Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:
(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)
Although poetry is not easy read in our age of lightning-fast communications and instant gratification, it is an important way of learning to slow down and pay attention to the beauty and the brokenness of the world around us.
We all would do well to infuse our lives with more poetry!
(Including collections by Christian Wiman, Mary Oliver, Tania Runyan, and MORE)
If you struggle to read poetry, I recommend checking out this little essay I wrote on why poetry is important.
This week’s collection of poems is:
Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2013
Buy now: [ Amazon ]
“The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.”
-GWF Hegel, born this date, 1770
Poem of the Day:
“Blessed are the Merciful”
Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
On the Road with the Archangel:
A Novel by Frederick Buechner
I read this beautiful poem at our church service at Englewood yesterday.
(Indianapolis folks: We will be hosting an event with Tania Runyan on this Thursday evening, May 22. You won’t want to miss it!)
Amish schoolhouse shooting, Nickel Mines, PA
I didn’t trust their forgiveness.
Before the blood cooled on the schoolhouse floor
they held the killer’s widow in their arms,
raised money for his children,
lined his grave site with a row of patient horses.
Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.
We’ve asked a number of noted writers to pick the classics that they often return to, and we will be running these lists as a weekly feature on our website through 2013.
Tania Runyan is the author of Second Sky (forthcoming from Antler in 2014), A Thousand Vessels (WordFarm), Simple Weight (FutureCycle Press) and Delicious Air (Finishing Line Press), which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Her poems have appeared in many publications, including Poetry, Image, Mid-American Review, Atlanta Review, Indiana Review, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Christian Century, Willow Springs, Nimrod, and the anthology In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare. Tania was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2011. She tutors high school students and edits for Every Day Poems and Relief.
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“Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.” – Michel de Montaigne, born on this day in 1533
“We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” – Novelist, Henry James, who died on this day in 1916
*** Books by Henry James
Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!
The Spiritual Discipline of Earnestness.
A Feature Review of
Paperback: WordFarm, 2011.
Buy now: [ WordFarm ]
Reviewed by Emma Stencil
Tania Runyan demonstrates her abilities as an accomplished poet in a study of certain key women of the Bible. The result is A Thousand Vessels, a beautiful collection of verse. This collection is divided into sections, one for each Biblical figure that Runyan explores through intensely personal verse. With grace and perception, the poet develops the emotions of these women, breathing life into characters whose depths are only hinted at in the thin paper pages of the Bible. An obscuring veil is gently lifted and we, as readers, are privileged to glimpse the inner monologue of long-revered heroines, imagining with Runyan their triumphs and heartaches. Runyan at once honors and reinvents the singular experiences of these few women of the Bible, specially chosen as “vessels” and figured prominently in God’s plan for the world.