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5.0 out of 5 stars
Profoundly moving, 12 Jan. 2007
I found this collection of poems both moving and inspiring. Edwina Gateley explores the experience of call, faith and ministry through her own experience within the Roman Catholic Church. The poems are arranged in sections: The Call, The Struggles, The Cries, The Whisperings, The Stories, The Desert, The Letting Go.
Her poetry is sensitive, rather than beautiful and she writes in a contemporary style that says it all with an economy of apt and evocative images. These are modern day psalms in as much as they express an experience of God and of the world with a mixture of stark clarity, creative metaphor and powerful emotion - all from the perspective of a woman. Included here are poems describing her encounters not only with God, but with the people around her - people with very different experiences of life from her own.
The book also contains a brief description of her life and the development of her call to found the Voluntary Missionary Movement. This was formed in 1969 and the final section of the book, following the psalms, describes its vision, spirituality and lifestyle.