Finding the balance

Balancing Act– Australia Between Recession and Renewal | Quarterly Essay 61 | George Megalogenis

Review by GARTH JONES

Expanding on themes briefly explored in 2015’s Australia’s Second Chance, journalist George Megalogenis returns with his second Quarterly Essay, Balancing Act- Australia ...

Sermons with heart

Book | The Heart of It All: Sermons from St Stephen’s | David Gill

Review by BOB FASER

Since retiring from parish ministry, I’ve been culling my library. One area I’ve culled dramatically is my books of sermons. Examining my shelves today, ...

Timeless tale

Film |The Jungle Book |PG

Review by ROS MARSDEN

Keen to “forget your worries and your strife”? Then treat yourself to a night at the cinema to see the 2016 version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

It’s a risk ...

Tales from the past

Book | Out of the Ordinary: Twelve Australian Methodist Biographies | editors: Patricia Curthoys and William W. Emilsen. 

Review by BOB FASER

While a reasonable amount of material has been written since Union by historians in the UCA on the ...

Prison preachers

Book | Opening the Doors: A Prison Chaplain’s Life On The Inside | Paul Gill

Review by GARY DAVIDSON

Author Paul Gill served as senior prison chaplain and coordinating chaplain at Western Australia’s Casuarina Prison for 10 years before his retirement. ...

Subversive faith

Book | Seeing – Remembering – Connecting:  subversive practices of being Church | Karen L. Bloomquist

Review by BOB FASER

How can churches engage with our society so as to resist injustice and to transform the culture? This is the ...

Midsummer Drama

Play | Miss Julie | Melbourne Theatre Company

By PENNY MULVEY

The clapping started tenuously, slowly. It was as though the audience released a collective breath in acknowledgement that the emotional, physical and verbal maelstrom they had witnessed had concluded.

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Party tricks

Book | The Road to Ruin: how Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin destroyed their own government | Niki Savva

Review by DEB BENNETT

Part memoir, part political reportage, The Road to Ruin is above all else an insightful glimpse into ...

War wounds

Book | Moral Injury – unseen wounds in an age of barbarism | Edited by Tom Frame

By Penny Mulvey

What happens to those who, due to particular circumstances, are faced with having to make unacceptable decisions; choices which in ...

Leading for others

Book | The Anonymous Leader: An Unambitious Pursuit of Influence | Ralph Mayhew  

Review by Scott Guyatt

Leadership, it seems, is the new buzzword. Whether in politics, sport, culture or the church, one need not scratch very deep to find ...