Poems - St. Francis

I’ve been on a poetry kick recently, so I thought it would be fun to comb our archives for poems by and about saints…

Here are the poems that I found:

*** Also, Recommended Stories of the Saints

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Vachel Lindsay
(1879-1931)

Would I might wake St. Francis in you all,
Brother of birds and trees, God’s Troubadour,
Blinded with weeping for the sad and poor;
Our wealth undone, all strict Franciscan men,
Come, let us chant the canticle again
Of mother earth and the enduring sun.
God make each soul the lonely leper’s slave;
God make us saints, and brave.

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Michelle DeRusha

Faithful and Courageous Lives

A Review of

50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from the Heroines of Faith

Michelle DeRusha

Paperback: Baker Books, 2014
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Reviewed by Tiffany Malloy

 

Take out a piece of paper and a pencil. Quickly jot down all of the Christian women you’ve learned about over the years in your community of faith. Next to each name, write a couple words describing what they are known for. How many did you come up with?

 

I came up with 9.

 

Thankfully Michelle DeRusha did us all a favor and put some great research and writing into her newest book, 50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from the Heroines of the Faith. 357 pages of research are filled with brief biographies of 50 courageous, faithful women from all walks of life who have a few things in common: loving the Lord passionately, sensitivity to His voice and obediently walking the path before them.

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Tomorrow is All Saints Day, the day when the Church remembers the faithful ones who have gone before us.

To help you get acquainted with the saints, we recommend the following books.  We’ve tried to emphasize collections that feature the stories of a wide range of saints, as a reminder that we are all saints, and not just the super-heroes of faith (the Francises, the Mother Teresas, etc).

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Butler’s Lives of the Saints: Concise Edition, Revised and Updated

*** For a limited time, this paperback edition is available for $6.98

A decent FREE ebook edition of the original work is available from Project Gutenberg. Note that navigating this massive work on your e-reader might be a challenge…

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Anne Marie MillerBeauty and Redemption in Brokenness

A Feature Review of

Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community

Anne Marie Miller

Paperback: Thomas Nelson, 2014
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Reviewed by Sarah Winfrey
 
At its most basic, Anne Marie Miller’s Lean On Me is a book about friendship. It’s about making friends and keeping them, about accepting the places in ourselves that need to be friended and learning to make connections that go beyond passing the time of day. On a deeper level, though, Lean On Me is about the significant ways other people can help us, hold us, lead us, and change us, and its about learning to let them do that.
 
Our culture focuses on independence, where being strong looks most like taking care of yourself and handling yourself without needing to rely on other people. Even in the Church, people who request a lot of support are considered “needy” and we are trained to be wary of how much energy we offer them. And heaven forbid we become one of them, seemingly unable to function normally without the help of others.

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Tania Runyan

This is a new weekly feature where we highlight 3 poems from a recent collection of poetry.

If you struggle to read poetry, I recommend checking out this little essay I wrote on why poetry is important.

“Like a rich and carefully crafted dessert, one must savor a poem in order to enjoy it fully—its images, its context, its sounds. A good poem is hospitable, inviting us to sit for awhile and enter into a conversation. Poetry, however, does not come naturally for us in our times; it is a discipline to which we must commit ourselves.”

This week’s collection of poems is:

Second Sky: Poems

Tania Runyan

Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2013
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Poem #1: Approach with Boldness




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Angela Doll CarlsonA Journey of Beauty and Poetry

A Review of

Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in An Ancient Tradition

Angela Doll Carlson

Paperback: Ancient Faith Publishing, 2014
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Reviewed by Amy Gentile
 
When I first heard about Angela Doll Carlson’s book, I was drawn to it immediately: Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition. Everything about that resonated with me. Like the author, I too am a convert to Orthodoxy and, despite having been a convert for four and a half years now, “nearly Orthodox” feels like an apt description of the reality I inhabit. On some deep level, I know that I am Orthodox, and I am working on trying to gain an Orthodox phronema (mindset), but I also recognize that I have been very heavily shaped by my past religious traditions and experiences, and that sometimes that makes me feel a little bit on the outside edge of Orthodoxy. It was refreshing to hear my story echoed in these pages, but I was also enriched by the places where our stories differed, and the ways in which her Catholic (as opposed to my Protestant) upbringing uniquely shaped each of our journeys. I am pleased to read Carlson’s journey and for the perspective it gives me on my own—and I think this would be true for anybody whose faith has morphed and been continually renewed through the years, not just for Orthodox converts.
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Michael HarrisPreserving Absence

A Reflection on this new book and what it means for Christians:

The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in A World Of Constant Connection

Michael Harris

Hardback: Current, 2014
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Reflection by Michael J. Bowling

[ Watch brief video intro to the book ]

 

We are flooded with presence! Twitter, Facebook, unlimited texting, smart phones, WIFI and a host of mobile devices put us in constant touch with nearly everyone on the planet. Maybe, this is a bit of an exaggeration today, but not so much in the near future. Some would respond, “What’s wrong with that?” After all, don’t we value presence? We want open and useful communication with others. Being present is at the core of Christian faith, right?

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When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
-Joseph Campbell
who died on this date, 1987

 
Poem of the Day:
“For the Triumph of the Arts”
By Ezra Pound

 
Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
The Last Holiday: A Memoir
by Gil Scott-Heron
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by Denise Frame-Harlan


 
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The Wake Up Call – October 30, 2014

Disquiet TimeThis delightful book hit bookstores last week…
You should definitely check it out!
 

Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels

Cathleen Falsani and Jennifer Grant, Eds.

Hardback: Jericho Books, 2014
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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…)

New Book Releases > > > >
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Forward Together: A Moral Message for the Nation

by Dr. William Barber

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