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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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The Story of Jesus

Lion Hudson 2007 Reviewed by Wendy Scott, Kenmore Uniting Church. This truly is the story of Jesus. The book covers the four gospels and Acts from the beginning of the word (John) to Pentecost.  It is written in simple conversational language in chronological order with text reference and historical or cultural background as needed.   The glossy fully illustrated A4 ...

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Telling the Gospel: 70 stories about Jesus to read out loud

Monarch Books, 2010 RRP $21.99 Reviewed by Karyl Davison.    STORYTELLING used to be the main way of passing on local values, traditions and history. Communication has change enormously but storytelling is still fundamental to the way we communicate each and every day.  For the Christian church storytelling is critical to sharing the gospel, and engaging with the biblical witnesses. ...

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Naming and Blessing: A Book of Name Prayers

Souvenir Press, 2010 RRP $29.99 Reviewed by Karyl Davison. WE live in fascinating times. While we all know that institutional religion, and in particular the Christian church, is in decline, people in our communities seem no less enthusiastic for ‘spirituality’. Occasional services, such as the rites of baptism, marriage and funerals still draw quite large crowds of people who would ...

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My Very First Story of Jesus Sticker Book

Lion Hudson, 2012 RRP $7.99 Linda Hanson worships at Tewantin Uniting Church and has three children who all enjoy sticker books. My Very First Story of Jesus Sticker Book is a great book with lovely bright pictures on good quality paper.  The book follows Jesus’ life starting with his birth and the calling of the disciples. Then the book looks ...

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Little Good Wolf

Wombat Books (Capalaba), 2011 Reveiwed by Barbara Bailey. Little Good Wolf, printed in Queensland by Wombat Books, summons children to recall much loved nursery rhymes as the text introduces their favourite characters in a totally new story about the consequences of the relationship between Big Bad Wolf and his son Little Good Wolf.  Like many children today, Little Good Wolf ...

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