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I traveled over many waters
A seed planted in the loins of my father
I came from a place of lush green canopies
Where fruit hung heavy, plump and
Ripe on the trees
Scarred, broken, coupled and shackled I
Existed in the bowels of degradation
In a vessel of stolen cargo
Vterry copywrite 2007
Success is any accomplishment that pleases God.
A POEM OR STORY FOR ALL TO ENJOY
Austin, Texas (12/13/2007) 7101 Hwy 71W#200 Austin, Texas 78735 Facets, Phases and Transformation Virginia A. Terry PublishAmerica (2007) ISBN 9781604411942 Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views ) “Facets, Phases and Transformation” is full of the author’s life experiences, insights and observations. It is not just a collection of beautiful poems. Virginia has filled this volume with some of her most outstanding poetry and sprinkled in a collection of her very intriguing short stories. The author begins with twenty original poems she wrote back in 1980. She has kept them filed away till now, resurrecting them for this book. “Friendship” and “Children” were just two of Virginia’s original poems that were personal favorites of mine. The span of time that the author’s poetry covers is as vast as the poetry itself. Revelations of her near-death experiences will sadden you while her poetry from the past will make you laugh. With inspirational poems such as “Take Heed” and “Just Because” or stories for the faithful (“Bold in the Lord”), the author exemplifies the power of faith. With a strong religious tendency, the book contains some very valuable life lessons that we all need to think about. Not in the form of preaching but rather in stories told and lessons learned. Virginia Terry has a book that will appeal to both young and old. No matter what age, men and women, boys and girls; there’s a poem or story that you will all enjoy. The poetry is moving and inspiring, with stories that are colorful and interesting. The book is of quality print and content and well worth the money. I enjoyed “Facets, Phases and Transformation” very much and give it a well-deserved A.
Beautifully Written and Pregnant with Words of Wisdom
Ga. (2/6/2008) February 5, 2008 "Wisdom is greater than strength" she says. Virginia A. Terry has written a compelling book filled with lessons well learned. The very first poem "Youth" captured my attention and the rest followed suit with as much or even more enthusiasm. When you buy a book that leaves you thinking about every aspect of your own life, then, it is money well spent. My favorite poems amongst many others are most definitely "NYC Mass Transit", "Hunt and Trap", "The Eagle", "The Party", "Just Because", "In awe", "Sweet Memories", "Be still and Know", "The tongue" and "Son kissed Complexion". Her writing style is without a doubt very unique, she mixes and matches words that create a very easy to understand and at the same time seductive pattern. For example she uses phrases like "Your rich double chocolate chip smile" now, how tasty is that? Can you picture it in your mind's eyes? Sure you can! She then continues with other phrases like "The joyous sound of your laughter has been burned to my heart like music to a CD..." Ah! Don't we all know? And there are so many more. Much more inspiring and touching is every single one of the short stories in the book. Some will upset you, others will make you cry but at the end, there's so much to be learned because each and every one of them is inspiring and leads you to remember that, there's a time for everything and that everything happens for a reason. Hindsight is 20/20 they say. All our trials and tribulations attest to this very wise saying. Stories like "Lost in Seoul", "Saved in Beijing" are a true attestation of God being in control, that He makes all things beautiful in His time and that His time is always the best time. These wonderfully touching stories from the writer's own life experiences are no match for fiction. "Swim or Sink", "Turning Point", "Almost a Statistic", "Snow Storm" --and I can go on and on--will leave you in awe of not only Virginia's story telling skills but also the strength of the human spirit. She has accumulated wisdom over the years from going through some of the most heart-wrenching situations. I will recommend this book to both men and women, young or old. Virginia's book is a living testimony for everyone who still has breath in them. Thank you for sharing your life,wisdom and your amazing love for God with the world.
Touched the Core of my Spirit
USA (2/3/2008) This book of poetry enlightens and conveys words of wisdom with encouragement and motivation. The compilation of prose and short stories provides a message to the mind and spirit; covering a vast area of self-evaluations and soul searching. The poems, Take heed; Turn around, The plot, The tongue, Hunt and Trap, are a few mere examples of revelation through what we call life. I enjoyed reading this book. After years of “soul-searching” myself, I had learned life’s lessons. Pride was a hard pill for me to swallow, but eventually, my mind, body and spirit embraced the nutrients of that pill;and allowed me to grow in the knowledge of Christ. The book touched the core of my spirit and gave confirmation to my own questions and doubts. The title of the book is perfect for this poetry.
This Book Is A Jewel
Princeton, NJ (1/10/2008) "Facets, Phases, and Transformation" Is a jewel of a book. So many revelations rendered so serenely. The copy was received on the 3rd, reading completed on the 5th. "IN AWE" is particularly gripping. "SWIM or SINK" sent shivers up and down my spine as did the other" life threatening" themes. I Would like to share this book with friends. You have "influenced and encouraged well". Your turn! to Virginia A. Terry I say, WRITE ON
This Is A Must Read
Florida (12/31/2007) I could not put your book down - I have read it twice and can read it over and over again it is such an easy read. The poems as well as the short stories reveal where you have been how far you have come, where you are going and so much more. I am truly inspired by your work, thank you.
This is a Winner
Florida (12/31/2007) Through her poetry the author conveys insights on assorted subjects in such a direct and unique way that you keep going back for more enjoying each poem and short story as if for the first time. Poems such as: DNA God’s Gift to Science – In The Wall – Nappy Locks – The Eagle, are a gift to the ever evolving tradition of American poetry.
Can't put this Book Down
California (12/31/2007) I am using this book as a devotional - I have been reading it over and over since I purchased it. The poems and stories are so inspirational. I plan on sharing it with my women's group to read from daily. I love it!
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