Wonderful journey into the potential and power of poetry. I will be the first to admit that I did not get poetry until I read this book. I now understand poetry as a way to transport you to another world, to travel the world without leaving to go anywhere. This book has so many poems that you would think you had enough poetry for a lifetime. Each poem takes you to another world filled with mystery in which what is left out is just as important as what is there. My two favorites are Thank You, which is a poem for soldiers or veterans who are serving or have served their country. This one almost brought tears of thankfulness, both for the poem being written and for the joy of serving my country. My second was Capri for this is the first poem that actually brought to me what poetry is meant to be – a vehicle of imagination and dreams, to transport you to another part of the planet filled with God’s beauty. Cannot wait to go there. Finally, there are many poems that speak of forgiveness and sorrow, and seeking heaven. All the poems are infused with a subtle love of God and neighbor and family, and also what happens when you betray those high ideals of God, family, and your neighbors for selfish reasons. I recommend this book as a wonderful journey into the potential and power of poetry. Hopefully, it will kindle your love of this fine art form that thanks to this book, I am now beginning to appreciate.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the devotional book Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply by the Anglican curate, the Reverend Andrew Highway of the Diocese of Llandaff, The Church in Wales. Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply is a collection of straightforward prayers from the heart that are intended to help readers have a conversation with God in a simple and honest manner, about all the things that can occur throughout daily life. These prayers address how we feel, what we see, our experiences, fears and worries; hopes, joys, and aspirations. The book is divided into four sections, with prayers about Ordinary Things, When Seeking God, Through the Year, and In the World. Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply is available worldwide from Amazon, directly through the publishers Hope and Life Press, and at other major booksellers.
– Welcome collection of short prayers in a frightfully busy world. These succinct and incisive prayers help counter the pressures of modern life, intrusive technology, and widespread commercialism. Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply guides us back to a still, listening, loving God – The Reverend Dr. Mark Dimond, Bishop’s Chaplain, The Church in Wales.
– Human, heartfelt, concise, simple, tender prayers clearly rooted in the God of love who is in Christ. At the end of our day, the only thing that matters is prayer. It is clear in Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply that prayer matters to the Reverend Andrew Highway – The Right Reverend David Wilbourne, Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Llandaff, The Church in Wales.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Reverend Andrew Highway is an Anglican assistant curate with the Church in Wales. He grew up in the market town of Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire on the edge of the Cotswolds and is the son of a Baptist minister. Highway’s early experience of both traditional and charismatic Baptist worship provided him with basic spiritual formation, but in 2005 he started exploring a more catholic spirituality, leading to a deeper appreciation of the sacraments and the rhythm of daily prayer. After finding his spiritual home to date in the Anglican Church, Highway studied at Saint Michael’s Theological College, United Kingdom, and was ordained by the Archbishop of Wales at Llandaff Cathedral in 2012. During preparation for ordination, Highway felt particularly drawn to the intersection of Anglo Catholic and Celtic spiritualities, whereas his vocational formation was influenced by the liturgy, architecture and values of the Oxford Movement.
As a non-stipendiary minister, Highway works as a Town Center Development Manager with Caerphilly County Borough Council and has enjoyed a varied career, including 10 years as a police officer with the South Wales Police, before moving into local government for a career in place management. Highway has developed an effective Unique Places model of town center management and created the Choose the High Street brand that encourages people to support their local high streets. In his vocational capacity, Highway presently serves in parish ministry with the Diocese of Llandaff in the deanery of Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly.
Marie Ann Dean hits a home run with this wonderful book. It immediately draws you into the action. Despite having a very busy job with long hours, I found that this book kept me reading late into the night. I enjoyed reading Ms. Dean’s previous work, but I found this volume more to my liking. Ms. Dean excels at the use of imagery and you genuinely care about the various characters. Most of the characters from this book were found in Ms. Dean’s first book; however, you don’t have to read these books in order to enjoy The Beast. The influence of Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World is clear, but I think this story is unique. The Beast and Anti-Christ are similar to, but not exactly the same as, Monsignor Benson’s. The ending is explosive and amazing.
The story is very plausible and is rooted in a clear understanding of Catholic doctrine, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and knowledge of current events. The use of symbolism such as the compass and the emerald from The Jeweler’s Polish is masterfully executed. I especially liked the story about the Chinese (People’s Liberation Army) deserters. If there would be another sequel or spin off, I would like to read more about these PLA characters. (From Dalian to Calgary with Christ…) I think the ending was better than Monsignor Benson’s version of end times. If I had any criticism of this book is that I wish it was longer! This book could also use a better cover. Maybe when it is reprinted it will come with a different cover and illustrations. It is a very fast read and will keep you up at night, thinking and praying. This book would make an awesome graphic novel or Anime-type film. In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 14 and up. There is violence (obviously) with this book, but it is not graphic. I generally wind up sharing my favorite books with my friends…this one will travel far.
Hope and Life Press (HLP) is pleased to welcome on board the Mexican-American public school educator, artist, and Catholic author Jonas A. Pérez of Texas, with his newest book titled Triptych de Sanctae Familiae. The book presents a first person narrative from each member of the Holy Family, written in both prose and metrical poetry. Ideal for the younger generation, Triptych de Sanctae Familiae is set to be released by HLP later this year in paperback and ebook editions, in both the English and Spanish languages.
Jonas Pérez was born and raised in the beautiful and dry Rio Grande Valley on the United States/Mexico border. He has experienced first hand many contemporary immigration issues and hopes to take such struggles and give them life in ink. Pérez was raised in the Pentecostal church, where he learned to accept spirituality and passion in worship, yet he left in his younger years after having been attracted by the reverence and zeal manifested in the Southern Baptist church. A staunch Protestant for many years, bent on curing the world of the ‘blasphemy’ of the Catholic Church, Pérez engaged with regularity in open-air preaching at predominantly Mexican crowds to escape and be saved. After much pain, death, birth, and regrowth, Pérez found himself stumbling at long last into the Catholic Church that he had persecuted and which accepted him in its fold with open arms. Perez met his wife in North Texas, dancing salsa, and the dancing was as smooth as his decision to convert to the Catholic faith. He had been praying for a sign to join the Church and it approached him with curly, poignant red hair. Now at home in the Catholic Church, he feels like a wandering ghost who is finally at rest.
Pérez has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas Pan-American (now Texas RGV). An ardent fan of Shakespeare, he fell in love with traditional poetry and after reading through what he deemed the Western Literary Canon, he felt ready to write. Pérez is the author of Finibus, an epic poem about a priest who is damned and witnesses Armageddon. He has also written the Spanish language version of the poem in alexandrines. The poetry of Pérez is considered a redemptive attempt to salvage the irrevocable beauty of the genre, an aspect he feels has been lost. His goal is to write poetry that is didactic, metrical, clear, and inspiring; the epitome of language. An aspiring musician, Pérez will be releasing an EP in November of contemporary Marian music. He seeks to best serve all, in particular the Hispanic community, by giving them words in both English and Spanish.