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FLOWERS OF HEAVEN: One Thousand Years of Christian Verse, ed. By Joseph Pearce

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 Contents - Aug 2009AD2000 August 2009 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Feast of Our Lady's Assumption, 15 August - Michael Gilchrist
Caritas in Veritate: Benedict XVI's social encyclical: public life needs Christian principles - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Human rights: Small victories for pro-lifers at the UN - Babette Francis
Priesthood: Benedict XVI's Letter to priests: follow example of the Curé of Ars
Is this where 'progressive' religious life is heading? - AD2000 REPORT
Magisterium: Authentic Catholicism: neither progressive nor conservative - Fr Martin Durham
G.K. Chesterton on modernism and orthodoxy
Foundations of Faith: Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone): a recipe for doctrinal chaos - Dr Frank Mobbs
God's Messengers: Angels: what Scripture and Tradition reveal - Susan McKinley
Poetry: Nkosi J - Will Elsin
Letters: Pope Pius XII vindicated - Tony Evans
Letters: Religious freedom - Fr Brian Harrison OS
Letters: Ecumenism? - Moya and Leo Morrissey
Letters: Content of faith - Chris Hilder
Letters: Moral decline - Frank Bellet
Letters: Poems appreciated - Margaret Healy
Letters: Appeal - World Congress of Families - Jenny Davies
Books: THE WINE OF CERTITUDE: a Literary Biography of Ronald Knox, by David Rooney - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: JESUS, THE APOSTLES AND THE EARLY CHURCH, by Pope Benedict XVI - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: FLOWERS OF HEAVEN: One Thousand Years of Christian Verse, ed. By Joseph Pearce - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: BECAUSE GOD IS REAL: Sixteen Questions, One Answer, by Peter Kreeft - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: ... AND YOU ARE CHRIST'S':The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life, Dubay - Br Barry Coldrey
Books: This month's selection from AD Books
Reflection: Mary in God's plan of salvation - Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli

FLOWERS OF HEAVEN: One Thousand Years of Christian Verse
Edited by Joseph Pearce
(Ignatius Press, 2005, 300pp, $33.90. Available from Freedom Publishing)

Flowers of Heaven is an accessible, inexpensively produced anthology of some of the finest Christian verse written during the second millennium of the Christian era. The book offers a balanced cross-section of 70 Christian poets, representing various periods in time, many nations and most of the major Christian denominations.

All the great Christian poets are represented: Hildegard of Bingen and Francis of Assisi from the 12th century; Dante and Chaucer from the High Middle Ages; Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and John Donne from the Reformation period; English and American Romantics such as Browning and Whittier; more recent 19th- century mystics such as Emily Dickenson and Gerard Manley Hopkins, and the great Catholic converts of that era, Cardinal Newman and G.K. Chesterton; and T.S. Eliot speaks out of, and into our own times.

The editor, Joseph Pearce, is a well-known American author of literary biographies including, Tolkien: Man and Myth and The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde. Pearce teaches at Ave Maria University, Florida, where he is Writer-in-Residence. The University is famous for its strong Catholic ethos.

In his selection, Pearce has made a determined and successful attempt to choose poems which meet professional academic standards and the taste of convinced Christian readers. This is a must for libraries and for those private readers who respond to verse which explores spiritual realities from a variety of perspectives.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 22 No 7 (August 2009), p. 18

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