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The Acts of Jesus: The Search for the Authentic Deeds of Jesus

Polebridge Press RRP: $55.95 Founded by Robert W Funk in 1985, The Jesus Seminar is a group of academic theologians who study Christian writings from the 1st to 3rd century of the Common Era in a quest to discover the historical Jesus and present their findings to the public. The task being undertaken by the Jesus Seminar is to analyse ...

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Lars and the Real Girl

Rated PG Like Truly Madly Deeply and The Accidental Tourist, Lars and the Real Girl is about grief and intimacy. Lars (played by Ryan Gosling) is a 27 year-old introvert who is terrified of being touched. He lives alone in a converted garage, next to the house inherited by Lars and his older brother, Gus (Paul Schneider), from their departed ...

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Rated M (For frequent battle violence) Having read the Narnia books as a young boy, I was reasonably familiar with the story and expected a swash-buckling effects-laden experience. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian did not disappoint. As director, Adamson takes the stories of battle hinted at by C.S. Lewis and brings them to the foreground. People and creatures die, ...

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What would Jesus Sing?

Church Publishing RRP: $24.95 Asking, “What would Jesus sing?” is a bit like how often Jesus brushed his teeth, or whether he was left or right-handed! Seriously though, this book does offer some helpful pointers to congregations giving greater priority to music ministry. It’s subtitle is “Experimentation and Tradition in Church Music” – that sums up the general context found ...

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The Gospel of Thomas and Jesus

Polebridge Press RRP $31.95 Stephen J Patterson’s book The Gospel of Thomas and Jesus provides a very detailed treatment of the critical issues surrounding the Gospel of Thomas (long alluded to in church history but only discovered as part of the Nag Hammadi collection in 1945) as a source document for Christian scholars and students of early church doctrinal development. ...

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Like catching water in a net: Human attempts to describe the Divine

Continuum RRP Val Webb is a writer, teacher, artist, theologian and scientist who weaves knowledge and experience together as she encourages the reader to open themselves to a myriad of metaphors, symbols and images that reveal the Divine across cultures, religions and centuries. But this is far more than an historical journey. Like catching water in a net invites each ...

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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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