SONNETS FROM THE SPIRIT
Paperback / Ebook editions
B&W 126pp, Illustrated
Sonnets From the Spirit is a collection of 52 icons in poetry on major episodes from Sacred Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash, by the award-winning British theologian and poet Christopher Villiers. The themes of the sonnets are illustrated by great works of sacred art. This book is intended to provide readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind.
Praise for Sonnets From the Spirit
"The poems of Villiers continue the ancient practice of midrash, the breaking open of Scripture texts, by entering into the voices of its characters and illuminating new facets of the stories. As such they offer worthy meditations to accompany our sacred reading, inviting us to consider our own lived responses" - Christine Valters Paintner, Ph.D., online Abbess at Abbey of the Arts, Patheos contributor.
"In this series of sonnets, Villiers takes us from the birth of Eve to the Assumption of the Virgin, the Second Eve. The sonnets are like icons in poetry, each poem a meditation seeking to take us through the biblical text into the mystery of God" - Archpriest Andrew Louth, FBA, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University.
"A new voice in poetry that helps us to find fresh insights into some of the classic passages of Holy Scripture, stimulating reflection and prayer" - Reverend Paul Richardson, Assistant Bishop (ret.) of Newcastle and Reviews Editor of the Church of England Newspaper.
"Sonnets from the Spirit confirms that theology is far too important a matter to be left to academics alone. Theology needs to be proclaimed by poets as well as by professors. This has been admirably done by rising young British poet and theologian, Christopher Villiers. These 52 poems are whimsical and profound, worldly and devout. Christopher's poetry comes from a man who has a happy, genuine and abiding faith. Though relatively young in years, Christopher's writings bespeak the work of an 'old soul.' These poems call one to lift one's head from the crisp printed page and smell the stench surrounding the lowly manger, feel the rough wood of a bloody cross, see the doubt in Thomas' eyes, and behold the blinding glory of the One who sits at the Father's right hand. I plan to use these poems in the Bible classes that I teach at my church. Pray write on, Christopher! It would not at all surprise me to see your poems included in future editions of the Oxford Book of English Verse" - 5* review, Amazon