Education and Library Resources

The Education Support Team provides educational resources and information to help you on your spiritual journey

Please browse the library (at the rear of the church, to the right as you come in)
If you would like to borrow anything, please write the details in the borrowing book, or see Heather.

Please ask us if you would like more details on study materials or courses.

The Library includes a a Children's section, a gift in memory of Beryl Farrell

Library Resources:

Recent Acquisitions

Love over Hate - Finding Life by the Wayside

By Graham Long.
As pastor and CEO of The Wayside Chapel in Sydney's Kings Cross, Reverend Graham Long has seen and heard it all. Part-memoir, part-philosophical journey, Love Over Hate is Graham's gift to humanity – a book about life's foibles and the joy of living.

God is Good for You

By Greg Sheridan
— Greg Sheridan is Foreign Editor of the Australian.
At a time of crisis for Christianity in the West, God is Good for You shows just why we need faith in our world. The Judeo-Christian tradition has created and underpinned the moral and legal fabric of Western civilisation for more than 2000 years, yet now we've reached a point in both Australia and many parts of the West where Christianity has become a minority faith..... At this point of crisis for faith, God is Good For You shows us why Christianity is so vital for our personal and social well-being,......
It carries a vital torch for Christianity in a way that's closely argued, warmly human, good humoured yet passionate, and, above all, convincing.

Marathon Wheeler

By Heather Coombes
Many of us will remember Rev. Heather Coombes, who was a part-time minister at our church in the 1990s. She did not let the limitations of Cerebral Palsy stand in the way of seeking a meaningful career, which included becoming a Minister in the Uniting Church, and undertaking many pastoral and chaplaincy positions. While in our congregation, she introduced the Crossroads fellowship for people with disabilities, which she had helped with while in a church in Queensland.

Heather writes candidly and entertainingly about the many facets of her life - the blessings she received from her congregations, colleagues, and strangers - and when the difficult times came, the blessing of God who was always close. Rather than saying she has overcome her difficulties, she prefers to say that it is an ongoing pilgrimage. But it is one that she has taken on with great determination, finding much joy along the way.

Now in retirement, Heather has had the opportunity to write this book to show the possibilities of living a life of service, and to wish us all the gift of perseverance. Her authentic, friendly style is a great encouragement all of us as we encounter others with different abilities from those we take for granted.

Thanks to Elaine Charlton for this addition to our Library.

The Triumph of Christianity

By Bart D. Ehrman
-- How a forbidden religion swept the world
How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the Roman Empire become the dominant religion of the West, converting around 30 million people in just four centuries? Bart D. Ehrman is a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina and a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of Christianity.

This book provides great hope for the future and a much clearer picture of the rate of conversion needed to build the Kingdom of God. Based on the statistics if 100 people convert 3.4 people each and every year then 1000 Christians become 6 million people in 260 years. At the beginning it was and today it still remains the most effective way of growth is by each one of us seeking to encourage one other in their faith journey. Individuals sharing with other individuals what it means to be Christian. Out of a continuing desire for church growth this book now donated to the church library.

Reaching out for the Invisible God

By Philip Yancey
What can we expect to find?
How do I relate to a God who is invisible when I’m never quite sure he’s there?
Is God playing games?
What can we count on this God for ? How can we know?
How can we know God?.......
Philip Yancey explores six foundational areas:
• our thirst for God,
• faith during times when God seem unavailable,
• the nature of God himself,
• our personal relationship with God,
• stages along the way,
• and the end goal of spiritual transformation.

Doctor Number 49

By Grace Warren of the Leprosy Mission. By Grace Warren and Lesley Hicks
This Autobiography of Grace Warren who has brought hope and healing to thousands worldwide , saving feet and hands and transforming the lives of those suffering with diabetes and leprosy with inventive surgical skills, and her faith, her preparedness to obey God and following his leading.

Grace Warren is an Australlian retired and living in Sydney, always eager to share her surgical skills with younger surgeons, who want to learn to do these operations for the benefit of the patients and the benefit of patients in the future.

Yarta Wandatha

By Denise Champion, with Rosemary Dewerse
In this book you will discover wisdom that is thousands of years old, wisdom that is full of God, wisdom that speaks to us today. Your guide and teacher is Adnyamathanha woman Denise Champion, a story-teller with faith as deep as the sacred waterholes of her people and as wide as the land that is Australia today. Denise Champion is Adnyamathanha. A mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunty, she works as a state development and outreach worker for the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and as a pastor for the Uniting Church in South Australia

We are better than this

Ed. by Robyn Cadwallader
We Are Better Than This is a collection of essays and poetry addressing the Australian government's asylum seeker policy. The aims of the book are several: to provide some of the information about the situation in detention camps that is being withheld by the government; to correct some of the government's mis-representations of the current situation; to clarify some of the complex legal issues surrounding the right to seek asylum, and to give some insight into the plight of those who are seeking asylum.

It is hoped that this book will better inform people about the government's policies: to support those who are unsatisfied and seeking to change the situation, as well as those who are uncertain and need more easily accessible and reliable information. Contributors are drawn from several areas of expertise and engagement with asylum seekers.

The Undesirables

By Mark Isaacs
Mark Isaacs worked for the Salvation Army inside the Nauru Detention Centre soon after it re-opened in 2012. He provided humanitarian aid to the men interned in the camp. What he saw there moved him to speak out.

The Undesirables chronicles his time on Nauru detailing daily life and the stories of the men held there; the self-harm, suicide attempts, and riots; the rare moments of joy; the moments of deep despair. Mark's eyewitness account humanises a political debate usually ruled by misleading rhetoric.

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Rumours of another world

By Philip Yancey
What on earth are we missing? This book is for those who live in the borderlands of belief In regions of conflict, such as the Korean peninsula, armies on both sides patrol their respective borders, leaving a disputed territory in-between as a buffer zone, a no-man’s-land belonging to neither side.

In matters of faith, many people occupy the borderlands. So, give Christians a wide berth yet still linger in the borderlands. So what of the big questions of life — career change, the birth of a child , the death of a loved one — what are the answers to these? Is there a God? A life after death? Is religious faith a crutch or a path to something authentic?

How would you explain your faith to an atheist or a Muslim? What would you say? Will you continue to live the rest of your life in the same way or are you prepared to challenge yourself to “where to next” ?

Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead,
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion
City of God: Faith in the Streets.

By Sara Miles
Raised as an atheist, Sara Miles lived an enthusiastically secular life as a restaurant cook and writer. Then one morning, for no earthly reason, she wandered into a church. She ate a piece of bread, took a sip of wine, and found herself radically transformed.

Sara started a food pantry giving away literally tons of food from around the same altar where she'd first received the body of Christ, and providing hundreds of hungry families with free groceries each week.

Sara serves as Director of Ministry at St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Her books include Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion and City of God: Faith in the Streets.

The Lost Message of Jesus

By Steve Chalke & Alan Mann.
How well do we really know Jesus and understand his message? Most of us are fairly confident we’ve got the essentials down, but what if they’re our essentials, not his?

In this profound book – at once disturbing, exciting, provocative and inspiring – Steve Chalke calls us to deep self-examination and a rediscovery of the nature of Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Taking away our cultural lenses, Chalke lets us see Jesus through first-century eyes and reveals how far we’ve drifted from his revolutionary gospel. Encountering his teachings as the people of his time and culture did, newly minted and powerful, we discover at last the irresistible hope and transformation Jesus brought to the downtrodden, the lonely, the forgotten, the untouchable.

The Lost Message of Jesus points us back to the heart of God, freeing us to proclaim genuinely good news to a world that desperately longs to hear it.

Through Painted Deserts: Light, God and Beauty on the Open Road

By Donald Miller.
This is a road-trip memoir about three months crossing the country in a Volkswagen camping van, wondering out-loud if there is more to life than nine-to-five jobs, than the ruts the entire world seems to be stuck in. Follow Don and Paul as they dive headlong into the deepest of human questions and find answers outside words – answers that have to be experienced to be believed.

As you read Through Painted Deserts you’ll soon realize this is not just one man’s account of finding light, God, and the beauty on the open road. Rather, this book maps the journey you’re already traveling . . . or soon will be.

Love Wins

By John Bell. In this book Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing, "would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?" With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly hopeful—eternal life doesn't start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.

What we talk about when we talk about God

By John Bell. Continuing down the path of Love Wins Rob Bell helps us with the ultimate big-picture issue: How do we know God?

A book full of mystery, controversy, and reverence, What We Talk About When We Talk About God has fans and critics alike anxiously awaiting, and promises not to disappoint.

Darwin Divinity and the dance of the cosmos

Copperhouse publishers, by Bruce Sanguin. Introduces modern science and theology in cooperation.

The Promise of Paradox

Ave Maria Press, by Parker Palmer. Subtitled 'A Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian Life '.

I shall not Hate

Random House Canada, by Izzeldin Abuelaish. The 'Gaza Doctor' had his house destroyed and three children killed by Israeli shells. He is calling on the people of the Middle East to talk to each other.

Putting away Childish Things, by Marcus J Borg

There is a review here.

Where have all the orchards gone, by Heather Watson

Hills District Historical Society, 2010

Updated 18th January 2022