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We Dig Christmas

CD Scatjazz If you’ve woken up from the dream of a White Christmas and you’re tired of wandering through a musical Winter Wonderland – Brisbane jazz band Scat’s latest offering might refresh your ears this Christmas. Scat’s We dig Christmas describes itself as “a jazzy Christmas album for the whole family to enjoy.” Their fifth album, We Dig Christmas retains ...

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I am Jewish – Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl

Jewish Lights Publications 2007 ISBN13: 978-1-58023-259-3 In early 2002, Jewish American journalist Daniel Pearl was abducted and subsequently murdered by militant extremists in Pakistan seeking to promote their cause. Nearing the end of his life, and being ‘interrogated’ by his captors, Pearl made the statement "My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish!" The concept of the book, which examines ...

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Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighbourhood Church is Transforming the Faith

HarperOne Released: December 2007 RRP  $21.99 There are a lot of self-help books for churches out there, and sometimes it seems like most are from and for American mega-churches. Sometimes that makes translating into a different culture and context a challenge. What makes Christianity for the Rest of Us different from many is that here is a book that tells the ...

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Somebody’s Child – The Story of a Man who found Hope – and took it back to the Streets!

Monarch Books RRP – $18.95 This book is a sequel to Robinson’s earlier Nobody’s Child. Perhaps the names of each give away to some extent the essential thesis of each!  Nevertheless, this book is very motivational and centres the reader’s thoughts and imagination on the amazing power of God to transform a man’s life and then to use that same ...

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Living Hope: : A Practical Theology of Hope for the Dying

Epworth Press 2006 You’ll have to search Amazon for this one When is a Book Review Not a Book Review? Well, this is not a book review in the strict sense though I certainly commend the book to anyone with a curiosity about ‘hope’. I was recently watching a TV program piece featuring two neurosurgeons one of whom had a ...

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Using the Bible in Christian Ministry

Published by: Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, London RRP $45.00 This useful workbook is the third in a series from Cardiff University and Bible College. The introduction states: “…designed to help you learn about and reflect in depth on your own experience.” and is for ministers and leaders who are feeling the need for a refresher course on using the ...

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Sacred Places – Sites of spirituality and faith

Five Mile Press RRP: $49.95 You won’t find dozens of traditional churches and cathedrals in this splendid coffee table book featuring hundreds of beautiful colour photographs and explanatory text. Rather, Sacred Places is a collection of 60 of the world’s most magnificent and awe-inspiring sites, some of which have associations with the world’s religions and many which are simply the ...

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A Farmers Year – Daily Truth to Change Your Life

Published by Monarch Books RRP: $19..95 Having enjoyed Faith Like Potatoes, Buchan’s first book, I impulsively expected this would be a sequel. In a way it is, although it’s actually a book of daily devotional readings. From the moment I read the first entry – that for New Year’s Day – I was ‘hooked’. The selected verse, appropriately, is from ...

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Notes from an Exhibition

Fourth Estate 2007RRP $27.99 Patrick Gale’s latest novel takes the reader into a world of Quaker funerals, Cornish beaches, Canadian asylums, and Oxford art colleges. "Notes from an Exhibition" sounds exotic and distant. But it is, in fact, familiar and intimate. Rachel Kelly is the central character, a famous and eccentric Canadian artist who has married Antony Middleton, an honourable ...

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Lord, Have Mercy: Praying for Justice with Conviction and Humility

Jossey-Bass, 2006. $32.95. Practices of Faith Series, Dorothy C. Bass, Series Editor. This book is refreshing in its attention to integrating our prayer with the contemporary dilemmas and issues we face. From praying in the context of discerning a wise choice in an election, to looking at various stances and ways to pray on issues of injustice that are about ...

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