The Green Earth: Poems of Creation

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Apr 1, 2002 - Poetry - 79 pages
The Green Earth is the newest offering of inspirational verse by best-selling poet Luci Shaw. Capturing the lush beauty of creation, these contemporary lyric poems rhapsodize the living things of nature and -- through them -- the profound grace of the Creator.

As these moving poems deftly convey, we can detect the fingerprints of God wherever we look. Beauty is gratuitous -- simply a gift to those with eyes to see. The idea that the Creator lavishes love on the rich diversity of his creation and has imbued human beings with the ability to appreciate his natural wonders points to a deeper aspect of God's being. Luci Shaw's poems pay close attention to the seasonal abundance of creation, tracing the blossoming of life through spring, summer, and autumn, aware all the while of the loving hand behind it all.

As Annie Dillard has elsewhere written of Shaw's theme, "We are here to abet creation and to witness it, to notice each thing so each thing gets noticed, and creation need not play to an empty house." Luci Shaw's poems convey this truth in a way that not only provides readers with fresh insights into the world around us but also turns the beauty of nature into a deeply devotional experience. The volume also includes an introduction in which Shaw discusses "the need to pay attention" to the natural world.

Bringing poetry of a high literary quality within reach of thoughtful readers, The Green Earth will open both the eyes and the mind to the grace of God that surrounds us all.

 

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Luci Shaw graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, magna cum laude and is currently a writer-in-residence and lecturer at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. She has worked as a private Greek tutor, a free-lance editor, and an English stylist for The Living Bible and The Message. Shaw has also served as vice president, president and senior editor at Harold Shaw Publishers. She presently serves as Lay Eucharistic Minister and lector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham, Washington. Her poetry has been read on national television, and she has been interviewed on The Seven Hundred Club and Prime Time America. She has appeared in several magazine cover stories (such as in Today's Christian Woman and Christianity & the Arts), and many of her writings are being collected at the Buswell Library at Wheaton College in The Luci Shaw Collection. She is the author of numerous books such as The Secret Trees (Campus Life Book of the Year) and God in the Dark (ECPA Gold Medallion Nominee). Shaw has also contributed poems and essays to many anthologies and periodicals such as Making Eden Grow (Scripture Union), Christianity Today and Reality & The Vision (Baker Book House). Her most recent poetry collections are Water Lines and The Green Earth (both Eerdmans). She is also coauthor of three books with Madeleine L'Engle, including Friends for the Journey.

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