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Footprints on Our Hearts (DVD)

Paraclete Press, 2012, RRP $76.95 Reviewed by Wendy Scott. TEARY eyes are par for the course with this very powerful DVD. There are two sessions. The first is one hour of "Footprints on our Hearts", which is a series of interviews on directed topics with parents who have miscarried or had still births. Each gives their personal views on set ...

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Though The Bud Be Bruised

Even Before Publishing, Capalaba Qld, 2012, Reviewed by Wendy Scott, Kenmore Uniting Church elder. THIS book is hot. It will sear all your preconceived notions of “good Christians”. Though The Bud Be Bruised is a true story with names changed and some characters morphed together for a more cohesive narrative. It is raw without being offensive. It would be a ...

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Be Not Afraid: I Go Before You

Currach Press 2011, RRP $31.99 Reviewed by Wendy Scott, Kenmore Uniting Church elder. This is a compassionate book about grieving. There are 50 short stories from the recently bereaved, telling of the person they lost, how their life has changed, what helped, and how they coped. The stories are separated into chapters about parents, partners, children, and friends. There is ...

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Gods and Diseases: Making Sense of Our Physical and Mental Wellbeing

HarperCollins Publishers 2011 RRP $35 Reviewed by Kevin Mark. IN recent years we have witnessed the appalling effects of natural disasters in our region. Some of us will have felt disturbed that despite humanity's unprecedented scientific knowledge and technological advances, we remain vulnerable to the awesome powers of nature. What about in the realm of our individual lives? Don't we ...

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Amen: what prayer can mean in a world beyond belief

HarperCollins Publishers (Toronto), 2012, RRP $35.99 Reviewed by Peter Harvey, Rural Ministry Associate, Presbytery of Western Australia FOR many people, prayer is an essential part of their daily lives, connecting them with God, a force, or the universe and bringing them, among other things, assistance and protection. Prayer makes their lives more meaningful, and their world make more sense. And ...

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My Schooltime Angel

Paulist Press 2011, RRP $11.95 Reviewed by Linda Hanson,Tewantin Uniting Church. MY Schooltime Angel is a board book for preschoolers. The book has lovely rhymes and is beautifully illustrated. My Schooltime Angel is about a child who prays to God to send an angel to be with him as he goes to preschool. Each page pictures an angel looking over ...

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Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

Text Publishing, 2012, RRP $32.95 Reviewed by Rodney Eivers IN some respects this is a sad book, as typified by the author quoting a number of times, "For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world" (2 Timothy 4:10). Yet the autobiography of Richard Holloway (formerly Bishop of Edinburgh and Primate of the Anglican Church in Scotland) is a ...

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Faith on Film

IN July Hoyts Australia launched the new Faith on Film festival which has been screening in cinemas across Australia. Hoyts Queensland Area Manager Roshon Georgas said that Faith on Film aims to bridge the gap in the market for the Christian film genre. "Faith on Film brings powerful stories from around the world to the big screen, so that family ...

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The Biggest Thing in the World

Lion Hudson Press 2012 $8.99 Reviewed by Barb Bailey. WHAT is the biggest thing in the world? In this small hard cover book for children, Little Snow Bear wakes up after a long winter's sleep and his mother takes him on a journey to explore the world. He falls into a hole but all is well as his mother is ...

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