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Gundanoo’s Christmas

Black Ink Press, 2009 RRP $17.00 Reviewed by John Ruhle. Gundanoo’s Christmas is another great kid’s book written and illustrated by Indigenous people and supported by Black Ink Press publishers. The ethos and goals of Black Ink Press are worth highlighting. “Black Ink Press is a community-based Indigenous writing, illustrating and publishing project based in North Queensland. It trains and ...

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Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God

IVP Books, 2009, RRP $28.95 Reviewed by Karyl Davison. AS MEMBERS of Western society, most of us live under the influence of a number of seasons: the end of the financial year, school terms, tourist high seasons and let’s not forget the natural seasons. Most major religions are marked by seasons. For Jews think Passover, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. For ...

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From Fear to Serenity with Anthony de Mello

HiddenSpring, 2011, RRP $17.95 Reviewed by Rev Brian Lee. A FEW years ago on a visit to India I was introduced to Anthony de Mello’s Prayers of the Frog, a delightful, stimulating and challenging series of very short stories and sayings gathered from centuries of Central Asian and Middle Eastern story tellers, a few Christian, most not. He is described ...

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Speaking Christian

 Harper One, 2011, RRP $36.99 Reviewed by Karyl Davison. AT A TIME when a huge percentage of people in our society know very little about the gospel story or our Christian faith, we need to be able to tell our story in language that people understand. But do we really understand what key concepts in the Christian faith, such as ...

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All that is Bitter & Sweet

Ballantine Books, NY 2011 (read as an e-book) Reviewed by Marian Zaunbrecher. NOT TOO many of us would not have heard of Ashley Judd, star of Double Jeopardy and many other successful films. I reluctantly decided to read her autobiography, not terribly excited to read about the successful life of yet another Hollywood star. I was extremely surprised by what ...

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Bringing Theology to Life: Key Doctrines for Christian Faith and Mission

IVP Academic (Downers Grove), 2009, RRP $33.95 Reviewed by Peter Harvey, Frontier Services, Flinders Patrol Minister. BRINGING THEOLOGY to Life is an attempt to “maintain the strenuous pleasures of precision, clarity, and lively confrontation that are mutually empowering and that keep us accountable to one another, to the responsible reading of Scripture, and to the God we serve.” Author, Darren ...

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Courageous

Sherwood Pictures, 2011, Rated PG Reviewed by Tara Burton. SHERWOOD PICTURES’ latest release Courageous is an uplifting story about family, mateship and fatherhood. Set in Georgia, USA, the local police force are battling crime and gangs. A group of five friends (four of whom are deputies in the local police) are all struggling with life’s trials and tribulations. When tragedy ...

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The Gospel in the Global Village: Sharing God’s dream of shalom

Canterbury Press (London), 2009 RRP $32.95 Reviewed by Peter Harvey, Frontier Services, Flinders Patrol Minister. THIS IS the second book by Katharine Jefferts Schori written as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA. Like her first work, On a Wing and a Prayer, it is a collection of sermons and speeches given by the bishop at conferences and ...

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The nature of love: a theology

Challis Press, 2010 RRP $45.95 Reviewed by Karyl Davison.  THOMAS JAY Oord, minister in the Church of the Nazarene and professor at Northwest Nazarene University, has written or contributed to dozens of books on topics like post modernity, the problem of evil, and the meaning of holiness. However, behind all his work has been a passion for the love of ...

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Sissy’s Secret

Black Ink Press, Townsville, 2011 RRP $10 Reviewed by Barbara Bailey. THIS IS another superb publication from women involved in the lives of Indigenous Australians. The writer, Althea McKeown, and illustrator, Monique Russell, are related through their grandparents. The author, Ms McKeown, a mother of five and grandmother of two, spent her early years in Thursday Island. She is a passionate ...

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