How to be

Book | Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer | Dr Rowan Williams

Review by CRAIG THOMPSON

Rowan Williams’ Being Christian is a great introduction to the basics, and the not-so-basics, of Christian faith.

Fundamental to Williams’ account of the Christian life is our being given a ...

A well-worn path

Book | Quarterly Essay- Firing Line, Australia’s Path To War | James Brown

Review by GARTH JONES

Si vis pacem, para bellum.’ (‘If you want peace, prepare for war’).

As a pacifist, I came to former Australian Army Officer James Brown’s ...

Where there’s a will

Film | God Willing (Subtitled) | (PG)

By PENNY MULVEY

Billed as ‘Italy’s #1 smash-hit comedy’ and titled God Willing, one can’t help but be a little curious.

In an era where the reputation of Catholic priests has been severely tarnished, ...

Words of wisdom

Book | Servants and Leaders | Graham Downie

Review by ALAN RAY

A senior federal minister was furious about a front page photograph on The Canberra Times newspaper where Graham Downie was the religion reporter. “Haven’t you seen the photo;  are you blind?”, demanded ...

Fun the second time around

Film | My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 | PG

Reviewed by BOB FASER

I never thought a sequel could ever be better than the original film. It’s particularly hard for a sequel to exceed the original when the first film set ...

Bridging cultures

Book | Building Bridges | Joe Reich

Review by EMMET O’CUANA

Building Bridges is the third book by Melbourne ophthalmologist Joe Reich. Launched to a packed room at the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival in May, Reich’s mixture of ironic humour and wry ...

A colourful record     

BOOK | SURREY HILLS UNITING: A CHURCH HISTORY | GRAHAM BEANLAND

Review by Gwenda Smyth (SHUC Elder)

When Graham Beanland came to Surrey Hills Uniting Church some years ago, he discovered that, though there were documents by the dozen and considerable pride in ...

Kiwi adventure with heart

Hunt for the Wilderpeople | Film | PG

Review by GARTH JONES

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is New Zealand writer/director Taika Waititi’s (Eagle vs Shark) fourth feature film.

A family-oriented wilderness adventure comedy, Waititi’s latest is based on the 1996 book ...

Family fun

Book | Angry Birds: The Movie | G

Reviewed by: JAMES NEL, 10 years old (with help from his mum).

Do you ever feel like you don’t fit in when everyone else around you seems to be happy? Then you know ...

Songs for children

CD | I Am Loved: Community Songs for Children and Children’s Ministry

Review by ROB HANKS (Youth Worker)

I Am Loved is a crowd-funded children’s ministry music project produced by collaborators and friends, Heather Price and Alison Davies. The women were ...