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Soul Graffiti

Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint, San Francisco, 2007RRP: $32.95 In the preface to Soul Graffiti, Scandrette indicates “there is a need for public discourse grounded in both thought and practice about how we connect the details of our daily lives with the present availability of the kingdom of God”. He talks about the integration of our faith into the fabric of ...

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Louder Than Words: action for the 21st century church

Darton Longman and Todd 2007 RRP: $32.95 In the foreword, Ann Pettifor writes ‘This book inspires, leads and instructs. Above all it is a practical route map for those serious about applying their principles to worldly affairs. It will help many rise to the challenges facing us all.’ Bradstock’s background is that he was Secretary for Church and Society in ...

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Blessings of the Poor: 48 stories of faith, hope and joy

Strand Publishing, Sydney 2007 RRP: $14.95. Paul O’Rourke has compiled this collection of stories of the work of Compassion.  The stories, contributed by 29 writers, will inspire, challenge, change your mind and re-order your priorities. Those who support the work of Compassion in releasing children from poverty will know the names of many of the writers and will enjoy the ...

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Unexpected Grace – Stories of Faith, Science, and Altruism

Templeton Foundation Press RRP: $34.95 Unexpected Grace is one of the most unusual books I have read and certainly unexpected. Bill Kramer seeks to blur the boundaries between faith and science and does so in a somewhat surprising manner. I would encourage readers to begin this one at the beginning, rather than jumping in at another section as I did, ...

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John Calvin: A Biography

Lion 2007 edition $24.95 Parker’s biography of John Calvin originally published in 1975 has been brought into print again in 2007 as a soft cover volume. This new edition contains no major changes from the original carrying Parker’s excellent survey of the events surrounding Calvin’s life. John Calvin: A Biography reveals many insights into the life of this French scholar, ...

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The Once and Future Jesus

Polebridge Press RRP $31.95 The Once and Future Jesus is a collection of nine keynote addresses from a gathering of the Jesus Seminar in 1999.  These essays surprised me because with the range of theological and philosophical views expressed highlighting that the Seminar is not a unified voice. Whilst there is not space to go over each chapter there are a ...

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Every Step Counts: Building a healthy stepfamily

A Lion Book RRP $18.95 I suspect that most readers of Journey will be involved in some way with assisting and caring for others. This so often involves relationship problems – parent-child, parent-parent, married or co-habiting couples, grandparents, sibling-sibling etc. etc. This book, I believe would be excellent for all caring people, and also especially for those contemplating or experiencing ...

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Everyday Greatness

Reader’s Digest Published by Ruthledge Hill Press RRP $29.95 This publication has a unique quality.  Packed with a wealth of inspirational and moving stories gathered from across the planet by Reader’s Digest, it provides readers with timeless wisdom and encouragement to live life to the fullest whatever their circumstances and challenges. The contribution at the end of each chapter by ...

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An Uncommon Lectionary – A Companion to Common Lectionaries

Polebridge Press, Santa Rosa, California, 2002 RRP: $31.95 The title of this book certainly reflects its contents – for many this would be a very uncommon lectionary. The readings for this year-long lectionary (included in the book) are from The Didache, The Odes of Solomon, the Q Gospel (a book believed to be source material for the four Gospels in ...

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Faiths and Religions of the World: who believes in what, where and when

Worth Press, 2007. RRP $39.95 As members of a global village, we may want to have a better understanding of our Muslim, Hindu or Scientologist neighbours. In fact, our neighbours may be Sikh, Kabbalah, Breatharian or any one of a great number of alternatives. This book encompasses virtually all belief systems, albeit briefly.  It is therefore not for the serious ...

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