Amazing Resource Adds New Dimensions to Studying the Psalms – Guest Review by Hayley

The book of Psalms is undoubtedly one of the most beloved books of the Bible.  It certainly is for me.  Still, I never truly realized the deeper meanings found throughout the Psalms. The many facets of the writing style, the structure, the imagery and many other aspects all work together to create this much deeper meaning than I would have understood at first glance.  “Discovering Hope in the Psalms” by Pam Farrel, Jean E. Jones, and Karla Dornacher, is an invaluable resource to help you discover that deeper meaning. Continue reading

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Charming and Simple – Give it a Try!

Fits of Tranquility imageDo you enjoy poetry, especially short poems with universally applicable ideas and themes? If so, I invite you to give a new book by a new author a try. ‘Fits of Tranquility’ by Robert Lampros is described as ‘a book of poetry and prose about hope, healing, perseverance, and joy, as well as faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and falling in love.’

Containing over 20 unique poems and short stories, this book ranges in topic from inspiring images of nature to thought-provoking stories filled with charming dialog and everything in between. With some portions, the intent of the author is very clear while at other times the meaning is more vague, leaving readers to bring their own perspectives to the words. A few of my favorite selections include: ‘Verdure’, ‘For What It’s Worth’, and ‘Invisible Arms’. Continue reading

Hope is a Traveler review

Hope is a TravelerIn June of 2015, a new voice in the world of heartfelt, compassionate poetry will be revealed. Her name is Susan Frybort, and her first formal poetry collection is entitled Hope is a Traveler.  Published by the small, specialized Canadian publishing company of Enrealment Press, this book contains dozens of unique and emotion-filled poems each with a heartfelt message to us, the readers. As stated by the publisher, “Susan Frybort reminds us of the glory that resides at the heart of everyday living.”

With an easy-flowing, graceful voice, the author shares her views of the world through images Continue reading

Bleeding Heart review

Bleeding Heart imageDo you enjoy being challenged and inspired by stories that are written in such a way as to evoke deep emotion, and bring new ideas to light? When stories closely reflect snapshots of life, they often speak to our hearts – especially if the emotion woven into the story reminds us of our own struggles, or disappointments, or joys. Today, one of the often-overlooked modes of storytelling is poetry, which the dictionary defines as ‘a literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm’. Doesn’t this sound like a treasure trove for readers in search of deeper meanings and messages? And yet many avid readers steer away from poetry, thinking it too difficult and abstract to understand, and perhaps too boring to be enjoyed. Certainly this was the category I fell into, until I read a book entitled Bleeding Heart, Continue reading