A Sneaking Suspicion

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This is a book about things that matter - things like life, death, relationships, sex, suffering, meaning and God.

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A Sneaking Suspicion is a book about things that matter - things like life, death, relationships, sex, suffering, meaning and God - things that are important but which we don't often talk about.

John Dickson writes:
'For me, what began as a sneaking suspicion has blown into a huge reality. Like most Aussies, I had a hunch there was something more to life than beer and footie. I also had a hunch that the 'something more' could be found by looking into Jesus. When I decided to go with my hunch, I discovered more than I ever bargained for.'

This book has been developed into a course to run with teenagers. Click on this link for more information: Your Sneaking Suspicions? Leader's Manual.

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  • Part 1: Some Sneaking Suspicions
  • 1. The Sex Factor: Is sex more like a Porsche than a Datsun?
  • 2. The Beauty Myth: Have I got 'the look' or has it got me?
  • 3. Rated R: Whatever happened to right and wrong?
  • 4. The Surprise of my Life: Pursuing the hunch
  • Part 2: Some Nagging Doubts
  • 5. Science vs God: But didn't science get rid of God?
  • 6. Bible Myths: How can I handle the Bible?
  • 7. The Riddle of Suffering: Where is God when it hurts?
  • 8. God's Elephant: What about other Religions?
  • 9. Too Good for God: Won't God accept me if I'm good enough?
  • Part 3: The Guts of it All
  • 10. The Death Factor: After the grave, then what?
  • 11. The Life Factor: The Expert on death can tell you about life
  • 12. The Crook and the Christ: From pain to paradise
  • 13. The Dark Side of Forgiveness: When God gets serious
  • 14. More than a hunch: Our suspicions confirmed
  • Part 4: Where to from here
  • 15. Where to from here?

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Age range: 14 - 18
Author John Dickson
ISBN 9781876326906
Format Paperback
First published January 2004
Dimensions 153mm x 218mm x 12mm
Language English
Pages 128
Publisher Matthias Media
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“An extremely patronising book from a thoroughly sexist author.”

John Dickson is the epitomical example of male entitlement. This book he wrote is not only extremely sexist but completely skews ideas about modern Christianity. Under the premise of offering a fresh perspective on religion, Dickson instead writes a shallow description of a world based on heteronormative and misogynistic assumptions about women. He states women are the sole perpetrators of their own oppression, and that it is not the media or men who make women insecure but their own shallow and hyper-critical nature. The fact that this man has the audacity to write a book advising women in itself proves what is an extremely paternalistic and patronising attitude towards women Dickson holds. This book should not be allowed near children because it is truly and thoroughly rubbish.

Hi Tay,

We're sorry to hear that you didn't like this book. I was unable to identify precisely where John Dickson "states women are the sole perpetrators of their own oppression". But I did notice that in chapter 2, he identifies two factors driving the unhealthy "beauty myth"—first, the fashion and media industries, and second, that we've all been tricked into "thinking small", ie: not living with God's kingdom as our driving aim. I think the succinctly sums up almost every person's problem, whatever our gender!

I would agree that—almost 25 years since it was first published—A Sneaking Suspicion appears a little dated in places in the way that it talks about culture, men and women. However, we believe that the Bible truths which are at the heart of the book remain relevant, and will continue to remain relevant—for which we can be grateful.

Thanks for commenting,

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