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Lifelines: Wrestling the Word, Gathering up the Grace

Lifelines: Wrestling the Word, Gathering up the Grace
This collection of poems emerged from the traumatic experience of the poet, Carla A Grosch-Miller, in losing her brother violently. Following this, her father died quickly while her mother's death was protracted.
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ISBN/EAN: 9781786222343
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Publisher: Canterbury Press
Author: Carla A. Grosch-Miller
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After the deaths of her brother, father and mother, the poet and writer Carla Grosch Miller felt that her world and faith had fallen apart. Numbed by grief and lacking any answers, she swapped going to church for going for long walks where, despite feeling like she was walking away from a way of life, she discovered that the Holy had no intention of leaving her. Lifelines is the fruit of what followed. These searingly honest yet hopeful poems reflect on the mystery at the heart of Christian faith: a seed falls into the earth and dies in order for new life to rise up. But as these poems reflect, the journey through death to resurrection can be arduous and cannot be hurried. This collection of poems emerged from the traumatic experience of the poet, Carla A Grosch-Miller, in losing her brother violently. Following this, her father died quickly while her mother's death was protracted. As a priest, she pulled back from ministry, but resisted the temptation to leave the Church. She took to writing poems as a lifeline, and through this realised that God had no intention of leaving her. Her compassion gradually returned as she cared for her dying mother, and full recovery emerged over several years. Writing these poems helped her to handle and express her trauma. She found that at the heart of her experience was the mystery at the heart of Christian faith; that a seed falls into the earth and dies in order for new life to rise up. This book is in two parts: Part 1 is titled Wrestling the Word, and presents a collection of poems under the seasons of the Christian year, while Part 2 is titled Gathering up Grace. Poems here are under headings of The Geography of Grief, On the Road, New Psalms and Prayers, and the Way of St Cuthbert. The book is in 130pp and includes a Scripture index.
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