|Reviewed by Richard Arrington
|This is a great poem, my wife and I both loved it very much. My wife and I endured the death of our first son (SIDs)and went through a period of grief that left us feeling empty inside. Our son can not be replaced but god blessed us with two more son's since his death. We could have dealt with this in other ways but we chose to serve god. My wife is a volunteer in the children's ministry of our church and I am a deacon and food ministry volunteer. We have been blessed as with my two books being published. I applaud you for enduring in a positive way and I am pleased to call you my friend.
R. Region Arrington
" The Voyage of Billy Buckins"
" Tommy Hop the Bunny"
|Reviewed by Bernice Lakota
|what a beautiful girl she is...I enjoy your work tremendously...|
|Reviewed by Sister Deborah Young
|Richard, Such a wonderful poem. I truly enjoyed it; it is but tender and heart touching to say the least. What a blessing! Thank you for sharing. Sis "D"|
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Such a meaningful journey, Richard; and this is a fine gift and dedication to your great-grandaughter. Love and peace to you,
|Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce
What a wonderful inspiring piece you have shared with us!!!...And God has rewarded you with a beautiful greatgranddaughter!!! I'm so happy for you!!!
Sending you and your family lots of love,
Sandie Angel :o)
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|Richard, this is a magnificent poem, though filled with heart wrenching pain, the faith and wisdom are uplifting and give
us hope...the recording is beautifully done,you have a great voice!
|Reviewed by Connie Faust
|It's a beautiful review of your life, Richard. So many facets in 76 years, but this "is but the first part." I believe it was a rich life, and fulfilling, and it is a joy to read your telling of it.
I regret that I was unable to listen, but the reading alone is very rewarding.
|Reviewed by Art Sun
|Great work Richard...life is filled with gifts and joy for our pleasure, you show us the heart of a man who has walked the path of God and knows his journey even beyond the simpleness of this life. When one can see his next place within the bigger plan then he is closer to the love of His Creator. May you and your family be Blessed and may your children live long and fruitfull lives...
Peace and Love my friend...
|Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins
|Oh Richard, I am speechless. I won't be if you will allow my neice and I to perform this work with drama and praise dance. God and His Glory in you get all the credit. This peice in my heart is "like God's first tree", in the beginning.|
|Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader)
|Dear Richard, it is because of people
like yourself that teach us younger
and often times more foolish,
how to live a better and closer walk
with the One that makes all the
differance in life.
You, my dear friend can preach
to me anytime you feel called to.
You have earned my trust, my respect,
my love, and admiration.
All my best, love Holly
|Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle
|Richard- I can tell this came from a very personal and deep place.I like the line I have lived life with God in my heart. Such faith!This is wonderful. It really is!
|Reviewed by Liana Margiva
|WONDERFUL, HEAVENLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! I JUST LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva|
|Reviewed by John Domino
|Deeply moving poetry in motion.|
|Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen
|Awww, Richard....This is such a sweet memoir of your life, one that has truly been lived well and in awe of the Lord's mercies.
The end of life is just the beginning.....amen to that! :)
|Reviewed by Frances Webb
|It was very beautiful and very true. Life Is But the First Part is the way every christain should look at their own life when a whole eternity awaits in heaven for us with God.
You could turn this poem into a resitation by putting words of music sung at the beginning and then at the end. It would be a great witness and touching message for everyone to hear. I really enjoyed it very much.
|Reviewed by Leann Marshall
This poem is so touching and inspiring, that it's no wonder you've already gotten so many reviews. I love writing that is directly from the soul, as this one.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful year.
|Reviewed by Carole Mathys
|Richard this is ahsolutely beautiful, and heart-touching write and vocal rendition.of your life's personal journey, lived well...the music complimented your reading.
I just retired after 35 years in Law Enforcement
|Reviewed by J'nia Fowler
|Beautiful rendition of life's journey inward and out.
I enjoyed it very much.
|Reviewed by Emile Tubiana
|Dear Richard. It has been a while since we last communicated.
"I answered to no one but myself, And left it for God to atone." These are beautiful words, how could someone say it any better? Your great grandchild is the best result, she is bursting with joy. This is also your reward and God's answer. Very touching poem a natural and powerful subject. God bless you my friend. Love Emile
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|Powerfully penned excellence, Richard, beautifully penned thought provoker. Well done!
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by Lois Christensen
|So sorry I don't have speakers to hear that singing voice. But I'll take the word of these other reviewers and know it was great
I had to read the poem twice to absorb it, and wanted to do a good job of reviewing it. It is set in such a way that it rolls along with your life doings, and you have followed God's directions and seem to have lived a long life and a longer one yet to live. And you do know where you are going and can wait for it and be patient and meanwhile you have more of God's work to do here on earth too.
Just be yourself like you are in this poem and you will be strong.
Loved reading it and nice to hear from you again. Thanks.
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Absolutely beautiful Richard...your words and music a magical combo!!
A treasure to keep!!
|Reviewed by Diana Wiles
|Richard..this was truly beautiful...and so moving. An inspirational and autobiographical piece that tells your story and beliefs 'your way...
The lines "In time a vision of love appeared
And cemented my heart to her soul
was simply blissful...a woman's dream to read such words of herself...and her love..
I also like the way you have linked in references to past pieces..that worked so well. This really is a Masterpiece Richard...
On a lighter note, being English, your charming American accent, really had me spellbound!
Loved the music and graphics too...A 'forever gift' for your Great Granddaughter too...
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi Benyehu (Reader)
|Blessed are those that can sing their stories with the winners' voice!
"Life Is But The First Part" sings to Faith, inspiring and showing
I salute You, Poet.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU