The Poet RevL positions our gaze to look into the soul of a matter and challenges us to see ourselves and the world around us differently. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made weaves the message of healing racism from the inside out into each poem. This work is emotive, enlightening, and beautifully crafted, leaving you wanting more of this gifted Poet's words. Rev. LaDonna speaks to the core of the human soul releasing a healing balm of self-love and acceptance, leaving you enveloped in the love of your Creator. From the intensely self-aware and moving homage to South Africa in "Remembering South Africa" to the impassioned "The White Gaze". Each poem takes us on a self-reflective, introspective journey of connection, identity, godly value, and worth. Provoking the reader to perceive the simple truth. It is only in remembering who we are in God, will we see each other clearly without filters or skin-color-tinted glasses.
I love this book of poems.
When I received this book I opened it and began to read. I didn't look up again until page 32, when I had to catch my breath! I know this person! This is who is daily saving mankind from himself, kindness personified, the ER nurse, the teacher, the special person we have all met several times, if we are lucky.
Ken Gibble, who has pastored in Virginia and Pennsylvania, gives us a look into "what pastors do", but goes beyond the doing, deeply into the feeling. He is not shy about his own times of doubt or inadequacies. Always the student, he learns from a lifetime of giving and loving how to accept the good and understand the weakness of all creatures. With great humor and self awareness he tends to his people and learns as much as he teaches.
His poems about this life are told in easy language, comfortable. This is a long book for poetry, 147 pages, put into sections. Mr. Gibble's people will stay with you, maybe into your dreams, as I am sure he will, too.