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Singing a New Song

The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought (Sydney) RRP: Lyrics Edition $20 Newcastle resident George Stuart offers a hymnbook providing 103 sets of lyrics “written to well-loved traditional hymn tunes”. The hymnbook provides full piano score, though without guitar chords. Accompanying the collection are four CDs, with organ accompaniment. In assessing this collection, I found myself torn, as I am passionate ...

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Praying with the Women Mystics

The Columba PressRRP $19.95 In this simple book, Mary Malone reclaims the voices of twenty-six women mystics. Their writings, which were often birthed from experiences of suffering, offer glimpses into the ways in which Christian women experienced and expressed their faith. Malone invites us to share something of the mystic journey through seventy-five prayer-poems from these women. Praying with the ...

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The Manga Bible – NT Raw

Hodder & Stoughton RRP$ 19.95 Christian fans of comic books might remember the picture Bibles from the 1980s, an ambitious attempt to illustrate the whole Bible in comic book form. I haven’t seen anything like it since – until now. I love comics. Let’s just get that out of the way at the beginning. Anything I say from here on ...

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The Existential Jesus

Scribe Publications RRP $35.00 This is an intriguing, fascinating, beautifully written, but ultimately unpersuasive book. Carroll is LaTrobe University’s Professor of Sociology, and one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals. He is an agnostic fascinated by Jesus. Acknowledging Jesus’ pivotal place in the formation of Western culture, he proposes (surprisingly for an agnostic) that the present ills of modern Western culture ...

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Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary

HarperSanFrancisco RRP $39.95 The cover of Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary displaying a statue of Christ enclosed in a scaffold makes a great deal of sense as you work your way through Borg’s writing. For Borg, the Jesus we know is constructed. Borg is quite confronting as he tackles important questions concerning the construction ...

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Essence of Prayer

Published by Burns & Oates 2006 RRP $35.99 Are we to be Mary or Martha? Carmelite Nun Ruth Burrows, challenges the way we pray. Calling on well known past and more contemporary Religious figures, Burrows puts the case for being more like Mary. As Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, so we, at any time, like a child, easily, can allow ...

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The Cross Alone songs of unity

Compact Disc RRP $24.95 The Cross Alone – songs of unity is the compilation prepared for the Australian Gospel Music Festival 2007. Ten of the twelve tracks were composed by Toowoomba musician Evan Shelton, who also arranged the CD’s take on Benjamin Rhodes’ hymn Messiah’s Praise. One in You is the work of Peter Pellicaan and well reflects the subtext ...

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Behold the Man: A Therapist’s Meditations on the Passion of Jesus Christ

Darton, Longman and Todd RRP $28.95 There have been numerous attempts to identify the “man” Jesus throughout the history of the Christian Church. Significant controversy has been generated by such work as Gibson’s The Passion of Christ. While it is unlikely that Thorne’s small book of meditations will evoke great passions it will find a place in some local study ...

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