Jesus vs Muhammad

Book | Understanding Jesus and Muhammad: What the ancient texts say about them | Bernie Power

Review by Larry Marshall

Here is a book that purports to speak with some knowledge and insight about these two great religious leaders, Jesus and Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Dr Bernie Power suggests that his book may help enlighten modern believers ...

A model for peace

BOOK | Blessed and Called to Be a Blessing: Muslim-Christian Couples Sharing a Life Together | Rev Helen Richmond

Review by Rebecca Beisler

When Michelle and Yusef chose to embark on life together as a married couple, some things were sure to become a little more complicated thanks to their different faiths and cultural backgrounds.

For Michelle, an Australian-born Christian, and ...

See GHOST…before it disappears

Play | Ghost

Review by Penny Mulvey

Theatre tickets are expensive, particularly the large-scale music theatre productions. As a result, audiences tend to revisit tried and true favourites such as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera or The Lion King ahead of new musicals. Backing a new production presents a significant risk for the producers in small markets ...

Creating Jesus  

Book | Made on earth. How gospel writers created the Christ | Dr Lorraine Parkinson.

Review by Rev Dr David Merritt                                          

Dr Lorraine Parkinson is a Uniting Church minister and the author of one of the most widely read books ...

Ladies in Black

Play | Ladies in Black | Melbourne Theatre Company

Review by Penny Mulvey

Cast your mind back to the days when going shopping in town meant dressing up – gloves, hat, best suit or dress – and a visit to David Jones, if only to look at the windows.

Ladies in Black, the opening production for the ...

Inspiring faith

Book | Heroes of the faith | Roland Ashby

Review by Nigel Tapp

Many Christians can readily point to people whose lives have inspired their own faith journey.

And Melbourne author Roland Ashby has gathered the stories of 55 men and women who have inspired the faith of others in his latest book.

Those profiled range from the familiar – ...

Holiday reads – 2015

As you get ready for long summer days and evenings, the team at Crosslight thought we’d share our suggestions for holiday reading. From historical biographies to fantasy, we hope our list appeals as you kick back at the beach, by the pool or in your favourite comfy chair.

Culture Wars

Review by Ben Grundy

Book | Theodore Dalrymple | Our Culture, ...

Reflections on the Intervention

Book | The Intervention: An Anthology | edited by Rosie Scott and Anita Heiss

Review by Tim Lam

The 2007 Northern Territory Emergency Response, also known as ‘The Intervention’, was one of the most controversial Australian government policies in recent memory. The federal government deployed military forces into remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, suspended the Racial Discrimination ...

Pulling apart the pokies

Ka-ching! | Documentary | PG 

Review by Cath James

They’ve gone from being illegal to being everywhere. Australia has rapidly become the poker machine capital of the world, with five times more machines per capita than the USA. We’re losing a staggering $11 billion a year, but everyone – players, industry and government – is hooked. What is it that ...

The whole truth: The Jinx review

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst | Andrew Jarecki | MA

Review by Tim Lam

“I did not tell the whole truth. Nobody tells the whole truth.”

These words were uttered by reclusive real-estate heir and triple murder suspect Robert Durst in the HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

Durst is ...

Bedtime tales

Amelia’s Amazing Dream Adventures | Book | Dianne Henss

This is a delightful children’s book of fantasy short stories told in the form of traditional fables. Author Dianne Henss weaves a web of intrigue for children about dreaming – yet all the time the stories have positive lessons for life. And a small piece of each dream makes its ...