Sounding Heaven and Earth
SOUNDING HEAVEN AND EARTH
Compiled and edited by David GrubbThis book is written for the benefit of those adolescents who are reaching for something without knowing what.
The Spire Trust aims to help pupils of secondary age come to faith. This book, part anthology, part handbook compiled by the chief executive of the Trust is for the benefit of those who are reaching for something without knowing what. I should expect it to be equally useful for adults as for adolescents. The book falls into three parts. First comes an anthology of prayers and poems. Both are written in contemporary language but avoiding the banal and the gimmicky. These new voices reflect present-day themes and concerns. The poems could light up a sermon and the prayers could be adapted for public worship. More challenging are the sections headed ‘Discovering faith through points of light’ and ‘Discovering faith through stations’. Points of light are experiences, which pierce the darkness and give a glimpse of God. ‘Poems on the Stations of the Cross’ respond to a series of paintings based on photographs of contemporary life. These would best repay individual study and thought. The final sections include questions and responses to them made by contributors to the anthology as well as a number of subjects for discussion. These sections would be of most value with small groups of any age. Altogether I found the anthology a refreshing change from other collections of poems and praise, which I have read recently.
Reviewed by Ken Adams
Education / Schools