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Witness the Glory of God

David Pitman and Geoff Scott MediaCom RRP $15.00 (including postage and handling). David Pitman from Brisbane and Geoff Scott from Adelaide were members of the 10th Assembly and like many others were deeply challenged by the theme of the Assembly – "Witness the Glory of God". David and Geoff responded to that challenge and have produced a book – Witness ...

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Voices from Heaven

Soweto Gospel Choir ABC Music CD RRP $30.95 Ever since I saw the “Power of One” film and heard first hand the sounds that were put together for that movie, I have had a soft spot for the sounds of traditional African harmonies and melodies. This curiosity led me to listening to this album from the Soweto Gospel Choir. This ...

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Look to You

Hillsong UnitedMusic CD/DVDHillsong Music AustraliaRRP $29.95 “Look to You" is the latest live youth album from the Hillsong stable. The CD comes standard with an accompanying DVD featuring some but not all the songs. A CD backing track is also available. Upon review, I discovered the wisdom of the inclusion of the DVD. The CD alone gave the sounds, but I ...

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose

[M (15+)-rated] I don’t find horror films easy to watch, even ‘art-house’ ones like "The Exorcism of Emily Rose".  But this film did find its way under my skin; which, I gather, was one of the aims of the Christian director, Scott Derrickson.  "Emily Rose" is based on the story of Anneliese Michel, a German woman who submitted to her ...

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Small Miracles

(PG 2004) Directed by: Martin Duffy ($19.95 on DVD or available for rental) You’ll have to hunt through the local video store for this one. Small Miracles was originally released in 2000 as The Testimony of Taliesin Jones and won critical acclaim and numerous international film festival awards. The coming of age of 12-year-old Taliesin Jones, complicated by bullying at ...

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For All You’ve Done

DVD/CD Pack $44.95 For All You’ve Done, the annual live worship album from Hillsong Church was recorded live at The Sydney Entertainment Centre in February 2004. Darlene Zschech leads the Hillsong team, together with an overwhelming choir of over 500 voices. On listening to For All You’ve Done I say, “Worship has evolved”. I say it with a new found ...

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The Outsiders

DVD RRP: $24.95 (G) In the tradition of Christian surf movies, The Outsiders offers some amazing surfing footage together with testimonies from professional surfers. The Outsiders was filmed in world-class surf destinations such as Hawaii, Australia, California, and Indonesia and features 2001 World Champion CJ Hobgood and other name surfers including Aussie, Joel Fitzgerald. Produced by "Walking on Water" which ...

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Denis Hurley, A Portrait by Friends

A South African Presbyterian minister asked a Catholic archbishop if he could publish a book about him, and was mildly astonished when, in May 2001, Denis Hurley agreed. Both men had played a role in the churches’ struggle against apartheid. Anthony Gamley pastored a Presbyterian congregation in the midst of township violence in rural Natal. Archbishop Hurley, described by Nelson ...

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The Sad Truth About Happiness

by Anne Giardini (Fourth Estate, 2005, $27.95) Set in the cities and small towns of Canada, "The Sad Truth About Happiness" is a young woman’s quest for home.  Each chapter of Anne Giardini’s first novel is named after, and built upon, a detail of her narrator’s emotional house (pantry, gate, spare room etc.).  Maggie Selgrin is a single, 32 year old ...

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Losing it. The Inside Story of the Labor Party in Opposition

Losing it. The Inside Story of the Labor Party          in OppositionAnnabel Crabb Picador, 2005, $25"Losing it" provides something of an antidote to the poison injected into the body politic by Mark Latham’s diaries. Journalist Annabel Crabb has put Labor’s malaise into perspective by taking readers behind the Party’s scenes during its time in Federal Opposition since 1996.  She describes ...

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