From time to time I come across a book that is silk to the eyes. Harnessing the Power of the Creative Spiral is not only a pleasant visual journey displaying Lyne Marshall’s stunning paintings, the content within is seeped in wisdom. Lyne is passionate about art. Her paintings are exhibited in Australia and overseas. In her book, Lyne takes the subject of creativity with all its stigmas and quirks and turns it into a world of possibilities for those who believe in themselves and the reason for their creative gifting.
Another Man’s War is the true story of Sam Childers’ 15 year battle to save the children of Southern Sudan. I had the privilege of meeting Sam Childers when he visited Australia earlier this year. I had first watched the film, Machine Gun Preacher starring Gerad Butler. I don’t really know why I went to see it because I don’t usually like violent films. Maybe it was the ‘Preacher’ part of the title that intrigued me. Maybe it was because it was being screened at a church that had me wondering why a major Hollywood feature film, starring Gerad Butler would be attracting the attention of churches. Does God really work in mysterious ways? I found the film disturbing but brilliant at the same time. Hollywood, after all, can work magic, which is why I chose to read the book and get the full facts of how Machine Gun Preacher can equal God’s work.
David Nyuol Vincent was the boy who wouldn’t die. His story of fleeing war-torn Southern Sudan with his father is captivating. It is written in a matter-of-fact way, void of any bitterness or hostility, nor seeking to emotionally manipulate. It appears to reflect the manner in which he was trained to survive as a child soldier – by not showing emotion.
Lyn Traill has courageously spoken out about her severe abuse as a child at the hands of the people she was supposed to trust to love and protect her. As is usually the case, people who have been abused suppress the memories that have changed how they see themselves. Lyn takes you through the roller coaster emotions that were her journey throughout her adult years whilst she searched for the truth behind her nightmares. Her abuse began with her mother.