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Does God live in the suburbs? What ordinary people believe.

Indra Publishing 2007 RRP $34.95 Reviewed by Linda Hanson When I read the title of this book I was expecting a book on whether Christianity was alive and well in the suburbs and how it is viewed in today’s society. Instead, as the title suggests, the book is about what ordinary people of all walks of life believe. The twenty ...

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What You Will See Inside a Mosque

One of a series “Walking Together, Finding the Way” Published by Skylight Paths Publishing, Woodstock, Vermont, USA RRP $16.95 Reviewed by Brian Lee A slim volume (32pp about A4 size, soft cover), this is one of a series prepared primarily for children. Issued in hard cover in 2003, this “first quality paperback printing” came in 2008. Other books listed with ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Directed by Mark Herman Rated M Reviewed by Matt Gees, Vision Radio drive time presenter The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a challenging look at the humanity of the holocaust. Set mainly in an unnamed country area, the family of a German SS soldier are relocated when their father is promoted and appointed to a new job in the ...

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God explained in a taxi ride

Penguin RRP $22.95 God explained in a taxi ride was handed to me off a coffee table in an office reception with the entreaty, “You’ll enjoy this – do a review for Journey.” A quick glance at a few pages immediately fuelled a conversation, and I did enjoy reading it. The title instantly grabs you, while the sub title reads, ...

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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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