Scoop Review of Books

Archive for August, 2013

Charting destiny

Destiny: The Life and Times of a Self-Made Apostle by Peter Lineham (Penguin, $38)
Reviewed by Judith Nathan

Destiny-001 Massey University’s Peter Lineham was the obvious choice to write a book about the Destiny church. Often sought as a media commentator on religious topics including Destiny Church, Associate Professor Lineham has had a long career as a historian of religion in New Zealand. With an impressive list of publications, he is well qualified to analyse Destiny in a wider social and religious context, and he has done so very competently.

In the publicity surrounding the release of this book, much has been made of the high degree of access the author had to the Tamakis and members of their church, despite Lineham being openly gay. Lineham himself was surprised. Moreover, Brian Tamaki has been quite complimentary about most of the book’s content, though it is no hagiography.
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Black or white?

The White Princess by Phillippa Gregory (Simon & Schuster, $45)
Reviewed by Judith Nathan

ElizYork001 A generation ago, many New Zealanders learned more about the Tudors in senior high-school history classes than they did about famous Kiwis. We’ve also watched many a movie and TV series about Queen Elizabeth I, her father King Henry VIII and his six wives. But how much popular attention has been paid to his father Henry VII? (Well, outside Wales, where a statute of Henry VII in Hay on Wye is proudly labelled “the first Welsh King of England”.)

Phillippa Gregory’s latest novel depicts Henry VII’s reign entirely from his wife Elizabeth’s point of view. Princess Elizabeth of York (1466-1503) was the eldest daughter of King Edward IV and the niece of King Richard III, whose grave was discovered recently under an English carpark. In 1485, at age 19, she married Henry Tudor after he defeated her uncle in the Battle of Bosworth and seized the crown. The marriage was intended to strengthen his family’s claim to the throne and to unite the country.
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