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By Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, Gary Schmidt

Acceptable Words bargains prayers that correspond with each one level of the writer's paintings — from discovering notion to penning the 1st phrases to "offering it to God" at of entirety. Gary Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney, skilled writers themselves, introduce each one bankruptcy of prayers with pithy pastoral reflections that would motivate writers of their craft.

This welcome non secular source for writers contains either historical and modern poems and prayers — a few of that have been written in particular for this quantity. A considerate present for any author, Acceptable Words will accompany writers on their religious trip, lending phrases of compliment and petition in particular crafted to fit their detailed vocation.

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Sanctify them and the work in which they are engaged; let us not be slothful, but fervent in spirit, and do Thou, O Lord, so bless our efforts that they may bring forth in us the fruits of true wisdom. Strengthen the faculties of our minds and dispose us to exert them, but let us always remember to exert them for Thy glory, and for the furtherance of Thy kingdom, and save us from all pride, and vanity, and reliance upon our own power or wisdom. Teach us to seek after truth, and enable us to gain it; but grant that we may ever speak the truth in love: — that, while we know earthly things, we may know Thee, and be known by Thee, through and in Thy Son Christ.

If you were a writer in ancient Greece or Rome you would know the exact nature of your problem: you neglected to call down the power of the Muse. Homer opens The Odyssey by requesting the Muse to sing to him the story of Odysseus, so that in turn he can relate it to his hearers. Virgil begins the Aeneid with this plea: “O Muse! ” So. This style of invocation lasted a long time: “Look in thy heart and write,” chides Sir Philip Sidney’s Renaissance Muse. John Milton, writing even later in Puritan England, adopts this convention in the opening lines of Paradise Lost.

Honey is honey-sweet; howe’er the hiving. Each to his work, his wage at evening bell The strength of striving. Robert Service 2 The Writer Studies the World When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou has ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? 3-4 Writers often work at imitating the world — mimesis. In this, the writer’s task is to create in poetry or prose a credible representation of the real world, so that the characters seem to be real folks, who live and move and have their being in real settings, who respond to their environments in real ways, and to history in real ways.

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