Category Archives: Religion

Edith Cavell: Faith before the firing squad, by Catherine Butcher

Edith Cavell: Faith before the firing squad, by Catherine Butcher. Edith Cavell was an English nurse who helped establish a nursing school in Brussels, at a time when nursing practice in Belgium had low standards and little community respect. Cavell … Continue reading

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In the Land of the Blue Burqas by Kate McCord

In the Land of the Blue Burqas by Kate McCord gives a fascinating insight into the people of Afghanistan, particularly the women, and how Islam affects their lives and relationships. While Islam and Christianity embrace very different views of God, … Continue reading

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Notes on an Exodus, Richard Flanagan

Notes on an Exodus : an essay is a small book by Man Booker prize winning author Richard Flanagan, illustrated by Ben Quilty. Flanagan and Quilty travelled to the Middle East and Europe with World Vision, visiting refugees in camps … Continue reading

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The Wasted Vigil, Nadeem Aslam

I’m writing this before I’ve finished the book, because Nadeem Aslam’s The Wasted Vigil is book that I don’t want to end. I want to write something about it now before I face the disappointment of reaching the last page. … Continue reading

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Another three bite the dust

Over the last week I’ve been able to transfer three books from my “Reading Now” list to this year’s list of books read. Rock Bottom (Inspired by God), by Michael Teter is only a short book, but it took me … Continue reading

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Hilary Mantel’s memoir (and thoughts of my own) with just a hint of Rushdie

Hilary Mantel is a double winner of the Man Booker Prize, first for Wolf Hall and then for its sequel Bring Up the Bodies. These are the first parts of a trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell and his relationship … Continue reading

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“Things became terrible while you were dead”

Lyrical, lush and poetic in descriptions of both beauty and horror, the book rings with  honesty, moving the reader through a range of emotions without a hint of manipulation. That is how I described Nadeem Aslam’s The Blind Man’s Garden … Continue reading

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Rushdie’s Satanic Verses

My reading of The Satanic Verses has made it clear to me that the Moslem response to the book came from people who had not read it – they merely responded to hysteria whipped up by others. The majority would … Continue reading

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