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Sunday Rhymes & Reasons: Inspirational poems for pastors, leaders and other imperfect saints Paperback – June 4, 2009
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Greg Asimakoupoulos has been called America's pastor/poet laureate. His timely reflections on issues of faith and culture are celebrated by the clergy and laity alike. Greg is the senior pastor of Mercer Island Covenant Church in suburban Seattle and a freelance writer. His poetry is found at www.partialobserver.com.
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"...Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." -Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer, recording artist and performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." -Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter, Nashville, TN
"Many readers cannot read poetry. To see the value of thoughts expressed in words some will demand an intriguing story to reach the conclusion. Others will miss the point of the message until a rhyme is spoken or heard as a song with a stimulating rhythm. But many others will respond to published poetry even if not schooled in biblical verse. With Sunday Rhymes and Reasons, Pastor Greg Asimakoupoulos offers another from his gifted treasury of inspirations. This little book is perfectly suited to everyone seeking the persuasion of rationality in sacred thoughts. This one is a winner!" -Edward Nixon, brother of the former President
"Weaving together biblical themes, contemporary events, and personal reflections, Greg Asimakoupoulos, creates a tapestry of poems that speak to the heart and warm the soul. More than that, preachers and teachers will likely share the poems in this little volume in the course of their ministry." -Alec Hill, President InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA
"Greg Asimakoupoulos is a careful observer of life, with a keen eye for ironies and uncommon connections. His poems not only delight with their wordplay, they help you understand the events you've experienced."
-Marshall Shelley, Vice President, Christianity Today International
"Greg's creative perspective on faith and life is a welcome treat enjoyed by scores of pastors and churches. My family and I have been personally touched by his poetry, pastoral care, and friendship. An apt word is Greg's forte; a timely apt word is his gift." -Dr. Gary B. Walter, President, The Evangelical Covenant Church
"It takes a poet to find a rhyme in our daily news and a reason for our daily experience. Greg Asimakoupoulos has this God-given gift. His verses are always relevant, often funny, and never without the prompting of spiritual meaning." -Dr. David L. McKenna, author and past president
of Asbury Theological Seminary
"For several years Greg has inspired members of The Presidential Prayer Team with his fresh, faith-based poems and prayers. He's gifted in bringing clarity and perspective, while revealing blind spots and helping Christians navigate rough spots on their journey."-Meagan Gillan, web editor, Presidential Prayer Team
"The awesome Rev's deep well of poetry reveals a man who is engaged with life each day at home and around the globe. Hooray for his artful way of conveying the things that matter most to God!" -Timothy R. Botts, Senior Art Director Tyndale House Publishers
"My friend Greg Asimakoupoulos is a respected poet from the District I represent in Washington State. His inspirational verse has encouraged me during my years on Capitol Hill. In fact, I have a framed poem by Pastor Greg that hangs in my office in Washington, D.C." -The Honorable Dave Reichert, U.S. Congressman 8th District
"Greg Asimakoupoulos has a unique insight for every occasion. No one I know captures the moment better! I find myself both quoting him and being inspired by him through my own fresh insights. You too will find him so helpful." -Dr. John A. Huffman, Jr., Senior Pastor, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, CA
"You don't have to be an avid reader of poetry to enjoy and benefit from Greg Asimakoupoulos' new book of poems. It contains many prayer prompts for small groups, and illustrations for teaching or communication pieces." -Phil Miglioratti, Director, the National Pastors' Prayer Network
"Pastor Greg is our mission's unofficial poet laureate. He captures the emotions of needing, getting and giving a wheelchair that melts the hearts of our supporters. His poetic gift is making this world a better place." -Dr. Don Schoendorfer, President and Founder, Free Wheelchair Mission
"It's Saturday night - you're the shepherd of the flock and your sermon is perfect--almost! Well, fear not - Pastor/Poet Greg has creatively prepared the icing on the cake for you and your congregation to enjoy."
-Peggie C. Bohanon, editor of [...]
"Poetry is so much more than cadence and rhyme. It is the elegant (and sometimes playful) expression of ideas that compels us to stop and think, to wonder and reflect. Greg Asimakoupoulos' poetry gives voice to what we have felt and known, but could not articulate." -Rev. Jim Lyon, national radio host of ViewPoint
"Like the shifting shades and silhouettes of clouds that parade across God's celestial palette, my friend Greg's poetic expressions conform to the message His Creator has placed on his heart at the moment." -George Toles, President, The Toles Company
"Sunday Rhymes & Reasons is an uplifting collection sure to inspire, delight, and humor. Written from the perspective of a pastor, it captures our most precious church memories while addressing the issues of our day. A stirring book that is sure to strengthen your faith!"
-Shelly Esser, Editor, Just Between Us Magazine
"Sunday Rhymes and Reasons links faith and life together in a heartfelt and meaningful way. Greg uses his special gift of poetry to touch my emotions in ways no other poet does." -Al Lopus, President, Best Christian Workplaces Institute
"This book will introduce you to a unique ministry -- one that combines rhyme and reason in the service of faith. I wouldn't be surprised if it inspires the Almighty to re-write the Ten Commandments in rhyming couplets." -Dave Ross, CBS radio network commentator
"Sunday Rhymes and Reasons gives us permission to feel things we have crammed deep into our souls. The author's love for God is central and his heart of inclusion draws us in to be so ourselves. I found His thoughts enlarging to my thinking, forcing me once again to delight in the fact that God's great love is for all, without exception." -Gail MacDonald, author and conference speaker
"I don't know how he does it; but Pastor Greg really is gifted. He has an amazing way to use of poetry and prose to comment on news and current affairs, bring a chuckle, share a tear, and lead in prayer. Listeners send me more requests for his poetry than anything else I read on the air. The second request is how to spell his last name!" -Roger Basick, Senior Producer/Announcer, Moody Radio