Book Reviews

Book Review: Climate Justice: Hope Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future

By Mary Robinson Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018   Review by Karri Munn Venn   I’m a sucker for a good story and Mary Robinson tells them in spades. Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future is a captivating collection of personal accounts compiled by the Former President of Ireland and UN Special...

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Book Review: Leaving Christianity – Changing Allegiances in Canada since 1945;

By Brian Clarke and Stuart MacDonald McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017   Review by Joe Gunn   “Canada is no longer a Christian society and its culture has become de-Christianized.” According to these two Protestant professors at the Toronto School of Theology, the collapse of the vitality of Christian religion in Canada is “very recent.” This...

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Book Review: All Our Relations – Finding the Path Forward

By Tanya Talaga House of Anansi Press, 2018   Review by Serisha Iyar   Acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga’s newest work, All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward is a product of the CBC’s Massey Lectures Series. Through this important piece, Talaga provides critical insight into the increased levels of youth suicide...

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Book Review: The Boy on the Beach

By Tima Kurdi Simon & Schuster, 2018   Review by Deborah Mebude   The Boy on the Beach is an intimate retelling of a family’s tragedy, one that woke up the world to the Syrian refugee crisis. Author and Syrian-Canadian Tima Kurdi brings to life the story of her nephew Alan Kurdi, the two-year-old boy...

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Book Review: Journeys to Justice – Who’ll Carry the Mission?

From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

Journeys to Justice includes stories and reflections offered by a variety of justice seekers these past forty years. [Gunn] reveals in his own words and through the words of others, a desperation to make our world right and holy. This is not work done in isolation but...

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Book Review: Journeys to Justice – Finding Hope in History

From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

“Dangerous memory” is how Rev. Christine Boyle characterizes the heritage of Christian social action in the ten stories in Journeys to Justice.  Hopeful, inspiring memories is the intent of Joe Gunn, according to his introductory letter to his children and the next generation.  Can they be both dangerous and inspiring?

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Book Review: Engagement Organizing

 From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

Engagement Organizing: The Old Art and New Science of Winning Campaigns

By Matt Price

On Point Press, 2017

Reviewed by Natalie Appleyard

The let’s-do-this-together organizer in me had many a great a-ha moment while reading this book. I had to stop taking notes because it was essentially turning into copyright infringement. This is an excellent...

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Book Review: Religion and Canadian Party Politics

 From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

Religion and Canadian Party Politics

By David Rayside, Jerald Sabin and Paul E.J. Thomas

UBC Press, 2017

Reviewed by Joe Gunn

Is faith still a factor in Canadians’ voting patterns, and the activity of Canadian political parties? The three academics who wrote this book were particularly focussed on the power of “moral traditionalists.”...

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Book Review: The Boat People

 From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

The Boat People 

By Sharon Bala

McClelland & Stewart, 2018

Reviewed by Deborah Mebude

The Boat People is inspired by the untold stories of hundreds of Tamil refugees who arrived on British Columbia’s coast in 2009 and 2010. It depicts the tension between the slow pace of government protocols and the urgent...

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Book Review: Maximum Canada

 From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

Maximum Canada: Why 35 Million Canadians Are Not Enough Hardcover

By Doug Saunders

Knopf Canada, 2017

Reviewed by Gloria Nafziger

I was fascinated by Doug Sunders’ recent book Maximum Canada. Like many Canadians, I support immigration to Canada, believe that multiculturalism is a good thing, and think we need new immigrants to help...

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