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The Machine Gun Preacher

Heritage Film Distribution 2012 Reviewed by Matt Gees. The movie Machine Gun Preacher gives a quick overview of the background and the early days after coming to faith for Sam Childers. The film focuses in on the orphanage he built and the struggle and toll to him personally, his family and the orphans he was helping in Sudan and Uganda. ...

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Adventures of a Book Collector

Currach Press, 2011 Reviewed by Wendy Scott, Kenmore Uniting Church. Different! Intriguing! Readable. The style is part history, part social commentary and part life story. The autobiography covers book collector Philip Murray's life in Ireland. The book is unusual in that his entire life story is left out except his passion to finding or acquiring a new love with books. ...

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A Spacious Place- Contemplating the Second Half of Life

The Bible Reading Fellowship 2012, RRP $15.95 Review by Rev [retired] Anneli Sinkko [MPhil], Buderim Uniting Church. When I asked for this book to be reviewed I was thinking that I myself am in the second half of life. But, shock and horror – I was well past it. However, when I started to read it, and I must tell ...

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Contemplative VISION, A Guide to Christian Art and Prayer

IVP Books RRP, $23.95 Reviewed by Ann Hewson. Juliet Brenner's training and passion for her subject shine through her careful, very readable and detailed guide. She helps the reader to begin to appreciate the work of the artists step by step. This is truly an education in how to appreciate both these paintings and therefore all art work in a ...

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Leaving Alexandria

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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Good Game: Christianity and the Culture of Sports

Baylor University Press 2010, RRP $43.95 Reviewed by Rev Peter Harvey. Shirl James Hoffman has grown up in and around sport and church, and so is well-suited to bring this academic style critique to the marriage of the Christian faith and sport. In Good Game: Christianity and the Culture of Sports, he asks the reader to take a hard look ...

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Mischief, Morse Code & Ministry: Life, loss and the legacies of love

RRP $40, 2011 Reviewed by Bruce Dingle, Elder and Lay Preacher at Maroochydore Uniting Church. WHAT a wonderful book of memoir, imagination, history and strong Christian faith! It's the story of Rev Reg Delbridge, his wife May, their family and ancestors. Rev Reg Delbridge was born in 1888 and died in 1964. His memoirs of life in Kent, adolescence, conversion ...

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