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Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain Directed by Ang Lee Main cast Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid Rated M for moderate coarse language, moderate sex scenes, moderate violence. Feeling I should see the movie first and make my judgments later I headed off with a mate to see Brokeback Mountain. Being a pair of men ...

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Affluenza. When Too Much is Never Enough

Affluenza. When Too Much is Never Enough By Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss Allen & Unwin RRP $24.95 Once upon a time in our Western society, people looked to Christianity, or at least the church, to determine truth, right and wrong. With the onset of the enlightenment, science became the ultimate arbiter of truth. These authors argue that in today’s ...

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George W Bush – Faith in the White House

DVD Divine Entertainment ReleaseRated GRRP  $24.95 Being somewhat of a cynic by nature, I was somewhat apprehensive about reviewing a DVD such as “George W. Bush: Faith in the White House”. A little to my surprise, it was nowhere near as bad as I had anticipated. While the production could not be considered balanced, it did provide insights into the ...

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Forget the Former

Forget the FormerBy Leigh AllisonISBN 1-58169-175-0 Gazelle PressRRP $17.95 Forget the Former by Leigh Allison is about one woman’s journey through mental illness to spiritual wholeness. It is only 78 pages long, with a useful appendix of helpful scripture extracts and explanations taking another 20 pages. It is for people who work by ‘dreaming dreams and seeing visions’, and uses ...

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Patenting Life? Stop!

Patenting Life? Stop! by Sean McDonagh Dominican Publications (2003)RRP $32.95 (paperback) Fr McDonagh tackles the important contemporary environmental issue of biotechnology’s developing challenge and its current negative impact on the diversity of life in our world and the move toward making more artificially genetically modified food products. A single crop like corn used to have many varieties which have contributed ...

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The Journey of Lent

By Phil Hoffmann MediaCom Education Inc. RRP $4.95 Designed as a series of daily personal reflections for people to use during Lent The Journey of Lent follows Jesus on the journey to Jerusalem and invites the reader to focus on readings from John’s Gospel offering a brief one page meditation, question for reflection and short prayer. It would take just ...

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The Legend of the Sky Kingdom

The Legend of the Sky Kingdom DVD animated movie [Rated G] Roadshow Entertainment RRP $29.95 The Legend of the Sky Kingdom is a children’s story about three children who make a daring escape from slavery in an underground city and embark on a dangerous journey in search of the Sky Kingdom. Along the way they are caught in a battle ...

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Living Life to the Full

By Christopher C. Walker Open Book (2005) RRP $19.95 (paperback) Living Life to the Full is an autobiographical exploration of spirituality for today’s baby boomers A minister of the Uniting Church in Australia, Christopher C. Walker has served in congregations in New South Wales, as an evangelism consultant for the Synod of Queensland, was principal of Parkin-Wesley College in South ...

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The Touch

DVD Drama (Rated M)  Kingstone Entertainment $24.95 Based on the true story of the First Baptist Church in Leesburg, Florida, the two key characters in The Touch are the angry and resentful Hannah who finds herself in prison after a drug bust and a middle-class Christian woman, Wanda, who visits the prison and convinces her church to convert one of ...

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Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)

Directed by Christian Carion 2005 Rated M This incredible true story is set in 1914 on Christmas Eve as World War One is raging in Northern France with enemy troops dug into trenches just metres away from each other As the Scots play their bagpipes, Germans tenor Nikolaus Sprink climbs out of the trenches and sings carols for his enemies. ...

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