Abiding Hope And Love

Abiding Hope And Love

by Connie Arnold



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ISBN-13: 9781604742329
Publisher: Publish America
Publication date: 02/11/2008
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.26(d)

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ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
The times in which we live present us with daunting challenges at every turn: increased crime, a souring economy, the looming specters of job loss, foreclosure, and repossession - no matter which form they take, the difficulties that surround us only seem to get worse every day. In light of such adversity, finding the silver linings to the omnipresent clouds of despair can be quite an arduous task. So, when a poetic collection such as Abiding Hope & Love comes along - whether you're a poetry lover or not - you will serve yourself well to embrace the jewels of light and wisdom contained therein. Skillfully penned by Connie Arnold, Abiding Hope & Love presents the reader with a host of different of topics, ranging from nature to children to music to the Bible, but all centered on the healing, inspiring effects that hope lends to any difficult circumstance. In so doing, Arnold provides the reader with a spiritual blueprint for introducing healing into his/her own life through the simple act of shifting focus from the negative to the positive. Consider, for example, this passage from "Signs of Hope": "If life seems to overwhelm you Till you feel you cannot cope, Just stop and look around you, Discover the signs of hope. No matter what circumstances May occur in your life's course, Your heart will be filled with peace When God is your hope's source." and this passage from "Stars": "God exists or else he doesn't, There is no in between, And with faith we can accept Even what cannot be seen. God's love beams much brighter Than the strongest star we see, To give hope and safe guidance To lost souls like you and me." In both pieces, Arnold presents the reader with compelling reasons for acknowledging the various sources of hope available to them, no matter how insignificant they may seem. Arnold also effectively displays the benefits of selfless giving, the very practice of which contributes greatly to elevating one's personal mood and state of mind. For example, this passage from "When You Give Love": "When you give love, you give peace of mind And comfort another to whom you are kind. When love is what you freely are giving, What you receive makes life more worth living." and this passage from "The Gift of Love": "Love is more a matter Of the heart than of the mind, It's giving of yourself, Being thoughtful and also kind. It brings a special lightness And brightens up each day, And makes life more worth living When you give love away." perfectly highlight all the advantages of selfless giving that await us all - if we only have the courage required to make the sacrifice. Abiding Hope & Love is a well-crafted, thoroughly insightful volume sure to inspire even the gloomiest of souls. Uplifting and encouraging, the various pieces that compose the collection are consummately comforting and reassuring, displayed most saliently in the eponymous title poem that leads off the book: "When the winds of fear and hatred Rage and roar along their course, Through prayer their strength is weakened, As faith subdues their force. There's a safe, secure retreat, A place down deep inside, The center of life's storms, Where hope and love abide." Wendy Paulson Apex Reviews
Guest More than 1 year ago
Connie Arnold's new book Abiding Hope and Love will be a keepsake just as her first one was Beautiful Moments of Joy and Peace. Connie has a way of putting her gentle thoughts together creating a special purpose in her poetry that delights the soul of the reader in all aspects. From categories Hope Love Children Music to The Bible and to Nature each section is filled with her heartfelt feelings from the hope of what a tiny raindrop can do when combined with a multitude of drops as it falls to water the earth, to the language of love. Encouragement is a poem in the children's section and shows the love and encouragement one needs to give the children. Her language of music expressed in poetry shows her love for it and the need for it in our lives. My favorite section is on the Bible and the ode to Creation. Nature winds the book up with many good ones including Artistic Creation, the Wind and the Stars. This book will be one you will want to have and one you will want to give as a gift to lift someone's spirit for it truly is filled with God's Abiding Hope and Love through her verses. Review: Mary E. Preece author of Poems, Prayers, and Promises of an Appalachian Woman
Guest More than 1 year ago
Abiding Hope and Love By Connie Arnold Abiding Hope and Love is a book full of poetry that you will treasure for a lifetime. Author Connie Arnold writes with faith, just as the Prophet Paul did in The Book of Romans. Her faith and love stands out in truth, and these poems will live on forever in the inkful faith of Christ. I give this book 5 stars, it is well written within each word I feel the spirit of God pouring out to me. These poems will give you a fresh look on life and it will renew your soul in such a profound way. This book is magnificent Kudos to Connie Arnold for writing a timeless masterpiece. Reviewed by Tabitha Robin