"Songs of the Spirit" is a compilation of poetry that chronicles the personal experiences and spiritual growth of author, Lee Ann Mardel, over a span of twenty-five years. Originally intended as a private journal, her pieces have evolved into a book, addressing the joys, struggles and concerns common in everyday life. From the author's thoughts on family to her words about her relationship with God, the reader will find each piece steeped in passion and meaning. Through a simplistic and straightforward style of writing, the author takes the reader with her on a spiritual journey. In the end these poems remind us that good can be found in the worst situations if you look for it, God uses everything to the betterment of His divine plan, He is working to have a personal relationship with you even when you aren't... He is ever-present and always faithful. Marriage, motherhood, divorce, the deaths of loved ones, work outside the home and the search for fulfillment are just some of the experiences, which Lee Ann Mardel shares with the common woman. All of her positive and less-than-positive situations and relationships have been invaluable teachers in her understanding of life's true treasures. While marking off the years, Lee Ann spent countless hours seeking to fill the void in her life, struggling to find greater meaning and purpose. Without realizing the direction God was moving her, she discovered that the sum total of her life had given her insight into what she maintains was her missing piece. In fact, that missing piece was an understanding of the meaning of life. She found it in the development of a personal relationship with God and in the understanding of His unwavering love. Withthat awareness she also found a sense of contentment and release.