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The Ten Commandments

Cinema Release 25th April When I saw that Promenade Pictures were releasing a new animated version of the story of Moses my first thought was, ‘why?’ The Academy Award winning “Prince of Egypt” is barely 10 years old and had definitively set the standard for a family movie on the topic. Inevitably this new movie was always going to sit ...

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WiseTalk WildWomen

Council Oak Books RRP $38.95 Gwen Mazer shares the experience of interviewing 21 women in their sixties or beyond: women whose fields of expertise range from Maths Educator to Poet, from Congresswoman to Artist, and from Social Visionary and Futurist to Co-founder of the United Farm Workers. This tapestry of conversations weaves together common experiences – the ‘who and what’ ...

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Stories From The Bible 2 (A Look Inside Flapbook)

Illustrated by Jane Kochnevitz Candle Books RRP: $19.95 This lift-the-flap book would attract the younger readers with its use of colour and format – the use of hidden pictures is often a great enticement for young ones. The pictures behind the flaps mostly help tell the story; others are interesting additions (eg. animals appearing behind stones). Each story chosen is ...

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Re-Imagine the World: An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus

Polebridge Press RRP $28.95 Scott, Professor of New Testament and member of the Jesus Seminar argues in this book that Jesus’ parables re-imagined the world. He attempts to interpret Jesus parables in the context in which they would first have been heard. The result is a radically different reading of the parables, one that would have shocked and outraged their ...

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Pastorpain: my journey in burnout

Self-published (actuateconsulting.com.au). Gold Coast, QLD RRP: $16 “I signed on, fought hard, won victories, but now sit on the sidelines unable to get back in,” writes Steve Bagi who, after 21 years in pastoral ministry, including cross-cultural missionary work and a senior pastor role, burned out. In the midst of his recovery journey, Bagi decided to process the personal, role ...

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Praying in colour

Paraclete Press 2007 Now here’s a different sort of book. Praying in Colour commences with a few good reasons why you may want to read it: “Your prayers feel more like a list for Santa Claus than a love letter to God; you dump the contents of your heart and mind on God, and then wish you hadn’t; you promise ...

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Next to Godliness: Finding the Sacred in Housekeeping

Published by Skylight Paths Publishing RRP $34.95. Next to Godliness is an eclectic anthology of contributions from many paths – Buddhist, Hindu, secular, Jewish, Christian – on the place of housekeeping tasks within our spirituality. Peck divides her book into nine sections, including washing the dishes, laundry, sweeping, housekeeping, and, with a breadth of authors from Louisa May Alcott to ...

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Seven Ways to Change the World: Reviving Faith and Politics

Lion Books RRP $24.95 When you get former President Jimmy Carter to write the foreword of your new book you’ve got connections – and connections with all manner of politicians, church leaders and political activists is just the name-dropping aspect of Jim Wallis’s significant new book. I admit to a dislike of the “ten tips”, “six secrets” and “eight opportunities” ...

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A Gentle Bunyip: The Athol Gill Story

Seaview Press RRP $29.90 It is not often that one can say that a theological biography is just waiting to be made into a movie – but I think this is it. The biography of Athol Gill is a thought-provoking account of a one of the more controversial Australian theologians in recent decades. Athol Gill was a Baptist theologian and ...

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