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See what I mean? and Hey Be and See

By Dave Andrews, Authentic, 2010, RRP $15 each Reviewed by Karyl Davison, Rural Ministry Coordinator and Christian Educator, PLC The Christian church places a good deal of emphasis on the Ten Commandments, and the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, but as author Dave Andrews points out, much less emphasis is put on the words of the Sermon on the Mount (or ...

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In Your Shoes: Inter-Faith Education for Australian Religious Educators

By Kath Engebretson Connorcourt, 2009, RRP $29.95 Reviewed by Aaron Ghiloni, Education Coordinator of the Moreton Rivers Presbytery. If ecumenicity was the major issue facing Australian Christians in the 1960s and 70s, inter-faith relationships is the big issue now. No longer can it be blithely assumed that “religion” is Christian religion or that “faith” means Christian faith. In Your Shoes ...

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The Home We Build Together: Recreating Society

By Jonathan Sacks, Continuum, 2007, RRP $29.95 Reviewed by Kerry Pierce, a member of Believing Women for a Culture of Peace and minister at West End Uniting Church, Brisbane.JONATHAN SACKS begins his political sociological thesis identifying that: “Multiculturalism has run its course, and it is time to move on”. He explores the shift in British society from a mono-culture, where ...

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Losing My Religion: Unbelief in Australia

By Tom Frame, UNSW Press (Sydney), 2009, RRP $34.95 Winner 2010 Australian Christian Book of the Year Reviewed by Peter Harvey, Flinders Patrol Minister for Frontier Services and former Anglican Defence Force Chaplain Tom Frame, former Australian Defence Force Anglican Bishop and current Director of St Mark’s National Theological Centre, writes that this book (which he stresses is not autobiographical) ...

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Shadowlands

(play) Crossbow Production Staring Warwick Comber, Caroline Beck, Steven Tandy, Ian McFadyen, Michael Thomas, Conor Leach, and Ira Seidenstein Reviewed by Mardi Lumsden. Shadowlands is the story of author C.S. Lewis’ controversial relationship with American divorcee Joy Gresham. Lewis, an adult Christian convert, is best known for penning of the Chronicles of Narnia and Shadowlands weaves strands of the magical ...

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Scars and Stilettos

Monarch Books, 2009, RRP $19.99 Tara Burton is the community liaison officer for Journey. SCARS AND Stilettos is a compelling story of an exotic dancer, Harmony, who found Christianity and transformed her life. The title sums up this true story perfectly. This is a book for any woman who has suffered from low self-confidence, an abusive partner or simply lived ...

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Work, for God’s Sake; Christian ethics in the workplace

Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, 2010 RRP; $34.95 Michelle Cook is in Cape York Patrol and St Luke’s Weipa and is interested in helping members of her congregation see their work as part of their own ministry. This book provides a thought provoking introduction to the struggles in the West to integrate Christian living with paid employment. Author Esther Reed ...

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Approaches to Paul; a student’s guide to recent scholarship

Fortress Press Minneapolis, 2009 RRP: $44.95 Reviewed by Bruce Bartleet, minister at the Fassifern Uniting Church Author Magnus Zetterholm attempts to focus on Paul’s relation to Judaism and on the question of whether he should be seen as a figure within Judaism or as somehow having made a decisive break with it. Mr Zetterholm believes there are broadly three different ...

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The Lost Apostle: Searching for the Truth About Junia

Wiley, 2006 RRP: $19.95 Phil Smith is a journalist, an elder at Pine Rivers Uniting Church, and has an interest in early church history. WHILE HUNTING for a biography of Saint Benedict at a council library I marvelled at how fiction such as The Da Vinci Code mingles with non-fiction in the religious categories. If author Rena Pederson was not ...

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Global Perspectives on Science and Spirituality

Templeton Press, 2009 RRP $48.95  Reviewed by Pastor Jenny Coombes of Murgon, previously a high school science teacher, now exploring the area of spirituality and excited by possibilities.  IMAGINE WALKING around a crowded room, filled with a very diverse group of people and dropping in on their conversations. Some you might feel an instant rapport with, and be able to participate fully in ...

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