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The Wrestle: Poems of Divine Disappointment and Discovery

The Wrestle: Poems of Divine Disappointment and Discovery

by David Tensen

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Overview

"...things don't work out like you wished. Like you hoped for. Like you prayed for. Crisis comes. Trauma visits. And you find yourself lost for words and invited to discover God in a new kind of way."

This collection of poems explore the life-giving and often painful experience of wrestling with God, religion and one's place in the world. David Tensen draws from empathetic experience through burnout, bankruptcy and belief; wrapping words around experiences some have described as healing psalms of lament and wonder.

Whether you are a lover of poetry or not, The Wrestle offers hopeful words to hearts desperate to rediscover God and themselves - all the while, giving courage to voices lost in the midst of life's suffering. Available in Paperback, eBook and Audiobook narrated by best-selling author of The Shack, Wm. Paul Young.

THE WRESTLE

I found you

beyond

the 'why'

Far from

the 'why not'

Worlds from

the 'why me'

You held a space for me

beyond answers

to questions

my pain had

as if you knew

information was

never

going

to

heal

or resolve

or fix

my suffering.

Instead,

you agreed to wrestle

through many nights.

Never letting go.

Always with me

just like you promised.

Refusing to surrender,

I eventually realised

that wrestling with God

was not a crime.

That I was, in fact,

being held.

Being healed.

Being transformed by finding

you beyond answers.

Being blessed

by holding on to you

in my doubt and frustration

and never letting go.

And you never let go.

And you overcame me in the end.

And we both won.

(Title Piece. Pg. 34)

ENDORSEMENTS

"A poet for these times, David Tensen articulates deeply the spectrum of my own personal thoughts, emotions, losses and issues. These words whisper transcendent rumors hidden in the viscera of humanity, lyrics of longing to be gratefully shared."

Wm. Paul Young - Author of The Shack

"David's words flow from his own experience and penetrate deeply, causing one to stop, listen and reflect. His words both uncover pain and bring healing, and at the same time, enable us to move one step forward or further on our journey."

James Condon - Commissioner Emeritus, Salvation Army, Australia

"Both the Jewish and Christian traditions have forever prayed their deepest heart-cries as poetry and their prophets offered us words when we only had groans. This is how I experience David Tensen. He's given us a prophetic Psalter apropos for these swirling times--a warm fire and bright light."

Bradley Jersak - Author of A More Christlike God

"Raw. Authentic. Clever. As I read "The Wrestle," I realised the reflections of what I thought was David's life turned out to be my own. A great companion for those looking to find their true self."

James Thompson - Compassion International. Australia

"When I first heard David's poem, 'Oh God', I knew two things: I desperately needed more, and I really wanted to be friends with this guy. David's poetry is honest and hopeful, fierce and fragile. Thank You, God, for David's poetry and friendship."

Steve Austin - Author of Catching Your Breath



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648989325
Publisher: David Tensen
Publication date: 11/22/2020
Edition description: Print ed.
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Australian poet David Tensen brings form and beauty to our deep spiritual yearnings. Drawing from decades of experience in pastoral care and spiritual development, his poems have found their way into hearts of every age across the globe. Raw, honest, accessible and prophetic, David's writings both uncover pain and bring healing to it.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 1

A BLESSING FOR THE HEART JOURNEY 6

ON THE WAY DOWN 9

ANCIENT PATHS 11

MY MASK 14

NOW+HERE 16

COUNT YOUR LOSSES 19

FROM YOUR KNEES 22

THE BRUTALITY OF BROKENESS 24

FOUND ITS PLACE 26

THE LIGHT RESPONDED 29

ON GOD 31

THE WRESTLE 34

KIND OF WAY 36

THAT FIRE 40

HEART AND MIND 42

OH GOD 44

THE DESCENT 46

SO CLOSE 49

PARADOX OF DEFINITION 51

AND YOU WAIT 53

TRINITY IS 56

DISPLACE DARKNESS 57

CONTROL 58

AS A CHILD 60

THIS TEMPLE 61

ON EMPATHY 63

THE BURDEN BEARER - Piece 1 66

THE BURDEN BEARER - Piece 2 69

INVISIBLE INJURY 72

MY STORY 74

TENDER HEART 77

WHO TOOK YOUR VOICE - Piece 1 78

WHO TOOK YOUR VOICE - Piece 2 80

WHO TOOK YOUR VOICE - Piece 3 82

A POEM FOR GLENN 84

ANOTHER POEM FOR GLENN - YOUR HAND IN MINE 85

THE CONVOCATION 87

ON BOUNDARIES 91

THE RESCUER 92

WATER STORIES 94

SPINNING ON EMPTY 96

LETTERS 99

ELDERS 100

DEAR STRENGTH 102

DEAR BREAKDOWN 104

DEAR INSTRUCTION 108

DEAR TEARS 110

DEAR JOY 112

DEAR CHURCH 114

ON LIFE 117

HELD 118

THAT PHOTO OF YOU ON YOUR FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL 120

A GOOD ONTOLOGY 124

UNTIL YOU FORGIVE 125

I WANT TO BE 126

TIME 127

THE SEEN PARENT 128

COMPANI 130

STILL 131

NEVER VOWED 132

PERFECT DAD 134

THE PAST 136

SOAP FILM PRAYER 138

A BLESSING FOR THE HEART JOURNEY 140

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