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The Feminine Spirit: Recapturing the Heart of Scripture

Jossey-Bass, 2007 RRP $26.95 I can’t figure out who The Feminine Spirit: Recapturing the Heart of Scripture is written for. It’s one in a series entitled the Woman’s Guide to the Bible but it is not one that is likely to be picked up by any church study group soon, and it’s certainly not for a book for female biblical ...

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The Big Questions

Lion RRP $22.95 I had just picked up the The Big Questions and was standing outside the Trinity College Library when a wag came up and told me if I could find a book called “The Big Answers”, he would be interested. While I am aware of the risks of judging books by their covers, the chicken and the egg ...

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British academic acclaims Zimbabwe ‘leper saint’ as prolific poet

A world expert in language and reference publishing, David Crystal, has asked poetry lovers to take seriously recently published works of John Bradburne, known in African circles of the Roman Catholic Church as Zimbabwe’s "leper saint". Writing in a recently published book about the lay Franciscan, who devoted a large part of his life to looking after lepers in Zimbabwe, ...

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Breaking the Chains of Abuse: A Practical Guide

Lion Hudson plc RRP $21.95 Breaking the Chains of Abuse is more than a self-help book about abuse. It is a dichotomy of listed practical solutions, as well as a collection of moving insights for any reader; either victim, carer, or even the curious. It illustrates the chronic struggles for the victim, (and those who journey with them), in the ...

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Mary and Ellen, Mair ac Elen, A Welsh Australian Legacy 1861-1960

Published by Mastercorp Pty Ltd, Mt Gravatt 2006 Ruth Delbridge’s painstaking research results in a dual biography that also informs the social history of Queensland’s early pioneers. Clearly this has been a labour of love as articles, stories, letters and photos have been discovered to reveal the lives of two amazing women. The book describes well the living conditions of ...

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Into Great Silence

Documentary film Rated G For anyone interested in prayer and spirituality, seeing the film Into Great Silence is a must. Subtitled in German and English, this is like no other film you have ever seen: there is no plot, nor dialogue, and not much action. Into Great Silence looks at life inside the Grande Chartreuse, the head monastery of the ...

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What is the Point of Being a Christian?

Burnes & Oates 2006 RRP $32 Vision Books/St Paul’s Bookshop When asked the question “What is the Point of Being a Christian?” Timothy Radcliffe, former Master of the Order of the Dominicans, replied from a standpoint of logic – “Because it’s true.” But logical truth was not enough for the questioner who wanted to know what kind of difference being ...

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Time to Shine

Ark House RRP $19.95 I was pleasantly surprised reading Time to Shine. The last few articles I read in Christian Woman magazine were not to their usually high standard. However, as the devotional book is a ‘best of’ compilation, the articles chosen from the magazine were all very good. But it wasn’t the articles that made Time to Shine a ...

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