Acceptable Words. Prayers for the Writer by Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

By Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

Acceptable Words bargains prayers that correspond with every one degree of the writer's paintings — from discovering notion to penning the 1st phrases to "offering it to God" at crowning glory. Gary Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney, skilled writers themselves, introduce each one bankruptcy of prayers with pithy pastoral reflections that may inspire writers of their craft.

This welcome religious source for writers contains either old and modern poems and prayers — a few of which have been written specially for this quantity. A considerate present for any author, Acceptable Words will accompany writers on their religious trip, lending phrases of compliment and petition in particular crafted to fit their targeted vocation.

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I want only seven days, seven on which no one has ever written himself — seven pages of solitude. There will be a book that includes these pages, and she who takes it in her hands will sit staring at it a long time. until she feels that she is being held and you are writing. Rainer Maria Rilke A Last Prayer Father, I scarcely dare to pray, So clear I see, now it is done, That I have wasted half my day, And left my work but just begun; So clear I see that things I thought Were right or harmless were a sin; So clear I see that I have sought, Unconscious, selfish aims to win; So clear I see that I have hurt The souls I might have helped to save; That I have slothful been, inert, Deaf to the calls thy leaders gave.

The Writer Offers the Work to God The Writers’ Biographies Sources and Acknowledgments Index “A REVERIE” The soul of Man must quicken to creation. Out of the formless stone, when the artist united himself with stone, Spring always new forms of life, from the soul of man that is joined to the soul of stone; Out of the meaningless practical shapes of all that is living or lifeless, Joined with the artist’s eye, new life, new form, new colour. Out of the sea of sound the life of music, Out of the slimy mud of words, out of the sleet and hail of verbal imprecisions, Approximate thoughts and feelings, words that have taken the place of thoughts and feelings, There spring the perfect order of speech, and the beauty of incantation.

I will thank God for the pleasures given me through my senses, for the glory of the thunder, for the mystery of music, the singing of birds and the laughter of children. I will thank God for the pleasures of seeing, for the delights through colour, for the awe of the sunset, the beauty of flowers, the smile of friendship, and the look of love; for the changing beauty of the clouds, for the wild roses in the hedges, for the form and beauty of birds, for the leaves on the trees in spring and autumn, for the witness of the leafless trees through the winter, teaching us that death is sleep and not destruction, for the sweetness of flowers and the scent of hay.

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