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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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Fasting: Spiritual freedom beyond our appetites

By Lynne M. Baab InterVarsity Press, 2006 Reviewed by Bevan Lobley, who was keen to push his spirituality to a deeper level and look into the idea of fasting even though he loves his food. I found I went into reading this book with a little fear and trepidation – wanting and yet not wanting to hear what it said ...

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Becoming Your Best: A self-help guide for thinking people

Augsburg Books, 2008 RRP $29.95 Reviewed by Bill Adams. This is an excellent book, well written, well presented and refreshingly different from the spate of stuff that tells us we should indulge ourselves because “we deserve it”. The author, a minister and therapist, makes the point strongly that if we wish to find happiness that endures then it will only ...

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101 Questions & Answers on the Historical Books of the Bible

Victor H. Matthews Paulist Press, 2009 $27.95 Reviewed by Karyl Davison.Part of the 101 Questions & Answers series, this little volume is designed to be used as a companion to designated portions of biblical text. In this particular case, the focus is on the so called historical books and historical materials in the Bible. In the first chapter, Mr Matthews ...

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Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word

Canadian Edition 2010 Archdiocese of Chicago/Concacan Inc. Mary A. Ehle, Phd & Margaret Nutting Ralph, Phd CCCB Publications, 2010 RRP $21.95 Reviewed by Alan Renton, who, after 60 years of preaching, tried something new. The first nine pages of this book should be compulsory reading for all who take part in leading church services. The other 294 pages have a ...

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