Sincerely Speaking Spiritually Paperback – February 21, 2020
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"Sincerely Speaking Spiritually" is authored by worldwide acclaimed, award-winning and best-selling poet, Joseph S. Spence Sr. It talks and concentrates on the literature-based biblical form of poems to heal the pain and sadness of people. The cover brightens with its kindred spirit and fills the mind with pure tranquility. The title evokes wisdom, teaches the truths of life, and its lessons.
Dr. Spence, a renowned poet, is the author of ten books, specializes in creative writing. He pens the love for God and humanity to inspire betterment. The poems praise the Lord for his blessings. By using different sorts of poetry and prose, his experience sheds light.
It has five sections. Section One consists of Regular Spiritual Poems. He writes poems about the human belief to reassure people who feel left-outs, a promise of hope & love, and explain parent's challenges in upbringing their kids. The Visualization Poem is my favorite. It talks of national unity and God's revelation.
Section Two is Poetic Prayers. I learned about the necessity of various and customized prayer forms for loved ones. What ensues me the most is the prayer poem for those who suffer from suicidal thoughts.
Section Three is Invented Short Spiritual Poem. It accentuates us to find the new path and life - to carry out day-to-day activities, worships God for peace and livelihood. The beauty of this section is the use of quadruple senryu poetry forms. Using the Tanka Poem, he pens a splendid poem that liberates thoughts and how to rise above your hurdles.
Section Four consists of Epulaeryu Poems. He invented Epulaeryu poetry, consisting of drinks and dishes he found fascinating while traveling the world. The forms and styles are a real deal of spirituality using biblical texts as a medium.
Section Five is a glossary weaving a knit about the previous poems in depth. The weightage of the prose and poetry are real inspirations making people feel light and emancipate them to feel motivated and reconciled with hardships they experienced. The lucid narration does wonders while categorizing the sections with a clear understanding.
The explanatory notes at the end of the poems help in identifying the form and style. The Website addresses in the glossary are the plus, which is very helpful in cross-checking the references. Reading this book, I realized the lack of spirituality takes its toll not only in your mental health but also in our ability to appreciate the fundamental values of integrity, sense of justice, and love for a fellow human being. The poems deepen and develop the hope to live amid losses, an understanding of despair, and make you believe spirituality heal bitter experiences. The author's words draw the readers in, and to connect with God, self, and others.
This book will have a positive impact on its readers as it uplifts the veils due to daily routine burdens and helps discover the very purpose of life by deepening moral values and urges one to invest in the solidarity of humanity. This book left no stones upturned by discussing various aspects of life and praying to the Almighty to give strength for peace and unity. This book is full of wisdom and vibe for the soul.
Reading this book will take you through perspectives that need to be known spiritually. I highly recommend this book for readers of all age groups needing light, and something to hold on to while passing through gloomy days. This book will be the best choice to heal your wounds and soar high by spreading your wings. If you want to recognize your spiritual need, to motivate, and uplift your soul, get your hands on this one. I am sure you will get what you seek in real-time.
Review by: Yuva Ranjini at Thebookreviews
--Jenny Marlon, "A Modern Day Psalm."
Another masterpiece from Joseph S. Spence, Sr! Finally, the long wait is over. "Sincerely Speaking Spiritually" is worth the purchase because it's written by an award-winning author who really spends his prime on writing divinely, sensible poems, and prayers for Christians who yearn for our Savior. He is also a poet, speaker, a man of God, researcher, and a book reviewer - which I admire the most about him. The authoris exceptional, so you really have to read his works. Especially this one! This is the type of book you can chill with daily! Not just a collection of poems, but an album of God's promises!
--Stan Ignalaga, "Another Masterpiece from Joseph S.Spence Sr."
During the coronavirus pandemic with churches in lock-down and human contact restricted, the Word of God is much needed. It comes in the form of the book by Joseph Spence. His poetic prayers bring to my mind the writings of the Bengali mystic Rabindranath Tagore. "Spiritually Speaking" requires immense concentration and would do well in a monasteryfor monastic contemplation. Some poems are more deeply spiritual than others, and I suspect that the author practiced much meditation and prayer to compose such a magnificent work of spiritual guidance. The author's faith is enviable and makes me question where I stand. His book requires soul searching about one's faith. On top of it, we receive a course in poetic forms and literary English. A worthwhile book for one's home library or for opening prayers at Bible classes.
--HBN,"Spiritual help, especially duringcoronavirus pandemic!"
It's important to feed your soul what you put into it. The quality. The goodness. It's all-important. "Reading this book was like a balm to my soul." My mom recently passed, and I was drained in every way. "This book of poems was exactly what I needed. It'sthoughtful, inspiring, and feeds goodness to my soul." These are difficult timesin this world. I recommend feeding your soul, something that inspires it tokindness.
--Sheila English, "What Feeds The Soul."
From the Author
The manuscript was completed in 2019, with over 400 pages. I cut the pages down to 115 to reduce the cost of purchasing for readers. It took my publisher from April 9, 2019, to February 21, 2020, to release the official publication. I am happy with my accomplishments. I learned a lot about the various stages and aspects of publishing. I had previously published three books, 2004, 2006, and 2009; however, this experience was totally different. After retiring the army, working as a journalist for more than one organization, served as a co-editor for Furrow Journal at The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and studied various aspects of writing and publishing, from this experience, I embraced the realization of how little I knew about the real world and legal intricacies of publishing a book. Now the experience is under my belt. I am ready to continue the journey to the next level with a serial edition in "Spirituality!"
"The higher reality of consciousness enhances peace, love, harmony, and happiness in our hearts with actions we connectively accomplished."
- Professor, Ambassador, Dr. Joseph S. Spence Sr. USA (Epulaeryu Master)!
- Publisher : WestBow Press (February 21, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 134 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1973683911
- ISBN-13 : 978-1973683919
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.31 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,297,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The title speaks for itself and this is a book you must have in your reading library.
The underlying message involves the individual Christian himself or herself and what they can do to incorporate more of Christ's work in their daily lives. The messages are uplifting and positive and speak in terms of a Christian's purpose and living a Christian Life with values today.
A worthwhile book for one's home library or for opening prayers at Bible classes.
These are difficult times in this world. I recommend feeding your soul something that inspires it to kindness.
Written on March 12, 2020.
Captain Alice Marie Coles, United States Army.
Poems such as “My People, If We Must Die,” and “Your Omnipresent Love,” are articulated with a breath of fresh air that sparks rejuvenation of life. “Amazing Grace” is very auspicious, with historical notes and momentum that spur continued reading with determination to finish the text without stopping.
The rich interactive experience of the author’s global exposure, and ecclesiastical relationship with God, show his path of gratitude and love for humanity. The prayers offered feed the soul like a springing well of blessings. The poetic words gird the body in God’s armor to sustain fiery darts. The Epulaeryu poems created by the author, and being enjoyed by worldwide poets, are refreshing to the spirit as noted in “Saints’ Communion” and “The Best Taste.”
The comprehensive “Spiritual Poetic Forms Glossary” that follows the “Concluding Prayer” of grace, will certainly refresh one’s memory and enlighten the minds of many.
Get your copy today, keep it handy for Biblical reference and to experience the ingenuity of God’s stimulus of the mind, body and soul during your journey!
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This is his 4th book, I suppose and it is very very enlightening, insightful and informative.
It has 5 basic bifurcations wherein the first 4 parts deal with emphasis on a particular form of poetry and various poems and the 5th part is a glossary of the origin, type, format etc of all the forms of poetry.
The author has also included his self invented style of poetry, in the book.
The poems are beautiful as well as positive and uplifting.
They left me mesmerized.
Among other noble thoughts, the poetry states some basic rules to adhere to. . live and let live..be good to others..take care of yourself..
The foreword and preface are beautifully written and we'll explain what to look forward in the book.
It is basically powerful, precious, positive words and prayers weaved in the form of a poetry.