This glowing new collection of verse by Helen Steiner Rice captures all of the eloquence and compassionate spirit of the poet herself, carrying the reader along into the deepest recesses of the authors unquenchable faith.
I found this while going through my GrandMother's belongings after her death. I'm not a huge fan of poetry and I'm definitely not a huge fan of "preachy" religious materials.
This isn't preachy. I knew before starting it that the poems are about God, etc. but I didn't feel preached to once.
I do have to say, and please keep in mind I know next to nothing about poetry, that the poems, for the most part, seemed very juvenile. They seemed the type a young person would write on a whim. Short, always rhyming, etc. That's not to say they're bad - that's actually the only sort of poem I actually like. But it does need to be mentioned IMO.
Another thing is that a lot of the poems are lumped together by subject. I didn't notice this right away so I'm not sure if it's like that the entire time and I didn't notice or if it started later on. A few poems in order will be about Heaven or daily giving, or forgiveness. But because of the type of poem (i.e., almost 'childish') this felt very redundant. A lot of the same words were used when a little bit of vocab switching would have really helped.
One more thing that very much bothered me - the capitol letters. Many words were in all caps and I don't mean 'God' or 'He'. I mean like this, 'DAILY LIVING', 'FORGIVE YOUR NEIGHBOR' or 'JUST LIKE HIM'. That's useless IMO and it took away from the poems very much in my case. I saw no, absolutely no, reason for it whatsoever.
But in the end, it's a decent collection of poems if you like this sort of poetry. I don't know which edition I have because I see no ISBN. It's a padded hardback and it came in a gold case. I'll be keeping it to possibly reread at some point and share with my daughter as she gets older.