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Sir Julius Chan played the game to win

Sir Julius Chan

SIR Julius Chan played a pivotal role in shaping Papua New Guinea’s first 40 years of independence.Playing the Game is his fascinating account of the exciting birth of PNG as a nation, and the challenging years that followed.It is also the story of a man who grew up with a fight-to-win determination, shaped by his humble upbringing, and his formative ... Read More »

Following Jesus Christ to become poor

CANDLES IN THE DARK: THE AUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY OF FR RICHARD HO LUNG AND THE MISSIONARIES OF THE POORJoseph Pearce; St Benedict Press, 2013. Reviewed by Emilie Ng RADICAL poverty became Jamaican priest Fr Richard Ho Lung’s doorway into a life of incredible suffering, but also made him “the happiest man on earth”. The authorised biography of this “ghetto priest” and ... Read More »

Anniversary gives rise to inspiring stories

EMMANUEL COMMUNITY: CELEBRATING 40 YEARS 1975-2015, ‘Memories of the Journey’; Emmanuel Community; 2015.  Reviewed by Barbara Flynn TWO years were spent researching records and collating photographs and time-sequenced stories and memoirs in order to preserve the story to the present of the first 40 years of Emmanuel Catholic Charismatic Covenant Community founded in Brisbane in 1975. Forty years of Emmanuel ... Read More »

Atheist travellers’ questions can be ‘clarifying’

WHAT ARE WE DOING ON EARTH FOR CHRISTíS SAKE?Richard Leonard SJ; Paulist Press; $26.99 Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC RICHARD Leonard, a Sydney-based Queensland-born Jesuit who has a doctorate in cinema studies, is well known to an expanding and appreciative readership for his earlier works – Where the Hell is God?, Why Bother Praying? and What Are We Waiting ... Read More »

Beauty emerges from life of real discovery

MY AUTISTIC AWAKENING: UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL FOR A LIFE WELL LIVEDRachael Lee Harris; Rowman & Littlefield; 2015 Reviewed by Emilie Ng RACHAEL Lee Harris’ memoir leaves you wanting to give her a long, gentle hug. You’re left with this feeling not because she has Asperger’s syndrome, but purely because of her determination as a woman to find her place on ... Read More »

Rich offering of inspiration on religious life

INTRODUCTION TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE: A JOURNEY OF FAITH AND SERVICEFriar Guy Lespinary, OP; The Society of St Pauls, Staten Island, New York; 2015 Reviewed by Barbara Flynn AS this year is dedicated to the Consecrated Life in the Catholic tradition it is fortunate to have available Friar Guy’s text. This small book gives details and covers particular aspects of ... Read More »

Francis’ time of transformation revealed

POPE FRANCIS: UNTYING THE KNOTSPaul Vallely; Bloomsbury Publishing, London; 2013. Reviewed by Barbara Flynn PAUL Vallely, an internationally respected journalist and commentator on religious, political, cultural and ethical issues researched assiduously to obtain a profile of Fr Jorge Bergoglio’s pastoral work during a politically volatile period in Argentina’s history, and during his exile to Germany in 1986 and, more recently, ... Read More »

Bible behind much of western life of today

The Great Bible Swindle Cover

THE GREAT BIBLE SWINDLEGreg Clarke; Bible Society, Australia, 2015; $19.95 Reviewed by Terry Oberg APART from the Christian liturgy, one of the joys of Easter is the ABC’s radio presentation, via its music station, Classic FM. Here the Paschal triduum features glorious seasonal music complemented by announcers who are steeped in musical, theological and historical knowledge. So much does Christianity ... Read More »

Overview of Pope Francis’ leadership style

ON THE WAY WITH POPE FRANCIS. Our Destination: A Renewed Church. John Thornhill. St Paulís Publications. Strathfield. NSW. 2014.  Reviewed by Barbara Flynn FR John Thornhill, Marist priest and respected theologian, gives an interpretation in 68 pages of the pastoral approach he believes Pope Francis is adopting in his leadership of the Catholic Church. Fr Thornhill explains that issues considered ... Read More »

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