This unusual collection of poems, illustrated with impressionistic woodcuts, takes its inspiration from the Old Testament Book of Jonah, the familiar story of the stubborn prophet who did not want to preach to Nineveh. The poems themselves however, use today's language and technique to make their incisive observations of contemporary Christianity, and will be appreciated in a group discussions as well as in private devotions. Some 40 of the 80 poems included have appeared in more than a dozen publications, ranging from Christian Century to the New York Times. Typical of Carlisle's poetry is this brief: Question. I hate God's enemies / with perfect hatred. / Why can't God / do as much?
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