This book is a true joy to read! Christopher’s poetry is deeply moving and dynamic. Yet the lines resemble swift brush strokes on an impressionist painting, they are actually full of profound meanings and symbols that aim directly at readers’ imagination and spiritual perception.
With his poetic thought, Christopher brings himself close to the tradition of William Blake’s visionary poetry. This book is a true joy to read.
Stagnaro gives a loving and logical response to the tragedy of abortion. Dealing with 119 myths invoked in its support, from complex arguments rooted in medicine, ethics and jurisprudence to sheer urban legend, he decisively refutes the ‘pro-choice’ manifesto. Substantial medical research is drawn upon, proving the beginning of human life at conception and the medical risks of abortion to the mother as well as the child detailed convincingly. The terrible phenomenon of sex-selective abortion, in which so many female babies are disposed of with chilling demographic effects, receives merited observation as does the grisly reality of what actually goes in abortion clinics. The author is not afraid to tackle sensitive cases, such as the small minority of abortions in which children have been conceived through rape and incest, aiming at genuine compassion for all concerned.
No quarter is given to moral and logical fallacies, which are often dealt with, with a tough New York wit (my favourite example being his response to the myth “You are against abortion because you cannot get pregnant: Those who support abortion have already been born,” p. 49). The advocacy of artificial contraception as an alternative to abortion is shown to have no bearing in reality, the example of New York City among other areas being shown. What is needed is a Christian humanism, in which human life from conception to death is regarded as a sacred and inviolable gift to be embraced. Stagnaro also notes the dangers of genetically engineered ‘designer babies,’ with those who do not make the grade being dispensable. He understands that many of the arguments for abortion can and have been used to defend infanticide and many other horrors that even most pro-choice people would wish to avoid. Those who wish to fight for an authentic culture of life have a sword and shield in this book.
Christopher Villiers, Catholic theologian and poet.
A deeper journey. I have found Christopher’s poetry so moving, it takes one on a deeper journey. His ability to dig deep into our human condition is unnerving. I feel his poetry physically, his description of wanting or anxiety clenches my stomach, causes my heart to yearn. He is a talent that deserves your time.
Highly recommend. Touching and beautiful volume of poetry. The poems are personal and easily speak to one’s heart and experiences. Really enjoyed the volume (read it over two days) and already looking forward to Christopher’s next one.
A wonderful collection with a rich variety of subject matter. The poems on love lost and/or betrayed come straight from the heart, while the humorous verses show a mastery of subtle wordplay. Villiers is a poet with a soul, a conscience, and a distinctive poetic voice. Highly recommend.
Award-winning British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers will be presenting excerpts from his latest poetry book Petals of Visionin London on June 13, 2017. Entrance is free and all are welcome. Petals of Visionis available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, directly from the publishers and from the usual outlets.
Here are a couple of photographs of the British Catholic poet, Christopher Villiers, during his book reading from Petals of Visionat Once Upon a Mic held in London, England last week. The video below provides an excerpt from Villiers’ performance.
Above are a few photographs of British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers during a reading and signing of his new book Petals of Vision at Barnstaple Library, Devon, England this past weekend. In the video below you can watch Villiers reading the poem The Road to Spring during the event.
Our British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers (right) will be giving a public reading from his newly released book Petals of Vision at Barnstaple Library, Devon, England on January 28. Entrance is free and all are welcome. Signed copies of the paperback edition of the book will be available.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the poetry book titled Petals of Vision by award-winning British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers. Petals of Vision is an anthology of 72 poems and sonnets in which the vicissitudes of human love are addressed through lyrics and flawless rhymes that fill the soul with love, sorrow, hope, joy, humility, depth, and even laughter. Presented through a world characterized by versatility and surrounded by symbolism, sincere images, and heartfelt thoughts, this new collection gives readers of classic poetry a great opportunity to revel once again, as its contents imprint on the memory for a lifetime. Petals of Vision is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, the publishers Hope and Life Press, and major booksellers.
Villiers’s lyrics fill the soul with love, humility and depth . . . a superb writer who reinvigorates personalized memories or a similar ambiance drawn from the verses depicted in subtle implications that embody hope, sympathize with sorrow along with exuberance and triumphs . . . genuinely a poet who takes life to the fullest. Readers will revel in Villiers’s Petals of Vision that will imprint in the memory, plus relish each stance while absorbing every phrase until the end – Hadel S. Ma’ayeh, Huffington Post Passionista and author of From the Heart: A Journey of Love.
Villiers’s new collection Petals of Vision offers deeply felt poetry in a wide variety of forms and covering subjects. Here are sonnets that chart the highs and lows of human love, short lyrics inspired by nature, and also some delightful ‘nonsense poems’ voiced for different animals – for example, the excellent and satiric Parliament of Owls. There are many moving little touches and poems that are, in his words “Petals of grace” that “Spread blessing/Unseen by the wider world” – Reverend Malcolm Guite, Ph.D., Chaplain and Supervisor, Girton College, Cambridge University.
In this wonderful second collection of poems, Villiers again sings “the universe into … rhyme” and weaves nature with religious allusion in suggested tales of love’s loss and gain. Here are deft and lucid vignettes, sturdy poems of yearning, new found resolve, and — on occasion — humor too – Gerard Loughlin, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Religion, Durham University.
About the Author
Christopher Villiers is a British theologian and freelance writer who has written about religious matters for a wide variety of publications, both academic and popular. He holds the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theology from Durham University, United Kingdom, with a specialization in the history of Christian doctrine. His postgraduate thesis addressed the Divine impassibility in the theology of Saint Cyril of Alexandria, with reference to modern theological debates on divine impassibility deriving from biblical, historical and philosophical scholarship.
Villiers is a practicing Catholic with an interest in ecumenism, particularly in relation to the Eastern Orthodox churches. He writes on a regular basis for the ecumenical theological journal Sobornost. Villiers is the author of Sonnets From the Spirit (2015), a book of illustrated biblical poetry for Lent. He is also the winner of the 2008 Jean Cowling Prize in Theology and the first prizewinner of the 2015 Sonnets for Shakespeare Poetry Award.