Undiminished Returns: Poems of a Christian Life
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By Jeremy Johnston
This arrangement of poems spans the life of a Christian, beginning with the uncertainty, frustration, and doubts before coming to faith in Christ, through to the triumph of the gospel in life and in death. Undiminished Returns is a pilgrimage of poems testifying to the transformative power of grace, love, and hope that is found in Christ alone. Rich in poetic language yet clear and accessible, this book of poems will encourage and challenge both believers and non-believers in their search for meaning, value, and identity in an unsettled world that has lost sight of the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of the Creator.
“Johnston’s poems are devotional poems of the highest order, meeting the essential criteria of fixing a reader’s thoughts on the spiritual life and (as Milton put it) setting the affections in right tune.” LELAND RYKEN, professor emeritus of English at Wheaton College and literary editor of the ESV Bible
“This collection of original poems—written in a variety of forms and about significant themes—is a veritable course in poetry. Even more, the verses within form a beautiful, poetic exploration of a soul in pilgrimage.” KAREN SWALLOW PRIOR, author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
“In an age of irony, Johnston’s direct, sincere voice provides one healing word after another.” DOUG SIKKEMA, regularcontributor to Comment magazine andassistant Professor of English and Core Humanities at Redeemer University
“These poems are a joy to read, and will be returned to again and again for their lyricism, thoughtfulness, and God-glorifying focus.” ANDREW ROYCROFT, poet, blogger at thinkingpastorally.com, and pastor of Millisle Baptist Church in Northern Ireland