By True Potential
Poetry is essential.
Not in the sense that we must have it to survive (although an argument can be made for that), but in the sense that poetry can distill feelings like despair and joy, pain and rapture down to their very essence. It’s the difference between a diamond mine and a diamond. Chris Maxwell’s other books are like mines. Gems can be found hiding inside; an insight, a twist of phrase or a sudden observation that makes us feel like we’re peering through his eyes rather than reading words on a page. We voluntarily become lost inside the mine, discovering a few diamonds along the way.
A Slow and Sudden God is a collection of gems, mined over four decades. This forty-year journey has seen some wilderness; encephalitis, epilepsy, losing loved ones too soon, but the journey has also seen deliverance, joy, and provision; love, children, friends, fans and a God who sees and responds, both slow and sudden.
Chris distills his private thoughts, unique struggles, questions and experience and pours it out for us, like water into a basin. If we peer closely enough into the basin we can see our most intimate thoughts, struggles, questions and experience, mirrored in his poems and know that we are not alone in the world, that our pain, our questions, our fears and joys are shared. Poetry is about life. It is experience distilled. But more than that, it can tell the story of how, even with some scars, we can become re-born out of the experience. That’s why poetry, at least this poetry, is essential. Read the verses in this book. See your own heart in them. Find the diamonds, make them yours, and allow yourself to be enriched.
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About the Author
Chris Maxwell is an ordained minister in LifePoint Ministries. He served as a lead pastor in Orlando, Florida, for 19 years before becoming the campus pastor at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia, where he has served for 11 years. He and his wife, Debbie, have three grown sons. Chris is the author of eight books including Beggars Can Be Chosen, Pause for Pastors and Underwater. You can find him on Twitter @CMaxMan or visit his website at chrismaxwell.me.