||July 27, 2006
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An inspirational collection based on characteristics that are present in daily living.
Positive charactersitics that stand out effortlessly.
Admire is to wonder.
Qualities about you stay in my mind.
I applaud you when you stand up for yourself
I commend your efforts when things don't always go your way
I idolize you for showing true strength
I praise you as you have a way of helping and giving to others
I adore your funny personality
I appreciate your kind, encouraging words
I hold dearly the moments when you made me feel good about myself
I respect you for being original, just for being yourself
An essential key to achieving your goals.
eagerness drives you
desires feed energy
powered by passions
Lighthouse Literary Reviews
THREE BEACON REVIEW FOR INSPIRE THE HEART, INSPIRE THE
MIND, INSPIRE THE SPIRIT
by Tanisha Herrin
Tanisha L. Herrin’s work Inspire the Heart, Inspire the
Mind, Inspire the Spirit weaves together a refreshing
blend of poetry, haikus and good ol’ fashioned words of
wisdom. Starting out the collection with a remembrance
of her mother, the reader can instantly feel the true
emotional canvas that the words have been painted on.
However, most of the pieces in Ms. Herrin’s collection
felt like a dictionary for every day deeds and common
actions. In the haiku Miracles, “… anything is
possible as long as you believe...,” may leave one
hungry for more detail and luster. Despite the
redundant feel of the pages, the way the author molds
her words opens up a new view to previously overlooked
or forgotten life lessons.
This book begins with a wonderful and touching story of her mother, who had passed away and then after that the poetry begins. As you read the poems, they come from a deep place from the author’s soul and heart, and you can feel the words deep inside you as you read each one, and each poem a different chunk out of the heart. I have never lost a mother – but have lost an aunt, and I can tell where the poems are coming from in the “lost but not alone” feeling she persuades.
A little bit into the poetry, refers to having another life and the great feeling that comes with that. It opens up and brings beauty into the sadness that has happened with the death of the family member, the mother, the friend. Though the poems then go on to, which the reviewer believes, as the mother once again!
Many of the poems are simple three lined poems which hit the spot and are enjoyable little tribute to the other poems. The book ends in a nice little tribute to new life – and spring. But, every poem has the same style of centered out and it gets to your eyes after some time. Some poems are double spaced which is sometimes hard to follow, I often had to use my finger to see where I go next, so as not to get skip anything or read the same line over.
Reviewer: John Thompson
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