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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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Talk at Moreton Bay View Club

Here are some photos taken at the Redlands Sporting Club, during my talk to members of the Moreton Bay View Club in March 2018.

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Vice President Diana Wilson and I

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The beautiful banner of the Club

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Author Talk 23rd Feb 2018

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My grateful thanks to Maria from the Victoria Point Library, my MC,  Jane and all the staff from the Victoria Point library for taking such lovely photos and promoting my Author Talk.

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Author Encounter Encounter

Hazel Barker Poster

Refreshments provided.  

By the end of my talk I hope you’ll learn not to make the same mistakes as me.

See you there!

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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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‘Living Books’ Presentation at Broadbeach Library

‘Living Books’ Presentation. Before the talk.

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Book Signing at Koorong Books, Toowoomba

On Saturday 29th April, I was given a day pass from Greenslopes Hospital to do a Book Signing at Koorong Books, Toowoomba. 

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After the Book Signing, we went to the Golf Club to celebrate my 80th Birthday.

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