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Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul [Paperback]

By Judith Valente (Editor) & Charles Reynard (Editor)
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Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 13, 2013
Publisher   Loyola Press
ISBN  0829418695  
EAN  9780829418699  

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This collection of poems for the soul, compiled by authors/poets Judith Valente and Charles Reynard, probes the classic themes of the spiritual life. The poets featured in Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul include Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Stanley Kunitz, M. S. Merwin, Charles Wright, Rainer Maria Rilke, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. These poems for the soul assure us, in moving language, that God can be found in all things, and that grace blesses even the most simple moments of our daily lives.

Publishers Description
The great poets help us look carefully and deeply at the world. When we do this, we find that God is there. This is the powerful spiritual truth that drives "Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul," an extraordinary celebration of the poet's craft that opens the attentive reader's heart to the world of the spirit. Author/compilers Judith Valente and Charles Reynard, noted poets themselves, select poems that probe the classic themes of the spiritual life. With sensitive commentary, they show how great poetry can help us recognize and respond to God.

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More About Judith Valente & Charles Reynard

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Judith Valente is an award-winning journalist, poet and essayist. She grew up in Bayonne, NJ, but Illinois has been her adopted home for many years. She is an on air correspondent for "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" on national PBS-TV, Chicago Public Radio, NPR, and WGLT in Normal IL. She is a sought-after speaker on such subjects as living a more contemplative life, discovering inner wisdom through poetry, and finding meaning in your work. She is married to Illinois Judge Charles Reynard, also a poet. The couple operates an alfalfa farm in central Illinois, where Judith is a member of the Grand Prairie Master Naturalists, a group that cares for and maintains the Illinois prairie.

Charles Reynard currently resides in the state of Illinois.

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A Gem That Is Meant to Illuminate Gems  Dec 9, 2006
This essay collection contains appreciations written with elegance and conviction about a group of fresh, often radiantly achieved, poems. They are authored by a range of (mostly) contemporary authors sharing a common reach toward the mystical. Intended to acquaint ordinary readers with spiritually refreshing poetry, "Twenty Poems," provides both a rich account of the transporting dimension of several marvelous poems; and serves as an enactment of spiritual energy itself. Authors Valente and Reynard, a married couple, are poets themselves; and there is disarming directness in the advice they offer on how to apprehend beautiful, spiritually based poetry; and how to most productively live with it afterwards - so that it lives within you. This book, meant to illuminate gems of poetry, is a gem itself.
Must Have  Dec 13, 2005
The question of what inspires us and why is a topic of endless fascination. Virtually all of us can quotes lines from a poem that has special meaning for us. Many books which purport to be inspirational suffer from being either too personal or too general. "Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul" is that rare book which is both personal and inclusive. The selected poems are inspirational, and the essays are heart warming. To their credit the authors, both of whom are poets, strictly limit the amount of their own work that is presented, and focus on inspirational poems by others. Having said that, Mr. Reynard's poem alone is reason to buy this book. Altogether, an outstanding effort that belongs on everyone's bookshelf and is a superb gift for anyone you know. Very highly recommended.

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