We can be friends!

with Dr Hassoun - the Grand Mufti of Syria - in Damascus
with Lina Jebeile and friends
with Father Bob Maguire
with Syed Shoaib Naqvi and the team at Binacrombi
with Dr Anne Aly
with Sheikh Jehad Ismail and freinds
with Dr Nour Kabani
with Mehmet and Ahmet - the Affinity team
with Anthony Mundine and my son, Soren
with Sheikh Mansour Leghaei

Hi Fighter,

After many years of writing, interviews, collecting photos and battling bureaucracies, the day of my book launch is almost here. It is this Saturday, November 28th, 2020.

If you’d like to join me in person at the Trinity’s Community Centre in Dulwich Hill, you’ll need to email me to see if there’s any room left. We were full, then we had a few pull out, so … email me. Unfortunately, COVID restrictions mean we have to keep numbers strictly limited, but if you can’t be with us in person, you can join the live stream. 🙂

My plan is to broadcast the entire 3-hour event on my Facebook page. You can register, if you like, via the Facebook event page, but that’s not essential. We will begin at 6.30 pm in the boxing ring with Anthony Mundine, Billy Dib, Sol Haumono and me. We’ll do a few friendly rounds and chat to camera. We’ll then retire to a more relaxed seating area, enjoy some hummus and other halal nibbles, and keep chatting.

Between 6.30 and 9.30 pm I plan to interview ten people in total, including the boxers, Dr Anne Aly (Australia’s first Muslim woman MP), Father Bob Maguire, and my oldest and dearest Muslim friend, Sheikh Mansour Leghaei. I don’t expect many of you to tune in for the entire broadcast, but I hope that you all can be there for some of it.

And I will be asking for one big favour from everybody – whether you can make it in person or via Facebook or even if you can’t connect at all on the night. Buy a book!

It’s a big ask, I know, but the request doesn’t stop there. I’m asking you to:

  • buy a copy of the book
  • from Amazon.com
  • on the evening of November 28th

The goal here is not simply to sell books. The goal is to get into the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller List for November 28, 2020. I think we need it to be November 28, U.S. time, so if you’re in Sydney, wait until we start our broadcast and you should be right.

I’ve created a special short-cut link to the book on Amazon: www.fatherdave.org/book. That link should take you straight to the correct page.

If we make it into the Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers for the day, various good things can flow from that, all of which will hopefully result in the book fulfilling its purpose and doing some good. I’m hoping that this book will have a transforming effect on many lives, and on church people in particular. Either way, your purchase could make a big difference.

So, here’s the plan:

  1. Buy a copy of “Christians and Muslims can be friends” from Amazon.com (www.fatherdave.org/book) on November 28th.
  2. Email me a copy of your receipt.
  3. I will reply and send you a link to a showbag full of digital goodies!

“What can I expect in the digital goodies basket”, I hear you say!
Well … It’s not finalised, but at this stage I’m expecting:

  • A digital (PDF) copy of “Christians and Muslims can be friends”
  • A digital copy of my first book, “Sex, the Ring and the Eucharist”
  • A recipe for hummus from LIna Jebeile (of ‘Make Hummus not Hate”)
  • A copy of Dr Anne Aly’s first speech in parliament
  • A paper from Sheikh Mansour, entitled, “Human Unity for a Sustainable Peace”
  • A physical copy of Daniel Priestley’s book, “Key Person of Influence” (courtesy of my friends at DENT, who are the team behind the publication of my book)

Expect a few more goodies to be added to the showbag too between now and dispatch time. Either way, the value of the showbag should easily exceed your cost of purchase.

And …, of course I want to offer something special to anyone who buys extra copies of the book to share with their friends at Christmas, so …

If you buy five or more copies of the book, you will receive all of the above PLUS:

  • an autographed copy of the book, mailed to you at no charge, wherever you are.

If you buy ten or more copies of the book, you get all the above PLUS:

I guess the 10+ bonus works better if you live in Australia, but if you’re on the other side of the world, I’ll extend the offer to whatever date you are able to reach us.

OK. I’m going to wind up this post today without my usual video of my latest fight and latest sermon. If you feel you’ve missed out, all recent fights and sermons are archived on my YouTube channel.

I won’t be doing the Binacrombi Bush Bash this Saturday (for obvious reasons), and I don’t think I’ll be able to do the Sunday Eucharist this week either. I’ll try to resume both next week – the first Saturday and Sunday in December. For now, all my energies are going into the book launch.

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. We are on a road that has not been well-travelled of late. Our destination though is glorious. 🙂

Your brother in the Good Fight,


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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Preparing for launch!

A night out at Darling Harbour
with Mark and Grant (the Bomber) at Binacrombi
Adventures at Binacrombi
Adventures at Binacrombi
with Riz and Maria at Binacrombi

Hi Fighter,

It’s Saturday night as I start this week’s newsletter, and it’s already been a full weekend here at Binacrombi.

I’ve been driving around the property today in our new CF MOTO buggy, and blessedly avoided some nasty accidents. I’ve got my first Binacrombi baptism happening tomorrow, and I’m excited about that. I’m also waiting expectantly for a key person to arrive – my prospective boxing opponent for tonight. Indeed, I’m already warmed up.

Outside of Binacrombi, most of my time at the moment is focused on the launch of my new book, Christians and Muslims can be friends, scheduled for November 28th. It’s only three weeks away!

  • When: November 28th, starting at 6.30 pm and going for about 3 hours.
  • Where: Holy Trinity Community Centre, 2 Herbert Street, Dulwich Hill

Due to COVID restrictions, we’re going to have to limit the number who join us in person to 50 people. Of course, it will also all be live-streamed. Even so, if you’re reading this, I’d love to have you with me.  Here’s the procedure:

  1. Email me and tell me you want to come
  2. After we’ve sorted out the staff and the people we’re interviewing on the night, the remaining tickets will go to those who have emailed me.
  3. If there are more applications than spaces, we’ll do a random draw.

What can you expect on the night?

We’ll start in the boxing ring with Anthony Mundine, Billy Dibb, Solomon Haumono and myself. We’ll do a few rounds together and chat between rounds. When we get tired of hitting each other, we’ll sit down and battle verbally.

Other guests will then appear – either in person or via video link-up or through a pre-recorded message. Hopefully, almost all of the people interviewed in the book will appear in one form or another, including Father Bob, Dr Anne Aly MP, Father Rod Bower and Sheikh Mansour Leghaei.

So what’s the goal?

The main goal of the evening will be to sell books, but not actually at the venue. We’re going to run the evening as an Amazon Top 100 campaign. The idea will be to sell enough copies of Christians and Muslims can be friends on Amazon.com such that we get the book into the Top 100 Bestseller list for the November 28, 2020.

If we can reach the top 100, a lot of benefits can flow from that, so we need to encourage everybody to buy the book (or multiple copies) from Amazon.com on that particular day. To make this happen, I’m going to offer some really great incentives:

If you buy one copy of Christians and Muslims can be friends from Amazon.com on November 28th I will send you:

  1. An electronic copy (PDF) of the book
  2. A PDF copy of my last book, “Sex, the Ring and the Eucharist”
  3. A showbag of other electronic goodies.

What goes into that showbag is yet to be finalised. I’m looking to those who helped me put the book together to contribute something that will make a great gift. I’ll let you know over the next couple of weeks as it comes together.

So … here’s the procedure:

  1. On November 28th you purchase a copy (or copies) of Christians and Muslims can be friends from Amazon.com.
  2. You email me your receipt
  3. I email you back with a download link to all the goodies. 🙂

And I’ll be coming up with some really special gifts for anybody who buys multiple copies of the book too. I’ll fill you in on those details in my next newsletter.

The bottom line here is that I’m going to need your help to get my book into the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller list for November 28th. You can help by buying at least one copy on the day. If you want to help more, you can tell all your friends about it, share the message on your social networks and encourage them to get a copy on the same day.

If we are successful and if we get into the Top 100, I believe lots of good things will flow from that. The end result will be more friendships between Christians and Muslims and more love in the world. That has to be worth a solid team effort. 🙂

The Man of Faith

I’m going to give a rest to my Preach and Punch Fest this week and share instead a video of one of the interviews featured in my book. I’ve been posting shortened versions of these video-interviews every two days on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Below is the full version of my interview with Anthony Mundine – an interview that shows that The Man is more than just an athlete. He is also a sincere man of faith.

Let me encourage you to tune in live to this coming weekend’s Preach and Punch fest.

The punching takes place every Saturday night at Binacrombi and you can catch the live feed each week streaming from the Binacrombi Facebook page. With the days getting longer, we’re generally not getting in the ring much before 8 pm now. Even so, if you’ve liked the Binacrombi page, Facebook will let you know when we go live.

The Sunday Eucharist takes place on the following day at Midday, and the broadcast often features me arguing about the Bible with the same guy I was fist-fighting the night before! It’s a proper Anglican Eucharist but you need to BYO bread and wine. We stream live via my personal Facebook page.

So I hope you’ll join me this weekend – both Saturday night and Sunday midday – for preaching and punching, and please get back to me ASAP if you’d like to attend the book launch in Dulwich Hill in person. Either way, I’ll be back at you real soon with another update.

Keep me in your prayers as I do you.

Your brother in the Good Fight,


P.S. To financially support our work, please take out a monthly membership at www.fighting-fathers.com. Even a $10/month subscription will make a difference.

About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four