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Hell, Hope and Heroes: Life in the Field Ambulance in World War 1

by Private Roy Ramsay AIF (edited by his son Ron J. Ramsay)Rosenberg Publishing, 2005, $29.95 PDF order form available at http://www.ramsaybook.com/ There is a poignant moment in Private Roy Ramsay’s memoir when, at age 22 in July 1919, he wrote: "Unfortunately most of the folks at home, except our immediate families, have forgotten us now that the war is over ...

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Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda Directed by Terry George Starring Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix M (2005) RRP $39.95 Set in 1994 as the Hutu militia massacred almost 1 million people in 100 days, Hotel Rwanda is the powerful, true story of one man’s efforts to protect over 1000 people, including his wife and children, from certain death. As manager ...

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River Girl: Growing Up Around The Murray River

River Girl: Growing Up Around The Murray RiverBy: Glenda Andrew Blank Ink Press. 2005. The front cover of River Girl adequately describes in pictorial form the setting for this self-account of a young girl who grew up in and around ‘the Murray’. It is obvious that it concerns a different culture (Aboriginal) from many of us white European Australians. Notwithstanding, ...

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The Future of Jesus – The Boyer Lectures

The Future of Jesus – The Boyer Lectures By Dr Peter Jensen ABC Books 2005 RRP $22.95 What is the place of Jesus in our culture and memory? For this most recent Boyer lecture series the ABC chose Jensen, outspoken conservative and controversial Anglican theologian, to address Jesus’ place in contemporary society. Jesus looks invisible, as four Australian academics nonchalantly ...

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The Jewish Approach to God: A Brief Introduction for Christians

The Jewish Approach to God: A Brief Introduction for Christians By Rabbi Neil Gillman Jewish Lights Publishing RRP $29.95 Ever thought of becoming a liberal Jew? Rabbi Neil Gillman sets smartly forth his modern theology of the nature of God as a taster for you in his latest work The Jewish Approach to God: A Brief Introduction for Christians. Admittedly, ...

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Walk the Line

Walk the LineDirected by James MangoldStarring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon Rated M for drug use, moderate themes, infrequent coarse language Walk the Line is a great movie about the power of soulful music in the 1950s and 1960s, describing the lives and romance of country singers Johnny Cash and June Carter. Cash (played by Joaquin Phoenix) married Carter (played ...

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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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