"Gracia Grindal's sonnets are like a string of pearls, or prayer beads, each unique in its simplicity and beauty, one leading to the other and opening up the width, length, and depth of the love and peace of Christ that transcends all understanding."
Jesus the Harmony: Gospel Sonnets for 366 Days
The author describes the project as a "holy obsession." Grindal uses a Harmony of the Gospels by Johannes Thorbjrnson Ylvisaker (1845-1917) to guide her selection of lessons to set in sonnet form. Traditional lists of texts have been used devotionally by the church over the centuries to tell the story of Jesus. (The reading of the Passion story on Palm/Passion Sunday, for example, is traditionally called a harmony.) Ultimately, the goal is to encourage creative reflection on these texts.
The author compares this distinctive collection to work of French painter James Tissot, who painted some 350 paintings depicting the story of Jesus. The poems are written accessibly but often have a twist or metaphor at the end, to cause readers to be moved or surprised and to make connections with the rest of life, the Bible, and the reader's own story.
These poems may be used one per day as a devotional meditation, or as readings in sermons, teaching, or worship.
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