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Our Mob, God’s Story won the 2017 Australian Christian Book of the Year award. Three print runs of the book have sold out, with copies going to many countries. The book will shortly go into its fourth printing.


Judges’ comments:  Sixty-six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the city and the bush tell the story of the wonderful things God has done for their people. They paint in a dazzling variety of styles and write with uncommon wisdom and generosity. These artists share their vision of Jesus in order to bring us together as brothers and sisters. This inspiring book demonstrates what the recent census recorded: that Christian faith is more evident and alive in indigenous communities than in the dominant settler society. It is time for quiet appreciation and deep listening. Beautiful, confident and irresistible.

To view the award presentation, go to https://youtu.be/Z6QjzSR5lV8

Judges’ comments and award presentation on youtube courtesy of sparklit.org


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omgs-coverThe long-awaited Our Mob, God’s Story is scheduled for publication in March 2017. It can be pre-ordered at this link: https://www.bibleshop.org.au/ourmob.html

Our Mob, God’s Story is an art book with a difference, with more than 115 works in an exciting variety of styles and stories by over 65 established and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. They share their faith in paintings inspired by Bible verses and stories, from Creation to the Crucifixion. With a foreword by distinguished Aboriginal artist and educator Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann, Our Mob, God’s Story is an important contribution to Australian art.

This publication has been funded by a generous donor and all proceeds will go towards publication of Scripture in mother tongues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups. Celebrating the bicentenary of Bible Society in Australia, it is a powerful and beautiful witness to God’s love for the traditional custodians of this ancient continent which we now call Australia, and to the talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.


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Bible society lockup_CMYKOur Mob – God’s Story is steadily progressing towards its publication in Reconciliation Week 2017, as part of the bicentenary of the Bible Society, Australia’s oldest private society, which is working to provide Scriptures to Aboriginal peoples in their heart languages.  Proceeds from this book will go to translation projects.  One hundred paintings illustrating Bible stories from both Old and New Testaments, including two by Yvonne Edwards, have been selected from over 300 submissions, and will soon be photographed for inclusion.  Artist photos and bios are being compiled and the work is being carried forward by indefatigable Louise Sherman of the Remote and Indigenous Ministries section of the Society.  It will be a truly memorable book for Aboriginal people and an important addition to the wider coverage of Australian art.

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