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CAPTAINS OF THE SOUL by Michael Gladwin declared 2015 Australian Christian Book of the Year The award was announced and prize presented during the this year's SparkLit Celebration Supper on Thursday evening 13 August in Melbourne. CAPTAINS OF...


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CAPTAINS OF THE SOUL by Michael Gladwin declared 2015 Australian Christian Book of the Year

The award was announced and prize presented during the this year's SparkLit Celebration Supper on Thursday evening 13 August in Melbourne.

CAPTAINS OF THE SOUL won out of a shortlist of nine books announced in July. In a sceptical age Christians have to contend for their faith with creativity, rigour and courage. This year's award drew strong entries from accomplished writers. Many are leaders in their professions and fields of endeavour.

The judges found CAPTAINS OF THE SOUL to be "a history of national importance and an insight into the Australian character. While increasingly unfashionable in some spheres of society, chaplains continue to be valued in proportion to the proximity of battle."

"In the crucible of battle, soldiers are reduced in extremis to the bedrock concerns of life and death," says Gladwin.

The winning author is lecturer in history for the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University at St Mark's National Theological Centre, Canberra.

Gladwin studied and worked in the United States and England before returning to Canberra to join the faculty at St Mark's.

Gladwin writes extensively on the history of Christianity and its interaction with empires ranging from the Roman to the British, and the place of Christianity in Australian history, literature and popular culture.

Known affectionately as 'Padres', chaplains have been integral to the Australian Army for a century. Notable army chaplains include the legendary William 'Fighting Mac' McKenzie, whose friendships with diggers in the trenches of Gallipoli and France made him a national figure in 1918, and Harold Wardale-Greenwood, who died caring for the sick while a POW on the brutal Sandakan 'death march' in July 1945.

In CAPTAINS OF THE SOUL Gladwin assesses the contribution of Australian Army Chaplains in conflicts and peacekeeping missions, in barracks and among service families.

The letters and journals of both chaplains and soldiers animate this account of the work of chaplains in every theatre of war involving Australian troops. It surveys their changing role and experience from the Great War of 1914-18 to the recent conflict in Afghanistan.

Gladwin does not flinch from portraying chaplains who behaved disgracefully nor from facing up to the problem of fatalism among Australian troops. However, acts of heroism and selfless devotion by 'the soldier without a gun' abound. When surrounded by conflict, chaos and suffering, chaplains represent an alternative reality.

The Australian Christian Book of the Year Award is given annually to an original book written by an Australian citizen. This award recognises and encourages excellence in Australian Christian writing. The Australian Christian Book of the Year Award is administered by SparkLit (formerly the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Australia and the Australian Christian Literature Society). SparkLit encourages and empowers Christian writers and publishers around the world.

- SparkLit.org.

Known affectionately as 'Padres', chaplains have been integral to the Australian Army for a century.From the legendary William 'Fighting Mac' McKenzie, whose friendships with diggers in the trenches of Gallipoli and France made him a national figure in 1918, to Harold Wardale-Greenwood, who died caring for the sick while a POW on the brutal ...
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 422704
  • Product Code 9781922132529
  • ISBN 1922132527
  • EAN 9781922132529
  • Pages 412
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Big Sky Publishing
  • Publication Date Feb 2014
  • Sales Rank 28056
  • Dimensions 232 x 155 x 27mm
  • Weight 0.902kg

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