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Into the Silent Land – The Practice of Contemplation

Darton, Longman and Todd RRP $34.95   Given the need to allocate time for family, work, study, the school P&C, hobbies, church, and the World Cup, I have always been bemused by gospel imperatives to “be still” and “receive peace” and to hear the “still small voice”… it all seemed at odds. And I had never heard of the Christian ...

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Jesus, a Primer for the Curious

Blue Bottle Books RRP $3.95 Jesus, a primer for the curious, is a short booklet or tract written by an Anglican historian to give meaning to Christianity mainly for the non-churched. Each page begins with a statement and then develops the reasoning for it. For example, the first page begins with ‘belief in God is common sense’, seemingly taken from ...

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Made for Laughter

Darton, Longman and Todd RRP $39.95 Made for Laughter is primarily the story of a spiritual journey. It tells of a childhood, a career in medicine, imprisonment and torture in Chile, work in a hospice and psychotherapy, but it is, nonetheless, about one person’s spiritual journey in search of the will of God. Sheila was born just before the outbreak ...

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Heroes and Villains

Darton Longman and ToddRRP $34.95 In his book Heroes and Villains Mike Alsford takes the reader through a kaleidoscopic post-modern journey skipping across rapid snippets of the pop culture comic book, TV and film heroes and villains. As an afficionado of Sci Fi and pop culture, I was drawn to this short book. Anyone who seriously tries to deal with ...

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Let all Creation Sing

Music CD RRP $27.95 Emu Music has put together another collection of new music, with a few older songs thrown in. This is a professional collection of modern songs that could easily find their way into the repertoire of any ‘contemporary’ church. The album has a particular focus on the person of Jesus, and the writers take their evangelical task ...

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Vital Signs. The wisdom of James for a life of faith

Bible Alive Series: Bridging Scripture and Daily Life. Vol1. Aquila PressRRP $19.95 I’ve had an interest in John Dickson ever since I was a young youth worker and arranged a tour of his then band, In the Silence through my hometown. So it was with relish that I reviewed his latest book, Vital Signs. The wisdom of James for a ...

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Too Small to Ignore – Why Children Are the Next Big Thing

WaterBrook Press RRP $23.95 Too Small to Ignore argues strongly for the importance of children, outlining the negative consequences of neglecting them and the benefits of carefully nurturing them. Wess Stafford campaigns for children as integral members of church and community, aiming his book at the wider church, not just children’s workers. The book is heavily anecdotal, which the author ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

David Fickling Books, 2006$23.95 John Boyne is an Irish author http://www.johnboyne.com  who will be speaking at the Voices on the Coast Youth Literature Festival (at Immanuel Lutheran College, Buderim) some time between 27 May and 2 June 2007 www.immanuel.qld.edu.au/voices. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is Boyne’s fourth, and most successful, book. This novel is an astonishing attempt at the ...

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Something There

Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd RRP $49.95 You’ll notice that the succinct title of David Hay’s book Something There has neither a question mark or explanation point. As the result of over 30 years research into the spiritual experiences of Britons who don’t attend church, Hay neither questions nor aggressively champions the existence of the spiritual realm. Rather his book ...

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Clergy: The Origin of Species

Allen & Unwin RRP$45.00Drawn by the title and witty cover, I was nevertheless expecting to find this book heavy-going as it was written by the principal of a theological college, and described as a “serious treatment” of the role of clergy. What a delightful surprise to find it provides robust research and rigorous arguments, yet in a highly practical and ...

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