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Finalist for Omega Competition, 2017


My memoir, Heaven Tempers the Wind, Armour Books, 2016, was one of the three books that made it to the Non-Fiction Book Section of the Finalist List.



The title, Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child is taken from Psalm 6, Verse 2.


It is quoted in literature by the protagonist, Hereward, in Charles Kingsley’s book, Hereward the Wake when he says, ‘They say heaven tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, but it tempers it, too, sometimes, to the hobbled ass.’


I am the ‘hobbled ass’ in my book because when Japanese bombs fell on Rangoon and we were evacuating, I thought that we were having an extra holiday as all schools had closed.


The book tells the story of my family when we were caught up in the traumas of World War Two, during the Japanese occupation of Burma. The story gives vivid accounts of the war, which renders us homeless, sick and starving.


Heaven Tempers the Wind concludes with the end of the war.


I commenced writing this book when I took early retirement from teaching at the turn of the century because, at the end of hostilities in 1945, few of us spoke of the past as the memories were too painful.  I think that all of us need to realise that war has long-lasting consequences, especially on children. I also felt it necessary to get it out of my system and use my memories to benefit others by exposing some of the horrors of war.


My short story Hunger an excerpt from my memoir, was shortlisted in the Redlitzer competition and selected for publication in the 2013 Redlitzer anthology.


The following year June’s Death, another excerpt from my memoir, was published in the nation-wide Grieve anthology.


My short story Love at First Sight an excerpt from book two of my memoirs, The Sides of Heaven, has been shortlisted in the Lane Cove Literary Award Competition.


Here is what my manuscript appraiser Laurie Hergenham Emeretis Professor from QUP said:


This is an interesting and symmetrical story line: the Burma setting and its forgotten war will intrigue many readers, as will the personal battles of the family against the back drop of war. There is also tension from main episode to episode which lures the reader on.



My memoir, Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child, made the final short list of the Great Aussie Book Competition of 2014.


Results of the 2017 Caleb Competition:

2017 CALEB ~ Published Non-Fiction









heaven tempers the wind cover


Heaven Tempers the Wind – Hazel Barker

Becoming Me – Jo-Anne Berthelsen

Burn My Letters: Tyranny to Refuge – Ruth Bonetti

Congratulations to the winner, Ruth Bonetti!

Delighted to see my name alongside my dear friend, Jo-Anne Berthelsen.









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Book launch of Heaven Tempers the Wind by Hazel Barker


A big thank you to the staff of Victoria Point Library for hosting my book launch of Heaven Tempers the Wind, to all my lovely friends – old and new – for attending this wonderful event and to Sarah Davies for her photos of this memorable day. Last but not least a big hug to my publisher Anne Hamilton of Armour Books for introducing me and my dear husband Colin for all his support. Without his help this book wouldn’t have eventuated.


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Review of God’s Pagentry by Anne Hamilton

God’s Pageantry: The Threshold of Guardians and the Covenant Defender by Anne Hamilton, Armour Books, 2015
God’s Pageantry is Part 3 of a series, and follows on from God’s Panoply. The book opens with examples of name covenants and goes on to elaborate on threshold covenants. There are many interesting true anecdotes of people peppered throughout the writing to illustrate the author’s points.
Anne Hamilton has read widely, and painstakingly delves into the meaning of names. To strengthen her case, she quotes from various sources, both biblical and modern. One of the examples given is the time when Christ changed Simon’s name to ‘Cephas’. In Chapter One, her mother says. ‘Is it possible that the people and places in Scripture were named after the event, not before?’ (God’s Pageantry, Page 36)
I agree with her. The name changes of Simon to Peter, of Abram to Abraham and Saul to Paul, were all made long after their birth, at a critical time in their lives.
I concur with with Anne when she writes, ‘He has plans for us which go back to before we were born, but He won’t force us to follow Him.’ (God’s Pageantry, Page 61) and also when she says that a recurring dream is God speaking directly to you about your destiny. (God’s pageantry, Page 58) I had the same experience one day at the turning point of my life.
Despite my not being in total agreement with the author, I think her final advice, ‘Ask the Holy Spirit to tell you what you’ve overlooked and to seal God’s work of redemption in you,’ is excellent counsel. (God’s Pageantry, Page 182)
Like many teachers, the author tends to repeat the lessons she taught in her previous book, God’s Panoply. It reinforces her argument, but may tend to bore the reader.
In conclusion, I suggest that the endnotes at the close of the book should also be perused as they contain useful explanations of profound theological statements.
Review by Hazel Barker


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God’s Panoply by Anne Hamilton, Even before Publishing, 2013

When I opened God’s Panoply, I thought I was about to read a heavy theological treatise, but as I continued, I found the book a refreshing read. The author presents a theory and uses biblical quotations, mathematics, literature and fables to prove her premise. She quotes from various translations of the Bible and relies heavily on the Hebrew Bible.
That green is the colour of fairy folk and magic was news to me, as I’d always considered it to represent hope when trees break into life once again. Upon consideration, however, hope does raise one’s spirits, as if by magic.
I’d heard of the manner geese migrate in formation, and can relate with the author’s comparison of that phenomenon with Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. So too, I have always marvelled at ‘the golden ratio’ and the way ‘this proportion appears everywhere in nature.’
The themes of forgiveness, armour, covenant and the power of words are woven together into a rich tapestry depicting God’s love for us, and, just as Our Lord often taught us in parables, the author teaches us through stories. Her thoughts are profound, yet laden with meaning. The language is lyrical.
E.g. A thousand years ago, a Jewish teaching of the first century emerged from its chrysalis and took full flight into Christendom.
Like a lark ascending, it fills the air with the sweet music of lifting off, lifting up, forgiveness, removal of sin, burden-bearing, helping, supporting, covenant, submission, obedience, oneness. Armour-bearing.
The theme of forgiveness rings a special note to me, and the final words of the author, So put on the armour of God. And remember to lift your face for His kiss, are particularly appealing.
I urge everyone not to be daunted by the title but to spend a few hours meditating on the mysteries revealed in God’s Panoply by Anne Hamilton.

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