All posts tagged: Christian

Holy Switch Points to Tough Truth of the Gospel

“I saw the truth,” said Launceston woman Kim Grainger. She had just participated in Holy Switch, a documentary that took young people from six different observant religious families and swapped their lives for a week. Anglican Christian Kim went to stay with Hindu Aakash Tolani’s family in Sydney. The ABC series began last week and we saw a Kim enchanted by the mix of Hindu and Indian culture in her wealthy host family. I was intrigued to know how the switcheroo had impacted her, if it had rattled her faith. “At first, I was completely thrown by just how similar these faiths are on the surface,” Kim shared with me, “they identify and live by all the same Christian values that I live by, it just looked a little more glamorous!” It certainly did. Especially when contrasted with the chilly scenes of Tasmania that met Aakash as he stepped from his taxi in the dark of night to traipse to the door of a modest weatherboard home. Kim’s arrival was by boat to the family’s private jetty, …

Winner: Young Australian Christian Writer Award 2012

I want to share with you a recent and rather exciting achievement. On Thursday evening in Melbourne, my unpublished manuscript with the same title as this blog (a compilation of columns) won me the 2012 Young Australian Christian Writer award. It was a beautifully choreographed evening and prior to announcing each winner, an excerpt of the successful piece of writing was performed or spoken. Rather strange to hear your own words being enunciated from the stage by a stranger! This is what the judges said about Faith Like A Mushroom: This collection of thoughts serves as a companion on the path to Christian maturity. The writing is inquiring and philosophical, but above all practical. The writer’s voice is strong and her impressive breadth of historical and cultural engagement is put to good use. This is a book for young adults who want to make their faith more than just a set of inert beliefs locked safely away in their hearts. It calls us to understand the Christian faith as a worldview seeking action and transformation. …