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What I’m Reading This Week

I decided to step out my comfort zone and read….poetry!

William Carlos Williams wrote: “It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” Restore your spirit and infuse your soul with light as you explore these rich, redemptive poems. Award-winning poet, author and speaker Marla Alupoaicei inspires readers in a deeply moving and life-transforming journey of love, loss, redemption, and faith. Her collection “How the Light Gets In” centers around a lyric drawn from the song “Anthem” sung by Leonard Cohen: “There’s a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.” Alupoaicei says, “A great poem not only informs the reader’s experience; it transforms it. My goal is to offer fresh ideas, surprising truths and compelling images to help my readers grow in some way, to flourish, to reflect on themselves as a part of God’s greater work of redemption in the world, and to learn to see the world and themselves in a radiant new light. As Jesus taught, we are called to be the light of the world.” As a contemporary American poet as well as a follower of Christ, Alupoaicei is one of only a handful of Christian writers successfully publishing in the secular market. She has won a variety of national poetry competitions, including the 2006 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Competition, the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition, the Writer’s Digest Poetry Competition, and more. Marla’s poetry has been published in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. She also has published several nonfiction books that are currently available on Amazon, including Prayer Warrior Mom, Generation Hex (coauthored with author Dillon Burroughs), and Your Intercultural Marriage. Fans of the work of poets such as Louise Gluck, Mary Oliver, Brenda Hillman, Carolyn Forche, Jorie Graham, and Marianne Boruch will enjoy “How the Light Gets In.” Marla’s influences in the contemporary Christian market include Ann Voskamp, Lysa TerKeurst, Sarah Young, Mary DeMuth, Sarah Mae, Beth Moore, Craig Groeschel, Mark Batterson, Francis and Lisa Chan, and more. “How the Light Gets In” explores the relationship between the human and the divine. It uses beautiful descriptive language and careful attention to imagery in order to illustrate the truth that we are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Enjoy reading this book on your Kindle, courtesy of Amazon Books and the author!

How many of you enjoy poetry?

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