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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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Pilgrimage: A Spiritual and Cultural Journey

Lion Hudson RRP $39.95 Reviewed by Bob Warrick UNITING CHURCH people often affirm that ‘we are a pilgrim people’ but how do we understand the word ‘pilgrim’? Bradley’s ‘Pilgrimage’ adds meaning to the word as it includes not only a comprehensive history of pilgrimage but also detailed descriptions of pilgrim places and routes in Europe which have been developed over two ...

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The Minister’s Manual 2010

Jossey-Bass, 2009 RRP $32.95 THIS IS the 85th edition of The Minister’s Manual 2010 – The Minister’s Complete Sourcebook.  In that time you would imagine that they have learned a thing or two and you would be right.  Following the Revised Common Lectionary for 2010 the book provides resources for the sermon, children’s message and worship aids (call to worship ...

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Understanding Stress Breakdown

Self published. New revised ed. n.d. RRP $14.95 Reviewed by Rev Dr Marian Zaunbrecher, Associate General Secretary of the Queensland Synod HAVING EXPERIENCED a long drawn out period of depression in my life I am attracted to any book offering me further insights into this condition. Willkie’s book has been around since 1985. He has revised it and republished it taking ...

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Technology and Religion: remaining human in a co-created world

Templeton Press, West Comshohocken, PA, USA, 2009 RRP $33.95 Reviewed by Alan Cook, a computer enthusiast who teaches the not-so-young to use computers and looks after the PowerPoint at Wavell Heights Uniting Church. IN THIS relatively short book the author, Noreen Herzfeld, Professor of Theology and Computer Science at St. John’s University, Minnesota, explains why religion has a duty to understand ...

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