During an exceedingly long car journey between Troon and Fraserburgh I had the pleasure of reading Of Poetry and God by Daniel Kerdin. As the title suggests, it is a collection of mostly faith based poems.
For several of the poems the author assumes the first person persona of Biblical figures, such as John, Peter and the woman caught in adultery. Who hasn’t wondered what it would have been like to actually be there in New Testament times; it is this sentiment that is captured in these poems.
There are also poems that deal with modern day faith, including ‘Morning Benediction’ which expresses worship through an appreciation of nature – this was particularly effective for me while travelling through the picturesque scenery of northern Scotland. It reminded me of Romans 1:20 – “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen.”
Finally, my favourite poem in the collection was ‘The Storyteller.’ It mirrors my understanding of God, as a divine storyteller who plans each paragraph, page and chapter of our lives.
I am no poetry critic, but I believe God has given Kerdin a gift for writing poetry, and I hope he continues to develop his writing. I may not agree with 100% of the doctrines explored, but that didn’t hamper my enjoyment of the book. Writing can be a powerful way to share the Christian message. I would recommend this collection to anyone interested in poetry.
If I had to criticise one thing, it would be the cover, which looks rather amateurish. I appreciate that this a self-published collection, but it may be worth the investment to commission an artist to draw up something that better reflects the quality of writing inside.
I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.