Simple Graces: Poems for Meditation and Prayer  -     Edited By: Matthew Kessler, Gretchen L. Schwenker
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Simple Graces: Poems for Meditation and Prayer

Liguori Publications / 2008 / Hardcover

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For centuries, poems have been written describing God's simple graces.Some of the most prolific and well-known poets of the past 150 years are included in this compilation and continue the tradition of using poems for prayer, meditation, and loving God.The selected poems in this body of work are divided into themes common to all human experiences, including love, forgiveness, commitment, faith, and hope. The chapters are shaped to give the reader a chance to hear the deep stirring of their hearts put into words, and this can be done on an individual basis or as lectio divina, or group prayer, when a verse is read aloud to the group.Some of the poets included in the book are Anna Akhmatova, Emily Dickinson, Robert Hayden, and Naomi Shihab Nye writing about God's love, nature, hope, faith, and heaven. Wendell Berry writes of peace and salvation, and Patrick Kavanagh of love and forgiveness.Poetry is a way of expressing extraordinary thought in a simple fashion; these poems express intense emotions of love, thankfulness, wonder, and peace. Throughout the years, simple graces have inspired poets to write and readers to reflect on God's beauty and love that is all around us.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Liguori Publications
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0764817558
ISBN-13: 9780764817557
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 01/24/15.

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Publisher's Description

For centuries, poems have been written describing God's simple graces. Saint Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of the Redemptorist Order, was a great poet who conveyed God's love through meaningful and poignant verse.

The selected poems in this body of work are divided into themes common to all human experiences, including love, forgiveness, commitment, faith, and hope. The chapters are shaped to give the reader a chance to hear the deep stirring of their hearts put into words, and this can be done on an individual basis or as lectio divina, or group prayer, when a verse is read aloud to the group.

Some of the poets included: Wendell Berry, Anna Akhmatova, Emily Dickinson, Robert Hayden, Naomi Shihab Nye, Maya Angelou, T.S. Eliot, and Patrick Kavanagh.

Author Bio

Gretchen L. Schwenker is a writer and editor from Princeton, New Jersey, who has worked across a broad spectrum of subjects, including medicine, the arts, literature, and spirituality. The use of poetry for meditation is a particular interest. After spending some years studying in Ireland and the United Kingdom, she was granted a doctorate in English literature from the University of Stirling, Scotland. She served as a coeditor on The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats: Autobiographies. Father Kessler, President/Publisher of Liguori Publications, was born in Wichita, Kansas, and graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in physics before beginning studies for the Catholic priesthood. He was granted a master of divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union and ordained in 1991. He served as a parish priest and mission preacher for ten years, largely among the Latino community, before his 2001 appointment as managing editor of Liguori's Spanish imprint, Libros Liguori. In 2006, Fr. Kessler became President/Publisher of Liguori Publications where he continues the ministry of sharing the Good News of our plentiful redemption. Robert Morneau is the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Bishop Morneau is a regular columnist in the Green Bay Catholic Diocese newspaper, The Compass, lectures widely, and frequent Retreat Master nationwide.

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