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Book review: Our mob, God's story

Book review: Our mob, God's story

Book review: Our mob, God's story

8 September 2017

Max Conlon's Birth of Jesus, one of the stunning artworks included in Our Mob, God's Story.

By Rachel Morris

Once you open the pages of Our Mob, God’s Story, you will be captivated. 

The coffee-table book is a unique gift from Australia’s Aboriginal people to the wider Church, celebrating our nation’s First Peoples in conjunction with the Bible Society’s 200th year in the country.

The book contains 115 paintings by more than 67 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the continent.

As you turn each page, you are greeted with two narratives, one from the Bible, painted in glorious colour using the artist’s traditional methods of storytelling; and the other a brief description of the artist themselves, their peoples, life and how the Scriptures have transformed them.

This offering to God and the Church is not to be taken lightly, being the first of its kind.

A testament that the Word of God is truly for all people and cross cultures, Our Mob, God’s Story will allow you to experience the Bible in a new, refreshing way, and challenge your perceptions of spirituality and culture.

As we move forward together as the Church, it is imperative we acknowledge the resilience, suffering, beauty and history of Aboriginal Australians.

Perhaps, more than anything else, this book is an invitation for the Church to come together as one, recognising that healing will only occur when we accept that our Aboriginal brothers and sisters have much to teach us about Creator God and how he has been present on this land, in relationship with people, long before our ancestors arrived.

Our Mob, God’s Story is an essential for every Australian Christian’s home, and is available from Koorong for $49.99.

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