WELCOME TO MY BOOK PAGE. I write on the SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, the SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES, and ALIGNING WITH OUR GOD-GIVEN SPIRITUAL GIFT. As a poet, speaker and author, my books have companion workshops and retreats on offer. Let me know if you’d like to talk more about that.
Fresh insights into the five spiritual gifts as found in Ephesians 4:11 and how they apply to our life, work, and service. If your spiritual gift is PASTORAL, you will find your joy in different ways than a TEACHER. Likewise, if your God-given gift is APOSTOLIC in nature, you will be most effective in ways that differ from how a PROPHET or EVANGELIST would seek to communicate. Your gift affects almost every area of life, including how best to align your vocation with who you are and how you function.
Identify your own spiritual gift. Find out how it affects the way you communicate. How you approach problems will also be unique. And, finally, your gift speaks to the purpose
Poetry, the language of the soul, helps us find the Quiet Waters we need to slow down, hear what we need to hear in this season, and experience resolution. This book is my 11th collection of poems and the third book I published in 2022. It follows the structure of Psalm 23: beginning with allowing the Lord to lead us to what we need, followed by a section of poems that touches on the shadows of life, and ending with a deeper appreciation of how loved we really are, by a God who knows the depth of our heart.
poetry to bless the heart
there are seasons in life when poetry is the balm we need, seasons of grief, but also seasons of transition and even confusion
poetry has this way of settling our hearts and helping us connect with the deeper undercurrents of what’s going on inside us
poetry is personal and it needs to be taken seriously, because the life within us is rich, and good, and essential to who we are; poetry helps us voice those feelings that may go unnoticed, untouched without it
poetry to point the way
this book features poems that speak to the seven spiritual disciplines I write about and seek to understand more fully, even after decades spent practicing such soulful habits as Solitude, Silence and Contemplation
this is not a book of instruction or even examples or ancient teachings on these long-proven disciplines that foster and strengthen the Christian life; rather, this is a book of poems that seeks to portray what it looks like, feels like, experientially
This book is an open invitation to engage with the spiritual disciplines more intentionally.
poetry to affirm how far we’ve come
Authenticity. Personhood. Storytelling. Reconciliation. This book touches on all of it – through short reflections and poetry of the soul that helps demonstrate, process, and invite us into these places that are not always easy to go, and yet yield such fruit.
When the Fairy Tale falls apart, there is something grounding, real and resonate about poetry that seeks to give voice to this near-universal experience with love and loss, acceptance and renewal.
This book makes for a meaningful time of retreat.
poetry to sooth, embolden
I really like this thin book of poems; they are short and to the point; compelling and potentially life-changing inasmuch as they might alter one’s perspective on life, pain, and meaning.
poetry to go deeper
we are progressing, moving forward, learning not to desire what brings only headaches and disappointment, but to long for and move towards the things in life that pertain to life eternal and godliness in the best, most real and trustworthy sense
this is what I mean by the spiritual journey; we are moving, sinning less, growing in virtue, peace within and with others, closer to God, becoming more like him in whose image we are created
and it is BEAUTIFUL
this book is a reminder of how good it is; and how worth the steps we take each day, by faith–even when it’s hard, there is poetry in the journey
poetry to grow quiet
this is probably my most conceptual book, even through the title sounds pretty concrete, there is a monastic, reflective feel to these poems
monasticism by definition means a withdrawal from the hold the things of this world has on us; it involves a loosening of ties to what we cannot change or bank on; and a strengthening of our bond with God and what serves to make us holy, useful in spiritually-minded work, prayerful, even as we may feel called to go out and in humble, creative, even messy or uncomfortable ways make Christ known
poetry offers to meet us in the middle, which is often exactly where we’re at
poems to ponder, take notice
These are poems to take in hand and let speak to you in a way that might inspire you to pause, sit longer, consider what’s going on inside of you, and how might relate to what the poem is talking about.
This is a book that relies on the reader having a minute. To grow still. To read and in response, perhaps, write their own poem to capture the moment.
Write to be Read, Speak to be Heard: a communication guide to the five filters is a precursor to my latest: 5 Navigators, aligning with our God-given spiritual gift. Both books are about the spiritual gifts found in Ephesians 4:11 and how they shape the way we communicate. This book, Write to be Read, is for anyone wanting to take their professional or vocational role as writer, host, or speaker to the next level, in terms of being in greater alignment with their spiritual gift.
Teachers are the Scholars in our midst, the resident experts on their subject. Pastors are Social Connectors who love to foster community through storytelling. Evangelists are Change Agents, always on mission. Apostles are Adventurers/Guides. And Prophets are Mystics, very poetic. Each one has their OWN WAY of communicating. A great little book to have on hand if you’re wanting to go deeper with your Ideal Audience.