Uniting Church THIS delightfully illustrated board book is suitable for reading to children up to five years old. It is in the format that allows it not to be damaged by infants grabbing and chewing. The subject matter of a new baby in the family is covered with sensitivity, acknowledging ...

Read More »

Leaders Who Last: Sustaining yourself and your ministry

Seabury Books (New York) 2009, RRP $39.95 Reviewed by Peter Harvey, Rural Ministry Associate Presbytery of WA. MARGARET Marcuson has provided pastors with a practical, powerful guide to living out their ministry as leaders in such a way that their leadership itself becomes a ministry. In each chapter she highlights ways to think and act as a leader that result in greater ...

Read More »

From Santa Maria with Love

Darton, Longman & Todd 2011, RRP $29.95 Reviewed by Wendy Scott, Kenmore Uniting Church. THE title says it all. The author is a theologian and journalist who passed through Santa Maria de Fe in Paraguay on holiday.  The ties to places and people in South America are strong for anyone who does not go in a tour group and meets the ...

Read More »

The Business of All Believers: Reflections on leadership

(Edited posthumously by Timothy F. Sedgwick) Seabury Books (New York), 2009 RRP $23.95 Reviewed by Rev Dr David Ferguson, minister with the Clermont and Capella Uniting Church congregations. I am currently studying for my Masters of Ministry in Missional Leadership and was interested to hear a different voice on the subject. This book, compiled from the collected essays of the Episcopal ...

Read More »