Great Australian Bush Priest Stories

Cover Art for 9780733330544, Great Australian Bush Priest Stories by Bill Marsh
ISBN: 9780733330544
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published: 1 October, 2014
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Links Australian Libraries (Trove)
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Hilariously irreverent tales as well as reflections on what it means to have faith - these are true stories of life in remote and regional Australia, from master storyteller Bill 'Swampy' Marsh. 'Even the termBible bashing took on new meaning in our household ... Mum used to suffer from bunions; that is until she started bashing them with the heavy family Bible, believing the Lord's weight behind the Lord's word could move anything from mountains to bunions.' Like the flying doctors, teachers, and the CWA, bush priests play an important part in the lives of people in remote and regional Australia. Often from the city, they are posted to places they have never even heard of to provide spiritual care for communities over areas larger than they could ever imagine. No matter their religion, they are all committed to helping people in the bush - whatever way they can! They shear sheep, put up fences, travel hundreds of kilometres to visit their parishioners, act as counsellors, set up schools and programs, and advocate for Aboriginal and asylum seeker rights. Bill 'Swampy' Marsh has travelled Australia from Whyalla to Groote Eylandt gathering first-hand these memories and yarns to bring together this wonderful collection of seventy stories that so perfectly capture life in the bush. From hilariously irreverent tales of misadventure to reflections on what it means to have faith, these stories serve as a reminder that wherever in this country we may live, and whatever our beliefs may be, a helping hand and sympathetic ear are never far away. 'On one trip, this bloke and I, we were sitting there. The stars were coming up. It was getting a bit chilly, but we were just talking about life on the station. And this bloke was holding some seeds in his hand and he was telling me how one of those seeds, with just a little bit of moisture, will spiral into the hard soil and when it does, it starts to grow. Then given enough love and care, it will produce. And that's the joy of creation, isn't it? As simple as that.' Bill 'Swampy' Marsh is an award-winning writer and performer of stories, songs and plays. He spent most of his youth in rural south-western NSW and now lives in Adelaide. This is his thirteenth book.


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