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Palaeontology: A Brief History of Life

Templeton Press, 2010 RRP $32.95 Reviewed by Russell Clark, Mareeba. Mr Tattersall’s book is one in a series on science and religion, and traces the development of all life, as revealed by the fossil record, from the earliest period of known life, to the formation of human cognition and spiritual awareness in our current time. In the introduction, the author ...

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Love Songs and Reproaches: Passionate Conversations with God

Morehouse Publishing, New York 2010 RRP $23.95 Reviewed by Rev Barbara Bailey, a retired minister in Caloundra. The subtitle of Love Songs and Reproaches describes the contents well. Author, L. William Countryman, is a biblical scholar, Episcopal Priest and retired Professor known for his writings on spirituality. In these fifty poems there is interaction between lover and the beloved, a ...

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The Tree of Life

Written and directed by Terrence Malick Starring: Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler. (2011) 138 minutes (PG) Reviewed by Tara Burton, community liaison officer of the communications unit of the Uniting Church in Queensland. Director Terrence Malick is well known for his unconventional storylines and his new film Tree of Life is no exception. Starring Brad ...

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Loving Creation: Christian Spirituality, Earth-Centered and Just

By Kathleen Fischer, Paulist Press, 2009, RRP $29.95 Reviewed by John Ruhle. IN AN EASY to read manner the author seeks to entwine the spiritual practices of prayer, lectio divina, contemplation and asceticism, amongst others, with an ecological, earthy awareness. Ms Fischer belongs to the Catholic tradition and the language and examples within the book come from this perspective. Starting ...

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The Art of Dying: Living fully into the life to come

By Rob Moll, IVP Books, 2010, RRP $21.95 Reviewed by Rev Brian Lee. THE 20TH century saw a move in the western world to make death normally a hospital experience where the dying person was often lonely and sometimes unwillingly kept alive because of access to high levels of medical care. Now in the 21st century it seems more people ...

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Cross-Cultural Partnerships

By Mary Lederleitner, IVP, 2010, RRP $22.95 Reviewed by Rev Brian Hoole, minister in Hervey Bay and a former teacher with World Mission (now Uniting World) in Vanuatu for 4 years. The Hervey Bay Congregation is currently building a crosscultural partnership with the community of Tautu, in Northern Malekula, Vanuatu. MARY LEDERLEITNER brings a wealth of experience to this book ...

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Watching for the Kingfisher: Poems and Prayers

By Ann Lewin Canterbury Press, 2009 RRP $27.95 Reviewed by Barbara Bailey. This enlarged edition of Ann Lewin’s book bearing the title of her most loved poem, Watching for the Kingfisher is significant in its simplicity, using an economy of well chosen, meaningful words which I believe earns her the title of wordsmith. Though refreshingly simple, her messages have astounding ...

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Too Much Aid: Not Enough Help

Ken Gibson The Columbia Press RRP $27.95 Reviewed by John Ruhle. In a relatively dry read Ken Gibson, Chief Executive of The Leprosy Mission Ireland sets out to explore the need for aid and how effective the current model of Overseas Development Aid is working. The author provides many facts, figures and statistics to highlight the issues at hand and ...

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Pastoral Care in Worship: Liturgy and Psychology in Dialogue

Neil Pembroke T & T Clark, 2010 RRP $47.95 Reviewed by Karyl Davison.In the notes I took in Introduction to Worship some years ago, I wrote down “pastoral care” as one of the purposes of worship. When I came back to the note, I didn’t really understand what we had been told, or what it really meant. Pastoral Care in Worship is ...

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Go Hare and Tortoise Go!

Written by Elena Pasquali Illustrated by Barbara Vagnozzi Lion Hudson 2009 Reviewed by John Ruhle.Go Hare and Tortoise Go! is a real gem of a little book. The book tells the classic story of the hare and tortoise race and helps bring it to life in a fun and interactive book. This book is a part of the Finger-trail series ...

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