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Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul Paperback – November 1, 2005
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I haven't read a whole lot of poetry in my life, but I ran across this book on the internet and realized that I was acquainted with one of the authors some thirty years ago. Well, I had to buy it, and found it full of thoughts and feelings that soared straight into my soul.
I have to be honest. Much of the book addresses the kind of sorrow and loss that most of us would rather not dwell upon. While it was painful to read about some of these experiences, it also led me beyond catharsis to a fuller experience of similar moments in my life. Coupled with the authors' gratitude for all things, this poetry can lead to authentic joy.
Both my wife and I found the selected poems and the commentary meaningful and inciteful. We have shared feelings very similar to those of these married authors.
I really appreciated authors Charles Reynard and Judith Valente's cosmic and Eucharistic perspective on life -- given from a layperson's perspective. This is so refreshing, and we need much more of it.
Valente's Pulitzer Prize-nominated writing makes the book sail along as if on a breeze.
Ultimately, Valente and Reynard use poetry to explore some really fundamental and universal questions with simple and concrete imagery. It reminds us that life is a sacrament; everyday life with all of its joys and sorrows, order and messiness, sacredness and profanity. All of it, ALL OF IT is pregnant with God.
Given that reality, as Reynard says, "How can I keep from singing?"
- Shawn Perry
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purchased as a gift - he loves it! and I know I will when I have the chance to spend some quality time with it!Published 23 months ago by bev newton