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Sons of Thunder

Authentic Media, 2008 RRP $29.95 Reviewed by Belinda Dorman, a journalism and psychology student Dave Haywood’s novel Son’s of Thunder is a modern adaptation of the gospels. He brings the arrival of God’s Son, his band of disciples, his miracles, his crucifixion, and his resurrection into a 21st century context, beginning in the town of Cornwell, England. Some of the ...

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Honoring Motherhood Prayers, Ceremonies, and Blessings

Skylight Paths Publishing, 2008 RRP $29.95 Reviewed by Nicole Hams, congregation secretary at St Paul’s Uniting Church in Mackay and coordinator of St Paul’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group Honoring Motherhood explores the seasons of motherhood via a collection of writings from various faith traditions and cultures, interspersed with anecdotes, prose, and prayers. Quotations are taken from Biblical scripture, as ...

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A Passionate Balance: The Anglican Tradition

Darton, Longman & Todd, 2007 RRP $31.95 Reviewed by Barb Bailey This volume is part of a recent Traditions of Christian Spirituality Series in which the editor Philip Sheldrake has planned to expose key themes and values of the major traditions of spirituality in order to bring some relevance to the lives of the contemporary public, both believers and unbelievers. ...

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People of Compassion

TEAR Australia Inc, 2008 RRP $20 Reviewed by Naomi Waldron, member of Toowong Uniting Church People of Compassion is a collection of 40 stories about ordinary people who have embodied Christ’s extraordinary spirit of compassion. The book is intended as a starting point for group discussion or individual reflection on what it means to follow Christ’s commandment to love our ...

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The Judas Brief: Who Really Killed Jesus?

The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc, New York, 2007 RRP $49.95 Reviewed by Alan Cook, a retired psychologist and a member of the Wavell Heights Uniting Church The Judas Brief, written by a New York criminal defence attorney and president of the Biblical Archaeology Society of New York, seeks to refute the Gospel charges that the Jewish authorities pressured Pilate ...

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The Baby Book: How to Enjoy Year One

Lion Hudson, 2006 RRP $13.95 Reviewed by Rev Linda Hanson, minister with the Cooroy Pomona Uniting Church I was meant to write this review over a year ago, but the first time I picked up the book, I found it hard to finish. The fact that it was recommended by a celebrity as a great source of assistance also made ...

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Creative Ideas for Quiet Days: Resources and Liturgies for Retreats and Days of Reflection. (Book and CD ROM)

Canterbury Press, 2006 RRP $59.95 The CD ROM is basically the whole book on CD which makes the talks, guided meditations, etc, electronically accessible. It provides the opportunity for development, adaption, etc without having to reproduce the whole thing. The book is presented in three parts; Getting Started, Themed Resources for Quiet Days and Prayers and Blessings for use in ...

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Creative Ideas for Pastoral Liturgy: Marriage Services, Wedding Blessings and Anniversary Thanksgivings with CD ROM

Canterbury Press, 2009 RRP $64.95 This CD ROM is a great resource. It has services all ready to go and provides templates to make cards, labels and even iron on designs – basically the templates cover all the creative ideas in the “How to Make” section of the book. The book is compiled of seven parts from Preparation to Resources ...

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Christian Weddings: Resources to Make your Ceremony Unique

Abingdon Press, 2008 RRP $29.95 A Book and CD “The essential resource for planning your wedding just got better!” The book suggests that since its first publication, it has become a necessary tool for both engaged couples and pastors. The CD – I was actually unable to access the information on the CD. The CD is not a standard sized ...

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The Gathering

Seabury Books, 2007 RRP $17.95 Hip Hop church, the Bronx, New York – These three things lead me to assume that perhaps this was something that was on the streets, in the community, but alas it is a building based service – but with a difference. The title represents Jeanine’s journey and how gathering has supported her as opposed to ...

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