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What sort of courage does it take to defy fate and forge a new future? 


Gab is bright, empathic and takes life as it comes. She lives in rural Australia with her struggling mum, Gina, and little brother Jack. While finishing school opens new horizons for her friends, Gab has important responsibilities at home to think about. But as home-life reaches crisis point, Gab must choose between staying or leaving. Can she move beyond her past to build a stronger and better life than she has ever known? 

Genres: Coming-of-age, literary fiction, YA. Ages 14+

The Fault Lines Founding Liberty 

(Wipf & Stock: Resource Publications 2020) 
Available from online book retailers, as a Kindle eBook and as an Audiobook

Themes: Religious trauma, friendship, transformation, life and death, freedom. Ages 14+

With unanswered questions and hovering guilt, a young woman confronts the specters of her past through an unexpected friendship. This process is as uncomfortable as it is transformative. Will she find freedom by eliminating life's loose ends? By running away from them? Or by gathering them bravely and continuing to put one foot in front of the other, despite everything? 

"Fault Lines is an engrossing novella about an unexpected friendship between women, portrayed with sensitivity and nuance. Sarah Bacaller has crafted a moving exploration of faith and hope in the face of death." -- Elizabeth Klett, Professor of Literature, University of Houston-Clear Lake


Popular & Academic Articles, Book reviews, Translations … 

First Nations Story of the Southern Cross


Samuel Curkpatrick, Sarah Bacaller, Wanta Jampijinpa Pawu. 

The Conversation AU

Research Article: 

Kaleidoscopic Apertures: Generosity and Veracity in the philosophical theology of Stephen Curkpatrick


 Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review, 53 (1)

Book Chapter:

“Hegel and Vocation: Beyond a Sacred Secular Divide”,


In Transforming Vocation 

(Wipf & Stock, 2021)

Interview in Eureka Street

Article in: 

PIP Permaculture Magazine

Book review: 

White Women, Aboriginal Missions and Australian Settler Governments: Maternal Contradictions 

Joanna Cruickshank and Patricia Grimshaw.


 Mission Studies 39

Opinion piece:

“Heroes never escape unscathed: Bringing toxic behaviour to light”


Eternity News, June 9, 2020


Editorial Collective member (intern), Journal of Continental Philosophy, 2021–present. 

Co-editor, reo: a journal of theology and ministry, Stirling Theological College student publication (, 2017–2021. 

Conference papers:

“Interpreting theological anthropologies by reference to attachment theory: heuristic possibilities”, ANZATS Conference, June 2021.  

With Denis Daly. “Narrating and Narrated: Recasting Australian Short Stories in Audiobook Form”, The Short Story and Its Readers: Words and the World Symposium, Deakin University, Dec. 2020. 

“Anne and Sybylla as Philosophical Theologians”, University of Divinity Annual Research Conference, June 2020.

More Book reviews: 

Metanoia: a memoir of a body, born again by Anna McGahan. In: Practical Theology, Volume 16, Issue 6, Nov. 2020

Work: Writing: CV
Cirtrus Leaves
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