I came across this gem of a book last year but discovered it too late in December to tell you all about it. If you haven’t already done your Christmas shopping this is a wonderful present for anyone who has a faith or loves poetry – or both.
The book is a collection of 25 poems and accompanying reflections on the people and events surrounding Jesus’ birth, designed to be read either each day of Advent or over the Christmas period. Each poem is written with deep imagination, literary flair, often with an unexpected twist, and always throwing new light on stories we all think we know too well. Beautifully illustrated in a contemporary, minimalist fashion, the poems are the work of Mark Greene, director of LICC (the organisation I write for occasionally).
Greene is one of those rare types: possessing a brilliant mind, hugely creative yet also deeply humble, he is a Christian brought up a Jew. No doubt his Middle Eastern heritage informed his imagination in poems such as The Trip and The Girl with the Wings of an Angel in Her Eyes.
Listing my favourites is difficult but here are a couple that I particularly like to give you as a taster:
Priced at £8 a copy, or £15 for two, they make an affordable gift, plus profits go to charity (Tearfund and Scotland Safe Refuge).
To purchase click here.
And if you enjoy it, let them know by tweeting @liccltd or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NB This is in no way shape or form a sponsored review – I wrote it purely out of the love for the book!