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Hi there Leigh, thanks for commenting. :) Usually if I don't really care for a book I try not to say much about it so I guess that's why I didn't elaborate on The Explicit Gospel. It was quite a compulsive read but there was just so much theology in it that I believe to be wrong and even potentially damaging. I'm not sure what your position on these things are but I couldn't handle the focus on the doctrine of hell (which I don't believe) and, even more problematically, that of predestination. He even threw a little Complementarianism in at the end, though I'm not personally bothered by that one as much! There was certainly some good parts but overall I found myself beaten down and discouraged instead of enlightened and lifted up. Obviously not Chandler's intent but that was my reaction. We might come from very different schools of thought here so if that theology doesn't bother you please disregard my opinions and go for it! PS Homeland is okay. This season (3) a little on the 'meh' side so far. :/
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2013 on What I'm Into October Edition at Space for me
No worries Mary, great question. Yes, my TV shows this month (apart from Homeland of course) are all Australian; though Chris Lilley's Ja'ime will be on for you on HBO soon. You may remember his Summer Heights High? Our television probably isn't all that different as we get the majority of American shows too - I just tend to watch a lot of Aussie telly! As for the books, you can usually tell when I'm struggling to find an Amazon link that the book is by an Aus. author! The Scotland St novel by Alexander McCall Smith is of course Scottish. The next three pictured (Matt Chandler, Jennie Allen, Matthew Lee Anderson) are all American. Losing February is by Susanna Freymark, an Australian author, but it is available on kindle. Evie Wyld is an English author but her books are mostly based in Australia. Caroline Overington is a very well respected Australian journalist and now novelist. Richard Flanagan is basically the John Updike of Australian literature; the first of his I read was The Sound of One Hand Clapping and I'm still recovering from the emotional trauma inflicted - 13 years later! - and The Narrow Road To The Deep North is even better, so powerful, about the Siam (Thailand) to Burma 'Death Railway' and the Japanese camps that many soldiers (esp. Australian, British & Chinese) suffered and died in during the second world war - we learn a lot about this in school but it might not be known so well in America. Anyway, sorry to ramble on, I think that answers your question a little too thoroughly! Thanks for commenting, Mary. :)
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2013 on What I'm Into October Edition at Space for me
Here is my very quick, last minute contribution to Leigh Kramer's link up Books: All the Birds, Singing Evie Wyld No Place Like Home Caroline Overington The Narrow Road To The Deep North Richard Flanagan The new Alexander McCall Smith was, as always, a delight. Matthew Lee Anderson's The End... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Space for me
Those pictures Kelly took of you are utterly gorgeous and I absolutely loved your finding church series. :) Glad you enjoyed your first Gaiman - what a milestone!
Read & Reading: Cairo Chris Womersley: I loved the setting for this story; the intriguing, quirky characters and skillful weaving of fact and fiction. In my view, not as good as Bereft but still a great read. When She Was Good Laura Lippman: I idly picked this up in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Space for me
I loved The Paris Wife so much but, I'll be honest, not Midnight in Paris. Sorry! I've never really loved Jojo Moyes stuff but have seen so much raving about Me Before You that my curiosity is piqued enough to try her again. You'd better believe I've already pre-ordered Addie and Elizabeth's books - can't wait. :) Hope August is joyous for you, Leigh. xo
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2013 on What I'm Into (July 2013 Edition) at Leigh Kramer
I'm going to keep this very brief today, folks. There are so many wonderful posts in this month's Hopefulleigh link-up I'd rather be perusing them (and I'm sure you would too!) Here are four of the best books and four of the best TV shows I read/watched in July (you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2013 at Space for me
Suzanne - yes, you must! ;) Leigh - it was great, just overhyped to me! Cara - yes you would, I'm sure. :) Shana - absolutely you should. :) Laura - Some of my all time favourites are represented! Katie - Almost French is so fun and fascinating. Probably more to me as an Australian but I think anyone who's dreamt of living in another country (particularly in France!) would enjoy it. :)
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2013 on What I'm Into - May/June Edition at Space for me
I have loved reading the posts about your trip, Leigh. What an incredible month you've had. Season 2 was one of my favourites of Big Love - it's such a bizarre show really but fascinating. Looking forward to your thoughts on Rachel Held Evans' book, I had kind of a mixed reaction to it. And oh my gosh, Quinoa! You introduced me to this page and even though I'm not even on Pinterest I am completely obsessed! Jasper, Chevron, etc.! Love.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2013 on What I'm Into (June 2013 Edition) at Leigh Kramer
Hello fellow Hopefulleigh link-upers! My post today pretty much covers what I've been reading and watching for the past two months. My Pa (grandfather) died quite unexpectedly at the end of last month and I missed posting for May in the week that followed. So, without further ado, here's a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at Space for me
I was not raised with the belief that a person goes straight to heaven when they die. My grandfather is in hospital this Friday evening. He is dying. I don’t hold to the belief that upon death his soul will instantly be in God’s presence, surrounded by those who have... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at Space for me
I have been lucky with views all my life. As a child I lived in a large farmhouse on a property in South West Australia. Our floor to ceiling lounge room windows, study, dining area, even kitchen glass overlooked citrus orchards and large paddocks; dry and brown in summer but... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2013 at Space for me
Glad you liked it, Fiona. :)
Toggle Commented May 23, 2013 on Australian Television at Space for me
Well, it's official - Nina & Co. are back! With an absolute cracker of a first episode. Just for fun, and because this is the trivial person I am, I thought I'd try keeping a weekly record of my favourite moments and lines this season. So, without further preamble, here... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Space for me
I thought through this week's prompt just now in the shower; building up huge amounts of steam, lathering my hair and yes, if you must know, singing! Now I'm in my soft, bright green robe, hunched over the computer with a towel around my head, tapping out my random thoughts... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Space for me
I guess it does sound weird! It doesn't to us because we've all grown up with the novel (and the movie made in the 80s) the show is based on - basically a modern Australian classic. Thanks for coming by, Mary. And yes, Offspring is fabulous - although my descriptors may have been a little off - it's, um, nothing like Hart of Dixie! Sorry! ;)
Toggle Commented May 16, 2013 on Australian Television at Space for me
This post is especially for Fiona Lynne who, during the most recent What I'm Into link up, said, "It’s funny that these British shows (Downton, Call the Midwife, Sherlock) are just going all over the world at the moment! Are there any Aussie shows we should be watching?!" So, for... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at Space for me
This morning I took coffees and a boysenberry muffin to my best friend, stuck at home with her feisty, wriggly baby boy waiting for her leaking roof to get fixed after the last three stormy days. We split a tin of baked beans on marmite toast for lunch and talked... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Space for me
No, I didn't really mind about the part that remained a mystery so much as the lack of justice! Also true to life I'm sure but (without spoilers in case anyone else reads this comment!) I wished . . . had suffered somehow!
Toggle Commented May 5, 2013 on What I'm Into - April Edition at Space for me
If you love the TV series you should definitely read the books too. The show is surprisingly true to them but there's just so much more social context, history and detail there. :)
Toggle Commented May 2, 2013 on What I'm Into - April Edition at Space for me
Can you see some of them in that picture of Norman?! That's my little shelf of Aussie faves. Behind it and around it are much more laden down book shelves of everything else!
Toggle Commented May 1, 2013 on What I'm Into - April Edition at Space for me
It is a wonderful setting - truly a character in Weber's story of conversion and spiritual awakening. I hope you would enjoy it. Also - love Inspector Morse!
Toggle Commented May 1, 2013 on What I'm Into - April Edition at Space for me
I did enjoy Mended. There are 31 entries so it's great for a month long devotion. Angie Smith has a way of writing like she genuinely cares for her reader. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. :)
Toggle Commented May 1, 2013 on What I'm Into - April Edition at Space for me
American Wife is one of my faves. Hope you're enjoying it. :) I've seen mixed reviews of Wild too; but if you say it's worth a read I'll give it a try!
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2013 on What I'm Into (April 2013 Edition) at Leigh Kramer
Read and Reading Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel - I included this in March too because that's when I started; it takes a looong time, people. In the Woods Tana French - on our lovely host for this link-up, Leigh's recommendation. This one took me straight back to the west of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at Space for me