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A Spectator’s Guide to Worldviews: Ten ways of understanding life

Blue Bottle Books RRP $24.95 A Spectator’s Guide to Worldviews provides a challenging introduction to various ways of looking at the world. A worldview is the framework or fundamental belief that shapes how we understand the world around us and the picture of our ideal world. The guide achieves its aim of presenting a balanced view of each ‘–ism’ that ...

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Normal Days

CD RRP $25 This second offering from Scattered People once again shows that community music making can be a wonderful experience for the participants as well as the audience. A project of Lifeline’s community development unit, Normal Days brings together refugees to share their stories of struggle and triumph through music. Producer and arranger Simon Monsour of Sweet Freedom Inc ...

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China’s Christian Martyrs

Monarch Books RRP $34.95 Prior to the Introduction the view of Biblical persecution is introduced and addressed. The book itself provides specific details about the lives and martyrdom of Christian missionaries and Chinese Christians who were martyred between 845 to 2006. Although there have been other books available detailing the lives of martyrs such as John and Betty Stam this ...

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After the Heavy Rain

Published by Monarch Books RRP $21.95. On the flyleaf of Richard Holloway’s “On Forgiveness” there is a quote from Jacques Derrida: “There is only forgiveness, if there is any, where there is the unforgivable”. I was reminded of that quote as Sokreaksa describes what happened to him and his family, actions which were truly unforgivable. Socreaksa writes of his early ...

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The Scrapbooking Journey: A Hands-On Guide to Spiritual Discovery

Skylight Paths Publishing, Woodstock, Vermont R.R.P $32.95 When I first saw the title of this publication I didn’t believe it would be about Scrapbooking (a current worldwide craft form) and spiritual discovery but that is exactly what it is! The author leads you on an imaginative journey which involves reflection and journaling, all the while asking and seeking answers to ...

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Evan Almighty

Starring Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman PG Evan Almighty brings Noah and his ark into 21st Century Washington DC, courtesy of the folk who made Bruce Almighty. If it had been a British production, Adrian Plass might have written it. Perhaps it was Morgan Freeman playing God, but this reviewer heard echoes of “God is nice and he likes me”. ...

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The feather and the Stone

Headline Publishing Group, London, 2007, 437 pages. RRP: $32.95 Set in the earlier days of the Australian outback The feather and the Stone is a delightful novel with rich insight into the lifestyles of the pioneer settlers. But more than that, it is an enthralling story built around the varied lives and the diverse characters who came from England and ...

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the long-awaited final book in the Harry Potter series. While at times the plot reads like the instructions to a hypothetical board game (use your sacred House object to destroy each Horcrux, then go to the Forbidden Forest and encounter Voldemort to win the game), Deathly Hallows is a fitting culmination to the ...

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666 and all that: The Truth about the Future

Aquila Press RRP $19.95 If you have ever been troubled by friends casually discussing postmillennial eschatology or afraid to venture into the book of Revelation because “it’s just too scary” then 666 and all That is a book to take your fears away. John Dickson and Greg Clarke strip away the technical jargon and the caricatures of the end times ...

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