Culture

Cranky the Crocodile

Black Ink Press, 2009, RRP $17 Reviewed by the Ruhle family. CRANKY THE Crocodile is a great kid’s book written and illustrated by an Indigenous man from ‘crocodile country’ in far north Queensland. The book tells the story of Cranky trying to find his mother after he became lost once he left his egg. Through unique illustrations and repetitive text ...

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Divine Love: Perspectives from the World’s Religious Traditions

Templeton Press, 2010, RRP $57.95 Reviewed by Rev Dr Lew Born, a member of Robina Uniting Church. DIVINE LOVE is a significant contribution to creative dialogue among world faiths. The foreword by Seyyed Nasr, Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University, is an adequate summary of the book, its subject and its agenda as noted in his early quote, ...

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Living the Questions 2.0

Video and internet-based small group resource, RRP $325 Reviewed by Peter Robinson. ONE OF the challenges for church lay people is to update knowledge and ideas in response to new information and insights. In the words of a senior minister, ‘the church has failed its lay people badly by not helping adults develop beyond a childhood Sunday School frame of reference’. ...

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Waves of God’s Embrace

Canterbury Press Norwich 2008 RRP $27.95 Reviewed by Barbara Bailey. This creative publication leads the reader on a journey to explore, by way of metaphor, the connection of the great oceans and seas to an imaginative understanding of the Truine God. Written by an Anglican Bishop from Polynesia it is timely in many ways. In its seven chapters, humanity’s connection ...

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The Sceptics Guide to God

Show & Tell Pty Ltd (Sanctuary Cove), 2008 RRP unknown Reviewed by Peter Harvey, Frontier Services – Flinders Patrol. This small book is an engaging and easy to read apologetic of the Christian belief about the existence and person of God. David Heenan speaks from his own heart and understanding of some of the deep theological questions of our time. ...

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Palaeontology: A Brief History of Life

Templeton Press, 2010 RRP $32.95 Reviewed by Russell Clark, Mareeba. Mr Tattersall’s book is one in a series on science and religion, and traces the development of all life, as revealed by the fossil record, from the earliest period of known life, to the formation of human cognition and spiritual awareness in our current time. In the introduction, the author ...

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Love Songs and Reproaches: Passionate Conversations with God

Morehouse Publishing, New York 2010 RRP $23.95 Reviewed by Rev Barbara Bailey, a retired minister in Caloundra. The subtitle of Love Songs and Reproaches describes the contents well. Author, L. William Countryman, is a biblical scholar, Episcopal Priest and retired Professor known for his writings on spirituality. In these fifty poems there is interaction between lover and the beloved, a ...

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The Tree of Life

Written and directed by Terrence Malick Starring: Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler. (2011) 138 minutes (PG) Reviewed by Tara Burton, community liaison officer of the communications unit of the Uniting Church in Queensland. Director Terrence Malick is well known for his unconventional storylines and his new film Tree of Life is no exception. Starring Brad ...

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Loving Creation: Christian Spirituality, Earth-Centered and Just

By Kathleen Fischer, Paulist Press, 2009, RRP $29.95 Reviewed by John Ruhle. IN AN EASY to read manner the author seeks to entwine the spiritual practices of prayer, lectio divina, contemplation and asceticism, amongst others, with an ecological, earthy awareness. Ms Fischer belongs to the Catholic tradition and the language and examples within the book come from this perspective. Starting ...

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The Art of Dying: Living fully into the life to come

By Rob Moll, IVP Books, 2010, RRP $21.95 Reviewed by Rev Brian Lee. THE 20TH century saw a move in the western world to make death normally a hospital experience where the dying person was often lonely and sometimes unwillingly kept alive because of access to high levels of medical care. Now in the 21st century it seems more people ...

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