2 out of 4 stars
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Psalms to inspire: from me to you by David Spietz is a collection of poems that address different areas of life from a Christian perspective. There are 46 poems in total in this anthology and they are categorized into one of the following headings: The Call, Seasonal, One on One, Family, Work, Pain and Personal, and God’s Nation. Every category has a brief introduction explaining what the poems in the section will be about. According to Spietz, the aim of this collection is to “help another family, relationship or individual see the light of the Lord.”
I am a Christian and a poet, so I was excited to review this book. I love how the first poem, ‘Why Me Lord?’ made me reflect on my walk with the Lord. Praising God was also a constant theme throughout the book. Spietz testified of the Lord’s goodness in his life and preached salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
This poet’s writing style is not lavished with many literary devices. He mostly relied on rhetorical questions and emotive language to fulfill his purpose. All the pieces are freestyle and most of them are written in the first person in a narrative style. There could have been more variation in his writing style, but I still enjoyed it overall.
There were a few things that I did not like about Psalms to inspire. The book was obviously not professionally edited judging from the numerous grammatical errors it contains. Most of the errors involved missing punctuation marks. The formatting could also be improved to make the book look less like a manuscript and more like a finished product. I believe that since this book was made to honor the Lord, the author should have strived to make it as professional as possible. At the time of writing this review, a kindle version of this copy is available for $5.99 USD and a paperback copy for $10.99 USD at Amazon.com. I might buy the kindle copy, but I would not purchase a paperback book that I am sure is not professionally edited.
In conclusion, I rate Psalms to inspire 2 out of 4 stars. I was hoping to be able to give this book 4 out of 4 stars because it is ‘Christian literature’. However, the grammatical and formatting errors previously mentioned make this impossible. I hope that the author continues to publish his poetry but I highly recommend that he has work professionally edited before publishing it.
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