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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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Morning and Evening

Hendrickson Publishers, USA, 1995 $36.95 Reviewed by Barbara Bailey. THIS IS an updated special presentation of Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. Mr Spurgeon was a preacher and pastor in nineteenth century England. In this volume he addresses timely concerns of his era: the issue of separation of church and state, the ethics of war, urban poverty, the enhancement of ...

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This country anytime anywhere: An anthology of new indigenous writing from the Northern Territory

Nova Vista Publishing, 2010, RRP $19.95 Reviewed by John Ruhle. WHAT A great little book! This country anytime anywhere is a collection of short stories and poems, some translated from language written by first time Indigenous authors from the Northern Territory. The stories are fun, insightful, heartfelt, revolving around country and full of a depth of meaning that comes from ...

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A 30 Day Retreat: A personal guide to spiritual renewal

Paulist Press, 2010, RRP $27.95 Reviewed by Barbara Bailey. A 30 DAY Retreat is a rich resource for those who seek a deeper spirituality; those who are prepared to find a quiet place and listen to the voice of the Triune God as it comes through scripture and prayer, meditation and reflection. This guide is a treasure chest of experience ...

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Economics for Life: An economist reflects on the meaning of life, money and what really matters

Acorn Press, 2011, RRP $30 Reviewed by Terry Edwinsmith, a member of The Gap Uniting Church. ECONOMICS FOR Life relates the journey of a hands-on academic economist who has contributed to Australia’s recent economic policy input to various Federal governments over the past 20 years. He has done so from a Christian point of view. It has been this marriage ...

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Belief: Readings on the reason for faith

Harper One, 2010, RRP $19.99 Reviewed by Karyl Davison. WITH THE rise of ‘new’ atheism and the often unhelpful debates about faith in God, this collection of writings is timely. Belief is a collection of writings from thoughtful men and women throughout the ages (beginning with Plato) who, using their intellect and reason, explain the basis for their faith-based belief ...

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Great Speeches of the 20th Century

Dover Publications, New York, 2008 RRP $5.95 Reviewed by Bob Warrick. We have heard of Martin Luther King and his “I have a dream” speech, but what about Mary Church Terrell? Mary delivered a speech in Washington DC in October 1906: “What It Means to Be Coloured in the Capital of the United States”. In a similar vein Paul Robeson’s ...

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