Peter Dainty’s thought-provoking poems are the result of 40 years’ reflection on stories and themes from the Bible. They are written in easily understandable, modern-day language which uses powerful imagery to relate the Bible to contemporary life. Enhanced by striking illustrations, the subject matter is spread widely over the Old and New Testaments and major Christian festivals, offering stimulating and enlightening material for private reading and reflection.
ExtraI first began writing biblical poetry in the early 1970s when I was preparing for a church carol service and needed some suitable material to fill the gaps between the carols. However, my inspiration was deeper than that; it arose from the power of the Christmas story itself. I’d been brought up in a Christian home so I’d been familiar with the Bible from an early age and had always been attracted to its writings and fascinated by its narratives, especially the story of Jesus and its relevance to the modern world. I have tried to show this relevance in my poems. So having started with Christmas, I soon moved on to write about other aspects of the life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. It was my wife, Margaret, who suggested I try to get the poems published. I had used them in church, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that Kevin Mayhew offered to publish them, and they came out in a book called The Electric Gospel. The idea of the title was based on the thought that just as the modern world depends so much on the energy of electricity to keep it going, so the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been giving the world spiritual and moral energy for two thousand years; and it’s my firm belief that we still need that energy today. I then widened the scope of my writing from the Gospels to other parts of the Bible, including the Old Testament. The Poetry Bible is a selection of all my poems, strikingly illustrated by Melody-Anne Lee. I hope readers, and listeners in churches, will find it helpful.
|Name||The Poetry Bible|
|Size||297 X 210mm|
|Date Published||14 May 2009|