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Origins (CD)

RRP: $24.95 Grandview Records Sydney 2012 Reviewed by Wendy Scott. Redruth is a boy band with three members in their mid-twenties: Stephen Heffernan (vocals, guitar, keys) Keith Heffernan (bass, vocals) and Gill Van Mastrigt (drums). Origins is their latest CD and was released in December 2012. The most important thing with this band is the lyrics. Each song covers a ...

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Against the Stream

Mosiac Resources 2013 RRP $27.95 Reviewed by Canon Dr Nigel Leaves, St John's Cathedral, Brisbane. When you accept the findings of critical biblical scholarship your ideas of God, Jesus and the Church are radically transformed. You begin to view with suspicion many of the "official" doctrines framed within creeds and doctrine. It can be an unsettling time. But what happens ...

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One does not simply walk up to a dragon

Director: Peter Jackson Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage Rated: M We were never going to be of one mind about Peter Jackson's long-awaited version of the JRR Tolkien 1937 classic The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the precursor to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Even before the opening scenes of rustic Hobbiton unfolded on the screen, the ...

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Keeping your eye on the tiger

Director: Ang Lee Stars: Suraj Sharma Rated: PG This is a story that will make you believe in God. At least, that is the hope of the fi lm Life of Pi, based on the 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name by Canadian author Yann Martel. The story is a feast of imagination that captures the wonders ...

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In Defence of Doubt: an invitation to adventure

Mosaic Press, 2012 RRP $27.95 Reviewed by Noel Preston THE quest for certainty is seemingly part of the human condition. Of course it is ultimately an illusion — an illusion which reinforces another delusion: the desire to be in control of our lives. However, the reality of life's circumstances eventually overtakes us; not all questions can be answered, the seemingly ...

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The Pope’s war: why Ratzinger’s crusade has imperiled the Church, and how it can be saved

Sterling Ethos, 2011 RRP $14.95 Reviewed by Noel Preston. I first encountered Matthew Fox in the early 1990s when I read The Coming of the Cosmic Christ. He was then a priest within the Catholic Dominican Order, and already a prolific theologian whose special interest was "Creation Spirituality" (an amalgam of mysticism, liberation theology and eco-theology). Personally, I was greatly ...

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Led by the Spirit: Lenten studies in gospel year C

MediaCom Education, 2012 RRP $9.00 Reviewed by Karyl Davison. Led by the Spirit is a six-session study on the gospel according to Luke by UCA theologian and educator Robert Bos. Each session has a short introduction, an opening prayer, a contemporary story followed by commentary on the text. This is followed by several questions and a closing meditation. The final ...

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Christmas Light (CD)

2012 www.ayodele.info Reviewed by David MacGregor. AYODELE (pronounced eye-yo-deli) is a Nigerian-Australian singer-songwriter. Her name means "Joy had come into the house". Ayodele is a seasoned performer of over 17 years including supporting the Grammy-nominated "Mary Mary" and performances in the USA, Canada, France, and Singapore and at Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. This professionalism comes through strongly in this ...

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At the Very Heart: 100 Years in Remote Australia

Wakefield Press 2012, RRP $49.95 Reviewed by Bob Warrick. TRAVEL our country from east to west, north to south, or go right round, and you'll pass through Frontier Services territory – 85 per cent of our land mass. Before you leave, turn to this book, At the Very Heart, to read about the activities and services waiting to be discovered ...

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Gumbuli of Ngukurr: Aboriginal Elder in Arnhem Land

"TWO stories overlap and interweave in this tale." So begins Murray Seiffert's award-winning telling of the personal faith journey of Gumbuli, the first Aboriginal Anglican priest from Arnhem Land, and the history of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) Missions of Groote Eylandt and Ngukurr (Roper River) which have shaped and been shaped by this remarkable Aboriginal Christian Leader. Mr Seiffert, ...

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