||November 16, 2006
Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory is a bold debut collection by the emerging Christian poet, Joseph J. Breunig, 3rd. These distinctive and original poems convey an extraordinary empathy and encourage others to develop a relationship with God and to read the Scriptures. This compilation of one hundred poems is largely autobiographical and draws from the poet’s love and reverence for Christ.
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Sample poems from this book
This collection of one hundred poems shares messages of praise for Christians while encouraging others to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. The common thread that links these poems is that people can overcome past troubles to achieve a life of abundance as laid out by the Scriptures. This is a poetic expression of one man's Christian faith in God.
A Sinner Like Me
Pushing this flesh into alignment,
guided by The Word most holy and pure,
I'm striving to learn principles
for a sanctified life to endure.
My Lord loves me without hesitation
and allowed a part of Himself to die.
He's calling me homeward without reservation;
by His Spirit, to His side, I'll eventually fly.
Knowing I'm a child of His,
during trying times I find true encouragement.
I'm able to lean on His strength
while in search of heavenly ascent.
Stumbling forward with pained progress,
I've chosen to turn myself towards Thee.
On Your path, lit by spiritual Light, I'm hoping...
That You will still forgive... a sinner like me.
As reviewed by New York Times best selling author Ellen Tanner Marsh
Any Christian surveying the current state of modern poetry could easily become discouraged, given that much of that poetry can only be categorized as nihilistic. At worst, such poems seemingly promote despair and violence—against society, the church, or even against oneself. At best, they consist of self-centered whining and overdramatic emotionalism, completely devoid of spiritual muscle and ethical backbone.
New author Joseph J. Breunig 3rd, in his fine debut collection Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory, takes a fresh stride in the opposite direction, in a poetic compilation that should delight anyone who enjoys reading Christian literature as well as poetry. The book comprises over 100 poems of various lengths, although they generally do not exceed one page. In a slight concession to modern poetic style, some of the stanzas are unrhymed, yet all of them speak to Christian themes, such as faith and its testing, seeking a higher road, the state of grace, error and sin, biblical people and events, and personal redemption through God's word.
A common thread that runs throughout the majority of the poems is that individuals—regardless of any mistakes they may have made in the past—can still turn to Christ as their savior and begin the slow, sometimes painful, but always positive process of redeeming themselves, in developing a new life filled with abundance and spiritual serenity. By reaching for this new and uplifting collection of Christian poems, readers can indeed begin reaching towards God's glory.
As reviewed by the publisher BookSurge, an Amazon.com company
Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory by Joseph J. Breunig,3rd, delivers lyrical poems of raw emotion that are autobiographical in nature. These distinctive and original poems are beautifully rendered for their spirituality, love and reverence of God. This collection of poetry is to offer encouragement for others to develop a relationship with Christ. With a firm, steady voice, this emerging Christian poet shares his love of Christ as he examines his relationship with God and the Scriptures. In each of the one hundred poems comprised in this book he manages to convey humanity, spirituality and hope.
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