Continuing our special look at the best good poems about life, we come to some good poems about life from Rupert Brooke, William Morris and Robert Browning. I hope you enjoy these good poems about life.
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Rupert Brooke: The Life Beyond
He wakes, who never thought to wake again,
Who held the end was Death. He opens eyes
Slowly, to one long livid oozing plain
Closed down by the strange eyeless heavens. He lies;
And waits; and once in timeless sick surmise
Through the dead air heaves up an unknown hand,
Like a dry branch. No life is in that land,
Himself not lives, but is a thing that cries;
An unmeaning point upon the mud; a speck
Of moveless horror; an Immortal One
Cleansed of the world, sentient and dead; a fly
Fast-stuck in grey sweat on a corpse’s neck.
I thought when love for you died, I should die.
It’s dead. Alone, most strangely, I live on.
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Cherish life Who Abideth by William Morris
Love is enough: cherish life that abideth,
Lest ye die ere ye know him, and curse and misname him;
For who knows in what ruin of all hope he hideth,
On what wings of the terror of darkness he rideth?
And what is the joy of man’s life that ye blame him
For his bliss grown a sword, and his rest grown a fire?
Ye who tremble for death, or the death of desire,
Pass about the cold winter-tide garden and ponder
On the rose in his glory amidst of June’s fire,
On the languor of noontide that gathered the thunder,
On the morn and its freshness, the eve and its wonder:
Ye may make it no more–shall Spring come to awaken?
Live on, for Love liveth, and earth shall be shaken
By the wind of his wings on the triumphing morning,
When the dead, and their deeds that die not shall awaken,
And the world’s tale shall sound in your trumpet of warning,
And the sun smite the banner called Scorn of the Scorning,
And dead pain ye shall trample, dead fruitless desire,
As ye wend to pluck out the new world from the fire.
Life In A Love by Robert Browning
While I am I, and you are you,
So long as the world contains us both,
Me the loving and you the loth,
While the one eludes, must the other pursue.
My life is a fault at last, I fear—
It seems too much like a fate, indeed!
Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed—
But what if I fail of my purpose here?
It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall,
And baffled, get up to begin again,—
So the chase takes up one’s life, that’s all.
While, look but once from your farthest bound,
At me so deep in the dust and dark,
No sooner the old hope drops to ground
Than a new one, straight to the selfsame mark,
I shape me—
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Here is a selection of my personal English poems about life. I hope you like these English poems about life and death as much as I do! If you are interested in reading some of my own poetry, find them HERE
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SINCE brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o’ersways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O how shall summer’s honey breath hold out
Against the wreckful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack!
Shall Time’s best jewel from Time’s chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back,
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
O! none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright.
LIFE, believe, is not a dream
So dark as sages say;
Oft a little morning rain
Foretells a pleasant day.
Sometimes there are clouds of gloom,
But these are transient all;
If the shower will make the roses bloom,
O why lament its fall ?
Life’s sunny hours flit by,
Enjoy them as they fly !
What though Death at times steps in
And calls our Best away ?
What though sorrow seems to win,
O’er hope, a heavy sway ?
Yet hope again elastic springs,
Unconquered, though she fell;
Still buoyant are her golden wings,
Still strong to bear us well.
The day of trial bear,
For gloriously, victoriously,
Can courage quell despair !
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One year ago, Florian Shulz received an email that would change his life. That email was from Nikon. They wanted him to be the first photographer to shoot the new Nikon D600 in the field. Surely even Nikon couldn’t have imagined that Shulz would produce the stunningly beautiful images of nature we see in the video below.
Shulz chose to test the Nikon D600 on the landscapes and wildlife of the mountains ofAlaska. Clearly it was a good choice because these beautiful images of nature are simply awe inspiring.
You can almost taste the crisp snow on your tongue watching this video. You can imagine feeling the fur of the huskies and the cold shrill air. There is simply so much to love about this work. Enjoy. And if you like it, why not share it.
What’s not to love about this follow-up to Caine’s Arcade? It has everything: creativity, hope, inspiration and a heck of a lot of positivity. It’s a beautiful little film about the imagination of children, and a fantastic reminder that we all, no matter what age we may be, are blessed with the power of imagination.
Have you used your imagination today? I’ll confess, I haven’t. But I’m going to go and build something out of cardboard right now just for fun and to see what I create. And that’s the true beauty both of this video and of the original Caine’s Arcade: it inspires us all to get in touch with our inner child.
Hopefully, by spreading this video we can also help to motivate positive change in education, moving towards a education that taps into creativity an imagination.
Have you ever wished you could be as expressive as the best actors? Have you ever wanted to master the art of communication, be it for business, personal life or any other area of life? If so, this article and the exercises herein are 100% for you. They reveal a fascinating way how to improve communication skills.
What is it an actor does?
An actor tells a story. An actor plays a part. More than anything, however, an actor communicates. An actor brings thoughts and feelings to life through the strength of their communication skills, and one of the key skills an actor must have in order to be able to communicate effectively is an expressive body.
Look at Johny Depp in Pirates of theCaribbean, Jack Nicholson in the original Batman or Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (amongst many others) and you’ll immediately recognise the power of the human body as a means of communication.
Imagine if you could share the same great communication skills as those top actors. You’d be better at giving those presentations at work; better at expressing yourself in everyday speech; more charismatic as your expressive body brings you to life; the benefits are endless. The only question remaining is how to improve our communication skills to such a high degree.
The answer, quite logically, is by doing the same exercises top actors do, of which this first exercise, based on the work of Michael Chekhov, is one of the most important and best.
Who was Checkhov?
Michael Chekhov is one of the most important acting teachers of all time and the brightest student of Stanislavski, the father of method acting. More importantly for our purposes, however, Michael Chekhov was a leader and pioneer in developing the expressivity of the human body. In other words, he’s one of the most important figures in the development of methods of improving communication skills.
One of the biggest mistakes made by people wanting to improve their communication skills is that they look for “canned” answers: they want to know which limb to move at which angles to express whatever they want to express. For instance, a pick-up-artist might want to know how to express confidence through their eyes and might end up staring at a girl’s eyes and looking like a complete psycho simply because they read somewhere that “looking in the eyes expresses confidence”. Well, here’s a reality check: the human body and the human mind are not so simple. These “canned” movements almost invariably end up looking stiff, unnatural, fake and dishonest and will most often put people off you.
Whether it’s in business, in love and relationships or just in general chat, people like other people who are natural. Conversely, people are rightly distrusting of those who are fake. Any good actor knows this, as does any wise person, and thankfully Michael Chekhov knew this too.
In Chekhov’s To The Actor he begins with a set of exercises that are very easy to perform, but exercises which will immediately increase both the range of our expressivity and our mastery of communication through movement. The execises are rather drawn-out, so here we shall use a refined and simplified version of Chekhov’s exercises that has been adapted to be used for non-actors to improve their communication skills.
Try to have FUN when doing these exercises. A sense of childlike fun is arguably the most important attribute an actor can have and is immensely important in communication skills (hence why children are so much more express than adults).
In this exercise you will need to be standing on the floor with at least a few feet of space all around you. Stretch your arms out wide and make sure you’ve plenty of room (though don’t worry, whilst we’re about to do some movement this certainly isn’t Turbo Jam lol).
Make sure all movements in this exercise are relaxed, comfortable and performed with ease
In order to extend the range of our bodies, and hence to increase the overall potentially expressivity of our movements, we need to get used to the idea of using our body to communicate, and to do that, we need to realise the range of movements our body is capable of making.
Now, you are going to slowly stretch out and reach outwards in various directions (you choose where to reach). You can do so with any part of your body you wish, but simply reach outwards in large, broad movements that are relaxed and comfortable.
Reach one way with one body part, then gracefully move around and reach outwards with another body part in another direction. Again, don’t worry about which way you’re reaching or what part of your body you’re reaching with, the idea here is to be as natural and relaxed as possible and simply get used to moving your body in larger and more expressive ways than you normally would. The idea is to feel what Chekhov calls open (normally we hold our bodies in a protective, closed off way, but here we’re reaching out, we’re giving our bodies to the world, we’re being expressive, we’re being open). So reach here, reach there, reach with this arm, reach with that leg, and explore this sense of openness.
Note: If you’re anything like I was when I began to use these exercises at drama school you’ll probably find it quite silly and want to laugh. Do so. Laugh out loud, have fun. Remember, this isn’t “exercise” it’s expressivity, and a huge part of expressivity is having fun, being natural and just going with your feelings. So if you want to laugh, do so, if you feel silly doing the exercise that’s fine too. Just have a laugh and start moving your body in more expressive ways than you normally would.
Next, try to make your body really really small. Imagine the space around you is actually contracting and you are being forced into a tiny space. Pull your arms and legs in, even your face, your lips, your ears and your nose. Feel everything becoming tighter and play with this sense of tightness the same way you did with the sense of openness above.
These two basic exercises will get you used to the idea of moving your body expressively. Continue to do the exercise until you notice and distinct increase in what I’ll call the “life” of your boy (feel as though your body is more alive, more energised and more expressive).
Once you are beginning to feel the range of expressivity of which your body is capable (and once you’re noticing an improvement in your communication skills through your body), begin to make different purposeful movements. For instance, imagine that you are throwing a ball over your head, or pulling an object along the ground or any other iconic movement (pushing or pulling or throwing etc). Allow yourself to really explore those senses. What is it to pull an object along the ground? What does that feel like in your body? Notice the sensations in your body that occur when you think of these imaginary exercises (like the throwing of the ball over your head). Simply be more aware and more sensitive to your body.
Finally, to conclude this first exercise in increasing your expressivity and improving your communication skills, choose a few typical movements that you can imagine well and perform them with your body. For instance, we all know what it’s like to hit a nail with a hammer. Perform this movement with your whole body (though without the actual hammer of course). Feel your arms going back over your head and your back bending over, your neck following, then feel the thrust as your body goes forward, your arms comes back over your head and down, striking down on the hammer.
I hope you can see the idea here. It’s about playing with movement. Simply explore the range of movements of your body, try acting out some more actions like we did with the hammer. Simply have fun and recognise the inherent expressivity of your body. Doing so will improve your communication skills whilst making sure you remain natural. Do this exercise for ten minutes just a few times and you will very quickly begin to notice an improvement in your communication skills through movement.
Let’s look at how Gary Barlow’s lyrics create a tremendous sense of unity and how they motivate people to care about the wider world. More importantly, we’ll discover how we can inspire a sense of unity in others through everyday conversation by following Garry Barlow’s lead.
So, how do the lyrics to Sing create such emotion and unity?
No I or Me, Just You and We
The absolute number one feeling created by the lyrics to Sing is a sense of unity, and no surprise. The words “We” and “You” are used repeatedly to create a sense of communion. “Find your feet, stand your ground / Don’t you see / Right now the world is listening to what we say.” There are two valuable insights revealed by these lyrics. First of all, anytime the word “We” is used, a listener feels a sense of unity. It doesn’t matter whether it’s friend or enemy who says “We,” either way, the listener has no choice but to feel a momentary sense of belonging.
Secondly, “You” is used to motivate the individual to recognise their importance as a part of the group. In Sing, “We” and “You” are used to say, “We are something special right now, and you are an important part of what we are.” Put together, the natural result is one of complete unity. That’s why, at the end of listening to Sing, you’ll feel more connected to the wider world and to society than you did before.
If I told you you can’t do something, that there’s some challenge our there that you simply will never have the strength or skill to succeed in, how would you respond? Most people would respond by feeling highly motivated to do the thing deemed impossible. How dare you tell me I could never swim the English Channel without using my arms or legs! We’ll see about that!
The lyrics to Sing take full advantage of this. Right at the beginning of the song, at its quietest moment, when the listener is most focussed on the lyrics, a young African sings “Some things they can’t be spoken only sung.” The “can’t” in this line is incredibly important; it tells the listener that something is impossible. As discussed above, this sense of impossibility creates a great deal of motivation which serves to drive the listener right into the heart of the song.
This sense of impossibility is repeated later at the beginning of the second verse. The line is: To sing we’ve had a lifetime to wait. The sense here is one of powerlessness because the line suggests that some power has been holding the singing back. This recapitulates the sense of powerlessness and impossibility and once again motivates the listener to get right back into the song.
Here’s a simple suggestion to make use of the lesson of these lyrics in your everyday life: try telling someone they cannot do something. You will probably have never seen them react more powerfully in their lives
Every great motivational speaker knows that there is a natural charisma created from putting emphasis on the present moment. Where so many people live for tomorrow and yesterday, hearing someone say “Right now is the most important time of your life” carries with it a heck of a lot of positive motivational energy, and again, the lyrics to Sing tap into this admirably. There are a few ways the lyrics achieve this: Make this moment last forever. . . shouting love tonight… The number one place where emphasis is placed on the moment, however, is at the beginning of the song.
“There’s a place, there’s a time
In this life when you sing what you are feeling
Find your feet, stand your ground
Don’t you see
Right now the world is listening to what we say”
The last line is the important one. It quite literally says: everything is about now and here. What could be more energising than that? It’s thanks largely to these lyrics that you get the tingling sensation in your hair, because the lyrics put so much energy on the present moment. It’s the equivalent to saying: This is it. The listener cannot help but feel positively energised by the song’s focus on the moment. And this presents us with a third way to boost everyday communication: placing emphasis on the moment heightens our listener’s energy levels and motivates them to act in the moment.
So, thanks to Mr Garry Barlow we’re left with three exemplary illustrations of ways to heighten our everyday speech: focus on the moment to create energy, create a sense of unity with words like “We” and “You” rather than “I” and “Me” and motivate people to act with determination and bravery by telling them something is impossible. Imagine if everyone took advantage of the true power of words. How much more beautiful would our everyday conversations be?
In this article we’re going to be looking at a fantastic way of increasing workplace productivity. This way makes use of your emotions by using them to motivate you in various areas of work, hence increasing workplace productivity. The technique is based upon a technique used in method acting which I’d like to quickly share here, but if you’d rather just read the instructions for the tool itself then please skip to where it says “Workplace Productivity: Emotional motivation technique” below.
Now I know what you’re thinking, how the heck can acting be used as a means of increasing workplace productivity?
In method acting, which is the truest (or purest so to speak) form of acting used by the greats like Pacino, De Niro and ilk, it’s immensely important to be able to make use of the full gamut of emotions. Of course, in acting, the reason for this is to be able to faithfully reproduce what the character in a scene is experiencing. An actor must be able to tap into fear, love, hope, jealousy, anger and all the other emotions to be able to work in a wide variety of scenes.
One of the key ways actors manipulate their emotions is through a form of referencing. Let’s say, for example, that the character of a film has a fear of spiders. The actor must be able to create in themselves a fear of spiders to play the character, but the actor is not naturally scared of spiders. What do they do?
The answer is that they take a fear they do have, let’s say fear of clowns, for instance, and use that whenever they must show the characters fear of spiders. Essentially, the actor thinks about clowns when looking at the spider-prop and this creates genuine fear.
So, what does this have to do with increasing workplace productivity? We’ll answer this as we now look at the self improvement tool itself. . .
Often when we are working we are bored, which far from increasing workplace productivity practically kills it. We don’t particularly want to be doing our jobs because they’re often tedious and because of this we lose interest, lose concentration and end up doing a bad job. The problem here is the way we are feeling. We’re feeling bored, and being bored is not conducive to good work. So what do we do?
Like the actor, we take our emotions from something we do feel positive about and map those feelings to our job. Thankfully, in doing this we won’t be needing any acting skills. We will, however, need some stage props as we’re about to turn our workplace into a stage of productivity.
Begin by asking yourself what the most positive way you could feel about your work would be. I’ll provide an example of this based on my own writing work.
Excited and confident about getting my book published.
Extremely eager to succeed – to a point of demanding success
Sociable with my website writing so I reach out more
You can use however many different emotions you want for however many different areas of work but here I’ll stick to these three to keep things clear.
The next step is to find one or more triggers for these feelings. So, for example, ask: what currently makes me feel confident? What makes me feel eager to succeed?
Taking 1 trigger for each of the emotions I said I would like to feel leaves me with the following. . .
Excitement: performing on stage
Confidence: again, performing on stage
Eager to succeed: stage curtain (at a theatre)
Sociable: doing promotional work
I now have a list of objects or memories (or anything else, for that matter) that make me feel the way I would like to feel about my work. All that is left to do now is to map those objects to my workplace. To do this, we simply take the objects (or photos of the objects) and put them either in our work place itself or somewhere we associate with our work place. For example. .
I could take photos of myself on stage and a photo of a stage curtain at a theatre and put them around my writing desk. I could also put objects that remind me of performing on stage, like a little book of plays, for example, and include these in the work space too. As I said that I would also like to feel sociable about my website and that promo work makes me feel that way, I can take a few of the flyers I used to hand out years ago and put these on the walls too.
Essentially, all we’re doing here is taking objects that make us feel the way we wish we could feel at work and then dotting them about the office. Now when you work you’ll have a collection of positively inspiring objects making you feel the right way about your work so you can make use of your positive emotions.
Oh and by the way, you can use this same exercise on any area of your life. I’ll give you an example. When I’m not on stage I can be a bit of a shy guy, but by associating talking with things that make me feel confident (gaming, acting) I make myself feel a lot more confident and comfortable. Give it a shot. I’m sure it will do wonders!
Format: kindle & Hardback
By: R.J Palacio
Positive Inspirations: Courage and Personal Bravery
Wonder is a rare gem of a novel–beautifully written and populated by characters who linger in your memory and heart. August Pullman is a 10-year-old boy who likes Star Wars and Xbox, ordinary except for his jarring facial anomalies. Homeschooled all his life, August heads to public school for fifth grade and he is not the only one changed by the experience–something we learn about first-hand through the narratives of those who orbit his world. August’s internal dialogue and interactions with students and family ring true, and though remarkably courageous he comes across as a sweet, funny boy who wants the same things others want: friendship, understanding, and the freedom to be himself. “It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” From The Little Prince and R.J. Palacio’s remarkable novel, Wonder.–Seira Wilson
“Middle school is a tough time,” says Jaramillo. “I don’t know what it is about the middle school experience that turns kids into The Lord of the Flies, but it just does seem to be that way. . . [However], maybe because the expectation is that kids will be mean to one another, but whenever one kid shows any kind of kindness or is noble, it almost takes on an extraordinary act of courage,” says Jaramillo. “You’re really rooting for the kids who stand up for Auggie. Ultimately, it’s a feel-good book because it is a meditation on kindness and the impact of kindness.”
I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.
If I found a magic lamp and I could have one wish, I would wish that I had a normal face that no one ever noticed at all. I would wish that I could walk down the street without people seeing me and then doing that look-away thing. Here’s what I think: the only reason I’m not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way.
But I’m kind of used to how I look by now. I know how to pretend I don’t see the faces people make. We’ve all gotten pretty good at that sort of thing: me, Mom and Dad, Via. Actually, I take that back: Via’s not so good at it. She can get really annoyed when people do something rude. Like, for instance, one time in the playground some older kids made some noises. I don’t even know what the noises were exactly because I didn’t hear them myself, but Via heard and she just started yelling at the kids. That’s the way she is. I’m not that way.
Via doesn’t see me as ordinary. She says she does, but if I were ordinary, she wouldn’t feel like she needs to protect me as much. And Mom and Dad don’t see me as ordinary, either. They see me as extraordinary. I think the only person in the world who realizes how ordinary I am is me.
My name is August, by the way. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
Entertainment Weekly, February 10, 2012:
“In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turning filled with characters you can’t help but root for. A—”
Starred Review, Booklist, February 1, 2012:
“Palacio makes it feel not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community.”
Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 2012:
“Palacio has an exceptional knack for writing realistic conversation and describing the thoughts and emotions of the characters. Everyone grows and develops as the story progresses, especially the middle school students. This is a fast read and would be a great discussion starter about love, support, and judging people on their appearance. A well-written, thought-provoking book.“
“Wonder is a book with such a big wide heart – it shows how we are all fragile, imperfect, and perfectly beautiful creatures. A wonderful novel by a wonder of a writer!” - Julia Alvarez, author of Return to Sender, Before We Were Free, Finding Miracles, and the Tia Lola Stories
“This really is a remarkable book!” - Tom Angleberger, author of the New York Times bestseller The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
“The breakout publishing sensation of 2012 will come courtesy of Palacio [and] is destined to go the way of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and then some.” - The London Times, “The Top 100 People to Watch in 2012″
“August Pullman reminds us of what true beauty is.” - Paul Hankins, Goodreads
You know you love country dancing. . . right? RIGHT? So let’s face it, you are gonna love this unique title from High Boltage Software. Grab your cowboy boots and let’s all. . . uhhh. . . do the steps that country dancer do, whatever they may be.
Release Date: 3/2012
Platforms: XBOX 360
Developer: High Voltage Software
ESRB: E10+ (Lyrics)
if you actually happen to know anything about country dancing, by the way, let me know in a comment below. I’d be most interested to hear about it!
Format: Hardcover Book
By: Linda Barrick
Hope: The inciting incident of Miracle for Jen concerns a healing that happened to the protagonist that was so miraculous that, the author states, it must have come from god.
On the night of November 5, 2006, the Barrick family was driving home from church when their van was struck by a drunk driver. Fifteen-year-old Jen suffered multiple skull fractures and severe brain trauma and was not expected to survive the night. But against all odds, she did. As she lingered in a coma, doctors warned that if Jen ever woke up, she would be cursing and screaming in confusion due to her brain injuries. Instead, after five weeks she opened her eyes and began praying and praising God.
Jen didn’t remember her middle name, recognize her parents, or recall that she had a little brother, but she remembered Jesus and every word to every praise song and scripture she had hidden in her heart before the accident. As any loving mother would, Jen’s mother Linda wanted God to heal Jen, make her like she was before. Normal. But a loving God had something else in mind. Instead of making her normal, God is making Jennifer – and the whole Barrick family – extraordinary, miraculous. Miracle for Jen is the remarkable, true story of a family who overcame tragedy and learned to trust God’s plan for their lives in a whole new way.
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Lord, this life that I now live is not mine but Yours. It is Yours to do with it as You please. . . . Take this year and my life and allow Your glory to shine! Take it and use it to its fullest potential.
—Jen’s journal, three months before the crash
My cell phone was ringing.
My brain reacted automatically. I knew I should reach down to-ward my feet and fish the phone out of my purse. But my body wasn’t moving. I had no feeling anywhere, only a sensation of being restricted as if I were wrapped in a steel blanket.
I opened my eyes. My face was smashed against a windshield of crushed glass. How did I get here? Is this a dream? Wasn’t I just sitting with my husband and son watching our fifteen-year-old, Jen, sing in the choir at her school’s fall concert?
I reached down with my right hand to touch my leg, and when I lifted my hand up again it was covered with blood.
This can’t be real. Lord, please wake me up!
I heard Josh calling for me from the backseat. I couldn’t turn around to see him, but I answered anyway. “Josh! Josh!”
“Is this real?!” I asked. “Is it a dream?” I didn’t hear an answer so I said again, “Is this real?”
“Yes, Mom, this is real.”
In anguish, I cried out, “Lord Jesus, please help us! Come to our rescue! Save us!”
Josh and I both began to pray out loud. “Father, please don’t let Jen and Andy die! Oh, God, help us! Please don’t let them die! You are all powerful. You can do anything! We need a miracle!”
Then my husband, Andy, started to stir. “Where are we?” he asked groggily. “What’s happening?”
He was in shock and didn’t answer any of our questions, but at least he was alive. Jen remained silent and still in the seat behind Andy’s.
As a mom, I wanted with every molecule inside me to hug Josh and touch him and make him feel better. I wanted to hold Jen in my arms and tell her that I loved her. But I couldn’t move. The crushed metal and broken glass encased my body like a giant, sin-ister glove.
The only thing I could do was pray.
Only an hour earlier, I had been sitting in our church sanctuary as music washed over the audience in waves, filling the room with sounds of praise and the pulsing energy of young hearts on fire for Christ.
For the first few verses, the choir stayed in the background as the soloist sang about the awesome and inexpressible love of Jesus. Then with a swell of strings and a kick of the drums, the choir stepped into the musical spotlight, each singer moving to the rhythm of the orchestra, swaying with the beat, some lifting their hands as they joyfully praised their incredible, all-powerful Savior:
Wonderful, glorious, holy, and righteous,
Victorious conqueror, triumphant and mighty,
Healer, deliverer, shield, and defense,
Strong tower and my best friend,
Omnipotent, omnipresent, soon-coming King,
Alpha, Omega, Lord of everything,
Holy, holy, holy is your name!
“Through reading “A Miracle for Jen”, my faith was encouraged, strengthened and challenged. There were times I both cried and rejoiced. This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. This book is a keeper and one I want to read again in my own journey of life.” –Susan Bunts Watschel
“ I cannot emphasize enough how life-changing this book is. My Christian walk will never be the same again and I believe everyone who reads this book will be profoundly changed by it.” –Bethany
“this book is also a wakeup call for those that may be addicted to alcohol, drink and drive or those who enable someone who does. I know Jennifer has a lot of work ahead of her as does the Barrick family. My prayers are with Jennifer, that she may find peace, and that God heal her feelings of desperation and anxiety that come with brain trauma, so it will be easier on her ministry and her family on a daily basis.”
–Autumn Blues Reviews