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The Losses of our Lives

SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2009 RRP $23.95 Reviewed by Bevan Lobley, who is interested in dealing with loss personally and to help those who seek his help. THIS IS  not an easy book to read. Talking about something that is very personal and also often quite distressing in our own lives is often hard to take in. Dr Copeland-Payton gives us ...

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Light Within

Canterbury Press. Norwich, 2008 RRP $29.95 Reviewed by Con Graves, who, after 28 years as a psychologist and business executive, switched to a life of voluntary simplicity aimed at reducing his impact on the earth and reducing stress in his own life and the lives of those around him. He worships at Newlife Uniting on the Gold Coast. THIS SMALL ...

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Flag of my Father (DVD)

Distributed by Heritage HM Home Entertainment Reviewed by John Ruhle. FLAG OF my Father is set in modern day America and centres on the wartime experiences, trauma and family relationships of Judith, an Iraq veteran. Judith shares a close and unique relationship with her Vietnam veteran father and this, along with her father’s second marriage, creates a sense of envy ...

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Reaching Out in a Networked World: Expressing Your Congregation’s Heart and Soul

The Alban Institute, 2008 RRP $33.95 Reviewed by Karyl Davison, Rural Ministry Coordinator, Presbytery of Central Qld & Lecturer in Christian Education, PLC.  EVERYTHING ABOUT a congregation speaks of its values. Imagine yourself walking into a church you know nothing about. If you see children’s artwork posted on the notice board, hear children singing and playing, and see posters for ...

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The New Jerusalem Bible: A Bible for Everyone Reader’s Edition

Darton Longman and Todd, 1990 RRP $29.95  THIS BOOK contains the text of the Standard Edition (and thus includes the apocryopha) with a number of extras: – a Glossary giving succinct notes on around 200 key words and concepts, each ending with several relevant biblical references; – an index of persons with biblical references. – a Chronological History placing biblical ...

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Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

The Bodley Head, Random House, 2011 RRP $29.95 Reviewed by Karyl Davison. AT THEIR best all religious, philosophical and ethical traditions are based on the principle of compassion and few would argue that we don’t need more compassion in our world today. Karen Armstrong, a former Roman Catholic nun and author of the best selling The Case for God, draws on ...

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Faith

Darton, Longman & Todd, 2011 RRP $10.95 Reviewed by Karyl Davison.  WHEN PILGRIM Learning Community asked people from every presbytery what they wanted to learn about, the most common answer was about how to share our faith. It seems that many Christians while committed to their faith, wonder just how to go about sharing that faith with others. Perhaps this ...

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Faces of Christ

Lion Hudson, 2011 RRP $24.99 Reviewed by Karyl Davison.  SO AN internet search on Jesus and you will find a huge number and array of images of Jesus, from ancient mosaics through to contemporary images such as the Simpson’s Jesus. Indeed, Jesus is one of the most often portrayed figures of all time. But what can all these images tell ...

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Hebrews

Darton, Longman & Todd, 2011 RRP $12.95 Reviewed by Karyl Davison.  THIS LITTLE book, part of a new series DLT Books of the Bible, provides the complete book of Hebrews, with an original introduction by Gerald O’Collins, professor of theology at Gregorian University in Rome for 30 years in which he sets out the key themes of the New Testament ...

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