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Reading God's Handwriting: Poems

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Reading God's Handwriting: Poems

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READING GOD'S HANDWRITING: POEMS

By Philip Kolin (Kauffman Publishing, 2012)

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Philip Kolin's Reading God's Handwriting: Poems is a book of action, not of superheroes swooping down on comic book pages to save the day, but of a real God purposefully scribing his truth through scripture, nature, and our lives. In turn, God's handwriting or, as Kolin portrays it, "God's hand, writing," calls us to action through lectio divina, the vigorous spiritual ritual of communing with the living word by reading, contemplating, and acting on the sacred words of scripture.

To Kolin, "Be still and know that I am God" is a call to energetic contemplation. In each section the insightful, accessible poems spur kneeling and doing. In Oremus (the invitation to prayer), "the calligraphy/Of creation and apocalypse [is] both/Light and wounds/The one in the other when/The Word enters in silence.... adjectives/Seeking the only noun that counts. …

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