Section Archive: Review

Bright Shining: how grace changes everything

In her new book Bright Shining: how grace changes everything, Australian author and broadcaster Julia Baird explores that most mysterious but necessary of human qualities: grace. Reviewed by Tracey Edstein.

Posted on: February 13, 2024

The man who knew too much

A memoir by Irish author Fintan O’Toole, We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958, was reviewed by Tracey Edstein for this edition of The Good Oil.

Posted on: August 15, 2023

Film review: Freedom Is Beautiful

Freedom Is Beautiful follows the journey of two extraordinary Kurdish refugees, Farhad Bandesh and Mostafa (Moz) Azimitabar, who fled persecution in Iran and arrived in Australia seeking asylum in 2013.

Posted on: June 17, 2023

BOOK REVIEW: A love letter from God

In his new book, The Law of Love: Modern Language for Ancient Wisdom, Father Richard Leonard SJ makes a positive contribution in addressing the tension between Christian liberty and obedience.

Posted on: November 15, 2022

Film review: The Quiet Girl

The Quiet Girl is the story of Cait, a neglected girl who is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with relatives in rural Ireland for the summer.

Posted on: September 19, 2022

BOOK REVIEW: A new perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic

A new book by Father Gerald Arbuckle SM, ‘The Pandemic and the People of God: Cultural Impacts and Pastoral Responses’, is reviewed for ‘The Good Oil’ by Meg Kahler SGS.

Posted on: April 19, 2022

REVIEW: 'King of Pigs' raises questions and concerns

A disturbing new play ‘King of Pigs’ rapidly intercuts the stories of three different women who become snared in physically violent relationships that ultimately land in the criminal justice system.

Posted on: March 14, 2022

Team of mavericks upends an establishment of privilege and tradition

‘Blind Ambition’ is the story of four Zimbabwean refugees who conquer the odds to become South Africa’s top sommeliers. Peter Confeggi reviews this uplifting documentary about hope, courage and determination.

Posted on: February 11, 2022

BOOK REVIEW: You had me at frosted teacakes

A new book by Ann Rennie asks you to pause and ponder. It’s a miscellany of musings, ranging from the serious to the whimsical and the spiritual to the serendipitous.

Posted on: November 17, 2021

Book review: The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

‘The Dance of the Dissident Daughter’ shows a way forward for those whose faith is strong but who find the version of Christianity on offer critically lacking, writes Tracey Edstein.

Posted on: September 15, 2021

The Grizzlies is a survivors’ tale of youth and hope

A new Canadian film goes beyond the sports genre in a compelling human drama that takes the viewer into the issues of identity affecting indigenous communities worldwide, writes Dan McAloon. 

Posted on: March 17, 2021

Sing a new song: The Book of Longings

This new novel by Sue Monk Kidd is an inspiring story set in the 1st Century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, reviewed by Tracey Edstein.

Posted on: February 19, 2021