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Putting Life Together

Putting Life Together: Findings from Australian Youth Spirituality Research, by Philip Hughes

ISBN: 978-1-875138-07-4

How do young people between the ages of 13 and 24 put life together? What do they value in life? What parts does religion and spirituality play? Based on interviews and surveys over four years, this book provides a detailed and well-founded picture of Australian young people.

The book examines the influences of families, schools and churches on the lives of young people and describes how they can best help young people to enjoy positive and responsible relationships with themselves, close others, the wider society, the natural environment and with God.  It suggests ways of pointing young people to the spiritual dimension of life, respecting their frameworks for seeing the world, but also doing justice to the counter-cultural nature of the Christian faith.

This volume by Philip Hughes is a must for educators, youth workers and church leaders. Hughes’ meticulous research has probed the way Generation Y views the world and the relationships with self, society and nature. Probing even deeper, this research uncovers a dimension of the spiritual in all these relationships, a dimension that is not tradition but provocative, a dimension that is likely to transform society in the future. – Dr Norman Habel, Professorial Fellow, Flinders University.

This book is essential reading for all professionals involved in the education and care of youth. What makes it so valuable is that it not only reports significant research findings, it interprets the complexity of cultural influences on young people’s spiritual and moral development. Hughes has developed a most informative and helpful perspective on the spirituality of young people. – Graham Rossiter, Professor of Moral and Religious Education, Australian Catholic University.

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Australia’s Religious Communities 3rd Edition Cd-rom

Australia’s Religious Communities (3rd Edition)

Just fully revised, including data from 2009 and 2010.

This superb encyclopaedia of Australian religion contains detailed materials on the history, beliefs and practices, and organisation on each of the major religious groups in Australia. It also contains detailed up-to-date statistics, biographies of significant people, references and pop-up glossaries.  Videos show worship in most of these groups.

Less detailed materials are available for every small religious group. In all, this CD-Rom covers about 174 religious groups in Australia.

The CD also contains extensive materials about other aspects of religion. It looks at the history of religion of religion in Australia overall, religious dialogue, immigration, ethics and the impact of religion on values.

The CD has extensive hperlinks to allow students to follow themes as well as an internal fast search-engine.

It is full of colour photos and graphic elements.

It runs in a web-browser and functions on PCs, Mac and Linux computers. Site licences are available from the CRA for schools, libraries and wherever multiple copies are needed.

Price: $30.00

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Spirit Matters

Spirit Matters: How Making Sense of Life Affects Wellbeing, By Peter Kaldor, Philip Hughes and Alan Black

ISBN: 978-0980-827-507

Spirit Matters describes the various religious, spiritual and secular ways Australians approach life. It examines the consequences for personal and social wellbeing of these various approaches. The book argues that how we choose to live DOES make a difference to our experiences of life and our contributions to the wider society.

Prof. Ross Langmead (Whitley College and Secretary to the Australian Association for Mission Studies) writes:

‘Peter Kaldor, Philip Hughes and Alan Black have written a beautifully clear and accessible book on how Australians make sense of life, whether through types of Christian faith, other religions, alternative spiritualities or secular approaches. Based on the Wellbeing and Security Survey in 2002, it is full of fascinating data showing that how people nourish their spirit really does matter.  Along the way, the brief summaries of the background debates on topics such as secularisation, spirituality and well-being are gems of brevity and clarity.  An essential book for understanding Australian spirituality.’

Price: $35.00

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Shaping Australia’s Spirituality

A Review of Christian Ministry in the Australian Context, by Philip Hughes with assistance from Stephen Reid and Claire Pickering

ISBN: 978-0-980827-514

This book draws on a wide range of recent research to provide a picture of religious faith in the Australian context. In the light of this picture, the book reviews currend forms of Christian ministry – amongst children, families, youth, in the workplace and community, as well as in the churches.

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