Archive for the ‘Biography’ Category

‘A Life of Unlearning’

March 20, 2008

‘A Life of Unlearning’

Revised Second Edition

Totally re-written with an additional 80 pages


A Life of Unlearning – A Journey to Find the Truth is Australia’s Brokeback Mountain and Ted Haggard stories rolled into one. It’s a behind the scenes look into the life of a high profile preacher who, believing being gay made him unacceptable to God and others, struggles to resolve his homosexuality and his Christian beliefs. Ultimately, this honest account is as story of resolution, the impact the author’s courage has on others and what it means to live authentically.

Human stories, like the one in these pages, play a part in advancing understanding and acceptance. It is the story of a quest to find not only self-acceptance but one of the most powerful forces in nature-human love..”

The Hon. Michael Kirby

Anthony Venn-Brown
Professional Coach – Author – Speaker

Personal Success Australia

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Seduced by Grace: contemporary spirituality, gay experience and Christian faith

November 28, 2007

Seduced by Grace‘Seduced by Grace: Contemporary spirituality, Gay experience and Christian faith’
by Michael Bernard Kelly
With a Foreword by The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG

RRP $24.95

ISBN: 9780980298321

These are the passionate despatches of a reporter from one of the most hostile – for gay men and women – regimes on earth: the Catholic church. Michael Kelly has come out but stayed in. His indictment of the church is stark but his vision of what it might become has the power to move even hardened atheists. – David Marr

Every chapter in this book is an invitation. Its thoughts and stories carry you over and over again into a deeper place where you can reflect on your own life and, indeed, universal life. At one point, its author observes ‘…religious talk is about religious talk. Life becomes a footnote.’ Life is never a footnote for Michael Kelly. His close experience of the engaging of religion with life is both challenging and inspiring. I couldn’t put this book down, not just because it relates to my own story but because it is authentic, vulnerable, yet life-giving. It does not demand that you agree, but gently and profoundly opens up the questions within a brave and faithful journey. Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon

Michael Kelly writes with great precision and poignancy of a yearning which everyone shares. A yearning for love, both physical and spiritual. A yearning for completion. In this wonderful collection of essays, Kelly seduces the reader with his insights into those fleeting moments in which we encounter the greatest mystery of all. – Dr Fiona Capp

 In these collected writings – essays, articles, letters, talks – Michael Kelly invites us into an intimate exploration of the inner wisdom and radical challenge of Christianity. In reflections that take us from the fields of Nicaragua to the ‘War on Terror’, from the joy of erotic pleasure to the challenge of rebuilding the church, Kelly gives voice to a spirituality of desire, grounded in justice and love. Michael Kelly is a freelance writer, activist, counsellor and educator, known internationally for his ministry in spirituality, sexuality and human integration.

This new book presents Michael Kelly’s collected writings and lectures, composed over a ten year period. Exploring contemplative spirituality, erotic grace, prophetic activism, gay experience, and the soulful challenges of contemporary living, this collection is a major new contribution from the author of The Erotic Contemplative lecture series.

Publisher: Clouds of Magellan

Title distributed by Bulldog Books

Publisher: Gordon Thompson – 0423 625 760 –

BOOK REVIEW Deep spirituality underlies gay Catholic’s activism
Terry Monagle
Seduced by GraceMichael Bernard Kelly undergoes the personal struggle to reconcile his own deep faith with being proudly gay. He then takes up the fight for acceptance of gays in the Catholic Church.
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700 days in El Salvador

November 6, 2006

700 Days in El Salvador

Michele Gierck

Non-Fiction Writer

 700 Days in El Salvador is Michele’s first book, published by Coretext in May 2006. This memoir is written with earthiness and humour. It is a personal journey: through life and death, love, longing and belonging and the shattering of innocence. In describing the author’s involvement in El Salvador during the 1980s and 90s, it is an insider’s account of political struggle, war and its aftermath. The book does not focus on the bombs and massacres but rather the personal human stories about the way people respond to war, their fear, resilience and hope. It also questions just how much we will put on the line for those we love and when it’s time to walk away.

Michele is a Melbourne based freelance writer whose feature articles have been published regularly in Eureka Street magazine since 2001 and also appear in the daily newspapers The Courier Mail (Brisbane), The Age (Melbourne) and The Australian (throughout Australia). She is an experienced public speaker who is booked regularly in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Eureke Street review

Beyond the Boundary

November 6, 2006

Beyond the Boundary

Beyond the Boundary

a memoir exploring ethics, politics and spirituality by Noel Preston

This tapestry of personal story and social analysis is a candid self-disclosure of a quest for ethical clarity and creative political alternatives, integrated with a credible spirituality forged amid recurring personal crises involving divorce, cancer and depression. Noel Preston is an ethicist who has pursued a varied career in the roles of academic, minister of religion, social justice advocate, media commentator and political adviser. He writes from a vantage of challenging social boundaries of Queensland society through the sixties, the controversial Bjelke-Peterson years and the aftermath of the Fitzgerald Inquiry.

… a unique, deeply personal, scholarly insight into the significant events of a fascinating era and (the author’s) own growth as these events unfolded. (Tony Fitzgerald AC, QC)

… (its) profound engagement with questions of life, death and spirituality, both personal and in the wider world, invite a fascinating parallel journey for the reader. (Rev Dorothy McRae-McMahon)

… a combination of an honest and humble account of a life well lived, warts and all, a political history of turbulent times in Queensland and a spiritual journey, moving from preacher, to activist, to academic and ethicist, to a believer in and practitioner of “eco-spirituality”. (Di McGrath-Fingleton, Magistrate)

… an Australian story of social responsibility … seen and experienced from a talented insider who, thankfully, never got lucky enough to win the confidence of any political party. (Dr John Uhr, ANU)

… Noel Preston has been a champion for the underdog. This memoir is a testament to this. (Jackie Huggins AM, Aboriginal author).

Launch Speech Governor Quentin Byrce

Zeus Publications

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