Poet Ana Lisa de Jong, author of the three-volume ‘Poetry of the Soul’ series, brings a further offering of poetry to the table with her new book ‘Heart Psalms’. The first published book in her new ‘Songs of the Heart’ series. In ‘Heart Psalms’ she delights her readers once again with a further outpouring of grace-filled spiritual nourishment. This large volume of poetry contains her most recent prolific writing, for which she has built a wide audience on-line, with her unique poetry touching and moving hearts and minds of people in all corners of the world.
Readers of ‘Heart Psalms’ refer to Ana Lisa’s ‘heart connection with her readers as she observes the spiritual landscape with penetrating eyes’, and her writing being ‘grounded on a rock of reality where illusion falls away’. They talk about the ‘thread of grace’ which ‘weaves its way through her writings, carrying us to the light’.
Ana Lisa writes for herself and yet for everyone. She seems to have an ability to tap in to universal feelings, and common questions, while at the same time providing encouragement and answers that transcend our ordinary understanding, bringing solace and relief to her readers, in ever changing and challenging times.
As one reader put it: ‘Ana Lisa weaves a story of our humanity that is both universal and personal. She honours the wisdom of our inheritance, yet sings of the living of our life in these times. She accompanies us in all the stages and seasons of life and we feel that we are not alone. Her book is a precious and graceful gift.’
In the same vein as her ‘Poetry of the Soul’ series, Ana Lisa’s poetry is accompanied with stunning scenic photography of New Zealand scenery, which makes her new book both a treasure to read and to look at. A wonderful resource for daily reflections, along with a tool for retreats and quiet times.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ana Lisa’s poetry is rich, beautiful and worthy of our time and reflection. This collection is even better than her previous books. I love the way that she illustrates this book with her own photos of New Zealand. They too are worthy of meditation and reflection. I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I have as I am sure it will nourish your soul in the same way that it has nourished mine.
Like the book of Psalms in Hebrew scripture, these poetic prayers from Ana Lisa de Jong may well function as a libretto, not just for worship but all of life. Also like the psalms of scripture, these offerings provide a “way to heaven,” an opportunity to know more fully our creator God. “Capturing beauty with the camera is another way to heaven,” she rightly writes of the accompanying photos by Carol Haines. Arranged under three subheadings, Still, Sing, and Praise, these poems present a variety of windows through which to find meaning, wonder, and the chance to better understand and build one’s own relationship with God. The lovely, and un-named, poem from the page of dedication provides a lens through which the entire work may be seen: “I thanked God for you and He said, They are simply Me, come to you through a thousand different means and counting. Counting? You cannot measure all the ways I love you. But begin.” Each and every page is worthy of being counted. Each line, in fact, is to be measured as an awareness of the coming of God. Ana Lisa de Jong asks, in the poem WHAT IF, “What do we find when we reach the end? That there’s more beyond again.” It’s an analogy of life itself, it also reminds the reader to circle back through the volume for another go to retrieve the blessings of which each poem is composed.