For Reflection and Response
by Donna Marie Merritt
A fresh way to experience the Bible! 290 down-to-earth poems, based on Bible passages, ranging from traditional rhyme to haiku to free verse. The applicable Bible verses are listed with each poem, and all the books of the Old and New Testaments are represented. Blank pages and wide margins provide space for the reader to creatively respond with their own thoughts, prayers, poems, sketches, and doodles.
Looking for a new approach to devotional Bible reading? Whether you’re a long-time Bible reader or just getting into it, BIBLE POEMS for Reflection and Response offers a personal and interactive way to experience the enduring stories and truths of God’s Word.
Not sure if you’re a poetry person? These engaging verses are accessible—no obscure language, no hidden meanings. They speak personally to each reader.
You don’t have to read in sequence. Jump around if you like. Read a poem every day, or twice a day, or once a week. Read the suggested Bible verses, or simply the poems—or both.
Personalize and interact with the poems and scriptures. BIBLE POEMS will become a conversation between you and God as you add your own responses, thoughts and doodles. God speaks to us through the Bible and will very likely speak to you through these poems as well!
Paperback / 232 pgs / 6 x 9″ / ISBN: 9781945099250
Release Date: 9/01/2020
Donna Marie Merritt is the author of six previous books of poetry for adults and seventeen books for children. She has written for Christian publications such as The Word Among Us, The Catholic Yearbook, Signs of the Times, The Catholic Transcript, The Catholic Leader, and Liguorian. Donna holds a certificate in Bible studies from the Archdiocese of Hartford, CT.
ADVANCE PRAISE for BIBLE POEMS:
“Donna Marie Merritt’s wonderful (wonder-full) poems represent years of sacred pondering, and reflect an open, inquisitive, faithful, loving mind and heart. This book is a steady and wise companion for those who read the Bible with real devotion and honest questions. It’s a form of ‘call and response,’ where the Bible, and God, call, and Merritt helps each of us answer.” –Connie Wanek, award-winning poet of six collections, including Consider the Lilies
“What a wonderful and inspirational book, a book which presents what is at the heart of the Bible—those lessons and stories which offer to us in our finest light or in our darkest moments the truth of what it means to struggle to be human. In Donna Marie Merritt’s new book, Bible Poems, readers will recognize themselves in shimmering condensation, will see themselves as strong and competent beings as well as humble and supplicant subjects. We ‘Lie, denounce, defy, pounce’ and we also ‘Hope, achieve, cope, believe.’ Imagine a box of precious jewels. Or perhaps string after string of luminescent pearls. These jewels, these pearls each carry within them a small glimmer of truth, of wisdom, of stern instruction, and of unconditional love. And you’ll find them in the pages of this fine book.” –John L. Stanizzi, author of many titles.including Sundowning, Chants, and Hallelujah Time!
“What a blessing this collection of poetry is, timely and insightful. Inspired by Scripture, Donna Marie Merritt weaves together lessons that are accessible and affectionate, filled with common sense and hope. A wonderful addition to your devotional library, or a perfect gift for someone who needs a word of encouragement in these challenging times.” –Judy Christie, award-winning journalist and author of more than one dozen books, including the Hurry Less, Worry Less series
“Donna Marie Merritt’s work is both thoughtful and thorough. The expansive project of distilling the books of the Bible down to a page or poem is a discipline and prayerful act that daily turns to our grace-filled God for guidance. I commend her for such an accomplishment and am delighted to take away some of the thoughtful pieces that are throughout the book to meditate on further. I like the insight that Jacob slept on stones and accepted that; and when that’s all we have, God says ‘I’m here.’ How true! When we accept our situation, God often shows up saying ‘I am here’ or ‘I have been here all along.’ I also appreciate the questions raised throughout the book, that help me evaluate, repent and respond with worship.” –Sarah Suzanne Noble, poet, author of I Cry Unto You, O Lord