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“The Sides of Heaven” by Hazel Barker reviewed by Beverley Asmus

INSIGHTFUL JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY

Beautifully written in her trademark, intimate style, Hazel Barker takes the reader inside the cloistered world of those who have dedicated their lives to God. However, as interesting as this background may be for some readers, for me it was her personal struggles towards self-discovery that enthralled me the most.
The prequel to this part of Barker’s memoir, “Heaven Tempers the Wind”, shed light on what it was to be a child of war during the occupation of Burma. While everything familiar was breaking down around her once sheltered life, Barker drew strength on her unwavering faith in God for her survival, always believing in a better future to come.
Unfortunately, that better life did not arrive with the end of war. Family battles, specifically with a brutal father, had to be fought and more sibling lives lost. Although she is able to complete her education, finding friendship and possible romance, Barker feels called to offer her services to the Church. In many ways this is where her biggest life challenges begin, as important issues are raised about spirituality versus religiosity.
Barker’s honesty makes this compelling reading and leaves us wanting to read more about her incredible life journey

The Sides of Heaven is the sequel to Heaven Tempers the Wind: Story of a War Child, which was shortlisted in the Australia and New Zealand-wide CALEB Competition of 2017.

 

 

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Book Launch of ‘The Sides of Heaven’

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The Sides of Heaven by Hazel Barker

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The sequel of Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child will be out shortly.

Set in a turbulent period of history, the story continues to unfold the struggles and sufferings of mother and children until death steals another three more of them.

Join the family in their journey to faith and freedom from the land of pagodas to the world of koalas and kangaroos.

To be released within the next few weeks by Armour Books.

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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.

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

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Results of the 2017 Caleb Competition:

2017 CALEB ~ Published Non-Fiction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finalists:

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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The Sides of Heaven by Hazel Barker

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Dear Friends,

 

You have already read and enjoyed Part One of my memoir, Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child, which was published in 2016. The manuscript had been shortlisted in the Barnardo Great Aussie Book Competition of 2014, and the book was shortlisted in the Australian and New Zealand-wide CALEB Competition of 2017.

 

Now, its sequel, The Sides of Heaven has been accepted by Armour Books and will be in print by late March 2018. The story is set in Burma during a turbulent period of history. It tells of love and hate, burning passions and exquisite joy.

 

Fear holds the protagonist, Hazel, a prisoner. Hope sets her free. She longs for freedom – then dedicates her newly won-freedom to God!

 

More information of the book launch and author talks will be available next year…

 

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Carindale Library

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My Writing Journey. Talk at Carindale Library 13th October 2017

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My thanks to the Carindale Library for giving me the opportunity to speak to this lovely audience about my writing journey. Hope everyone enjoyed the presentation and learned from my mistakes.

My books: Where’s Home Mummy? A Migrant’s Story, Zeus Publications, 2004

Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child, Armour Books, 2016

Chocolate Soldier. The Story of a Conchie, Rhiza Press, 2016

 

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Book launch of “Encounters” anthology

Encounters. A collection of short stories and poetry was launched on Friday the 21st October at the Carindale library.

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Four of my short stories have been selected for publication in the anthology. They are excerpts from Book I of my memoir Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child (Armour Books) and my as yet unpublished manuscripts.

The stories are:

An Encounter with my Boss  excerpt from Book II Hope Springs Eternal – Memoir

Death excerpt from Heaven Tempers the Wind. Story of a War Child – Memoir

Milan excerpt from The Soprano Historical Fiction

The Promise of Tomorrow excerpt from Book II Hope Springs Eternal – Memoir

All profits will be donated to the Silky Oak’s family support programs at Manly West. The book is available for purchase at $16 per copy.

For more information email:  carindalewritersgroup@gmail.com

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